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The secret has long been leaked about Cabo, the seaside region at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula forever loved by well-heeled Angelenos and Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. But despite its feverish development in recent years, this sunny retreat seems to have managed to avoid the fate reserved for most other destinations whose idyllic vibes of barefoot luxury are inevitably and quickly taken over by mass tourism. Nearly every hotel business in the area has now claimed a sandy patch of Los Cabos’ two resort towns, San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, but it’s still possible to spend an entire week here feeling just right. of civilization. .
It certainly is from the serene confines of Zadún, one of the latest to join the market. It helps, of course, that this is a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the most prestigious category in the brand’s portfolio, whose hotels are characterized not only by impeccable luxury and 5-star service, but also by a feeling of supreme harmony with its destination and its natural environment. Only five Ritz-Carlton reserves exist in the world.
“Each one is created to be uniquely immersive and nod to the vibrant history that has shaped the place,” said Donna McNamara, Vice President and Global Brand Chief of The Ritz-Carlton. “We seek out exquisite corners of the world where we can offer a completely unique experience, even in a popular destination like Cabo.”
Zadún’s 115 rooms, suites, and villas, spread out in a landscape of cacti and agaves where the desert meets the Sea of Cortés, are paragons of indoor/outdoor living. Think: sliding glass doors, outdoor showers, private plunge pools, and sleek, expansive, cream-colored terraces that glow in hues of pink and orange at sunrise and sunset. In other words, you’ll never want to leave again, especially if your Tosoani, or personal tour guide, not only arranged the perfect itinerary, they also anticipated all of your needs long before you got there. even thought.
But even if you never venture outside of the place, every detail and experience has been designed to showcase the rich Mexican culture. Some are subtle, thoughtful touches: a lovely mix of welcome snacks, for example, is a mini culinary trip across the country, with wine from the Guadalupe Valley, olives from San Antonio de las Minas and pasta. of Miraflores guava. Or the traditional Mayan dolls that will appear next to your bed. Or Candil’s fantastic cocktail menu, a bustling showcase for much lesser-known and hard-to-find agaves from Mexico, like Raicilla, Sotol and Bacanora.
Below, McNamara talks to GTC on Zadún’s many merits and what she considers her best room.
Despite Cabo’s lightning-fast development over the past few years, Zadún still feels so remote and withdrawn. How was this balance achieved?
Zadún is located on an unspoilt stretch of land that showcases the natural beauty of the surroundings. It was not only essential to find the right location, but also to carefully consider all design and programming elements. For example, we have only used endemic flora from the Baja Peninsula throughout the property and have specific activities for our guests such as bird and whale watching or hiking through an organized botanical trail to educate on the plants and fauna of the region.
What sets Zadún apart from other luxury hotels in Cabo?
The team has worked closely with artisans from across Mexico to incorporate their handcrafted designs throughout the property. Every detail, from the rooms to the decoration of the restaurant, has been specially thought out and comes from remote regions of Mexico, such as Oaxaca or Puebla. Additionally, Zadún offers a monthly Artisan Walk where local artisans can display and sell their crafts directly to our customers.
The Alkemia Spa is another standout feature, particularly the Savasana sound room – one of the only such spaces in the world – where vibratory ground and sound frequencies combine for invigorating meditation.
What might surprise your guests at Zadún?
Its tranquility and its naturally restorative nature. Zadún truly redefines the destination, even for our guests who have frequented Cabo.
Which do you think is the best room in Zadún, and why?
Villa Grand Reserve is a must-see, especially for those seeking unparalleled privacy, with five bedrooms, multiple living rooms, a private pool, kitchen, jacuzzi and gym, and even private beach access. It is the crown jewel of the resort.
What is the starting price?
The five-bedroom Villa Grand Reserve starts at $10,282 per night.
Any local and off-property activities you recommend to guests?
The region offers a wide range of opportunities for cultural exploration. For example, historic San José is a more artsy and bohemian scene with galleries, shops, and local nightlife where guests can partake in traditional Mexican festivals such as Day of the Dead celebrations. The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, proclaimed by Jacques Cousteau as “the aquarium of the world”, is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is a must-see. It is one of only three coastal reefs in North America and the only one in the Sea of Cortez. One of my other favorite spots is Flora Farms, a relaxed and incredibly fun setting to enjoy a cocktail, a meal, or even an outdoor movie.
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