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.Capella Pedregal, a Dramatic, 66-room Cliffside and Beachside
Resort and Spa, Prepares to Open in Cabo San Lucas


 
CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO – With an opening date of July 13, 2009, Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas’s long-awaited and highly anticipated new resort, readies for its debut and heralds an unprecedented era of hospitality to the destination.  Anticipation has been percolating for the intimate, beachfront hideaway, which is on track to surpass expectations of even the most discerning travelers. 

Boasting a prized and secluded cliffside setting where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the intimate Capella Pedregal affords a standard of personalized service no other resort can match.  Upon arrival, guests emerge from a 1,000-foot private tunnel carved through the mountainside to find a breathtaking expanse of azure sky and sea - an exclusive haven just minutes away from lively downtown Cabo, yet seemingly worlds apart. 

“Throughout the Capella brand, the guest experience is defined by the desires of the individual, and at Capella Pedregal, each guest feels cared for as if at the home of a treasured friend, with every need anticipated and each wish fulfilled through our ‘sixth sense’ for service,” said General Manager Peter Bowling, who leads a management “dream team” of Capella brand veterans and industry leaders. 

Peter Bowling added, “We will always draw from the best local resources to create unforgettable, authentic Mexican experiences based on the guest’s personal interests.” No detail will be overlooked, promises Bowling, including tequila tastings of the most exclusive labels, to be enjoyed with fine cigars on the terrace; star gazing and lunada celebrations on the beach, and an interactive cocina where guests can observe Capella’s expert chefs at work and learn the secrets of fine Baja cuisine.
 

OWNERS AND DEVELOPERS: Diaz Rivera Family, Co-developers
In 1975, architect, visionary and family patriarch Manuel Diaz Rivera began developing 360-acres of land at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, transforming it into the prestigious neighborhood of Pedregal de Cabo San Lucas. Weary of Mexico City’s urban sprawl, Don Manuel brought his family to Cabo in the 1970s, when it was a small, 900-inhabitant fishing village, in search of a place in which they could work, live and thrive together while building a dream. He purchased the land that would become Pedregal in 1974, recognizing the great potential in its glorious views of both the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean, and sold his first lot in 1978. 

Thirty years later, several generations of Diaz Riveras continue to live at Pedregal, each having chosen a favorite vantage point for his or her own home. They have developed the gated community with painstaking care into Cabo’s most exclusive neighborhood.  More than 340 homes have been built along its cobblestone streets, where the charms of old Mexico blend harmoniously with every modern convenience. 

Don Manuel groomed his children to continue his legacy and today, the Pedregal dream is actively nurtured through son Manuel and daughter Leticia, all of whom are Executive Board members.  In addition, Don Manuel’s eldest grandson, Juan F. Diaz Rivera, leads the family’s project team developing the community’s last untouched site – 24-acres of breathtaking cliffside and beachfront land, with unrivaled views of the Pacific Ocean and Cabo San Lucas village.  This exclusive site is the future home of Capella Pedregal, a resort development of unprecedented luxury that will include the 66-room Capella Pedregal, 31 shared-ownership Capella Residences, 19 shared and whole ownership Capella Casonas and a sweeping six- bedroom, whole ownership Capella Estate Villa. 

The project promises to be the crowning achievement of the Diaz Rivera family. What began as one man’s vision 30-years ago has grown into an enduring family legacy that will thrive for generations to come.

GENERAL MANAGER:  Peter Bowling is general manager of Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas’ hottest new resort and residential community.  Bowling oversees all operations of Capella Pedregal, including its full- and fractionally-owned Residences and Casonas, and the 66-room beachfront resort and spa which opens July 13, 2009. 

Bowling began his career in the hospitality industry in 1986 as general manager of Chilston Park Country House in Ashford, Kent, England where he helped transform what was a 12-room Queen Anne mansion into an award winning, 42-room country house.  He soon went on to serve as general manger of The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Md. 

Bowling is no amateur when it comes to managing warm-weather resorts, as he has held the general manager position at some of the Caribbean’s finest resorts including The Royal Pavilion in Barbados and the Cotton House Hotel in Mustique.  Bowling also served as managing director of Villa Nova, Barbados’ first boutique style hotel, and at the renowned Jumby Bay in Antigua, where his expertise helped guide the resort successfully through an extensive renovation and to gain international accolades.  Bowling is a member of the Capella family, having most recently held the position of general manager at Capella Castlemartyr in County Cork, Ireland.

Bowling resides in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with his wife Kathy.

