When Hurricane Odile hit Los Cabos in September 2014, it damaged many of the resorts along the Tourist Corridor, forcing many to close for several years, and pressing the pause button on new resorts that had been planned. Now, five years later, the destination on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula has rebuilt and bounced back stronger than ever.
And now that the recovery period has finished, a plethora of new hotels has opened in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas over the past two years offering molecular gastronomy, some of Mexico’s best spas, and interior design ideas you’ll want to steal for your own home. Here are nine new resorts worth checking out.
Montage Los Cabos
The 122-room Montage Los Cabos‘s May 2018 opening in the Twin Dolphins development was the first international outpost for the U.S.-based Montage brand. The resort is set on 39 sprawling acres fronting Santa Maria Bay, which is swimmable (not always the case in Cabo), and each morning guided paddling trips depart from here. Rooms convey a home-away-from-home feel with travertine floors, outdoor living spaces and pops of bright color in the décor.
Order food and drink on the sand from Marea, or book an evening reservation overlooking the infinity pool at signature restaurant Mezcal. An in-house shaman at the spa complements guests’ wellness journeys. The resort also caters to families with a scavenger hunt, kids club and dedicated check-in process for little ones.
Mar Del Cabo
Grand Velas Los Cabos’ sister property, Mar Del Cabo, began taking reservations in late 2018. In Los Cabos, luxury often means 100-plus rooms, but this 46-room inn at the former Marbella Suites is an anomaly.
Whitewashed buildings with Mediterranean-style roofs and pink bougainvillea feel like a Greek island retreat, while luxurious services include a spa, an oceanfront pool and all-day dining of organic cuisine at Encanto Restaurant. One- and two-bedroom suites feature private terraces, spacious living areas and rain showers.
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences
Open since February of 2017, what Chileno Bay Resort & Residences lacks in size (there are only 92 rooms), it more than makes up for with amenities. At this Auberge Resorts Collection property, guests have access to a private beach club that rents out watersports equipment, and three infinity pools stacked so that they appear to flow right into the bay.
Theme nights at the kids’ club, a salt-inhalation room at the spa and relaxing in a glass-walled, living-room-type space by the pools encourage fellowship among guests. Dining options range from tacos at TnT to lattes at El Molino in the courtyard to Comal, where indulgent weekend brunch service is joined by nightly dinner and daily breakfast.
Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort
Open since September 2018, Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort hired an artist to create works inspired by a yearlong trek through the region. You’ve never seen art quite like this before, including a full-scale whale skeleton in the onsite gallery.
Rooms are filled with art, designed with bamboo, marble and Mexican hardwoods, and feature either a hammock or plunge pool for al-fresco lounging. Even the spa feels like a modern art gallery. Two infinity pools and four dining outlets, including catches of the day paired with Baja wines at Al Pairo Seafood Market, are also on deck.
Le Blanc Spa Resort
Sister to the Cancun property of the same name, adults-only all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort, opened in April 2018 on the Tourist Corridor. All seven room categories at the 373-room resort feature balconies, and eight restaurants serve everything from brick-oven pizza by the pool to a seven-course tasting menu paired with wine.
Four pools and two swim-up bars plus nightly entertainment join a robust schedule of pilates, yoga classes and hydrotherapy treatments at Blanc Spa. With 25 treatment rooms, it’s one of Cabos’ largest.
Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort
Most Cabo resorts are along the Tourist Corridor, but if you want to stay off the beaten path without sacrificing amenities, consider 89-room Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort, open since early 2018. Its location within the 834-acre Rancho San Lucas private community means access to an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, a shopping village and hiking trails.
Onsite relaxation includes a spa, a lazy river and a salt-water lagoon, plus a small waterpark at the kids’ pool, and an adults-only pool. Three suite-sized room categories offer a mix of amenities such as private terraces, Murphy beds and full kitchens (there’s a grocery market on property). Or, when you don’t feel like eating in, choose from four restaurants.
Viceroy Los Cabos
The 194-room Viceroy Los Cabos debuted its cutting-edge design—buildings are constructed to mimic boxes floating on water— in May 2018 in San Jose del Cabo. Eleven treatment rooms at the spa, four pools and four restaurants are on property. From Mexican-style breakfast at Casero to cocktails at the rooftop Nube, there’s a focus on sourcing organic ingredients whenever possible.
Each room’s interior of natural woods and Travertine flooring is joined by outdoor terraces. Celeb trainer Harley Pasternak’s partnership with the fitness center includes a jungle-gym concept designed for adults plus a yoga room.
Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos
Just before the close of 2018, this 315-suite Garza Blanca Resort & Spa with an all-inclusive plan opened along the Tourist Corridor, joining a sister property of the same name in Puerto Vallarta. Seven room categories—the smallest a junior suite and the largest a four-bedroom loft—feature high ceilings and a furnished terrace with hammocks.
Guests choose from three eateries: the Asian-fusion Hiroshi, meat-focused BocaDosSTK and Bianca Blue’s all-white dining room where dishes are creatively plated. In the spa is a vitality pool with 10 hot and cold stations to complement any treatment.
Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas
Part of the exclusive Costa Palmas resort community set on 2 miles of beach, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is poised to open in November 2019. In addition to four pools, five restaurants and a spa, the resort will also feature a Robert Trent Jones II 18-hole golf course and its own private marina.