Once a private hideaway in the mid- to late-20th century for famous authors like John Steinbeck, and rock stars needing to escape, the East Cape region of Los Cabos is the next luxury destination for those seeking a quieter alternative to Cabo San Lucas.
After years of development, the highly anticipated Four Seasons Los Cabos property is finally opening its oversized wooden doors in the Costa Palmas community — and the wait is well worth it.
The hotel allows travelers easy access to the best of Mexico: a tranquil, even-tempered oceanfront with two miles of white-sand beach (swimmable, shallow and absent of seaweed buildup), lush vegetation and, of course, the desert. In a departure from most hotels in the area, Four Seasons delivers a sleek, modern feel through minimalistic interior decor and exterior architecture, with nods to the region through woven textiles, pops of bold colors and natural materials.
The hotel marries rich tradition with sports, adventure and wellness — the Oasis Spa Wellness Center offers traditional well-being rituals — all in a zen-like setting, and also has residences and a prime location next to the first Four Seasons marina (a haven for superyachts).
What takes center stage, however, are the sparkling views over the Sea of Cortez and the looming Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. It is so private and remote that when you return home, you’ll want to tell everyone and no one at the same time.
It’s impossible to have a less-than-ideal room here, as all 141 rooms and suites face the ocean. But if you’re after something exceptional, the three-bedroom, 3,500-sq-ft Presidential Villa will amaze you. The beachfront space has a residential feel with a muted color palette and variety of artwork in its living spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms.
There are floor-to-ceiling windows in nearly every room, which perfectly highlight the bright-blue water. Ideal for families, the villa also comes with a kitchen, multiple living spaces, many outdoor terraces for lounging in the sun and three private plunge pools (because one is never enough). Of course, the hotel’s pool is just a stone’s throw away, as is the ocean.
Fresh fare abounds at the seaside hotel. At its five restaurants, nearly all of the vegetables and herbs are sourced from the property’s 18 acres of organic farms and orchards. The seafood? Directly from the Sea of Cortez. You can be as involved in your personal dining experience as you like: Allow the hotel’s farmers to give you a tour of the gardens and orchards and teach you about the sustainable farming methods on property. Or, head out to sea with the chef from the hotel’s Casa de Brasa restaurant to catch your own fish before he cooks it for you for lunch or dinner.
If relaxing with wine or cocktails while your chef prepares your dinner is more your speed, El Puesto has ceviche made from fresh local fish, while fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant, Estiatorio Milos from chef Costas Spiliadis, is inspired by several global cuisines. Alfresco meals are best enjoyed beachside at the farm-to-table, Limón, near a lemon tree grove.
The East Cape region of Los Cabos beckons both adventure-seeking and relaxed travelers alike, thanks to its remote location situated far from Los Cabos’ tourist traps. The area is bursting at the seams with activities, so it’s possible a week might not be enough to experience them all.
When the options become too overwhelming, the hotel’s Adventure Concierge will put together the perfect itinerary for the duration of your stay — and your level of bravery. They can help organize everything from a diving excursion at the Unesco Marine Heritage Site, Cabo Pulmo Marine Park; a hiking trip at Sol de Mayo; ATV tours through the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains; private boat cruises; zip lining; sport fishing; swimming with fish and whale sharks; and quieter adventures to nearby museums, galleries and cultural landmarks.
Thanks to the calm water and swimmable beach (a rarity in Los Cabos), you can partake in plenty of water sports, such as stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing and kayaking. Sport aficionados will love the Robert Trent Jones Jr. Costa Palmas Golf Course, two tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and four pools.
Images: Christian Horan Photography, Adam Lynk