Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California – known as much for its plush all-inclusive hotels as its cacti-studded landscape and dramatic coastline with arching stone cliffs at Land’s End – Cabo San Lucas continues to evolve with luxe resort properties rising at a nonstop rate. The newest addition to the pack is the Hard Rock Hotel brand in Los Cabos, offering a Limitless All-Inclusive experience in the privately gated Diamante Development on the Pacific Ocean. Situated on almost one kilometer of pristine sandy beaches and adjacent to the brand new Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, the Hard Rock’s 639-room property is a premier hotel elevating the game for all other Hard Rock Hotels in their portfolio. Since the property was not a conversion, the design could be created from scratch and is considered the best portfolio property to date, blending the sentiments of the Cabo destination throughout the hotel’s design and décor.
Here are my top 10 reasons to stay at the Hard Rock Los Cabos:
1. Fun in the sun
Expect fun to be the number one reason to stay here, like “where else can you get a world-class music experience at the hotel level?” exclaims Frank Maduro, Vice President of Marketing for AIC Group. Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabo’s opening weekend festivities included intimate passionate performances by Brett Michaels, Enrique Iglesias, and a pool party with Lil Jon. Bigger concerts are on the horizon here too.
The weather in Cabo is famously beautiful – touting an average of 360 sunny days a year. Typically featuring hot days, cool nights, and low humidity, it’s one of Mexico’s best climates and makes it easy to enjoy any outdoor activity in comfort. Considered one of the top ten brands in the world, Hard Rock’s latest property in Cabo makes an easy jaunt from the west coast with only a two-hour flight from Los Angeles or Houston and under 4 hours from virtually everywhere East of the Mississippi.
2. Limitless All-Inclusive
Hard Rock has boosted all-inclusive to another level, extending their program beyond food and beverage with epic amenities like spa, golf, and exciting off-site tours. Choose from property activities including Rock Spa® Rhythm & Motion treatments, beauty salon services, Rock Shots® Photography, romantic private beachfront dinners, and many other thrilling experiences for only a 25% fee of the total cost of the activity. The combination of options is unlimited, allowing Hard Rockers to mix and match amenities.
While “all-inclusive” often connotes a compromise in quality, expect only the best options at the Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, where this new vacation hot-spot is a destination in itself. Trust me, you may never want to venture from the property.
3. Welcome to the show that never ends and inspire your inner Rockstar
What sets Hard Rock apart is the musical essence felt all over the property, with iconic music memorabilia (including a major nod to Mexican musicians too – see the hallway off the lobby) plus unmatched guest services. In addition to ample entertainment options for guests of all ages (all included in the price), there are designated family-friendly and adult-only areas, a bowling alley, water slides, and Hard Rock’s own kids’ program, Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club.
As part of the all-inclusive experience, intimate live bands, shows, and special events are always going on – at no additional charge. And if you are inspired to create your own tune, Hard Rock Los Cabos allows guests to channel their inner rock star or set their hotel room mood by checking out complimentary record players with vinyl record collections spanning the ages OR nailing power chords on a Fender guitar during an in-room jam session. Guests can choose from 20 enticing Fender guitars, including Stratocasters, Telecasters, and basses, to play during their stay.
4. Multiple pools and fun areas to relax, unwind, or party the day away
Five swim-up bars and six pools (with one designated adults-only) allow for the choice to mix up your views and vacation. Hop around each day – from hanging cushioned swings over water, sunken group firepit spaces within the pool, platform beds in the middle of a pool, private cabanas, beachfront jacuzzi views, or a raised ledge the length of the beach to sit in the pool oceanside.
Although you can’t swim in the ocean due to dangerous surf (Hard Rock even makes you sign a liability form that you won’t go in the ocean), the appeal of Cabo is not only resort amenities with waves crashing outside your balcony but the endless activities nearby like world-class golf, sport fishing, diving, whale watching, snorkeling, zip-lining, the Thursday night art walk in town, farm to table restaurants, ATV’s across the desert, and more. Take advantage of the shuttle to town offered several times a day since taxi fare can be quite expensive.
5. Oceanfront rooms with balcony tubs
The brand-new airy light-filled rooms with cheery colorful décor are thoughtfully designed with all 639 rooms offering ocean views and freestanding balcony tubs. Each balcony includes a couch and comfy work/lounge chair with a coffee table, perfect for pleasure or work.
Room features include automatic air conditioning kicking on when the hotel door is closed and the sliding glass balcony doors are shut. Sleep Like a Rock bedding and 300 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets ensure a sound comfy sleep. Don’t like your pillows? Choose your preference from the Pillow Menu. Roomy closet space and a built-in storage area for your suitcase with a shoe drawer below are designs we adore. Find a steamer in your room or look sharp with same-day delivery dry cleaning. Also, the standing shower includes a place to sit plus a rainfall and handheld showerhead.
Rocker design details are a nice touch like lyrics engraved on the lighting and a little guitar sewn on the pillowcase corner. Easy access lighting controls from bed are convenient along with wireless internet and a flat-screen HDTV offering plug-and-play technology. If the stocked mini-bar is not enough, 24/7 room service can satiate your cravings at all hours. Free calls are available to the US and Canada from your room. Average room rates based on double occupancy are $425 per night.
