Las Ventanas Al Paraiso–or, Las Ventanas for short–is an iconic resort in Cabo. It’s been on my bucket list ever since I first read about it being Jen Aniston’s favorite vacation spot years ago. I was already sold at that point, but then I read that it’s also Jacey Durprie’s favorite vacation spot. At that point—I knew I needed to go. So, after our last wedding of the year in Cabo, we popped over to Las Ventanas for 48 hours of recharging.
When you pull up to the Las Ventanas property, it feels more like pulling up to a luxurious hacienda—a refreshing departure from the typical modern hotels that now line the beaches of Cabo. It was built in 1997, making it one of the first 5-star properties in the area–and it has definitely stood the test of time.
Wonderfully perched high above the ocean, our suite included a gorgeous spiral staircase that led to an observation deck, where we frequently sat to take in the stunning views. While sunning isn’t really our thing (we hide from the rays in Miami), this perch really was the perfect place to shoot. We captured several sunrise and sunset shots that we’re incredibly happy with. Fun fact: ‘Las Ventanas Al Paraiso’ translates to ‘windows to paradise’ in English–and I have to say–that’s definitely accurate.
The Las Ventanas property is larger than it seems, complete with several pools. We discovered the hidden Oasis pool on our last day and loved how tucked away and special it felt. The weather was unusually cool during our stay, which made it perfect for walking on the beach and reading by the pool.
In the mornings, we took advantage of Las Ventanas’ gym, spa, sauna, and cold plunge (which is one of the coldest I’ve experienced). One of my favorite things about coming to Mexico is the fresh cuisine—ceviche, tacos, margaritas—and we made sure to enjoy them all.
An Air of History and Charm
Something that makes the Las Ventanas experience a bit more approachable than some of the other 5-star properties we’ve visited is that it has a historic feel and lots of authentic Mexican charm. From a photographer’s perspective, every inch of Las Ventanas represents a perfect photoshoot opportunity. The white buildings intricately adorned with bright, colorful bougainvilleas gave it an almost Grecian feel. There were also lots of areas prime for special events. I can only imagine how breathtakingly beautiful a wedding would be here.
The only regret I have surrounding my Las Ventanas experience was not getting out on the water to see the whales! We would periodically see them breaching in the distance. It was such an amazing sight. During the later part of the year, it’s typical for many whales to be in that area, and that is something I’d love to explore further—and photograph. I suppose I’ll have to wait until my next visit…
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