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23+ Best Resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Boutique, 5-Star and All-Inclusive)

Thinking about a sunny getaway in Los Cabos? Wondering where to stay in Cabo San Lucas for a luxury escape?

Ponder no more, as we’ve got you covered!

There are oodles of epic things to do in Cabo.

And the best resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, are some of the most deluxe you’ll find anywhere in the world.

The 5-star Las Ventanas al Paraiso is one of the best hotels in Cabo San Lucas.
The 5-star Las Ventanas is favored by celebrities

The luxury hotels in Cabo are so fabulous that the Mexican resort destination is a magnet for A-list celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba and Christian Bale.

To top that off, the weather in Cabo is wonderful too – reliably warm and dry (sometimes hot!), with endless days of sunshine. (Late autumn and early summer in Cabo are especially pleasant.)

Best resorts in Cabo San Lucas

Quick guide: 23+ Best Cabo resorts and hotels

Lay of the land | About the whole Los Cabos area

Best Cabo San Lucas hotels + resorts:

1) Nobu Los Cabos

2) Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

3) Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

4) Pueblo Bonito Resorts | Rose, Blanco and Sunset Beach

5) Bahia Hotel

6) Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa

Best resorts in Los Cabos along the Corridor:

7) Grand Velas Los Cabos

8) Montage Los Cabos

9) Las Ventanas al Paraiso

10) The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

11) Marquis Los Cabos

12) One & Only Palmilla

13) Garza Blanca Resort & Spa

14) Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

15) Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection

16) Sirena del Mar by Welk Resorts

17) Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos

Best hotels in San Jose del Cabo:

18) Hotel El Ganzo

19) Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

20) Casa Natalia

21) Viceroy Los Cabos

22) Cabo Surf Hotel

Other top resorts near Cabo San Lucas

23) Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

Can you swim at your hotel?

Cabo hotels with swimmable beaches

We love Cabo (aka Los Cabos).

Over the past 20 years, we’ve visited Los Cabos so many times that it’s become almost like our second home.

Sometimes we stay at 5-star hotels in Cabo on assignment – writing about our hotel stays for this blog, as well as for magazines and newspapers like USA Today, Interval World, TravelAge West and Cruise & Travel Lifestyles.

Other times, when traveling purely on vacation, we book and pay for our own accommodation.

(And, pssst! If you’re comparing Cabo and Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find Cabo has way more luxury places to rest your head.)

Pool chairs under white umbrellas around an infinity pool at the Grand Velas Los Cabos
The Grand Velas is one of the best luxury resorts in Los Cabos – we wrote about it for a local Canadian newspaper

Here’s our guide to 23+ of the best Cabo hotels and resorts – from super posh to boutique, all-inclusive and family-friendly.

All are recommended. We’ve personally stayed at or inspected most of them.

Where to stay in Los Cabos

The One & Only Palmilla is one of the most deluxe resorts in Los Cabos.
The One & Only Palmilla (another one of the most deluxe resorts in Los Cabos) has a great beach where you can swim

First, though, let’s get a handle on the geography.

The location of your resort matters. It can be key to your holiday enjoyment (especially if you have your heart set on swimming at your hotel’s beach).

So, where is Los Cabos?

Los Cabos refers to the whole tourist area at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula (in the state of Baja California Sur).

Main geographical areas or places to stay in Cabo:

Most luxury hotels in Los Cabos are found in the following three areas:

1) Cabo San Lucas – the main resort town at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula (often called “Cabo” for short, though sometimes Los Cabos is called “Cabo” too, so it does get a little confusing!)

2) The Corridor – a 20-mile resort corridor (with a string of luxury hotels and golf courses lining the coastline) linking Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo

3) San Jose del Cabo – a Mexican-style town with an historic center

* Note, we use “Cabo” and “Los Cabos” interchangeably here in this post to refer to the whole resort area of Cabo San Lucas, the Corridor and San Jose del Cabo. When we say “Cabo San Lucas” from now on, we mean just the resort town of Cabo San Lucas (and immediate surroundings).

Best Cabo San Lucas resorts + hotels

The Cabo San Lucas vicinity is a great area to stay if you want to be on or close to Medano Beach – one of the best swimming beaches in all of Los Cabos.

This location also places you within walking distance of lots of restaurants plus the Cabo San Lucas Marina (for walking, shopping, dining and movies, etc.)

With plenty of bars and nightclubs too, Cabo San Lucas has a bit of a reputation as a party town.

However, you can still find quiet accommodations even if you stay in Cabo. The further away from the center of town, the quieter it is.

1) Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

The cubist-looking Nobu Hotel with rectangular pool on the beach
The Nobu is one of the most exciting new hotels in Cabo to debut in recent years

Zen meets Japanese minimalism at the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. And it’s a gorgeous mashup of contemporary design!

If you’ve ever eaten at a Michelin-starred Nobu restaurant, you know how sublime the food is.

Now Robert de Niro and celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa have opened their first Nobu hotel in Latin America – on the Pacific Coast a few miles outside Cabo San Lucas.

The same architectural firm that turned the Four Seasons Mexico City from fusty to wow designed the buildings and landscaping.

Many of the 200 suites have their own private plunge pools.

Decorated in whites and light wood, they feature spa-like bathrooms with Onsen teak soaking tubs and Italian stone vanities. Beds are draped in organic cotton linens, and you’ll find yoga mats and wet swimsuit bags in your room.

