Stay in Luxury at These New Sophisticated Resorts in Los Cabos
With several new resorts, Los Cabos—already one of Mexico’s most popular areas—adds another dimension: refined, low-key luxury.
A drone hovered over a beach between the Pacific and the Sea of Cortés in southern Baja. The device was piloted by a crew documenting the re-branding of the new Viceroy Los Cabos, a striking minimalist structure where almost every room views the ocean and whitewashed walls contrast with the turquoise sea. You’ve seen the overhead tracking shot: waves breaking onto white sand giving way to guests languorously floating in charcoal pools.
It’s said there are dos Cabos to Los Cabos, with the spring-break-heavy Cabo San Lucas to the southwest and the colonial town of San José del Cabo to the northeast. But if the drone pulled up higher it would see a third Cabo in the making, with a dozen other resorts under construction along the coast where the Sonoran Desert kisses the ocean: Nobu, Aman, Solaz, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton.
This third wave is not so much about revisiting the old party-town-versus-serenity debate, but rather a region-wide integration of the best of Cabo, with better food, more tasteful design, and a truer sense of place. Yes, you can have your margarita, but it’s likely to be made with an artisanal spirit like sotol. Yes, you can get a massage and an ionized salt bath in a world-class spa, but you are also encouraged to venture off-resort to taste a local food boom in the making. And thankfully, the newer resorts are less fantasy hacienda and more urbane and sophisticated.
I arrived in Los Cabos reluctantly, being neither a stop-and-flop resortgoer nor a nightfly. I came at a time when the region tops many national lists: the most expensive city, the fastest-growing population, and an unprecedented number of resorts in the works.
Everywhere I went that wasn’t behind a resort wall there were cranes, rebar, and private buses shuttling hotel workers. But even more overwhelming was the dramatic topography and stunning weather that keeps visitors coming: Swaths of the bluest sky and wide beaches extending for miles in both directions.
Turn inland and there’s the desert, all gradations of red, umber, taupe, and gray. Look seaward and the ocean is midnight blue or blue-green, and unforgiving in its rip currents. It’s gorgeous and thrilling, and locals well know that Cabo can give and take away.