Formerly known as Meliá Cabo Real, the newly minted Paradisus Los Cabos – it was rebranded in December 2016 – remains an all-inclusive resort under the Mallorca based Meliá’s management. Given the significant upgrades and renovations made following Hurricane Odile in 2014, however, the new name reflects a step up in class. Stylish accommodations stretch towards the Sea of Cortés on two sides, one family-focused, the other reserved for adults. The adults-only area closest to the beach is reserved for what is called Royal Service, with its own private restaurant and swimming pool (some suites have their own swim-up pool access). There are seven restaurants and seven bars, all covered under the all-inclusive plan except Gastrobar by Martin Berasategui, a Basque chef who has been awarded eight Michelin stars.
The Meliá brand YHI Spa offers signature massages and wellness treatments, and the resort also boasts one of the largest meeting centers in the area, holding up to 1,100.
White tropical style décor, king-sized beds, terrace views, and fully-stocked minibars are standard for all suites, from garden view juniors to oceanfront masters.
Guests in some ground-level Royal Service suites have swim-up pool access to their terrace.
Set beneath a pyramid-shaped roof with stained-glass accents, Paradisus’ lobby features hip furnishings and accents, including chairs in the shape of human hands.
Expansive is too tame a descriptor for the massive main pool, with its palapa-topped swim-up bar and palm tree islands. Poolside massage services are an added bonus.
Named for the Aboriginal goddess of light, YHI Spa offers massages, body and facial treatments, beauty services, and signature rituals like the Baja Sur, which follows a body exfoliation and wrap with a massage and an express pedicure.
Cardio boosters like treadmills and elliptical machines reign supreme, but the Paradisus gym offers a full range of fitness equipment.
Gastrobar by Martin Berasategui is the headliner, thanks to its association with the acclaimed Spanish chef. Gabi Beach, however, is the best bet for those seeking an introduction to the region’s acclaimed seafood. Other all-inclusive options include Mexican food at Mole, and Japanese fusion at Bana.
Paradisus is just off the tourist corridor highway, so bus service to cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo is conveniently close and inexpensive. Bus service may also be arranged to popular day-trip destinations like Todos Santos and La Paz; and on-site car rental is available for those who prefer to explore at their own pace.
Those seeking a change from the all-inclusive offerings can walk next door to Hilton, home to excellent restaurants like Vela and El Mesón.
Magnificent sunset views and signature cocktails are the chief draws at Sunset Point (15-minutes by car on the Carretera Transpeninsular, at Km 6.5).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Paradisus enjoys a privileged setting on Playa Bledito, AKA Tequila Cove, a swimmable beach that also offers an array of family-friendly activities, from volleyball to horseback riding. The resort also boasts some of the finest convention and wedding services and facilities in the area, as well as on-site shops and boutiques like Hackett and Quiksilver.