The Grand Velas, the pinnacle for all-inclusive luxury

Sometimes you want to go on vacation where pampering and relaxing are your only worries. Mexico is the perfect easy getaway just a couple hour flight from Los Angeles. The Grand Velas in Cabo is a resort we are still talking about, and we wish after three nights, we could have stayed long after our checkout time.

Grand Velas in Cabo San Lucas

Never did we think true all-inclusive luxury was possible until we stayed at Grand Velas, it and its sister properties in Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya are among only a few five diamond all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. All three Grand Velas resorts are AAA Five Diamonds. There are less than a handful of other All-Inclusives who also hold this distinction.

The one year old beachfront hotel gives new meaning to the word “all inclusive” because the Grand Velas provides service, amenities, privacy, and restaurant options where everything is included in one’s stay, and with the most high-end luxe experience. Upon arrival, the bold sweeping architecture greets you with an open air grand entrance three stories high, along with a team that ensures your check-in is seamless. Every area of the resort boasts dramatic ocean views.

The $150 million resort on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is the fifth property of Velas Resorts with over 25 years of tradition in hospitality. Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Grand Velas Los Cabos features 304 ocean view suites, all over 1,180 square feet. Some rooms even come with personal plunge pools. Don’t want to leave your chic oversized designer suite that comes with coffee, tea, wine, tequila, snacks and more? 24-hour In-Suite Dining is ready for you, including your lobster tail or Wagyu beef. It’s all included. Savor the pounding surf on your private terrace or retreat to your rainfall shower or enormous tub for more relaxation. You might find it hard to leave the room.

Five gourmet opulently designed restaurants offer dining comparable to the top restaurants in the world’s capitals. Choose from French, Italian, Mexican, International, and seafood and steak. Cocina de Autor showcases a 10+ course playful menu from a two star Michelin chef. Lucca (Italian) showcases thousands of bottles of wine, and Mezcal and tequila tastings are offered at the chic Sky Bar. The coffee bar near the lobby was a welcome morning treat, and a post pool nosh at the Cabrilla ceviche bar after swim up cocktails was beyond satisfying. One day we dined on fresh sushi at their panoramic beach vista restaurant Velas 10. Great attention is paid to every detail of every meal, and everything is included in your stay.

Breakfast can be ordered right to your room at whatever time you specify the night before, or you can dine at Azul, their breakfast spot on the ocean terrace or inside with AC. Your head will spin with every imaginable option (reminiscent of a Four Seasons brunch buffet) along with plenty of Mexican choices like enchiladas, stuffed chili rellano, chorizo hash, and chilaquiles. Eggs and crepes to order, fresh squeezed juices, cheeses and charcuterie, a wide variety of breads and pastries, and the best bacon I’ve ever tasted started my day with a smile.

Although a “grand” resort, the property still felt private because it was not crowded. We barely saw more than 10 guests at a time. There was never a wait and concierge services (like having a butler) were always ready to assist, like the friendly pool staff always on hand to bring sunscreen, cocktails, or fish tacos.

Grand Velas’s 35,000 square foot spa treatment facility reminded me of hotels I experienced in Europe and Scandinavia with a eucalyptus-scented steam room with chromotherapy, aromatherapy shower, sauna, and numerous hydrotherapy pools with different temperatures, sprays, and soaking beds. We hopped from one spa pool to the next checking out each spray pressure to release muscle tension, followed by a calming ritual massage treatment that included relaxation oils, our feet tenderly washed, intention setting, and a hot candle massage. Afterwards, heated loungers with warm neck pillows and cool scented towels lulled us into a state of inner peace.

For the health-conscious and those who want to reconnect body and spirit, two level Wellness Suites may be your elixir. Expect to find a Lifecycle exercise bike, crudité minibar, Vitamin C sprinkler and aromatherapy kit. The rooms also come with an in-suite massage, personal spa concierge, and juice bar. Want to get a workout in on vacation? Their Technogym fitness center comes with personal trainers, exercise programs, yoga, Pilates, and meditation. Also, Grand Velas is a kid friendly resort, although I never saw any kids. There is an entire separate area (so not to bother adults) for water play as well as teen and kids club facilities and activities that would make any adult want to join in. Forbes’ gave this resort group the nod for the top 10 coolest all-inclusive hotels, and you will quickly realize there is absolutely no reason to leave.




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