Finding solace at the Solaz: Cabos newest luxury resort is the one against which all others will be measured by
To appreciate Solaz a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, is to appreciate the rich history, traditions and natural wonders that are indigenous to Baja
The newest resort in the Luxury Collection, Solaz is a 33 acre masterpiece in design and latest hotel in Cabo
The resort connects the awe-inspiring desert with the vibrant blue waters of the Sea of Cortez
Published:14:54 GMT, 2 March 2019Updated:02:12 GMT, 3 March 2019
It had been two years since I had visited the Mexican resort of Cabo in BajaCaliforniaSur. With its luxury resorts and sprawling beaches, the place has become a magnet for celebrities and sun-seekers alike.
In the time since my last visit, new resorts have sprung up along the tourist corridor that runs between the regions two towns, that of the bustling vacation city of Cabo San Lucas and the quaint historic town of San Jose Del Cabo.
The latest 128-room resort to open lies right in the middle of these two places. TheSolazresort, is part of Marriotts Luxury Collection brand. The hotel opened in September 2018 which means everything at the resort is brand new.
The resort spans some 33-acres along beaches that can be enjoyed and swam in on the Sea of Cortez
The resort is landscaped with desert plants. When looking from up above it can appear sparse but it is actually quite beautiful
From the moment you enter the lobby of the hotel you can feel the sea breezes flowing through the airy space
By the beach, infinity pools line the sands peppered with bars and hot tubs so the vacation can truly begin
Upon entering the room, one is spoiled for choice with numerous chairs to relax in or a hammock draped across the balcony
The design of the hotel is immaculate and pleasing on the eye with plenty of straight lines and sea views to be had
Just half an hours drive from Cabo San Jose airport, we were soon at the pristine hotel and pulled into the driveway in the center of which are cactus said to be around 600 years old! We walked into the airy lobby which had views of the Sea of Cortez behind it. I say the lobby was airy both literally and figuratively: there are no doors or windows – and so the sea breezes sweep through the elegant reception.
Before heading to our room, we were given a brief tour of the property by one of the staff members who took us down to where the swimming pool and restaurants were located. Walking through the grounds which are set across various terraces we were told of some interesting facts about the hotel.
One thing in particular that stood out was the overall landscaping design of the gardens and footpaths. With Cabo enjoying a tropical climate, you might expect the place to be lined with palm trees, but we were informed such foliage is not local to the area – and this is reflected in the outdoor landscaping at Solaz which only uses flora that are endemic.
What has been created is a desert landscape with every type of cactus imaginable of all shapes and sizes. There countless other beautiful prickly plants too. From up above, the place can look sparse and unfinished, but down on the grounds a horticultural desert gem has been created using plants that make for a beautiful scene while you roam the property, day or night.
The resort truly displays a different type of Mexican beauty and while it may not be full of typically loud and brash Mexican colors can adorn so many venues in this country, Solaz is still lively and elegant.
The cactus in the driveway of the hotel is estimated to be around 600 years old
Cactus is everywhere so be careful where you walk, left. A cactus plant made from maracons was left to welcome us, right
The pool was at a decent temperature so it didnt feel like too much of a shock as guests waded into the clear blue waters
The landscaping of the hotel is immaculate with a variety of desert plants peppering the resort
The place never seemed to be very busy. With fewer than 130 rooms spread out over such a vast area, there is plenty of space
After a brief tour we headed up to our room with a magnificent view over the the resort, the beach and ocean beyond. It had been a long day travelling from New York and it would have been tempting to lie down on the king size bed or relax in the hammock which was strung across the balcony but there were other plans afoot. Every few months the hotel hosts a dinner and drinks event on the beach and it just so happened that such an event was being held during our stay.
Relaxation has truly begun when faced with a view like this
We headed back down to the beach area where several chairs, tables and a buffet and hot coal barbecue station had been set up on the soft sands.
A band began to play and the smell of hog roasts and rib eye could be smelled as the food cooked over makeshift fire pits which had been dug on the beach. It was the most beautiful setting as the sun set. The perfect welcome to Cabo.
The following morning we began our day as we did on each of day of our stay with a full Mexican breakfast buffet.
Aside from the regular offerings of eggs, bacon and sausages there was a whole host of Mexican pastries, and warm dishes including tostadas (crisp taco shells upon which toppings such as chicken are placed) and quesadillas (soft tortillas folded and filled with chicken or cheese). Each day there would also be at least one Mexican specialty dish. A chef would also cater to any other special requests.
One thing that really impressed me as a germaphobe was that every main dish was completely covered. The breakfast area was at the Cascabel restaurant and partly situated outside offering lovely views over the ocean and of several cactus that had been placed within sight.
