Los Cabos’ Booming Luxury Hotel Scene
by Moira Sherman
Los Cabos is located at the southernmost tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula and is one of the world's most diverse tourist destinations. A dramatic desert backdrop flanked by coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is often described as a unique place of beauty with its juxtaposition of sea and desert. It is comprised primarily of two towns, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas; which are linked by a 20-mile corridor lined with new luxury resort properties. The destination is coming up quickly and experiencing a luxury resort boom. Over the next three years, Los Cabos will welcome 4,000+ new rooms in 17 new properties and is considered one of the newest, most attractive meetings and incentives destinations in the world. Championship golf courses, fine culinary offerings, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing, impressive natural attractions and ultra-modern infrastructure all add to the destination's appeal for incentive programs.
Growing interest in holding programs in Mexico has quickly attracted new investment to the destination with world-class hotel chains opening their doors eagerly to the MICE market. Incentive program qualifiers may even be likely to work harder to earn a travel reward in Los Cabos because it’s so new, trendy and people realize it’s a very exclusive, upscale destination.
Some key benefits for incentive programs:
Wide air connectivity - San Jose del Cabo (SJD) International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in Mexico with direct connections from main cities in Canada and the United States. Good lift out of Canada, working with carriers including Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing
Short distances between towns, hotels, event locations and the airport
Two contrasting towns, each one with its own personality. Like offering two destinations in one: Cabo San Lucas has an upbeat, lively atmosphere known for its vitality and nightlife, while the colonial town of San Jose del Cabo exudes folklore and culture
Perfect weather all year round (350 days of sun!) with breathtaking scenery - mountains, desert landscapes, beautiful beaches and striking natural rock formations (the most famous being El Arco; a distinctive natural arch located at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez)
Top-tier facilities and luxury accommodations, flexible spaces for a variety of events combined with scenic natural landscapes
Los Cabos’ unique location makes it a perfect place for outdoor activities such as scuba diving, nature tours, whale watching and exploring the desert terrain on ATVs. A place of natural wonders, Jacques Cousteau once proclaimed the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium”. So many activity options for groups of any size - think zip-lining in the morning, a private yacht tour with ceviche and champagne in the afternoon followed a private desert party at night.
Modern architecture, luxury and exclusivity are key words that describe the thriving Los Cabos hotel scene as new high-profile properties continue to open. Here are several new and exciting hotels making their debut:
The new couples-oriented, luxury all-inclusive resort opened last year on the Corridor and spares no detail in its opulence. The interiors of the 374 guest rooms and suites were designed with a tranquil colour palette and plush furnishings. The resort features four pools, seven restaurants, 14,000 square feet of meeting space and a 29,000-square-foot spa offering a hydrotherapy area, hot & cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromo therapy, ice room, relaxation lounge and 25 treatment rooms.
This property will be situated on the southern end of Cabo San Lucas. 200 luxurious rooms and suites designed with the use of natural materials - featuring a contemporary, elegant style inspired by both Japan and the spectacular beach location. Meeting and event spaces, a luxurious spa, retail shopping and a variety of dining options including a signature beachfront Nobu restaurant featuring world-famous Japanese cuisine along with seasonal ingredients.
Located on the shores of Cabo San Lucas, the 639-room resort will offer all-inclusive amenities and guest services infused with Hard Rock’s famous musical essence. Featuring five spectacular pools, water slides, eight a-la-carte dining options and three lounges. Also home to the largest convention center in Cabo San Lucas.
Set on 3.2 kilometers of untouched beachfront on the Sea of Cortez is the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. The property is part of Costa Palmas, a 400-hectare private beachfront resort community that includes the hotel, a marina with 250 slips, a yacht club and an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. 141 spacious accommodations including 23 suites – all with stunning ocean views.
Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve– opening mid 2019
Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve will feature 115 elegantly appointed suites and villas, many with their own private plunge pools. Enjoy butler service, outdoor terraces with firepits and stunning views of the Sea of Cortez. This exclusive Ritz-Carlton concept will also have a spa, a 27-hole golf resort and a desert botanical park. An ideal retreat to get away from it all plus a prime location for guests interested in whale or dolphin watching.
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