Luxe Beat Magazine MAY 2015 - Page 36

Glam Surfing at Rancho Pescadero By Jill Weinlein S itting in the raised hot tub overlooking the stunning pool and bar area of the elegant boutique resort, Rancho Pescadero, guests congregate in the hot, bubbly water. Many are here to surf during the day, while their spouses take a yoga class or sit in one of the “floating” chaise lounges in the pool with a cool hibiscus margarita. You don’t have to be a surfer to stay at this luxury boutique resort. Guests range in their mid-40s to -60s. No party animals allowed here. Just well-off people, ready to relax, eat great organic food, take long walks along the beach and surf. If you don’t bring your own board, the resort has a few to borrow. One of the staff members or guests will happily teach you a few of the basic skills to get started. Rancho Pescadero is located about 90 minutes from the Los Cabo International Airport. Guests can either rent a car at the airport or take a shuttle to the property for about $200 for up to six passengers. It’s located just south of the charming, artist colony/ surfer town Todos Santos. Turn off the smooth Highway 19 onto a dirt road leading to the Pacific Ocean. There are 15 acres of organic gardens and sandy beach. Rancho Pescadero has 28 unique 36 guest rooms, two pools, a bar, Yoga studio and gourmet restaurant. Everywhere you walk, you’ll find beautiful views and hear the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore. Staying in the spacious room #14 for one night, I thought the designer kitchen was prettier than most homes. There was a grand living and dining room that could have entertained all the guests in the resort. This used to be the owner Lisa Harper’s unit. She left her corporate life as a CEO of children’s apparel company, Gymboree, and moved to Baja California with her husband, George. They purchased the land and soon built 12 luxurious suites. Later, they built 16 more to keep up with the demand of guests searching for a boutique resort near the waves. Most of the suites have king-size beds, with mosquito netting creating a romantic vibe. The bathrooms have huge concrete soaking tubes and an open shower with his-and-her shower heads. Out on the palapacovered patio are two comfy lounge chairs, a day bed and dining room table for eating al fresco. Best of all, there are no televisions or telephones. Guests receive a complimentary welcome margarita by the friendly bartenders. Afterwards, guests don bathing suits and swim before sunset. Before nightfall couples take long walks on the beach to collect shells and admire the driftwood, while the sun sets into the Pacific. The resort has an open-air Garden Restaurant built near the organic Rancho Pescadero guest room