by Amanda Geronikos
The Ridge at Playa Grande Luxury Villas isn’t an all-inclusive resort, though it certainly feels like one. Rates at this beautiful resort in Cabo San Lucas include breakfast and access to a kids’ club, multiple pools, fitness center, restaurants, spa, and organized activities, plus luxurious villas with fully equipped kitchens and private balconies.
The hotel is located on the beach, though you can’t actually go to the beach (unless you’re walking or fishing) — the waves are dangerously strong and the water is quite deep. Instead, you can head to nearby (and very famous) Lovers Beach.
The resort is also within easy walking distance of downtown Cabo San Lucas, and features amazing views of the city, especially at night. If you visit between December and March, we highly recommend a whale-watching tour via Cabo Adventures — the marina is also within steps of the hotel — for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bring your camera!
The Ridge at Playa Grande Luxury Villas is part of Solmar Hotels & Resorts, which also operates the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa next door.
Our Editor Loves
- Complimentary breakfast
- Villas with fully equipped kitchens
- Multiple swimming pools
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
Rooms & Rates
This all-suite resort has 67 master suites (one bedroom) and 31 penthouses with two bedrooms. All rooms feature fully equipped kitchens with electric stoves, microwaves, refrigerators, toasters, blenders and coffeemakers. All rooms also have private balconies with lovely views. Rollaway beds (small fee) and cribs are available upon request.
Master Suite American Breakfast
This unit has one master bedroom, plus a twin Murphy bed. Spanning 726 square feet, it also has two bathrooms. This room can sleep three or four people (request a rollaway bed or crib).
Two Bedroom Presidential Suite American Breakfast
One bedroom has a king bed and the other has two twin beds; there's also a twin Murphy bed, which makes this room perfect for a family of five or six. This room is 1,553 square feet and has three bathrooms.
The view from the pool at the Ridge is gorgeous! You see the Pacific Ocean in one direction and the Marina in the other. It is quiet and relaxing, there is a pool bar and the small Ridge Restaurant. Only people staying at this part of the Playa Grande Resort can access this area as you need your room key to scan in the elevator to get there. The down side of this part of the Hotel is that it is quite a trek to get there from the main part of the resort. You do not want to forget anything in your room if you are going to go to the pools or restaurants. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing vacation this area would be great. If you want to be around people, near the beach, pools etc... this is not where you want to be. Also, the higher floors are the best. Our room was on the 1st floor of building E which had a view of the Marina, but also of the road which was somewhat loud. We moved to the other part of the resort because we were with friends and wanted more action and a better view.
I’m not one to write reviews, but I don’t want anyone to have to go through the sleepness nights we had staying at the Ridge. I’ve been going to the Ridge for 10 years and have enjoyed my stay year after year. To my surprise, I arrive to two nightclubs that recently opened across the street. I’m used to the party boats coming and going but this was different. It felt like a rave was happening in my bedroom. It ruined our entire vacation. Please do yourself a favor and don’t stay at the ridge facing the marina. You won’t sleep for nights on end. It was pure hell!!
While you can't go to the beach (as is the case at all resorts in Los Cabos), you can catch a shuttle to nearby Lovers Beach for sunbathing, swimming and obligatory photos of the iconic Arch of Cabo.
The hotel has several pools, all of which are heated. All pools welcome families except one adults-only pool.
The hotel's kids' club welcomes children ages 4 to 12 with arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, storytelling and more. Hours and programs vary depending on hotel occupancy.
Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Brigantine serves local specialties -- including fresh fish and juicy steaks -- in an extensive buffet setting. Be sure to try the Molcajete! Oceanfront vistas with al fresco seating complete the experience.
Sushi Sun serves fresh sushi rolls for dinner, with both indoor and outdoor seating available.
Puerto San Lucas
Puerto San Lucas is an upscale bistro with a casual ambience (casual dress code, too). The restaurant specializes in steaks and seafood, but perhaps its best feature is the incredible views of downtown Cabo San Lucas. It is open from 4 to 11 p.m. nightly.
Calima Restaurant is located by the pool, and serves classic fare (think salads and sandwiches) in a casual setting.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary to all guests.
The hotel has a complimentary fitness center with everything you need to work off those extra calories, from cardio equipment to personal training sessions (fee).
Whether you forgot toothpaste or are just looking for a keepsake souvenir to take home, you'll find what you need at a small gift shop onsite, located off the lobby.
All guests are encouraged to donate just $10 to the Solmar Foundation upon leaving the resort. We highly recommend a donation, as the funds help those in need with food, shelter, medical services and assistance in finding jobs.
The Art of Smart Timing
The best time to visit this hotel and Los Cabos as a whole is the winter, though the weather can be chillier than you'd expect (60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit). You will likely find deals in the summer and fall, but be aware this is hurricane season and Los Cabos has been affected in recent years.
The island's major airport is Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). It is about 45 minutes from the resort, so you'll need to rent a car or get a taxi (we recommend Cabo Seasons).
The Ridge is just steps from downtown Cabo San Lucas, where you'll find restaurants and shopping. It's also within steps of Cabo Adventures at the Marina Cabo San Lucas. Cabo Adventures provides whale-watching tours -- the best time for sightings is December through March -- along with other boating tours and dolphin encounters.
For Mom and Dad
Head to the Playa Grand Spa for a relaxing treatment while your kids play in the children's club, or upgrade your experience with a visit to the seaside spa cabanas at Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa next door. Afterward, enjoy a quiet walk on the beach, followed by a cocktail at the lobby bar.