The resort’s four pools each have their own vibe.

The bubbly flows freely at the “party” pool, while an infinity pool away from the “see and be seen” scene is a blissful adults-only area for calm and tranquility.

The food is a big reason to stay here.

The namesake Nobu Restaurant Los Cabos delivers up its brilliant Japanese fusion food, including signature dishes such as miso black cod and rock shrimp tempura.

Nobu's miso-marinated black cod is famous.
Nobu’s miso-marinated black cod is famous

The Ardea Steakhouse is also superb for dining at night, as is the outpost of Malibu Farm, which offers healthy vegan coconut tofu, ginger Wagyu beef with carrot arugula, avocado pizza and the like for lunch.

The resort’s location on the Pacific-side stretch of coast means it sometimes gets windy and chilly by the pools.

On the plus side, when compared to other 5-star Cabo San Lucas hotels (and other top Los Cabos resorts), the lower rates here will make your wallet positively gleeful.

It’s the best luxury hotel in Cabo San Lucas for foodies who want a peaceful escape, away from the hubbub of Cabo town.

Nobu Hotel, Cabo San Lucas

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2) Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort

For an upscale all-inclusive experience, check out the adults-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort. 

Offering a chilled escape on the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas, the resort has five restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking the ocean, a tranquil spa and two swimming pools.

Feel like a bit of a splurge?

Book one of the 47 club accommodations in The Towers, a new “hotel within a hotel” addition – guests have access to personal butlers certified by the British Butler Institute.

The posh Towers ramp up the luxury at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica in Cabo San Lucas.
The Towers ramp up the luxury at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

You can’t swim at the beach at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica due to rough currents.

But a free shuttle can take you to any of the other Pueblo Bonito resorts (see #4) – and you can swim at Medano Beach at the Pueblo Bonito Blanco or Rose resorts.

The Pacifica is not the swankiest of the best resorts in Cabo San Lucas. (The Waldorf Astoria – #3 below – deserves that title for this part of Los Cabos.)

But we had a lovely time there, and we expect you will too!

Read more: See our Pueblo Bonito Pacifica review – romance and relaxation is on the menu

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

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3) Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal

The Waldorf Astoria is located in the exclusive Pedregal neighborhood of Cabo San Lucas.
The Waldorf Astoria is located in the exclusive Pedregal neighborhood of Cabo San Lucas

Every room and suite has a plunge pool.

And when it’s hot outside, you can even nosh in your swimsuit on a floating breakfast in your private pool! (The server sets plastic wicker baskets into the pool.)

Yes, there’s simply no question that the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is one of the best hotels in Cabo San Lucas! (Perhaps the ritziest?)

Travel + Leisure readers voted it No. 9 in the 2021 “Top 25 Resort Hotels in Mexico.”

When it comes to dramatic entrances, the Waldorf Astoria knows how to make a statement.

To get to the hotel, you must drive through the 984-foot-long Dos Mares Tunnel. Owned by the hotel, the torch-lit private tunnel cuts through the mountain, opening at the end to stunning ocean views.

As for El Farallon, the resort’s high-end seafood restaurant is perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

We listened to waves crashing below as we noshed on the freshest of fish, enjoying one of the finest dinners to be had in Cabo.

Waldorf Astoria, Cabo San Lucas

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4) Pueblo Bonito Resorts

You can’t go wrong booking any of the three PB luxury resorts in Cabo San Lucas.

Pueblo Bonito Resorts, Cabo

These condo-style Pueblo Bonito resorts are:

1) Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos (dubbed “Blanco” for short, as it’s white in color)

2) Pueblo Bonito Rose

3) Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort

Beach view from the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
Is this our favorite Pueblo Bonito in Cabo?

All the PB resorts are considered 4.5-star.

Each suite has a private balcony; most units come with kitchenettes. Bonus: You get daily maid service even though you have kitchen facilities.

The Blanco and Rose have prime spots on Medano Beach (where you can swim in the ocean).

Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is a huge resort on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja Peninsula, where swimming is dangerous.

Though big, the property is gorgeous. Pueblo Bonito offers free regular shuttle service between Sunset Beach and Rose, so you can swim at the Rose and use its facilities for the day.

Of the luxury resorts in Cabo on Medano Beach (close to the actual town), the Blanco is our favorite.

5 star resorts in Los Cabos
This Pueblo Bonito resort fronts Medano Beach, the best swimming beach in all of Los Cabos

Find out: Which is the best Pueblo Bonito Resort in Cabo?

5) Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa

Loungers with orange cushions line an infinity pool at the Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa
Luxurious suites and infinity pools await at the Grand Solmar

Tucked into the end of Solmar Beach beside Land’s End, this is the best resort in Cabo San Lucas for classic luxury at a somewhat affordable price. (It’s much less expensive than the Waldorf Astoria, #3 above.)

There’s a wonderful intermingling of modern and traditional Mexican touches. Wrought iron accents, gemstone colors and fountains meet sleek marble floors and rich mahogany furniture.

The 246 suites range from huge 737 sq. ft. studios to a 4-bedroom penthouse (over 6,200 sq. ft. in size) with five bathrooms and a private beachfront pool. All suites feature full kitchens with stainless steel appliances.

