Living a short drive from Napa and Sonoma, I know that wine country getaways are about something more than the wine. They’re a chance to escape and experience a bit of luxury before returning to your everyday routine. As we found on our recent trip to Baja California, Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe wine region can fit the bill.
We stayed at Hotel Coral and Marina, a resort on the highway just outside of Ensenada. It’s about a five minute drive to downtown Ensenada and a 20 minute drive inland to the Valle de Guadalupe wine route.
The complex has three gorgeous pools, three jacuzzis, and an outdoor pool bar. If you’re not keen to relax the whole time (we certainly were), the activity office can arrange off-site activities like whale watching, fishing, boat rental, ocean kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.
Wine is serious business at Hotel Coral. The resort’s restaurant, Bistro & Cava, has Baja’s longest local wine list. The spa even features “vinotherapy,” a grape extract body treatment that is soothing, if a bit surprising, to be covered in what amounts to a concentrated, purple wine paste.
We arrived in the late afternoon in time to find that our 5th floor, ocean-facing balcony (all rooms have them) was the perfect place to watch the sun set beyond and Todos Santos Bay.
Like any good wine getaway, Hotel Coral and Marina makes an excellent base to refresh and relax.