Very few vacation spots offer such an incredible bounty of resorts—from world-class luxury enclaves to lively all-inclusive properties—as Los Cabos, one of Mexico’s premier destinations known for its ample sunshine and dramatic desert-meets-sea beauty. Since the late 1990s, this tourist mecca at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, has lured travelers with its stunning architecture, impeccably manicured golf courses, excellent deep-sea fishing and whale watching, and immersive spa experiences.
Its reputation as a favorite escape of Hollywood celebrities is legend and continued development has added several impressive new properties to the mix in recent years, both in vibrant Cabo San Lucas and quieter San José del Cabo, as well as along the 20-mile corridor that separates them. Here’s a look at 10 of the best resorts in Los Cabos.
Esperanza, an Auberge Resorts Collection property set on a gorgeous private beach where waves crash against dramatic rocks and surround guests with the rhythms of the sea, has been welcoming couples and families since 2002. While not ideal for swimming, the beach and ocean here can be enjoyed from sunrise to sunset from the two-tiered oceanfront infinity pool, palapa-style dining venues and the terraces of some of the resort’s casitas, suites and villas.
All 102 accommodations are decorated in a casually luxurious hacienda style, including generously sized Casitas (925 sq. ft.) and Suites (1,200 to 2,000 sq. ft.) offering indoor-outdoor living, with some featuring a hot tub on the terrace, and two-and-three-bedroom Oceanfront Villas (2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft.) that feature a private pool and are ideal for families or groups of friends.
Since its debut, Esperanza has embraced an eco-centric philosophy, with four restaurants dedicated to sourcing local, organic and sustainable ingredients and a spa centered around the healing properties of indigenous plants.
Esperanza is located just outside Cabo San Lucas near Punta Ballena.
Grand Velas Los Cabos
Each of the 307 suites at Grand Velas Los Cabos, an upscale, family-friendly all-inclusive open since 2016, offers at least 1,100 sq. ft. of space and a sweeping ocean view thanks to the property’s striking tiered architecture. Suites are awash in beachy neutrals and pale blues, with contemporary décor, large terraces, and spa-inspired bathrooms. Gran Velas resorts are known for their excellent dining venues and this property offers guests seven all-inclusive options.
Among them are Azul, for al fresco breakfast, lunch and dinner; Cabrilla for fresh seafood and ceviche; Piaf for French cuisine; Frida for contemporary Mexican dishes; and Cocina de Autor for multi-course gastronomy. There’s also a 35,000 sq. ft. SE Spa featuring a seven-step water ceremony that’s included in every treatment as well as multi-tiered oceanfront infinity pools (the sea here has a strong undertow and isn’t swimmable) as well as separate kids and teens clubs with their own pool and splash area.
Grand Velas Los Cabos is located along the corridor, about halfway between San José del Cabo and Cabos San Lucas.
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
Fresh from a multi-million-dollar renovation in 2019 and set on one of Los Cabos’s truly swimmable beaches, the 268-room Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, which opened in 2000, attracts both couples and families with its combination of beachfront fun and traditional-meets-contemporary Mexican decor.
The new Enclave Beach Club, set on serene Tequila Cove, transforms from daytime activity zone to an evening cocktail venue with music and fire pits. Four pools—Serenity for adults ages 21 and older, Jewel with its fun swim-up bar, Dolphin for families (complete with a waterslide), and Sunrise for a quieter vibe—suit a variety of vacation styles. The resort’s six dining venues include Vela, serving Mediterranean; Talavera, offering Mexican specialties from seven regions; Mio, for sushi and raw bar; and Enclave for tapas—plus the Sotol tequileria offers tastes of 200-plus varieties of tequila.
Rooms are 546 sq. ft. with a king or two queen beds, while suites range from 619 to 4,460 sq. ft., with the 664 sq. ft. Altamar Plunge Pool Suite ideal for a romantic escape. There’s also a 7,000 sq. ft. Eforea Spa.
