Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2017

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Opened in 2015, the architecture-forward resort, comprised of 113 rooms, suites, and stand-alone villas, is designed to hug the serpentine base of the mountain and boasts interesting angles that provide dramatic views of the rocky coastline, which regularly sends rollicking waves up and over massive boulders. Artisanal touches in the guest accommodations–original artwork, an embossed metal frame around the tufted headboard, embroidered accent pillows, hand-painted sink basins, huge hand-hewn doors with rustic hardware, and locally-made glazed ceramic tiles in the bathroom–lend a distinct sense of place. Several of the covetable items from the room are available for purchase in the resort's thoughtfully curated boutique. My oceanfront room boasted a petite plunge pool cozied up to a covered terrace; it proved to be the ideal spot to enjoy the daily complimentary happy hour in-room service of fresh guacamole and ice-cold Coronas. Dining is a delight at e Resort at Pedregal, where each of its restaurants creatively capitalize on the celebrated culinary traditions of Mexico. Definitely high on my list of memorable meals is the al fresco El Farallon, whose most prized tables are those in the "splash zone", where mist from the crashing waves is said to bring good luck to those whose skin is kissed by the salty spray. e kitchen is literally built into the mountain, and a chalkboard hanging nearby lists the catch of the day. The Champagne Terrace adjacent to El Farallon offers 20+ types champagne by the glass from the world's most famous purveyors. For an authentic Mexican experience with a twist, opt for a sommelier-guided pairing of bubbly with a tasting of local salts and moles. During the winter, both sites provide a good vantage point for observing the migration of majestic Pacific gray whales who travel here each year from Alaska's Bering Sea. Breakfast and dinner is served at Don Manuel, where Chef Gustavo Pinet puts his spin on Old World techniques using local, organic ingredients grown specifically for the hotel. Each morning, Su Cocina, the restaurant's private dining room, becomes a stunning staging ground for a breakfast presentation that would floor any foodie, including a fresh fruit station that is a juice junkie haven. 42 slmag.net Champagne and salt pairing at the Champagne Terrace Octopus with smoked guajillo chili sauce and pork belly from Don Manuela restaurant Cactus salad served for lunch at a local ranch El Farallon restaurant

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