All-villa Cabo Azul set to open its doors in Los Cabos

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Yet another luxury resort is about to debut in Los Cabos. The all-villa Cabo Azul Resort & Spa near San Jose del Cabo is to open its doors in September. The 12-acre property has 332 villas plus a boutique hotel that is to open in mid-2008.

Pacific Monarch Resorts is the developer of the property; management responsibilities will be handled by a local operating company. Other resorts developed by Pacific Monarch are located in Brian Head, Utah; Las Vegas; and Palm Springs, Dana Point and San Diego county in California. The company also recently began construction of a resort in Kona, Hawaii.

Deciding to build its first luxury villa property south of the border makes perfect business sense for Pacific Monarch Resorts, according to Mark Post, president and CEO.

"Los Cabos is a convenient vacation destination that offers world-class vacation activities and a talented labor source that truly understands hospitality and guest satisfaction," Post said. "And it certainly helps that Los Cabos has become the No. 1 vacation destination in Mexico."

Lay of the land

Guests at Cabo Azul can choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, each with private oceanfront terrace and a full-size kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The overall style of the resort is the work of interior designer Dodd Mitchell.

Post said the resort's design will make it stand out from other properties, both within the Pacific Monarch family and in Los Cabos.

"The resort reflects Mitchell's flair for natural drama and elegance, combined with playful lighting effects," he said. "He incorporates elements such as captivating flaming fire sculptures and whimsical waterscapes to complement the serene beach landscape."

The property will also feature a 3,000-square-foot spa that incorporates Asian traditions. Guests will be able to receive their treatments in any of 12 indoor/outdoor rooms and also will have access to a green tea Jacuzzi and plunge pool. The spa will also have Vichy shower beds and a rooftop treatment room with a two-person bath.

The property's restaurant, Javier's Cantina and Grill, will serve a mix of international and Mexican cuisine, and there also will be a gourmet deli, bakery and Internet cafe. In-room dining will be available round-the-clock.

Cabo Azul's 3,000-square-foot, five-story wedding chapel will be available for nuptials and other ceremonies. The five-story structure has its own reception/party terrace with views of the Sea of Cortes.

Post said that the company is not targeting one specific market segment with its new resort.

Among the options for guests, Post mentioned therapeutic spa treatments, indoor and outdoor dining "including outdoor ceviche, taco and tequila-tasting bars," private cabanas and an on-site nightclub.

"We have great confidence in the future of the Los Cabos area as a world-class vacation destination," Post said. "There is much untapped potential in Los Cabos, and we are happy that we have been able to create a significant presence."

Rack rates start at about $550 for a one-bedroom villa.

Introductory rates are up to 50% off through December; there are also spa packages, midweek and weekend specials.

For more information on Cabo Azul Resort & Spa, call (877) 216-CABO or (949) 609-2400, or visit www.caboazulresort.com.

To contact reporter Mark Chesnut, send e-mail [email protected].

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