It wouldn’t be summer without the beach and a vacation. I recently had my fill of both in Mexico at Hotel San Cristobal Baja, a sort-of-recent addition to hotelier Liz Lambert’s Bunkhouse group of eclectic boutique properties. My first—and definitely not my last—Instagram post read, “Don’t bother me. I’ll just be right here for the rest of my life.” There might have even been a tear in my eye, the setting was that perfect. My partner and I had just driven an hour north from Cabo San Lucas, where we’d spent the better part of the last five days with 27 other family members (mom, dad, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and boozy cousin-in-law included!) at one of those big, all-inclusive resorts. On certain days, we took over entire pools. The love was real, but after five full days with the fam—and a resort’s worth of other people’s fams—I could use a change of pace.
Fast forward to San Cristobal, which was the antithesis of the Baja California we had just come from. After turning off the highway near the town of Todos Santos, and driving down an unassuming desert road, the property's organic farm fields and gleaming white plaster buildings appeared like a beautiful mirage. Situated right on the Pacific Ocean, nestled in an historical fishing cove called Punta Lobos, the 32-room hotel was pretty amazing.
We were greeted by an emerald-tiled pool warmed to a just-right temperature, and there was polished concrete and hand-stamped tiles everywhere you walk. Not to mention perfectly placed cacti lining the corridors. You get the feeling that every inch of the place has been thoughtfully designed and on trend, yet at the same time a casual, comfortable vibe floats through the air.
“Todo bien?” asks one of the super-friendly staff members. This is is what you’ll hear time and time again. “All good?” And they really want to know. The staff, made up almost entirely of locals, are super helpful, knowledgeable, and calming. They want to welcome you not only to San Cristobal, but to the community that they know and love.
The Room: We had a second story, ocean-facing room with a king bed (with a Coco Mat Mattress). There was a cute sitting area with a leather sofa and coffee table, and a private terrace through a wall of sliding glass doors. The roomy terrace was outfitted with stylish chairs, and a cushioned nook where we ate our breakfast every morning, listening to the waves crash while wearing the fun, complimentary Mexican-blanket-kimono-robes. The bathroom was tiled from floor to ceiling in a colorful swirly square pattern found throughout the hotel, and the Malin+Goetz bath products were plentiful and on point. Rum body wash and a Mexican beach, yes sir!
The Food: In addition to room service, San Cristobal essentially has two places to eat: (1) The pool side bar, where we snacked on fish tacos, shrimp quesadillas, and fresh local ceviche. And where they also served up amazing Paloma cocktails with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, tasty margaritas, and ice cold beer. (2) The main restaurant, Benno, where we had delicious orange roasted chicken, guacamole, beet salad, and a tuna crudo with a salsa matcha I can’t stop thinking about.
The Rest: The hotel had plenty of fun nooks and crannies for wandering, discovering and taking selfies. Hammocks hung for lazy moments away from the pool, a library with plush furniture and dripping wax candles for a thoughtful indoor moment, and stylish boutique where you can find sandals, beach bags, and curated selection of gifts and clothing. On the day we arrived, the hotel hosted an evening bonfire with s’mores, and another night they brought in a reggae rock band that played on the pool deck as the sun set behind them. Extra special moments that made for an extra special stay.
A trip out to Todos Santos and the Hotel San Cristobal is totally worth it. Plus, the weather in Baja is good year round, so you don’t have to wait until next summer to make the voyage. “Todo bien?” Si!
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