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 pampering amenities, ranging from championship golf courses to sumptuous spas and celebrity chef helmed restaurants.

One&Only Palmilla 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: Las Ventanas al Paraíso, 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, although each, of course, has its own individual charms. Palmilla, for example, is known for its private butlers and world-class dining; Las Ventanas offers exquisite attention to detail and fashionable boutiques; Esperanza claims what is often considered the top spa in Latin America; and Chileno Bay is proud possessor of a jaw-dropping collection of infinity pools.

The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is considered by local acclimation as the best hotel in Cabo San Lucas, offering its affluent guests elegant accommodations and access to outstanding spa and restaurant experiences, as well as spectacular Pacific Ocean views. The newly opened Four Seasons Los Cabos Resort at Costa Palmas, meanwhile, has immediately established itself as the premier getaway on Los Cabos' more lightly developed East Cape. 


Nobu's best feature is almost certainly its eponymous restaurant from celebrated chef Nobu Matsuhisa, but the recently opened hotel at the upscale Diamante development on Cabo San Lucas' spectacular Pacific Coast also offers some nice in-room touches … most notably, the traditional Japanese wooden tubs, crafted from teak and perfect for extended soaks. It may seem strange to rave about bathrooms, but the bathtubs and river stone accented showers here are amazing. Ocean views also abound, of course, both at the two large, DJ-enhanced pool areas, as well as the adults-only pool with its breathtaking sunset vantages. Couples will also want visit the 13,700 square foot Esencia Spa, with its pampering treatment options, as well as the exceptional Malibu Farms farm-to-table restaurant. But Nobu Los Cabos restaurant is the must-try, naturally, for Japanese-Peruvian fusions, stunning design features, and unforgettable dining experiences.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Nobu's exquisitely designed rooms and world-class cuisine are perfect for luxurious getaways.

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Grand Solmar Land's End is the benchmark resort from Solmar Group, whose other Los Cabos based luxury properties include Rancho San Lucas, Playa Grande and Ridge Luxury Villas. The scenically situated all-inclusive resort features 289 suites built in the shadow of the Land's End headland (no other hotel or resort is closer), with easy access to Playa Solmar and some truly breathtaking Pacific Ocean views. The gorgeous lobby with its colonial style chandeliers is an excellent introduction to the glories that follow, including magnificent Pacific Ocean vistas from the terrace at La Roca, and fine dining at Don Luis. Four infinity pools among the eight on property offer plenty of cool relaxation to make up for the lack of a swimmable beach, with fountains and waterfalls adding aesthetic accents as guests wander among the immaculately sculpted grounds. Suites feature upscale touches like marble floors to go with the king-sized beds, oversized walk-in showers and amazing terrace views.

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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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 has had 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 Olvera.

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Montage Los Cabos' 122 hotel rooms and 52 residences overlook Playa Santa Maria, a blue flag beach known for its protected cove and picturesque bay. Distinguished by sleek modern buildings that seem to blend into the spectacular surroundings, and stylish furnishings and accents from Mexico City interior design firm Bernardi + Peschard, this is one of the most impressive of the many new hotels and resorts to open in Los Cabos since 2015. All accommodations include king or queen beds, luxurious bath touches like oversized soak tubs, and of course Sea of Cortés views. Signature restaurant Mezcal showcases contemporary Mexican cuisine from Chef Odin Rocha. Tequila and wine tasting experiences are also popular features. Spa Montage, at 40,000 square feet, is the largest and most pampering hotel spa and wellness center on the Baja California peninsula, with treatment rooms, salon facilities, hydrotherapy stations, a pool sanctuary, and much, much more. Tee time access, meanwhile, is available for hotel guests at the Twin Dolphin Club, which boasts a 19-hole course designed by 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Montage Los Cabos is one of the best new hotels in Los Cabos, and one of the finest in the tourist corridor.

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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 Auberge brand resort, which is set near the site of one of the original Los Cabos getaway resorts, Bud Parr's Hotel Cabo San Lucas. The 60 hotel rooms and 32 suites showcase sophisticated elegance and abundant creature comforts, while also overlooking one of the region's most beautiful Blue Flag beaches. 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: the Latin American themed Comal. But family-friendly activities are also much in evidence. The Pesaditos Kids Club offers games, arts and crafts, and even themed days associated with specific explorations or adventures. Smores under the stars are another popular attraction.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is one of the best new properties to open in Los Cabos since 2017.

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Pampering couples' experiences at the aptly named Oasis Spa may be the most notable romantic amenity – two of the eight onsite treatment rooms are dedicated to it, after all – but this new 141-room and suite resort from the acclaimed Four Seasons brand has plenty else to attract those seeking vacation romance, from an adults-only pool sanctuary to bucket list adventures (think secluded waterfalls and incredible snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo National Park). The resort is located on the Los Cabos' municipality's lightly developed East Cape at La Ribera, far removed from the typical tourist haunts of cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. The stylish and magnificently landscaped off-the-beaten-path setting is designed around a gorgeous swath of beach overlooking the Sea of Cortés, with concierges on hand to arrange stand up paddle boarding or other activities, including sailboat excursions from the property's beach adjacent 250-slip marina. Eight bars and restaurants promise a variety of memorable dining experiences, highlighted by fresh local seafood and produce from the nearby organic farming community of Miraflores. First-class golf and tennis facilities are also on hand, the former headlined by an 18-hole layout from famed course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. that offers stunning views of surrounding desert, mountains and sea.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is the best and most luxurious resort on Los Cabos' East Cape.

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Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection
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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 underwent a major renovation a few years ago, and it has never looked better, with exquisitely 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 are highlighted by the spectacular seaside restaurant Cocina del Mar, where executive chef Alexis Palacios and his staff will cook to order, including dishes to fit any dietary restrictions.

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

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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 Waldorf Astoria Spa highlight the outstanding amenities. The spa features treatments based on ancient Mexican folk healing (called curanderismo), while onsite restaurant El Farallón boasts one of the most romantic dinner experiences in the world, thanks to tables perched cliffside above crashing Pacific Ocean waves. An adjoining Champagne Terrace only adds to the romance factor. Tasteful 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 Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal has been rated as the best hotel in Cabo San Lucas since it opened as Capella Pedregal in 2009.

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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. Chef Anand Singh shows off Indian and Pan-Asian fusion cuisine at Arbol, while 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. Those prepared to spare no expense can also opt for an onsite residence, the most opulent of which is the 28,000 square foot Ty Warner Mansion, which costs more than the square footage figure per night, and is named for the billionaire Beanie Babies magnate and owner of the resort.

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 a benchmark of luxury.

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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 several excellent restaurants, including SEARED steakhouse from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Upgrades and renovations in recent years include a 22,000 square foot spa, fitness and beauty facility, with Barber&Blade for men, and manicures and pedicures in a studio designed by famed French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Romantic activities for couples are another specialty, with options that range from private yacht whale watching adventures to spa date couples' treatments and private dining experiences.

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

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