EXECUTIVE CHEF: Marco Bustamante
Marco Bustamante is the Executive Chef at Capella Pedregal, a new Capella Hotels and Resorts resort and residential community slated to open July 13, 2009 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Bustamante is responsible for the creation and execution of all menu concepts for the resort’s three dining establishments. 

Bustamante brings his fine dining expertise and experience in five diamond and Michelin-rated establishments to Capella Pedregal, where he works with local purveyors to design menus that incorporate the freshest ingredients, locally grown exclusively for Capella Pedregal.   Bustamante’s menus feature seasonal dishes and old-world techniques to create refined traditional Mexican dishes which evoke a true Baja feel.  Bustamante’s talents are showcased in the cuisine at Capella Pedregal’s fine dining room, Don Manuel’s, located in the heart of the resort; El Farallon, a dramatic alfresco cliffside grill suspended over the ocean serving fresh seafood, and casual poolside dining at the Beach Club.

Bustamante began his culinary career in 1999 as chef de partie at the newly re-opened Russian Tea Room in New York where he assisted Chef Frabrice Canelle in menu development and training of new staff.  From 2000-2003, he served as sous chef at Victor’s, the Ritz Carlton New Orleans’ AAA rated five-star and five-diamond dining establishment.  Bustamante then moved on to spend a year as chef de partie at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York.  In 2004, he began his tenure with the West Paces Hotel Group, parent company of Capella Hotels and Resorts, first as executive chef at L’Augberge de Sedona in Sedona, AZ, then as executive chef at Hotel 71/Solis Chicago Hotel and Spa in Chicago, IL.  In 2007, Bustamante assisted in the opening of Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel in Velden, Austria, the first hotel to debut in the Capella Hotels and Resorts collection.

Bustamante is a graduate of the acclaimed French Culinary Institute in New York.  He resides in Cabo San Lucas with his wife Heather. 

MANAGEMENT: Capella Hotels and Resorts serves today’s top-tier travelers and residential property owners and is setting a new standard in the hospitality industry.  Capella promises the unique benefits of the finest boutique hotels, including superb architecture and interior design, privacy, individualized service and attention to detail – combined with the amenities and activities of the world’s great luxury hotels and resorts.  Capella, led by founder Horst Schulze, is a brand focused on customer choice, and offers choices that no other hotel company in the world can match.  Capella is opening world-class properties in gateway cities and high-profile resort destinations around the world, including: Breidenbacher Hof, a Capella Hotel (Düsseldorf, Germany); Capella Bahia Maroma (Riviera Maya, Mexico); Capella Dunboy Castle (Castletownbere, Ireland); Capella Ixtapa (Ixtapa, Mexico); Capella Nahui (Riviera Nayarit, Mexico); Capella Niseko (Niseko, Japan); Capella Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico); Capella Singapore (Sentosa Island, Singapore); Capella Telluride (Telluride, Colorado); and Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel (Velden, Austria).  Learn more at www.capellahotels.com

Capella Pedregal provides a secluded oasis for travelers, with just 66 expansive and beautifully appointed guest rooms that range from 600 square feet to a 4,000-square-foot Presidential Suite.  Each guestroom – regardless of size – boasts a private plunge pool and one-of-a-kind ocean views. 

The resort’s centerpiece is the signature Auriga spa, a mystical and tranquil environment encompassing 12,000 square feet.  The oasis boasts treatment pods which float on a private pool giving guests direct access to waterfalls.  Open-air treatment areas make the most of Cabo’s ideal year-round climate and provide unobstructed views of sea and sky.  The Julien Farel Cabo San Lucas salon suite with exclusive bridal areas, by Madison Avenue’s Julien Farel Salon, provides unparalleled beauty and salon services. 

Rounding out Auriga’s impressive features are two deluxe couples suites with private tub and direct pool access; ladies and gentlemen’s active and relaxation areas; steam, sauna and ice rooms; a private spa pool; and a private 24-hour fitness facility, complete with personal training consultations.  Spa Director Nicole Barry – who has overseen the introduction of Auriga spas and their distinctive lunar phase treatments at every locale – brings to fruition the uniquely Bajan vision spa designer Sylvia Sepielli has conceived for her first-ever Mexican spa.  Auriga spas are known throughout the world for their authentic representation of local healing traditions, and Auriga at Capella Pedregal is no exception with its treatments informed by Mexican folk healing practices, and integrative wellness programs designed to enhance the lives of each guest.  A personal spa assistant may also be assigned to those guests who wish for a full wellness experience during their stay. 

