The Marquis Los Cabos luxury beach resort has been through some changes over the years, keeping what made it special but upgrading facilities and dropping the a la carte payment system. We’ve just updated our review to give you the scoop.
I stayed at the Marquis Los Cabos Resort in Mexico two incarnations ago, back when most of the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo was empty sand dunes and beach. Since then this luxury pioneer came under the management of the company running Secrets and Now, then got hit by Hurricane Odile. It went independent again, but hung onto the adults-only all-inclusive plan.
The resort did what many did after that hurricane years ago: upgraded the furnishings and made big improvements while they were cleaning up. The sprawling villa units right over the beach are still the star attractions for those who have the budget to splurge, but the regular rooms in the main building are more attractive than ever, with a nice mix of Mexican heritage touches that don’t go too dark and colonial.
The pool complex is stunning as well, with two infinity pools giving panoramic views of the sea and coastline. As with most resorts in this area, the rough ocean waves are too intense for swimming, so guests are content to take a walk on the beach and then sip unlimited cocktails in the pool water while watching nature’s show. In the early months of the year it’s not uncommon to see whales breaching as well.
What really sets the Marquis apart is its art collection from various Mexican artists. You’ll see striking sculptures from Jorge Marín in the lobby and paintings from Agustin Castro Lopez, for a start, with more items scattered throughout the various restaurants, bars, and hallways.
The main negative I mentioned when I first stayed at the property was the underwhelming spa. I had gotten treatments at Esperanza and Las Ventanas on the same trip and by comparison, the Marquis spa felt rather sad and run-down. Thankfully it got a full renovation since then and now is more on par with all the highly acclaimed spas in this area.
What didn’t change is the superb menu of specialty massages incorporating indigenous ingredients like cactus oils, agave, seasalt and seaweed from the Sea of Cortez. After your massage in one of ten treatment rooms, push open the wooden shutters off the reception and enjoy the open-air private sanctuary overlooking the shimmering sea, with a row of whirlpools offering a soak with a view. Well-stocked locker rooms also have steam and sauna rooms.
There’s plenty to do here too, with the resort adding tennis and basketball courts recently, plus a variety of exercise classes. While some luxury travelers scoff at the all-inclusive concept, in Mexico some companies have elevated it to a true luxury experience. You get fine dining at restaurants with a menu (including one here with a Michelin-starred chef), high-end liquor at the bar, and well-equipped rooms with fine finishes. You just don’t have to worry about signing receipts your whole vacation.
See our full revamped review of Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa.