Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

SEP-OCT 2017

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Launched this past February, the resort's Baja Luxploration program (the first of its kind in this region), offers a host of distinct experiences under the direction of experienced naturalists and adventurers who cater to discerning travelers looking for bucket-list-worthy excursions. I utilized the hour-long drive to the aforementioned whale shark expedition to appreciate the natural beauty of the Baja: the juxtaposition of the endless sea on one side with the expanse of desert on the other; the interplay of light and shadow on barren, jagged peaks; and, the colorful religious shrines that peppered the roadside. Arriving in La Paz, we boarded a small boat and set off to "hunt" for whale sharks, which are known to frequent the area between October and March. After an hour of perusing the bay, a dark shadow emerged near the surface of the water, and we rushed to grab our snorkeling gear. After the boat positioned us within several feet of the largest known fish species in existence, we eagerly slid into the water in groups of three along with our guide, who instructed us to stay a few feet away as we swam alongside. It took several tries for everyone to experience a swim-along, as it is easy to become disoriented and set off in the opposite direction from the shark once you enter the water. One of the most unique aspects of the Luxploration program is the combination of adventure with high-end experiences. For example, following our swim with the whale shark, we were treated to a bounteous lunch on a deserted strand of sand where we feasted on octopus ceviche, crab salad and other delicacies. e amount of logistics required to pull off such an elegant set-up was certainly no easy feat, but the staff made it appear effortless. "As an independent resort, we are not afraid to try new things to create magical experience for our guests," said Flores. Day two of "Luxploring" involved hiking CaƱon del Zorro near the base of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, a lush oasis with an interesting array of flora and fauna and a dramatic 45-foot waterfall. En route we stopped in the tiny town of Santiago to pick up fresh cheese and avocados that would later find their way into our lunch. During our two-hour hike, we 44 slmag.net e famous "El Arco" natural rock arch is minutes from the resort. Music is an integral part of the ambiance at each of the resort's restaurants. Sunrise paddleboarding is part of the Luxploration program. Sunrise view of the reception area at the Resort at Pedregal

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