by Amanda Geronikos
Did you know Los Cabos is only a two-hour flight from San Diego? It’s so close that many people actually bike there from Southern California! Whether you’re traveling to the resort area of Cabo San Lucas by bike, car or plane, you’ll need a place to stay, and we highly recommend that place be Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa.
Entering the resort — surrounded by a mix of natural rock, dessert life and tropical foliage — is like discovering another world. The resort is so big, we guarantee you’ll get lost, but trust us — this is the best place to get lost.
Grand Solmar Resort at Land’s End Resort fronts the teal-blue Pacific Ocean, creating the ultimate backdrop for your vacation. The only downside is that you can’t actually swim in the water (as is the case at all resorts in Cabo) — the waves are too strong and the water is too deep (hence the reason Los Cabos is a popular fishing destination). You can swim on Lovers Beach, however, a short walk (or shuttle ride) away, which means you can literally walk to the famous Arch of Cabo, too.
The resort more than makes up for a lack of beach, though, with seven glittering, heated pools, four of which feature infinity-edge features. As you traverse the resort’s beautifully landscaped walkways, you’ll also discover several dining options, from two full-service restaurants to a coffee bar, along with a kids’ club, top-notch fitness center, and gorgeous, seaside spa huts. One thing you won’t find? Crowds. Even at maximum capacity, the resort never feels overly busy. And accommodations are a dream for families (the largest rooms sleep up to 14 guests!), with oceanfront balconies, fully equipped kitchenettes or kitchens, Murphy beds, Wi-Fi, plenty of outlets and privatization options, such as sliding doors in master bedrooms.
This is what family vacations should be.
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- Glittering, oceanfront pools
- Apartment-like accommodations
- Central location in Cabo San Lucas
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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The resort has a total of 246 spacious rooms -- the smallest rooms span 737 square feet -- with family-friendly (and very luxurious) amenities galore. All rooms have fully equipped kitchens and dining nooks, with the exception of the Grand Studios, which have kitchenettes. All rooms also have Murphy beds -- but you won't realize it right away. The Murphy beds are actually disguised as beautiful wooden doors! Most rooms have two or more bathrooms and sliding doors to privatize areas, ensuring everyone has plenty of personal space.
Other perks include complimentary Wi-Fi, plenty of outlets, nightly turndown service and daily housekeeping, and best of all -- expansive balconies that overlook the resort's pools and the beautiful Pacific Ocean beyond.
This unit sleeps a maximum of three people, but not for lack of space -- it spans a whopping 737 square feet. It has a king bed and queen Murphy bed, plus a kitchenette with a full-size fridge.
The Master Suite spans 1,248 square feet, and includes a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and living room. There's a king bed in a separate room that can be privatized by a sliding door; this room also has a large bathroom with a soaking tub and separate shower. Two kids can sleep in a queen Murphy bed in the living area, where a second bathroom is located.
The Presidential Suite can sleep up to eight guests (six fit comfortably), with a king bed, two double beds and one queen Murphy bed. This room extends 2,589 square feet and features a private terrace, fully equipped kitchen with wet bar, and three bathrooms.
Two Bedroom Penthouse
This room has one king bed, two double beds and one queen Murphy bed, sleeping up to eight people.
Three Bedroom Penthouse
Upgrade to a three-bedroom penthouse for even more space for your large group. This room has two king beds, two double beds and a queen Murphy, sleeping up 10 guests.
Four Bedroom Penthouse
The four-bedroom penthouse can potentially sleep 14 guests -- perfect for those traveling with friends or extended family. There are two king beds (for all the parents, of course), four double beds and a queen Murphy bed.
We had the most relaxing time in Cabo, starting with the front Bellman staff. Manny and his team took care of everything during check-in. They kept our luggage until our rooms were available then delivered it to our rooms. 1st Class staff! Tim and Mary (Indianapolis).
The front deck was awesome. Manny and the bell staff are unbelievably great. They make the vacation ever better. The bar staff is great, they are very friendly and on the service. The staff makes is place what it is great.... I have been going there for years and the staff is the reason I keep going back.
