Grand Ve­las, Los Ca­bos

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Inside This Issue - BY: SYLVIA TEN­NANT

The flight from Vancouver to Los Ca­bos was noth­ing short of en­ter­tain­ing. Yes, the aerial views were stun­ning, but they paled in com­par­i­son to the joy­ous en­ergy of the pas­sen­gers. A spec­ta­cle of high fives, cock­tails and laugh­ter sur­rounded me as I watched the in­cred­i­ble transformation of cold Van­cou­verites be­com­ing Mex­ico-bound va­ca­tion­ers. The flight at­ten­dant in­formed us that some­one was get­ting mar­ried (mas­sive round of ap­plause) and two oth­ers were cel­e­brat­ing mile­stone an­niver­saries. I couldn’t help but imag­ine my­self on a fly­ing school bus des­tined for par­adise, which I’ve now dis­cov­ered ex­ists at Grand Ve­las Los Ca­bos. It was the per­fect set­ting for a girls’ trip with my friend, Heidi.

Sit­u­ated just out­side the hus­tle and bus­tle of Cabo San Lu­cas, Grand Ve­las Los Ca­bos is a lux­ury all-in­clu­sive beach­front re­sort with a 5-di­a­mond rat­ing. Im­pres­sive, given that my stay over­lapped its first birthday. The re­cep­tion area framed the ocean view like a paint­ing and was lined with a cu­rated col­lec­tion of art, in­clud­ing pieces by ac­claimed Mex­i­can artist, Ser­gio Bus­ta­mante. Check-in was en­hanced by an aro­mather­apy shoul­der mas­sage, and at that point I knew this would be an el­e­vated ex­pe­ri­ence.

The all-in­clu­sive op­tion is a highly pop­u­lar pil­lar of the ho­tel in­dus­try, and for good rea­son. Co­or­di­nat­ing de­tails, day trips and meals is much eas­ier on-site and, in our case, with ac­cess to a 3:1 staff to guest ra­tio. The Grand Ve­las brand is syn­ony­mous with Mex­i­can lux­ury re­sorts, and their Los Ca­bos prop­erty is the crown jewel of ac­com­mo­da­tions along the Baja coast­line. Set on the edge of a flow­er­ing desert that meets the union of the Sea of Cortez and the Pa­cific Ocean, I found my­self in awe of every last de­tail, be­gin­ning with the food.

Never have I ex­pe­ri­enced allinclu­sive din­ing quite like Cocina de Au­tor, helmed by two-time Miche­lin Star chef Sid­ney Schutte. From the glow­ing LED menus to the multi-course tast­ings paired with fine wines, we were com­pletely spoiled with ser­vice (and live sax­o­phone). Other din­ing op­tions took us on a jour­ney around the world – Lucca (Ital­ian, boast­ing a wine cel­lar of 3200 bot­tles), Piaf (French, dec­o­rated with roses) and Frida (con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can) are equally ex­cel­lent, but if you’re short on time, pop in just to ex­pe­ri­ence the in­no­va­tive res­tau­rant de­signs. We left din­ner each night won­der­ing how to im­port our loved ones and live in our ex­pan­sive suite for­ever, or as long as the L’oc­c­i­tane bath prod­ucts and in-room tequila would last.

Prac­tic­ing self-care while on vacation looks dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one and I al­ways ap­plaud re­sorts that in­cor­po­rate a holis­tic, mind-body well­ness an­gle. Grand Ve­las sets the bar with their ex­ten­sive list of ser­vices, in­clud­ing a cus­tom well­ness suite for those who want to go the ex­tra mile. Af­ter a hands-on Ayurvedic body scrub work­shop, we headed un­der­ground for a seven-step hy­drother­apy jour­ney – a unique of­fer­ing that felt like an en­er­getic re­set but­ton.

Of all my Mex­i­can ad­ven­tures, this was the short­est, but it felt so in­dul­gent. As I walked back to our suite along the lush path­ways, the col­ors of the sun­set shim­mered in the cas­cad­ing in­fin­ity pools. Grand Ve­las Los Ca­bos is quite lit­er­ally sur­real, which is rea­son enough to keep com­ing back for more.

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