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Fiesta In Baja

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos hotel is one of the latest properties to open in Baja California's trendy Los Cabos.


by Mary Ashcraft & Rod Lopez-Fabrega
"...white sand beaches,
secluded coves and
355 days of sunshine
a year with
temperatures
ranging between
75 and 90 degrees,
provide the perfect
setting for the
Grupo Posadas'
five-star Fiesta
Americana Grand
Los Cabos hotel"
"... this beachfront
luxury resort in the
exclusive enclave
of Cabo Sol, is very
international in its
approach to luxury
but proudly
Mexican..."


Views of the rambling Sierra de la Laguna Mountains covered with candy pink San Miguel wild flowers and yellow Palo de Arco flowering shrubs, soft breezes from the Sea of Cortez, white sand beaches, secluded coves and 355 days of sunshine a year with temperatures ranging between 75 and 90 degrees, provide the perfect setting for the Grupo Posadas' five-star Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos hotel. Situated between the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo on the southernmost Tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, this beachfront luxury resort in the exclusive enclave of Cabo Sol, is very international in its approach to luxury but proudly Mexican in its atmosphere of friendliness and expert attention.







Conforming architecturally to the contours of the hillside and harmonious with the tans, ochres and sienna colors of nature that surround it, the 278-room, 90-million-dollar property features three restaurants, tennis courts, fitness center, health spa, business center, and meeting space with state-of-the-art equipment for up to 1,100 people. Pablo Azcarraga, Grupo Posadas vice president believes, "The location, the amenities and great golf combine to present one of the most enjoyable experiences imaginable."




"Conforming
architecturally to
the contours of the
hillside and
harmonious with
the tans, ochres
and sienna colors
of nature that
surround it, the
278-room,
90-million-dollar
property features
three restaurants,
tennis courts,
fitness center,
health spa,
business center,
and meeting space
with state-of-the-art
equipment for
up to 1,100 people. "
"The eight
classifications of
guest rooms at
Fiesta Americana,
ranging from
Deluxe to Imperial,
all have ocean
views of the
Sea of Cortez. "
"The hotel offers a
number of four-
and seven-night
packages...
These include
the seven-night
Grand Tour of
Los Cabos Golf
Courses ...
the four-night
Grand Golf and
Relaxation...
the four-night Grand
Sport Fishing...
[and] the four- or
seven-night
Grand Sport
Fishing and Golf .."
Immediately adjacent the hotel is the award-winning Jack Nicklaus-designed, par 72, championship Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. Following the water’s edge, teeing off perfect turf framed by Organ cactus and Agave and putting on greens in lush surroundings makes the mix of ocean, land and desert, as Jack himself says, a course that includes, "...the finest three finishing holes of golf in the world." Dagoberto de Acha, golf pro of Cabo del Sol Ocean Course, says that what is most often heard from golfers at the end of a round is the exclamation, "spectacular! Golf Magazine rates it "among the 10 best public courses in the world." High season greens fee is $200 and low season $150. Hotel guests receive a 20% discount.





The eight classifications of guest rooms at Fiesta Americana, ranging from Deluxe to Imperial, all have ocean views of the Sea of Cortez. The property offers three free-form swimming pools (one with swim-up pool bar), and colorful desert gardens growing right up to the sand beach. Grand Club level rooms feature the Fiesta Club personalized service with its own concierge staff, private lounge, complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon snacks, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. There is also a Fiesta Kids Club with supervised activities of painting, crayons, TV and table games. Baby sitters are available on request. Rates are per room. Rack rates for Deluxe rooms range from $600 during high season to $251 during low season; for the Imperial Suite, rack rates range from $3,684 to $2,237



The hotel offers a number of four- and seven-night packages priced on double occupancy. These include the seven-night Grand Tour of Los Cabos Golf Courses with prices starting at $4,400; the four-night Grand Golf and Relaxation starting at $2,661;



the four-night Grand Sport Fishing featuring Grand Deluxe accommodations, two days of sport fishing aboard a 31-foot yacht, rod and reels, fishing license, box lunch, certificates of catch and release, two dinners, buffet breakfast daily, airport and marina transfers, starting at $2,429; and the four- or seven-night Grand Sport Fishing and Golf starting at $2,710 and $4,570 for the latter.

Weddings have become very popular at Fiesta Americana. All the planning may be left to the hotel staff and will include the couples' preference of minister, priest or rabbi. All the couple needs to bring are the marriage license and blood test. After the wedding, a honeymoon at this romantic hotel is a good option. The hotel offers the four- or seven-night Grand Honeymoon package. It includes Grand Deluxe accommodations, welcoming bottle of Champagne, personalized bathrobes, daily in-room surprise gift, unlimited use of Fitness Center, one free hour of tennis, one free massage in Spa, one sunset cruise, discounted golf, theme party dinner or Rosato Restaurant dinner with wine, buffet or room-service breakfast daily and airport transfers. Prices start at $1,892 for the four-night and $2,857 for the seven-night package.






