Experience The Rebirth Of Mexico's Rancho Pescadero

The exclusive retreat in Baja California Sur reopens this fall, offering more suites, villas, and wellness experiences.

Hit the reset button at Mexico's Rancho Pescadero. Located just an hour north of Cabo, the beachfront resort recently underwent a transformation focused on luxury, wellness, and sustainability, headed by its original designer Lisa Harper.

When it reopens this November, guests will find a much grander property compared to when it opened in 2009 with just a dozen rooms. Now, Rancho Pescadero offers more than 100 luxury suites, with almost all of them offering beach or coastal views.

The suites and villas feature an aesthetic that inspires a sense of calm, with clean lines and neutral tones. Local designer Alejandra Templeton gives guests an exclusive tour of Mexico from their own rooms, by featuring fair-trade pieces from around the country, like talavera tiles handmade in Tlaquepaque, steel headboards with leather details from Chihuahua, copper vases from Michoacán, and fabrics sourced from Tijuana. 

Spread across 30 beachfront acres, the suites give guests an incredible view of the ocean. From the roof deck, visitors can capture panoramic pictures sure to make anyone back home jealous. But you'll probably want to stay off social media and enjoy it in real life from the comfort of a plush day bed on the patio of your personal sanctuary.

Get closer to the sound of crashing waves in one of the 12 oceanfront villas. Each villa has its own plunge pool, fire pit, and private beach access. You'll feel like you escaped to a spa when you enter the gorgeous bathroom featuring peacock green talavera wall tiling and a free-standing, oversized black terrazzo bathtub. Floor-to-ceiling windows found by the double sink offer views of the outside, where you'll find rainfall showers, flagstone and sand flooring, and native plants.

This property was designed to celebrate the region's natural beauty. | Albert Lewis

Let's talk about the actual spa—all 25,000 square feet of it. Each visitor to the Ranch's spa and wellness center can get their own exclusive, rejuvenating experience in what some may describe as a "sacred space." The central outdoor water feature resembles one of Mexico's cenotes, giving it a supernatural vibe. Something truly unique offered to guests is the ability to pick herbs with an apothecary, and then use them in a Baja blend of soaks, teas, masks, and scrubs. 

Or skip the trip to the garden and head straight to the hydrotherapy circuit with its ice fountain, steam room, experience shower, and Himalayan salt sauna. Sound baths, sunrise meditations, and native cacao ceremonies can all be experienced with a view of the horizon and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains. If your idea of rejuvenation involves something that gets the blood flowing, the spa and wellness center also features two yoga shalas, a reformer Pilates studio, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and much more.

With an emphasis on sustainability, Harper made sure to take steps during construction to preserve the local environment. Native plants that had to be moved were carefully put back into the earth, while scraps from the original hotel were reused. Harper and her team made sure to prevent different types of pollution, from having zero plastics on the property, to using dark sky lighting to avoid light pollution. 

A water recycling system turns rainwater into drinking water, while the resort's solar farm turns sunlight into electricity. And with electric carts and bikes being the only methods of transportation on the property, the Ranch can tout its effort to cut carbon emissions. It's quite a concept—a resort working to protect the future, while giving guests an experience that allows them to focus on the present.