A dirty weekender with Sophie Monk
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The hardest thing to get your head around with Baja California is that it is actually Baja Mexico. The 1250km-long peninsula runs south from Mexicali to Cabo San Lucas and st separates the Gulf of California from the Pacific Ocean.
It's been the destination of wealthy Americans for many years and we asked Sophie Monk to take us there for a look around.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso is a playground for the very rich and the very famous and is so exclusive it doesn't even have a sign on the door. You could drive right by if you didn't know exactly where to enter. It's an easy two-hour flight from Los Angeles and many guests arrive in private jets.
The resort sits on the beach with stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and is very, very romantic something management emphasises. It has a romance menu and their Department of Romance will even assist to arrange the setting for a marriage proposal, spicing up an existing one or setting up a candlelit dinner on the beach. Every day is Valentine's Day at Las Ventanas.
Staff members outnumber guests four to one and each room has a personal butler. Most of them carry out their duties via underground tunnels, maintaining an aura of peacefulness, even at busy times.
There are seven pools with varying temperatures and the award-winning spa uses ancient Mexican rituals to get your spirits in good shape. The Pet Program includes massage for your dog, special menus and a portable pet cabana so your best friend can relax and be protected from the sun.
Pool butlers take care of every need, including sunscreen, refreshments, frozen sorbet, the latest novels and cooling Evian spray mists. They will even clean your sunglasses.
Mexico's national drink is tequila. It's made from the succulent agave plant and with an alcohol content of up to 40 percent it packs a punch. Las Ventanas's bar has 110 of the best to choose from including one costing about $285 a shot. A bottle of it goes for around US$2000!
The restaurant is a beautiful room where every table has views of the pool area and Sea of Cortez. Cuisine is described as Mexican-Mediterranean and meals are served outdoors or indoors. Decor features a meandering hand-painted mural and tables are set with the finest hand-painted Mexican crockery.
Guaycura dinners enable diners to sample a traditional Mexican barbecue with tableside preparations and fire dancers on the beach.
As you would expect, rooms are richly appointed. They have marble showers, Conchuela limestone floors, terracotta wood-burning fireplaces and fresh fruit and bottled water is replaced every day. Each room has a telescope for star-spotting.
Los Cabos in Mexico, a two-hour flight from Los Angeles.
Las Ventanas al Paraíso rooms start at around $680 a night.
V Australia has flights to Los Angeles from:
- Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane $1229
- Adelaide $1529
- Perth $1829
Connections to Los Cabos are available.
For further information
Las Ventanas al Paraíso
San Jose del Cabo
Baja California Sur 23400
Ph: +52 624 144 2800
Visas: Australians do not require a visa to enter Mexico.
Electricity: 120V at 60Hz.
Time zone: GMT -6.
Currency: The peso.
Telephone code: +52
It is recommended travellers to Mexico see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended for Mexico. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au