The Grand Solmar makes up for the fact that you can’t swim at the beach with seven glittering pools. Some are infinity pools with swim-up bars.

Despite this being a time-share property (like many resorts in Cabo), service is excellent.

La Roca is its flagship restaurant for fine dining. And the food quality and romantic seaside experience may nudge you to buy the all-inclusive or European plans offered.

Roasted bone marrow served beside white stones at La Roca restaurant
Roasted bone marrow, creatively presented at La Roca

Then again, as you’re an easy walk to Cabo town, you may prefer the freedom to dine outside on occasion.

Grand Solmar Land’s End

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6) Bahia Hotel

Young, hip and boutique-hotel-aficionados (on a budget) like the stylish Bahia Hotel, one block away from Medano Beach.

At night, you’ll cozy up with your partner here because most rooms have a queen-size bed or two double beds (very few kings).

By day, chill by the pool while sipping artisanal Mexican margaritas or walk to the hotel’s smart beach house/club on Medano Beach.

Best boutique hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Lounge the day away at the resort’s SUR Beach House, just a block away from the hotel

The hotel’s Bar Esquina restaurant is also one of the hottest restaurants in town.

For an affordable boutique hotel in Cabo San Lucas with lots of buzz, the Bahia is a great choice.

See our review: Dig the South Beach style at Cabo’s hip Bahia Hotel

Best resorts in Los Cabos along the Corridor

Many of the chicest luxury Los Cabos hotels and resorts are found along the beachfront Corridor.

7) Grand Velas Los Cabos

Beachside bar at Grand Velas Los Cabos
A beachside bar at Grand Velas Los Cabos

How to blow away the all-inclusive competition?

Mix huge suites and a luxurious spa with extraordinary service and dining that pleases the most demanding of foodies.

That’s why we think the Grand Velas Los Cabos easily takes the prize for being the most luxurious of the all-inclusive resorts in Cabo.

You have a choice of eight restaurants, including French and innovative Mexican food dining spots. Don’t miss the haute cuisine at Cocina de Autor.

Pretty well everything but the $25,000 gold-flecked tacos are included in the rates. Think top-shelf liquor, at least 51 complimentary wines and in-room bars restocked daily.

From craft cocktails to delectable shimp and fish dishes, the Grand Velas Los Cabos excels in the food-and-drink sphere.
From craft cocktails to delectable shimp and fish dishes, the Grand Velas excels in the food-and-drink sphere

You can’t swim in the ocean here.

But who cares!

Because you have infinity pools with pool butlers to pamper you silly, as you kick back in super-comfy lounge chairs with the most glorious sea views.

Best all-inclusive resort in Cabo
Ahhh… Sometimes swimming in the sea is over-rated, right?

Grand Velas Los Cabos

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8) Montage Los Cabos

Secluded luxury on a swimming beach in Cabo? Say hello to the Montage Los Cabos!
Secluded luxury on a swimming beach? Say hello to the Montage Los Cabos!

Another one of the nicest hotels in Cabo is the Montage.

Embracing Santa Maria Bay on the Los Cabos Corridor, the Montage Los Cabos skillfully integrates contemporary cubic architecture into the surrounding desert landscape.

Accommodations range from spacious guest rooms with dramatic marble bathrooms (complete with tub-side candles) and separate sitting areas to 3-bedroom suites.

Ocean-view digs have both indoor and outdoor showers.

The Montage boasts a prime beachfront location in Los Cabos.
The Montage boasts a prime beachfront location in Los Cabos

The snorkeling at Santa Maria Beach right in front of the resort is tops.

The gorgeous beach is also one of the few beaches where you can actually swim in Los Cabos.

You’ll also find two pools – one is for adults only.

Should you feel like pampering yourself, you can elevate your pool or beach experience by renting a private cabana for the day.

You’ll receive champagne on ice, coconut water, tapas, chilled towels, hourly amenities and attentive butler service.

Uber-cool, the Montage is one of the best hotels in Los Cabos for couples seeking a casually glam retreat on a great swimming beach.

9) Las Ventanas al Paraiso

5 star hotels in Cabo San Lucas
Las Ventanas is one of our favorite luxury hotels in Los Cabos

Rub shoulders with Cindy Crawford, Katie Holmes and Justin Bieber at this ultra-posh celebrity hideaway.

But be forewarned – you may never want to leave.

White-washed suites come with telescopes for stargazing, wood-burning fireplaces and large stone patios; many also have a little hot pool and spiral staircase to your private rooftop terrace.

Whale watching? Star gazing? You have a telescope on your terrace at Las Ventana, one of the best resorts in Los Cabos.
Whale watching? Star gazing? You have a telescope on your terrace

But what really sets Las Ventanas apart is attention to detail.

Pool butlers who arrange your umbrella just so. (They also deliver complimentary frozen chocolate sorbet, along with ice buckets with bottled water and Evian misting spray.)

Personally-sized robes and slippers, based on your airport pickup host’s input.

Nightly turn-down service that includes two long-stem red roses on the bed or an awaiting scented bath.

Other luxury amenities include a delightful in-room tequila welcome, 24-hour room service and twice-daily housekeeping (in addition to nightly turn-down).

Las Ventanas is one of our favorite luxury hotels in Los Cabos.
A window to the serene pool…

Hungry?

Try the fish tacos at the Sea Grill.

