Rooms With a View
At The Cape, a hip new hotel in Los Cabos, the real star is the setting
Janice and George Mucalov
The Cape opened its doors last June, and is the
first venture in Mexico for Thompson Hotels, which
manages a collection of deluxe boutique properties
in New York City, Miami, London and other urban
destinations, as well as a more recent property in
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
According to Adriana Silva, sales and public relations
manager for the hotel, The Cape aims to set itself
apart from other high-end properties in Los Cabos.
“This is a luxury hotel for the young and the
young at heart,” she said.
The property’s design blends modern style with
contemporary artistic elements, including a life-size
whale sculpture made out of driftwood in the open-
air lobby. Beyond the decor, The Cape’s architecture
places an emphasis on the area’s stunning landscape.
There are 10 different styles of accommodations
in two buildings, but all 161 guestrooms look out to
the sea. We stayed in one of the popular Grand
Terrace rooms, which are almost 600 square feet
and located on the first and second floors of the
main building. Each Grand Terrace room has an
extra-large terrace, a king-size bed with a brown-leather headboard, distressed blue-and-white tile
floors and a freestanding copper bathtub in the
bedroom. Surf photos on the walls and white louvered
closet doors add a beachy feel. Rooms in the main
building also have swinging daybeds.
Even the bathroom is designed around the ocean
views: Guests can see through the glass shower wall
out to the sea.
Rooms come with some unusual amenities, as
well. We couldn’t resist finishing the hand-etched
crystal bottle of tequila that’s distilled especially for
The Cape and presented with orange slices and chili
salt. Other amenities include cotton kimono robes
and binoculars for spotting whales.
In the mornings, we enjoyed watching surfers at
the secluded beach in front of the hotel, then lounging
with a book in a breezy curtained cabana by the
oceanfront infinity pool.
Inevitably, we would drift off
to sleep listening to the sounds
of the rolling surf and the relax-
ing music played at the pool.
For sunset cocktails, The
Rooftop is the place to be. It’s
the only rooftop lounge in Los Cabos, and features
small lush gardens and shallow ponds. A blazing fire
pit takes the evening nip out of the air.
Visitors should also be sure to try Manta, an
avant-garde restaurant located in the hotel that
features Peruvian, Mexican and Japanese fusion. It’s
run by celebrity chef Enrique Olvera, whose Pujol
in Mexico City is widely regarded as one of Mexico’s
best restaurants. To appreciate the variety of tastes,
dishes — such as the catch of the day with a ginger
garlic foam or grilled octopus with chorizo mayo —
are best shared.
Here, too, the views are staggering — but that’s all
part of a typical glorious day at The Cape.
The Details: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel (www.
Clockwise from top
left: the hotel’s saltwater pool; Glass Box
meeting space; The
Cape at night; The
Rooftop lounge; a
suite; the Lobby Bar