by MIchael J. Shapiro | September 06, 2018

Solaz, the first Luxury Collection Resort on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, has officially opened for business along the Sea of Cortez. The 128-room resort, which had been slated to debut in June, covers 34 acres of coastline midway between Cabo San Lucas and the historic town of San José del Cabo. Mexican architects, artists and chefs were tapped to collaborate on developing an authentic Baja California Sur experience.
 
Each of the resort's guest rooms and suites has a private entrance and patio, along with contemporary furnishings and original art within. Touchscreen devices in each room provide wireless access to control the curtains, lighting and music.

The striking architecture of the property, designed by Mexican firm Sordo Madaleno, entails cascading terraces that mix desert vegetation with quarry stone, granite, marble and wood. The surrounding landscape is a sustainable "dry jungle," and includes only plant life native to the region. Original works from Mexico City-born artist César López-Negrete pepper the resort throughout, and an on-site indigenous-art gallery, El Gabinete Del Barco, features local artifacts such as a whale skeleton and historical maps.
 
The property features five restaurants and lounges, including Mako, which serves fresh seafood and other local specialties; the all-day Cascabel, which has communal seating and various cooking stations that each highlight a regional cuisine of Mexico; La Cava, a wine cellar with more than 2,500 vintages; Arabica, an energetic nightspot with a variety of tapas dishes and creative cocktails; and Xocalatl, a chocolate shop and ice cream boutique. Locally sourced ingredients are showcased throughout the resort's eateries, including organic produce, fresh and sustainable fish and seafood, and traditional artisanal cheese.
 
Solaz offers 20,000 square feet of meeting space that can accommodate more than 1,000 attendees. The 11,000-square-foot outdoor Calypso Ocean Front Deck features dramatic views of the sea, while the 3,400-square-foot Cousteau Ballroom is the largest contiguous indoor event space.
 
Additional amenities include five swimming pools, a fitness center and the 10,000-square-foot Ojo de Liebre Spa. Several local activities can be arranged by the property, such as a private helicopter trip to explore cave paintings, the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and cooking classes. An "Artisan butler" dedicated to each room can help craft luxury adventures according to guest preferences.
 
Solaz is the seventh Luxury Collection hotel in Mexico, joining properties in Campeche, Mexico City and Yucatán.