Glam Getaway Opens In Los Cabos
By Lydia Gregory
Expectations ran high when Velas Resorts – purveyors of award-winning luxury accommodations in Mexico – opened their third Grand Velas property (fifth overall) in December 2016, this time in the Los Cabos Corridor. Truth be told, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say those expectations were not only met, but exceeded, because like its predecessors in the Riviera Maya and the Riviera Nayarit, the family friendly, all-inclusive Grand Velas Los Cabos is poised for Five-Diamond greatness and membership in The Leading Hotels of the World.
This newest high profile property in brothers Juan Vela and Eduardo Vela Ruiz’s portfolio sits poised at the edge of a dramatic stretch of beach. It’s a striking half-moon of contemporary architecture inspired by traditional Mexican design by Guadalajara architect Ricardo Elias, who also created the Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit properties. Built with a nod to the sails of a ship (“velas” means “sails” in Spanish), the curve of the 150-million-dollar structure ensures its 304 suites have unobstructed views of Cabos’ brilliant scenery and the concrete “sails” between balconies assure each guest of their privacy.
Upping the ante on the destination’s already luxurious all-inclusive amenities and facilities, the Grand Velas includes five fine-dining restaurants; a gallery of contemporary art that extends the company’s commitment to sharing Mexico’s art, fashion and culture with its guests; oversized designer suites; a Leading Spa of the World; 16,370-square-feet of exceptional meeting facilities; and a deep commitment to the environment, with green practices that began during the construction itself with the preservation of several hundred trees and cacti that were dug up and transplanted, a reverse-osmosis desalting plant to eliminate the need of relying on local resources, and more.
Upon entering the stunning three-story open-air lobby that perfectly frames the ocean skyline, the weary traveler is greeted by a whimsical statue by Mexican Sergio Bustamante with the legend “The Magic Begins Here” in English and Spanish, and indeed, it does. It’s at this precise moment that “traveler” becomes “pampered guest” as Velas’ legendary hospitality and service (and the hotel’s 3:1 staff ratio) goes into high gear. Check-in is a quick, painless process, accompanied by a cool drink, a refreshing neck massage (a teaser of SE SPA’s amazing treatments), a short overview of the resort, and not a wristband in sight. Have a question, want to book an excursion or just need something for your mini-bar? Each suite comes with a 24-hour personalized butler concierge available to help.
No matter what category accommodation you booked, you’re in for a treat. Suites range from the 1,180 square-foot Ambassador Suites to the 5,000+ square-foot Presidential Suite, all stylishly designed with morning and evening housekeeping service. While amenities and services vary, all feature ocean views; private terrace with sitting area (Grand Class suites and above have a private plunge pool to boot); an expansive bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower; daily stocked premium mini bar (your choice of treats) with red and white wine from Ensenada and house tequila; a Nespresso coffeemaker; L’Occitane bath amenities; delicious bathrobes and soft slippers; hi-tech HD flat-screen and plenty of USB connectors for electronics; deliciously plush bedding and more.
Of note are the six Wellness Suites, with a split-level design and lofted ceilings, Life Fitness recline bikes, Vitamin C sprinklers, aromatherapy kits; in-suite massage; crudité minibar; spa concierge and more. All the Wellness Suites face the spa, with the fitness amenities all on the second level (including a juice bar with a fresh daily selection of juices and healthy beverages).
Velas Resort’s “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare” motto shines brightly in its culinary offerings, which take gourmet dining to a new level. No dreary buffets or cookie-cutter restaurants here! The five fine-dining establishments – the signature Cocina de Autor for an 8- to 10-course tasting menu by two-star Michelin chef Sidney Schutte (it was already named among CNN’s Best New Restaurants for 2017), Frida for fine Mexican cuisine, Piaf for French specialties and Lucca for traditional Italian – could very well compete on their own in any big city with both their menus and their interior design. Be sure and ask the sommelier about the wines from Baja’s Wine Country – Valle de Guadalupe, a highlight of the hotel’s wine list. More casual dining is available at the open-air Azul; the ceviche is divine at Cabrilla (great for poolside snacking); Velas 10 has seafood and steak on tap; and the Amat Café has coffee, smoothies and snacks available until late at night. Of course, there’s 24-hour in-suite dining as well.
While swimming isn’t recommended on the beach due to the unpredictable currents, the three-tiered infinity pool more than makes up for it, curving to offer every lounge chair a view. The swim-up bar serves premium cocktails in the adults-only level, and pool valets are ready to serve your every need. Families will love that kids (4-12) and teens (13-18) each have their clubs, open all day (and into the night for teens) giving parents plenty of time to reconnect with each other.
At 35,000 square feet, the sublime SE SPA by Grand Velas is almost a destination until itself. Try a personalized hydrotherapy journey, a multi-sensory experience exclusive to the Grand Velas (also added in your visit when you book any 50-minute treatment) or choose from a menu of restorative ceremonies and rituals like the Blue Agave Candle Massage. You can also participate in a Spa Atelier class (great for kids, too!) or try a custom Dosha Exfoliation workshop. Don’t miss an oceanfront yoga class, or do your own thing at the full-service gym with state-of-the-art machines.