Cabo San Lucas, known affectionately by many as simply Cabo, is a sun-drenched beachy destination at the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico. Its luxury resorts, fresh cuisine, outdoor activities, and bustling nightlife make it a popular spot for visitors seeking the best of all worlds. Sometimes when we travel, we like to stay someplace where we can have everything we want close at hand. So here are a few wonderful hotels for dining, entertainment, and relaxation in Cabo San Lucas where they do their best to ensure that you have it all within reach.
Note: Some of our activities were hosted by the Los Cabos Tourism Board. Also, activities, facilities, and services may be limited in accordance with local health and safety guidelines, so please check for availability.
The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
Cabo San Lucas is loaded with naturally beautiful scenery. So the first thing we look for in a hotel is one that immerses us in the spectacular surroundings. The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, is just the ticket. With stunning panoramas of the ocean and a wide list of amenities, this is a luxury resort where you can truly dive into the divine setting from just about any angle. Accommodations offer gorgeous suites and hotel rooms, each with a private balcony, hanging daybed, gentle rain shower and freestanding copper-leafed tub, craft cocktail bar, and more. Or opt for one of the unique Villas at the Cape, which offers the experience of a luxury vacation home, including your own personal concierge to cater to your needs and desires.
Dining is a special treat at The Cape, which offers a variety of venues and options to suit many tastes. Manta, the Spanish word for blanket, is a perfect name for the comfortable restaurant highlighting the fresh cuisine featuring local ingredients. Manta also evokes the manta ray, aptly symbolizing the exceptional seafood that graces the menu. Influences from Mexico, Peru, Japan, and other global cuisines infuse Manta’s exciting menu. The Ledge blends modern Mexican with traditional American cuisine in a casual beach house environment. Ceviches and octopus tacos join pancakes, eggs, and hash browns for fun. The Rooftop, Point Break, and Sunken Bar all offer amazing handcrafted cocktails, creative bites, and views to remember as you lounge at your leisure.
The Cape offers a lot of unique “Happenings,” full sensory and tailored activities such as the Sunset Experience with live music, dinner and drinks at the Rooftop, virtual reality snorkeling, Sunday brunch with live music and spectacular beach views on The Ledge, and others. Currents Spa is beautifully designed, enhanced with relaxing ocean sounds, subtle lighting, and many of the most desirable spa services. Ocean-view cabanas for open-air treatments, hot and cold plunge pools, steam room, and sauna all help you relax and rejuvenate. Whether you want to busy yourself from morning to night or take some me-time enjoying a peaceful getaway, The Cape has it all within a gorgeous environment.
Hacienda Beach Club And Residences
For pure indulgence, Hacienda Beach Club and Residences offers the ultimate in comfort, style, and convenience of your own home away from home. Its unique approach seamlessly blends the indoors and outdoors in a free-flowing harmony that encourages visitors to relax and enjoy worry-free. Situated on the beautiful Medano Beach, Hacienda offers one of the safest swimmable private oceanfront areas in Cabo. It’s easy to feel like you’ve escaped to a luxurious private hideaway because every turn provides something wonderful to enjoy and explore. Accommodation options run the gamut from suites to villas with up to four bedrooms and include architectural details and handcrafted touches that make each one feel like a stately residence. The gourmet kitchens invite home cooks to try their hand at crafting local bites and stunning views appear around every corner of the property.
Hacienda Cocina and Cantina is a stunning spot to drink, dine, relax, and enjoy celebrated Mexican cuisine that focuses on dishes from the Sea of Cortez. Winner of the best restaurant for Culinary Experience inside a Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Cocina is as much an experience as it is an eatery. While drinking creative cocktails and dining on carefully crafted cuisine, guests can look out at the remarkable Lands End rock formation where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet and mingle. It’s mesmerizing to watch the scenery while taking in a beautiful sunset over the white sands of what is arguably the best beach in Cabo. Better yet, enjoy drinks and meals throughout the day so you can see the many facets of this beautiful setting with outstanding cuisine to match.
While we have no problem wading in the water, laying on the beach, dining in luxury, and lounging throughout a holiday stay, there’s plenty of action available for those interested in moving around a bit more. Hacienda’s Medano Beach location is right next to the Marina, making it easy to find something fun to do. It’s easy to visit the famous arch at Lands End, snorkel or scuba dive at Pelican Rock, or try some golfing at Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. Shoppers will appreciate being right by Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza with tons of shopping, dining, and bowling, and more. The expert concierge support at Hacienda can help you discover just the right activities for your interests from rock climbing and marlin fishing to beach-hopping, swimming, and watersports.
Whether you’re planning on moving around a lot or just want to relax and rejuvenate, the Hacienda Spa offers a retreat that refreshes body and soul. Massages, steam room, sauna, facials, mani-pedi, and body treatments are just the beginning. Hacienda Spa also offers yoga classes, a fully-equipped fitness room, a spa cafe with smoothies and other nourishing bites, and complimentary fitness classes. Lounge in a hot tub, practice on a putting green, or enjoy poolside food and beverage service all within steps of your home away from home. If you like low-key luxury with the best of everything, check out Hacienda Beach Club Resort and Residences.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Just hearing the words “Waldorf Astoria” hearkens images of glamor, elegance, and luxurious comfort. So it’s no surprise that the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is the perfect embodiment of the best hotels in Cabo San Lucas. This magnificent 5-star property offers everything and more that visitors to Cabo could hope to find while on a stay in this beautiful beachy destination. Start your visit by entering through Mexico’s only privately owned tunnel, then move on to your welcome margarita, fresh guacamole delivered to your room daily, and a complimentary welcome bottle of tequila, and you can see why this haven makes it on our list of best hotels in Cabo.
Rooms, suites, casitas, private homes, and multi-bedroom villas offer accommodations for just about any desire. Secluded plunge pools, ocean views, private terraces, and more await visitors in this pristine location where the desert meets the sea. Attention to detail marks the high level of care here with premier amenities, curated reading material, plush bedding, and spacious sitting areas all designed to offer the ultimate in comfort. Personal concierge services can spoil you into feeling like the most honored guest there -- which is the whole glorious idea.
Dining options include the beautiful ocean-to-table seaside El Farallon, the signature hacienda-style authentic Mexican restaurant Don Manuel’s, casual Beach Club, seafood and snack spot Crudo, and private in-room dining. For those who like to learn about culture and cuisine, the Waldorf offers tons of classes like Mexican Wine Tasting, Tequila Tasting, Signature Cocktails Class, Mexican Cooking Class, and more.
Curated experiences abound as well. Stand up paddleboarding, 4x4 Jeep excursions, swimming with whale sharks, surfing, snorkeling, and a Todos Santos culinary and art excursion are just some examples of adventures waiting to be had. And after a day of adventuring, head to the spa for rejuvenating treatments inspired by the sea, lunar cycles, and Mexican folk healing. Let the tension disappear while relaxing in one of the most peaceful environments available anywhere. We can think of no better way to release whatever tension, stress, and worry we have than to enjoy such phenomenally peaceful and precious relaxation.
While the promise of such incredible getaways is attractive at any time, check during the off-season for the best values. In any event, even if prices may be a bit higher, these properties far exceed the ordinary and offer memorable experiences that are well worth considering.
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