Luxe Life at Land's End: 10 Best Hotels in Los Cabos

Los Cabos specializes in luxurious accommodations that feature soothing spa services and a host of other full-service amenities, ranging from championship golf courses to palapa-shaded infinity pools.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso has long been considered the area's benchmark lodging, but the coastal corridor that connects the cape cities is also home to three other world-class resorts: One&Only Palmilla, and Auberge brand properties Esperanza and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences All four of these ultra-luxe retreats boast privileged settings overlooking the Sea of Cortés, but each has its own individual charms. Las Ventanas offers exquisite attention to detail and fashionable boutiques; Palmilla is known for its private butlers and celebrity chef helmed restaurants; Esperanza claims what is generally considered the top spa in Latin America; and Chileno Bay is proud possessor of a jaw-dropping collection of infinity pools.

The Resort at Pedregal is annually rated as the best hotel in Cabo San Lucas, and like The Towers at Pacifica, offers its exclusive clientele sumptuous accommodations and access to outstanding spa and restaurant experiences, as well as spectacular Pacific Ocean views. 

Sister city San José del Cabo, meanwhile, hosts one of the area's best boutique hotels: intimate downtown inn Casa Natalia.


Situated in the center of San José del Cabo's historic downtown area, Casa Natalia is a cozy European-style boutique hotel with progressive contemporary architecture enhanced by bamboo, bougainvillea, waterfalls and tropical flowers. There are only 19 guest rooms, each individually decorated with local artwork, and featuring sliding glass doors that open onto private terraces. Loïc Tenoux is Executive Chef for the onsite Mi Cocina, which showcases a fusion of Mexican and European cuisines. There is also a palapa bar with a martini menu and tapas. Casa Natalia can host as many as 100 guests for wedding services and receptions, with custom menus available.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is the best boutique hotel in San José del Cabo.

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Many of the best things in Baja are still at the end of ungraded dirt roads. Posada La Poza is a case in a point, a charming little boutique hotel whose enchanting grounds seem even more magical after the jerks and jolts that accompany the drive in. The eight-suite lodging is operated by Swiss transplants Juerg and Libusche Wiesendanger. Libusche has tended the property's remarkable garden - home to over 30 varieties of palm trees, 50 kinds of cactus, and over 100 species of visiting birds - which fringes a freshwater lagoon, and is bounded by a large palm grove and the even larger Pacific Ocean. The suites are all supplied with king or queen-sized beds, but feature individualized décor, including handcrafted furnishings and artworks (many by Libusche, whose work is also showcased at a downtown gallery). The swimming pool is set in the heart of the garden, while onsite restaurant El Gusto! serves up fresh local seafood and Mexican specialties from a second-story terrace overlooking the ocean.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Posada La Poza is the best boutique hotel in Todos Santos.

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One of four Pueblo Bonito resorts in Los Cabos, the all-inclusive Pacifica Holistic Retreat and Spa offers excellent accommodations, a full range of pampering spa services, and a picturesque beachside setting on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas. The most impressive of the property's rooms are found in The Towers at Pacifica, a new resort-within-a-resort concept that features private butlers and an exclusive VIP lounge. The Towers' Peninsula Restaurant is an ocean-view showcase for Chef Octavio Hernández's Baja inspired cuisine, while the floor below houses a state-of-the-art fitness center. All guests have access to activities like the "hook and cook" fishing experience; stargazing "astronomy nights"; and golf at the spectacular new Jack Nicklaus designed layout at Quivira Golf Club, which premiered in December 2014 and was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece, with signature holes winding along the ruggedly beautiful Pacific Coast.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Pacifica is the best adults-only, all-inclusive in Cabo San Lucas.

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Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection
Photo courtesy of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort

Intimate and luxurious, Esperanza's 57-room seaside resort features an exquisite array of suites, casitas and villas, as well as some of the most pampering amenities in all of Los Cabos. The property reopened after nearly nine months of renovations and upgrades following 2014 monster storm Hurricane Odile, and has never looked better, with freshly designed suites and guestrooms courtesy of HKS Architects in Dallas. Special touches include personal concierges, room service and other amenities that can be accessed via in-suite iPads. The resort's spa has been rated as the best in all of Latin America, and in addition to its massages and romantic couple's treatments, features a spacious outdoor relaxation lounge. The integrated wellness program includes approximately 35 yoga and fitness classes per week, and the resort often hosts well-known instructors from the U.S. and elsewhere. Dining options at Esperanza include the spectacular seaside restaurant Cocina del Mar, the new ceviche bar Pesca, and al fresco style lunch at the Lounge Bar. Argentine chef Guillermo Gomez and his staff will cook to order, including dishes to fit any dietary restrictions.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Esperanza's luxurious amenities include the top rated spa in all of Latin America.

