If you’re heading to Cabo San Lucas, opt to stay at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel: a boutique-style, 161-room outpost on the Sea of Cortez, not far from town.
The architects who helmed the hotel’s design efforts envisioned an oasis blending the Thompson brand’s signature upscale urban sensibility with an evocative 1960s Baja-meets-Southern California essence — the mid-century modern, open-layout lobby facing towards the sea, with its Malibu surf-inspired art, plus coupling of retro and artisanal Mexican furniture is an archetype of this. The Cape’s build maximizes its most prized feature: a geographic position granting guests unparalleled vantage points of Cabo’s famous natural wonder El Arco from every spot within the hotel. The design weds sea and sand: native landscaping blurs the lines between inside and out; original ceramic masterpieces by Guadalajara artist Jose Noé Suro freckle common areas; one of the two pool’s shape’s bodeful carving into a natural rock formation (the other has a swim-up bar); and a life-size large gray whale sculpture assembled with salvaged driftwood at the entrance.
Rooms-wise, all accommodations have private terraces — many have daybeds — that peer out towards the azure sea, plus the pools and cabanas below. Sybarites should book one of the hotel’s sensational Panoramic Suites: private plunge pools, mid-century Latin American furniture, and telescopes for whale-watching are what to expect.
Mexican chef Enrique Olvera leads the dining experience at the hotel’s hip restaurant Manta, a 114-seat sea-facing culinary bolthole serving a menu employing sophisticated Mexican flavors executed with a technique that celebrates Pacific Rim traditions. Those who want to take the view to the next tier can sip cocktails at The Cape’s Rooftop Bar, a vibey space boasting picturesque panoramas of Cabo and sunken communal seating firepits.
Quench your urge for rejuvenation at the hotel’s seven-room spa, Currents: its gently lit, dark charcoal grey walls plus minimal artwork soothe guests, allowing them to focalize on the natural sights, sounds, and scents of Baja.
We’ll see you in Cabo — rates here start at $499.