Keiki Club for little ones; GameSpace, a teen (and up)
venue with foosball, billiards, shuffleboard, and vintage
arcade and Xbox games; and Movie House, with a 90-foot
screen, thunderous surround sound, beanbag seating for
60 and cinema snacks.
• PROPERT Y DE TAILS Set on 22 beachfront acres, the
resort has 47 guest rooms and 56 suites, four restaurants, a
Starbucks, four pools with optional private cabanas, and a
fitness center. Rooms start at $519.
Chileno Bay Resorts and Residences
Opened in 2016, Auberge’s newest Baja California property, Chileno Bay Resorts and Residences, provides all
the luxuries guests have come to expect from the Mill
Valley–based group, plus a distinctly warm-yet-modern
Mexican flair. A quick 20-minute drive from its sister
hotel Esperanza, the resort boasts fine dining, loads of
on-site activities and rejuvenating spa treatments, all next
to one of Cabo’s most swimmable beaches.
• EAT Whether you choose to indulge on vacation or are
committed to preserving a gym-wrought body, Comal’s
menu satisfies a range of cravings and desires. Helmed by
chef Yvan Mucharraz, formerly of the French Laundry,
the restaurant highlights innovative Latin American cuisine, from duck carnitas to the lighter cauliflower “steak”
romesco, with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez as
backdrop. Designed by Los Angeles firm Gulla Jonsdottir
Architecture + Design, the three-level indoor-outdoor
space also includes an oceanfront bar serving artisan
cocktails plus a raw bar with fresh local seafood.
• FI T Chileno Bay’s tranquil waters are a great setting
for first-time paddleboarders regardless of season; more
adventurous types can ride one of the resort’s sea bikes.
Both boards and bikes are available at the property’s
equipment center. ClassPass holders will appreciate the
many fitness center group activities — TRX, yoga, pilates
and spinning, it has them all. Golfers aren’t left out either:
the Tom Fazio–designed Chileno Bay course is exclusive
to members and resort guests only.
• SPA The Spa in Los Cabos draws inspiration from the
healing traditions of the Baja region, including handcrafted
treatments infused with natural elements. Lifelong sun
worshippers are invited to turn back the clock with a Blue
Agave Sun Renewal massage; the head-to-toe signature
service combats the harmful effects of overexposure.
Meanwhile, the Spa Journey beckons to those looking to
totally zen out. Starting with a mist alcove and ending
in a reflexology pool, the experience includes time in the
aromatherapy steam room, ice fountain and salt inhalation
room. Spa guests can also make use of amenities like out-
door sanctuary gardens, a hydrotherapy pool or open-air
treatment rooms for true Baja bliss.
• DON’ T MISS Lounge poolside in one of the resort’s five
private pool bungalows. Located alongside the adult pool,
the bungalows feature views of the three-tiered infinity-edge pool and Chileno Bay. But here’s the real draw:
bungalow reservations also get you foot massages, oxygen
shots, sunscreen and lotions, a mini bar and bottle service
along with an array of games.
• PROPER T Y DETAILS All 60 guest rooms and 32 villas
have private terraces with ocean, pool or garden views, as
well as spacious bathrooms with deep freestanding bathtubs
and private outdoor showers. Villas also have plunge pools.
Rooms start at $675.
Thompson Playa del Carmen
Situated in the middle of buzzworthy Riviera Maya, the
Thompson Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue Building is
a chameleon — it’s both party central and a sanctuary on
the city’s main drag, La Quinta Avenida. A favorite with
bachelor and bachelorette crowds drawn to the vibrant
nightlife scene, the hotel also has a more demure side,
evidenced by half-submerged pool loungers and an intimate spa. A more low-key vibe prevails in the Thompson’s
cozier Beach House down the street.
• EAT For a taste of Manhattan sophistication there’s no
better bet in town than Catch. Much like its Meatpacking
District location, the restaurant features globally influenced, locally sourced fare served family style. Dishes
here include bourbon-miso black cod lettuce wraps, crispy
whole red snapper for two, and grilled and raw items. As
of this past summer, Catch also offers brunch — waffle
towers and cinnamon roll pancakes — plus made-to-order
bloody marys, Aperol spritzes and micheladas. Over at the
Beach House’s C Grill, diners will find wood-oven-fired
seafood, ceviche and other regional favorites.
• FI T There are myriad ways for the active traveler to stay
on track with fitness goals. Guests have access to stand-up
paddleboards, diving equipment, a 24-hour fitness center,
bikes and beach yoga classes. Off-property and just outside
the city, you can get physical by exploring Tulum’s ruins
and snorkeling in the cenotes.
• SPA Ever dreamed of getting pampered without having
to leave the bed? The Thompson is here to fulfill that dream.
Guests seeking utter relaxation can book a series of mas-
sages and spa treatments in-room, on-terrace or in-cabana.