For much of the Mexican Baja California Peninsula, you’ll see more coyotes and eagles than people. But, at Los Cabos (which combines the resort destinations of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo) in the far south, there’s an oasis of golf courses and ultra-luxurious resort hotels. They cluster behind a coastline of rock-framed bays and dune-backed golden beaches that stretch so far you could walk along them for days.
This boxy Cabo San Lucas resort squats over a gorgeous infinity pool, with mesmerizing views from the rooms. Corner suites perch over a crumbling rocky coast, a vast beach and the blue Pacific. Balconies in the panorama suites, which have the best views, come with telescopes for whale- and star-watching. The decor throughout is tastefully understated: with painted Moroccan-style floor tiles, free-standing tubs and wall-high windows framing that Los Cabos natural beauty.
This mock-hacienda hotel discreetly nestles in a large coconut palm grove on low cliffs over a honey-colored beach. Luxurious villas, secluded and grand enough for an off-duty celebrity (with a private cinema and bespoke chef), dot the shady garden; capacious casitas with private pools sit on the shore. The standard rooms to book are the Premier Oceanfronts – with elevated Pacific views and oodles of balcony and bedroom space.
Three near-Olympic-sized swimming pools, a myriad of restaurants, bars and cafes, and more than 300 rooms honeycombing a concrete half-moon by the beach – the Grand Velas will please those who want it all. The facilities (a fountain-tinkling spa, an award-winning restaurant and an adjacent golf course) are princely, and the desert, beach and ocean views from all the rooms – through floor-to-ceiling windows – are jaw-dropping.
With low-rise buildings, rooms at the Nobu come in understated, warm woods and whites. Low beds, plenty of space and wall-high windows with Asian wooden screens bring Japanese-inspired elegance to Los Cabos. The restaurant and poolside bar serve Nobu Matsuhisa’s Asian fusion cuisine, and there are a steakhouse and a Mexican dining room for those wanting a change. The spa is one of the best in Los Cabos – with hydrotherapy facilities and Natura Bissé products.
With seven restaurants, a variety of suites, a kids’ concierge, a huge pool and a beach with waves gentle enough for swimming, the Paradisus is popular with families. The kids’ zone, with circus performances, sports and movies shown under the stars, is engaging enough to give adults some private time. And the restaurants offer everything from Mexican food and burgers to Asian cooking, plus there’s a golf course on the doorstep.
It may only have a tiny sliver of beach (washed by calm waves, unlike most in Los Cabos), but El Ganzo makes up for this with a beautiful rooftop infinity pool (poised for sunset views over the ocean, cocktail in hand.) Stylish, modern rooms, all with full or partial marina and ocean views, are great value compared to many other Los Cabos boutiques.
Mediterranean-meets-Mexican villas and suites set over an infinity pool, a 24-hour butler and director of romance, rooms filled with opulent antiques and crafts – Las Ventanas is the height of Los Cabos luxury. The plushest accommodation in the Warner mansion includes a tequila library and a glass-bottomed rooftop pool, and there’s an Instagram picture opportunity waiting at every turn – from the ocean-perched balconies to dining booths set into a pool under a lantern-hung tree.
This luxurious hotel overlooks a gorgeous stretch of sands known as Solmar Beach. Each of the 113 stylishly designed rooms comes with a private balcony offering uninterrupted views of the ocean. There are two fine-dining restaurants and two casual eateries, with excellent Mexican and international menus, onsite. The resort also has an outdoor pool, a full spa, a gym and a tennis court.
This swish beachside venue offers stunning ocean views, and a stylish interior gives the place a warm, welcoming vibe. Tucked between two cliffs, the elegant resort has four types of accommodation: suites, casitas, villas and residences. The complex also has a first-rate luxury spa, a beachfront infinity pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. When it comes to dining, there are five excellent restaurants, including the signature oceanfront Cocina del Mar.
With more than 220 rooms, Villa del Arco is on the larger side. Yet, the property is spacious enough to accommodate everyone without being too busy. The suites are large and comfortable, with private balconies. And, the hotel is well-suited for families, with numerous athletic and cultural activities on offer, plus a full-scale pirate ship on which you can enjoy delicious comfort food.
Villa La Estancia has 156 spacious rooms decorated in an elegant Spanish colonial style. There are also a beautifully landscaped garden, a full-service spa and access to an exclusive section of Medano Beach – one of the best stretches for swimmers. Guests are also given access to Villa del Palmar and Villa del Arco restaurants, providing a slew of gourmet dining destinations.
Near San José del Cabo, this lavish resort has 32 elegant villas with spectacular views over the Sea of Cortez. With three outdoor swimming pools, a scenic garden and a stunning rooftop terrace, you won’t be short of places to relax here. And, should you wish to explore, the resort is just 10 minutes from central San José del Cabo by car and a 7-minute walk from the beach.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Stephen Woodman.
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