PHOTO: The resort made its debut in December.
Velas Resorts, which has gained considerable renowned for its luxury all-inclusive properties in Mexico’s Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, has expanded its reach to Los Cabos, where it debuted the all-suite Grand Velas Los Cabos in December 2016.
The eco-friendly resort is equipped with all the bells and whistles that Velas Resorts are known for, including superlative service (three staff to one guest!), extraordinary suites, fine-dining experiences and top-of-the-line spa and wellness facilities.
With Velas Resorts’ newly expanded agent bonus program, you will be rewarded handsomely for your bookings. For more information, visit www.velasexperts.com.
Most Common Accommodations: In all, the resort houses 304 suites. The most common are the 264 Ambassador Suites, which measure 1,180 square feet. The suites feature ocean views and private terraces with sitting areas; separate living areas with sofas; king or two queen beds; desks; and bathrooms with Jacuzzis and built-in showers. Amenities include round-the-clock concierge service; minibars stocked daily with premium refreshments and snacks, including red and white wine from Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe, and artisanal tequila; Nespresso coffeemakers and electric teapots; high-definition flat-screen televisions; and L’Occitane bath amenities.
Fanciest Accommodations: At press time, the multi-bedroom Presidential and Governor Suites, featuring heated immersion pools, were scheduled to open this month. Six two-level Wellness Suites, which face the 35,000-square-foot, two-story SE Spa, feature vaulted ceilings and are equipped with Life Fitness recliner bikes, crudité bars, Vitamin C sprinklers, a spa concierge and more.
What’s Included: Rates include accommodations, à la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium-branded beverages, 24-hour en-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment, teens club, kids club activities program, 24-hour butler concierge and service, and WiFi throughout the property.
Best Entertainment: After dark fun can be found at Koi Bar, with its state-of-the-art sound and video equipment, DJ and dedicated dance floor. Families will be fully entertained by the chic teen and kids’ clubs with activities including sand-castle building, ‘drive-in’ movies, cooking classes, cultural performances and more.
What’s For Dinner? Evening dining establishments include Piaf for French cuisine, Lucca for Italian and Mediterranean meals, Frida for Mexican and Velas 10 for steaks. Cocina de Autor is helmed by Sidney Schutte, a two-star Michelin chef who creates multi-course tasting menus that change with what’s freshly available. His cuisine will tempt even the most jaded of palates. The property’s Master Sommelier has developed a list of 50 wines from top wine-growing regions in addition to a supplemental list of more than 200 wines from some of the world’s most prestigious domains.
The resort also features three casual all-day dining outlets serving fresh seafood, grilled items, pastries and snacks.
Best Spot For Sunrise Yoga: The terrace off the fitness center offers your clients unencumbered views, the soothing sounds of the ocean and a certified yoga instructor.
Best Poolside Dining: Recommend that your clients sample the uber-fresh ceviche and fish tacos – washed down with a signature margarita – at the casual poolside Cabrilla restaurant.
Who Books This Resort? The resort is geared an excellent fi t for travelers in their late 30s to mid-60s with household incomes of $200,000 and up. Niches you should consider targeting are destination weddings, families and multigenerational groups, foodies, spa lovers and golfers.
Insider Booking Tips: Because of the half-moon configuration of the resort, there isn’t a bad view in the house. If you’re looking to book clients into accommodations that are truly unique, Wellness Suites will fit the bill.
For family clients, the hotel has a designated “baby concierge” who can procure cribs, toys, floats, clothes, baby shampoos and gels, and organic food.
Your golfing clients will receive preferred rates at the Cabo Real, Puerto Los Cabos and Club Campestre San Jose golf clubs.
The resort’s Master Sommelier can create personalized wine offerings for your clients, including food-and-wine pairings and wine tastings. Although the property is beachfront, the waters are not conducive to swimming due to heavy wave action and rocky shores.
Key Selling Points: Everything about the Grand Velas Los Cabos is top of the line: service, accommodations, dining, activities and amenities. A key selling point is the SE Spa and its incredible hydrotherapy circuit. The hotel has also recently implemented vegan and gluten-free tasting menus at the specialty restaurants and all-day dining options.
JUST THE FACTS
Resort Name: Grand Velas Los Cabos
Accommodations: 304 suites measuring 1,180 to 3,412 square feet
Year Opened: 2016
Facilities: Three-liered pool, separate kids' pool and splash pad, SE Spa , eight restaurants, convention center, boutique, concierge desk, open-air lobby
Rates: Starting at $750 per person, per night, double