Along Los Cabos’ increasingly packed hotel strip, the newly opened Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos manages to feel like a nest wedged into an orchard’s most fragrant and be-flowered tree.
Conceived by the Velas family, prodigious Mexican hoteliers, to be a contemporary romantic hotspot that distills the magic and bountifulness of their larger properties into a bite-sized, luxury-amenity abundant wonderland—albeit refreshingly smaller and cozier in size—the adults-only hideaway draws celebrities and lovers on a tryst who yearn for privacy and sexy quietude.
With an infinity pool that floats over the sea, a stunning beach all its own, absolutely immense suites, and a location that uncannily makes the hotel feel it is the only one along the hotel corridor, this redefines all-inclusive traveling.
The bonus? Grand Velas Boutique’s guests can dine in the evening at Grand Velas Los Cabos, take part in some of that resort’s activities, and use its grander spa, should they hanker to move from their more exclusive roost.
Location: Los Cabos, Mexico
The vibe: Boutique Cabo
Food + Drink: Swoon to the ministrations of Japanese-meets-Mexican cuisine overseen by culinary hero 2-Michelin-Star Chef Sidney Schutte at Loto, the hotel’s jewel box spot for vacation date night (read: every night). Breakfast (and all-day dining) at Del Mar has sea views and expansive morning buffets where eager eaters can sample an array of delights, including Mexican culinary options. Roca Bar, hovering above the pool and beach, serves festive drinks and Los Cabos-savvy snacks—think: shrimp tacos. Tipple at 51 Bar, Aqua Bar and the Agave Tasting Room. You can alternate between healthy juice shots and—yes—top-drawer tequila and mezcal, not to mention stellar Mexican wine. Note: guests of Grand Velas Boutique enjoy access, as well, to Grand Velas Los Cabos’ array of restaurants for dinner (by reservation), located mere steps—or a golf cart ride— away.
Our Favorite Part of the Hotel: Every one of the 79 suites is a presidential suite, wildly commodious and spacious, some stretching for a gobsmacking 2,000-plus feet. In the end, what appeals about this utterly seductive, intimate hotel is its al fresco allure, its ability to weave an atmosphere of sultry nooks so provocative that you’ll feel you’re the only couple on site. Personal attention is paramount here—they specialize in knowing what you want before you do.
Amenities: An utterly luxurious all-inclusive Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos includes everything you want all day and night, every bit of it at a tailor-made, five-star level of quality and finesse. Expect such benefits and perks as personal concierges, a top-of-the-line gym, a daily-stocked premium minibar, a Dyson hair dryer and straightener, beach bags, sandals and bathrobes, white goose down pillows and comforters, and electric curtains. Chocolate, tequila, and wine tastings, plus other activities, are complimentary. Groups and weddings can take advantage of an array of sublime spaces, including two terraces that hover above the beach.
Not included? The SE Spa, also boutique in size and mood, has four ocean-view treatment rooms and a magnesium pool.
What’s Nearby? On the riveting Los Cabos Touristic Corridor, facing the cobalt Sea of Cortez, Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos lies about at the midway point between the more traditional San Jose del Cabo and the party-hearty Cabo San Lucas.
Any personal neighborhood recs? I am a forever fan of San Jose, where on Thursday nights from 5-9 November to June, you can participate in the Art Walk, sipping wine and gallivanting from gallery to gallery. During whale season, don’t miss a sunset sail from the marina in Cabo San Lucas. You’ll see more spouting breaching beasts than you thought possible.
Rooms: 79 rooms, most with sea views
Pricing: All-inclusive room rates start at $600 USD per person per night in double occupancy.
Closest Airport: Los Cabos International Airport