ONE of this year’s hottest destinations? That’ll be Los Cabos, a small region at the tip of Baja California, west coast Mexico’s slender, beach-speckled peninsula.
Los Cabos consists of two towns: glitzy and cosmopolitan Cabo San Lucas (often just called Cabo) and the quainter, quieter San Jose Del Cabo. In between is a 20-mile seaboard along which luxury resorts line white-sand shores and championship golf courses designed by players such as Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. High-rises are kept to a pleasing minimum.
There are three main reasons why Los Cabos is in vogue. Firstly, an apparently never-ending slew of celebrities are visiting. A-listers Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman all came last year, for instance.
Then there are all the new hotels. Due to open this year are outposts of Nobu, Four Seasons and Hard Rock Hotels. Occupying an impressive desert-meets-beach landscape in Cabo San Lucas, the last will be a luxury resort with six pools and eight restaurants alongside a bowling alley, a spa and Hard Rock’s typical music memorabilia.
Most significantly, Tui will begin the UK’s first direct flights to Los Cabos from Gatwick on November 4. Initially, only flight-inclusive packages around the twice-weekly service will be offered and not flight-only tickets. The next quickest ways to fly there are via Mexico City or Dallas.
According to Mark Hall, director of product and destination experience, Tui has launched the service following the success of fellow Mexican destinations Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. There’s also the meteorological factor.
‘Los Cabos is a fantastic year-round destination,’ says Hall. ‘It has less humidity than other Mexican locations because of its position at Baja’s tip.’
The sun shines here most days, with April and May the most reliable. So, beyond lying on perfect beaches and pinging golf balls about, what else is there to do?
Plenty, actually. A sport fishing scene is especially well-established, with marlin the most prized catch. Whale-watching boat tours, looking for humpbacks and greys, peak between January and March, and other cruises pass El Arco, a natural stone arch at the point where the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of California meet. Coral reefs beckon for divers and snorkellers while, inland, activities from dune-buggy rides to hang-gliding await.
A sexy spirit
DAMIANA (above) is a herb used to make a local liqueur of the same name. It is known as a natural Viagra for women and sold most commonly in a bottle shaped like an Incan goddess. The aphrodisiac was also, supposedly, one ingredient in the world’s original, first-ever margarita cocktail before it was replaced by triple sec.
■ From £1,408pp all-inclusive for seven nights at the Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, including flights from Gatwick and transfers, tui.co.uk