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JW Marriott Los Cabos Envisions the Infinite

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JW Marriott’s newest property, in Los Cabos, Mexico, got a warm welcome last week with a launch event that took guests on a once-in-a-lifetime journey — a vision journey.

Set alongside the five-star resort’s multiple infinity pools, the grand opening celebration showcased the property’s breathtaking ocean views, among the minimal and modernist lines of award-winning architect Jim Olson’s designs. The event explored the ancient tribal traditions of Baja Sur by guiding guests through the three stages of the tribal ceremony known as the vision journey. At each stage, guests were immersed in a culinary, cultural or well-being tradition of the region.

The two-day grand opening of the property began with an oceanfront welcome cocktail reception set under the stars, featuring an unforgettable menu from acclaimed chef Thierry Blouet that included locally inspired options such as grilled octopus, specialty mezcal cocktails, and edible flowerpots evocative of local plants.

The launch event also offered guests a curated selection of daytime activities highlighting the property’s culinary, cultural and well-being offerings, from cooking demonstrations to mezcal-and-chocolate tastings to guided art tours to treatment’s at JWMLC’s own Jasha Spa.

As the sun set over the Sea of Cortez, JW Marriott Los Cabos’s Envision the Infinite gala launched with the sounding of four traditional shamanic shellhorns. Guests were then guided through the three stages of the traditional vision quest, each one set at a different part of the property and highlighting its own tribal tradition.

In shamanic tradition, the first stage of the vision journey, known as The Hunter, makes use of a power plant of sacred significance. Guests at the JW Marriott Los Cabos launch event began their journey with a lively, family-style banquet feast that highlighted the culinary specialties of the property and featured the pitaya, an indigenous fruit that was celebrated annually by the ancient tribes of Baja Sur.

In the second stage of the shamanic journey, known as The Warrior, journeyers explore their vision through an act of creativity. Guests at the JW Marriott Los Cabos gala were invited to observe as an artist, inspired by the ancient cave art of the region, explore his own vision using water as his canvas.

The final stage of the journey, known as The Sage, is achieved via a ritual known as temazcal. JWMLC guests completed their own shamanic journeys with a climactic, electronic smoke show featuring a neon temazcal dome, sand-dune light projections, custom cocktails containing regional herbs, and a performance by headlining musical act Betty Who.

Truly a one-of-a-kind experience for a truly one-of-a-kind property.

 

Written by: Mike Del Monaco & Michelle Heller

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January 28th, 2016 at 11:59 am