Wellness and sustainability are on everybody’s minds at the moment, and if a retreat is on your agenda then we’ve found the ultimate destination for you. Mexico’s Paradisus Los Cabos by Meliá really is paradise.
Guests staying at the hotel can be found getting in touch with their inner peace (we all need some of this in our lives) with morning yoga daily at 8:00am overlooking the sea, or at YHI spa, where masseuses lay fresh cucumber on your eyes and massage your head while you lie by the pool. The dream right?
Imagine a place where the waters are known as the aquarium of the world…welcome to Los Cabos.
Paradisus Los Cabos is an oasis of calm, covered in pale marble and glass with sweeping staircases and cactus plants lining pathways from the lobby to the pools and beach. When things get dark, the pool lights turn a deep purple, palm trees are lit up like Christmas trees and the enormous fire pit starts roaring.
For a heightened sense of luxury, guests can stay in the Royal Service rooms, an adults-only section of the hotel with a private pool, lounge and farm-to-table restaurant La Palapa (serving the best organic poached eggs I’ve ever had). Does it get better than this? Yes. Your personal butler will be on hand during your stay for absolutely anything you need.
The all-inclusive hotel has just launched its new “Embrace Your Nature” campaign, collaborating with local communities to promote sustainability. New experiences available are “Spirit of Cabos,” taking you to unreachable shores of the Sea Cortez, “Adrenaline” offers swimming with Great White Sharks and “The Wine Route Experience” takes you on a private jet to visit to the best vineyards in the area.
Another initiative is Project Beatriz: a collaboration to honour the late Beatriz Carrehga, who helped artisans in vulnerable communities. A brand new shop has been opened in the hotel with homemade wicker from the mountains of Guerrero, where all proceeds go to helping Mexican artisans find jobs. Even better: these stunning bags are utterly chic.
If you’re looking to experience something completely adorable and for a great cause, Paradisus has been instrumental in saving turtles, protecting areas where eggs are hatched and then releasing newborn turtles into the sea. Guests are able to get involved in and learn about the experience, choosing their very own newborn turtle to take down to the sea and release for the very first time.
The turtle that I chose was only born an hour earlier and it was a truly moving experience to hold one close up. We learnt that female turtles will always remember where they were hatched and come back to that exact same point to lay their own eggs years later.
This season there were more than 500 nests at Los Paradisus due to the incredible work that the team do to preserve and save. Sadly only 1 in 1,000 turtles survive and make it to adulthood due to plastic pollution.
To catch influencers reclining on sun beds with a bottle of champagne in hand, head to ME Cabo hotel, the number one day club destination in Los Cabos. Their famous Blue Marlin restaurant (also in Ibiza) is very exclusive, selling more Moët than anywhere else in America. Impressive right? The hotel also boasts iconic views of the stunning Arch of Cabo San Lucas, and guests have the option of staying in ‘social rooms’ where two suites will share one hot tub on a joint balcony…could your new best friend be waiting in a hot tub for you?
What to see eat
The brand new stylish Tokimeku restaurant/club at Paradisus has a different DJ every night, offering the freshest sushi including tuna with vodka.
You’ll want to visit Gastro Bar for fine dining, with walls adorned in book case wallpaper and sparkling chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Keep an eye out for the Jalapeño foam, black garlic ice cream and cod fritter (surprisingly good). Each restaurant at Paradisus feels like you’re almost in a different country entirely, meaning you literally have everything you need right at your doorstep.
Paradisus has also collaborated with the nearby Acre restaurant to bring you the greatest farm-to-table food by chef Alex Branch, who you’re able to book a personal experience with. If you feel like venturing out, Acre is also a hotel, with a sustainable salt water pool and 12 treehouses for rooms within an exotic jungle of palm trees. On site there is also a farm, where an astounding amount of puppies have been re-homed. I even met the puppy about to be adopted by Rumer Willis.
Another local is Los Tamarindos, visited by Lady Gaga while in Mexico for the Los Cabos Film Festival the day before I went, so I knew it had to be good. Chef Enrique Silva grows all of his produce on the rolling green hills in front of the restaurant, making it the freshest food you could possibly imagine.
What to do
Imagine Soho Farmhouse, but much much better. Flora Farms is the most magical place to spend time at. Its restaurants and shops offer ingredients from their own fields, offering cooking classes, a spa, brewery, and even providing water to surrounding communities.
If you’d like to stay at Paradisus Los Cabos in an Ocean View Junior Suite from £462 per night on an all-inclusive basis; visit www.melia.com. ME Cabo rates start at £490 per night on a double occupancy in an Aura Room.
New direct flights are available through Tui Airways from London Gatwick to Los Cabos International Airport from £750 return; visit www.tui.co.uk.