JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The art-centric design, courtesy of Jim Olson/Olson Kundig Architects
- There are 10 swimmable pools to choose from, all geared towards specific age groups
- Teeing off at the Greg Norman- and Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course
- Dining at Café des Artistes Cabos, which often features a live pianist
What To Know
- More privacy can be found by booking The Griffin Club, an exclusive 45-room hotel-within-the-hotel that comes with its own cinema and private beach
- The hotel is set away from the main drags—it’s a 15-minute drive to San José del Cabo and 45 minutes to Cabo San Lucas
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The Marriott brand may be geared towards business travelers, but this outpost, in the northern reaches of San José del Cabo, is a step above. The sleek, modern design comes courtesy of Jim Olson/Olson Kundig Architects, who utilized stucco and travertine marble to blend each standalone building seamlessly with the surrounding dune landscape. Pieces by Mexican artists add texture to the public spaces and 299 rooms, while balconies overlooking the sea and the grounds (and its 12 pools, including two infinity-edge pools) mean you’ll never get stuck with a bad view. Café des Artistes, the fine-dining experience helmed by chef Thierry Blouet, has garnered praise for its French twists on classic Mexican dishes—though it’s the capacious Jasha Spa that’ll win you over, with its modern take on a traditional temazcal and therapeutic vitality pools.
In the Area
San José del Cabo, the quiet sister of Cabo San Lucas, is a charming town of independent shops and art galleries. It’s worth taking a tour of the Gallery District, the area’s cultural heart. Artists lead Art Walks every Thursday night from November to June. For a great meal out, head to the hills to Los Tamarindos, a working farm and gourmet restaurant where guests can take cooking classes before being treated to a multi-course organic meal at a communal table overlooking the fields. Don’t leave without visiting buzzy Cabo San Lucas, the main tourist hub famous for its yacht and deep-sea fishing charters, El Arco rock formation, and golden El Médano beach.
How to Get There
So...if you're looking for a peaceful restful and luxurious place to get spoiled - definitely look to the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa. In mid-October, it's still hurricane season, and we did just miss one by a week. However...this was by far the most restful vacation. The hotel was not only spectacular with matching views from about every room, the staff was beyond friendly, helpful, professional - we felt thoroughly pampered. From the minute you are escorted in to register, to the final day you walk out, the staff does everything to make your vacation the best. There were so many who went the extra: Breakfast Hostess Edith; Bellman Luis Alberto; Samuel, Omar, Francisco, Itzel, Angel, Tadeo, Cecilia, Jose, and Ludwin. I'm sure there were others, I'm sorry to miss them. Each one of them were great ambassadors for this JW.
We have had a wonderful stay at the Griffin Club in the JW Marriott in Cabo. The property is beautiful, peaceful and has exceptional service. We stayed in the Griffin Club within the resort. Oli, Alejandro and the rest of the staff were incredibly helpful, thoughtful, friendly and gracious. Our room was lovely and spacious with great amenities and a nice balcony.
The food at the resort was exceptional. The breakfast buffet at the Griffin Club was always delicious and again, the service was top notch. The continuous snacks and treats served throughout the day at the Griffin Club were delicious and decadent!
We especially loved our first dinner at Cafe des Artistes. We took advantage of the tasting menu and were blown away. Each bite was better than that last, and again the service was excellent.
We also took advantage of the gym and the scheduled fitness classes. Leticia was our instructor for an early morning total body HIIT class and she was cheerful and motivating! The class was great, and started our day off perfectly.
The spa was welcoming and accommodating. I only stopped in for a last minute manicure and they fit me in immediately and Michelle was a delightful and skilled technician. I wish I had taken advantage of other services while we were there.
We would highly recommend the resort. We have not stayed here before but would definitely come back!
My wife and I just returned from a quick 3 night get away to the JW Marriott Los Cabos.
Please note that this incredible property is located about 10 minutes south of the smaller, quiet town of San Jose del Cabo, not the more known “Cabo San Lucas”. In fact, it’s about a 45 minute drive (and a $130 roundtrip taxi ride) from the JW Marriott to Cabo.
