Grand Velas Los Cabos – All Inclusive
What We Love
- The generous 3:1 staff ratio
- Pacific Ocean views from the property’s three infinity pools
- CNN spotlighted one of the resort’s fine-dining spots, Cocina de Autor, as one of the best new restaurants of 2017
- Seafront yoga at the fitness center
What To Know
- The resort’s six wellness-suites feature their own exercise bikes
- There’s a contemporary art gallery on site
- The all-inclusive rate includes 24-hour in-suite service
- The two-story spa offers a range of workshops in its atelier space, from child-friendly aromatherapy techniques to tea rituals
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
When this seaside sanctuary opened doors in December 2016, it became the fifth property in the Velas Resorts collection, a brand that’s practically synonymous with Mexican coastal splendor. This 304-room oasis, however, is anything but a splashy behemoth thanks to a number of thoughtful design decisions, from a unique half-moon exterior to a three-story, open-air entryway all seamlessly blend in with the beachy surroundings. The Sea of Cortez, which explorer Jacques Costeau famously dubbed “the world’s aquarium,” remains a focal point throughout the expansive property: gaze at it from one of the many infinity pools, soak it in with a sunset on your suite’s private terrace, or enjoy it as an awe-inducing accompaniment to a cocktail at Miramar, an ocean-edge bar dotted with bonfires. Fearless epicures may opt for a meal at Frida, which serves up a contemporary spin on local classics, paying homage to its namesake painter with one especially extravagant masterpiece—the $25,000 taco, a gold flake-infused corn tortilla stuffed with Kobe beef, Beluga caviar, black truffle brie cheese, and Morita chilies, among other over-the-top ingredients.
In the Area
Sure, you’re just 30 minutes from Cabo San Lucas’s electric nightlife, but you likely won’t stray far from this aquatic wonderland. A quick water taxi ride will bring you to Playa del Amor, a gold-sand beach with towering cliffs, seemingly plucked from the pages of a romance novel. For thrill-seekers, there’s scuba diving at Gordo Banks, an offshore seamount that’s home to hammerhead sharks. Hundreds of humpbacks and Minkes choose Baja’s bays and lagoons to birth and raise their young—for front-row seats to this annual spectacle (peak season is December through May), don’t miss a whale watching tour, which the resort can help organize.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed here a few weeks ago (this was our second stay here) and I could not have asked for anything better.
The property is absolutely gorgeous and very well maintained. The staff is well-trained providing you with the highest level of care I have seen. Our concierge Carlos was attentive and efficient. The restaurant staff were some of the best I have ever met--Top notch in every way (I remember Ali and Miguel but honestly Everyone was amazing). And this is all no surprise as Mr. Schmidt, the Manager of the property, has high standards and runs a tight ship. During our stay we got to meet him when he was walking the property talking to guests to make sure they are being taken care of.
And did I mention the food? We tried most of their restaurants and they were ALL amazing.
They take such great care of you that you don't want to go anywhere else. Thanks to our travel agent, Loretta, who recommended this place to us both times.
From the welcoming lobby to the immaculate spacious room to the more than accommodating staff this resort is a ten plus!
Pick up from the airport was flawless and upon arrival we were assigned our personal concierge, Stephanie who arranged whatever we wanted or needed throughout our stay.
All staff were super friendly and professional.
My husband and I decided to use the gym which we never do on vacation and even the trainer there, Marcus could not have been more helpful.
The food was fabulous and plentiful with lots of restaurant choices and options. The Mexican coffee prep at Frida’s was a spectical that is not to be missed!
The pools are new and fun but not noisy as some resorts can be. Don’t miss the cucumber eye treatment if you go.
Horseback riding on the beach, cooking classes and the Thursday night festival at San Jose del Cabo also helped to make our vacation a Mexican delight that we’ll never forget.
The most unforgettable memory though will be of all the wonderful smiling staff and their respectful attitude and caring nature.
This resort is fabulous!
