San Jose del Cabo, Hotel Zone.
Tropical gardens, deep refreshing pools, wonderful green grass, and the ocean thundering in the short distance. As this all revolves around clear blue skies and handcrafted tiles, it becomes the perfect recipe for paradise. And if the context of a luxurious vacation destination is added to the mix, you will find yourself in this Las Mañanitas home.
Serving as the foothold of a five story building, this unit opens to wide, ample spaces of red-tiled floors and white walls. On the right of the main door, a wonderfully equipped kitchen proves that true mastery of a craft is not in abundance of details, but in the excellence of them. Crème colored, the artisan tiles cover the countertop and backsplash, as intricate patterns adorn a single line breaking the even surface, causing contrast and blending in with serenity. The cabinets, below and above, have a deep dark wooden skin that shines against the light reflected from the ceiling lamps, and a cave in the ceiling offers air as the blades of the fan gently sway round and round. Propped against the breakfast bar, two high chairs made from twisted iron hold their aged metal in place, inviting you to begin your day at leisure and comfort.
On the right, a corridor guides you to a fully equipped laundry, and beyond, the guest bath and bedroom give way through wooden doors. In front of the kitchen, the diner stands proud. On each side, a door opens to another grand suite. Further down, the living room opens through sliding glass doors into the terrace.
Inside the guest bathroom, the Hacienda style tiles that covered the kitchen countertop seem to be repeated throughout the walls and sink top. The bowl of the sink is made from Mexican ceramics. “Talavera”, is the name given in the country. Perfectly shaped and hand-painted with a royal blue strip and magnificent shapes, matching the borders of the rest of the room. A door connects with the guest bedroom, where twin beds lay side by side, with a single nightstand separating them. The iron rods that bend and twist in the headrest cause a magical effect. A small, cushioned chair, and a TV set are placed in front of the beds. To the right, a vanity mirror is set behind a wooden office desk, and two large mirrors slide to reveal the closet.
Back in the diner, a chandelier holds the petals of six pearly flowers that irradiate a white light, flooding the room. A round table has been placed directly beneath this magnificent prisoner of gravity suspended by a metal chain. The iron twists in circles, supporting the heavy glass. The six chairs are made from the same iron as the table, and soft cushions pad the seats to provide comfort. A sunset made from oil and flowers is set in canvas, grappling on to the wall. Beneath, a wooden bench with drawers shows the opulence of the vintage times.
Inside the Master's Bedroom, the world seems to come to a halt to adore peace and elegance. The King's bed supports an iron headrest that reminds of a rose bud, while the space between the rods remains as white as the rest of the walls. The elaborate nightstands on each side shine with their ebony skin, reflecting light from the wall and from the powerful sun. A wonderful couch is set by the windows, while a wooden entertainment center faces the bed. Past the arch that connects with the hide-away closet behind its mirrored doors and the double sinks in sunrise themed ceramics, a second arch opens into the bath area. Here, a tub sits in tiles, a pearl within the grains of sand. The shower is covered by tiles and glass blocks, with a glass door guarding the water from the outside.
The Second Master bedroom offers a similar panorama. Placed on the other side of the diner, iron clouds form the headrest of the king size bed. The mirrored closet is set on the right, carefully reflecting the image of the bedroom, adding to the space inside. The honey colored nightstands that guard the bed hold lamps, and match the entertainment center that faces the bed. A white couch sits in the corner, and heavy drapes and blackouts shield the room from the sun. Past a small doorway, the bathroom opens to crème tiles and burgundy shields and shapes. The dark woods from the cabinets and mirror of the double sink make the room larger, deeper. The showerhead waits above the tub, and a small bench and window allow you to rest while gazing at the sunrise or moonlight.
Inside the living room, twin couches for three people in brown dress face an iron frame with a glass table top. The short coffee table gives a sense of peace to the room. The corner is held in place by a nightstand that matches the coffee table, and a wood-and-glass cabinet sits underneath a TV set. And past the sliding doors: paradise.
Accessible from both masters and the living room, the terrace holds an outer diner for six people, with woven chairs and fabric-dressed cushions. On the right side, two lounge chairs sit side by side. On the left, two chairs share the view of the palm trees and shinning grass. The shimmering light of the pools changes and shifts with the wind, and further out, the horizon dissolves between the sea and the sky, making infinity a reality. The clear-skied days are preceded by fulminating blasts of color and radiance, and followed by dazzling reds and oranges as the sun hides behind the mountains. This idyllic place exists nowhere else.
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