It is springtime where I live in Washington, D.C., unquestionably the most magnificent season to be in the U.S. capital as either a resident or visitor. I have lived here for 20 years and never tire of watching the colorful spectacle of the cherry blossoms in full bloom, hiking
along the Potomac River and window shopping along the quaint streets
of historic Georgetown. And yet, with this issue of JWM, where our
featured destination is Los Cabos, Mexico — home to the brand-new
JW MARRIOTT LOS CABOS BEACH RESORT & SPA — I find myself
easily distracted by one of my all-time favorite beach destinations.
Los Cabos, located at the southern tip of the arid Baja Peninsula, is
really the tale of two towns: the party-friendly Cabo San Lucas to the
west and the quieter, less touristy San José del Cabo to the east. It is the
latter where over the course of eight visits I have discovered a setting of
pure beauty— a quiet and gentle place that allows our luxurious resort
to blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. The colonial mission
village features cobblestone streets and a town square, plus plenty of
art galleries to stoke the passion of both casual and avid collectors.
Authentic taquerias and family owned restaurants rely on the Pacific
Ocean’s fresh bounty to feed hungry patrons. And if you can manage to
book a table in advance at the very close by, open-air Flora Farm, the
brief bumpy drive over the mountain is well worth the experience of
true farm-to-table dining on this 10-acre desert garden oasis. Or, enjoy a
culinary adventure at the resort’s Café des Artistes, a signature restaurant
by chef Thierry Blouet that exquisitely blends Mexican influences with
French techniques in a setting highlighted by awe-inspiring views of the
Sea of Cortez.
But back to reality and my own hometown, which is also featured in
this issue as the quintessential city to visit. Indeed, the many monuments
are majestic, most of the museums are free and the city has risen in
stature as a hot restaurant scene. What gives me the greatest pride about
Washington, D.C., though, is that it is the birthplace of the company I
work for, as well as home to the first JW Marriott hotel, which opened
more than 30 years ago as a tribute to our company’s founder, J. Willard
Marriott, who always expressed genuine warmth and affection for both
his guests and associates. Certainly this city has changed over the course
of time. But when a guest walks through the doors of the JW Marriott
hotel in Washington, D.C.— or anywhere else in the world for that
matter — I can assure you that Mr. Marriott’s legacy will always be felt.
The new JW MARRIOTT LOS CABOS BEACH
RESORT & SPA welcomes guests to bask in the
area’s natural beauty and new culinary scene.
VICE PRESIDENT, LUXURY BRANDS