We just returned from a one week stay and couldn't have been more pleased with the level of service we received at Grand Velas. We have been to all inclusive resorts in the past and swore we would never do it again. This was a whole different experience!
We took our adult children with us as we were reassured by our fabulous travel agent that this was a class above the others.... she was right!
We had a personal concierge named Laura who was spectacular in every respect! It didn't matter what we asked for, nothing was too big for her to deal with. Her response was always "let me handle it!" We had a lot of requests as our son was proposing to his girlfriend on this trip. Laura orchestrated every detail so perfectly that this surprise went off without a hitch... from hiring a guitarist to the photographer, it was sheer perfection!
The resort is absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous rooms, great service. I would highly recommend this place for a family vacation!
Never have I experienced such luxury in every possible aspect – everything from the stunning grounds, the service that made us feel like royalty, the exquisite food from poolside to the fine dining restaurants…it was all such a dream. It is clear how much training each member of staff goes through to deliver such a high end and consistent experience, regardless of whether they were waiters/waitresses in Cocina de Autor (the restaurant experience led by a 2 star Michelin chef) or in charge of keeping the grounds clean. It was the ‘surprise and delight’ moments that created the above and beyond experience; a check-in experience including a ‘welcome massage’ with a glass of champagne, offering poolside guests a cooling cucumber eye mask paired with a scalp massage as well as tasters from the menu, even tying up phone charging cables in a cute bow as part of the turn down…I could go on. The spa is a must-do if you are looking for pure relaxation, even if just for the Hydrotherapy experience which in itself was personalized to our group and full of surprise and delight moments. Victor who waited on us at Azul each morning for breakfast was a pleasure. And this review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favourite staff member, Hugo. It is impossible not to smile and laugh when you’re around him – thank you Hugo for being so warm, kind and funny, we won’t forget you! One day I will return and I look forward to the Grand Velaz exceeding the very high standards they set - something I am highly confident they will do.
This has been an amazing vacation. Can’t wait to come back. The service here far exceeds any hotel we have ever been to (including the Ritz and Four Seasons).
The room: We are in a Grand Class suite. The ocean is just off of our balcony. You can see whales breaching in the ocean. The room is impeccable. Double jacuzzi tub. Plunge pool. Rain shower. Tip: If you get a Grand Class suite ask for a corner room in the highest level possible.
Service: Stephanie is our concierge. She is fabulous. She made sure our stay was special. I can’t imagine having a better concierge than Stephanie. Her attention to detail made the trip unforgettable.
Pool: The pools are gorgeous. There is so much seating you never have to worry about reserving a chair. The best food at the pool are the shrimp tacos. I asked for lobster tacos one day (they are not on the menu) and our server contacted his manager and found us a lobster. All of the servers at the pool were great.
Spa: If you can afford to stay at this hotel, then you can likely afford to splurge on the Spa. This is the best spa I have ever been to. The water journey was unique and relaxing. I got a 50 minute personalized massage from Matilde. It was more than a massage, it was a relaxation journey. She was amazing.
Food: All of the food is spectacular. We ordered room service every morning on the balcony. The French toast was delicious as was all of the fresh fruit. We stayed for 5 nights and tried all of the restaurants. They were all excellent, but the best experience by far was at Frida. Isobel & Isabell provided superior service. The rabbit mole was an unforgettable dish. The signature cocktail was divine (and served with a smoldering cinnamon stick). Piaf was also very good - the duck breast was incredible. All the restaurants were amazing but Frida and Piaf really stood out. Ceviche restaurant was very good, the seafood was fresh and service by Eduardo was very attentive.
Bars: the bartender at Arturo (Antonio I believe) made special cocktails. My husband had a bourbon that was served on fire under a glass dome. He went back and ordered it 3 times. Koi bar had great service and atmosphere. We never made it to Sky Bar.
Tequila tasting: Fernando provided a great tequila/mezcal tasting. Very knowledgeable, beautiful tasting room.
When we were here Velas 10 was not open for lunch, which was a bit disappointing. I was hoping to try their sushi, but will have to come back and see if I can try it then.