This week’s review is of one of the coolest resorts for families in Los Cabos. I’ve been intrigued by Grand Velas Cabo since I met their representatives at the Virtuoso Travel Week conference in Las Vegas last year, and you’ll soon know why. This is the newest resort in Los Cabos, built only 4 years ago. The location is ideally situated between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, so you’re never too far from most anything you’d want to do. As with all of the other resorts I toured in Cabo, Grand Velas adheres to COVID-19 protocols for its guests and employees. Before entering the resort, your shoes are sanitized, and temperature is checked. Likewise, when you enter the restaurants and spa. For current COVID-19 protocols (their Stay Safe Commitment), click here.
The resort is very family-friendly, and unlike most 5* luxury resorts in Cabo, it IS all-inclusive! I love leaving my vacation with no (or little) “surprises” on our bill at the end, don’t you? They call it “contemporary but with a sense of place,” but I’ve also heard it referred to as “Mexican culture and art meet contemporary design.” The lobby welcomes you with sculptural, curvy furniture and a beautiful view of the Sea of Cortez. I saw a mixture of adults and families there, but mostly adults (given the time of year, early October, I assume most kids were in school).
Grand Velas Cabo has 307 spacious suites with private terraces, a full ocean view (the entry-level ambassador suite is 1000 square feet!), and the signature bougainvillea Velas is known for. Extras include a free minibar filled with snacks and beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, Nespresso machines, luxurious robes.
The Wellness Suite is a 2-story sanctuary that can be considered an extension of the spa in your room. You can request special equipment, including a massage table, exercise bike, or treadmill situated on the top floor, and you can even do yoga in your suite! The mini bar in this particular suite is stocked with wellness stuff. You can also take a Vitamin C shower nightly. Connecting suites and the ambassador family suites are perfect for families!
Other accommodations include:
• Grand Class suite (couples mainly) Big plunge pool (23 oceanfront) ~2000sf w/L’Occitane toiletries
• 1BR governors suite
• Presidential suite (max 4 guests)
• REAL suite (6 guests)
• IMPERIAL suite (6 guests)
Suite guests can enjoy a Private yacht – 3 hours included — and 8 hours of free babysitting, round trip airport transportation, premium bar, 2 massages, all included in the price!
Speaking of the spa: Se Spa is a 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility with 16 treatment suites where you can get a massage or facial and make your own scrub. Just like at LeBlanc’s spa (which I described in an earlier blog), Grand Velas’ spa has what they call a “water ceremony” (like LeBlanc’s Water Journey), which is a journey through various hydrotherapy stations where you can experience all types of sensations which have a positive effect on both body and mind: Sauna, chromotherapy steam room, ice room, showers, thermal lounges and swimming pools with different temperatures. There is one bridal suite for bridal parties – a large, private area with space for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready for the big day. Adjacent to the resort is Mar del Cabo, Velas’ boutique hotel (you can buy out the hotel with only 120 people -perfect for housing wedding parties).
Just like LeBlanc and Las Ventanas, the beach at Grand Velas is not swimmable due to the strong undertow. However, you can drive only ten minutes away and enjoy Chileno Beach.
The resort has 7 restaurants (5 are fine dining), including Frida – a high-end Mexican cuisine restaurant and Lucca – Italian/Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Lucca has an impressive wine cellar (over 50 labels of wine to choose from – included in your stay), five bars, and a private convention center that holds up to 1000 guests. A VIP tasting lounge showcases world-class selections of tequila, mezcal, coffee, chocolate, and other libations. I noticed the décor in some of the restaurants reminded me of the old steakhouses of the 70’s with its earth tones, but I’ve heard the food is terrific (their chef has earned 2 Michelin stars, so it must be exquisite)!
As a Virtuoso property, my affiliation would get you extra perks and amenities here, such as:
• early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)
• upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
• complimentary wi-fi
• Complimentary one-way private airport transfer (from airport to the hotel)
• $50 Spa credit per adult per stay
• $100 food & beverage credit toward a private romantic dinner
Chef’s table at Cocina de Autor has an 8-10 course tasting menu with wine pairing from 2-star Michelin chef and his master sommelier (there are 5 seatings a night). Given the current capacity restrictions, you’ll want to reserve this experience and Spa appointments ASAP.
There is something for everyone at Grand Velas. Families traveling with children from infant to late teens have various amenities and activities to choose from. The most impressive thing is a Baby Concierge! Do you dread traveling with a baby and all schlepping of the “things” that babies need? Boy, we sure did when our twins were young. From car seats to pack n’ plays to diapers to formula ~ you can quickly reach your limit in checked bags! With Grand Velas’ Baby Concierge, you can order all of those things for your use at the resort – they’ll even purchase diapers in the size you need and have them waiting in your room! You can also order cribs, high chairs, teepee, a bouncer, baby bottle warmer, and a baby bathtub from the baby menu. What I wouldn’t have given to have this type of service years ago!
Kids and Teens clubs
Parents who want to enjoy a nice quiet dinner or “me” time at the spa can check their kids into one of the coolest kids or teen clubs I’ve ever seen at a resort! The Teens’ Club is open from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day and offers supervised fun and entertainment for teens ages 13 to 18. There’s a cool bar that provides a plethora of non-alcoholic drinks.
Teens can enjoy a house DJ, pool table, ping pong table, board games, and Xbox Kinect in these awesome circular cubbies. What teen wouldn’t want to hang out here??
Velas’ complimentary Kid’s Club is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and reserved for kids between the ages of 4 and 12. They can enjoy several age-appropriate, supervised activities, including board games, arts and crafts, bingo, and watch movies in the theater or play Xbox and Wii. A delicious dinner is served every evening at 6:30 p.m., followed by fun group activities.
My key takeaway from this site inspection was that Grand Velas Cabo is the perfect place to go if you want 5* luxury, plenty of varied food options, pampering galore, and fun for the whole family!
I hope you enjoyed this “tour” of Grand Velas Cabo and that it inspires YOU to get out there and explore all this beautiful destination has to offer! Next week, I will reveal what I found out about the Montage Resort in Los Cabos!
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