In addition to 24-hour in-room dining, guests have a choice of three restaurants showcasing the culinary talents of Executive Chef Marco Bustamante and his team.  Don Manuel, the signature restaurant at Capella Pedregal, features contemporary Mexican cuisine, while El Farallon specializes in seafood specialties and other light fare in a dramatic al fresco setting suspended over the crashing waves of the Pacific.  All-day casual dining is offered at the relaxed Beach Club.  A native of the Per Se kitchen, Chef Bustamante first joined the Capella team for the opening of the brand’s first hotel, Schloss Velden, a Capella Hotel (Velden, Austria), whose restaurant earned the rare distinction of a Michelin star within six months of its debut. 
 

Three Design Teams

At Capella Pedregal, Cabo’s most anticipated new resort and residential destination, three celebrated firms have teamed up to create a resort community that is both visually stunning and in harmony with Cabo’s natural environment.  Compatriots in bringing exceptional earlier projects to life, HKS, Inc. has laid the architectural groundwork, Paul Duesing Partners designed the interiors, and Charles S. McDaniel of The SWA Group is the landscape architect for Capella.  The new development has a dramatic, 66-room cliffside resort and spa, as well as expansive shared- and full-ownership Capella Residences and Casonas. 

Capella Pedregal’s enchanting natural environment inspires the design and landscape.  The site encompasses 24 spectacular mountainside and oceanfront acres at the very point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, near the legendary rock formations known as Land’s End.  The development is reached via the only privately-owned tunnel in Mexico.  Carved through the heart of the mountainside, it is a 1,000-foot long engineering feat that separates the town of Cabo from the Pacific Ocean.  This incredibly dramatic entrance deposits visitors at Capella Pedregal’s entrance courtyard overlooking an expanse of sea and sky. 

HKS, Inc.
Known for creating dramatic and memorable hotel environments, HKS, Inc. specializes in establishing an architectural tone that inspires exceptional interior design and landscaping. 

Founded in 1939, HKS, Inc. is one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the nation with projects ranging from office buildings, banks, sports facilities and retail outlets to more than 23,000 hotel rooms throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  Among its impressive international roster of clients is Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Los Cabos), Olympia Resort (Greece), and Atlantis Resort Phase II (Royal Towers, Bahamas).  Executive Vice President and Director Nunzio M. De Santis, AIA, a 21-year veteran of the industry, is spearheading the look of Capella Pedregal, which he feels stretches anew the bounds of traditional resort design.  Mr. De Santis tapped Paul Duesing Partners and The SWA Group for the finishes to interiors and the grounds. 

Paul Duesing Partners
One of the world’s most sought-after interior design firms, with more than 25-years of experience, Paul Duesing Partners pioneered the concept of leisure and lifestyle design for an exclusive national and international clientele.  The services of the firm’s seasoned professionals include not only initial concept through final design, but insight into many other structural and creative issues that impact a space. 

Capella Pedregal is the latest important addition to Paul Duesing Design’s impressive international portfolio.  Recent projects include Cabo’s One&Only Palmilla Resort and Spa and Las Ventanas al Paraiso, The Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore, and the new Palms Grand Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos.

Charles S. McDaniel, Senior Principal, The SWA Group
Charles S. McDaniel, senior principal of The SWA Group, spearheads the resort’s landscape architectural design.  With more than 20 years of national and international experience in master planning and landscape architectural design, McDaniel brings a keen sensibility and approach to his work, taking challenges and turning them into the project’s intrinsic opportunities.  This one-time American Institute of Architects “Consultant of the Year” award winner has worked on a variety of other renowned projects such as Hawaii’s Kona Village Resort, Cabo’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso, and The Four Seasons Resort & Club in Irving, TX. 

Established in 1957, The SWA Group is a collaborative group practice of urban designers, planners, and landscape architects.  The SWA Group operates out of six offices located in Dallas, Houston, Sausalito, San Francisco, Laguna Beach and Shanghai, and enjoys an international reputation for its commitment to design excellence, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Capella Pedregal occupies one of the most coveted parcels of land in Cabo – 24 beachfront acres at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, near the legendary rock formations known as Land’s End.  It is 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, which is serviced by direct flights from numerous major cities in North America.  For more information on Capella Pedregal, please visit www.capellapedregal.com or call (800) CAPELLA (227-3552.)
 

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Contact:

Kathleen Cullinane
Middleton & Gendron, Inc.
(212) 284-9937
kcullinane@mg-pr.com

Capella Pedregal 
Camino De La Plaza #145
     Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico
(800) CAPELLA (227-3552)
www.capellapedregal.com

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Also See: Capella Hotel and Resorts, Promotora Turistica Punta Arrecife, and Textron Financial Corporation Building Capella Ixtapa, a Cliffside 59 Suite Resort / December 2007
Peter Bowling Appointed General Manager of Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico / October 2008
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