An ideal destination for honeymooners and other lovers, Los Cabos can bring out the romantic in anyone.
This desert oasis at the southernmost tip of Baja, California where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific (known as Land’s End), is an Eden of scenic mountains, ocean views, and lush gardens. The famed Cabo arch, climbing out of the sea, and unforgettable sunsets afford bucket-list photo ops.
The Seaside Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar
About a 35-minute drive from Los Cabos International Airport, this sprawling resort hotel on 28 lush seaside acres offers a contemporary spin on traditional Mexican design.
The resort, part of the Starwood brand, opened in 1999 and was last renovated in 2014.
A throwback to traditional hacienda design, the property charms with colorfully tiled courtyards, flowing water features and lush gardens. Admire the ocean views, stroll through the gardens or enjoy a glass of wine. The ambiance evokes an upscale seaside village with cobblestone lanes meandering through placitas, five-star restaurants, and a colonial style tower.
Choose from 270 guest rooms, including 31 suites overlooking the Sea of Cortez, native landscaped gardens, and the Cabo del Sol golf course. This is not an adult-only resort but the only time I saw a (well-behaved) child was on the beach, hand in hand with her parents.
Each room is spacious and cheerfully decorated, with separate walk-in tiled showers and Jacuzzi tubs room for two. Each room has a terrace.
Room décor reflects the natural surroundings—warm browns from the Baja Desert, azure blues from the Mexican sky and Sea of Cortez, and emerald green from the tropical gardens and championship fairways.
Los Cabos' Largest Venue for Destination Weddings
If you decide to walk down the aisle here, the wedding sales manager can guide you every step of the way, from securing proper documentation to choosing decorations and vendors for destination wedding groups of 10 to 300 guests.
The indoor and outdoor function space is the largest in the desert and includes the 12,000-square-foot Hacienda Ballroom that can be divided into three sections.
The open beamed ceiling of the 3,000-square-foot Los Arcos offers an expansive space and the intimate 1,300- square-foot Chapel provides an interdenominational site for ceremonies. Seven hacienda-style breakout rooms offer wired and wireless high-speed internet access.
Outdoor wedding and reception areas are plentiful, including seaside spots, grand balcony vistas, gardens and pool decks. An oceanfront infinity pool is a popular adult hang-out spot and arrangements can be made to enjoy an evening bonfire to roast marshmallows and s’mores.
Dining at Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar
From two fine-dining restaurants to casual poolside fare, the resort has seven restaurants, six bars, and 24-hour room service. A perfect place to make that special toast, De Cortez Grill & Restaurant specializes in local fresh produce, seafood from the cold waters of the Pacific and Sea of Cortez, and good cuts of meat. Expertly created wine pairings augment the experience.
Pitahayas is open nightly for dinner and features Pacific Rim delicacies such as pecan-crusted sea bass with crab and Thai curry sauce and mesquite-grilled lamb chops. Don’t skip dessert.
Tomatoes offers an informal buffet (or from the menu) alternative with an international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Espresso will add a kick to your morning and you might see a native bird abscond with a sugar packet as you sip. Las Sirenas snack bar, adjacent to the resort’s infinity pool, features local and American-style snacks and cocktails. Bar La Suerte offers 100 tequila varieties.
Cactus Spa and Fitness Center
The resort’s European-style Cactus Spa and Fitness Center offers a peaceful respite for guests who appreciate a good workout followed by a blissed-out massage. For a delectable treatment, try a chocolate massage. The spa also offers oil, mud, seaweed and aromatherapy treatments. Sauna, steam room, Vichy shower and an outdoor Jacuzzi are perfect for beginning or ending a treatment. A beauty salon is on premises.
Things to Do
Be as lazy and laid back or as active as you like here. Cozy on-site retail shops offer beachwear and souvenirs and one of the world’s smallest Starbucks is tucked into a corner.
Lounge by the pool or consult the concierge, who can arrange access to one of the nearby 18-hole championship golf courses, hiking trails, water sports, deep sea fishing, seasonal whale watching, mountain biking, ATV tours and transportation to San Jose del Cabo. Cabo Adventures provides a scenic sail and serves mimosas, savories, and dessert on board.
Underwater Bounty and Beauty
“The aquarium of the world” is how Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California). It’s said that eons ago when the continents were still taking shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Baja Peninsula. The Pacific then rushed into the gap to create the Sea of Cortez aka Mother Nature’s fish trap. Scores of fish and mammal varieties ventured here and either stayed in its warm shallow waters or ventured into the cool bottom of the two-mile-deep San Andreas Fault. January through March, gray whales make their yearly migration here from Alaska to give birth.
Not-to-Miss Sunset Dinner
For an incomparably romantic dinner, venture to Sunset de Mona Lisa, where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean converge, resulting in gorgeous sunsets and crashing surf.
When the sun dips into the horizon, servers clang gongs and blow conch shells to mark the moment. After the sun descends it may grow cool, and you will be offered a soft blanket to drape around your shoulders. The food, which will include the catch of the day and succulent meat choices, is on par with the scenery: exquisite. For dessert, choose the chocolate soufflé to share.
The downside to a dreamy sojourn to Los Cabos is that at some point, it will be time to leave. But take heart: there’s always an anniversary to celebrate.
Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar
Corredor Turistico, Km 10 Lote D
Cabo Del Sol, Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23410
(52) (624) 145-8000