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Few places on earth can match the setting of The Cape: A Thompson Hotel, the new boutique luxury property that opened in June 2015 in the tourist corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The hotel commands sublime views of the evocatively-shaped rock formations at Land's End from its beachfront home on Playa Monumentos, which itself is famed as one of the premier surf sites in Baja California Sur. Architect Javier Sánchez's greatest achievement is making these views available from each of the hotel's 161 rooms and suites, as well as its infinity pool, its acclaimed restaurant, its fashionable rooftop nightclub, its pampering spa…basically, from every available space on the property. The exterior is sleek and contemporary, the décor a nostalgic blending of 1960s moderne and surfer chic. The many black walls, like the black façade, are intended to make the views "pop;" as if there was any doubt of that considering the majestic location. The most notable amenity is Manta, the first Los Cabos restaurant from celebrated Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, who currently has two restaurants - Pujol in Mexico City, and Cosme in New York City - ranked among the 100 best in the world.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: In addition to its gorgeous location at a famed surf beach, The Cape boasts the first Baja based restaurant from acclaimed chef Enrique Olvers.

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Grand Solmar is the latest offering from the Solmar Group, whose other Los Cabos based luxury properties include Playa Grande and Ridge Luxury Villas. The relatively new (the first phase opened in 2011) all-inclusive resort features 289 suites, breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, and easy access to Playa Solmar, as well as Land's End itself (this is the closest resort to the granitic rock formations at the southernmost point of the Baja California peninsula). Restaurants La Roca and Don Luis specialize in fresh local seafood and fine dining, respectively, with additional sustenance available at Las Brisas and Las Olas. Amenities include a full range of spa services, a beauty salon, fitness center, tennis courts, business center, heated pools and jacuzzis, beachside massage cabanas, and of course an accredited onsite romance coordinator.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Grand Solmar is the closest resort to Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, with spectacular views of rock formations and crashing Pacific Ocean waves.

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The pools are the most breathtaking feature, stretching successively towards the sea for over 400 meters. But everything is world-class at this stunning new resort, which is set near the site of one of the original Los Cabos getaway resorts, Bud Parr's Hotel Cabo San Lucas. 60 hotel rooms and 32 suites showcase sophisticated elegance and abundant creature comforts, while also overlooking one of the region's most beautiful bays. The amenities start with the incredible series of pools, but also include a championship-level golf course from designer Tom Fazio, and one of the finest restaurants in the region: Comal. The Latin American themed restaurant is helmed by Yvan Mucharraz, well known to locals for his stint as the Executive Chef at The Resort at Pedregal. Comal also benefits from the vast cocktail expertise of Osvaldo Vazquez, who cut his teeth locally at The Cape: A Thompson Hotel.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is the best new property to open in Los Cabos since 2009.

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Enter through the longest privately-owned tunnel in México to luxurious surroundings and breathtaking Pacific Ocean views at this boutique beach resort, which offers 96 rooms, suites and villas in the exclusive Pedregal area of Cabo San Lucas. Round-the-clock fitness facilities and the Luna y Mar Spa highlight the outstanding amenities. Luna y Mar, a world-class pampering spa, features soothing, organic treatments based on the phases of the moon, while onsite restaurant El Farallón boasts one of the most romantic dinner experiences in the world, with tables perched cliffside above crashing Pacific Ocean waves and an adjoining Champagne Terrace. First-class dining may also be found at Don Manuel's and the Beach Club Restaurant, with private dining options available upon request.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Resort at Pedregal has been rated as the best hotel in Cabo San Lucas since it opened in 2009.

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One&Only Palmilla is regularly rated by travel magazines as the best resort in México, and it's easy to see why. The commitment to service is unmatched in the region, as evidenced by the 3:1 staff-to-guest ratio, and the some five dozen gardeners working constantly to sculpt the lush and luxuriant grounds. The resort has been around since the 1950s - when it was founded by pioneering Los Cabos developer Rod Rodriguez - and it has remained a benchmark area property through several expansions and upgrades, most notably upon receiving the One & Only imprimatur in 2004. In addition to its excellent accommodations and amenities - private butlers are standard - the resort hosts two world-class restaurants: Agua by Larbi from acclaimed chef Larbi Dahrouch, and the SEAR steakhouse from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Recent upgrades and renovations include an all-new 22,000 square foot spa and fitness facility, with The OBO Salon from Beverly Hills stylists Jonathan Antin and Amanda George, Barber&Blade for men, and manicures and pedicures in a studio designed by famed French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Palmilla has been one of the benchmark resorts in Los Cabos for over 50 years.

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Las Ventanas al Paraíso means the windows to paradise, and this Rosewood managed seaside resort delivers the expected spectacular views, as well as luxurious accommodations and amenities distinguished by exquisite attention to detail. How exquisite? Rooms are appointed with wood-burning terracotta fireplaces and telescopes for seasonal whale watching, shower doors boast moon or mermaid shaped handles sculpted by famed Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante, and sunbathers are cooled down with misted Evian water by dedicated "pool butlers." Drinking and dining are likewise world-class. French chef Fabrice Guisset shows off his Mexican bona fides at El Restaurante, and master tequiliers work up flavor profiles for guests at the well-stocked Tequila and Ceviche Bar. Championship level golf is available at the nearby Cabo Real course, and the spa features elemental therapies inspired by earth, air, fire and water.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Las Ventanas al Paraíso became the first truly world-class resort in Los Cabos under legendary hotelier Edward Steiner, and remains the gold standard of quality.

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Chris Sands is the Cabo San Lucas local expert for the USA Today travel website 10 Best, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, and a contributor to numerous websites and...  More About Chris