The Perfect Long Weekend in Mexico
January 18, 2012 | by April Walloga | Pursuits
We’ve had a mild winter here in New York, but a gray and dreary one nonetheless—and it’s all downhill from here. But, did you know that it’s high time for whale watching, 83-degree weather and infinity pool wading in Cabo San Lucas? Prepare your frosty, downtrodden senses to be uplifted with this three-day itinerary at Esperanza Resort, located four miles outside of Cabo San Lucas on the bluffs of the Baja Peninsula. Through whale watching season (January to March 31) the resort is offering a special Whale’s Journey package ($2959) that includes three nights in an oceanview garden casita, a magical whale watching excursion, complimentary private roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfasts at the resort’s fine dining restaurant, gratis yoga classes and a lunch for two at the resort's grill. Here’s how we recommend making the most of three days in paradise.
Arrive: Begin your journey at Los Cabos International Airport, where the Esperanza Cadillac Escalade will be waiting to whisk you away to the resort.
Decompress: Settle into your oceanview casita, replete with 925 square-feet of indoor/outdoor living space and one cozy hammock. Next, go for a dip in the resort’s infinity edge pool overlooking the glittering Sea of Cortez. Swim-up or sit down at La Palapa grill for a lunch of lobster fajitas and seafood ceviche. For dessert, hail a gourmet popsicle (watermelon ginger or coconut rum, anyone?) or snow cone from a friendly pool butler. After you’ve soaked up the necessary amount of sun, sea and seafood, catch a candlelight yoga class at the Esperanza yoga studio.
Fiesta: Get acquainted with the diverse and eclectic cuisines and libations of Mexico at Mexicanismo, a recurring Thursday night fiesta on the resort’s oceanfront patio that roars with live music, fireworks and fun.
Recharge: Savor a breakfast of old fashioned chilaquiles or huevos rancheros and organic estate-grown Mexcican coffee in the privacy of your casita or seaside at the resort’s cliff-perched Cocina del Mar restaurant.
Set Sail: ‘Tis the season for whale watching in Cabo San Lucas. During this time thousands of gray and humpback whales make the longest migration of any mammal to the warm waters near Cabo San Lucas. See the graceful and massive flock during a two-and-a-half hour Zodiac Whale Watching Excursion. Afterward, go off the resort grounds for a lunch at The Office, a lively beachfront restaurant where you can sink your toes in the sand and tuck into Baja-style lobster cooked in hot oil with garlic and onion and chorizo queso fundido served with piping hot corn tortillas and tomatillo sauce.
Turn and Burn: Enroll in Cocina del Mar chef Gonzalo Cerda's Refined Grilling Class and learn how to cook Baja’s indigenous “chocolata” clams. Chef Cerda will also instruct students on the traditional Mexican way to grill fish over a wood and coal bonfire.
Sunrise: Wake up before dawn and take in a sunrise yoga class on the resort’s private beach. Afterward, keep the sea in sight and enjoy a leisurely breakfast alfresco at Cocina del Mar.
Spa: Treat your newly tanned skin to an organic facial at the beach bungalow Spa at Esperanza. Request the new Baja Lime Brightening and Lightening Facial for a vitamin C and antioxidant boost using Marie Veronique products. Check in early and experience the Pasaje de Agua, where you’ll progress through a warm spring soaking pool, steam caves and a cool waterfall. And don’t forget to order a refreshing agua fresca made with local fruits, vegetables and desert plants.
Taste: Become an expert in the nuances of white, semi-aged and aged tequilas while enjoying homemade Mexican chocolate pairings, traditional mezcal and sangritas at an artisanal chocolate and tequila tasting led by the resort’s master tequilero.
Devour: Save the best for last and experience chef Cerda's sea-to-table menu at Cocina del Mar. The three-course tasting menu samples the bounty of the local waters accented by traditional Mexican spices. The seafood tortilla soup, bobbing with poached lobster, scallops, shrimp, littleneck clams, crispy corn tortillas, guajillo chili and cool avocado, is a first course favorite. Follow it up with the delicate shrimp and crab agnolotti with pernod and saffron seafood bisque and finish with the chef’s special catch of the day. Then, all that’s left to do is imbibe and sleep sound until breakfast is delivered to your casita and the Esperanza Escalade picks you up once again.
For reservations, call 866-311-2226 or visit esperanzaresort.com
Cover shoot: May/June 2014 issue of Gotham magazine.