Land's End for Lovers: The Most Romantic Resorts in Los Cabos

With its warm year-round climate and abundance of swaying palm trees, gorgeous beaches and spectacular ocean views, Los Cabos has all the requisite ingredients for a first-class romantic getaway destination.

What really puts the destination over the top, however, and what accounts for the enduring popularity of Los Cabos in this regard – not only for romantic getaways, but also destination weddings, anniversaries and renewal of vows ceremonies – is the pairing of romantic, one-of-a-kind experiences with the region’s breathtaking outdoor settings.

Romantic amenities like Champagne and chocolates, or rose petal strewn suites, can be found almost anywhere. But romantic experiences like private yacht excursions for seasonal whale watching, or moonlit “tables for two in the sand” overlooking Land’s End, are destination specific. Which is to say: “only in Cabo."

The best area lodgings, at least as far as romance is concerned, typically fall into one of two categories: adults-only resorts whose entire raison d’etre is romance, and ultra-luxury properties that do everything to the Nth degree, from celebrity chefs and pampering spas to romantic packages, promotions and “special experience” menus.

In the first category locally are adults-only resorts such as Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, a Cabo San Lucas property with a unique resort-within-a-resort concept; Secrets Puerto Los Cabos, a romantic resort set in an upscale development just outside of San José del Cabo; Marquis Los Cabos, a Tourist Corridor based resort whose signature touch is its strikingly designed lobby arch; and Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort and Spa, where rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Land’s End and Playa El Médano.

In the latter category are ultra-luxury properties from some of the world’s most famous hospitality brands. Las Ventanas al Paraíso and One&Only Palmilla pioneered Los Cabos style luxury and romance decades ago under late, legendary hotelier Edward Steiner, while Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is the first resort to open on the Baja California peninsula from the acclaimed Four Seasons brand, with a secluded and magnificently landscaped setting on Los Cabos’ picturesque but more lightly developed East Cape.

Our top choice, however – The Cape, A Thompson Hotel – does not fit neatly into either category. Although certainly romantic, it’s not adults only; and although certainly luxurious, it’s not comparable (in price or prestige) to ultra-luxury resorts like One&Only Palmilla, Las Ventanas al Paraíso or Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. What The Cape does have is something no other regional resort can match: the absolute perfect location on a legendary surf beach with unmatched Land’s End views that during unforgettable nightly sunsets provides vistas that defy description.

The Cape takes full advantage of this jaw-dropping setting, offering romance-friendly amenities that range from infinity pools to its rooftop lounge, not to mention a signature restaurant helmed by the most famous chef in México.


Adults-only, all-inclusive Breathless is among the best of the new resorts to open in Los Cabos during the post-2014 building boom. The resort opened in December 2015 and enjoys a superb location at the juncture of the Cabo San Lucas marina boardwalk and 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-oriented activities and happenings that include massage lessons, tequila tastings, and burlesque and fashion shows. Private dinners for two can be arranged on the beach, or at other select onsite locations.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Breathless is the newest adults-only, all-inclusive in Cabo San Lucas.

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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 romantic 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 to sample the pampering treatment options at the 13,700 square foot Esencia Spa, and visit Malibu Farms for its fresh farm-to-table offerings. But Nobu Los Cabos restaurant is the must-try, naturally, for Japanese-Peruvian fusions, stunning design features, and unforgettable dining experiences.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Nobu's exquisitely designed rooms, baths, pool and spa are perfect for romantic getaways.

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Dreams Los Cabos manages to be both a romantic getaway of the first order, as well as one of the finest family-friendly resorts in the coastal corridor which connects cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Spacious one-bedroom and family style suites accommodate up to six people in elegant comfort, while the onsite Explorers Club provides supervised activities and adventures for kids ages 3 through 12; all based around the themes of science, nature and exploration. The club keeps extended hours, a fact that comes in handy when parents are in the mood for a romantic side-by-side massage session on the beach, a romantic dinner in their suite (or at a table in the sand), or for dancing cheek to cheek in the Desires lounge.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Dreams is the perfect romantic getaway resort option for couples traveling with children.

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The unique 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 stylishly appointed, with either terrace or 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, highlighted by a "Couples Royal Experience" that features 90 minutes of pampering attention. All-inclusive pleasures, meanwhile, include contemporary French cuisine at signature restaurant Canto del Mar, fresh local seafood at Dos Mares, and Pan-Asian cuisine at Sakke. The best of spa and dining pleasures are paired in a special "Marquis Experience" that begins with a 50-minute couples massage, followed by some jetted jacuzzi tub relaxation time before a candlelit dinner for two.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Marquis Experience, which pairs spa treatments with fine dining, is the best – but certainly not the only – romantic amenity at this resort.

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Secrets is one of several luxurious resorts at the upscale Puerto Los Cabos development just outside San José del Cabo, but the only one that is adults-only. The 500-room property is all-inclusive, with a varied selection of dining and drinks options that includes eight onsite restaurants and six bars. The 13,000 square foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia, meanwhile, is worth visiting as well, given that it specializes in romantic couples' massages and other pampering treatments for two. Accommodations are impressively designed and appointed, and include ground floor swim-up pools or ocean view balconies, and bathrooms featuring whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers. There are two large infinity pools onsite: one serene and picturesque, the other a dedicated party pool with swim-up bar. Additional amenities include access to lovely La Playita Beach and Questro managed golf courses (including the neighboring 27-hole Puerto Los Cabos course with designs by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman).

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Secrets Puerto Los Cabos is the best adults-only resort in San José del Cabo.

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One of four Pueblo Bonito resorts in Los Cabos, the adults-only, all-inclusive Pacifica 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 resort-within-a-resort concept that features private butlers and its own exclusive VIP lounge. The Towers' Peninsula Restaurant is an ocean-view showcase for fresh and delicious 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" beachfront fishing experience; stargazing "astronomy nights"; and golf at the spectacular Jack Nicklaus designed layout at Quivira Golf Club. The latter premiered in December 2014 and was immediately acclaimed as a masterpiece, with signature holes winding along the ruggedly beautiful Pacific Coast. Canopied beachfront daybeds with private food and beverage service add to the resort's romantic allure.

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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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 couples, after all – but this new 141-room and suite resort from the acclaimed Four Seasons brand has plenty more 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 mountains, desert and sea.

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

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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 onsite residences, 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 Romantic Hotels because: Las Ventanas al Paraíso pioneered the concept of Los Cabos style luxury under late hotelier Edward Steiner, and remains a top-of-the-line choice for romantic getaways.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: One & Only Palmilla has been ranked as the best resort in México for over a decade, and specializes in romantic activities for couples.

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Few places on earth can match the setting of The Cape, a 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 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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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