If Tandoori lobster, octopus curry and other Asian specialties tickle your fancy, you’ll love the resort’s Arbol restaurant.

An amazing gym plus a variety of fitness classes and personal pilates, yoga and training sessions mean you can stay fit.

View to the sea at Las Ventanas
Another beautiful sea view at Las Ventanas…

Super wow factor:

The “Romance Director” can arrange a private movie night on the beach just for the two of you. Think 50-inch plasma TV and home theater system, champagne and your own cinema butler.

Or maybe you’d like to propose to your sweetheart on the beach – with the ring delivered by a Mexican cowboy riding a white stallion!

Just be prepared to drop scads of money here.

Las Ventanas is not only a serious contender for the title of “best hotel in Los Cabos.” But like the Waldorf Astoria above (see #3), it’s also on Travel + Leisure’s list of 25 best Mexico hotels.

5 star resorts in Los Cabos
Las Ventanas and One and Only Palmilla (see below) are two of the absolute best luxury Cabo resorts

Las Ventanas al Paraiso

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10) The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
Stay in a corner suite and you get a view like this!

This luxury hotel in Los Cabos, The Cape (a Thompson Hotel), blends a hip edgy design with classic Mexican accents.

We particularly loved our hanging daybed.

Not to mention the sateen sheets and the copper soaking tub.

And the staggering view of the Sea of Cortez and El Arco (Cabo’s iconic rock Arch).

And the welcome blue Agave tequila in a crystal hand-etched bottle.

Manta, the resort’s Peruvian, Mexican and Japanese fusion restaurant, is one of the best restaurants in Cabo.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is one of the best luxury beachfront resorts in Cabo.
This luxury beachfront resort in Cabo boasts the iconic Arch as a backdrop

The resort’s location is prime too. You’re only a short cab ride away from other restaurants (or nightlife) in Cabo San Lucas.

And if you can’t bear to travel without Missy, your beloved four-legged friend, bring her along. The Cape is pet-friendly (for well-behaved pooches).

Simply put, The Cape is one of the best Los Cabos hotels to deliver the freshest take on luxury.

See our review: Here are 7 reasons why you’ll love The Cape Cabo, a Thompson Hotel

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

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11) Marquis Los Cabos

The Marquis is a no-timeshare sanctuary in Los Cabos for adults only.
The Marquis is a no-timeshare sanctuary for adults only

The Marquis Los Cabos is not only one of the best resorts in Cabo, it’s also a work of art.

The first thing you see as you enter the open-air lobby is the soaring three-story-high arch rising above – and the glorious aquamarine expanse of the Sea of Cortez beyond.

On either side are striking winged sculptures by Mexican sculptor, Jorge Marin.

Then as you wander throughout the resort, you’ll come across some 400 original oil paintings by Latin American artists.

For adults only, the AAA Four Diamond Marquis is all-inclusive, featuring four restaurants.

Ocean-view rooms come with Nespresso machines, and you lather up with L’Occitane products in the bathroom.

We found the little corridor cupboard in the wall sweet (in more ways than one!) – fresh wake-up pastries are delivered there each morning.

The resort also has 26 beachfront casitas (1,400 sq. ft. in size) which feature private plunge pools.

Two of the resort’s three swimming pools are serpentine-shaped infinity pools nuzzling the water’s edge.

Pool at Marquis Los Cabos
It’s no hardship to spend the day relaxing by the pool!

While the beach isn’t swimmable, we were quite content to lie under a pool umbrella on a cushioned teak lounge chair, watching the thunderous surf crash on the shore and the occasional ultralight airplane buzz overhead.

A 2021 Travel + Leisure article notes that the Marquis Los Cabos is one of the 10 best all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, according to Hotels.com.

Are you wondering how to get to your hotel? Don’t take a taxi – you’ll want to pre-book one of these Cabo airport shuttle services (cheaper and better)

12) One & Only Palmilla

Romantic? Oh, yes…

With white-washed walls, red tile roofs and a Spanish colonial feel, the One & Only Palmilla is a marked departure from the ultra-modern design of many other 5-star Cabo hotels.

But it offers all guests every possible indulgence, from contemporary (a telescope on your balcony for whale watching) to classic (a personal butler to unpack your clothes) to sporty (there are five tennis courts and a 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus).

As well, you get complimentary Mexican fruit and cocktail snacks each day, and you’ll find personalized robes in your room.

Choose from 15 different categories of rooms and luxury suites. Some have private plunge pools.

Or splurge bigtime on Villa One – a 14,000-square-foot, four-bedroom villa complete with its own outdoor pool, private screening room and the services of a fitness trainer and spa therapist.

Breakfast at One and Only Palmilla...
A great start to another beautiful day at One & Only Palmilla

What many guests particularly love about this luxury resort is that it has a lovely and virtually private swimmable beach (rare on the Los Cabos coastline).

And to keep you cool, there are apparently 3,000 palm trees on the property. (Mind you, we haven’t counted them, but we do know there are lots.)

The One & Only Palmilla is in an elite league of its own.

Keeping company with the Waldorf Astoria (#3), Las Ventanas (#9), Zadun (#19) and the Four Seasons (#23), the One & Only Palmilla is one of the most exclusive luxury hotels in Cabo.

Stay here and you can brag (if you’re into this sort of thing) that it’s Jennifer Aniston’s favorite hotel in the area.

