A Visit to Robert De Niro’s New Resort

A story that spans three decades
BY: DAVID FLORES

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That was when Robert De Niro first tasted Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s sushi and Japanese cuisine in Los Angeles. The vision came to De Niro to partner with Matshushisa and bring him as a partner to his dream, a chain of luxurious hotels.

It took them only four years to open the hip Tribeca, which instantly became a hot spot. A quarter of a century later, their empire boasts to have 40 restaurants on six continents and 20 hotels to be open and operating by the end of next year.

We visited the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos recently. It opened in March, with 200 guest rooms, infinity pools, a sumptuous spa, all on the North Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, within the Diamante resort development.

The architecture is Japanese, yet Mexica. We entered through a Zen-like Japanese-inspired courtyard before being treated to a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean, framed by a stone portal. “The design, for me, it's…Japanese, [but] you have to adjust it to each country or locale,” DeNiro says of the hotel group’s design inspiration.

At Los Cabos, since the sea is the ultimate draw, the layout of the buildings is centered on it (and, of course, the spectacular Pacific sunsets). Inside, the vibe is Japanese minimalism, with teak soaking tubs and shoji screen–inspired closet doors within the guest rooms. Pops of color, geometric artwork, and locally sourced Mexican materials, however, imbue the hotel with indigenous touches.

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At the Los Cabos location, the hotel’s swim-up bar allows guests to grab a cocktail without ever leaving the pool. We tasted a variety of ors d’oeuvres, each one more delicate and exquisite than the previous one. The wine selection was superb, too.

De Niro, although he denies to be architectural or interior decoration savvy, has done a great job working with his partners as they have known each other for many years and know what they all like.

Hence, the design is elegant, but not overdone.

The best part is, the Nobu Los Cabos restaurants are open to the public, if you call ahead to make a reservation. You will not regret it. Phone: 624 689 0160.