After about a 20 minute drive from the airport, the first thing you may notice (or not notice actually) is Marriott branding everywhere, just understated, simple sight lines leading directly out to the picturesque Sea of Cortez, making the beauty of the Baja the focus of all your senses.
We did have to wait a couple minutes to check-in and were each offered a welcome cocktail. When we were then taken to our room you can’t help but notice the modern, simple, masterful displays of geometric elegance surrounding you at every turn (see photos). Bet you can’t walk for more than 10 seconds until you have to stop and take a picture of your amazing surroundings.
After checking out the ocean view from our large walk-out balcony, we made our way down to one of the 13 pools to get some sun, order lunch and drinks. We were greeted by our pool side server, Oliver. Gracious, attentive, funny and exceptional service from him as well as every other employee we encountered during our entire stay at this unique property. My wife brought a bag down to the pool (filled with sun screen, sunglasses, etc.) so Oliver brought out a stand for her to hang her bag on. I have never seen this before. Again, are we at a Ritz-Carlton? Good luck finding better service anywhere.
The next morning we had the breakfast buffet for $30 US per person which included too many choices to mention here. Let’s just say if you want French toast, pancakes, a smoothie, hollandaise sauce for your eggs Benedict, it will be made fresh for you from scratch. I’m 51 years old and have rarely missed a breakfast in my life which means I’ve had breakfast about 18,615 times. Guess which breakfast was my favorite of ALL TIME? You got it! 3 words: Homemade Jalapeño Bacon. Enough said.
A couple helpful notes: They have a shuttle that leaves every 2 hours (one-way drop-offs only) to the town of San Jose Del Cabo for $5 US per couple. The awesome concierge, Stephanie, took care of all of this for us. Quiet, quaint town full of authentic shops, restaurants and art galleries. Check out Jasmine for amazing Mexican food. Speaking of food, Flora Farms is a must experience (Adam Levine had his wedding there in 2014). It’s a unique farm to table experience you wont soon forget. Ask the concierge.
If golf interests you, you must play the course that surrounds the property: Puerto Los Cabos. Turned out to be $200 per person including club rentals, unlimited food and drinks (alcohol included) which are made for you at the small huts every 5-6 holes. Insane ocean views on many holes. The pictures don’t do it justice, just play!
Was there anything negative I can say about the JW Marriott Los Cabos? Ummm, well, the public restrooms around the pool areas were not air conditioned. Also, the elevators were a little slow? Hey, I’m trying here. Needless to say, the JW Marriott exceeded our every expectation. Book it without hesitation and “Welcome Home!”
This was one of the finest hotels I've stayed in during all of my travels around the globe. State of the art with impeccable details. The staff was the finest of any I've ever had. Very responsive and always ready to help you. The food was good at the restaurant and if you should eat at the main restaurant at the hotel, ask for Carlos. He was an excellent waiter. Always taking care of his tables and pitching in to help other waiters with theirs. I sincerely hope that the JW Mariott recognizes Carlos' performance. He's one of a kind. Housekeeping was wonderful as well. The room was always cleaned and the beds well made. I have nothing but good things to say about this hotel. If you go to Cabo, you shouldn't stay anywhere but the JW Marriott.
From the moment we arrived at the Marriott we were treated very well. We are Platinum Rewards members, but have not been treated this well at any other location.
They took us to a private room to check us in. offered us drinks and a snack. At that point we were introduced to our own concierge. He gave us his card and said to call or email if we needed anything.
Our room was very large and clean and well taken care or by the housekeeping staff. Beautiful view of the sea to view passing whales.
Hotel grounds are gorgeous. We ate a couple times at Naks. One night it seemed as if they opened the restaurant for us. My wife greatly appreciated them bringing a portable heater to our table side. Food was excellent and service was great.
By day two the valet drivers knew us by name and they went to get car before we even got to their station.
Poolside towel/ chair service was nice. They even setup pillows on the chairs with extra towels. Poolside drink service was good.
Fitness center was well equipped and clean. Spa was nice, but we didn't use any of their services.
Only potential negative is the resort is very quiet. A couple evening they did have a couple musicians playing near the lobby, but nightlife is lacking if that is what you want at your resort.
Will definitely chose the JW Marriott when back in Cabo!