Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
At a Glance
Located in Los Cabos between the Pacific Ocean and the marine rich Sea of Cortez
Choose from romantic junior suites to impressive ocean front villas with a private infinity pool
Stunning landscaping which tastefully reflects the hotel's desert surroundings
Excellent choice for families looking for some winter sun
Highly personalised Rosewood service
The resort boasts seven swimming pools
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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Baja California is a rare destination that offers a great getaway year long. Peak time for travel is when weather is temperate in the low 20ºc range and whale watching opportunities are at their best (late November to April). This also includes the festive holiday and New Year period. Cool temperatures are ideal for desert adventures and hiking and boating for wildlife viewing and island exploration. Summer (April to September) can be hot and humid but the beaches are less crowded. Summer waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving. Hurricanes are much less common than in the Caribbean, but it is something to be aware of for September and October travel which is considered low season.
Baja is blessed with two marine life rich oceans; the Sea of Cortez to the east has a warmer sea temperature than the more exposed than the Pacific Ocean to the west. In the summer the breeze coming from the Pacific is a blessing. For those interested in surfing, waves break on the eastern side of the peninsula March to October and on the Pacific west November to March. The most popular summer breaks start in San Jose and extend up to the Eastern Cape making Los Cabos an excellent base.
When planning your visit, it is worth noting the peninsula's main fiestas. Each March San Jose del Cabo throws an 11-day long Fiesta Patronal with parades and carnival and La Paz holds a similar event. Easter is also a busy time for Mexican's heading to the beach.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort is a chic boutique retreat that embraces its Baja desert environment and offers a real wow-factor, allowing couples and families to experience the nature and riches of Los Cabos in utter luxury.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso embraces its desert environment with stunning architecturally landscaped gardens of cacti, aloe vera and succulents that flow down towards the azure Pacific Ocean. The philosophy here is 'if you want it, we will get it for you', and the service is relaxed but exemplary. Suites are extremely spacious and beautifully decorated with hand-picked Mexican furnishings and fabrics, with fabulous beds, fireplaces, dry agave trees and a telescope in every suite for whale watching or night time star gazing.
There are two signature restaurants that champion Mexican cuisine; the Restaurant is an inspired, regionally ordered menu with dishes from the states of Mexico, and the Sea Grill serves the freshest catch as well as simply but expertly grilled meats served up with an ocean view. Meanwhile Arbol delivers exquisite Asian-influenced cuisine using the freshet seafood from the Baja Peninsula.
While you can’t swim in the Pacific Ocean in front of the hotel, the surf is mesmerising to look at from the seven pools on property, and the white sand beach is wide and endless for walks. It also doesn’t mean ocean adventures don’t abound: we can organise adventures from whale watching trips to see humpback whales (Nov-April) to summer time diving, snorkelling on coral reefs in Cabo Pulmo National Park; kayaking and swimming with playful sea lions or with gentle-giants whale sharks (Oct-April); world-renowned sport fishing and beginner to advanced surfing at nearby hot spots Costa Azul or Los Cerritos.
Baja offers a unique combination of culture and nature and Las Ventanas embraces its Baja roots in an elegant, understated way. Its privacy and service make it a favourite, exclusive winter hang-out for the Hollywood a-list, but it is also an excellent choice for families looking for some winter sun where their beach front villas are the most sought after on the coast.
Expansive and richly appointed, all suites have marble showers and Conchuela limestone floors. At the end of the day, share the warmth of a seaside fire and be lulled to rest by the rhythm of gently washing waves. Or, turn your personal telescope toward the heavens to gaze at the shimmering stars.
Many suites and Villas feature - separate bedroom, very large living room, private patio, full kitchen and master bathroom with Jacuzzi bathtub, king/queen sized beds, stunning views of the ocean and the resort landscape, fireplaces and much more.
Beach view and beach front villas with one to three bedrooms offer incredible Pacific views, with full kitchens, entertainment spaces and indoor-outdoor living with stunning private pools and fire-pits. Villas also come with a villa host who will deliver breakfast, make pre-dinner margaritas or watch the children while you dine.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Las Ventanas al Paraiso. There is no children's club as such, but staff can arrange babysitting, kids' activities and nannies are available on request.
The Restaurant serves an inspired Mexican menu, their signature regional dishes to include grilled local Ling Cod fish fillet with cantina-style lentils in a green tomatillo and cilantro sauce, and braised beef ribs in “Pascalito” Sauce, roasted pumpkin seeds, pico de gallo and with homemade tortillas are definitely worth ordering. Delicious food combined with views of the ocean or pool is the recipe for a wonderful evening. The Sea Grill, located at the ocean's edge offers a selection of dishes from grilled fare, to fresh ceviche and shellfish to traditional Mexican tapas. Arbol serves up a menu of asian-inspired dishes, delivered impeccably using freshly sourced seafood, which has been caught locally.
Facilities at Las Ventanas al Paraiso include The Spa at Las Ventanas, a salon, seven swimming pools and a gym. There are also luxury private beach cabanas.
