Onsite Review

Bliss Springs Eternal at Esperanza

written by | Posted on January 31st, 2012

Yoga classes are also plentiful here. There are daily classes available but those who want an enhanced experience might want to sign up for a candlelight session on Thursday evenings at the yoga studio or sunrise yoga on Saturday mornings on Esperanza’s private stretch of beach. For added privacy, guests can get private yoga instruction in their casita—or a massage, for that matter.

Early-bird yoga is all well and good, but our tastes took us to the Tequila Tasting Journey available on Thursdays and Saturdays, where guests learn the basics of the different types of tequila (starts at $65 pp). With this came another surprise: handcrafted chocolate bonbons made on site and filled with mole, jalapeño and red chili pepper creams, amazingly delicious and different, that go perfectly with aged tequila. There’s also a Mexican Wine Journey on Fridays (starting at $75 pp) where guests learn about Mexico’s grape varieties and enjoy pairings with local cuisine. Yes, libations are one of the most fun parts of a stay at Esperanza, The Lounge Bar offers martinis with yummy twists, such as the Calistoga Cocktail—made with gin, ginger liquor and cucumber—and the Love Bites, crafted with vodka, berries liquor, cranberry juice and mint leaves.

From The Lounge Bar you’ll want to make your way to Cocina del Mar next door. This signature spot, carved into the landscape in tiers that end almost above the sea, has recently debuted a dinner experience with an array of fresh everything—including only local seafood—in your choice of 3- or 4-course meal. This means that you can pair the delectable ahi tuna and Baja lobster “tower” with shrimp and crab agnolotti, for instance, or a seafood tortilla soup with pork osso bucco. Whatever direction the culinary journey takes, even if vegetarian, is exciting, made more so by the views around you.

Other dining options here include La Palapa, located in the resort’s residence club, and La Terraza Americana, which offers lunch daily. Foodies might want to look into The Essence of Esperanza package, in which Esperanza’s executive chef Gonzalo Cerda offers a hands-on cooking class—including digging for clams—and the resort’s Master Tequilero provides a Tequila Tasting Journey. The offer also includes three nights in an oceanview casita, daily breakfast and airport transfers. It starts at $1,925 through Dec. 16. Rates start at $595 through June 14, then go down to $495 until Oct. 14. For added fees, guests may sign up for sportfishing, snorkeling excursions, art gallery tours in San Jose del Cabo, shopping journeys and more.