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LOS CABOS — Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is taking over The Resort at Pedregal and rebranding it as Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.
Recently acquired by affiliates of Walton Street Capital Mexico, the luxury resort is set on 24 acres of mountainous beachfront near the Land’s End rock formations and Cabo Marina. The rebranded resort will welcome guests with ‘True Waldorf Service’ starting in Q4 2019.
“As the brand’s first property to debut in Mexico, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal showcases the brand’s commitment to expanding our luxury portfolio to some of the world’s most sought after destinations,” said Dino Michael, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to combining the resort’s exclusive environment and guest-focused comforts with the brand’s unparalleled commitment to personal service, and together, ensuring our guests have the experience of a lifetime.”
All 115 guestrooms and suites provide ocean views, private plunge pools, and a refined, upscale design inspired by the surrounding area’s natural elements, he adds. The resort features three swimming pools, including an infinity pool flowing into the horizon of the Pacific Ocean, a salt water pool and a children’s pool.
At Luna y Mar Spa, guests can select from a variety of organic treatments including herbal detoxes and rose-crystal lymphatic facials. The spa also offers a wellness grotto with local herbal remedies, steam rooms, saunas, ice rooms, whirlpools and a salt-water meditation pool. Fitness classes include Pilates and yoga, all with an oceanfront view.
For dining, the resort’s signature restaurant, Don Manuel’s, uses ingredients sourced locally and regionally to serve up authentic dishes within a Mexican hacienda. The Cliffside El Farallon offers an ocean-to-table menu developed by a culinary team that guides foodies in selecting side dish and wine pairings against the sound of crashing waves. Crudo, in the centre of the pool bar, incorporates local flavors into casual fare including a variety of fresh ceviche and sushi for light midday meals. There’s also the Beach Club, popular for its freshly caught fish and crisps, spiced pork belly buns and braised Angus brisket tacos.
Guests can also arrange for a private chef in the comfort of their suites for personalized meals on their terraces or indulge in handcrafted cocktails from one of the resort’s on-demand cocktail carts available throughout the property.
The resort celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Walton Street Capital Mexico to bring the first Waldorf Astoria to Mexico,” said Juan Corvinos, VP, development, Latin America and the Caribbean, Hilton. “Los Cabos – a vibrant, dynamic and truly luxury destination that draws travelers from all over the world – is the perfect market for our iconic Waldorf Astoria brand, and will be a significant addition to the nearly 70 Hilton properties already in Mexico.”
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Hilton currently has a portfolio of nearly 150 hotels and resorts across 25 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, including nearly 70 in Mexico. The company is actively pursuing additional growth opportunities in the Caribbean and Latin America, and has a robust pipeline of nearly 90 hotels throughout the region, including 30 projects in Mexico.
“We are proud to own one of Mexico’s most iconic luxury resorts and look forward to uniting this stunning hotel with Waldorf Astoria’s intuitive service culture and unforgettable experiences,” said Federico Martin del Campo, CEO of Walton Street Capital Mexico. “Our guests have come to expect the very best from our properties and we are delighted to join with Waldorf Astoria to implement their unique standards of luxury service. Along with the Conrad Punta de Mita (opening 2020) and the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, this represents our third resort project in Mexico with Hilton, further solidifying our partnership with Hilton for many years to come.”