One and Only Palmilla oceanfront dining
Alfresco ocean-front dining at One & Only Palmilla

One & Only Palmilla, Cabo

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13) Garza Blanca Resort & Spa

This glass walled pool is probably the most popular at Garza Blanca.
This glass walled pool is probably the most popular at Garza Blanca

With six restaurants, eight pools (including a rooftop adults-only pool) and activities ranging from beach volleyball to yoga, this deluxe all-suite property offers something for everyone.

Entry-level suites at Garza Blanca are a minimum of 660 sq. ft. And they’re pretty glam!

A Garza Blanca suite
A Garza Blanca suite

Traveling with friends? Or maybe you’re booking a family vacation?

Check out the huge 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom suites, along with the 3- and 4-bedroom residences. All feature full gourmet kitchens.

Remote-controlled curtains? Hammocks on the terraces? Butler service? Check, check and check!

If you don’t feel like cooking, you can choose an all-inclusive plan.

All of this makes Garza Blanca one of the best places to stay in Cabo for families, especially, or a group of friends (bachelorette party?) seeking a 5-star experience.

Garza Blanca Resort & Spa

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14) Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Pool view at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences
This pool view is pretty dreamy, don’t you think?

If spacious rooms with indoor/outdoor bathrooms, a jaw-dropping central pool and a calm swimming beach sound like vacation heaven, consider Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. 

It’s one of the finest luxury Los Cabos resorts with a swimmable beach.

Part of the luxury Auberge Resorts Collection, along with Esperanza (#15 below), the resort has 92 rooms and luxury villas.

Chileno Bay Resort is one of the few hotels in Cabo with a swimmable beach.
Chileno Bay Resort is one of the few hotels in Cabo with a swimmable beach

Appealing both to well-heeled families and couples, the resort has a teen club (complete with a recording studio) plus a kids’ club, an Insta-perfect bar with hanging swings and a top-notch spa.

Golfers take note: You’ll be thrilled to know that you get exclusive access to the private 18-hole Chileno Bay Club Golf Course, designed by Tom Fazio.

Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

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15) Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection

Esperanza is one of the nicest hotels in Cabo – and it sits on its own private beach

A peaceful sanctuary, the Esperanza is also part of the Auberge Resorts Collection like Chileno Bay Resort (#14). But it’s the older, more traditional sister.

Hammocks, thatch palapa roofs, desert-hued stone work, driftwood tables and hand-tooled leather furnishings lend the boutique hotel an old-Baja feel.

Accommodations range from 57 suites and romantic casitas (“little houses” in Spanish) to privately owned villas which you can rent, including extravagant 4-bedroom haciendas with twice-daily housekeeping.

Most of the 950 sq. ft. casitas have an infinity-edge hot tub.

As the boutique hotel sits right on the rocky cliffs, every room has smashing views of the azure sea and Punta Ballena or “Whale Point” – the binoculars in your room come in handy for watching those humpback whales in winter!

Esperanza boasts that it has the only private beach cove in all of Los Cabos (not swimmable though).

A posh way to enjoy it is by splashing out in one of its two-story open-air beach palapas.

They come complete with a daybed, swing, private butler service and add-ons like a 60-minute massage or private bonfire cookout under star-kissed skies.

The hotel’s signature Cocina del Mar is one of the finest restaurants in Cabo, serving up seafood by candlelight as waves lap the rocks below you.

Cocina del Mar at Esperanza
A romantic dinner for two?

You can’t do much better than the Esperanza for a truly romantic getaway in Cabo!

Esperanza, an Auberge Hotel, Cabo

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16) Sirena del Mar by Welk Resorts

Sirena del Mar is a good choice for comfortable accommodations in Cabo.
Sirena del Mar is a good choice for comfortable accommodations in Cabo

Here’s another family-friendly oceanfront resort with lots to offer – from pool bingo to pottery painting.

Yet, as a smaller cliffside property, Sirena del Mar manages to maintain a “quiet resort” feel.

Classified as 4-star, Sirena del Mar is not quite as luxurious as, say, Garza Blanca (#13), but it still offers an upscale experience.

All accommodations have full kitchens plus washers/dryers (and you’re super close to Walmart and Costco for picking up supplies).

Two infinity pools have stellar views, and there are lots of serene places for sunbathing.

The resort’s restaurant, Estrella, gets good reviews for its seafood and Mexican cuisine.

Sirena del Mar, Welk Resorts

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17) Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos

Le Blanc Spa Resort is a beacon for a truly luxurious all-inclusive stay in Cabo.
It’s all shades of white and ivory at Le Blanc Spa Resort

Just for adults, Le Blanc Spa Resort is a beacon for a truly luxurious all-inclusive stay in Cabo.

Indeed, with its stunning white-hot design, premium cocktails and liquor, high standards in à la carte dining and complimentary access to the water journey circuit at the spa, it gives the Grand Velas Los Cabos (#7) a good run for its money.

Rooms are cool cocoons of comfort. They feature marble bathrooms (with Bulgari bath amenities), Lavazza coffee makers and beach bags for your stay.

You have no excuses for not working out.

A state-of-the-art fitness center offers many daily activities to keep you in shape, including spin, Pilates and dance fit classes.

Beach yoga at Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos
Who’s up for yoga on the beach?

