Km 21.5 Carretera Transpeninsular, Fraccionamiento Cabo Real, Los Cabos, Baja Sur, Mexico
A long-running luxury beach hotel with pedigree, Marquis Los Cabos Resort will wow you with its Mexican Art collection and fine cuisine. With a well-regarded spa, stunning pool complex, and rooms with great views throughout, it is a good spot for taking in the dramatic scenery of the beach and crashing waves.
Marquis Los Cabos has gone through several pivots over the years, from an la carte luxury hotel to part of major Mexican chain Secrets, to independent again after Hurricane Odile repairs. It has now settled into a groove as one of the still-rare luxury all-inclusive hotels in the region. For adults only and with an all-suite offering, it's worth a look for its great views from every vantage point.
While clean lines dominate the public spaces, the accents are always Mexican, from the artwork to the traditional nods in the renovated suites. After arriving at the corridor highway location, you pass through an entrance that is a tribute to the Sea of Cortez and Los Cabos, an architecturally nod to the Los Cabos rock arch. The open-air lobby merges with the decorative pool and the sea, before appearing to fall into the sea, with a 40-foot drop to another pool, then a cascading waterfall down to the bottom level. The stunning views and water serve as a backdrop to the hand-made turquoise imbedded marble floors, like a carpet highlighted with hand-picked river stone.
Public spaces are filled with an extensive art collection featuring commissioned oil paintings and bronze sculptures featuring many notable Latin American artists such as Jorge Marín. Some of the suites feature an original oil painting by the Mexican painter Agustin Castro Lopez.
The 15,000 square-foot Spa Marquis got a serious upgrade in the last round of renovations and it is a stunning space with plenty of calming properties. 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.
Since the sea is too rough for swimming here, most guests are content to watch the action from one of the three swimming pools: a large main one in the middle of the property and then an infinity pool facing each direction of the beach. Wait staffers bring drinks and towels to you in your cushioned lounge chair.
The majority of rooms at The Marquis are similar ocean view junior suites of 650 square feet. They feature whirlpool tubs, double sinks, L'Occitane toiletries, furnished balcony or terrace, robes, and a sofa bed. As an all-inclusive, the stocked minibar is complimentary and the plan includes 24-hour room service. They display colonial touches and Mexican textile accents, but in a subtle way that doesn't detract from the blue sea and sky you can see from every room. There's a private plunge pool in 28 of them.
The 26 one-bedroom casitas are like your own beachfront condo, with a large outdoor balcony, kitchen, and a private plunge pool. The second-floor units have a furnished roof deck. You will want to hang out here for hours watching the big waves come in.
Five master suites also have a plunge pool, then there are two presidential suites with full living room, dining room, kitchen, bar, and more outdoor space. The presidential suite spans more than 2,600 square feet, located over the dramatic central lobby arch with the property's best panorama views of the beach and Sea of Cortez. A private butler completes the premier service of this suite.
The El Suspiro bar here has long been known for its extensive tequila selection and even as an all-inclusive resort there's still a lot to pick from and there are scheduled tastings. You can enjoy the sun or sit behind the waterfall coming down from the lobby level. Through all the iterations at Marquis Los Cabos, executive chef Theirry Dufour has remained the steady hand in the kitchen. Poolside dining at Dose Mares Restaurant and Bar is a treat, especially the lobster ceviche and grilled fish. Sakke Asian restaurant is open for dinner only, serving sushi and teppan yaki fare. Pergola is also open for dinner only, serving Mediterranean fare.
Casual alfresco breakfast and dinner dining is available at Vista Ballenas featuring California and Mexican cuisine from the terrace overlooking the sea. The restaurant not to miss is Canto del Mar, one where Dufour's French touch is most evident, a spot that frequently won dining awards before The Marquis switched to its adult all-inclusive plan. This 30-seat elegant restaurant features a nightly tasting menu that may make you forget you got off the plane in Mexico and not France.
Recreational offerings were already good, then a group that did a whole buy-out of the property wanted to play tennis, so now there are tennis and basketball courts as well. Also included are a good gym, water aerobics, cooking classes, and volleyball.
With it's adults-only all-inclusive status, this is a popular resort for destination weddings and upscale meeting groups, but there are also honeymooners, couples celebrating an anniversary, or groups looking for a reason for their own fun vacation in the sun. Though competition keeps heating up along this whole Los Cabos corridor, the great rooms with a view, cuisine that gets high marks, and a gorgeous stretch of wide beach are luring a new generation of repeat customers.
Web Address: www.marquisloscabos.com
Total Number of Rooms: 235
Published rates: $435 to $2,308 double all-inclusive with taxes.
Review and photos by editor Timothy Scott.