Amy Risley

Esperanza

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Esperanza The terrace's plush cushions and stacks of pillows make it a perfect spot to collapse after too much time in the sun.

The terrace's plush cushions and stacks of pillows make it a perfect spot to collapse after too much time in the sun.

Esperanza ...not to mention that plunge pool for every upper floor room.

...not to mention that plunge pool for every upper floor room.

Esperanza Round, woven accent rugs strewn around the room add another homey, original touch.

Round, woven accent rugs strewn around the room add another homey, original touch.

Esperanza Pretty sure this hat was just for decoration but who can resist...

Pretty sure this hat was just for decoration but who can resist...

Esperanza Lanterns set a mellow mood throughout the property at night, and blowing out the lanterns on your own terrace becomes a welcome nighttime ritual. The fire feature in the background was designed as a modern interpretation of a beach bonfire.

Lanterns set a mellow mood throughout the property at night, and blowing out the lanterns on your own terrace becomes a welcome nighttime ritual. The fire feature in the background was designed as a modern interpretation of a beach bonfire.

Esperanza Stadium style seating around the pool ensures a front row view for all.

Stadium style seating around the pool ensures a front row view for all.

Esperanza One of two spectacular infinity pools.

One of two spectacular infinity pools.

Esperanza Infinity Pool No. 2 naturally has submerged loungers so you can soak, sunbathe and sip simultaneously.

Infinity Pool No. 2 naturally has submerged loungers so you can soak, sunbathe and sip simultaneously.

Esperanza Learning to make ceviche so I can brag to my friends about being on the next season of

Learning to make ceviche so I can brag to my friends about being on the next season of "Trop Chef".

Esperanza A delicate, sculptural installation of intricate ceramics accents the restaurant.

A delicate, sculptural installation of intricate ceramics accents the restaurant.

Esperanza Everywhere on the property, the natural landscape is the star, like this dramatic outdoor dining area that follows the curve of the seaside cliffs.

Everywhere on the property, the natural landscape is the star, like this dramatic outdoor dining area that follows the curve of the seaside cliffs.

Esperanza You immediately fall in love with the muted color palate and delicate, mixed textures in the room. Especially unique and dreamy is the woven leather headboard that creates a statement against the white washed walls.

You immediately fall in love with the muted color palate and delicate, mixed textures in the room. Especially unique and dreamy is the woven leather headboard that creates a statement against the white washed walls.

Highs & Lows

  • It's most inspiring to see how Esperanza bounced back after the devastating hurricane of 2014. We visited just after their reopening, and the staff's pride and positive spirit after having brought it back to life was contagious.

  • The photos speak for themselves but in case I have to mention, the pool and the views are nothing short of epic.

  • For those who don't take a vacation from their workouts, there are seriously great classes offered. Raphael the TRX instructor is an a** kicker.

  • The sea in front of the property is too rough for swimming- you'll have to trek to calmer shores if you want a dip in the ocean.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Beach Resort and Spa

  • Vibe

    Laid back luxury with covetable style.

  • Location

    On the bluffs overlooking two private coves at Punta Ballena near Cabo San Lucas.

  • Rooms

    57 Casitas, Villas, Suites and Full Residences.

  • Music

    Crashing waves, ocean breezes and the sound of soothing wind chimes as you enter the property.

  • Year Opened

    2002

  • Designed By

    After the devastating 2014 hurricane, the resort took the opportunity to perform a complete design refresh lead by Mary Alice Palmer of Hospitality Interiors at HKS Hospitality Group. Palmer's touch lends magic with meticulous design details you don't often see at a resort of this size.

  • Health & Wellness

    Yes and Yes. Two infinity pools and a fully equipped, modern workout facility offering a full range of classes from yoga to TRX.

  • Restaurant

    Cocina Del Mar specializes in fresh fish and seafood in a more upscale, four course fashion, while La Terraza Americana serves up the casual favorites (#chilaquiles). There's also Pesca ceviche bar.

  • Bar

    Sit at The Lounge Bar or enjoy cocktails poolside, or by the fire on the terrace...or, let's face it- all of the above.

  • Minibar

    A good mix of snacks and spirits tucked into a sweet antique Parisian inspired hutch...and a stocked Nespresso machine, which should be on every hotel's must list.

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

    Pricey for Mexico but very reasonable for the level of service and luxury.

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Dinner at Los Tres Gallos

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Work off those margs

Work off those margs

Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 7 Mz 10, Punta Ballena, 23410 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

Esperanza

Esperanza

Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 7 Mz 10, Punta Ballena, 23410 Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S., Mexico

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