72 Hours at Grand Velas Los Cabos, 27 photos

The original Grand Velas revolutionized the all-inclusive resort sector in the Riviera Maya when it opened there 10 years ago. And now comes Grand Velas Los Cabos, which is guaranteed to be a game-changer for Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. All meals, beverages (including top-shelf wines and alcohol), taxes and gratuities are included in the price of the room (about $750 per person per night, based on double occupancy). It might sound expensive at first, but once you realize the caliber of the restaurants here, you will realize it’s actually a steal. The food at every restaurant on property is absolutely fantastic, but especially Frida, Lucca and Cocina de Autor, which are easily three of the finest restaurants in all of Los Cabos. And the spa…!

I recently checked in for a 72-hour weekend break. Here’s a look around.

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Grand Velas Los Cabos (Photo by Brad A Johnson)

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The lobby and front desk at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Ambassador Class suite at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Langostino al carbon at Frida, at Grand Velas Los Cabos (Photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Frida, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Filet of beef with dried chile ancho and truffle dust at Frida, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Fig salad at Lucca, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Parmesan risotto with sugar-cured egg and truffles at Lucca, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Lucca, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Housemade pasta with bottarga at Lucca, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Cocina de Autor, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Cured beef filet with black garlic served atop smoldering dried mushrooms at Cocina de Autor, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Hay-smoked sole at Cocina de Autor, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Azul, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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The beach at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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The ceviche bar at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Velas 10 Steakhouse and seafood grill at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Grilled lobster at Velas 10, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Tomahawk ribeye at Velas 10, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Piaf, at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Roasted duck at Piaf, Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Sunrise at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Sunrise from the lobby terrace at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Dawn at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Men’s sauna at the spa at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Hydrotherapy pool at the spa at Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

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Grand Velas Los Cabos (photo by Brad A Johnson)

Look for my detailed review of Grand Velas Los Cabos in the Orange County Register on April 2. Meanwhile, for more travel inspiration and photos, I invite you to follow me and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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