The outdoor pool area is also quite beautiful, with more than enough loungers for all guests. No need to get out early to reserve pool chairs here!

And if you tune into your sense of smell, you’ll notice that different areas of the resort have their own subtle aromatherapy scent.

Yes, Le Blanc effortlessly joins the list of best 5-star resorts in Cabo.

Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos

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Best hotels in San Jose del Cabo

San Jose Del Cabo is a more authentic Mexican town than Cabo San Lucas.

With a slew of art galleries and a weekly ArtWalk in winter, it’s more sophisticated too.

If you base yourself near San Jose del Cabo, you’ll also be close to some delightful restaurants like the renowned Flora Farms, which dishes up the yummiest farm-to-table eats.

18) Hotel El Ganzo

What’s super cool about Hotel El Ganzo?

Artists are invited to hang out and paint on the walls, and visiting musicians record tunes in the underground recording studio.

Oh, and let’s not forget the views.

Boutique hotels in Cabo: Hotel El Ganzo
A master suite at Hotel El Ganzo (you might see pelicans dive-bombing over the marina)

Rooms look out over San Jose del Cabo’s marina (Puerto Los Cabos), which spills out in front.

The most eye-popping scenes are enjoyed up top from the hotel’s rooftop bar and infinity pool.

El Ganzo is definitely one of the trendiest boutique hotels we’ve dropped our suitcases in!

Read our review: The artsy Hotel El Ganzo is an oasis of cool!

Hotel El Ganzo, Cabo

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19) Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Private cabana for two at Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Delicious food, a sumptuous spa and private cabanas for two

There are Ritz-Carltons. And then there are top-drawer Ritz-Carlton Reserves.

A few minutes’ drive from the center of San Jose del Cabo, the new Zadun is a tranquil Ritz-Carlton Reserve property, with 115 rooms and suites. It opened in late 2019.

The “standard” rooms are among the most spacious of all hotel rooms in Los Cabos.

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors replace walls. And contemporary stone and tile interiors incorporate Mexican artwork and furniture by local artisans in the décor.

Most impressive are the enormous private terraces with inviting lounge and seating areas.

To top that off, all rooms (except for some family accommodations) have private plunge pools.

Most rooms at Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, have private pools.
Most rooms at Zadun have private pools

This ultra-luxury Cabo resort prides itself on its extraordinary service.

You have a personal butler (called a “tosoani”).

Just text any requests – ice, more towels, drinks, the firepit lit on your private terrace – and minutes later, you have what you want. Room service is available around the clock.

As is expected, the Zadun has a world-class spa.

And for dining, there are four onsite restaurants, from authentic Mexican to a Peruvian fish market.

We’ve bedded down in Phulay Bay, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve near Krabi, Thailand (the world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve).

That stay was close to perfection. So much so that we wanted to pack our butler in our suitcase and take him home with us!

From all reports, the new Zadun Ritz-Carlton Reserve (the fourth in the R-C Reserve collection) is equally fabulous – easily making the list of top 5-star Cabo resorts.

Zadun Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Cabo

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20) Casa Natalia

Casa Natalia is a boutique hotel right in the heart of San Jose del Cabo.
Casa Natalia is a boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo

Casa Natalia is owned and run by Nathalie and Loic Tenoux.

She’s Swiss; he’s French.

And it’s one of the most charming boutique hotels in Cabo.

Hidden by high walls right in the historic heart of San Jose del Cabo, it offers 19 individually decorated rooms and suites with king-size beds.

Best boutique hotels in Cabo: Casa Natalia
Casa Natalia rooms are playful and cheerful

Expect fresh flowers, walls adorned with indigenous art and free WiFi. Superior rooms have private terraces with hammocks, screened by bougainvillea.

The courtyard swimming pool, shaped like a half-moon, is a quiet retreat (no children under 13 may stay at the hotel).

Casa Natalia also partners with a beach club a 15-minute drive away, so you have access to a beach too; there’s a nominal charge for the shuttle.

No need to head to the beach! You can laze about by the pool at Casa Natalia in San Jose del Cabo.
No need to head to the beach! You can laze about by the pool…

Mi Cocina, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, is one of the finest in the area.

Tip: This is the perfect place to stay for two or three nights before or after a week at an all-inclusive resort in Cabo.

Casa Natalia, San Jose del Cabo

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21) Viceroy Los Cabos

There's no denying that the Viceroy Los Cabos is one of the most architecturally stunning resorts in Cabo.
There’s no denying that the Viceroy Los Cabos is one of the most architecturally stunning resorts in Cabo

Classy. Futuristic in design. Luxurious pools and water features.

That’s how you might describe the Viceroy Los Cabos.

Rooms are white-on-white. Except at night, you can color your room different hues with the color mood lighting system.

Your tastebuds won’t get bored with five eating-and-drinking venues onsite – from ceviche and sushi at the beach-view Nido or “Nest” (which sits under a bird’s nest-like dome of branches and twigs) to a late-night champagne bar.

Designed like a bird's nest, the Nido at Viceroy Los Cabos is one of the coolest restaurants in Cabo.
How cool is the nest-like Japanese restaurant, Nido!

And because you’re so close to the old town of San Jose del Cabo, you can walk or catch an Uber to town, where more great restaurants await.

Bring earplugs for sleeping – some TripAdvisor reviewers say the soundproofing between rooms at this 5-star Cabo beach resort isn’t the best.

