As I lie mesmerised by the 8-foot waves crashing onto the hot sand against the backdrop of a cloudless blue sky, only a few divers searching for the elusive oysters dot the horizon. The vast stretch of beach is virtually empty, save for a couple meandering by, hand in hand, as I recline in happy solitude, intermittently turning my attention to my novel. It's difficult to break the hypnotic spell I'm under and I like it this way.
My friends and I have come to Mexico to de-stress, to get away from it all for five glorious days. We have set up camp in a luxury villa called Casa Maya, outside San Jose del Cabo, in the gated community of El Encanto. Featuring an infinity pool with a swim up bar (if any sort of libation is of importance) the garden area around the pool provides a luxurious area for in-house outdoor massages, reading, or just some old fashioned relaxation.
We chose to have the house manager buy basic groceries for us - you know - the milk, bread, juice and so on, but nonetheless, on the way from the airport, we stopped at the local Mega store to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, freshly made tortillas and snacks.
The first afternoon called for chilling by the pool, catching up on a little work and a 10-minute walk to Buzzards Bar & Grill for marvelous margaritas and a bite to eat. The friendly owner, Paul Meredith, greets us, wearing shorts, no shoes and a hospitalble grin. He describes the menu and encourages us to sample the proverbial "best you ever had margarita" while sitting under the palapa roof at tables set in the Baja beach sand floor.
Indeed, the drink turns out to be one of the best margaritas I've ever had, with the oh-so-refreshingly tangy lime juice and smooth tequilla. We all shared what would become favorites at each meal consumed at Buzzards - the fried pablano peppers,which were the perfect combination of crunchy batter covering tender pablano slices, and the coconut shrimp, needing no further explanation. We walk back to our house, comfortably full and satisfied in the darkness, enjoying the quiet, starlit night.
A blissfull morning filled with a leisurely breakfast overlooking the pool and a 90-minute massage in the open air is pure heaven. Deep sea fishing is an option for one in our party - all arranged by our friendly Buzzard's proprieter.
My afternoon is spent alternating between the beach, the pool and a lounge chair, where reading Fifty Shades of Grey seems the perfect afternoon activity. R& R is the objective of this trip, after all, and somehow being too cerebral just doesn't fit my mood.
Turns out the fisherman actually reels in some fish that are edible, so he drops them off with Paul at Buzzards and when we arrive there for dinner, we have a choice of fish prepared one of three ways, Tex Mex style.
It's time to head back to our house where we sip more margaritas by the pool as the sun sets over the ocean. Good conversation, a swim in the pool alternating with the hot tub make for the sublime.
Lying in bed with the sliding door open, I can hear the surf pounding the beach and I don't want to move. The masseuse is due to arrive again, so I reluctantly roll out of bed, throw on my robe and pad down the stairs, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to "get in the zone" on the massage table. My muscles haven't been this relaxed in years and I'm seriously wondering if I'll be able to walk once I get up.
Following the peaceful morning, we saunter down the beach to hit Buzzards for lunch. Once sated, we head for the beach, dragging our beach chairs up to the water, waiting for the waves to wash over us. I love the surf and the sand, and nothing makes me happier than sitting on the beach with a good book. The waves crashing around me crest at about 8 feet and make for some body surfing fun, although the undertow is at times strong. A little while later, I hike down the beach, taking the opportunity for some much needed exercise.
It's already time to think about dinner plans and the decision is to drive a short distance to Flora Farm, an oasis in the desert that is a ten-acre organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains.
Farmed largely by hand, Flora Farm instituted its farmers market 10 years ago and has branched out to include Flora's Field Kitchen, featuring handmade food using farm fresh ingredients, a bakery, and Flora's Grocery. The ranch supplies the restaurant and grocery with farm raised chicken, eggs, pork and beef.
First stop - Flora's Bar, where I have a difficult time choosing my fruit or vegetable infused specialty cocktail. I finally settle on the carrot Farmarita, the Farm's version of a margarita. Can a cocktail be this delicious and healthy at the same time? I'm voting yes!
Choosing from the delectible dinner menu in Flora's Field Kitchen proves to be more challenging. Everything on the menu looks tempting. We decide to share the heriloom tomato and goat cheese bruschetta, several Neapolitan style pizzas with fresh mozzarella baked to perfection in the wood-fired oven, and a beet salad.
If you make the trip to Cabo, Floras Farm shouldn't be missed. The drinks, food and the grounds are all quite spectacular in their own way. Reluctantly, we leave the gorgeous grounds and make our way back the winding road to our tranquil rental home.
Golf at one of the nearby golf courses is the choice for some of us, while others take advantage of breakfast at Buzzards, walking on the beach or spending some chill time with the morning paper.
I'm not a golfer, but the ocean and desert courses at Cabo del Sol, a mere 15-minute drive from El Encanto, are ranked among the top 100 courses in the world by Golf Magazine, so take your clubs if you enjoy a good game of golf.
After all this relaxation, the time was right for a trip into town. San Jose del Cabo has a population of about 70,000 and offers the usual tourist shops filled with silver, Mexican pottery and art. If you wander down the side streets, it's easy to be drawn in by the bakeries, restaurants and small shops. Take your time, enjoy and spend an afternoon deciding what to buy to bring back for family and friends.
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. As we made our way to the local airport, I couldn't help but think, "I'll be back" - and I will make it a point.
So, when the stress of everyday life overwhlems, hop on the first plane to Cabo. It's a 2-hour, 30-minute trip, nonstop from Dallas.
Tienen un gran viaje - have a great trip!
Most photos courtesy of Steve Conlin of Conlin Incentive Group
Check AA.com for reservations. Average high temps in Sept. and Oct. are 82 F, 79 F in Nov. The contact for “Casa Maya” is Kate Harris at Sun Cabo. Email Kate The website is www.suncabo.com Spa services can be scheduled through Suzanne Morel Spa. US Phone# (619) 819 9180