There has been a sort of hotel arms race in Los Cabos for the better part of two decades, with local lodgings competing to provide the most luxurious suites, pampering spas, boutique amenities and championship-level golf packages. Although a clear winner has yet to emerge in the luxury category, there is no longer any question about the area's trendiest boutique accommodations option. It is Melia's ME Cabo Resort. And there is no close second.
Melia's ME Cabo Resort boasts a scenic seaside location on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas — Photo courtesy of ME Cabo Resort
ME Cabo overlooks a prime stretch of golden sand on Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas, offering its guests easy access to the city's largest and most popular beach, as well as gorgeous views of the unique granitic rock formations at Land's End.
Cruise ships often lie at anchor just off the beach, adding to the setting's picture postcard perfection. But breathtaking views aren't exactly rare in Los Cabos. What sets ME Cabo apart are its chic appointments and amenities, among which is the area's hottest poolside party scene.
Nikki Beach clubs may be found worldwide, and Los Cabos' version is located strategically close to both pool and beach at ME Cabo. Nikki Beach brings in some of the world's best DJs for the sort of poolside dance parties seldom seen outside music videos. Each year in May, Nikki Beach hosts its annual White Party, a color-centric ode to hedonism and one of the highlights of the Los Cabos social calendar.
Hip decor and onsite DJs may also be found in the onsite Passion Lounge. Meanwhile, tapas and top-shelf tequilas are available at Passion's neighbor, Tequila Fusion. For those unwilling to leave the comfort of the pool, there is a swim-up wet bar.
As if this surfeit of party places weren't enough to satisfy the bikini-and-board-shorts-clad smart set, ME Cabo is designed so that its guests always have an opportunity to be part of the action. The hotel's beautiful Art Deco-inspired lobby winds towards a marble wraparound staircase, which descends to the expansive courtyard pool area. If you'd like to make a spectacular entrance, this is the place to do so.
Nikki Beach at ME Cabo Resort is home to the Los Cabos area's hippest poolside party scene — Photo courtesy of ME Cabo Resort
Similarly, ME Cabo's The Level offers a chance to experience the poolside scene from the comfort of a whirlpool on your private balcony. All the rooms and suites in this adults-only VIP area provide great looks at the poolside scene. Amenities vary according to room and suite types, but guests can expect chic and sexy furnishings, and tropical touches such as private sundecks with views of the ocean, lounge beds and outdoor showers.
The Saturday night soirees at Nikki Beach sometimes blur into Sunday brunches or beachfront picnics. Tandem kayaks are available for paddles out to Lover's Beach, the area's premier picnic spot.
Other leisurely options at ME Cabo - beyond sipping champagne on enormous Bali daybeds, or ordering blended margaritas from the bar in the swimming pool - include hot-stone massages and aromatic herb wraps at Yhi Spa.