Cathy Howes soaks up the sun at the A-list haven, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos in Mexico and here's why it's perfect for your honeymoon
The holiday of a lifetime deserves careful thought and consideration. Are you seeking a sandy paradise escape or looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure? Here at Wedding Style, we have lots of honeymoon inspiration for you and very importantly, first-hand reviews of the most amazing locations. Discover what Cathy Howes thought of sunny Mexico…
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos
Twenty years ago, Los Cabos was a sleepy outback on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Today, it’s blossomed into an A-list destination of luxury hotels and fine restaurants, with a marina bobbing with yachts at Cabo San Lucas. No big surprise, then, that it’s home to the very latest Nobu Hotel, the lifestyle brand that fuses Nobu Matsuhisa’s world-renowned cuisine with the Hollywood glamour of co-owner Robert De Niro.
Tucked away on the diamante – an exclusive development of hotels, villas and golf courses, including one created by Tiger Woods – the aesthetic is contemporary Japanese. Its design embraces the concept of Kokoro – the connection between emotions, feelings, spirit and soul – from the clean lines of the dazzling white buildings to the traditional wooden soaking tubs in every room (although you can soak all you want at the spa’s hydrotherapy garden, a serene outdoor circuit of pools and Jacuzzis included with every treatment).
If you’re lucky, you can sometimes spot whales giving an impromptu water show from the mezzanine lobby, although fierce currents off the hotel’s seafront mean you need to drive along the coast, towards the arty shops and bars of Todos Santos, to find swimmable beaches. Not that there’s any shortage of pools – four in total, including one with a swim-up bar – plus there’s the glorious option of booking that honeymoon essential, a private cabana. Smiley waiters are happy to deliver cocktails to your sunbed – how early is too early for that first margarita? – but all that pool-lounging is simply an amuse bouche to the hotel’s main attraction; its food and drink.
Try a tequila
All hotels have sommeliers, but Nobu Hotel Los Cabos goes one better with its own tequilier to take you through the subtleties of the country’s national drink. He may also knock on your suite door to offer a complimentary cocktail from his mobile bar. Margarita? It would be rude not to…
Nobu Menu Magic
The jewel in the crown of where to dine is the glass-sided Nobu restaurant overlooking the sea. Open for dinner only, it’s where dishes such as sashimi salmon and black cod with miso cement chef Nobu’s reputation for the world’s most exciting Japanese fusion cooking. For a more informal vibe, the alfresco Pacific restaurant beside the beach celebrates Mexican dining family-style, with sharing highlights of ceviche with seasonal fruit and octopus with pork belly.
Last, but most definitely not least, is Malibu Farm, one of a group of organic restaurants founded in the US by Helene Henderson, turning farm-to-table ingredients into hearty, healthy works of art. For breakfast, try the awesome ABC tacos (avocado, bacon and cheese), or treat yourselves to the avocado pizza for lunch. Order one between you, if you dare, but those silky thin slices of avocado with ricotta, coriander and lime will break your resolve and you’ll definitely want another. There are some things a new husband and wife simply shouldn’t share…
3 Not to miss
Cocktails at Tequila’s Sunrise Bar opposite Hotel California in Todos Santos, where the infamous ‘Mr Margarita’ whips up drinks the size of goldfish bowls. One is fabulous, two are fatal…
Lunch at La Casita Tapas + Wine Bar, where ingredients are so fresh, we watch a fisherman stroll in with a bag of seafood that chef-owner Sergio Rivera transforms into his stunning signature shrimp dishes. lacasitatapaswinebar.com
Dinner at Los Tamarindos, a farm-to-table organic restaurant near San Jose Del Cabo. Enjoy slow-cooked pork shank and mesquite-baked cauliflower under the fairylights of its terrace tables. lostamarindos.mx
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