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Marquis Los Cabos
Marquis Los Cabos — The Ultimate Luxury at Land’s End
By Beth Cordasco
The Marquis Los Cabos, a stunning beachfront property located in the “Cabo Real” section of Los Cabos, has earned myriad awards and accolades; it is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and an AAA Four Diamond Property. It’s a Conde Nast Traveler Gold List Award winner and was named the Best Resort & Spa in Baja, Mexico by Baja Traveler. But you don’t need the credentials to know that you’ve arrived at a place of extraordinary luxury and beauty. As soon as you enter the open-air lobby, with its iconic arch, inspired by El Arco, the trademark natural stone arch that sits at the very tip of Los Cabos, you’ll feel the magic and elegance that permeates the Marquis property.
The dramatic 36-foot waterfall that flows through the lobby and drops over into the main swimming pool is truly stunning, as are the angel wing sculptures commissioned by Jorge Marin.
Art abounds at Marquis; it is a subtle yet important part of the atmosphere. In total there are more than 400 commissioned paintings and sculptures at the resort. Each of the resort suites displays a colorful original oil painting by the well known Mexican painter, Agustin Castro-Lopez. Public areas are graced with myriad sculptures, six of which were cast in a Mexico City foundry by the renowned Colombian artist, Ana Mercedes Hoyos.
The property’s pools are also artistic and awe-inspiring. The central pool, the aforementioned landing point of the cascading lobby waterfall, is graced by four bronze sculptures by Marin, while the serpentine infinity pools, one on either side of it, are expansive, minimalistic and leave the beauty of the Sea of Cortez on full display.
The property boasts 237 suites and casitas, all with open views of the Sea of Cortes below. Each casita has its own pool as well as upgraded service (think a neck massage upon arrival and fresh flowers daily!). But all guests are pampered by the exceptional amenities that the Marquis adult-only Unlimited-Luxury® provides. Limitless gourmet food and premium beverages from six restaurants and three bars are yours to enjoy. Your minibar will be stocked daily with soft drinks, water and premium beer and spirits, plus you’ll have access to 24-hour room service. There is both pool-side and beach waiter service, as well as daytime activities such as yoga and beach walks, and night time theme parties and live entertainment. There are no wristbands to wear, no screaming kids, and no extra taxes or gratuities. Your only worry is to figure out when and where your next meal should be.
You’ll not want to miss Canto del Mar, the most intimate of the Marquis dining choices, which has been repeatedly honored with the Five Star Diamond Award. Elegant and small, Canto del Mar has seating for only 25. There are no printed menus as the menu offerings change every few days, based on the best available local offerings and the creative leanings of Chef Thierry Dufour, who personally prepares the six-course menu.
Chef Thierry Dufour is a Master Chef of France, which he earned for his career-long practice and promotion of French cuisine. The title is an elite honor that has been awarded to less than 300 chefs worldwide. He also has a Michelin two star restaurant pedigree, and in 2009 was one of three chefs in Mexico to receive the “San Pascual,” an achievement award bestowed on chefs who have dedicated their careers to gastronomy and the study of hospitality cuisine in Mexico.
All of the Marquis restaurants are run by Chef Thierry Dufour, so the quality can be sampled at any and all of the six restaurants.
Vista Ballenas serves Californian and Mexican cuisine and features a terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortez for outside dining as well as an indoor dining room. Table-side fires burn on chilly nights, and the hefty leather menus contain a nice variety of choices. If you’re craving traditional Mexican, this is the restaurant to choose. Don’t miss the tortilla soup, one of the best you’re likely to encounter — it’s rich and satisfying.
Your best option for lunch is Dos Mares, which specializes in seafood. Completely outdoors, you can opt to eat at a table, or have your meal served right at your chaise lounge. There is nothing like eating the freshest chevice available while gazing over the infinity pool to the clear blue waters of the Sea of Cortez beyond.
Offered at both Vistas Ballenas and Dos Mares, the ceviche at Marquis is a standout. There are three varieties from which you can choose: Acapulco, Vallarta and Yucatan. The Yucatan is highly recommended and includes red onion, olive, Habanero chile, coriander, oregano and lemon juice. One you’ve tasted it, there is a very good chance that you’ll order it repeatedly during your stay.
El Suspiro is an outdoor bar serving tapas and light dinner fare, top liquor, beer and wine, as well as over 85 brands of tequila. Yes, 85! In fact, Marquis was the first recipient of the Distinctive T in Baja California Sur from Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council, a title that entailed educating the entire staff on tequila culture and authenticity; so indulge, you may even learn something!
The bar’s atmosphere is casual yet cultured-chic, and the rushing water of the lobby’s dramatic fountain above gives the space a vibrant, lush feel. Because you have full access to dine where ever and whenever you wish with Marquis’ Unlimited-Luxury®, you are not hampered by reservations or pre-set plans. This freedom gives you the latitude to spend as long as you wish with a cocktail at El Suspiro before, or after, dinner. The mojito and margarita on the rocks come especially recommended.
You’ll also want to spend time in the13,000 square foot Spa Marquis which includes a spacious fitness center and holistic spa. The spa has ten ocean-view treatment rooms, private dressing rooms, a steam room, six open-air hot tubs and one Jacuzzi pool. It is only spa in Los Cabos that is member of Leading Spas in the World.
Margarita Valderrama, the spa’s director, is highly trained, a graduate of spa therapy education programs in Spain, Mexico, and the United States. She has developed some amazing and novel gourmet treatment packages that highlight the five elements—earth, water, fire, metal and wood. The treatments feature indigenous ingredients, such as cactus oils, agave, sea salt and seaweed from the Sea of Cortes. The Calabazuchitl Gourmet, for example, is an exfoliation, body wrap and relaxing massage treatment that combines marigold flower, pumpkin, Tepezchouite tree, orange, aloe vera and corn. It’s a rare treat that will make your stay at Marquis all the more memorable.
The Marquis Los Cabos Resort is a true luxe experience. Measure its gorgeous setting, unique art and architecture, outstanding service and gourmet food against any resort worldwide — you will never come up short.
Marquis Los Cabos
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