What the stars say:
"I like to go to Cabo because it is close and the weather's beautiful and the people there are amazing and the food is my favourite so it's a great place all round."
"The weather's always nice, the food is amazing and the people are nice."
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
American celebrities certainly love travelling south of the border down Mexico way for a bit of luxurious time out. It's certainly a favourite place for LA-based Aussie actress and singer Sophie Monk
Sophie couldn't resist checking out a resort that regular visitors would prefer to keep secret: Las Ventanas al Paraiso. Located between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, you could drive right by without knowing it was there. It's so private, it doesn't have any signage and that's one reason movie stars and billionaires love it. They can party, swim, sunbake and let their hair down without being spotted.
It's very, very romantic even the building has sensuous curves and right on the beach with fabulous views of the Sea of Cortez, beaches and bays. For guests who are kindling or rekindling romance, but short on fresh ideas, all you need to do is dial the hotel's Romance Department. It's Valentine's Day every day.
Staff outnumber guests four to one and each room has a butler.
There are seven pools and in summer they're set to seven different temperatures. Now that's attention to detail.
The award-winning spa uses ancient Mexican rituals to ensure your spirit is in good shape. Sophie tried it and while she didn't feel different, she enjoyed the experience.
While those travelling with the four-legged friends are busy having their chakras cleansed, their dogs are pampered with a massage.
A visit to Mexico isn't complete without a shot or two of tequila. The potent drop is made from the agave plant and can have up to 55 percent alcohol content, so beware! A margarita might be the better way to try it for the first time.
The Tequila Bar has around 110 varieties of Mexico's best. The most expensive is $250 a shot. A full bottle costs around $1800 and they go through one every couple of weeks.
Celebrity minder Luis Oropez showed Sophie the ropes on a snorkel cruise. They followed the rugged, desert coastline and stopped to swim with masses of colourful fish.
Nightlife doesn't stop. The marina is jammed with bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Luis chose Nowhere Bar where Sophie was introduced to the very spicy Mexican version of sushi.
There are three main shopping areas in Cabo. Puerto Paraiso Mall on the marina is air-conditioned, and that can be very welcome. You will find quality arts and crafts from various regions and beautiful jewellery made by local silversmiths. International exclusive fashion designers are there, along with Mexican creations. The mall has 10 movie theatres and a bowling alley.
There are more temptations along the streets west of El Squid Roe. Outdoor bazaar-style vendors sell traditional tourist items.
In the streets behind Cabo Wabo are shops selling silver, turquoise and opal jewellery. Don't forget to bargain and you can expect to leave with something beautiful to take home that won't break the bank.
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Cabo San Lucas on the tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso rooms start at around $810 a night. Chakra cleansing rituals are $237 per person and dog massage is $138.
Cabo Escape Tours 3.5-hour snorkel cruises are $47 per person. Open bar, deli-style lunch, gear, games, music and dancing are included.
Prices correct at April 21, 2011.
For further information
Las Ventanas al Paraíso
San Jose del Cabo
Baja California Sur 23400
Ph: +52 624 144 2800
Wild Cabo Tours
Melchor Ocampo 3320, Col 1
Cabo San Lucas
Baja California Sur
Ph: +52 624 105 0177
Visas: Australians do not require a visa to enter Mexico.
Electricity: 120V at 60Hz.
Time zone: GMT -6.
Currency: The peso.
International dialling code: +52.
It is recommended travellers to Mexico see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au