|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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.)