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.
We stayed here and thus was my second visit to Playa Grande. The room was very nice. It was great having a kitchen so can cook if you would like. We missed having a dishwasher, but discovered housekeeping would do dishes, so we started tipping appropriately. We got upgraded to The Ridge side, so had a rooftop pool with great views and atmosphere. The resort is located just behind marina, so can walk nearly anywhere you would want to go. Will go back!
We own at RSL but for accommodations that served our needs this trip stayed at the Ridge. Rooms are still very nice, kids enjoyed the pool slide and happy hour (smoothies and appetizers) daily. We received excellent service from Deanna (phone operator) who relayed an urgent need we had to Ana a manager and they were very helpful! We also had to visit the customer service office this trip- that was a first for us. Mayra was very helpful, patient and well informed! We did visit Gran Solmar for the usual breakfast sales pitch and were happy to see Manny/Emmanuel, he’s known our family for over 10 years and always makes it a point to welcome everyone back! The breakfast was ruined by the sales manager Carlos- but that’s on another review-
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.