Nobu Hotel Los Cabos cut the ribbon this week on a 200-room minimalist-design property on the Pacific Ocean at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula. The property is one of nine in the A.I.C. collection and the second Nobu under that partnership in the rising Nobu Hotel brand that is looking at some 19 more properties in the pipeline worldwide in such key cities such as Chicago, Tel Aviv, Atlanta, Riyadh, Sao Paulo, Toronto and Warsaw.
To officially open the property, Robert De Niro, Meir Teper, Trevor Horwell and Nobu Matsuhisa cut the ribbon and discussed Nobu’s core philosophies from the perspective of a master in the Japanese culinary arts, the efficiencies of a film producer and the imaginative interpretation of one of the world’s foremost film stars. Hollywood celebrities are a familiar sight at the hotel. In addition to De Niro, sightings this week included Leo DiCaprio and Allison Janney.
“It’s our first hotel in Latin America and Mexico and it’s a very exciting time for us. Today everybody knows what the Nobu brand is. We started the company 25 years ago and we’ve grown to a company that now has the restaurants, as well as 19 more hotels currently in the pipeline. It’s amazing what we’ve accomplished as a company – I am not sure anyone has been able to build what we have on the foundations of what started as a very exciting food and beverage experience,” said Trevor Horwell, CEO of Nobu Hospitality Group.
Food at the Forefront
The Nobu in Los Cabos centers around food and relaxation mostly. It is located about 25 minutes from the town of Cabo San Lucas, where a plethora of restaurants, boutiques, shopping malls, bars and partiers are to be found. But most guests stick to the hotel. Even when crowded or full, a delicious quiet is ubiquitous around the 14-acre property. For restless souls, the Hard Rock Hotel, also an A.I.C. property, obliges wanderers with 639 rooms and rock star suites, eight restaurants, five swim-up bars and six pools, three lounges and a bowling alley.
For guests of Nobu, the open breezes and quiet comforts of carefully designed, holistic menus are a big focus. Malibu Farms delivers possibly the freshest farm-to-table choices in Baja and Nobu’s creative live-to-plate dining experiences are legendary. Fresh seafood is integrated into all menus and the locally-sourced large “chocolate” clams are a must try, no matter how they are prepared.
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos offers 97 standard rooms and 103 suites, all facing the ocean or golf course (the property is one of only a few in Cabo San Lucas that open onto a golf course. Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is located adjacent to the Diamante Cabo San Lucas Resort complex designed by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods – green fees start at $320), or may look out on a meandering pool scene that could be mistaken for a Japanese garden. All rooms have patios or terraces, some come with private pools. The resort has three pools, including a beachfront, adults only lap pool with extraordinary views.
Signature amenities include:
• Japanese soaking tubs and walk-in showers
• Exclusive Nobu beds with high thread count and organic cotton linens
• 65” TV
• Nespresso machine and traditional Japanese tea set
• Double vanities with Italian stone finish
• Private balcony with comfortable lounge furniture
• Complimentary WIFI throughout
• Butlers (in select suites)
• Beverage cart service
• In-room dining from Nobu Restaurant and Malibu Farm
• In-room yoga mats
• Garment steamers
• VIP check-in experience
• Shoe-shine and laundry service
• Nightly turn-down service
• Natura Bissé signature bathroom amenities
Accommodations start at 514 square foot for the Deluxe Room with one king or two queen beds, up to the 2,628-square-foot Nobu Suite Ocean Front with two king bedrooms.
Dining, Relaxation and Wellness
The hotel is not without its wellness focus. This includes a 13,691-square foot spa with 13 treatment rooms. Post massage amenities include an outdoor private hydrotherapy pools and gardens, co-ed lounges, cabana Jacuzzis, steam room and sauna. A fitness facility offers nearly 4,000 square feet of fitness equipment options plus an indoor/outdoor yoga and spinning area and daily complimentary classes.
Meetings in Mind
Meetings and events also have their place in the sun at Nobu with 14,389 square feet of space that breaks down into 11 flexible meeting spaces, including two ballrooms, a boardroom, prefunction space, and outdoor terraces and lawns. However, the wide open spaces of the hotel provide plenty of creative event spots, whether breakout places that center around fire pits, marble platforms abutting the beach or function space near the pool.
Access to Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is through Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). It’s a 45-minute drive from there to the Nobu Hotel. The hotel offers dedicated transfers for guests.
Currently, walk-up rates at Nobu Los Cabos average $500 per night.