Every couple of months a special dinner is held on the sands of the beach where a Mexican barbecue is held
A buffet was set up on the beach and hogs were roasted over makeshift firepits which had been dug on the sands
The delicious scents of hog roast and rib eye wafted across the beach as the meats there gentle cooked for the barbecue
At breakfast, one could look out at the Sea of Cortez and the occasional cactus which would be standing tall
Mexican pastries were a fixture each morning at breakfast
After breakfast each morning we would head down through the desert gardens towards the beach and pool areas where waiting pool staff were ready to assist with our choice of lounge chair for the day.
There are five swimming pools from which to choose spread along the beachfront – all with incredible infinity pool views of the sea down below. In fact, once youve found your perfect spot you need hardly visit the others.
I am pleased to report the temperature of the pools were perfect. You were able to walk straight in rather then gingerly lower oneself beneath the surface!
There are a number of hot tubs too dotted about the place which I found to be the ideal way to warm up after a quick dip.
Perhaps because there are so many areas from which to choose, even on a holiday weekend it did not feel too crowded and we were always able to secure three sun beds in a row together with an umbrella for shade. There are also a number of kids pools, but such is the relaxed attitude of the place, plenty of children were playing in the larger pools too and nobody seemed to mind very much.
Six-foot-tall cactus line the walkway to the beachside restuaurant, Mako, which is open for lunch and dinner each day
Guests are fully immersed in the desert-like landscape which has been beautifully cultivated around the resort
As the sun sets behind the hills, fire pits are lit and swinging chairs make for a relaxing way to end the day
Fire pits are lit each and every night in the hotel. The flames flicker as the sea breezes wafted through the resort
Desert plants line the walkways and the common areas of the hotel with every type of prickly plant imaginable
At nighttime, the paths around the resort are beautifully and tastefully lit with much of the foliage lit up to showcase features
Diners at La Deriva Italian restaurant can enjoy sitting by firepits and eating their meal, while other sit on the terrace
Cactus of all shapes and sizes is everywhere on the property
Sitting by the pool is truly when it feels as though the relaxing part of the holiday has begun. We were well looked after by the staff who would come over to see if we had any requests – and occasionally we ordered a beer or cocktail.
One day we also had lunch poolside which saved us the effort of walking towards the actual restaurant, Mako. We definitely became lazier over the course of our four day trip!
A DJ could often be found poolside and I found the music to be a really good modern mix, played at a reasonable volume so as not to totally dominate the atmosphere.
And when we werent ordering food to our deckchairs, we were able to dine at the nearby restaurant which offered decent food including salads, burgers, chicken tenders, fish goujons and quesadillas.
The food was of a good quality however we were troubled by flies which seemed to descend as soon as they saw the food arrive. Staff brought out bowls filled with hot coals and rosemary in an attempt to dispel them but it didnt seem to make much difference.
The hotel offers views of the surrounding landscape while its design is architecturally pleasing with smooth sleek lines
Aqua blue waters and spacious seating areas make for a relaxing time at the Solaz resort
Al Pairo serves seafood which is freshly caught and then brought to the hotel to be served up in the fish restaurant, pictured
A few scoops of ice cream are the perfect way to end the day
At lunchtime we could often see horses being led along the beachfront by Mexican cowboys offering rides along the beach to guests who wanted a quick trot. By the time sunset rolled around, it make for some beautiful pictures with sun, sea, sand and horses.
Come dinnertime, guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to food options with a further four restaurants to choose from. La Deriva, an Italian venue, Al Pairo which served seafood, Cardon steakhouse and Mako which remains open all day.
At the end of each day, we returned to our room to find a different gift waiting for us. One evening there was a bottle of tequila waiting for us, another night a mini donut wall or some artisan chocolates from the hotel shop.
Mexican cowboys roam the sands offering rides on their saddles to guests wanting a quick trot in unique surroundings
The 10,000 square foot spa offers various pools and wave machines, saunas, steam rooms and a Himalayan Salt igloo, right
The hotel is the newest in Marriotts Luxury Collection brand
One morning I decided to try the Ojo de Liebre spa. This is a thoroughly relaxing experience as a masseuse gave me an all-over-body massage. I had an hour-long experience but the time really flew by.
The 10,000 square foot spa offers various pools and wave machines, saunas, steam rooms and a Himalayan Salt igloo (supposed to help with your pores!).
Either way, you could easily spend hours at the spa without realizing it,杭州西湖阁 although after my treatment I was keen to get back to the endless sunshine.
Overall, this was a great few days at the Solaz. I overheard many conversations between guests saying how much they enjoyed the property with many declaring it to be the one by which all future hotels in the area will be measured by.
If that does turn out to be the case, the standards have been set exceptionally high which can only be a good thing for Cabo.
The stunning, shimmering waters of the Sea of Cortez beckon all those who look out from their balconies across the resort
Rooms at theSolazstart from $250 with direct flights from the UK to Mexico City, Dallas or Houston and then a second two hour transfer. Several U.S. cities also have direct connections, mainly from the western half of the U.S.
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