Capella Pedregal

September 15, 2011

Brief description: privacy, privacy, privacy on the oceanfront at the rocky southernmost tip of Baja California Sur

  • 44 rooms, 22 suites, and 31 residences
  • Classic sells 18 3- and 4-BR villas; bedding is 2 kings + 2 doubles or 2 kings in a 2 bedroom; 4BR villas are 4600 square feet
  • Residences have full kitchens, and are pre-stocked with groceries. A personal assistant contacts the guest two weeks before arrival to determine preferences and needs

This resort feels like it was carved out of the cliffs, and indeed, it took four and a half years to blast a tunnel through the mountainside before construction began on the resort. Guests reach the resort by driving through the tunnel, after clearing a staffed security checkpoint.

Everything here is impeccable. Many of our group chose this as their favorite 5-star resort; however, I found the surrounding vistas too stark for my tastes. Shielded on one side by ocean’s expanse, and guarded on the other side by mountains of boulders, it is definitely a place that will appeal to those seeking to experience absolute privacy in ample accommodations with incredible views. I personally felt somewhat trapped and claustrophobic by the setting…but that impression was peculiar to me, and not shared by others in our group.

One of 3 dining options, the cliff-side fine dining restaurant perches on a narrow rocky ledge, set a short distance away from the main reception area. The atmosphere at night is exclusive, intimate, and romantic, with the waves crashing far below on the beach and the candle-lit tables forming small pinpoints of light above. At the entrance to the outdoor dining area, freshly-caught fish is displayed market-style on the back of an upside-down boat. Diners may choose their particular fillet, and the chef will prepare it to their specifications.

The gym overlooks the ocean … during whale season, we were told, guests may work out a little longer than during other seasons, because the view is so remarkable. The fitness center also boasts two private rooms, including one rigged with an “e-trainer”: a touch screen in one corner through which you can select one of several types of fitness sessions. The video is projected onto a large screen in the center of the room, so that it seems as if you have a personal coach in the room with you. Spin bikes have been ordered, so spin classes are just around the corner.

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