If you’re looking for all-inclusive luxury in Cabo San Lucas, Grand Velas Los Cabos is Mexico’s ultimate vacation destination. Located steps from the beach, where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean come together, Grand Velas Los Cabos is geared to the discerning relaxation seeker.
All of the resort’s 304 suites have balconies with ocean views. At 1,180 square feet, guests may waltz around these roomy suites. Hotel rooms include a well-stocked mini fridge and complimentary snack bar filled with your preferences and refreshed daily, in addition to coffee maker, tea, wine, beer and unlimited bottled water. With six room categories, I stayed in the Ambassador Suite on the sixth floor.
In addition to two queen beds, rooms include a living room with sofa, Jacuzzi tub and built-in shower, flat screen tv, laptop-size safe, free wi-fi and L’Occitane bath amenities. Don’t bother packing a robe, slippers or beach bag, instead, leave room in your suitcase to take home some high-end Mexican Tequila or regional wine from Baja California Sur. Bathrooms include double sinks and some suites are adjoining for the convenience of families or friends traveling together.
There are three infinity pools, one adult-only, leading down to the white sand beach in front of the resort. Plenty of umbrellas offer shade options for those of us non-sunseekers who enjoy watching the whales swim buy in the ocean. There’s also Cabrilla ceviche bar & restaurant, as well as pool service available to keep us fueled or hydrated. Azul restaurant, one of multiple restaurants on site, offers anytime dining.
Speaking of restaurants, I’ve been to plenty of all inclusive resorts where the food is good, but nothing to write home about. Grand Velas Los Cabos offers five gourmet restaurants; Cocina de Autor, Piaf, Frida, Lucca and Velas 10, in addition to casual dining Azul, are all top notch. I was especially impressed with the quality of Cocina de Autor, helmed by two star Michelin Chef Sidney Schutte – make time for this multi-course dining experience.
If the word “spa” makes your ears perk up, you’ll want to pay close attention to what Grand Velas Los Cabos has on tap. Spa Se goes beyond the massage treatments, offering a hydrothermal therapy experience unique to Grand Velas. There are dry saunas, plunge pools, whirlpools and steam rooms, in addition to 16 spa suites, some with water views. Additionally the resort offers spa workshops for girlfriends or bring your children to a spa mandala workshop (for an additional fee) where guests get to arrange flowers in a relaxing ritual and can replicate these lessons learned at home.
Kid’s Club and Teen Club activities will keep children occupied, entertained and well fed with snacks (grab a brownie if you like chocolate!) Both kids and adults can take classes at the Fitness Center – above Azul restaurant and across from the spa. I took a couple of yoga classes and a Zumba class while at the resort and was pleased with the instruction and bilingual instructors.
The resort is located about 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport between Cabo San Jose and Cabo San Lucas. Transportation to and from the airport is available for an additional fee or parking is available. Room rates for the Ambassador Suite start at $750 per person, double occupancy. Grand Velas Los Cabos is a privately owned family company. Make your reservations directly with the Grand Velas, or you can go through Expedia.
Review by San Francisco-based travel writer and all-inclusive resort lover Nancy D. Brown. I was in Los Cabos, Mexico researching an article for a luxury Latin America publication. All photos courtesy Nancy D. Brown.