The award-wining The Spa at Las Ventanas allows guests to enjoy indoor and outdoor treatment rooms with private terraces. The luscious vegetation and calming natural décor help you to feel relaxed and renewed. In addition to a large selection of treatments on offer, the spa also has saunas, hot and cold hydrotherapy pools and steam rooms.
If you can drag yourself away from the hotel, signature experiences include shopping for ingredients and cooking with a chef at a local hacienda Barbacoa style. Dine family-style that evening to savour your dishes and enjoy a lively meal (with Mescal paring of course!). The Ultimate Treasure Hunt with off-road Polaris rangers is great fun and will see couples and families (as young as 8 years) racing through the desert canyons and Pacific beaches in search of clues!
Guests can also enjoy water sports including snorkelling, diving, windsurfing and sea kayaking, sport fishing, tennis, marine wildlife expeditions, horseback riding, desert excursions and there are also three private yachts for hire. Whale watching excursions to see giant humpback whales are also available from November through April.
Jules Maury (Staff)
You can put a beautiful resort on a beautiful beach, many places in the world, but what truly sets Las Ventanas apart from others, is the amazing 450 colleagues they have here to make it all happen. Their genuine hospitality and spirit makes the experience so memorable. This sums up Las Ventanas Al Paraiso - A Rosewood Resort perfectly. Nothing is too much trouble for their smiling team. Whether you choose one of their Junior Suites with rooftop terraces and jacuzzi plunge pools or one of the magnificent Signature Villas opening onto their powdery beach front, you will be assured of a wonderful stay. Learn all about Tequila with a delicious Ceviche Lunch at their Tequila & Ceviche Bar, dine on the freshest of fish at El Restaurante or Sea Grill beside the sea. For a special occasion book a pairing menu at La Cava and if you wish to pit your culinary ideas against those of their chef try the Sense of Taste experience. You can rent their iconic VW beetle and explore the area of Cabo San Jose, Cabos San Lucas or Todos Santos. Not wanting to move? Then the resort can provide a myriad of activities, or relax in their beautiful Spa or enjoy their pools and powder white beach. Keen to explore further afield and learn a bit about the Mexican culture and history? Let us organize a day of adventure to La Paz and the legendary island of Espiritu Santos in the Sea of Cortez. Our naturalist guide (as well as a fabulous historian, naturalist, geographical expert, marine specialist passionate about responsible and sustainable tourism as well as being a mine of local knowledge) will tailor make your day of discovery and adventure which I assure you will be one of the highlights of the trip.
Maudie Tomlinson (Staff)
Stepping into Las Ventanas you feel like you are in Baja California where the desert meets the ocean. Forget lush tropical gardens, Las Ventanas has embraced its desert environment, with gardens architecturally sculpted with aloe vera, flowering cacti and succulents - the effect is visually stunning. The beach at Las Ventanas has to be among the best for its endless miles of sand and Pacific surf, perfect if, like me. you like a morning jog on the beach (or join one of the resort's morning beach boot-camps!).
Aside from embracing its desert scenery, Las Ventanas embraces Baja on its interior design; suites and villas are exquisitely designed, you cannot help but be wowed by the little touches, whether its an intricate framed hand-sewn tapestry or your astrology telescope set up for star-gazing in your suite. Everything is made in Mexico and you'll want to take it all home with you. Luckily for this purpose they have a beautiful store with unusual artisan gifts and homeware from around Mexico.
The other thing that sets Las Ventanas apart is its menu; with two excellent restaurants to choose from, one inspired by the sea and the grill (freshest catch!) and the other regionally ordered with inspired and interesting dishes from throughout the states of Mexico. Being in Baja, we ordered from the catch of the day Lobster menu, opting for Lobster grilled with a mole dressing (a rich delicious combination of cocoa and chillies originating from the state of Pueblo).
Service here is more than perfect, warm and friendly but you wait for nothing and nothing is too much trouble. Friendly waiters explained the menu to us and entertained by preparing guacamole to our tastes at the table pre-dinner with margarita cocktails, and by preparing the regional favourites of candied dry fruit, including cacti and pumpkin at the table with caramel churros for a sweet treat after dinner. The sommelier recommended some accompanying desert wine, this time from their extensive European cellar. Tequila is the choice tipple however, with their tequila bar having an impressive collection of over 150 tequilas and each guest gifted a beautiful ceramic bottle of smooth tequila on arrival along with unique accompaniments from flavoured salts to tomato and lime juices so you savour it as only a connoisseur would!
The spa at Las Ventanas is well-worth retreating to - we enjoyed the hotel's signature 90-minute massage that can be tailored to your needs, and with your choice of music and oils from the menu to suit your mood that day, it is a fun and unique experience. The relaxation lounge consists of a chic palapa with day beds set in a beautiful tropical oasis where post massage fresh juices and tropical fruit sticks are served while you unwind with the hotel's signature laid-back but attentive service; it's definitely the place to while away an afternoon!
