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Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa – Where to Stay in Los Cabos

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Tucked into the crook of a seaside mountain, Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa almost blends in with its natural surroundings. This Los Cabos resort occupies prime Mexican real estate, just beyond reach of the Pacific Ocean’s high tide.

Grand Solmar Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico

Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa
Photo Credit: Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

The view

Organic and woodsy, my suite was elongated enough to encompass several distinct sections, including a living room/dining room, a bathroom with marble floor, and an enormous bed that allowed for maximum limb extension. The porch was the ultimate kicker–hovering over a massive and curvaceous pool below, it offered a smashing view of the ocean just beyond the resort wall.

Grand Solmar ocean and pool view from a room's balcony

View from my balcony at Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa
Photo Credit: Gabe Miller

The irony

In an ironic twist, the beautiful ocean waves off Grand Solmar’s beach are deadly. Perhaps to compensate for a nature-imposed swimming ban, Grand Solmar Land’s End is rife with swimming pools, waterfalls, and fountains of all imaginable variety. Pools jut up against horseshoe-shaped patios, and appear to extend towards sheer drop-offs. Also, there are multiple swim-up pool bars, which facilitate drinking margaritas and eating quesadillas while afloat.

Grand Solmar pool overlooking the ocean in Los Cabos, Mexico

An elegant swimming pool overlooking the ocean
Photo Credit: Gabe Miller

Dining at Grand Solmar

There are a few dining options for the parched and ravenous Los Cabos tourist at Grand Solmar. La Roca Restaurant—which serves Baja cuisine along with familiar American dishes—is one of the more formal options, and was excellent. For the more casually inclined, Las Olas Pool Bar requires minimal clothing, and one can devour Mexican food while barefoot and soaking wet.

Grand Solmar's La Roca Restaurant

La Roca Restaurant
Photo Credit: Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

At La Roca, I attended a tequila tasting led by Elmo Quintero, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic expert on Mexico’s famed spirit. Elmo introduced us to tequila’s history and offered an array excellent tequilas. He engaged the group by asking for our sensory impressions (the scents, colors and tastes of each tequila). Elmo left us all stunned about tequila’s depth and versatility.

Balcony view from Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

Balcony view from Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa
Photo Credit: Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

Resort service and transportation

Professional, prompt service was the norm during my visit to Grand Solmar. Staff was friendly and upbeat; workers at the front desk, bar staff, and even the cleaning crews were accommodating and unobtrusive.

Golf carts are the transportation method of choice at Grand Solmar, particularly for short trips between Land’s End and the close Playa Grande, an expansive resort section with a slightly less opulent tone than Land’s End. The brief golf cart trips felt a bit odd to me but provided a pleasant alternative to the stuffy vans resorts often employ. The golf carts allow for immersion in the surrounding landscape which, during my visit, was a mixed blessing. Construction and all its accompanying sounds, erected walls, and unsightly machines were active during my stay. Supposedly the situation is quite temporary, and the means will undoubtedly justify the luxurious ends.

Mountainous surroundings of Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

Grand Solmar's mountainous surroundings
Photo Credit: Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa

Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa embodies a timeless mixture of serenity and stimulation. Relaxation is almost involuntary, but the resort surroundings and design have a stimulating quality that keeps the mind engaged. It’s hard to imagine a better vantage point from which to view the ocean in all its glory, or the khaki mountains above.

What's your favorite thing about Los Cabos, Mexico…the view, the tequila, the people or something else? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Philosophical Travel Daddy: I was hosted by Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa. All opinions expressed in this story are my own, as always.

About Gabe Miller, The Philosophical Travel Daddy

Long before Gabe Miller was a Travel Daddy, he was a Travel Son. Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the early 1980s, he was exposed to the town’s intellectual, hippie aesthetic before becoming functionally bipedal. He had barely shed his lanugo by the time he began to travel, going on modest trips that were nonetheless profound. His wife is equally passionate about traveling, and together they’re sharing new adventures with their baby boy. From the day of their son’s birth, they’ve rejected the idea that having a child means staying indoors with the blinds drawn. They take him everywhere they go, and his smiles are proof that he’s perpetually prepared for adventure! Gabe and his family currently reside happily in the small rural town of Dundee, Michigan. Gabe has a B.A. in English and works as a middle school English teacher. Connect with Gabe on Twitter as @thetraveldaddy.

Comments

  1. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

    My whole family (husband, daughter, parents, siblings & their spouses & kids) stayed at Grand Solmar years ago. It was a great spot for a multigenerational trip. Gorgeous location and easy to walk into town.

  2. Claudia Laroye says:

    It looks beautiful! What a gorgeous beach.

  3. Katherine says:

    >>Organic and woodsy,

    And this is where you lost me. It looks like it is perched on barren rock.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Katherine – I believe Gabe was referring to the room’s decor when he said Organic and woodsy, not the resort’s location.

    • Gabe Miller, The Philosophical Travel Daddy says:

      Katherine – Indeed, the resort itself is not set in a “woodsy” location, though the rooms part company with the surrounding rock landscape. While some resorts feature rooms that are a bit sterile in appearance, Grand Solmar does a better job, and its rooms have a lot of wood, marble, and materials generally associated with our natural world.

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