A Winter Getaway South of the Border
While Las Vegas usually isn’t blanketed in snow with below minus temperatures, it is still wonderful to take a vacation, especially over the holiday season or to start the New Year with a fun getaway.
Rosarito Beach Hotel is a Baja spa resort located Rosarito Beach is a coastal resort city in the Mexican state of Baja California located approximately 30 miles south of San Diego. The 500-room, full-service resort remains one of the most popular destination for the city’s more than 1 million visitors a year offering old world grandeur, world-class restaurants, entertainment, lodging options and activities. Its Casa Playa Spa is dedicated to pampering and nurturing hotel guests in an atmosphere of elegance and serenity.
In the 1920s, people from all over the world traveled to hunt the quail, ducks, deer and mountain lions that inhabited the area. The lodge was then purchased by Manuel P. Barbachano, which began the historic journey of what is now known as the Rosarito Beach Hotel. Special guests Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Joan Bennett and Kim Novak inspired the sign above the entrance that reads, “Through this door pass the most beautiful women in the world.”
Having a day at the spa at the Casa Playa Spa completes a relaxing vacation. When it originally opened in 1925, the Rosarito Beach Hotel was considered a vacation and health destination because the sea swept air was both preservative and restorative. Early visitors appreciated the therapeutic effects of saltwater bathing and fresh ocean air. People were also drawn to the soul satisfying aesthetics the seascape provided. The hotel’s oceanfront location gave early visitors the chance to enjoy one of nature’s most inherently beautiful landscapes: sun, sand and the sea.
“I enjoyed The Casa Playa Spa at Rosarito Beach Hotel,” said Tammy Grabel, publisher of Las Vegas Woman magazine. “Walking into the spa, you can feel the history in this building of the roaring 20s until now. Many celebrities enjoyed what it had to offer over the years, and now it continues to serve as a place of relaxation.”
Casa Playa Spa has put together a variety of body services that can help achieve smooth and nourished skin. Natural products are used from the sea and earth. They are specially combined to restore and improve the condition of the skin as well as to detoxify and rehydrate creating an all-over body glow. The staff consists of registered and highly trained massage therapists. They are educated on how to effectively relax muscles, increase circulation and improve joint mobility using light and deep tissue techniques.
Baja’s Gold Coast, a scenic 60 miles from south of San Diego to Ensenada, offers some of the best recreational activities. Explore the beach in an ATV or ride a horse alongside the water at sunset. Jump into a volleyball pick-up game, swim, surf, parasail or build sand castles.
“We are blessed with a coast line of white sandy beaches and inland areas of natural beauty. Our goal is to enhance the resources of Rosarito Beach, both for our residents and the visitors who enjoy our wonderful city,” said Hugo Torres Chabert, president and manager of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Golf is a main attraction in Baja with two championship clubs located on Baja´s Gold Coast. Bajamar, located just north of Ensenada boasts of 27 holes of Scottish-style links that play around and over the beautiful Pacific. The crashing waves and volcanic rock will demand the utmost in concentration from even the best golfer.
In Real Del Mar, located on the northern part of the Gold Coast, offers canyon-style golf throughout rolling hills all the while enjoying the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Islands. The par 72 championship course boasts 6,400 yards of pristine course with six lakes and is a challenge for players of all levels.
For surfing, Baja California is a unique piece of geography. Heavy winter swells travel from northwest to southeast daily along the entire Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula. With the exception of Hawaii and San Francisco, the waves at Islas Todos Santos off the coast of Ensenada are said to be the biggest in the winter Pacific and the swells at Baja Malibu and Calafia are renowned for their consistency.
Located just northeast of Ensenada, Guadalupe Valley offers great wine tasting. The Baja California Wine Country is blessed with some of the most ideal Mediterranean climate for grape growing and the valley is home to about 18 wineries. The Valley is home to about 18 wineries that range from to small organic winery, La Casa de Dona Lupe, to L.A. Cetto, one of the most renowned and oldest wineries in Mexico. L.A.Cetto is one of the most important wineries in the Mexican industry; having achieved a total of 132 international awards in excellence from countries such as France, Italy, Spain, England, Canada and the United States.
Almost a million lobsters are served in the Rosarito coastal area each year. “Puerto Nuevo-style” is now a world-famous synonym for the exquisite lobster offered in the local restaurants. Rosarito is justly famous as a gourmet’s paradise since it offers more than 85 quality restaurants that can satisfy just about any taste or craving.
Many artists have galleries in town or in their homes Baja´s Gold Coast. Many others also work behind fruit stands, have day jobs as cooks, own bed and breakfast inns, sell real estate or operate the town’s classiest accommodations. Great art is everywhere and going gallery hopping is becoming one the most popular things for people to do in Rosarito.
With beautiful weather, great service, breathtaking views and so many activities, Rosarito Beach is the perfect getaway for a winter vacation. For more information on Rosarito Beach Hotel, visit rosaritobeachhotel.com or call 866.ROSARITO (767-27486). To learn about Rosarito Beach, visit rosarito.com.