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Is Los Cabos Grand Velas the Best All-inclusive Resort in Cabo?

Has anyone ordered the $25,000 tacos?” we ask upon arriving at the resort.

We’re booked to stay for this Grand Velas Los Cabos review (and to write a travel article for a Canadian newspaper).

The resort’s actual name is “Grand Velas Los Cabos” but more people know it as “Los Cabos Grand Velas.”

Pink bougainvillea blooms in front of the Los Cabos Grand Velas.
It’s all about all-inclusive luxury at the Los Cabos Grand Velas

No matter the name, this ultra-luxury Cabo resort is one of several new hotels in Cabo to open in the past few years.

And the Grand Velas has cranked up the wow factor in the sunny desert-meets-the sea destination of Los Cabos – where Hollywood celebs jet in for their regular dose of Vitamin D and luxury hotels glitter like diamonds on the finger of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Lounge chairs at the infinity pool at Los Cabos Grand Velas
Ahhh… The Grand Velas Los Cabos

Grand Velas Los Cabos review: What’s special?

Grand Velas Los Cabos swimming pools
The best all-inclusive resort in Los Cabos? We dare you to find anything better…

At this Grand Velas Mexico resort, you can book a $2 million birthday party for your pampered teen (complete with private jet flights and a concert by pop musicians Pitbull or Maroon 5).

And if you get married at the resort, you can have your first dance personally choreographed by a celebrity dancer from the hit TV show “Dancing With the Stars” or “So You Think You Can Dance.”

So maybe a guest has chowed down on some of the most high-priced Mexican food in the world? That would be the world’s most expensive taco.

Gold flakes decorate the Grand Velas Los Cabos taco
Here’s what it looks like – the Grand Velas Los Cabos taco!

Perhaps Juliette Lewis, one of the first stars to check in? Or Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee? (He celebrated his 55th birthday here.)

After all, the famous Grand Velas Los Cabos taco – a lobster and Beluga caviar creation – is served in no less than a gold-flaked tortilla.

Oh yes, we’ve sold two,” came the answer.

Of course!

The best of the best all-inclusive Cabo resorts

An interesting bronze sculpture and chairs decorate the Grand Velas Los Cabos lobby.
Step inside; you’ve entered the lobby of the Grand Velas Los Cabos

Eye-popping extras are just a small part of satisfying guests’ high-end tastes, we discover during our three-night stay at the Grand Velas.

Most guests are content with what’s included though.

Because like its sister Mexican properties in the Grand Velas collection (we’ve also stayed at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya), this Los Cabos resort is all-inclusive.

But don’t cringe.

The Grand Velas resort in Cabo is nothing like your ordinary all-inclusive.

Picture instead an ultra-luxury resort, where the bill has been taken care of.

(Indeed, just in case you’ve forgotten how much your stay costs, you even sign a bill at the end of each meal detailing what the charges would otherwise be.)

Two Grand Velas Los Cabos champagne cocktails
It’s nice to order artisanal cocktails, without worrying about having to pay for it…

We’ve stayed at many luxury resorts in this part of Baja, Mexico, including other all-inclusive 5 star resorts in Cabo San Lucas.

And without hesitation, we can say it’s one of the top luxury resorts in Los Cabos – maybe the best of the Cabo San Lucas all-inclusive resorts?

Need more proof? The Grand Velas Cabo recently snagged the honor of being one of the best AAA Five-Diamond resorts in the world.

Grand Velas suites

The Los Cabos Grand Velas Ambassador Suite has aqua drapes and cream marble floors.
You won’t lack for comfort in this Grand Velas Los Cabos “Ambassador” suite!

After happily submitting to a complimentary three-minute shoulder massage at check-in, the next hint our Grand Velas sojourn is going to be quite different from the Club Meds, Couples and other all-inclusives we’ve previously stayed at is our modernist room, er, suite.

We usually think of a suite as having a bedroom closed off from a living room.

