When a name like Waldorf Astoria makes its debut in Mexico, the world pays attention.
Even before the luxury brand touched down in the Baja, the property, formerly The Resort at Pedregal, had already been a well-established destination for 10 years. For starters, the Forbes Five-Star resort is accessed via the only private tunnel in Cabo, it’s home to arguably one of the most beautiful restaurants in the Baja and its spa is a designated Forbes Five Star. Adding the Waldorf Astoria name only took it to an even higher level. Which is why the moment I checked in, I was already mad that I’d ever have to leave. I arrived early and was whisked off to my temporary two-story casita with a private plunge pool while my room was being prepared. I sank my legs into the cool pool and dug into fish tacos and spicy ceviche while secretly hoping my room would never be ready.
The location of the resort is one of many things that set it apart. The most luxe property this side of the Arch, I had never experienced Cabo views like this. Especially when it came to its signature restaurant El Farallon. Beachfront dining would be a lazy way to put words to reality here. Easily one of the most romantic, celebratory destinations in Cabo, the restaurant is carved into cliffs that jut out into the Pacific Ocean. Tables are sprinkled along a strip of rock, each with unobstructed views ready to steal the breath right out of your lungs. The Champagne Terrace welcomes diners where a one-of-a-kind tasting pairs a variety of bubbly selections with artisan salts, a unique experience exclusive to El Farallon.
Equally as impressive, the Waldorf Astoria Spa is a total show-stealer. It’s not often that the treatment rooms are what take center stage afterall. The circular ocean-view rooms dot the perimeter of the indoor-outdoor saltwater meditation pool with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open up to welcome the breeze in. Known for their moon phase treatments, I opted to try the joint-focused Nourishing Moon. Like all treatments here, mine started off with a fresh juice inspired by the current moon’s phase, followed by a mini foot cleansing ritual. My spa therapist Yolanda was exactly what every sore muscle needs and the fresh cut aloe bars in the wet areas are a great antidote for sun-drenched skin.
For guests looking to experience the destination, the resort’s Beyond the Beach program offers curated explorations with in-the-know locals. I set out on a day trip to the Xanadu of Baja’s Sierra before learning how to make homemade tortillas from a seasoned local. The day led me outside the small town of Santiago where I roamed through lush jungle trails to a secret spot hiding waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes. Afterwards, a visit to Rancho El Refugio, a place where modern-day elements have yet to surface, proved just as magical. A simple homemade lunch of quesadillas, beans and rice rounded out the authentic experience.
Back in my room, to unwind from the day after savoring the oh-so delicious beef mole enchiladas at Don Manuel’s (a must!), the warm Mexican decor, indoor fireplace and private plunge pool overlooking the fiery Baja sunset was the perfect nightcap — and hardest way to say goodbye.
Afternoon Delight: Every room has its own private plunge pool and receives a daily complimentary delivery of chips, salsa, guacamole and Coronitas.