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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Detox and Unwind in Los Cabos

There’s a healthy side to this spring-break destination best known for Cabo Wabo and partying co-eds.

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1. Where to Stay

In-room hammocks at Casa Natalia.  

Start your morning with green juice and organic eggs at Casa Natalia (loft rooms from $99; deluxe rooms from $185), a contemporary Mexican hideaway in downtown San Jose del Cabo. There’s no beach, but the small pool is blissfully child-free, and the hotel offers free service to El Ganzo’s beach club in nearby Puerto Los Cabos. All nineteen rooms have private terraces (most with hammocks), but ask for either of the new, local-artist-designed “loft” rooms—Francois Paris’s understated “Gemelo” room makes creative use of found objects, such as a lamp fashioned from seashells and bedside tables made out of wood from the San Jose Estuary. Stop into the hotel’s Mi Cocina restaurant for a serene dinner of roasted organic chicken with chocolate sauce ($18, a specialty of chef Loïc Tenoux) or risotto with local shellfish ($24).

Laze on shaded daybeds by the long rooftop infinity pool while admiring the tranquil Puerto Los Cabos marina at El Ganzo (doubles from $300). The hotel, which opened last year, has 72 airy rooms with 400-thread-count Italian linens, Frette robes, and organic bath products. The arty crowd (more Olasul trunks and Liberty print bandeaus than skinny jeans) loves the hotel’s new daily yoga and meditation classes ($15 per person), but there are also kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons at the nearby private beach club, accessed via complimentary ferry—and the water is calm enough for swimming.

Rethink all-inclusives at the Zoetry Casa del Mar (doubles from $650). Swathed in neutral hues and teakwood, it feels more like a chic boutique hotel (if a particularly expansive one) where all your meals, plus a quickie wellness consultation, mini–spa treatment (a neck, back, and shoulder rub, perhaps, or deep-cleansing facial), and daily yoga classes are included. Each of the 63 suites have private terraces with views of the cerulean Sea of Cortes, Bulgari toiletries, and aromatherapy-scented pillows and linens. The five sea-facing pools (one is adults-only) ensure you’ll never have to wake up at 6 a.m. to reserve a secluded lounge chair, and while the wellness-tailored Zoetry brand is open to families, the overall vibe is chill rather than frenetic (read: no screaming tykes).

Published on Jan 16, 2014 as a web exclusive.

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