For those who want grander accommodations, adjoining bedrooms or deluxe suites are available. The Hard Rock’s branded “Rock Star Suite” includes two bedrooms with a king bed and a living room and 2 queen beds or a three-bedroom with an additional 2 queen beds.
6. Endless food options
All-inclusive can mean gluttony at its finest but here you will find quality food and liquor that you won’t find at any all-inclusive hotel. Besides 24-hour room service dining, there are eight dining options and three lounges. For dinner, we recommend sashimi, sushi rolls, and saki at Zenor booking a fun group teppanyaki experience. For breakfast or lunch, dine indoors or outside at the buffet-style Market where local specialties are plentiful. Some of our favorite finds include fresh tuna and salmon ceviche with wonton chips, a taco bar, duck salad, local fish, and paella with shrimp, mussels, squid, and octopus. Craving carbs? Order pasta of your choice with over six sauce options. Want to start healthy? Create a fresh-squeezed juice from the juice bar by selecting and handing whole fruits and plants to the attendant to make your breakfast medley. Try dragon fruit, passionfruit, cactus, papaya, mango, pomegranate, and more.
Sit on the water or rooftop terrace at Los Gallos, the Mexican Restaurant or dress up for a night of steak tartare and premium cut juicy steak cooked over mesquite charcoal at Steakhouse Toro or lobster ravioli at Italian Ciao. Other options guests raved about include the Brazilian Rodizio called Ipanema and Pizzeto for brick-oven style pizza.
The local culture can be felt in Hard Rock’s food and drink choices, and also at our favorite lobby coffee shop, Cafetto- serving an impressive array of coffee varieties, from flaming coffees (with alcohol), frozen coffees, to coffee styles from around the world (Sicilian coffee, Vienna coffee). Born during the Mexican Revolution, try the Mexican coffee Café de Olla ladled into a clay mug made with cinnamon, cloves, and brown sugar. Sandwiches and paninis plus dessert bites can be also found at the café as well as paletas (Mexican ice cream and fruit bars) and self-serving lemongrass and mint water and hibiscus and rosemary water.
7. Large group accommodations
For those looking for meeting or events spaces, the capabilities are immense since the property boasts 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space ideal for any and all social occasions.
No rental fees are charged with all-inclusive – that means meetings, galas, or reception dinners, or any unique venue space for your group have no additional fees. With the massive meeting and event spaces – both indoors and outdoors – every night your group can be at a different location. The beachside Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos is ideal for banquets, themed parties, weddings, concerts, and more, especially with the superb audiovisual capabilities. A glass Catholic chapel and gazebo are on-site for weddings too.
8. Get pampered at the Rock Spa and Beauty Salon
Spend a few hours at the grand Rock Spa, a 30,000 square foot oasis housing 36 treatment rooms. Start with a steam, sauna, or jacuzzi before taking a cold plunge or cold-water bucket shower to get your circulation pumping. Rest on a heated lounge chair while sipping tea before being kneaded into relaxation with an aromatherapy massage. Try out a massage from the world’s first immersive music-centric spa menu Rhythm and Motion, where amplified vibrations, pressures, and patterns are used as the foundation for treatments. A hair and nail salon also offer beauty services at a fraction of the cost thanks to Unlimited All-Inclusive.
9. Programming for every brand of fun
The daily Billboard schedule available at the front desk is another way to enhance your stay with offerings like Tequila Tastings, Wine Tastings, Bowling, Romantic Dinner poolside, DJ parties, and live bands. Check the daily schedule for fitness classes offered at the Body Rock® Fitness Center and hourly activities like Aquavolley, cooking lessons, beach volleyball, survival Spanish lesson, sunset yoga, salsa dance lesson, bingo night, bocce ball, sun salutation, and beyond.
For golf lovers, staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos allows access to the Cabo San Lucas Country Golf Course, a par 71 course designed by Roy Dye ideal for players of all levels and home to one of the longest holes in Mexico (610 yds). The course is also one of only two Hard Rock golf courses in the world.
10. Love All, Serve All – Hard Rock’s charity component
Hard Rock’s international motto is proudly displayed in Los Cabos when you arrive – Love all, Serve All. This philosophy of healing through the power of music can be witnessed during your stay. In 2016 Hard Rock International created the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, an internal brand championing the message that music is power. Focusing on music-centric health and wellness programs worldwide to improve lives, millions have been donated to causes such as autism awareness, cancer prevention, human trafficking, hunger, drought, and disaster relief.
Recently, at the Grand Opening of Hard Rock Los Cabos, Brett Michaels raffled off his hat and microphone stand, raising $10,000 for the breast cancer foundation. The traditional Guitar Smash is a Hard Rock brand staple and typically done by only a few executives and owners, but this time in Cabo, travel partners had the opportunity to purchase a guitar and smash it like a Rockstar during opening night on the beach with Mario Lopez and Lil Jon – all funds going to a local charity called Casa Hogar. Some of the broken guitars will be framed and displayed as hotel memorabilia or were taken home as souvenirs.
For deals online, check Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos’s website for 35% off and “kids stay free” promo.
Written by Melissa Curtin
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