Mexico is one of the world’s greatest travel hotspots, where beaches are peppered with one 5-star resort after the other. In order to stand out, properties need to offer a tantalizing ambiance and an unforgettable guest experience that seamlessly ties in the local culture. Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, checks each of these boxes. Nestled on the coast of San José del Cabo, Zadún boasts a secluded location for luxury weddings and honeymoons in Mexico; it’s certainly a destination where couples will want to revisit for future milestone celebrations.

For travelers unfamiliar with the Ritz-Carlton portfolio, some may be wondering what the difference is between a Ritz-Carlton hotel and a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Simply put, “Ritz-Carlton is luxury and Ritz-Carlton Reserve is ultra-luxury.”

“The Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are located in very exclusive places, apart from the world in a secluded location, where genuine care and personalized service can be felt at every moment,” explains Liliana Lara, Marketing & Communications Manager at Zadún. “Zadún, marks the fourth distinct property in the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, and the first in Mexico. There are only five Reserves around the world. Ritz-Carlton has between 300-500 keys; a RC Reserve has maximum of 155 keys.”

Unlike traditional hotels, there’s no regular check-ins at Zadún. Each guest enjoys the 24-hour care of a Tosoani – a personal attendant – who curates a completely bespoke experience based on their preferences. In the Nahuatl native language, “Tosoani” translates to “dream watcher.” This level of service is especially beneficial for couples visiting for luxury weddings and honeymoons, as their Tosoani can arrange everything from a private breakfast on the guestroom terrace, to agave tastings, to beach bonfires under the stars.

The Reserve features a modern architectural design, allowing the natural beauty of its surrounds to take center stage. Each of the 113 guest rooms and suites have a private plunge pool and ocean views, along with more than 1200 square-feet of indoor and outdoor space. The beach, garden, villas, and terraces also have ample outdoor space to host various activities throughout a wedding weekend, and Zadún can accommodate guest lists up to 300. If couples want to indulge in the ultimate luxury wedding experience, they can also book the property’s 5-bedroom villa, located inside the resort. This villa boasts 10,000 square feet of space with a fully equipped kitchen and a private sand beach. It’s the perfect place for bridal parties to get ready, and couples may host private ceremonies on the beach or farewell pool parties the day after.

There are several signature activities Liliana recommends to Zadún guests. “Meet the Chef” cooking classes are a fun itinerary item for honeymooners, along with “Dining Beyond,” which involves a special dinner in a beautiful venue.

“Dining at La Taqueria, La Cantina, and Fish Market are ‘must do’ culinary experiences,” Liliana adds. “And definitely dinner at Humo. Our signature drinks are the Ayy Chihuahua, Jolgorio, A-Mai-Zing, and Xaman.”

All Ritz-Carlton Reserves around the world make it a point to embrace local culture. At Zadún, guests can experience a true sense of place in the realm of food, environment, and wellness by visiting the property’s restaurants, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Center, and Alkemia Spa.

“Alkemia is definitely the best spa experience in Cabo right now,” states Liliana. “The hydrotherapy pool, the Savasana Sound Room – there are only two in the world – and the luxurious treatments are steeped in traditions and local culture. Zadún is enchanting, secluded, cozy, and immersive in local experiences. Every day, our guests can discover a full agenda with plenty of activities related to wellness, spa, nature, and the culinary arts that embraces our Mexican and Latin American culture.”

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>Written By: Lauren Malamala