Splendor by the Sea: Los CabosWords by Jennifer Stein
Los Cabos has become synonymous with luxury. Many affluent golfers and vacationers alike flock to the sands and the sand traps of this portion of Mexico for good reason. This resort area is located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and is filled with incredible dining, accommodations and activities – think whale watching from a private yacht or dining al fresco at a cliffside restaurant as fireworks explode in the distance.
Therefore, it’s no surprise engaged couples are also putting this destination high on their list of places to consider when tying the knot. During a recent visit to the area, I had the distinct pleasure of exploring some tried-and-true property mainstays, as well as some “new kids on the Cabo block.” All are equally luxurious, but offer something different from each other.
The Ultimate All-Inclusive: Grand Velas Los Cabos
This is quickly becoming one of my favorite gourmet all-inclusive brands. And don’t get hung up on the term
“all-inclusive.” You will receive premium service, dining and accommodations, and the fact that it’s all-inclusive only works to your advantage. The lavish, oversized suites are outfitted with the usual suspects you’d find at a high-end resort – plush robes, rain showers, ocean-views, willowy-soft linens and beautifully appointed rooms, while the resort itself is complete with stunning grounds and negative-edge pools. The feather in their cap is far and away the culinary scene. Seven gourmet restaurants (one of which, Cocina de Autor, is led by a two Michelin Star Chef, Sidney Schutte) all hit the foodie mark in one way or another. As for their wedding spaces – you’ve got an abundance of options. From rooftop terraces to event palapas, you’ll be saying your vows with the backdrop of the Sea of Cortez in the distance.
Accommodates groups of up to 600.
Boutique Buyout by the Sea: Mar Del Cabo
Just a few steps away from Grand Velas Los Cabos is a much smaller, boutique property that feels like a home-away-from-home. The redesigned property has nooks and spaces that all feel special, but with a modern spin on Mexican décor. Think tile accent walls ideal for Instagram backdrops and covered terraces begging you to sip a margarita with your newly betrothed. Each suite is sizable and boldly appointed with fun splashes of color and exquisite, locally created furnishings. If you’re considering having your wedding here or next door at Grand Velas, know that your menu will be expertly crafted and your event will be tailored to your exact needs.
Accommodates groups of up to 120.
Immersive Oceanfront Splendor: Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Celebrating ten years of offering impeccable service in a spectacular setting, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is a must-visit. Expect personalized touches such as a margarita when you arrive, guacamole and Cerveza delivered to your door each day and your own devoted personal concierge. The resort has its own private tunnel leading to the property, so just getting there is an adventure. Once on property, you’ll note the resort feels as if it’s an extension of the rock face it’s built into. This design element is carried over in every way – from the spa to the rooms themselves. One major stand out – and a place you should visit regardless of where you choose to marry or honeymoon in Cabo is their cliffside restaurant, El Farallon. Built into the rock face and directly over the sea, this outdoor culinary adventure provides views you’ll never forget, ambiance that exudes romance and a menu that will delight your taste buds.
Accommodates groups of up to 150.
Celebrity-Level Style With a View: Esperanza
Boasting the only private beach in Los Cabos, Esperanza is a playground for couples and celebrities alike for good reason – the nirvana-like atmosphere. The views are unparalleled, the service is on point and the resort grounds are perfection. Indulge in the ultimate Mexican getaway with a visit to their world-renowned spa. Take in the sounds of the desert from your open-air spa suite as you’re transported to ultimate bliss for both your mind and body. Each room class is designed to surround you with laid-back luxury and calm your senses. No matter if you splurge for your own private villa or opt for an ocean-view casita, you won’t be disappointed – every inch of this special place is as beautiful as the next. And when it comes to hosting your wedding, the location can’t be beat. Perched on the cliffs of Punta Ballena, Esperanza offers panoramic views paired with exceptional service.
Accommodates groups of up to 180.
An Architectural Marvel: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
The minute you drive off of Highway 1 and on to the Solaz Los Cabos property, you are transported to an architectural showpiece. Its angular design is captured through almost every aspect of the resort, from the low-set furniture to the waterfall stone reception area. Magazines and websites have hailed this property as a “modern marvel,” and they’re right. Apart from the impressive design and local art set-off by stark stone walkways and buildings, the excellent service is what really makes this property shine. Staff is at the ready to serve your every need – no matter if you’re a couple planning your wedding day or are celebrating your honeymoon.
Accommodates groups of up to 500.
Luxury Bayside Abode: Montage Los Cabos
One of the newer additions to the area is Montage Los Cabos. With one of the best swimmable beaches in the region, Montage offers beauty, impeccable service and style in a stunning setting. Although the property spans 39 acres, everything feels intimate, yet not intrusive. Enjoy private pool cabanas, fine dining, luxurious indoor-outdoor living and exceptional cuisine – all with a magnificent view of Santa Maria Bay. The guest rooms boast upgraded outdoor showers and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open out to your private terrace overlooking the beautiful desert destination. For those who are after private residences, you’re in luck. Plus, they come complete with full access to the resort and spa.
Accommodates groups of up to 400.
A Stylish & Family-Friendly Retreat: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences
Cool, chic and convivial are the words I would use to describe this Mexican paradise. With contemporary design elements fused with the relaxed vibe that envelops this part of the world, Chileno Bay earns some serious style points. The resort also offers a family-friendly option without sacrificing panache. The wedding venue backdrops and accommodation types are numerous. Almost anyone could find something to suit their needs.
Accommodates groups of up to 125.
No matter where you choose for your destination vows, you can’t go wrong with Los Cabos. The people, surroundings and surreal location emanate romance and warm hospitality, mixed with approachable sophistication – a perfect recipe for the start of a lifetime.
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Montage Los Cabos (1 & 7); 4 Eyes Photography (2, 3, 4 & 5); Marriott International (6)
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2019 issue. You can order a copy here.
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