I had first wanted to visit Las Ventanas when we were planning our honeymoon, many years ago. I knew then that it was spectacular, but since we were moving to Hawaii right after our wedding, it made more sense to honeymoon on other islands there and have more time to settle in. (Don’t worry, we stayed at the Princeville, the Four Seasons in Maui and the Hotel Hana Maui, so I didn’t suffer. However, Las Ventanas was always in my head as the epitome of luxury.
Two years ago, when I had an injury, we had to cancel our ski trip and finally went to Las Ventanas. It was a dream come true and even better than my 10 years of dreaming of it. Everything was so delightful, and heavenly. We told ourselves that we would go every year, but last year we skipped and finally returned this year. Let me tell you, I won’t skip another year, and I see no point in going to other luxury resorts or destinations, as this place keeps getting better and as repeat guests, they know your preferences and it is even more refined!
So the details: It is an easy flight from Houston, just about 2 hours and the resort is an easy 20 minutes from the airport. The first time we went, we had them pick us up in their totally luxurious G Wagon, where they gave us treats and cold towels, and an iPod to select music in the car and whisked us right to paradise. I highly recommend that, but it is nice to have a car and cheaper to do that from the airport than at the resort. IT is easy and safe to rent the car and an easy and safe drive to the resort.
When you arrive, they greet you and your butler meets you and gives you a little margarita foam and a tour of the resort. Both times we use Amex Platinum and were able to get an upgrade to an oceanfront junior suite. These suites are huge, well appointed, gorgeously decorated and have private patios with lights and fans for relaxing and hanging at night. (Or for doing yoga in the morning, which I did this time). We did check out one of the rooftop junior suites to see if we want to get that next time. We decided that it is not really worth it, but if you book the oceanfront junior suite and get upgraded using Amex, you won’t be disappointed. They have a little veranda with a tiny private spa tub and then stairs to a rooftop deck that is lovely and secluded. The rooms are otherwise the same.
We don’t care that much about the extra privacy and the private spa tub because part of the joy of being there is being around the pool with everyone, enjoying the scene, the views, and the service. The service everywhere at the resort is phenomenal, but by the pool, it is above and beyond. (regarding the private cabanas: Here is my 2 cents: They are not really private in that they are open to the beach but have a little wall between them and the cabanas next door. There is a private pool and a little plunge pool, totally cool and I am sure that the extra service is out of this world, but I would miss being around the pool because the camaraderie of sharing it with the other guests is really a great part of the experience.) In addition to getting the royal treatment by the pool, there are also chairs on the beach and fantastic hammocks and in both of these locations they cater to your every whim, desire, even thought as well. They bring you treats every hour, like frozen grapes, slulshies, cones of sorbet, and tiny popsicles. They come around and bring you bolsters for your legs if you are sitting up reading and they adjust the umbrellas as the sun moves throughout the sky. There is someone stationed to look out for the whales (this is only in the winter when they are having their babies, I think) who blows a conch to alert the guests to a whale swimming by. They bring you whatever you want to eat or drink from any restaurant or bar on the property at any time. They even have little trays that attach to the pool so that you can drink your champagne or margarita in the pool. Speaking of margaritas, they are all fantastic, but my favorite is the jalepeno margarita. I have at least 2 a day of these!
Okay, drinking, onto eating. First of all, I would venture to say that the best food in the area is at Las Ventanas, but there are a few places off the property worth going to. I will put them below. However, breakfast is fantastic. We always go to the restaurant because they remember your preferences, the mornings are delightful and peaceful, and it is relaxing to have them bring you so many delicious things. When you sit down they bring you perfect toast accompanied by a plate with 4 kinds of butter, peanut butter, and a pot of goat milk dulce de leche. There are also two little pots of the most heavenly jam! From there, we work our way through the breakfast menu and I have yet to be disappointed.
The Sea Grill, right by the pool, is delicious and casual. perfect for lunch or dinner. We loved their taco night and were able to taste one of everything. Their grilled caesar salad is to die for, but one of the best things I had was the tomato tartine. It might be off the menu, ask and you will GEt it! (I ate mine at a table in the pool.) AMAZING! The main restaurant is terrific and more formal. This time we didn’t have a dinner there, but elected to do a special dinner at La Cave, the wine vault just off the restaurant. It was us and one other couple with our own waiter and the chef and sommelier came out between each course to talk about the dish and the pairing. It was a night that I will never forget! You have to make reservations for this, but for the other restaurants at the hotel, you can just show up. People dress in their resort wear for dinner at The Restaurant but the SEa Grill is more casual.
I ADORE the Sushi and Ceviche bar and everything they make there is super fresh and delicious. Also perfect for lunch or a late dinner. It is right near the spa so one day we had a late lunch there and then went to the spa where we each had the Masaje de la Casa, a 90 minute “best of” massage. This spa has recently been redone and is truly a delight for the senses. The design, the flow, the ambiance and the treatments are second to none!
The gym is well equipped, but doesn’t have windows, and why work out inside on vacation anyways. Though I must say, running in the deep deep sand in front of the hotel was KILLER! You can also go horseback riding right in front of the hotel.
ONe of the coolest experiences I have ever had in my life was one night when they did a screening of a documentary about an art installation on the bottom of the sea up near Ensenada. The resort set up the movie screen on the beach with two rows of beach chairs in front of it. Behind it were cocktail tables and then a tent for a bar. As you came down to the beach, they gave us drinks and we watched the most glorious sunset you can imagine. The drinks were bottomless, the set up was lovely, and the atmosphere was charged with excitement about the film. When the sun went down, we snuggled under blankets in front of the screen and watched while they brought us fresh popped popcorn and refilled our champagne glasses! Perfection!
We did leave the hotel a few times, but only for meals, not for excursions. I have heard great things about a whale watching excursion, but only in the winter, I think. I have never been into Cabo, but maybe if I had a week I would. We went as far as to the Esperenza resort, a few miles closer to Cabo. I am so glad we did not stay there. It is gorgeous, and well designed, and has a dramatic placement over the rocks and down to the beach, but it is big and impersonal and a little bit cheesy. We had a good dinner there, a great value actually at their main restaurant, but would skip it next time. Last time we went to the One and Only Palmilla and felt similarly. It has a really amazing location on the rocks and the way they light it is terrific, but it is also large and more “city” like in feel.
When we first got there, it was kind of chilly and the first day we had to sit under towels, and at night it got quite cool. That was okay because at night the butlers came and built perfect fires in the fireplace in our room!The butlers are something special. They really look out to making sure that you don’t’ have to lift a finger and are completely happy. Both times I cried when I was leaving. It is that good!
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