The Hilton Los Cabos is located in the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Montage Los Cabos
Comprised of contemporary low-rise buildings set on 39 acres around tranquil Santa Maria Bay, Montage Los Cabos, which opened in May 2018, offers secluded, understated luxury in 122 rooms and suites as well as 52 privately owned Montage Residences. The beach is swimmable, but there are also three cabana-lined pools and the Paintbox children’s program (for ages 5-12) offers half- and full-day creative activities for an additional fee, making Montage an option for families seeking an upscale escape.
Accommodations, all featuring sleek décor in neutral hues, include coastal and ocean view rooms (895 sq. ft.), coastal and ocean view one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites (1,645 to 3,595 sq. ft.) and an array of residences with two to five bedrooms. The resort’s restaurants are Mezcal (for modern Mexican), Marea (casual seaside menu for lunch and more formal steak and seafood for dinner), and Talay (a pop-up eatery serving Thai specialties in a night market setting). The serene Spa Montage specializes in treatments inspired by traditional Mexican “Tree of Life” folklore.
Montage Los Cabos is located on the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
One&Only Palmilla, one of Los Cabos premier luxury resorts, opened in 2004 and is known for its bold traditional-meets-modern Mexican design, charming hilltop wedding chapel and an ambience that channels a serene and authentic Baja spirit. Interestingly, the property was originally home to the area’s first resort, a 15-room luxury hideaway built in the 1950s.
One&Only Palmilla’s 174 oceanfront accommodations, all with impeccable décor, include Rooms, Premier Rooms and Palmilla Rooms (600 to 700 sq. ft.), Junior Suites (770 sq. ft., some with a private plunge pool), One-Bedroom Suites (1,150 to 1,470 sq. ft.) and One-Bedroom Casita Suites (2,100 sq. ft.). The free-form Agua Pool overlooks one of Los Cabos’ most dramatic beaches and is a showstopper. There is also an adults-only Vista Pool and a private beach cove with floating day beds and overwater hammocks.
Culinary wise, One&Only Palmilla offers four restaurants: Agua, a cliffside eatery specializing in seasonal Baja seafood; Suviche, offering Japanese fusion with a Mexican twist; Seared by One&Only, with menus by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; and Breeze for al fresco all-day poolside dining. The One&Only Spa, set amid a blooming garden, is centered around authentic Mexican wellness and healing rituals.
The resort is located close to San José del Cabo.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
An adults-only all-inclusive resort—one of four Pueblo Bonito resorts in Los Cabos—with a tranquil vibe, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica opened in 2005 within the Quivira development of Cabo San Lucas and added the more luxurious The Towers at Pacifica in 2016. In the original 154 rooms and suites, décor reflects the resort’s Zen-inspired architecture and cacti-studded landscape with minimalist lines, teak wood furnishings and neutral hues, while the 47 rooms and suites in The Towers have a more contemporary organic feel.
The Towers also features Towers Pool Suites with private plunge pools and a 3,233 sq. ft. Presidential Suite. Pacifica offers a wide array of dining choices, both at its onsite restaurants (which include Peninsula for traditional Baja favorites and Pescados for sushi) and at the three other Pueblo Bonito Pacifica resorts in Los Cabos, where guests can reserve tables and hop a shuttle to dine around, including at the atmospheric LaFrida at the Sunset Beach property.
The resort’s expansive pool overlooks a dramatic stretch of beach (where daybeds are comfy hideaways but rough surf prohibits swimming) and golf, beach yoga and pampering at the Armonia Spa are all popular activities.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is located just outside of Cabo San Lucas.
Marquis Los Cabos
Open since 2003 and offering 209 suites and 25 casitas, Marquis Los Cabos is an all-inclusive adults-only resort with a welcoming vibe. Chilling by the large beachfront infinity pools is the focus here since the undertow in the ocean can be strong, but the resort’s sweeping views and spacious accommodations appeal to couples and groups of friends seeking a sophisticated and relaxing all-inclusive experience that’s also fun. Guests are greeted by a dramatic arched lobby offering a panorama of the Sea of Cortez. The same view can be enjoyed from the ocean-facing suites (650 sq. ft.) and the beachfront casitas (670 square feet) with private plunge pools), all featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary Mexican décor.
