Cabo Hotel Review: Playa Grande Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas

One of many swimming pools at Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas
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PLAYA GRANDE RESORT & SPA IN CABO SAN LUCAS – BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas brings the ultimate in luxury to Land’s End and everything here is done on a grand scale. Huge arches with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, a large domed lobby complemented by granite and onyx floors, sculptured columns and gorgeous artwork wherever you gaze are all part of the package. Playa Grande provides up-scale luxury with room rates within reach of most Los Cabos bound vacationers. From the moment you arrive and the bellmen cart off your baggage, you can't help but be awed at the scale of this elegant and seductive hotel. The lobby with its high ceilings is wrapped in windows. Natural light floods in and creates an open and welcoming space that brings the thought.... "Ahhh... I'm on vacation."

The lobby entrance at Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas
The lobby entrance at Playa Grande Resort & Spa sets the stage for what you can expect inside.... luxury!

Playa Grande is nestled on a wide beach facing the Pacific Ocean. Unlike hotels along the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula, street (or beach) vendors are nowhere to be seen. The peace and quiet is thanks to an arrangement made by the developer many years ago. In exchange for cheap rents for storefront or “flea-market” styled space in town, vendors agreed to stay off the resort property and beach. This allows guests the opportunity to enjoy the peace and seclusion of the less traveled and developed Pacific coast of Land’s End yet still be within walking distance of town.

View looking down on Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas
In this view you get an idea of the size of the resort and the expansive white sand beach in the distance.

Styled with traditional Mexican hacienda-style architecture, Playa Grande’s bold use of color plays a big role in creating a “south of the border” feel. The rich shades of gold, orange, pinks and reds bring a youthful and vibrant glow to the property. Extensive use of archways and columns creates frames for the magnificent views the location affords. Guests walk through a huge arch and descend a wide set of stairs dropping several levels to the resort’s pools and restaurants. Paths meander through gardens, by ponds and fountains, over bridges and streams allowing the visitor to take in the beauty and attention to detail that the architects brought to the project.

Grounds at Playa Grande Resort
The beautifully landscaped grounds feature stone pathways, foot bridges over waterscapes and a host of shady spots under palapas.

WELL APPOINTED ROOMS WITH VIEWS
Accommodations range from Deluxe Junior Suites, Luxury Suites and upwards to the Penthouse Suites, each with spectacular views. Rooms are well appointed and decorated featuring an extensive use of polished stone and rich, dark woods. Comfortable living rooms have plenty of space to stretch out in. They include futon-style couches that fold out to beds as well as a cleverly concealed fold-away bed hidden in it’s own wood cabinet.

Junior Suite at Playa Grande Resort

Junior Suites (above) come with balconies and ocean views. Luxury suites (below) divide the suite into a Master Bedroom and separate living room.

Luxury Suite at Playa Grande Resort

Dining areas and full kitchens are part of the package in Luxury Suites and include table settings, microwave, range and refrigerator. Blenders and bar glasses make it easy to concoct your own versions of Margaritas for sipping on the private terraces and balconies. Master bedrooms feature over-sized king beds with very comfortable mattresses and soft, cool bedding. Venture into the master bath and you are completely surrounded by marble. A full sized jetted tub with shower, large vanity with lighted make-up mirror and hair dryers make it easy to prepare for a night on the town. Each unit has the convenience of an iron and ironing board.

Swimming pools at Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas
The three pools at Playa Grande include some with swim-up bars, waterfalls and kid's play area.

Blended into the sweeping architecture of Playa Grande are several pools complete with waterfalls, volleyball courts and kids play areas. For the adults, swim-up bars and a large outdoor Jacuzzi round out the aquatic features of Playa Grande. Towel service, comfortable padded chaise lounges, cocktail and food servers and colorful landscaping make this a great place to work on your tan or laze under an umbrella with a good book.

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The Brigantine Restaurant at Playa Grande Resort
The Brigantine Restaurant specializes in Steak and Lobster, Steak and Shrimp and their famous Molcajete.

PLAYA GRANDE RESORT RESTAURANTS:
The Brigantine
– Steaks and seafood along with Mexican specialties. Open from 6-10pm daily.
Calima – Breakfast and lunch with a combination of American and Mexican fare. Open daily from 7-5pm.
Pool Bar – Gourmet burgers and snacks plus cocktails with happy hour from 2-4pm. Open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Sushi Bar – Located by Calima, they serve Asian fare from 10am to 5pm with 2 for 1 sushi rolls on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sushi at Playa Grande Resort in Cabo San Lucas
The Playa Grande Sushi Bar prepares a nice array of Asian dishes and typical sushi rolls.

On site restaurants include Calima and the Brigantine along with smaller venues at the Pool and Sushi Bars. Calima offers casual dining on one of many patios or under a large and well-designed pergola. Dishes range from regional seafood to steaks and chicken all well prepared and stylishly presented by an attentive staff. A visit to Calima’s bar is a must as they create some very enjoyable and potent libations, including the Calima Special; Captain Morgan’s Rum, Bailey’s, Kahlua, banana, coconut milk, evaporated milk and pineapple juice blended with ice and served in a tall hurricane glass. A few of those and just about any worry you have simply melts away leaving only a smile.

Breakfast on the courtyard at Playa Grande
Patio seating for breakfast at Playa Grande gives you lots to look at while enjoying their buffet.

The Brigantine restaurant is a good choice for dinner. The menu is diverse and features local seafood, lobster, pasta and Mexican specialties including a delicious Stuffed Poblano chile. The décor is elegant with leaded glass windows, marble floors and linen tablecloths. Dining options are indoors, with air conditioning, or outdoors under covered patios with wonderful ocean views and ambience.

For other dining options, the group that owns Playa Grande also owns other restaurants within walking distance; The Galeon (Italian and continental cuisine), Romeo and Juliet (also Italian), and La Roca located at the new Grand Solmar Resort next door. If you enjoy a well-made Mexican coffee, a trip to Galeon is definitely in order. The process is more an event than just a simple after dinner drink. Masterfully created before your eyes, the staff even dims the lights to enhance the flaming and mixing processes that make up a true Mexican coffee.

THE SPA, MEETING AND EVENT SPACE
Another wonderful feature of the resort is the Spa. Fashioned with the French “Art de Vivre” sensibility, the Spa utilizes thalasso therapy that originated in France in 1865 by Dr. La Bonardiere. Thalasso therapy features the use of seawater baths and seaweed based treatments for both preventative and curative purposes. It's said that the benefits realized from six days of thalasso therapy will bring curative results lasting six to eight months. For those who appreciate the personal rejuvenation and revitalization of exercise and weight training, a full gym is also available for use by hotel guests.

Conference theater at Playa Grande Resort
Corporate retreats and business meetings can take advantage of the venues at Playa Grande.

While Playa Grande is first and foremost a destination for the vacationer, the resort also boasts full-service conference facilities including a theater complete with stadium seating, podium and screening equipment for audio/video presentations. Several meeting rooms are immediately adjacent to the theater making the planning of corporate events and retreats easy.

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