All-Inclusive Luxury in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is famous for its five-star resorts along its 20-mile Tourism Corridor. For the most part, these are European Plan resorts—but with all-inclusive resorts raising the standard of their offerings, Los Cabos has seen several all-inclusive companies discovering that they fit right in at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. One of these is AMResort's Dreams Los Cabos Suites, Golf Resort & Spa. Suite at the Dreams Los Cabos resort

"People are looking for more luxury, service and one price with no surprises," says Francisco Silva, general manager, Dreams Los Cabos Suites, Golf Resort & Spa. "All-inclusive clients are ready for the next level of luxury."

Silva expects the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requiring passports of U.S. travelers to have little effect on bookings at Dreams. "Our guests are upscale visitors—60 percent of them already have passports," he says. Ninety percent of the resort's guests come from the U.S. He notes that the company is seeing growth from the East Coast, with the increase of non-stop flights. Three-and-a-half to four days is the average length of stay. Silva advises agents to book 65 to 90 days ahead in winter, while summer bookings can be last minute if necessary. Renovations Underway

All 380 suites at the resort are ocean-view, with some having partial desert views.

Because Los Cabos is on a peninsula, some resorts are treated to a sunrise and others have sunset views. Dreams has views of the sunrise—the best suites for this are the ones in Phase One and Phase Two of the resort.

Agents have a number of room options for their clients. Connecting suites can be arranged, and family suites can connect to a junior suite. Agents can also request free upgrades, which are granted depending on availability.

Suites have in-room safes that can accommodate laptops. The minibar is refreshed on a daily basis, and guests receive double housekeeping service, which includes evening turn down. A thoughtful and unexpected touch among the bath amenities is the complimentary sunscreen. Unlike many all-inclusive resorts, Dreams offers inclusive 24-hour room service. To bolster the luxury claim, Silva points out that on average the resort has 1.8 to two employees to each room.

Most activities and services are included in the all-inclusive rate, although spa treatments, laundry, Internet and telephone are extra. Guests pay no extra fee for the tennis clinics as scheduled but there is an extra charge for private instruction.

The resort has an in-house tour operator; the concierge can also assist in arranging Hummer desert tours, swimming with dolphins, sportfishing, restaurant reservations (there are five restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, including Italian, pan Asian and Mexican) and many other requests. Dreams has a shuttle service to Cabo San Lucas that leaves every 30 minutes during the day. The cost is $12 roundtrip, quite a savings over a roundtrip taxi, which generally runs $50.

Dreams is very kid-friendly, allowing children access to the quiet pool, and has an educational Explorer Club for Kids for ages 3 to 12. Parents are issued a beeper (at no charge) to contact children if necessary during their time at the kids' club. Another fun option for kids is the nighttime "campout" on the beach (it's not a full overnight), where they can gather around a fire pit for songs and stories.

The resort's entertainment program has moved out of the theater to the beach itself, with the institution of a nightly Movie on the Beach, with films geared towards the family. Roughly 30 percent of the resort's guests take advantage of the spa. Book clients in advance by contacting Carla Paola Paladino, the spa manager, at spa@dreamsloscabos.com.mx.

Angulo Ankara, sales and marketing director for the resort, is also the travel agent liaison. Reach her at aangulo@dereamsloscabos.com.mx. For general resort info, call 886-2DREAMS or visit www.amresorts.com.