These hotels represent the Los Cabos of the future and the region’s simultaneous efforts to celebrate its natural wonders and charm and accommodate a new wave travelers who won’t settle for anything but excellence • By Sandra A. Berry
When it comes to major vacation destinations, Los Cabos is but a baby. Flash back 50 years, and Cabo San Lucas was a sleepy fishing village. Now it attracts A-list celebrities and vacationers from around the world with its natural beauty and five-star resorts. It’s that balance of forward-thinking design, luxe accommodations, and commitment to preserve Los Cabos’ natural wonders that most fascinate our visitors.
Between the two cities that make up Los Cabos—known as the Tourist Corridor—there are numerous choice beach resorts.
Hacienda Encantada (www.haciendaencantada.com) is a Four Diamond resort perched high up on a scenic point overlooking the serene blue waters of the Sea of Cortés. With its grand arched entrance, handmadetalaveratile murals, Spanish colonial–style fountains, Hacienda Encantada exudes a contemporary style while incorporating beautiful scenery. Ride a golf cart down to cliff-side dining or any of several restaurants overlooking the sea. The holistic spa with cutting-edge body and facial treatments is the crème de la crème for body wellness.
Beachfront hotels dot the landscape with every convenience one could wish for with the world’s most notable names in hospitality. At Hilton Los Cabos (www.hiltonloscabos.com), its signature hospitality beckons as do its swimmable beach, infinity pool, and 7,000-square-foot health and wellness retreat with ancient native rituals. There’s even championship golf and deep-sea fishing nearby. For culinary adventurers, there are four dining and bar concepts, among them: El Meson’s farm-to-fork eatery and Vela’s sea-to-table menu offer international cuisine comingled with Mexican flavors, such as Oaxacanmole linguini and chile de árbol corn risotto. Both on-site restaurants overlook the dazzling infinity pool under swaying palm trees. And Azul is home to a massive tequila and mezcal collection (along with its famous guacamole with mezcal and grasshoppers!).
The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda Del Mar (www.starwoodhotels.com) is home to two of Los Cabos’ most famous dining establishments: De Cortez (think fresh produce from local markets, seafood from the Pacific Ocean, and prime cuts of beef grilled over mesquite) and Pitahayas (Asian fusion with European flair). Each restaurant is overseen by a masterclass chef and offers beachfront dining at its best.
Some of the most innovative ideas on the planet have landed on the tip of the Baja Peninsula in the form of Mar Adentro (www.maradentrocabos.com) along the hotel zone in San José del Cabo: Here guest rooms resemble floating houses made of glass cubes. Mar Adentro’s stunning Nido restaurant resembles a magnificent nest and is situated within a large pool of water with a walkway cutting through to access the restaurant.
There are other magnificent structures that visitors call home for a few days at a time, all offering opulence, and excellence in service, food, and ambience. There are five-star hotels such as the Resort at Pedregal (www.theresortatpedregal.com), where a tunnel carved out of a mountain gets you to the beach resort on the other side.
For those wanting to be in the thick of things, book newly remodeled Tesoro (www.tesororesorts.com)—with its blend of city and marina, plus party-mode Skypool with alfresco pool-side dining that includes a breakfast buffet. This is a favorite of spring breakers and for good reason: It has easy access to everything downtown. For those wanting to experience nightlife offered by such legendary spots as CaboWabo, this is the place with all the comforts and conveniences you require. Tesoro’s Aura Spa offers aromatherapy and foot massages for the tired and weary, promising to rejuvenate the body for what’s yet to come.
One of the newest on the Cabo San Lucas Marina is Breathless (www.breathlessresorts.com). There is a reason for its name: The resort will take your breath away with stunning views, swimming pools, spa, and dining facilities.
Whatever your requirements, whatever your budget, Los Cabos has accommodations to satisfy. Make your wish list, then book it.