Top Resorts: Los Cabos

In Los Cabos, Stay by Jennifer Dunkin


This lavish Mexican resort is a sanctuary of refined tranquility, with a playful twist of energy, color, and youth. One & Only Palmilla recently reopened and its renovations have made it more exceptional than ever. Each room and private suite is comfortably spacious, faces the sea, and is accented with handcrafted Mexican details. The One & Only is the perfect combination of a family friendly yet sophisticated and peaceful getaway spot. John Travolta celebrated his 50th birthday with loved ones at the One & Only. Home to Cabo’s famous Agua by Larbi restaurant and a new steakhouse called Seared, One & Only also knows how to wine and dine its guests for an all around impeccable experience.

Insider Tip: Venture down towards the water and find the floating beds to lounge at for the day and experience the ocean from a new perspective that will shock your senses.

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Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort has redefined the ideas of luxury and pampering in Los Cabos for almost 20 years. The resort puts an immense amount of thought into its landscaping to heighten the experience of being in a unique area where the desert meets the ocean. It avoids non-native foliage and focuses on indigenous local plants. The tranquil views and refined hospitality captivate guests and keep them coming back. Pool butlers pamper each guest with exceptionally delicious beverages and anything else they might need during their relaxing days on vacation.

Insider Tip: Catch a movie on the beach under the stars at Cinema Paraíso while snuggling up to your loved ones.

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Awaken your spirit and revive your senses at Esperanza. This resort plays off of nature and makes sure that its architecture is in exact harmony with the land it lays on. Esperanza is broken into three sections: a hotel, private villas and private residences, giving each guest plenty of options to create their perfect vacation. Part of Auberge Resorts Collection of exceptional hotels, Esperanza offers guests a truly first class stay in Cabo right on the Sea of Cortez.

Insider Tip: Make sure your stay at Esperanza includes a Thursday night so you can experience its weekly Mexican Fiesta, “Mexicanismo,” on the oceanfront patio.

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The new luxury resort by Thompson hotels is one of Cabo’s must stays. This serene beachfront resort ensures guests don’t have a care in the world and are at complete relaxation during their stay in Cabo. Designed by the well known Mexican architect Javier Sanchez, the resort reflects a fresh Mexican style covered in contemporary art. The resort aims to portray a modern vibe, but still features traditional aspects like hand painted tiles in the bathroom, so guests won’t forget where they are.

Insider Tip: For travelers seeking the romance of the Baja, look no more. The Cape is placed perfectly on Monuments Beach and each room features a breathtaking view of The Arch.

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Mexico’s only privately owned tunnel guides guests directly into the resort named Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best. The Resort at Pedregal has the most prestigious location in all of Los Cabos, built into a cliff right where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean. It is the only one of our top five 5-star picks located in downtown Cabo San Lucas where each guest is set up with a personal concierge upon arrival to help plan their dream vacation. Pedregal features a simplistic and sophisticated look, while focusing on the details to truly impress guests. Home to one of Cabo’s most famous restaurants El Farallon, Pedregal provides exquisite dining experiences along with its four-diamond service.

Insider Tip: “Pedregal” is Spanish for a stony place, which perfectly describes this resort and its impeccable views of where the land meets the sea.

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With Hyatt’s 50-plus years of hospitality expertise, this all-inclusive resort resting on the Sea of Cortez is the definition of sophistication and comfort. With a handful of bars and lounges, daily and nightly activities, a luxury spa, and family-friendly accommodations you may never even leave the resort, but if you do it is conveniently located just minutes away from San Jose del Cabo. Traditional Mexican colors decorate the resort, pushing its sophisticated vibe to a slightly more playful feel.

Insider Tip: For an even higher standard of luxury, sign up for the Club Premium plan and enjoy the list of amenities available to you double.