Better yet, stay in one of the suites or private pool villas closer to the beach, and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the sand.

22) Cabo Surf Hotel

This boutique hotel in Cabo is one of our favorites!

We love the family-owned Cabo Surf Hotel.

One of the sweetest boutique hotels in Los Cabos, it exudes a cool and laid-back surfer vibe.

With just 36 room, the 4-star inn is located on Acapulquito Beach, one of the top surfing beaches in Cabo.

If you surf (or want to learn to surf), this is definitely going to be your happy place!

Mike Doyle Surf School rents out quality long and short boards, along with SUP boards and boogie boards.

The instructors are excellent. They almost got us newbies popping up on our surf boards to ride the long waves!

Older garden rooms are less expensive than rooms in the newer section, which are brighter and more modern. Some rooms have hammocks on their balconies, and most are equipped with kitchenettes.

They all have marble floors.

After a day of surfing, swimming in two infinity pools and soaking up the sun, sit down for dinner – Oysters Rockefeller, grilled lobster, citrus tuna and the like – at the resort’s first-rate 7 Seas restaurant.

Then fall asleep to the sound of the surf and wake up in the morning to incredible beach views.

Surf, eat, sleep and repeat. Not a bad way to enjoy a Cabo holiday!

Other top resorts near Cabo San Lucas

We’re not finished yet!

We have to tell you about the new Four Seasons on the East Cape – it’s within the general Cabo vicinity.

23) Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

Suite with an L-shaped plunge pool with in-pool recliner at the Four Seasons Los Cabos
An off-the-beaten-path location, a swimmable beach and suites with plunge pools make the Four Seasons a top choice for luxury lovers

When it comes to luxury Cabo resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is one of the newest and most visionary.

Opened in late 2019, it’s on the refreshingly undeveloped East Cape (about a 45-minute drive north of the Los Cabos International Airport) – well away from the action in Los Cabos.

For seclusion and exclusivity, it can’t be beat.

Upon arrival, you note that the contemporary cubist buildings blend in seamlessly with the cacti-studded dune landscape.

All 141 rooms and suites have Sea of Cortez views; ground floor suites have private plunge pools and outdoor showers. Travertine floors, carved ceramic walls and ivory and sand colors reflect the ultimate in good taste.

Two miles of untouched beach beckon walkers for morning and sunset strolls. Or check out the thoughtfully designed fitness center – it’s a pleasure to work up a sweat facing the ocean here.

There’s no reason to get bored at the Four Seasons.

It boasts seven pools, so you can relax by a different pool every day of the week.

You can also golf on the 18-hole course (designed by Robert Trent Jones II), hike to the nearby Sol de Mayo waterfall and natural rock pools (a great day trip from Cabo San Lucas), snorkel with sea lions at Cabo Pulmo (in season), go horseback riding and try windsurfing.

Three young women horseback riding on the beach by the Four Seasons Los Cabos
Who wants to go horseback riding on the beach?

Dining options range from a fresh ceviche bar and poolside brasserie to an al fresco grill in a lemon grove and a Mediterranean seafood resto.

If you’re visiting Cabo for more than five days, we suggest combining time at the Four Seasons with a stay at a closer-in Los Cabos resort for the complete Baja experience.

Four Seasons Los Cabos

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Best Cabo resorts with swimmable beaches

If swimming in the ocean is tops on your must-do list when you visit Los Cabos, be sure to find out if you can swim at your hotel or resort.

While there are superb beaches in Los Cabos, many are red-flagged as non-swimmable because of strong waves and killer undertows. Many hotels therefore don’t have safe swimming beaches (just great pools).

Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas is a long stretch of beach that’s safe for swimming, with several hotels and resorts.

A few other top resorts in Los Cabos also have safe swimming beach coves.

Hotels + resorts with swimmable beaches in Cabo

The following Los Cabos beach resorts (reviewed above) have beaches where you can swim:

  • Pueblo Bonito Rose (#4)
  • Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos (#4)
  • Montage Los Cabos (#7)
  • One & Only Palmilla (#11)
  • Chileno Bay Resort & Residences (#13)
  • Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas (#23)

Cabo hotels with beach clubs for ocean swimming

These resorts have access to beach clubs where you can swim:

  • Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort – shuttle to Pueblo Bonito Rose (#2)
  • Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach – shuttle to Pueblo Bonito Rose (#4))
  • Bahia Hotel – walk to their beach club (#5)
  • Hotel El Ganzo – boat to their beach club (#17)
  • Casa Natalia – shuttle to a beach club (#19)

Final thoughts on the best places to stay in Cabo San Lucas (and beyond)

As you can see, there’s no shortage of fabulous places to stay in Los Cabos.

If you ask: “What is the best Los Cabos resort?” – there’s no easy answer. It really depends on what you want from your Cabo vacation (e.g., a swimming beach, close and easy access to town, adult-oriented).

The good news is that you have a lot of choice.

Once you’ve picked from the best resorts in Cabo San Lucas or in Los Cabos further out – if it’s in the area you want – you’ll be in vacation heaven.

The hotels and resorts have very high hospitality standards, and we have no doubt you’ll have an amazing time in Cabo!