But all 304 Grand Velas suites are huge (at almost 1,200 square feet or more), and each has a separate lounging area (with the most humungous flat-screen TV we’ve seen).

So even though occupying one space, in our books, these can aptly be called “suites.”

Most (264) are Grand Velas Ambassador suites. A few others (21 Grand Velas Grand Class suites) have private plunge pools on their terraces.

Goose down comforter and pillow menu? Check.

Ocean view from the bathtub and L’Occitane products? Check.

Welcome gold-chocolate-dipped strawberries, Nespresso coffee maker, premium mini-bar stocked daily, wine from Ensenada and a big cut-glass bottle of Grand Velas brand tequila? Check.

Strawberries dipped in gold chocolate on a black plate at the Grand Velas Los Cabos
Have you ever tasted strawberries dipped in gold chocolate?

And what’s this?

There’s even a flat-iron styling device in the bathroom (as well as a hair dryer).

A 5-star Cabo beach resort must have pool butlers

Three tiers of swimming pools at the Grand Velas Los Cabos
This three-tiered set of swimming pools overlooks the sea

Eager to catch some rays, we dawdle no more and dash down to the three tiers of pools.

We snag deck chairs on a palm island in front of the adult infinity pool – with prime views of the sparkling turquoise sea in front of us.

The gold sand beach below also beckons. But ocean swimming at the resort is a no-no because of the deadly undertow.

Two lounge chairs under a white umbrella on the beach at the Grand Velas Los Cabos
While it’s not safe to swim on the beach, you can grab a lounge chair on the sand

We decide to walk the beach later and succumb instead to the ministrations of the pool butler.

The pool butler has laid out our towels and delivered fresh mint mojitos along with an ice bucket of bottled water.

He’s now moving our umbrella to allow just the right amount of sun to warm our pasty bodies. (Did we mention the staff-to-guest ratio is 3 to 1?)

A couple lounge by the pool at the best all-inclusive resort in Cabo San Lucas (aka Grand Velas Los Cabos)
No need to lift a finger! Your attentive pool butler will happily bring you what you want

Grand Velas spa

We’re coddled some more the next day at the Grand Velas Los Cabos spa. 

We’re booked for a seven-step “water journey” – a guided, hot-and-cold hydrotherapy experience.

Led by a “spa valet,” we begin by soaking in the warm pools and trying different water jets for massaging the back, shoulders, calves and other parts of the body.

The metal underwater bubble beds are the most fun; we have to hang on or we’ll float away.

A cold plunge pool then sets us up for the sauna, where we’re given cucumber slices for the eyes and an iced facecloth for our brows.

Grand Velas Los Cabos hydrotherapy spa
The hydrotherapy experience is a great way to relax before a massage

Next, in the tiled ice room, we spread aloe vera on our skin, before stepping underneath a mist shower.

By the time we enter the dark eucalyptus-scented steam cave, we’re ready to nod off underneath its starry lights.

Good thing the last stage is devoted to reclining on heated stone loungers, reviving on watermelon popsicles – or we might not make it to dinner!

And that would be a shame. Because the food is where the Grand Velas really shines…

Grand Velas Los Cabos restaurants

The resort has eight restaurants, offering a choice of 51 complimentary wines, including several fine Mexican wines from northern Baja California like Casa Magoni and Casa Madero.

Raw seafood bar

For lunch, we go light at the raw seafood bar serving fresh sashimi, oysters and ceviche.

Mexican and French specialty restaurants

At dinner, we let loose.

The first two night is reserved for Frida (haute Mexican, where you can get that $25,000 taco and wicked Mexican margarita cocktails.

The second night, we dine at Piaf. A glass of Kir Royale kicks off a French-themed menu featuring foie gras, escargots and white truffles.

Cocina de Autor Grand Velas

Our last night is saved for Cocina de Autor.

Led by two-Michelin-star Chef Sidney Schutte of the Netherlands, Cocina de Autor is the crème-de-la-crème of the Grand Velas restaurants.