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This is the ideal resort for the active traveler. Hacienda Beach club sits on a private section of one of Cabo’s best known attractions, Medano Beach. With plenty to do and instant access to downtown Cabo San Lucas, your time spent at Hacienda can be as action packed, or as relaxed as you desire. One major highlight at Hacienda is that its beach is swimmable, unlike a lot of resort’s beaches in Los Cabos. Handcrafted metal work, hardwood doors, and natural stone finishes complete the unique look of Hacienda Beach Club.

Insider Tip: Hacienda also offers beachfront villas for an even more private and secluded getaway that include an infinity pool, spa, and outdoor barbeque area.

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It’s secluded, it’s stunning and it’s magnificent and that’s exactly what Secrets wants you to know. When it comes to branding, they do not misguide. This adults-only honeymoon hot spot is the perfect getaway for lovebirds around the world. Quietly tucked into Puerto Los Cabos away from the commotion of the cities, Secrets is the best place to clear your mind and experience a truly relaxing vacation. Prepare to be greeted with a glass of premium champagne and a cold towel to kick off your stay, followed by endless opportunities for both the active traveler, and the beach bums. Golfers can take a swing at the custom designed Jack Nicklaus course on site. Secrets offers unlimited luxury to adults seeking the most romantic experiences.

Insider Tip: Head down to the beach bar where traditional bar stools have been traded in for swings, a playful touch to the otherwise extremely classy resort.

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A truly authentic Mexican experience, this all-inclusive resort was inspired by Mexico’s rich ancient history and built with absolute comfort in mind. Unlike other resorts on our list, the Grand Mayan is a timeshare-style member’s only resort, but well worth it. Greeted by two enormous Mayan statues, you will quickly realize that you are about to have a culturally rich stay in Mexico. The colorful interiors and insanely large collection of pools keep a youthful vibe to this historically inspired resort. Located in downtown San Jose del Cabo, it is within walking distance to a handful of restaurants and shopping.

Insider Tip: For extra poolside privacy, lounge on the luxe all-white covered day beds located on the outdoor platform just above the main pool.

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Cabo Azul Resort - Villa Bedroom

This all-inclusive villa resort is your ultimate, exotic dream vacation destination located on the azure bay in Los Cabos. The attention is in the special effects here, where fierce fire sculptures, playful waterscapes, and dramatic lighting will take you where only your wildest imagination has been. This fresh and fun resort offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom penthouse villa options to guests. Each penthouse has been carefully and thoughtfully decorated with true attention to every detail, creating a truly luxurious experience to satisfy each guest.

Insider Tip: Let the amenities come to you by requesting in-villa spa and chef services to truly pamper yourself during your time in Los Cabos.

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Whether it’s a family vacation, romantic getaway, or a work retreat that brings you to Los Cabos, the Sheraton will happily accommodate you. With five pools, including a swim up bar and an infinity-edge pool, an adventure kid’s club, private spa, and golf by Cabo del Sol, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar offers it all. The Sheraton has a handful of restaurants and poolside lounges available to cater to you. Whether it’s an authentic Mexican meal or an all-American cheeseburger you’re craving, Sheraton will whip it up and deliver it right to you. The experienced bar staff will prepare a combination of delectable tropical drinks to accompany you during your pool day. A plethora of beachside beds and umbrellas are also available to guests, so you can enjoy watching the waves while you let your mind drift into total relaxation.

Insider Tip: Keep your eyes open for a calm day of waves and you will be able to take a dive into the turquoise sea you have been admiring. This beach is one of a select few in Cabo that is not totally off limits.

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Experience the difference that Fiesta Americana offers during your stay in Cabo through its pristine attention to detail. You will experience an array of authentic aroma, vibrant colors, and other satisfying sensations the entire time you are at Fiesta Americana. The architectural design of this resort was specially thought out to feature the best views of both the sea and the mountains in this majestical city where the desert meets the ocean. A calendar of cultural, recreational, and artistic activities runs all day long for the active traveler. Fiesta Americana is also a part of the Cabo del Sol golf club for those who are looking to channel their inner Jack Nicklaus.

Insider Tip: Make sure to visit the Somma WineSpa, it is the only spa in Los Cabos that uses the benefits of wine in its treatments.