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Photo credits: 1 Las Ventanas al Paraiso | 2 Grand Velas Los Cabos | 4 One & Only Palmilla | Remaining photos courtesy of the respective luxury Cabo hotels


About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Diana

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

What do you think about the JW Marriott in Cabos ?

Janice and George

Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

Hi Diana, We haven't personally stayed at the Marriott. But we know it has a great beachfront location in San Jose del Cabo. We also hear it's tranquil and quiet. It's not walking distance to town and other restaurants, so it's a resort where you stay put and chill. But if you rent a car or plan to do some tours, that won't be an issue. The Griffin Club (the VIP "hotel within a hotel") is said to be worth the extra splurge. Hope this helps!

Sandy Mayen

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Hi - My husband I have not been to Puerto Vallarta or Cabo. Been to Cancun. We want to go somewhere different. My husband SNORES! We need a one-bedroom suite or 2 rooms. Some of the nice hotels with two rooms cost a lot more than some of the one-bedroom suites. Garza Blanca resort has a nice one-bedroom suite which is within our price range.

Please share your thoughts on Garza Blanca.

I also like the location of the Blanco Pueblo Bonito resort so that we could walk to other restaurants. I like seafood. My husband is a meat guy. The Blanco one-bedroom suite living room area has a small couch. Do you know if it's a comfortable pullout sofa? I read your reviews on the other Bonito resorts. The PB Pacifica seems nice too.

We don't mind going to Puerto Vallarta or Cabo. We are looking for a beautiful beach - but we don't have to swim in the water. We also want good food, not so loud a place, good service and scenery.

Any suggestions on which resort to stay? Thank you so much.

Sandy Mayen

Friday 1st of October 2021

@Janice and George,

Thank you so much! I just read about the new Garza Blanca resort in Cancun. However, I think GB Cabos restaurants will have better seafood. Any thoughts?

Janice and George

Thursday 30th of September 2021

We'll be writing soon about how to choose between PV or Cabo, so stay tuned on this!

Let's assume you've narrowed your choice down to Cabo :-).

Garza Blanca is newer than the PB resorts. And it's pretty swish. The 1-bedroom suites (not the "junior suites") are over 1,300 sq. ft. in size. Compare that to the 1-bedroom "luxury suites" at PB Blanco, which are cozier at 750 sq. ft. Bedrooms in the Garza Blanca suites have ocean views, wheras the PB Blanco bedrooms don't. Garza Blanca 1-bedroom suites also come with full chef kitchens; the Blanco kitchens are more kitchenettes. At Garza Blanca, you also get a washer and dryer, a 55-inch TV, robes, slippers, etc. It's considered 5-star, whereas PB Blanco is more 4.5 star. In terms of luxury, Garza Blanca beats the PB Blanco. But it's bigger, at 315 rooms and suites, so it feels less intimate than the PB resort, which has 147 rooms.

For location, PB Blanco wins. You can walk to the Cabo San Lucas marina and into town for various restaurants (both seafood for you and meat for your man). And Medano Beach is a great beach. The PB Blanco is also at the quiet end of Medano Beach, and it's not a "loud" resort. Can't tell you how comfy the hide-a-bed is though :-).

If you're going to "stay put" and relax at your resort, Garza Blanca offers more restaurant, pool and activity options. (And the food is good.) If you'd really rather get out and about on your own without having to get a taxi (and you're okay with less space to spread out), the PB Blanco is a better choice.

Hope this helps! Let us know how you decide :-).

Josh

Wednesday 21st of April 2021

What are your thoughts about the two Auberge properties (Esperanza and Chileno Bay), and how do they compare to the O&O and Las Ventanas?

Janice and George

Friday 23rd of April 2021

Hi Josh, Sounds like there are some other hotels we must check out personally next time we're in Cabo :-). Auberge is a great brand with unique luxury resorts (not cookie-cutter) in their collection. We've stayed at their Mauna Lani property in Hawaii and the Grace Hotel in Santorini. The Esperanza will have a more intimate boutiquey feel than the One & Only Palmilla or Las Ventanas (perhaps more boho casual too, but still in a sophisticated way). The decor is more traditional Mexican. Chileno Bay is more spread out, with more modern architecture. It has a swimmable beach, so if that's important to you, keep this in mind. One & Only also has a swimmable beach. It's probably like choosing between crab, lobster or scallops. All are really good. You probably can't go wrong, whatever you choose :-).

Jon

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Hello, Have you tried the Zadun hotel? We are hesitating between Las Ventanas and Zadun.

Thank you!

Janice and George

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

No, we haven't yet tried the Zadun. It'a a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and we've stayed at the Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Thailand (see #13 in our post on 27+ epic private pool suites, which was gorgeous.

Read the reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere for both resorts, then decide. You probably can't go wrong with either property! Both are top 5-star resorts :-). Enjoy...

Anda

Saturday 17th of November 2018

Reading your post it occurred to me that Cabo is so close to us and yet we've never been there yet. You lined up some great choices for lodging here. I'm really tempted to go to Cabo San Lucas for a week-end. Good to know that One & Only Palmilla is Jennifer Aniston's favorite.

Janice and George

Sunday 18th of November 2018

It's so easy for Californians to jet down to Cabo! The flight is only perhaps some 2-1/2 hours. And there are many direct flights from LA, San Francisco, San Diego, etc. In fact, there are many direct flights from all over the U.S. and Canada (from NYC, Toronto, Vancouver, etc.)