When the Texas hotelier and all-around magnetic personality Liz Lambert invites you to come check out her new hotel—her first in Mexico no less—you stop whatever you’re doing and start booking plane tickets. That’s because wherever Liz goes, the surroundings are unparalleled, the aesthetic is pitch perfect, and strangers quickly become like old friends. Invariably there’s an incredible, unfussy feast with otherworldly margaritas, and somehow, a guitar player (or in this case, a full mariachi band) within 50 feet of her at all times. Such is the magic of being enveloped in her world.
Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos is an hour drive from Cabos Airport along the southwestern coast of the Baja peninsula. Driving along the ocean, massive cardon cacti butt right up to the rocky edge. Upon reaching the town, a dusty dirt road leads out to the San Cristóbal, which is set right on Punta Lobos Beach. Sure enough, we arrived just as the local fisherman were dropping off their daily catch (which goes straight into the kitchen), and we sat down at a table full of new friends, local mezcals, and the freshest ceviche imaginable. Liz tossed me a helmet for the next day’s dirt bike ride, and we were off. We caught up with her to hear about the inspiration that brought her remarkable new creation to fruition.
Say "Adios, Tulum," and "Hola, Todos Santos."