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All-inclusive Grand Solmar Land’s End is impossibly nudged right in between the cliffs, land and sea. Pelicans soaring over the golden sand and sailboats drifting into the crystal blue waters make the views from Grand Solmar like nothing else you will find in Los Cabos. A wide array of accommodation options range from a grand-suite to a four-bedroom penthouse. Rustic, contrasting interiors set a dramatic tone in this resort, independent from many others. Cabo is famous for the Arch and if you want to take advantage of the magical landmark, this is the best resort to help you do so.

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This beautiful beachside resort has been nearly entirely renovated over the past year. It focuses on its most appealing feature, the beautiful beach of Cabo. Beach parties, evening beachside dinners where guests can enjoy fine dining with their feet in the sand, and numerous sand sport activities take place here each day. Animal lovers will be pleased to know that Finisterra puts a huge emphasis on environmental conservation, so this is a great spot to come to watch the migrating whales jump in the winter and the sea turtles lay their eggs in the late summer. Its all-inclusive plan includes endless eats and drinks and a handful of family-friendly activities as well.

Insider Tip: Take advantage of the relatively calm location of Finisterra’s beach by taking up a water activity like jet-skiing or snorkeling. You can book activities directly from the resort’s beach.

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Photo: Courtesy of Sandos Finisterra


This Mexican hacienda style all-suite resort is located just steps away from the famous Land’s End of Los Cabos, the magical spot where the desert meets the sea. Playa Grande is also just minutes away from the famous marina and downtown Cabo San Lucas where restaurants and nightlife are booming every night of the week. Each suite eludes the study of luxury and is equipped with a private patio, kitchen or kitchenette, marble floors, granite counter tops, and hand-crafted custom furniture. Bright colors and playful artwork decorate the Playa Grande from head to toe, maintaining a fun, young, and fresh vibe displayed to vacationers.

Insider Tip: This resort is a European plan resort so internet and fitness centers are not included in the booking rates, but can be purchased separately upon request.

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The calm and relaxing Mediterranean style of this resort perfectly contrasts with its lively location on the famous Medano Beach. Bright blue and white interiors compliment the calm waters of the ocean beautifully. This prime location is just a short walk from downtown Cabo San Lucas and only a few minutes away from a number of popular top-notch golf courses. The all-inclusive amenities were thought out to cover all the details, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Every room and suite at the Pueblo Bonito offers an oceanfront view, so you can wake up facing the sea and fall asleep to the sound of the waves, exactly the way it should be while visiting Los Cabos.

Insider Tip: If you’re up for learning a thing or two on your vacation, go for it; the all-inclusive amenities here include Spanish lessons, cooking and bartending classes.

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If you’re looking to escape from the younger ones, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is your destination. This adults-only, all-inclusive resort provides a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere where you can quickly unwind. Located on a private beach, this resort offers unlimited luxury with minimalistic décor, allowing you to easily focus on the calm lull of the refreshing breeze. No adults-only resort would be complete without an award-winning spa to put the lasting touch on your retreat. Visit the Armonia Spa for a variety of treatments to administer your every need.

Insider Tip: To maximize a stress-free experience, the resort has started a no-cash-needed program, allowing you to make every charge to your room.

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Marquis Los Cabos is the definition of modern simplicity at its finest, focusing entirely on the Sea of Cortez, one of Cabo’s most beautiful and unique components. Nearly every point from the hotel offers an oceanview to guests. Marquis Los Cabos amplifies the element of water in every aspect, from an open-air lobby highlighting the sea as soon as you arrive, to a beautiful waterfall centerpiece; guests are constantly reminded that they are in paradise. This resort also focuses on taking the all-inclusive experience to the next level. Adults-only does not mean that there is a lack of fun; daily activities at Marquis include dance lessons, tequila tastings, football on the beach, movies under the stars and more.

Insider Tip: Guests can request an all-inclusive breakfast to be delivered to the room service box at the door, it’s essentially breakfast in bed every morning.

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Photo: Courtesy of Marquis Los Cabos

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