Post-hurricane, the Baja getaway is better than ever.
More than a year since Hurricane Odile caused widespread damage to the southernmost tip of Baja California, the popular getaway of Los Cabos continues to make a stunning return. Many of the resorts and restaurants hit hard by the storm have since undergone dramatic renovations, setting the stage for a newly polished paradise just a couple hours south of Los Angeles.
Where to Stay:
One of the best examples of post-Odile transformation is the gorgeous, oceanfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa, reopened last March. The all-inclusive, adults-only destination boasts 235 renovated oceanfront suites, each with stunning views of the Sea of Cortés. Rooms and guest spaces are stylishly appointed with colorful works from Mexican artists, including the private casitas that sit just feet from the water. An equally chic spa offers signature treatments featuring an exclusive line of luxurious Natura Bissé products. 800-745-8883, lhw.com
Where to Eat:
There are multiple dining options on-property at the Marquis, all helmed by French-born executive chef Thierry Dufour. Don’t miss Restaurant Sakke, where guests may explore exotic flavors from around Asia at traditional teppanyaki tables with agile chefs.
If the mood strikes to explore off-property, you won’t regret a visit to Flora Farms. The 10-acre valley farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains in Los Cabos features a bustling farm-to-table restaurant, bakery, multiple food and retail stores, a terrific pastoral ambience and a handful of rescue dogs-turned-farm-mascots. flora-farms.com
What to Do:
When not lounging by the pool sipping a margarita, plenty of robust outings await courtesy of Cabo Adventures. Outfitted to put you one-on-one with nature, this incredible program offers everything from swimming with dolphins to whale shark encounters. Ever want a Lawrence of Arabia moment? You don’t need to travel to the Sahara when you can enjoy a guided camel ride on the beach in Rancho San Cristobal. Cool fact: These particular camels are native to Texas, where they’ve been raised since arriving in the States during the Civil War. And while the gentle giants sometimes spit, they also love having their picture taken. cabo-adventures.com
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