Lisa Harper left her corporate life as a CEO of children’s apparel company, Gymboree, in Northern California to live a simpler life in Baja California. She purchased 15 beachfront acres and camped. During the day, she took long walks along the sand, played in the surf and explored neighboring towns. In the evening, she was “wow’d” by the constellations.
Eventually she built 12 luxurious suites and a pool to open a boutique ocean view resort. Word got out that her Rancho Pescadero was a “little slice of paradise,” and her resort filled up with Californians, Canadians and East Coast couples and retiree’s longing for warm weather and views of the Pacific Ocean.
She decided to build 16 more luxury units to keep up with the demand of guests. Now her resort offers 28 unique guest rooms, two pools, a bar, yoga studio and gourmet restaurant. Everywhere you walk, you’ll find beauty and hear the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore.
Rancho Pescadero is an ideal location for exploring Baja California Sur. It’s about 90 minutes from Cabo San Lucas and about one hour to La Paz. The closest town is the charming, artist colony/surfer town of Todos Santos.
Guests can either rent a car at the airport or take a shuttle to the property for about $200 for up to six passengers. Turn off the smooth Highway 19 onto a dirt road leading towards the Pacific Ocean and you have reached an ideal vacation destination.
Sitting in the raised hot tub overlooking the stunning pool and bar area of the elegant boutique resort, Rancho Pescadero guests congregate in the hot, bubbly water. Many are here to take a yoga class or sit in one of the “floating” chaise lounges in the pool with a cool hibiscus margarita.
No party animals allowed here. Guest must be over the age of 18, with the majority ranging in their mid-40s to 70s.
Staying in the spacious room #14 for one night, the designer kitchen was prettier than most homes. There was a grand living and dining room that could have entertained all the guests at the resort.
Most of the suites have king-size beds, with mosquito netting creating a romantic vibe. The bathrooms have huge concrete soaking tubes and an open shower with his-and-her shower heads. Out on the palapa-covered patio are two comfy lounge chairs, a day bed and dining room table for eating al fresco. Best of all, there are no televisions or telephones.
Guests receive a complimentary welcome margarita by the friendly bartenders. Many guests don bathing suits and swim before sunset and then take a walk on the beach to collect shells and admire the driftwood, while the sun sets into the Pacific.
The resort’s open-air Garden Restaurant is built near the organic garden. Many of the ingredients on the modern Mexican menu are harvested from here.
The selective wine menu offers glasses and bottles of wonderful Mexican white, red and rosé wines.
In the evening, guests point out the Big and Little Dipper, Orion’s Belt and shooting stars, while sitting near the roaring fire-pit.
By 9 p.m. the on-site Garden restaurant closes, and at 9:30 p.m. the bar by the pool shuts down. Guests retreat to their suites for a long siesta.
In the morning, staff members deliver baskets filled with fresh fruit, sprinkled rolls and coffee to the front door of each suite. Later, the patio near the lobby offers healthy breakfast plates that include eggs and roasted vegetables on curry toast.
Before check-out, couples take one last dip in the pool, before driving back to the airport. The resort provides magazines, sun hats and a variety of sunscreens at the poolside bar.
Rancho Pescadero is a luxury, chic vacation destination that leaves guests with a new appreciation of Baja California Sur.
To reserve a room call (910)300-8891 or log onto http://www.ranchopescadero.com
This article was featured in the April 2015 issue of NOT BORN YESTERDAY.