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Jennifer Lopez finds solace at Cabo’s ultra-posh Las Ventanas al Paraiso

Between caring for twins, whittling down American Idol contestants and getting unhitched from a seven-year marriage, Jennifer Lopez hasn’t had much time lately to enjoy her favorite indulgence—the spa at Las Ventanas al Paraiso.

Located at the very tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsua, this block where Jenny’s from (at least in her down time) has also been known to host such A-listers as Jessica Alba and Cameron Diaz. With just 71 suites (and every room is a suite with handmade Mexican tiles, fireplaces and lanais) and private pools in every size and shape, camera-shy celebs feel like they have the Sea of Cortez to themselves. Even the zip-lipped staff of butlers, maids and gardeners only appear when guests need something. The rest of the time, they navigate the property in specially-built underground tunnels.

At the spa that J-LO told Harper’s Bazaar was “her favorite,” she enjoys private treatments in one of three spa suites. The spa also has a walk-in rainforest shower and a fancy-schmancy holistic twilight ceremony that uses candles, sage, an eagle feather and an acting shaman to purify and balance energy. It should go without saying that each spa guest gets his or her own dedicated butler to cater to every whim.

Of course, the whim-catering is not just at the spa. Owned by Ty Warner, the mastermind behind beanie babies, Las Ventanas al Paraiso (translated, it means “Windows to Paradise”) is where many now-standard hotel perks were first innovated: poolside Evian mist spray, loaner I-pods (Kindles before that) and Sony location-free TV, to name just a few.

Every suite has a telescope (the display of stars in the sky is even more notable than the display in the spa suites), locally hand-crafted wicker dolls with inspiring messages are left on pillows at night and not only do guests choose their pillow preference, again standard at many luxury resorts, but they get a menu of linens. This hotel even has an official Department of Romance that has been known, among other things, to secretly create personalized “Will you marry me?” videos or, better yet, proposals delivered by a mermaid or in a message “found” in a bottle.

And while the Department of Romance concocts some pretty amazing “dreams come true,” it didn’t do a lot for Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson who rendezvoused at the stellar property in early March of this year. Some relationships, I guess, even a Department of Romance can’t cure.

Jessica Alba enjoys Beijing’s Yi House while supporting galpal Diane von Furstenberg

Just two months after announcing her pregnancy, Jessica Alba, still looking movie-star thin and beautiful, boarded a plane for Beijing to support the Chinese debut of good friend Diane von Furstenberg’s “Journey of a Dress” retrospective, an exhibition that chronicles the fashion designer’s 40-plus years as a designer, art collector and philanthropist. The show that features personal archives, including the original wrap dress from 1973 and art by Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente and Ahn Duong made its debut in Moscow, moved to Sao Paulo and opened April 2 in Beijing.

Along with supermodel Natalia Vodianova and Wendi Murdoch who also traveled to China for the show, von Furstenberg and Alba stayed at the Yi House, a boutique art hotel nestled in the northeast corner of the 798 Art District.

Yi, like many Chinese characters, has a double meaning: “without equal” and “guest house,” a playful, yet grandiose pun that, in this case, works. With a Swiss chef who has been known to import white truffles from Italy, an attentive, fluently English-speaking staff, custom-designed furniture and exclusive access to 798’s galleries and private tours, this 30-room hotel is a sparkling alternative to the corporate monoliths that dominate Beijing’s high-end hotel scene.

Located on the site of a 19th century crystal factory, the hotel more than lives up to its art district location. Bauhaus graffiti mural flank the building, every suite has photographic portraits by Chi Peng and the lobby has art exhibitions that change every three months.

Although Alba couldn’t imbibe, she and von Furstenberg popped into the hotel’s Gossip Bar, a late-night cocktail bar that attracts art district coolios, and Fennel, the high-end restaurant helmed by Swiss chef Christian Hoffman.

While in China, Alba also visited the Temple of Heaven and the Pearl Market, rode in a rickshaw and attended von Furstenberg’s glam Red Ball, an elegant black tie fete held at the studio of Chinese artist Zhanag Huan. With typical Furstenberg aplomb, the 600-person party featured thousands of red lanterns, an original Ming temple and a hundred performance artists lighting the path with red lasers.

Click here for more on Beijing’s Yi House, 706 Hou Jie No. 1, 798 Art District, Jiuxianqiao Lu 2 Hao Yuan, Lido District.