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Best Resorts in Cabo San Lucas

Chic Suites and Spectacular Views: The 10 Best Resorts in Los Cabos

Although home to many fine B&Bs and boutique hotels, seaside luxury resorts are by far the most common accommodations option for visitors to Los Cabos. Large, lavishly appointed resorts dot the coastline from Cabo San Lucas to sister city San José del Cabo, with the best boasting an impressive array of pampering amenities, from onsite spas and fitness facilities to five-star restaurants and palapa-shaded, swim-up cocktail bars.

The area’s benchmark resorts have traditionally been found along the 20-mile Tourist Corridor that connects the cape cities, a neighborhood that is currently home to standout properties like One&Only Palmilla, Las Ventanas al Paraíso, Esperanza and The Cape. The resort at Palmilla has been the local gold standard for over 50 years – it was founded by Rod Rodriguez as the Hotel Palmilla in 1956 – and since receiving the prestigious One&Only imprimatur in 2004 has ascended to a different level, thanks to niceties like private butlers and world-class dining.

All-inclusives – resorts whose rates not only include lodging, but also food, drink and other vacation-themed pleasures – have been gaining in popularity in recent years. Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas and Playa Hotelera in San José del Cabo, two of Los Cabos’ premier beachfront areas, are home to many of these all-in-one retreats. The budget-friendly allure of such resorts is quite easy to understand. Virtually everything one needs, including privacy, is covered; thus there is little need to venture beyond the resort’s exquisitely landscaped grounds.


Hilton's large and pampering Los Cabos resort has 375 lushly-appointed rooms situated on the Sea of Cortés, as well as private beach access and a host of high-end amenities, including tennis courts and spa and fitness facilities. The Spa Oasis features a full menu of treatments, massages and beauty services, including services for children. Hilton's onsite kids club also offers an array of fun activities for children ages 4 to 18, ranging from movie nights under the stars to cake and cookie decoration and Spanish language classes. Fine dining options include the restaurants La Vista, El Meson, Fenicia, La Barca and the Madero Bar and Grill. As one would expect from Hilton, there are ample meeting and event facilities, with first-class catering and audio/visual services.

Recommended for Resort because: Hilton is one of the largest and most amenity laden resorts in the Tourist Corridor.

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Adults-only, all-inclusive Breathless is the hottest new lodging in Los Cabos, premiering in December 2015. The recently opened resort enjoys a superb location - at the end of the Cabo San Lucas Marina, near the entrance to Médano Beach - with scenic views of the Marina and wealthy hillside enclave Pedregal on one side, and the Sea of Cortés on the other. The accommodations and amenities are chic, sexy and will appeal to couples seeking romantic Land's End getaways. In addition to its 169 suites, all with private balconies, the property boasts a superb spa, a plethora of onsite bars and restaurants - from the Barefoot Grill to VIP rooftop lounge Purple - as well as theme nights that include mega dance parties, talent contests and boutique beachside fiestas. Wedding services are available, with a coordinator on site to handle details.

Recommended for Resort because: Breathless is the best resort on the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk.

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One of four Pueblo Bonito resorts in Los Cabos, the all-inclusive Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa offers excellent accommodations and a full range of spa services, as well as showcasing some spectacular Pacific Ocean views. This is one of the most visually striking resorts in Los Cabos, with over 154 rooms and suites for a discerning adults only clientele. 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 beauty salon services.

Recommended for Resort because: Pueblo Bonitio Pacifica is the top adults-only all-inclusive in Los Cabos.

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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 (phase one 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 feature Mexican, American and continental fare, and Baja Med style cuisine, respectively. Amenities include full 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 Resort because: Grand Solmar is one of the premier resorts in Cabo San Lucas, and the closest to the city's Land's End headland.

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Chic and contemporary Mexican style décor, superb onsite dining, and gorgeous views of the Sea of Cortés distinguish Sheraton's elegant Hacienda del Mar property. Suites at the 270-room resort feature kitchen and dining areas, while standard room amenities range from satellite television and in-room movies to jacuzzis and around the clock room service. There are four onsite restaurants and five bars, including Asian fusion at Pitahayas, international cuisine at Sirenas, steak and seafood at De Cortez Grill and Restaurant, and regional Mexican fare at Girasoles de la Hacienda. Weddings and cocktail parties may be arranged beachside, and a number of excellent meeting services are available, including high speed internet access in all meeting rooms. Hacienda del Mar also offers a complete range of children's programs and babysitting services.

Recommended for Resort because: Few local properties can match Sheraton's Hacienda del Mar for style, service and first-class dining options.

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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 Resort because: The Cape is the best new resort in the Los Cabos tourist corridor.

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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 precipitated by Hurricane Odile in 2014 - 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 en suite iPads. The resort's Cabo Spa 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 Resort because: Esperanza is one of three world-class luxury resorts in the Tourist Corridor, with a spa that has been rated as the best in Latin America.

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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 a 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 Resort because: The resort is home to two world-class amenities: The Restaurant at Las Ventanas, and The Spa at Las Ventanas.

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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 Resort because: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is the premier resort in Cabo San Lucas.

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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 Resort because: One&Only Palmilla is the Los Cabos area's benchmark seaside luxury resort.

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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