December 17, 2011
STRUTH! Mexico's tunnel of love
IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says you'll never be troubled by gawking invaders when you stay at the Capella Pedregal resort outside Mexico's Cabo San Lucas: the only way you can get into this beachside haven is by a private tunnel that runs several hundred metres through the heart of a mountain that divides sea and town.
And when it comes to pampering, Capella Pedregal seems to have it all: 138 plunge pools (one for every room and suite plus a sprinkling of others around the grounds,) an in-house astronomer to discuss the night sky with guests, a resident Mexican folk healer who uses home-grown herbs to "support emotional healing," a traditional Mexican kitchen that offers free private cooking lessons as well as private Tequila Tasting lessons with a "Tequila Master," a Food and Wine Journal in which to record your favourite resort food and dining experiences for when you make a return visit, and to keep you in shape a free A-list fitness trainer.
There's also 24-hour room service, a personal assistant for all guests during their stay and a driver to run you into town should you wish to diner there, go sport fishing or play golf.
And the cost? Start looking from US$375 a night for a room, and from US$1250 for a beachfront suite.