By Joseph Shieh
SAN JOSE del CABO, MEXICO — JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the luxury brand of Marriott International, celebrated the grand opening of JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa last week with a fancy party. Nearly 300 VIP guests attended the spectacular two-day event, which celebrated the luxury brand’s commitment to offering enriching guest experiences and the time-honored traditions of Baja Sur – culminating with a musical performance by celebrated singer-songwriter and international pop sensation Betty Who.
The two-night celebration began with a beachfront welcome event at the ultra-exclusive Griffin Club, a 45-room boutique hotel within the resort, which featured an extraordinary fire performance and music from local celebrated DJ Antares Guerena.
During the daytime, guests were treated to enriching culinary, culture and well-being experiences showcasing the property’s programming and amenities that speak to their passions. Experiences included culinary demonstrations led by internationally-acclaimed Café des Artistes chef Thierry Blouet, a guided meditation and temazcal ritual – a traditional Mexican sweat lodge – in the 21,000 square foot Jasha Spa, an art walk of the resort’s multi-million dollar collection – including works from Jaume Plensa and Jan Hendrix, and more.
The celebration continued with an excusive evening gala including a starlit feast honoring the sacred pitaya fruit and other ingredients indigenous to the region. Following dinner, guests explored the expansive property while being treated to live percussion, water artists creating modern reinterpretations of regional cave paintings, and cocktails under an open-air temazcal lighting up the night’s sky. Betty Who kept the party going into the early morning.
“The newly-opened JW Marriott Los Cabos exemplifies our global luxury brand’s passion points and is a significant addition to the portfolio,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President, Luxury Brand Management at Marriott International. “This has been an unforgettable grand opening event in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations in the world. Los Cabos has been an idyllic backdrop for an unparalleled celebration with our JW Marriott friends and family.”
JW Marriott Los Cabos is designed by Jim Olson from Olson Kundig in collaboration with Mexico City-based design firm IDEA Asociados, and boasts 299-guestrooms and suites, in addition to 10 pools, including sea water and infinity pools; the 21,000 square foot Jasha Spa and modern-day temazcal, a Mexican sweat lodge; seven restaurants and bars, including the signature restaurant Café des Artistes by famed Chef Thierry Blouet; banquet and meeting facilities; and retail shops.