Top luxury hotels in Cabo: Where to stay on your next vacation
Published Date: June 13, 2023
Warm weather. Stunning ocean views. World-class golf. Incredible dining. Majestic whale watching. We could go on and on about all the things to love about Cabo. And it’s not just bustling Cabo San Lucas. Together with laid-back San Jose del Cabo, these two Baja Peninsula towns bookend a beautiful stretch of coastline that’s a dream destination for luxury travelers. The Los Cabos area has an incredible array of accommodations for discerning travelers, from classic beachfront hotels to boutique properties and golf resorts. And if you want to stay a little longer and opt for a smarter choice than luxury hotels, take a peek at Pacaso's co-owned second homes in Los Cabos.
Come for the views, stay for the chic rooms. The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is perched high above picture-perfect Monuments Beach, with views of the famous El Arco rock formation and, during the winter months, a front-row seat to migrating whales. This boutique hotel features 157 guest rooms, suites and villas, all with unobstructed water views. Soak in the beauty of Baja from your private balcony or simply relax in spacious accommodations that feature mid-century Latin American furnishings. Upgrade to a one-bedroom residence to enjoy your own private plunge pool and a full kitchen. If you can bear to leave your room for a bit, the property features a stylish rooftop bar that’s perfect for watching the sunset. Another can’t-miss is the Sunday brunch at the Ledge. After all, what’s better than an outdoor brunch with ocean views, food stations and live music?
Montage Los Cabos
Sleek, serene and sun-soaked, Montage Los Cabos is where discerning travelers go to relax and unwind. This beautiful resort is located just steps from Santa Maria Bay, providing easy access to swimming, diving and snorkeling. The resort’s low-profile architecture lets the natural beauty of the region stand out, and the 122 guest rooms, suites and casas take every opportunity to show off the view. Choose from rooms with ocean views, private pools and ample outdoor space. For the ultimate in privacy, consider one of the property's freestanding homes which come with complimentary butler service. The Spa at Montage Los Cabos is not to be missed. In fact, it’s considered one of the best spas in Los Cabos. In addition to signature treatments, the Spa at Montage is known for its wellness journeys. Inspired by local culture and traditions, these whole-body wellness treatments invite profound relaxation and healing.
The only private beach resort in Los Cabos, Esperanza Auberge Resort is located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo on the Punta Ballena coastline. This nature-inspired resort is family-friendly, with roomy multi-bedroom accommodations and complimentary kids’ meals and activities during the summer. Casitas and suites start at 925 square feet, and every one features a large private terrace and infinity-edge hot tub. Upgrade to an oceanfront villa for that home-away-from-home feeling, paired with sweeping ocean views. Spend time reconnecting over fresh seafood at Cocina del Mar or kid-friendly wood-fired pizzas at Las Estrellas. There’s even a cooking class for families — even the youngest chefs are welcome. On-site amenities at this action-packed resort include tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, a kids club and teens club, bocce ball, putting greens, spa, art studio and multiple pools (some family-friendly, others just for adults).
Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties are the most ultra-luxurious hotels in their collection, and Zadún is the only one in Mexico. Located in San Jose del Cabo and designed to be a secluded enclave away from the hustle and bustle of Baja, this 20-acre property is located within the exclusive Puerto Los Cabos development. Both architecture buffs and nature lovers will appreciate the way the buildings — many open air — are built into the hillside. Zadún showcases art, textiles and finishes made by Mexican artisans, and multiple on-site restaurants feature inventive food and cocktails using indigenous spices and family recipes. Choose from Mexican street food at El Barrio, ceviche at the adults-only X (Equis), freshly baked pastries at Azul Cafe, or bespoke mezcal cocktails at Candil. Choose from 113 rooms, suites and villas offering private terraces and plunge pools.
Designed for relaxation and pampering, One&Only Palmilla is a mainstay of the Los Cabos luxury resort scene. Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the resort is the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful region where the ocean meets the desert. Every room faces the ocean, so you can’t go wrong with choosing your accommodations. Opt for a stylish hotel room, spacious suite, grand suite with private plunge pool, or coveted casita suite with personal butler service and direct beach access. What’s more, every room comes with daily breakfast for two. The team at the One&Only Palmilla knows just what it takes to craft the perfect vacation. Relax at the 22,000-square-foot spa and enjoy a treatment in one of 13 private treatment villas. Sample food from around the world at four distinct restaurants, including Seared by One&Only, a signature restaurant by Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. When more active pursuits beckon, it’s easy to enjoy watersports, family activities, golf and festivals.
Viceroy Los Cabos
The best word to describe Viceroy Los Cabos is dramatic. It’s both dreamy and modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a curated collection of visual art, including a massive mural by artist Spencer Mar Guilburt. Rooms are minimalist yet well appointed, with furnished balconies, luxury bath amenities and complimentary turndown service. For a little extra space, treat yourself to a suite with a soaking tub, rainfall shower and balcony daybed. For a large family vacation or friends’ getaway, check out the spacious waterside villas, penthouses and casitas. It’s easy to see why Viceroy won a Conde Nast Traveler’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Award. Viceroy’s on-site dining options are all about the experience. Head to Cielomar Rooftop for wood-fired dishes and epic sunset views. Sample fresh ceviche and sushi in Nido, with its incredible nest-like structure. Make it an evening to remember with private dining on the beach. Or sign up for a private cooking class and learn to make guacamole, salsas and seafood from Viceroy’s talented chefs.
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