Some years ago I stopped being wowed and impressed by resort hotels. Not because they aren’t wow-able or impressive, just simply because I’ve seen (and enjoyed) my share. From the ordinary, to the extraordinary. From the “I think I’ve been here before”, to the “I have GOT to stay here”, I’ve seen my share. I’ve learned to keep an open mind, an objective opinion, and a sort of blasé attitude. But then again, I’m the one that walked into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and exclaimed “nice church”. So, no one was more surprised than me at my jaw dropping reaction when I arrived at Secrets Marquis Los Cabos.
From the exceptional view of the Sea of Cortez upon arrival, to the understated elegance of the lobby, to the world-class art and statuary throughout, I immediately knew that this property was special. Everything about this resort exudes class: the food, the service, the amenities, the amazing views and vistas everywhere you turn. Although just over 230 rooms, it has an intimate feel. Think Zoetry at a Secrets price. The staff takes pride in their jobs and their commitment to service and it shows, in the most unassuming ways. For instance, I tore my “Do Not Disturb” sign and, although still usable, it was replaced.
The rooms are quite well appointed and a good size. If you go, and you must go, be sure to book a beach view or beach front Casita, 1670 sq. ft. of pure luxury. If the room size isn’t enough, the roof top lounge & plunge pool, with sea view, will blow you away. If that isn’t enough, the fresh coffee, fruit plate, and pastries delivered to your room each morning, along with the nightly turndown service, are sure to fulfill your “vacation like a celebrity” fantasies. Speaking of celebrities, it was rumored that George Clooney, as well as Cindy Crawford, have homes within view of the resort.
While vacationing on the same beach as George may sound glamorous, this portion of Cabo’s “corridor” section does not have a swimmable beach. No worries though, the seemingly endless infinity pool more than adequately makes up for it. Complete waiter, concierge and food service is provided pool side. And it’s not unusual to see the Food & Beverage Manager passing out skewers of fresh fruit and bottled water throughout the day. Towels are plentiful, require no towel card, and are laid out on what seems like 1000 chaise lounges. As daytime descends, and the pastel sunset takes over the skies, the evening begins. Whether you opt for a romantic pool side dinner by lantern light, or at the elegant French gourmet restaurant, your palate will be pleased by the excellent assortment of culinary delights. Evening entertainment is low key and includes live music or a movie under the stars. Often during the week you can jump on a van into downtown Cabo San Lucas where you’ll get a taste of the nightlife that Cabo is known for. If you’re lucky, you might spot Sammy Hagar or Jack Nicholson who have homes nearby.
As the sunrise creeps into your ocean view room, you truly feel energized and refreshed when you awake. Aside from the descriptions of food and rooms and pools and art, there is a “genuine feel” to this hotel. An energy all it’s own. “Magical” is the closet adjective that I can find. Whether you are planning a day by the pool, a treatment in the world class spa by Pevonia, a quick jaunt into the colonial town of San Jose del Cabo or a tour of the marina at Puerto los Cabos, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos is the perfect spot to call home in Los Cabos. And since it’s just 20 minutes from the airport, you’ll feel like you are worlds away, but in the middle of it all. It’s been a long time since I’ve been wowed and impressed by a resort hotel.
Well played Secrets Marquis Los Cabos. Well played.