The tour desk in the hotel lobby has a multilingual staff and can arrange outside activities. The hotel has a shuttle bus from the front door to downtown Cabo San Lucas that runs every fifteen minutes, which makes shopping the bustling streets with its myriad craft shops, funky bars and authentic Mexican restaurants easy. Well worth a visit is Pancho's Restaurant, with its rich woven tablecloths, brightly colored cutout pictures hung like wash across the ceiling, 250 kinds of Tequila (one scooped from a vat containing a Tequila-pickled rattlesnake,) a strolling Mariachi band and an excellent Mexican menu.

"The tour desk
in the hotel lobby
has a multilingual
staff and can
arrange outside
activities. The
hotel has a shuttle
bus from the
front door to
downtown
Cabo San Lucas
that runs every
fifteen minutes..."

"The hotel also
can arrange an
array of specialized
services with Cabo
Traveler Advisors
(CTA.)...[they]
will have someone
at the airport
when you first
step off the
airplane for
transport to a
hotel or to
provide airport or
Customs and
Immigration help,
if needed."
"For the more
conservative, a ride
north to the town
of San Jose del Cabo
is a must.
This wonderful
little community is
much more like
the "typical
Mexican town"
of your dreams."
"Just off the park
is a hidden gem of
a "boutique hotel,"
the Casa Natalia.
Just opened in
October, 1999...
The Tenoux's
have created a
magnificently
appointed posada "

The hotel also can arrange an array of specialized services with Cabo Traveler Advisors (CTA.) With more than fifty years of experience in the travel industry, managing director Victor Mena, director of sales Francisco Olivares, and operations manager Jorge Woulburg will have someone at the airport when you first step off the airplane for transport to a hotel or to provide airport or Customs and Immigration help, if needed. CTA has a long and varied list of activities to select from during your visit. Some choices might be to horseback ride, sail, whale watch, deep sea fish (Los Cabos is known as the Marlin capital of the world), snorkel, Scuba or drive up and down the amazing Baja sand dunes in an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Other choices might be a sunset cruise to watch seals on the rocks in Cabo bay in a luxurious Power Catamaran or Parasail high above blue Cabo Bay under a colorful parachute. And for those who fell in love with the pop song, "California Hotel," a trip can be arranged to the California Hotel of song in the small typical village of Todos Santos. If the activity can be thought of, CTA will do its best to arrange it.



When you decide to go exploring on your own, the town of Cabo San Lucas is an adventure in contrasts. It is a fifteen-minute taxi-ride heading south from the Gold Coast hotels. High on the hilltops surrounding the town is the neighborhood of Pedregal, an exclusive enclave for the very rich. Favored by Hollywood's power set, such folk as Sylvester Stallone have palatial retreats perched on the cliffs looking down on what is becoming Cabo's Tiajuana. The town is filled with a fascinating mix of high-priced boutiques, tourist traps, typical restaurants, a MacDonalds, seedy bars, elegant bars, a Hard Rock Cafe (of course), and you-name-it attractions. The downtown area wraps around a large marina where pleasure craft and deep-sea fishing craft are docked and a major shopping mall is being constructed. It's fun and worth a day's worth of poking around as well as several nights of cantina-hopping.



For the more conservative, a ride north to the town of San Jose del Cabo is a must. This wonderful little community is much more like the "typical Mexican town" of your dreams. Located about fifteen minutes north of the Gold Coast, the atmosphere throughout makes San Jose something of an oasis after the pace of neighboring Cabo San Lucas. It is an historic Spanish Colonial Village with a marvelously baroque bandstand in the town square, and a cool, shady park marking the end of a main street lined with interesting shops.




Just off the park is a hidden gem of a "boutique hotel," the Casa Natalia. Just opened in October, 1999, it is owned and operated by European-born wife and husband partners Nathalie and Loic Tenoux. The Tenoux's have created a magnificently appointed posada with just 18 rooms. This is how they describe it themselves: "The hotel's contemporary Mexican architecture has an international flavor that reflects the region's spectacular deserts, mountains, clear skies and brilliant blue seas. Colorful hand plastered walls in vivid blues, yellows, and terra-cotta, hand hewn wood beams, towering palm groves, brilliantly colored tropical flowers, cascading waterfalls, soaking and swimming pools and dramatic open flame braziers all reflect the natural beauty of Los Cabos." They aren't exaggerating. Positioned on a long, narrow lot, the place is breathtaking and clearly has been designed with loving care and attention to details. The 90-seat Mi Cocina (My Kitchen) restaurant alone is worth a visit. It serves "Nouvelle Mexican-Euro cuisine," and the young chef is continually developing innovative dishes such as a wondrous soup made with a most unexpected ingredient: pulverized pork rinds known locally as chicharrones. Room rates (Deluxe) range from $180 during off-season to $280 high season.



The Los Cabos international airport is serviced by international as well as North American airlines.

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Hotel
800-FIESTA-1; www.fiestaamericana.com
www.posadas-hotels.com

Casa Natalia, 888-277-3814;
E-mail: casa.natalia@1cabonet.com.mx
Web: www.casanatalia.com


PHOTO CREDITS:
Rod Lopez-Fabrega & Mary Ashcraft
and Casa Natalia


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