Los Cabos' striking new beachfront beauty
Imagine the experience of being aboard an enormous luxury yacht without the slightest chance of mal de mer (or “seasickness”). Grand Velas Los Cabos looks as if, at any moment, it could go skimming across the Sea of Cortés, bound for distant horizons. The strikingly sculpted beachfront resort’s signature sail-like architectural features are a nod to the surname of the family-owned hotel company (vela is Spanish for “sail”).
The distinctive new all-inclusive is the third Grand Velas resort in Mexico — joining sister properties in the Riviera Maya and Nayarit — and the family’s fifth lodging overall.
There are no garden-view accommodations at Grand Velas Los Cabos, whose motto is “Beyond all luxury, beyond all compare.” The property was cleverly designed so that each and every suite boasts beautiful Sea of Cortés views. The appointments are likewise spectacular, from marble fixtures and Mexican moderne furnishings to scenically situated terraces and espresso machines. The 304 suites are arranged in classes rising from the ambassador tier to the Presidential Suite. There are also six two-level wellness suites that come with fitness equipment, a spa concierge and in-suite spa treatments.
Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton veteran Juan Licerio Alcala may be the executive chef of the resort’s six onsite restaurants, but make no mistake — Sidney Schutte is the star attraction. The acclaimed Dutch chef was lured away from Librije’s Zusje at the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam and installed as the creative mastermind of Grand Velas’ signature restaurant, Cocina de Autor.
In addition to 17-course gourmet meals from Schutte and fellow Nederlander Vincent Colauto (the chef de cuisine), you may also sample traditional Mexican specialties at Frida, French-style dishes at Piaf, Italian favorites at Lucca and sumptuous buffet feasts at Azul.
A VIP tasting lounge provides palate pleasers of another sort, showcasing world-class selections of tequila, mezcal, coffee, chocolate and other libations.
In addition to its dedicated wellness suites, Grand Velas’ expansive 35,000-square-foot spa offers abundant opportunities for pampering and relaxation. One unique feature is a Spa Atelier, in which 50- to 80-minute workshops inspired by age-old healing practices and rituals like Ayurvedic medicine are custom-crafted for your specific needs.
A full range of massage options, including romantic couples’ treatments, are also on tap, and the resort maintains state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Morning yoga classes are another popular wellness option.
Playa El Tule is a gorgeous stretch of golden sand, but due to rocks, guests are advised to do their swimming in one of the resort’s three infinity pools; one of which is set aside solely for adults, and there’s another for children.
Speaking of kids, the Los Cabos hotel has gone to great lengths to make itself family-friendly. Not only does it provide baby gear like cribs and strollers, but it also offers onsite nanny services and special clubs designed to appeal to different age groups. The Kid’s Club is geared to fun, guided activities like cookie baking and piñata making. The Teen’s Club, on the other hand, features foosball and pool tables, breakdancing classes and, of course, that most valuable of assets: a superb collection of video games.