New Hotel Opens

The first of many under construction on the corridor
BY: BRIDGET BURKE

The Cape is the first Mexico based property from the Thompson hotels luxury brand. The 161 room hotel just opened on the shores of Los Cabos’ Monuments Beach, a beach favored by surfers and one of the few swimmable beaches on the corridor. The new hotel blends the upscale urban aesthetic with a distinct 1960s Baja-meets-Southern-California vibe.

Lobby-Bar-Panorama-1-min-800x600.jpgThe look. They assembled an impressive team of collaborators for The Cape, including Mexican architect Javier Sánchez of JSa Arquitectura; interior designer Marisabel Gómez, Mexican ceramicist Jose Noé Suro; and chef Enrique Olvera, whose restaurants have topped San Pellegrino’s “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list.  Director of sales & marketing Jorge Villarreal and general manager Eduardo Segura are both Los Cabos locals and luxury hotel veterans who lead The Cape’s executive team.

The style of The Cape is unique in Cabo, as it’s a departure from the same old hacienda style. When architect Javier Sanchez first visited the ocean side site that would become The Cape, he envisioned a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors, and a juxtaposition of modern and natural elements. The result is an arrestingly sleek modern design, with an open air layout with amazing views. Contrasting design elements such as the lobby’s deep black concrete ceilings suspended above a life size whale sculpture made from salvaged driftwood define the duo’s synergistic balance of urban and natural elements. They focused on handmade modern furniture made of materials like solid hardwoods, leather and brass, all highlighted by hand-painted original tilework.

The amenities. Each of the 161rooms, (1,2,3-bedrooms), features an amazing unobstructed view of the Sea of Cortez and the iconic arch. Guests will enjoy two pools, a fresh water infinity pool with swim up bar, and another built within a natural rock formation. The sixth story rooftop bar and lounge with unmatched views of the city and sea is not to be missed. A seven treatment room spa allows for relaxation with two private outdoor cabanas for treatments with an ocean view. A fitness center featuring floor to ceiling, panoramic windows overlooks the Sea of Cortez.

The Dining. Celebrated chef Enrique Olvera, a 2015 James Beard Foundation Award finalist, oversees the hotel’s 114 seat signature restaurant called Manta. Olvera’s menu features Pacific Rim traditions, taking inspiration from his native Mexico, as well as Peru, Japan, and beyond. There is a dedicated tortilla nook—a section of the restaurant where staff trained in traditional technique will hand prepare all tortillas. Huh? Tortilla guys trained in traditional technique? Why don’t they just bring in a senora from the barrio? There’s no shortage of people there who want a job.

The Bars. The Cape Beverage Manager and Mixologist Osvaldo Vazquez joined the hotel from Capella Pedregal, where he was the head bartender. Yes, mixologist means bartender. While at Capella Vazquez experimented with translating flavors from the kitchen into imaginative cocktails.

Vazquez was recently named a winner of the G’Vine Global Bartender Challenge 2015, where he represented Mexico and The Cape. The international competition featured more than 120 bartenders in the final round, out of which ten were crowned regional winners; he was one of only two win from North America.

At The Cape, there are many locations to enjoy Vazquez’s unique cocktails but only a few are open to the public; of these, two are worth a trip to the hotel. The roof top bar and the Glass Box bar. The most amazing outdoor view of Cabo is now from the roof top bar, on the top floor. It is open to the public on Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, but be sure to call and make a reservation or you will not get past the security guard.

The Glass Box bar is next to the lobby, with stunning floor to ceiling glass walls and a 360 degree view and has air conditioning. The view from that bar is lower down and not so stunning. No reservation is needed for The Glass Box. Just inform the security guard at the gate that you’re going there and you’ll be escorted to the lobby. Then, if you’re at all crafty, you can sneak up to the roof top bar.

Room rates start at $600 per night. The resort is on the fourlane, next to Missiones and the formerly best view in Cabo, Sunset de Mona Lisa. Yes, the top of the Cape beats out Sunset de Mona Lisa.