Last month’s opening of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, launched an impressive timeline for Los Cabos.
“So many cool things are happening here in the next two years. For one thing, we’re adding over 2500 hotel rooms,” Luis Palacios, commercial director for the Los Cabos Tourism Board, tells Travel Agent.
The Cape is a 161-room boutique resort located on Monuments Beach. Its tip-of-the peninsula setting offers unobstructed views of Los Cabos’ landmark, El Arco. In addition to a chic retro-California vibe, The Cape is attracting foodies with its signature restaurant by Enrique Olvera. Olvera is the acclaimed chef behind Pujol in Mexico City and Cosme in the Flatiron.
The new hotel openings continue this fall.
“In November, JW Marriott is opening 300 rooms. By then we should have more rooms than we did before Hurricane Odile,” said Palacios.
The new JW Marriott is in Puerto Los Cabos, a 2,000-acre development on the edge of the historic San Jose del Cabo area. Its beachfront faces the Sea of Cortez.
The list of hotels set to open in 2016 includes Le Blanc by Palace Resorts; a Park Hyatt, a Hard Rock Hotel and Mar Adentro by Encanto.
VieVage Los Cabos, an Auberge Resort is also set for a 2016 opening. The boutique luxury resort will feature guest suites and beach villas on a 2.5-mile stretch of coastline at Chileno Bay.
In 2017, Solaz will open as part of Starwood Hotels' Luxury Collection. The much-anticipated Ritz Carlton Reserve is also scheduled to open, along with the first Montage property in Mexico. It will feature a 122-room hotel and 52 residences on Santa Maria Bay.
“We will also have Mexico's first Nobu property from Robert DeNiro. It will have not only a hotel, but a restaurant and boutique as well,” said Palacios.
While most of the new properties will operate on a European Plan, there are a few new all-inclusives in the works as well.
“It’s a very good mix of properties and options for all segments of tourism coming here,” said Palacios.
Frederic Vidal, managing director of the newly-reopened Ventanas al Paraiso, isn’t worried about the increased competition.
“I always like new hotels to come, it's more exposure for the destination. It stimulates the entire team. If you’re the only game in town, you can fall asleep. It’s good for everyone, it’s very positive,” Vidal tells Travel Agent.
Alongside the new hotels, a number of new golf courses are under construction as well. They include the new Marina Course at Puerto Los Cabos by Jack Nicklaus, due in 2016. A new Greg Norman-designed course is taking shape at Rancho San Lucas, the latest resort development along the Pacific. It’s attached to a new Grand Solmar Resort, and will be open in 2016.
Additionally, Tiger Woods will build the third course at the 1,500-acre Diamante resort community. Woods’ El Cardonal course debuted last year.
“All of these new projects in the course of two years will completely change the face of Los Cabos,” said Palacios.
“Los Cabos is blessed with such a unique location, distinctive hospitality and services. It’s no surprise that Americans love it,” Solmar Hotels & Resorts Managing Director Ricardo Orozco tells Travel Agent.
The destination is more convenient than ever for residents of the metro Washington area. That’s thanks to the new Southwest Airlines weekly nonstop from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). The flight time is 5 hours, 35 minutes outbound; 4 hours, 40 minutes on the return.