Suite Dreams: 10Best Luxury Hotels in Los Cabos

In Cabo San Lucas, resorts not only distinguish themselves with stylish suites, but with soothing spas, first-class onsite dining options, and easy access to the region's many world-class golf courses.

The ultra-luxury Resort at Pedregal–formerly known as Capella Pedregal–is now the standard bearer for fashionable accommodations and detail-oriented service in Cabo San Lucas. The landmark Pacific Coast lodging opened in 2008 in the Land's End city’s exclusive hillside Pedregal neighborhood, and has been wowing guests ever since with sumptuous ocean view rooms and suites, spectacular cliffside wining and dining at the market-style seafood restaurant El Farallon, and revitalizing treatments at onsite spa Luna y Mar.

Co-favorite One&Only Palmilla has been a benchmark Los Cabos lodging for over fifty years, since pioneer developer Rod Rodriguez opened it as one of Baja California Sur's first fly-in fishing resorts.That was in 1956, before the Transpeninsular Highway had been built, and the region was a playground for Hollywood actors and big-game anglers. Today, the grand dame resort is an oasis of gracious living, with flawlessly sculpted grounds, five-star dining facilities, and a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course that has been rated among the world's best.

The region´s most exciting new luxury property is The Cape, a sleek, modernistic Thompson hotel set on famed surf beach Playa Monumentos in the tourist corridor that connects the cape cities. Each of The Cape’s 161 surfer chic studded rooms and suites offers breathtaking views of the granitic rock formations at Land’s End, and the boutique beachfront hotel is also home to Manta, the first Los Cabos project from celebrated Mexican chef Enrique Olvera.


A romantic getaway of the first order, Dreams offers an array of amenity laden suites, as well as three large pools, a jacuzzi, five onsite restaurants and four lounges. The suites are elegantly appointed in contemporary Mexican style, with gorgeous terrace views of the Sea of Cortés. Restaurant highlights include steaks at Seaside Grill, seafood at Oceana, Mediterranean cuisine at Portofino, and French fare at Bordeaux. There is also a Just the Two of You option, with a table set up beachside for a romantic candlelit dinner. The spa offers whirlpools, saunas and steam baths, as well as several varieties of massages, and beauty treatments like manicures and pedicures. Kids will enjoy activities from the Explorer's Club.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Dreams is one of the best romantic getaway resorts in Los Cabos.

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One of four Pueblo Bonito resorts in Los Cabos, the all-inclusive Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa offers striking accommodations and a full range of spa services, as well as some spectacular Pacific Ocean views. This is one of the most visually arresting resorts in Los Cabos, with 154 rooms and suites showcasing chic, minimalist décor. The all-inclusive package includes unlimited food and beverage, daily wellness activities, and wine and tequila tastings. The Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is non-smoking, and the minimum age for accommodation is 18. Amenities include a private balcony or patio, satellite television, internet access, blackout curtains and daily maid service. There are five onsite restaurants, including the Mediterranean cuisine of Siempre, and sushi at Pescados de Siempre. In addition to their award winning Armonia Spa, they also offer a meditation labyrinth, beachside yoga, a fitness center and salon services.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Pueblo Bonito's adults-only accommodation showcases spectacular Pacific Ocean views, as well as first-class wellness facilities.

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The luxurious Médano Beach based resort Casa Dorada combines magnificent Sea of Cortés views with richly appointed suites and penthouses featuring marble bath appointments, private terraces, chic interior design and upscale amenities such as plasma screen televisions and wireless internet service. The onsite Saltwater Spa is of first-class quality, as is the restaurant Twelve Tribes, one of only two restaurants in Mexico mentioned in Centurion's members only publication Black Ink. The spa focuses on revitalizing body and wellness treatments utilizing the curative powers of the mineral rich waters of the Sea of Cortés. Twelve Tribes' menu showcases dishes featuring fresh local seafood.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Casa Dorada is the best luxury resort on Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas.

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Ridge Luxury Villas are perched cliffside above Playa Grande, and feature stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Cabo San Lucas Marina, Bahía San Lucas and the entire downtown area. Guests may choose between one-bedroom Master Villas, two-bedroom Luxury Villas, and three-bedroom Presidential Ultra Luxury Villa, all with separate kitchen and living areas. Amenities include multiple infinity pools and a water slide, fitness and spa services, a tennis court, a jacuzzi, mini-golf and personal concierge service. The Ridge Bistro has terrific food, and specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and fresh local seafood. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dining is also available at the onsite restaurants at Playa Grande.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Luxe life at Ridge includes the most spectacular infinity pool views in Los Cabos.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: The Cape is the best new luxury property in Los Cabos, and boasts a signature restaurant from México's most famous chef.

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Grand Solmar Land's End Resort and Spa is the latest offering from the Solmar Group, whose other luxury properties locally include Playa Grande and Ridge Luxury Villas. The relatively new (phase one opened in 2011) all-inclusive resort features 289 suites, gorgeous 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 feature Mexican, American and continental fare, and Baja Mediterranean-influenced cuisine, respectively. Amenities include full spa services, a beauty salon, fitness center, tennis courts, business center, heated pools and jacuzzis, beach side massage cabanas, and of course an accredited onsite romance coordinator.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Grand Solmar is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Los Cabos, with a spectacular location near Land's End.

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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 featuring exquisite attention to detail. There are well over a dozen varieties of suites available, from Garden View Junior to Presidential, with signature touches that include lovely terra cotta fireplaces. Baja Mediterranean-style cuisine is the focus of The Restaurant. Other on-site dining options include La Cava, The Sea Grill and the Tequila, Sushi and Ceviche Bar. Their excellent spa features elemental therapies derived from earth, air, fire and water. Culinary lessons are available, as are tequila lessons and tennis instruction. Championship level golf is available at the nearby Cabo Real course.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Long considered one of the area's benchmark resorts, Las Ventanas Al Paraíso features superb onsite dining at The Restaurant.

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

This beautiful 57-room seaside resort features luxury suites, casitas and villas, as well as some of the most pampering amenities in all of Los Cabos. The property recently reopened following nearly nine months of renovations and upgrades - a move necessitated by Hurricane Odile - and looks better than ever, with newly designed suites and guestrooms courtesy of HKS Architects in Dallas. Luxury touches include personal concierges and room service, and other amenities that can be accessed via in-suite iPads. The resort's Spa at Esperanza has been rated as the best in all of Latin America, and in addition to its massages and romantic couples 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 Gonzalo Cerda and his staff will cook to order, including dishes to fit any dietary restrictions.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Esperanza offers elegant accommodations and an onsite spa that has been rated as the best in all of Latin America.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: Los Cabos' grand dame luxury resort has been welcoming visitors for over fifty years.

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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 Luxury Hotels because: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is the best hotel in Cabo San Lucas.

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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