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Hotel Review: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos

Written by Kimberley Lovato
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Hotel Review: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos

 

BeSeeingYou at: Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos

Location: Los Cabos, Mexico

Number of rooms and suites: 145

Date of Stay: April 2024

Website www.solaz.com

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Hotel Review Solaz Los Cabos

The hotel’s main restaurant, Mako, has a swim up bar, infinity poolside service, and superb shrimp tacos (photo by Kimberley Lovato)

Why book?

Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, re-opened in 2023 and is an architectural stand-out between two towns: party-central Cabo San Lucas and Mexi-charming San Jose del Cabo, collectively known as Los Cabos.

Designed in harmony with its seaside environment and surrounding Baja California desert, the 145-room hotel sits on a sandy beach, and has seven à la carte restaurants and five bars, multiple infinity pools, and more than 400 works of art scattered about its 34 acres and rooms from renowned Mexican creator Cesar López-Negrete. Marketing and PR Manager Flavio told me the artist travelled around Baja for four years to study the land, sea and folklore, which he then interpreted into each masterpiece.

If you must spend any time indoors, the 10,000 square foot Ojo de Liebre Spa has hot and cold plunge pools, dry saunas, and steam rooms, as well as they typical menu of  beautify and body treatments.

Upon arrival at Solaz, guests are assigned a personal butler with whom they can text for reservations, questions, and requests. Hola Rafael! It’s Cabo pampering at its best.

Who’s staying?

Couples and honeymooners, friend groups that want a more upscale Cabo experience (not an upside down tequila shot party scene), and families with small kids to older teens.

 

Hotel Review Solaz

The plunge pool room has shaded outdoor seating and a hammock

Rooms & Suites

All 145 rooms and suites in varying size and configurations have sea views and some sort of outdoor space. Décor leans contemporary with lots of natural wood, marble floors, and neutral and green tones, which feels right at home in this Baja desert environment. I cannot say enough about the shower in my plunge pool terrace room. It was like standing under a waterfall, which might not the best for water conservation but sure felt amazing.

The resort also has 21 brand new residences that are between 464 square metres (5,000 square feet) and 1091 square metres (11,000 square feet), each with a wrap-around terrace, modern stocked kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a private chef available to prepare meals onsite. Access to the resort amenities is also part of the deal.

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Food and drink?

Hotel food can be a little boring as it tries to impress rather than satisfy. But in Mexico, there’s always a taco nearby and for a taco lover like me, it’s the height of caloric bliss. Roll in the Moët et Chandon Champagne cart and bar, and I might have found my personal paradise.

Seafood reigns supreme on all the menus but land lubbers will find plenty of choice as will vegetarians and vegans. Servers always ask about allergies and dietary preferences, and Foresta is a restaurant entirely focused on plant-based food (though only open during the day). The shrimp tacos at Mako, the seafront alfresco restaurant with swim up bar, were among the best I’ve had anywhere.

Over at Al Pairo, just off the open-air lobby, we indulged in the Wanderlust Menu, an 8-course flavour-infused odyssey of small and creative Mexican dishes. The sommelier introduced us to Mexican wines too, and we found a few favorites. In fact, Solaz’s impressive cellar, La Cava, has more than 2,500 wines, many local to the region.

Other recommendations: a Mezcalita made with fresh passionfruit juice and the Mexican spiced coffee, made with sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cayenne. Olé!

 

Hotel Review Solaz

The Wanderlust Menu at Al Pairo consists of eight beautifully plated courses (photo by Kimberley Lovato

 

Neighbourhood?

There is no neighbourhood to speak of. Like most of the luxury resorts of Los Cabos, Solaz sits along the main highway, about halfway between the two towns. If you don’t plan to leave the resort, you won’t need a car, but having one makes it easier to get to other resorts, and explore further afield. I loved Flora Farms and the nearby town of San Jose del Cabo, which has galleries, taco restaurants, and a Thursday evening Art Walk held between November and June.

If you don’t feel like driving, just have your butler arrange a driver or taxi. Easy.

Service?

It is uncanny how invisible staff are except when you need them, and then poof!— they appear with a smile and a buenos dias, ready to help. Our personal butler, Rafael, was top notch, quick to respond to our need for more coffee, filtered water, and reservation requests. Staff also make it a point to address guests by name for an extra personal touch.

 

Hotel Review Solaz Los Cabos

Bliss out by the sea at Solaz Los Cabos Resort

 

Amenities?

There is almost nothing you can’t do or have here, including drive a dune buggy through a tunnel straight from the hotel’s lobby and into the desert (next time!), shop for a colourful new dress or button down shirt in the boutique, and sip a flight of Mexican wine. The Ojo de Liebre Spa has 10 private treatment rooms and two VIP couples’ rooms, with a full range of services, plus a salon for manicures, pedicures, and hair cuts, if you’re here for a special event.

Rooms are well-stocked with plenty of towels, bathrobes, coffee machines and minibars. All room categories have an outdoor space with comfortable seating for morning coffee and evening Mezcalitas, which can be made in your room— just call your butler. The Cabo Nauta Kids’ Club recently launched a ‘Night at the Museum’ experience for little ones that invites them to watch a movie amidst the giant whale bones and fossils in the onsite Gabinete del Barco Museum.

Green scene?

I am happy to say this place embraces an ethos of protecting the planet. Drinking water is available in recyclable cartons and there are no little plastic bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the showers. It’s also okay to ask for “house water”. It’s filtered, served in glass bottles, and I consumed it with no problem.

What stood out at Solaz was the landscaping. Not a palm tree in sight! Why? All the flora is endemic to the Baja desert, and extremely drought tolerant. The resort’s green roofs, noticeable from above, were designed to look like a cascading hillside to help it blend in with the surroundings while having the added benefit of keeping rooms extra cool during Cabo’s hot days.

Restaurant menus favour local farmers, artisans and fishermen who supply the fresh, organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients.

 

Hotel review solaz

 

Any Pet Peeves?

I have no complaints. Zero. Nada. My only suggestion would be to make the menu at Baja Beach—an airstream on the sand below Maka — a little less fancy. We had to ask for explanations of several of the ingredients.

A simple grilled-meat-and-fish-tacos menu and ceviche-on-the-sand vibe with some lively Mexican music would have been a winner in my book.

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Hotel Review by Kimberley Lovato

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Photos courtesy of Solaz, except where noted

Kimberley Lovato
Kimberley Lovato writes about food, lifestyle, hotels, and adventure from California, but loves to hit the road in search of a good story. Her bylines have appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Virtuoso: The Magazine, Robb Report, HemispheresShondaland, Ciao BambinoCN Traveler and many other print and online publications. A lifelong Francophile, Kimberley spent several months a year sipping champagne and exploring  "l’Hexagone from her pied-a-terre on the Cote d'Azur. She’s also the author of a culinary travel book about the Dordogne region of France, which received a Gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers.  When she’s not booking plane tickets or practicing French verb conjugation, she’s writing children’s books, sailing, hiking, cooking, and forever contemplating why it’s so hard to keep her basil plant alive. www.kimberleylovato.com Instagram: @KimberleyLovato

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