The modern Mediterranean rooms at this extravagant resort have huge beds and lavish bathrooms. A-list celebrities flock here for the unparalleled service. The nightly turn-down service includes your choice of aromatherapy oil, and the housekeeping staff tailors your sewing kit to match your wardrobe (although people who can afford to stay here never sew on their own buttons). The pool attendants, meanwhile, would rather die than let you adjust your own umbrella. The eateries include The Restaurant (which has a dress code), the oceanside Sea Grill, and a tequila and ceviche bar. The excellent spa uses products made from blends of Baja's plants, as well as various native remedies and healing rituals.
Mark Beken (Staff)
Las Ventanas really blew me away, and is in my view, probably the most luxurious hotel in Latin America. The service was super-efficient but (more importantly) very friendly as well, and the atmosphere they have created is totally conducive to serious pampering and relaxation, without feeling on show. I loved the lanterns lit up every evening that create a romantic ambience, and the beautiful planting, and the moment you arrive in your suite you will look at your partner and think, yes, this is the place!
Birdwatching at the San Jose Estuary
Home to more than 100 bird species, the San Jose Estuary has plenty to offer budding ornithologists. Explore the 125 acres of protected area, binoculars in tow to make the most of this fantastic wildlife experience.
Cabo Pulmo Snorkelling Expedition
Experience breathtaking desert landscapes while heading into an unknown Baja California on your way to one of the most important marine parks in the Sea of Cortez, where you'll snorkel on coral reefs and in the crystal clear bay of Cabo Pulmo!
Chileno Bay Snorkelling
One of Los Cabos' few swimmable beaches, Chileno Bay's crystal clear waters make for some great snorkelling and the powdery white sand the perfect spot for sunbathing. Don your fins and head out with a naturalist guide to encounter colourful marine life.
Diving Cabo Pulmo
Declared a marine reserve in 1995, Cabo Pulmo is a prime spot at the tip of Baja California for diving, getting up close to a spectacularly colourful array of marine life. Every season offers something unique and it's suitable for all experience levels.
Diving Isla Espiritu Santo
Diving in the Sea of Cortez is truly rewarding regardless of how experienced you are. Explore the wildlife rich waters that surround La Paz and the Espiritu Santo Islands and get up close to sea lions, manta rays, whale sharks and a huge variety of fish!
Espiritu Santo Expedition
Few marine areas in the world compare with the biological richness found in the Sea of Cortez. Isla Espiritu Santo is a UNESCO heritage site, where you can swim with sea lions, spot blue footed boobie birds and snorkel or dive with giant whale sharks.
Full-day Private Yacht Charter in Los Cabos
Cruise around the Los Cabos coastline on your own luxury private yacht charter, allowing you be as relaxed or as active as you like. This full-day charter includes all meals, drinks and activities.
Hiking Sierra de la Laguna
Get-off-the-beaten-path to navigate spectacular canyons of Sierra de la Laguna. Your guide will introduce you to the landscapes and history of Baja; after your hike meet local ranchers for a hands-on cooking class or simply enjoy lunch cooked for you.
Humpback Whale Watching Cabo San Lucas
Cabo is "the place" for humpback whale watching as the whales travel into the Sea of Cortez from December to April. Experience an action-packed Zodiac whale-watching tour, in addition to Humpbacks you might spot grey whales, dolphins and even orcas!
Jeep Adventure to Mountain Villages
Get off the beaten track with this adventure into the mountains of Baja for a truly unique experience, off-roading along dusty desert tracks to reach local villages where you have the opportunity to visit schools and interact with the locals.
San Jose del Cabo Art Walk
Wind your way through the colourful back streets of San Jose del Cabo as galleries open their doors to tourists and art lovers for a fantastic cultural extravaganza. Grab a glass of local wine as you stroll and admire works by renowned local artists.
The Todos Santos Experience
Experience the 'magical town' of Todos Santos like a local. Our guide will introduce you to the history of this celebrated town, rich in art, music and delicious Baja cuisine including local specialities from fresh fish tacos to aged tequilas!
Ziplining Los Cabos
Soar over Baja California on this exhilarating zip lining adventure, reaching speeds of up to 60mph. Feel your heart pounding as you zoom from verdant lands to stark desert in this beautiful protected part of Los Cabos.
Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende & Los Cabos
from £7900 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- Ultra-luxurious properties throughout, offering highly attentive service and elegant acommodation
- Combine buzzing markets, ancient ruins and impressive cathedrals with whale-watching and poolside lounging
- Ideal balance of city and beach, exploring Mexico City and the colonial highlands before flying over to Baja California for ultimate relaxation
Location & directions
Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
Situated between San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Los Cabos combines a starkly beautiful desert landscape with one of the richest marine environments encompassing both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez.
How to get there
Fly to Los Angeles, Dallas Fort Worth or Mexico City to connect to a short-haul flight direct to Los Cabos International.
Los Cabos is well connected with North American airports including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, New York and Vancouver making it an ideal beach destination to combine with a city break, skiing holiday or American road-trip.
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