Sustainability is more than a buzzword at Paradero Todos Santos, a luxury “soft adventure” destination located in the Baja region of Mexico. The 35-suite property, which opened in February 2021 and is the brainchild of Mexican entrepreneurs Pablo Carmona and josh Kremer, goes above and beyond to use local products and employ workers from the nearby area, helping to make the property a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation. – of which there are only two in Baja.
“Paradero is an experiential inclusive destination rooted in meaningful connections to nature, sustainability, community development and conservation,” Carmona and Kremer say. GRAZIA Gazette: Hamptons. “Experiences with biodynamic farmers, meditation classes along sunflower fields, and morning and sunset hikes in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains are all included in the stay. This is partly to encourage guests to get out and explore.
A paradise for surfers and outdoor enthusiasts, Paradero Todos Santos describes itself as “80% landscape, 20% construction project”. Spread across 160 acres of family farms within the La Mesa farming community, Paradero – which loosely translates to “a stop in the road” – was built on the core belief that “extraordinary experiences go hand in hand with sustainability. , community development and conservation.With over 355 days of sunshine and direct flights from major cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Houston, Denver and New York, it’s always a good time to visit.
By immersing guests in nature, Paradero pays homage and respect to the land it inhabits, just an hour’s drive from San Jose del Cabo airport. Employing locals ensures that generations of knowledge about this lush oasis nestled in a desert at the foot of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range remain intact.
“Todos Santos is a unique place in Baja where five distinct ecosystems collide: desert, mountains, beaches, an oasis of palm trees and farmland,” Carmona and Kremer explain. “There is no other place where you can find such a diverse landscape in such a small pocket.”
The grounds of Paradero Todos Santos include more than 100,000 square feet of botanical gardens, made up of 80 endemic species, including red sand verbena, Mojave yucca and Shaw’s agave. Organized by Mexico City-based landscape architecture firm Polen, whose former clients include Google and Twitter, the spread includes more than 20,000 plants, many of which were on the grounds before the complex was built.
Built with locally sourced beige concrete to blend seamlessly into the landscape, the property also features accents of Mexican tornillo wood, metal, and textiles. It was designed with a trapezoidal shape to ensure breathtaking views from every suite.
From the handcrafted furniture and rooftop yoga deck to the open fire kitchen with a traditional Oaxcan clay oven and versatile ‘living room’, there is a sense of authenticity and thoughtfulness in every corner of the complex.
The 35 suites designed by interior design firm B Huber feature bespoke furniture sourced from Guadalajara and Oaxaca, with no detail overlooked. The 16 Garden Suites offer the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living, with hammocks and outdoor soaking tubs; The rooftop suites offer guests unforgettable views of the surrounding farmland, mountains, and ocean. The breathtaking corner Master Casita occupies three floors featuring a kitchenette, dining area and plunge pool – the ultimate in privacy and understated luxury.
“We wanted to create a hotel that would exist in harmony with the community and natural beauty to blur the line between indoor and outdoor living,” Carmona and Kremer explain. “Paradero aims to promote the talent of Mexican design, to work with “honest” materials and to use the highest quality craftsmanship, from furniture to textiles. We spent over a year designing with our architecture, interior design and landscape teams, where equal importance was given to each practice.
Just as much thought has gone into creating the rest of Paradero Todos Santos’ offerings. Chef Eduardo Rios, a Pujol alumnus, runs the kitchen, which has become a destination in itself for travelers and locals alike. The culinary team only uses five suppliers and the dishes are made with a maximum of five ingredients.
“We’re taking farm-to-table to another level,” boast Carmona and Kremer. “Just steps from our restaurants is our on-site garden and we are surrounded by more than a dozen family farms. We source as much as possible from our immediate farms, seas and ranches.
The area’s Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing the herbs and vegetables that are used to prepare dishes at the adults-only Paradero Restaurant, including grilled chocolate clams, bone marrow tamal, green scallop aquachile and Huitlacoche ceviche. At Bar Pericúe, a custom tasting menu of corn tortillas, smoked meat and fish is complemented by cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices and homemade mixers.
Wellness is a top priority at Paradero Todos Santos, with activities like surfing, yoga, mountain biking, and hiking. The Ojo de Agua Spa is a highlight, with everything from sage and post-hike hot stone massages to a sound healing experience and the From City to Desert facial. Those looking for something rooted in local tradition should opt for traditional rituals, such as the Yenekamu ritual of the Baja aboriginal people or the Temazcal treatment.
“Our goal is to provide life-changing wellness and healing experiences,” say Carmona and Kremer. “The authentic Temazcal treatment takes place in a “cabin” made from locally sourced adobe and by a local Temazcal builder. The ceremony is led by our full-time Mexican shaman. Once inside, hot volcanic rocks are placed in the center and water is poured over the rocks to produce steam. Treatment has been part of Mexican culture for about 1,000 years.