Consider Todos Santos, Mexico, to be Cabo’s cooler younger brother.
Just 1.5 hours north of its more famous sibling, the burgeoning Mexican beach town encompasses the essence of Baja California Sur. Unhurried is the vibe; surfers have flocked here for decades. Desolate beaches, boho-cute art galleries & boutiques, plus ambrosial restaurants serving unparalleled fish tacos, draw in those from near and far. Oh, and the town’s boutique hotel scene is HOT.
And on that topic, let us introduce you to Paradero Todos Santos, which drops the jaws of all who visit.
With its dirt road entrance, the hotel is unassuming. A short drive from the beach, farms, desert foliage, and sturdy cacti buttress this brutalist 35-suite fortress from the outside world. Opening in early 2021, the luxe outpost is the antithesis to the bottomless margaritas and rowdy partygoers ‘spring breaking’ in Cabo.
The sand- and natural-hued, minimalist hotel’s build blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor space, designed to push guests towards the landscape. Examples include its trapezoid floorplan, which celebrates surrounding views (opt for one of the 18 rooftop suites, where you can nap in hammock-like nets dangling above raw earth); the open-air lobby, and its boho-chic furniture functioning as a middle-ground amidst the hotel’s over-20,000-species-of-plant botanical garden (80% of Paradero is landscape, while only 20% is development); plus the half-moon deck & vanishing-edge pool separating the retreat’s monochromatic concrete brilliance from a horizon of untrammeled Baja desert and the proximate Pacific.
Championing the magic of farm-to-table cuisine, the hotel’s restaurant serves dishes sourced from the on-property farm, nearby sea, and local purveyors. Its open-air blueprint allows for dining under the Baja sun.
With a wholesome approach to immersing guests into Baja life, the hotel offers farming tutorials, hiking expeditions, art & gastronomical tours of the town, plus surf sessions. The Ojo de Agua Spa rejuvenates; treatments range from nourishing sound healing to Temazcal: a centuries-old, Mayan healing ritual cleansing mind, body, and spirit.
Paradero Todos Santos is one of a kind.