Land's End Love Nests: The Most Romantic Resorts in Los Cabos

Los Cabos offers a multitude of luxurious coastal hotels and resorts for romantic getaways, and in the past decade has become one of the premier North American sites for destination weddings, honeymoons and renewal of vows ceremonies.

In addition to event services and romance coordinators, most of the top lodgings in Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo and the connecting Tourist Corridor feature pampering spas and on-site fine dining, as well as romantic packages, promotions and vacation "enhancements" that range from rose petal strewn suites to welcoming gifts of Champagne or chocolate covered strawberries.

Since the majority of the region's top accommodations options boast scenic settings and spectacular views – none more so than the recently opened The Cape: A Thompson Hotel, with its magnificent vantages of the Land’s End headland – there is an ongoing competition among local hotels and resorts to provide unique, or signature romantic experiences. The Resort at Pedregal's "Honeymoon" package, for examples, includes rose petals, chocolates, Champagne, massages, breakfast in bed, a romantic cliff-side dinner above crashing Pacific Ocean waves, and even a candle lit dinner in the resort’s private wine cellar.

Other romance-friendly properties of note include Marquis, Breathless and Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, which are the best of Los Cabos' adults-only resorts; One&Only Palmilla, where private butlers and yacht excursions await; and Esperanza, whose spa has been ranked as the best in Latin America.


Adults-only, all-inclusive Breathless is among the best of the new resorts to open in Los Cabos during the post Hurricane Odile building boom. The recently opened (Dec. 2015) 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 Romantic Hotels because: Breathless is the newest adults-only, all-inclusive in Cabo San Lucas.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is the premier adults-only resort on the Pacific Coast of Cabo San Lucas.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Cape features stunning views of Land's End from each of its suites, plus its world-class restaurant and romantic rooftop bar.

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Ultra-luxury and all-inclusive seldom go hand in hand. Grand Velas is a rare exception, a stunningly designed 304-suite resort set on Playa El Tule in the coastal corridor that connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Each of the bougainvillea trained suites enjoy gorgeous Sea of Cortés views, and the dining and spa facilities are world-class. The Vela family lured Chef Sidney Schutte from the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam, where his restaurant had recently been awarded two Michelin stars. He and fellow Nederlander Vincent Colauto run the resort's signature restaurant, Cocina de Autor, whose bill of fare includes gourmet 17-course meals. The spa is an enormous, over 35,000 square feet, and among its many features includes a Spa Atelier, with workshops inspired by age-old healing practices. Romantic couples' massages are also featured.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Grand Velas is the best new resort in Los Cabos, with a spectacular spa offering romantic couples' treatments.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Esperanza's "Starlit Love" package includes a romantic dinner for two on the beach, and an outdoor couples' spa treatment.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Las Ventanas al Paraíso's "Romance in Paradise" package is an enticing option for visiting couples.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Posada La Poza is the most romantic boutique hotel in Todos Santos, and possessor of one of the region's most beautiful gardens.

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The special qualities of this beachfront adults-only, all-inclusive are apparent upon arrival: the open-air lobby is framed by a large arch-shaped entryway that looks directly through from the circular drive to the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortés beyond. Suites are flawlessly appointed in upscale tropical style, with gorgeous terrace of balcony views, and bathrooms outfitted with both showers and roomy jacuzzi tubs. Romantic couples' treatments are available at the 13,000 square foot Marquis Spa, and all-inclusive delights include signature restaurant Canto del Mar from acclaimed French chef Thierry Dufour, as well as fresh local seafood at Dos Mares, and pan-Asian cuisine at Sakke. Wine and tequila tastings are also offered on-site.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This is the most luxurious adults-only, all-inclusive in Los Cabos, with a plethora or romantic activities and amenities.

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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 be also be found at Don Manuel's and the Beach Club Restaurant, with private dining options available upon request.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Resort at Pedregal's "Honeymoon Package" includes romantic amenties like Champagne and chocolates, a rose petal turndown, an an in-suite dinner.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: One & Only Palmilla has been ranked as the best resort in México for over a decade.

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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