The resort has a total of seven pools, and all welcome families. When we visited, we even saw kids splashing around by the pool bar. All pools are heated, and four have infinity-edge features for the ultimate in relaxation. There aren't any lifeguards on duty.
While you can't go to the beach at Grand Solmar, you can walk to (or get a van right from the resort) to nearby Lovers Beach, which welcomes beach babies to enjoy its waters. This is where you'll also find the famous Arch of Cabo, an absolute must for photos.
The resort has a precious kids' club for children ages 4 to 12; it's typically open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily -- schedules vary based on resort occupancy -- with extended hours and special theming on select evenings. Monday's theme is "Camp Stories," with tents and roasted marshmallows; Wednesday's theme is "Princesses & Superheroes," which includes dress-up time and storytelling; and Friday's event is "Neverland and Fairies," complete with treasure hunts. Tuesdays are especially popular for "Kids in the Kitchen" -- kids get to cook (donning chefs' hats, of course) with the resort's chefs and then present their homemade creations to their family!
La Roca serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, with both indoor and outdoor dining (just steps from the ocean) available. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. and is a la carte, though a buffet is also offered when the resort is busy. Don't leave without trying the huevos rancheros! We also recommend any kind of seafood for dinner, served until 10 p.m. -- it doesn't get any fresher than this!
For more fresh seafood, enjoy a meal at Don Luis, which serves dinner nightly. You'll also enjoy live mariachi music for a truly authentic experience in Los Cabos. The menu changes often, ensuring you'll never be bored.
Brisas Snack Bar offers light bites and refreshing cocktails by the ocean, as does the Los Olas Pool Bar.
Located by the resort's fitness center, a small coffee hut serves your favorite morning drinks, plus freshly baked pastries.
In Villa Dining
This is a great option when you'd rather just stay in you room for a meal (and why wouldn't you with a giant balcony and ocean views)?
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Wi-Fi is free to all guests, and there is a fairly strong signal throughout the resort -- particularly in rooms.
Quiet hours begin at 10 nightly -- an especially nice perk for families with young children (though this isn't a party resort anyway).
An onsite gift shop sells souvenirs, toiletries, snacks and beverages.
Upon departure, guests are encouraged to donate $10 to the Solmar Foundation, an organization founded by the people of Solmar Hotels and Resorts. We highly recommend this donation, as the money is used for shelter, food, medical services and more for those in need in Cabo San Lucas.
You'll never look at your own gym the same way after a visit to the resort's fitness center, which features views of the green space outside. Open at 6 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends, the fitness center features everything a full-fledge gym should have, plus fitness classes (fee) and personal training sessions (fee) upon request.
The Art of Smart Timing
The most popular time to visit Cabo is during the winter, especially for spring break. December to March is also prime time for whale watching -- you're almost guaranteed sightings if you visit during this time! You may find lower rates in summer and fall, but note that this is hurricane season.
San Jose Del Cabo International Airport is located about 45 minutes from Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa. We recommend renting a car or hailing a cab via Cabo Seasons.
It's easy and safe to leave the resort, and we highly encourage it - especially for a visit to Marina Cabo San Lucas, where you'll find several boating tours, including the popular whale-watching tours via Cabo Adventures. You can utilize the resort's shuttle services to get to the marina, though it's only a short, easy walk away.
For Mom and Dad
The resort's spa may be one of the best -- if not the best -- we've ever visited, and absolutely cannot be missed during your visit. Treatments are performed in elevated, beachfront huts ("Sea Spa Cabanas"), with the sound of crashing waves as your only background noise. The spa's ambience truly sets the tone for an amazing experience that will leave you totally "zenned out." Don't make any plans following your treatment, other than dinner or perhaps a relaxing walk along the sand -- you'll be far too relaxed to do much more than that!
The spa also features steam rooms and other relaxation areas. Hair and nail treatments (including a fish spa for dead skin on feet) are also available in the resort's beauty parlor, located next to the fitness center; neither are located by the spa.