Property: Nobu Hotel Los Cabos
Location: El Faro Viejo Beach, Los Cabos, Mexico
Key count: 200 rooms and suites
Room: Deluxe Room, King
Visit: 22 August 2023 (2 nights)
LATTE joined a quartet of highly experienced Australian luxury travel advisors in Los Cabos, post Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas, all of whom are first-time visitors to the destination, travelling as a guest of Los Cabos Tourism. We’re exploring some of the 14 Virtuoso Preferred properties in Los Cabos, under the expert guidance of Gate 7/Los Cabos Tourism’s Paola Zevallos.
Nobu’s ultra luxury hotel chain is thriving globally. The brand has 18 properties in the US, UK and Europe and Asia and after a COVID stall in expansion, more than 20 properties are now in the pipeline in Mexico, the Middle East, Egypt, Europe and The Americas, including upcoming developments in New York, Rome, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi and the latest, in San Sebastián and Toronto.
LATTE had its first opportunity to experience Nobu Hotels and Restaurants firsthand in Los Cabos. Building on the hype of the brand, I was expecting to be blown away. I wasn’t let down.
Our troupe passes El Medano Beach and The Arch where there is the largest gathering of hotels and resorts in Los Cabos, and where a Carnival Cruise ship has dropped anchor. Passing through the town of Cabo San Lucas we turn into the compound of El Faro Viejo Beach, and we then track towards the Pacific Ocean and weave our way on quiet paved roads until we reach the paved driveway of Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, next door to the towering Hard Rock Los Cabos.
Four giant slate archways and an enormous and meticulously racked Zen garden containing three crafted formations greet guests as they arrive. The resort features a commanding, open air reception with a killer breeze in the afternoon, that looks out across the roofline of the sunken property. I’m quickly checked-in and my butler escorts me to my room.
My room overlooks the resort’s family friendly and heavily greened swimming pool oasis – one of two relaxing alcoves that are encircled on three sides by low-rise towers of Nobu hotel. At 48 square metres, the Deluxe room has a sense of calm infused, using natural local materials blended with Japanese detailing and design. My King bed is low and soft like a pillow and I sink into it, engulfed on all sides.
The intricately designed rows of dark stone that comprise a feature wall in the bathroom behind a deep teak wooden rectangular onsen here is incredibly impressive. My first floor room has a small but adequately sized balcony with two chairs overlooking the pool, while some of my neighbours below have swim-up pool entry from their ground floor rooms and suites.