Master Suites are 1,420 sq. ft. and feature plunge pools while the Two Bedroom Presidential Suite, at 2,604 sq. ft., boasts expansive top-floor terraces. The resort has four restaurants for all-inclusive dining (Pergola for Mediterranean/Italian, Dos Mares for coastal-inspired seafood, Sakke for Asian specialties and Vista Ballenas for international menus) as well as Canto Del Mar for a four-course French-inspired tasting menu at an added fee. There is also a 13,000 sq. ft. Spa Marquis.
The resort is located on the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.
Viceroy Los Cabos
Viceroy Los Cabos, which opened in 2018, has an architecturally unique, ultra-modern design featuring elevated walkways surrounded by water features, creating a spare and tranquil oasis where the focus is on the vivid blue sea and blazing sunsets that captivate guests as clear Baja days transition to starry nights.
The 192 hotel rooms and 50 residences, awash in pure white and medium wood tones, include 575-square-foot Rooms, 1,000 sq. ft. Junior Suites, 1,200 sq. ft. one-bedroom suites and three-to-five-bedroom Casitas and Villas. There are five pools, including ones designated as adult-only and family-friendly, as well as five restaurants and lounges. Nido, specializing in sushi and ceviche, is set inside a captivating nest-like structure that seems to float atop water, while the rooftop Cielomar serves up panoramic views along with fresh seafood, flame-grilled entrees and wood-fired pizzas.
The 11,000-sq. ft. spa is a mood-lit enclave with signature vitality pools and thermal rooms.
Viceroy Los Cabos is located just outside of San José del Cabo.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
One of Los Cabos’ most luxurious and atmospheric resorts since its opening in 1997, Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort exemplifies upscale romance—its name means “the windows to paradise” after all—with an unapologetically seductive ambience centered around a landscape of soothing white architecture, serpentine pools and glowing lights.
Offering 84 suites (from 960 to 3,900 sq. ft.) and villas (3,900 to 7,800 sq. ft.) decorated with examples of local Mexican craftsmanship and artistry that include hand-carved headboards, enchanting quilts and wood-beamed ceilings, the resort is known for pampering guests with both immersive decor and attentive service.
Dining venues include Arbol for seafood with an Asian-Indian inspiration, Alebrije for Oaxacan-inspired gastronomy and Sea Grill for fresh local seafood and Mexican specialties. The resort’s Tequila & Ceviche Bar also offers casual light fare beneath a charming palapa. The main Beach Pool faces the sea and features a swim-up bar, while the Oasis Pool & Lazy River caters to families with kids. The Spa at Las Ventanas offers a Four Elements menu inspired by earth, air, fire and water.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso is located in the corridor between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Formerly known as The Resort at Pedregal and opened in 2009 as Capella Pedregal, this intimate and dramatic property has been the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal since late 2019. It is located on 24 acres and each of its 115 rooms, suites, villas and casitas has an ocean view and private plunge pool.
These spacious accommodations—all featuring traditional Mexican décor such as wood-beamed ceilings, decorative headboards and Baja-style throws, include Oceanview Plunge Pool King Bedrooms (856 sq. ft.), Dos Mares Junior Suites (1,410 sq. ft.), Oceanview One-Bedroom Plunge Pool Suites (1,600 sq. ft.), Oceanview Villas (2,685 sq. ft.) and a range of other expansive villas, casitas and private residences.
Guests can relax at two beachfront infinity pools and enjoy four restaurants, including the ultra-romantic cliffside El Farallon for fresh local seafood and the signature Don Manuel’s for hacienda-style dining featuring fresh local ingredients. The resort’s Waldorf Astoria Spa—Luna y Mar features treatments based on the phases of the moon.
The Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is conveniently located right outside downtown Cabo San Lucas.