At a Glance
Opened in the fall of 2018, the Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, is a haven of understated luxury located on a swimmable, white-sand beach.
- The 10,000 square foot spa, which is equipped with cutting-edge services like chromotherapy.
- The museum dedicated to the Baja Peninsula—the region is known for its ancient whaling culture—featuring a 43-foot whale skeleton and historical artifacts.
- The pool club, which has a swim-up bar and casual-cool seating areas.
On the stretch of coastal highway that connects Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, the Solaz commands attention with an ultra-contemporary facade. Step inside, however, and the natural landscape takes center stage: the so-called "dry jungle" of cacti and colorful flowers ends just as the sparkling Sea of Cortez begins.
Designed by Sordo Madaleno, the Solaz was engineered to appear as if it has sprung up from desert. With a flawless interplay of traditional Mexican elements (woven ropes hanging from the ceiling, traditional hammocks in each room) and modern sensibilities (sleek marble surfaces, muted colors, high ceilings and wide-open spaces), the resort's design complements the scenery perfectly. All 128 rooms offer sophisticated, understated décor and fluid layouts, allowing guests to enjoy the natural setting. No creature comforts have been overlooked, however, as rooms come with tricked-out amenities like touch screens, tech-enabled lighting and music systems and lovely open bathrooms leading to massive outdoor showers.
Guests have their choice of five pools on-property, including a divine 50-meter infinity pool overlooking the surf, which creates a stunning vista of blue-on-blue. Despite its minimalist design, however, the Solaz takes pride in its location, and nods to the Baja Peninsula are found everywhere, from the spa to the cocktail menu. The region is known for its ancient whaling culture, and there is an on-site museum of sculptures and historical artifacts (including a 43-foot-long whale fossil suspended from the ceiling).
Adding to the resort's appeal is its impressive roster of restaurants, starting with Cascabel, a breezy eatery serving modern Mexican cuisine for breakfast and lunch (don't miss the morning buffet of artisan stations serving breakfast chilaquiles, tacos and empanadas next to excellent pastries and fresh juices). For dinner, Al Pairo, the seafood-centric fine-dining restaurant, offers the catch of the day served with sophisticated small plates. But the standout is Mako, located by the resort's infinity pool flanked by sleek seating areas and a swim-up bar. Favorite dishes include Mexican classics (of course) like fajitas and quesadillas along with power bowls and salads with locally-sourced ingredients.
Following days at the beach, guests can unwind at the 10,000 square foot spa, which is all marble, trickling fountains and sweet-smelling aromas, and one of the property's greatest draws. With eight treatment rooms, the spa offers cutting-edge treatments like chromotherapy, along with sublime facilities, like a Himalayan salt igloo made with traditional Mexican tiles that promotes circulation and overall wellness. Additional activities are on offer, including culturally immersive tours to visit cave paintings and cooking classes, as well as water sports and adventure activities.
Who Should Stay
Couples and families looking for an authentic Baja getaway with modern design and superb dining.
Written by Blair West