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One of three infinity pools at Grand Velas Los Cabos. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

 

Located between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Grand Velas Resorts recently welcomed the $150 million Grand Velas Los Cabos into the fold. With sweeping ocean views and beachfront property on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, this hotel is the latest all inclusive luxury resort to ride the waves in Los Cabos and is the fifth to debut in the family-owned company. The sand is soft, the ocean is layered in shades of azure blue and the hotel is architecturally striking. Architect Roberto Elias used the entrance as a focal point, with a soaring three story entrance, reaching 300 feet above sea level.

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Lobby entrance designed with open air breezeway photo © Nancy D. Brown

 

With a staff ratio of 3 to 1, Grand Velas Los Cabos offers 304 ocean view suites with private terrace; some with their own plunge pool. The curved, half moon hotel design utilizes the beachfront space efficiently. The hotel’s layout is a nod to Velas Resorts play on ship sails. Velas means the sail’s of a ship and the architect used the shape of a sail within the concrete walls to offer privacy between each suite’s balcony – no peaking around the corner to see what your neighbor is up to. The grand lobby features the whimsical artwork of Mexico City artist Sergio Bustamante; afterall, “the Magic Begins Here.”

 

 

Three infinity pools, one adult-only, look out to the Pacific ocean where the Sea of Cortez collides. This is beachfront property, but beware that the current is strong and not safe for swimming. Instead, take up residence on one of the many lounge chairs. With theater-style seating, every guest has a fabulous ocean view. Pool and beach attendants take care of ceviche and drink orders, or you may take advantage of nearby Azul restaurant (casual all day dining with beach views) or Cabrillo ceviche bar and restaurant.

 

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Couples room at Spa Se photo © Nancy D. Brown

Wellness focus at Grand Velas

The action is not only at the pool. Spa Se is where I want to spend my entire vacation. The 35,000 square foot spa, with 20 treatment rooms, is a mermaid’s paradise – when I’m not on the road, I participate in deep water aerobics five days a week at my local outdoor recreational pool. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to experience the hydrotherapy journey with my very own spa valet on this trip. The unique experience is an hour-long relaxation ritual built around eight, water-based features. The Los Cabos Blue Agave Exfoliation from the spa’s Ceremony of Mexico is a signature treatment. I loved my Kundalini yoga class on the rooftop patio. Adults and kids should try a Spa Atelier class like making a floral mendala while others might enjoy a custom Dosha Exfoliation workshop based on Ayurvedic medicine. Spa Se is a member of Leading Spa of the World.

 

 

If I were to come back to Grand Velas Los Cabos (and who wouldn’t?) I’d want to stay in the split-level Wellness Suite. While wellness suites are not new to luxury resorts, Mexico’s Grand Velas Los Cabos offers six duplex wellness suites with lofted ceilings, Vitamin C sprinkler,  juice bars and wine-based features from Mexico’s growing wine region. The luxurious rooms offer a complimentary in room spa treatment for two, an exercise bicycle in room, healthy dining options, special lighting to enhance your sleep cycles, special tv programming offering healthy tips and a Grand Velas app for your smart phone.

 

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Ambassador Suite photo © Nancy D. Brown

Oceanfront suites

All suites offer ocean views, some with adjoining rooms for families. At 1,180 square feet, there’s plenty of room to spread out and chill. However, I didn’t want to spend any downtime in my room for fear of missing out on some of the activities. Rooms are some of the most stylish and well-equipped in Los Cabos with spacious suites, jacuzzi tub, separate waterfall showers with L’Occitane bath amenities.

Rooms include complimentary mini bar (stocked to your preference – hello unlimited M&M’s) premium bottle of Tequila and red wine, coffee maker and tea service. Furniture is stylish and comfortable, down to the patio furniture on the balcony. Amenities are plentiful and customer-focused, including welcome features like ample USB ports at desk and bedside, LED reading lights and plenty of electrical outlets.

There are robes and slippers in the closet, as well as a beach bag and towel for the pool or beach. The fridge is stocked with cold drinks and a regular supply of bottled water. Houskeeping does a thorough job with morning service and nightly turndown (more chocolate!) Suites are spacious with calming colors. The interior decorator paid attention to details, down to the light fixtures and huge in-room mirror.

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The bar at Cocina de Autor photo © Nancy D. Brown

Signature dining

With 5 gourmet restaurants at Grand Velas Los Cabos, the cuisine is outstanding, especially when compared to typical all-inclusive fare. Each chef is from their native country; dinner at Lucca with Chef Antonio La Monica has excellent pizza, while Cocina de Autor features a tasting menu (at no additional charge) from 2 star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte. Piaf transports guests to Parisian luxury a la chef Aureliene Angers, and of course, Mexican fare is featured at Frida Restaurant. Did I mention that all specialty restaurants have their own sommelier?

Not all restaurants were open yet during my visit – guess I’ll just have to come back to check out Velas 10 for their steak and seafood and the Sky Bar. For those traveling with kids, from teen to toddlers, this place has it dialed in. The teen club has better high tech, state-of-the-art equipment than at my house and snacks galore. If only the baby concierge existed when my children were little. I wouldn’t have had to pack a stroller, crib or even baby food thanks to this service.

Los Cabos, Mexico is known for happy people delivering excellent customer service. I found this to be true with my 24 hour personalized butler concierge & the in suite service. The general manager arrived from another Velas property, keeping continuity all in the family. I can’t wait to return.

 

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Rooftop yoga

Need to know:

Rates start at $750 per person, per night. Just 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, the resort offers easy access, yet feels millions of miles away from the stress of work. Airport transportation is available for an additional fee.

Insider tip:

For the adventure traveler wanting to leave the resort, the Suburcabos bus goes to San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas, a 30 minute ride for about $2 or 24 pesos (during my 2016 visit.) If you feel more comfortable in a van, the resort will arrange transportation via the concierge. Same goes for horseback riding on the beach or additional activities. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer @Nancydbrown on Twitter or Instagram @Nancydbrown and Instagram @GrandVelascabos.

If You Go:

(888) 505-8406

Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 17.3, Cabo San Lucas – San José del Cabo, Corredor Turístico, Municipio de Los Cabos, C.P. 23405, Baja California Sur

Grand Velas Los Cabos all inclusive hotel review, all photography and YouTube video by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Grand Velas Los Cabos for first-hand review purposes, however all opinions are my own.