Chef Sidney Schutte at Cocina de Autor, Grand Velas
Overseeing Cocina de Autor, Chef Sidney Schutte has received “SVH Meesterkok” recognition, the highest a chef can achieve in the Netherlands.

We’re invited to start with a drink in the adjacent bar.

Mixologists whip up cocktails unique to each bar.

We won’t find the “Germain’s Garden” – the gin, sage, rosemary, chamomile, lime, ginger, agave syrup and St. Germain liquor concoction that we’ve ordered here – at the toes-in-the-sand bar with firepit.

And there are no little parasols topping these artisanal cocktails. (No doubt too kitschy.)

Upon moving to the contemporary-styled restaurant, our server explains the ten-course tasting menu at Cocina de Autor.

We’re offered sparkling or still water with our choice of garnish (orange, grapefruit or lime), and the sommelier pours the first of our wine pairings.

Mini-bites of octopus with red cabbage and tuna with jalapeno then appear.

A plateof something delicious at Cocina de Autor Grand Velas
Cocina de Autor, Grand Velas Los Cabos, was named one of the world’s hottest new restaurants for 2017 by CNN

Over the next couple of hours, we ooh and ahh over langouistine cooked in whiskey cream, Kobe beef with black bean beetroot, avocado-and-cucumber yoghurt with Chartreuse, and more.

Foams, sauces and edible flowers garnish the dishes, and we savor every bite.

Grumbles? No, we’re simply enjoying the best Cabo all-inclusive resort

With so many things the Grand Velas does right, it’s hard to find any faults.

We could point out the fellow guests whose exuberance one day meant we had to move from our pool chairs to a more peaceful perch. Or that there’s a charge for the hydrotherapy experience ($70) unless you book a massage or other spa treatment, in which case it’s included.

Or we could just relish our time at this extraordinary Cabo all-inclusive resort, knowing that we’ll be returning to our everyday lives all too soon.

Grand Velas Los Cabos sky bar
And to think we didn’t even make it to the Sky Bar! Next time…

Booking the Grand Velas Cabo

Who’s it for?

The Grand Velas Los Cabos welcomes couples, families and groups.

A free “baby concierge” package – cot with hanging mobiles, toddler potty, baby shampoos, etc. – makes holidaying with a wee one easier. There’s a supervised kids club too. A popular “teen zone,” with a karaoke stage and space-age pods for playing computer games, appeals to teenagers.

Note that some restaurants are adults-only.

What’s included?

Pretty well everything is included at this Los Cabos all-inclusive, except for spa treatments, premium wines (other than the 51 included wines) and obvious extras (like the $25,000 taco).


The Grand Velas Los Cabos isn’t a charity, so it will cost you. All-inclusive rates start at about $1,100 USD per night for a couple in low season (about $1,500 USD in high season).

Check rates and availability here.

Where’s the resort?

It’s about half-way between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas (the two towns anchoring the Los Cabos resort area).

See the location of the resort.

That wraps up our review of Grand Velas Los Cabos!

What do you think? Are you keen to book a stay at this luxury all-inclusive resort in Cabo?

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Grand Velas Los Cabos review

Photo Credits: 8, 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Grand Velas Los Cabos

As professional travel writers, we were invited to stay at this Los Cabos all-inclusive resort for review purposes. But as always, our opinions are our own, and we are always free to write what we want.

About the authors

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

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Monday 17th of September 2018

I'm not usually a fan of all-inclusives even though I've only been to one, but you can bet your nelly that I wouldn't mind being re- initiated with this lovely gem!

With butler included. Very nice indeed!

Janice and George

Tuesday 18th of September 2018

"All-inclusive" can have a negative connotation -- not in this case though!

irene levine

Sunday 16th of September 2018

What a rave review! Having been to Grand Velas Riviera Maya, I know they do a great job in raising the bar for all-inclusives!

Janice and George

Monday 17th of September 2018

It's hard to beat the Grand Velas collection of all-inclusives. Can't wait to see if they'll build another (and where).