Searching for a winter remedy? Try this Los Cabos newcomer, an otherworldly escape on the tip of the Baja California Peninsula.
LOS CABOS, Mexico - Around this time of year, I usually get itchy for a beach vacation. The holidays are over, the 4:30 p.m. sunsets start feeling bleak, and the lack of vitamin D begins to have chemical effects. Seeking warmth becomes a matter of survival. New Yorkers may have the Caribbean, but we Californians get Mexico. In the spirit of survivalism, I ventured to Solaz, Los Cabos, a newcomer on Mexico’s quickly developing Golden Corridor.
Located along the Carretera Transpeninsular, about 30 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, Solaz, Los Cabos makes a great first impression. The collection of buildings, a mix of residences and guest rooms, are a study in Cubism — think overlapping angles and clean lines. The open-air lobby mixes materials like buffed marble, warm woods, and stone for a beautiful neutral canvas highlighting the real star of the show, the glittering Sea of Cortez, visible from nearly every angle. Sculpture work by famed Mexican artist César Lopez-Negrete adds another layer of visual interest throughout the property.
The usual screaming fuchsia bougainvillea and lush palms are absent here, in favor of native plants like the towering Cardón cactus and elephant trees. The result is no less dramatic, serving as a reminder of the Baja desert location and creating a beautiful sense of place. The rooms are an extension of the lobby — modern, restrained, comfortable. Ours was accessible through a private entrance and courtyard with an outdoor shower. The inside space was decorated in a thoughtful mix of neutral, welcoming tones. Outside, our terrace had a hammock and a private plunge pool and offered views of whales cresting in the ocean. Some hotels are all about the public spaces, but the rooms at Solaz are really designed to be lived in and enjoyed.
Guests who are looking to put down roots will also be thrilled by the range of dining options on property. My favorite was Mako for its oceanfront location and inventive dishes. By day, it's typical tacos and ceviches, but at night they really turn things up (hello, grilled lobster). After a nightcap by the fire pit you'll be good to go.
Beach or pool can be such a polarizing vacation question, but here you don't have to choose. The two heated infinity pools are smack dab on the beach and offer incredible ocean views. Most resorts brag that you can have anything with the push of a button, but at Solaz it is actually true; pool loungers come equipped with a push button system indicating whether you'd like another round or to settle your tab. Details like this separate Solaz, Los Cabos from the rest of the bunch. If you can tear yourself away from the pool, the Ojo De Liebre Spa will be your reward. It seems counterintuitive to spend time inside with so much natural beauty outside, but this spa really is a treat. It is beautifully appointed with locker rooms, steam showers, dry saunas, relaxation rooms, hot tub, cold plunge and the only Thalasso therapy (a type of wellness ritual using sea water) in Baja. The Himalayan salt room (a literal glowing igloo constructed of healing Himalayan salt bricks) was my personal favorite.
All in all, Solaz Los Cabos delivers. R&R is delivered in spades. Paired with warm and genuine service, it feels like a true luxury to spend time here.
Beachfront in Los Cabos, about 30-minutes from the airport, right along the Carretera Transpeninsular among several other luxury hotels.
Ultra modern and sleek with an emphasis on contemporary art.
This Place Is Perfect For...
Couples and young families (there’s a kids club).
But Not So Perfect For...
Honeymooners. It’s a large hotel and lacks that intimate, boutique feel some honeymooners may be looking for.
What’s on Site
Several infinity pools, state-of-the art fitness center, and an out-of-this world spa.
Food + Drink
There are a number of on-property restaurants to choose from. Mako was my favorite for the beachfront location and variety of food choices.
Number of Rooms
There are 128 guest rooms in total, including 115 deluxe rooms, twelve suites, and one presidential suite.
Free WiFi, Byredo toiletries, bluetooth-enabled sound system, private plunge pools in some rooms, hammocks, and outdoor showers.
The hotel is new, so there were a few service kinks still being worked out.
The spa is really worth writing home about.
What to Do Nearby
The port town of Cabo is chock full of tourist traps, so I’d suggest skipping it in favor of more time spent on the beach. Otherwise, arrange a boat rental and check out El Arco up close. Fishing and whale-watching are also super popular in this area.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
The airport is about 30 minutes away. You’ll need to rent a car or arrange airport transfers through the hotel.