LOS CABOS, Mexico -- Los Cabos is one of Mexico's fastest-growing
tourist destinations, with more than 8,200 hotel rooms available
and another 1,000 rooms planned by the end of next year.
The following is a rundown of what's new or around the corner
for Los Cabos, plus a look at resorts offering off-season
Frontier Airlines announced its intention to more than double
the number of Mexican destinations it serves, and Los Cabos is part
of the blueprint.
Frontier said it will launch one weekly nonstop between Denver
and Los Cabos starting Nov. 1 and expand the Denver-Los Cabos
service to three flights a week starting Nov. 22.
To promote the new service, members of Frontier's frequent flyer
program will receive double miles for travel to and from Los Cabos
between Nov. 1 and Dec. 18.
Lines expanded its code-share relationship with AeroMexico last
month by offering code-share service from Ontario, Calif., to Los
The new service between Ontario and Los Cabos is offered
Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Flights to Los Cabos depart Ontario at 2:20 p.m. and arrive in
Los Cabos at 5:40 p.m. On the return, flights leave Los Cabos at
11:30 a.m. and arrive in Ontario at 12:50 p.m.
InterContinental Hotels Group last month opened the 333-room
Crowne Plaza-Los Cabos Beach Resort in San Jose del Cabo.
Formerly the Faro del Cabo resort, the property underwent a $40
million renovation. It features contemporary Mexican decor in rooms
and public spaces, five swimming pools, two lighted tennis courts,
a racquetball court, a fitness center and 18,000 square feet of
The hotel has five dining facilities, including Las Jicamas for
Mexican cuisine and La Gondola for Italian fare.
The Crowne Plaza-Los Cabos is owned by Hola Hotels & Resorts
and managed by Promociones Turisticas Azteca, S.A. de C.V., under a
license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels
For reservations, call (800) 2-CROWNE or visit www.crowneplaza.com.
Occidental Allegro Hotel Corp. plans to expand the Royal
Hideaway brand by opening a second upscale, inclusive resort that
will fly the Royal Hideaway flag.
Company officials said the Royal Hideaway resort in Los Cabos is
scheduled to open by the fourth quarter of 2004. It will be built
near the Presidente Intercontinental.
The Royal Hideaway in Los Cabos will offer three room types,
five a-la-carte restaurants, a spa and fitness center, a business
center and meetings facilities.
The rooms will be priced at about $400 a night, per person,
Work is underway on an $80 million expansion of the Palmilla
Resort, which is now closed and scheduled to reopen early next year
as One&Only Palmilla.
One&Only is a new division of luxury properties owned and
operated by Kerz-ner International, which acquired a 50% equity
interest in Palmilla and a long-term management agreement for the
resort last year.
As part of the renovation, Palmilla will be expanded from 115 to
172 rooms. Other additions will include an indoor/outdoor spa and a
restaurant owned by chef Charlie Trotter of Chicago.
One of Los Cabos' newest resorts is the 240-suite Marquis Los
Cabos Beach, Golf, Spa and Casitas Resort.
A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the property is
nestled between two 18-hole golf courses. Marquis Los Cabos is part
of the Hoteles Marquis chain, which includes the Marquis Reforma in
The resort will have what the company said is the largest spa in
Los Cabos (close to 27,000 square feet) when the facility opens in
There are three restaurants, two bars and an 8,054-square-foot
ballroom. The resort offers a complimentary breakfast delivered
daily to the room.
The resort is marketing an introductory rate of $325 per night
for a junior suite through Oct. 10.
For more information or reservations, call (877) 238-9399.
Looking to boost summer business, the 115-room Hacienda Beach
Resort is offering a $99 "Last Minute Great Rate" promotion for
clients who make reservations within 10 days of their arrival and
request the "summer special." In addition, kids under age 17 stay
free with their parents.
Regular rates range from $149 to $395 per room, per night. The
$99 rate is for a gardenview room, which normally runs $149 in the
summer; depending on availability, guests can request an
For information or reservations, call (800) SEE-CABO or visit www.haciendacabo.com.
Another resort hoping to attract business with lower rates is
the Casa Del Mar Beach, Golf and Spa Resort, which is selling a
Value Season package until Dec. 15.
Priced 63% below a comparable high-season deal, a four-night
package costs $897 for two people and includes daily breakfast,
roundtrip airport transfers, a rental car for one day, a discounted
rate on a round of golf, a twice-daily shuttle to Cabo San Lucas
and all taxes and service charges.
During high season, the price for this same package would be
$2,429 for two, according to the resort.
Casa del Mar is situated 25 minutes by car from Los Cabos
Airport between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
For information or reservations, call (888) 227-9621 or visit www.casadelmargolfandspa.com.
Pueblo Bonito Hotels and Resorts, the chain of all-suite
boutique properties in Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan, is offering a
Stay and Save program through the end of the year.
The hotel company gives clients a choice of a fourth night free
when they pay for three nights, or a sixth and seventh night free
when customers pay for five nights.
Sweetening the offer is a daily $20 food and beverage credit per
room, free spa admission and, with a seven-night stay, a free
Pueblo Bonito's resorts in Los Cabos are the Pueblo Bonito Rose,
Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos and Sunset Beach.
Stay and Save rates start at $195 per person, per day, double,
at the Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, and $165 at
the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach.
For information or reservations, call (800) 990-8250 or visit www.pueblobonito.com.
The 395-room Presidente InterContinental Los Cabos Resort began
offering a European plan (EP) option on July 1, becoming the only
resort in San Jose del Cabo to offer both EP and all-inclusive
pricing, according to the resort.
As a result, the resort will open its restaurants to non-guests
in an effort to attract locals. Guests on the EP plan, meanwhile,
will have access to more restaurants, including Da Antonio
The hotel's EP rates will range from $150 to $250 a night,
depending on the category of room and the season.
The resort recently opened a fifth restaurant, Napa, serving
light California-style dishes.
For information or reservations, call (800) 327-0200 or visit
the Web at www.intercontinental.com.
The Esperanza resort is offering customers one free night when
they book three nights through Oct. 14. Room rates at the 56-room
resort start at $350 for a gardenview room through Oct. 14.
For information or reservations, call (866) 282-3743.
Each year in early autumn, one of nature's most dramatic signs
of seasonal change takes place: the migration of hundreds of gray
whales from the frigid waters of the Arctic to the warm waters
surrounding the Baja Peninsula.
And from December to March, one of the best places to view this
phenomenon is in the waters surrounding Los Cabos. The whales
complete the 12,000-mile journey by late December and stay until
Observing the mammals' migration can be reason enough to visit
Los Cabos during this period.
The whales often are close enough to the shore to see from
beaches and overlooks. Or clients can sign on for one of Baja
Expeditions' whale-watching plans.
The San Diego-based operator offers packages that combine hotel
stays with whale-watching expeditions and other ecofriendly
Prices start at $1,250 per person, double, for a six-night
Magdalena Bay Whales & Kayaking itinerary.
For details or reservations, call Baja Expeditions at (800)
843-6967 or visit www.bajaex.com.
In addition, many local tour companies offer whale-watching
trips that can be booked through clients' hotels.
These two-and-a-half-hour boat tours take place in the bays
around Los Cabos by catamaran or power boat.
To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].