The Solmar brand is coveted by those in the know. Solmar has a handful of hotels in and around Cabo San Lucas. My stay is at Grand Solmar Land’s End, but I get a quick peek at the spectacular rooftop pools and incredible city and harbour views of The Ridge at Playa Grande, and also see the almost-endless beach where Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas will open in December 2017.
Grand Solmar Land’s End is the utmost in tranquillity and exclusiveness, thanks to its location as the last hotel on Playa Solmar. It’s right before the towering rocks at the tip of Land’s End that form Cabo San Lucas’ famous El Arco. The area is secluded and quiet, except for the crashing of the powerful waves rolling northward from the nearest land point — Antarctica.
I’m thrilled to be upgraded to a two-bedroom penthouse suite, complete with tv room, great room with full kitchen, dining table for eight, and couches next to glass doors leading out to a balcony that stretches half the width of the building. The spectacular view includes desert gardens, two restaurants, places to lounge, and several meandering pools, including an infinity pool overlooking the sandy beach and deep blue Pacific. Further along the beach east toward El Arco are more infinity pools, restaurants and the spa. Westward is the sunset infinity pool and spa cabanas overlooking the pounding surf.
All of Grand Solmar’s rooms are suites and can accommodate four or more comfortably. Even the smallest rooms are 68 square-metres and have a king bed, fold-down queen murphy bed, dining table for four, kitchen, and spacious balcony.
Though the resort is at capacity during my visit, it feels almost empty, thanks to the spacious design, excellent service, and the variety of pools, decks, restaurants and nooks and crannies. One of my favourite spots to eat is the sushi restaurant nestled against the towering rocks of Mount Solmar, complete with waterfall. I’m also partial to the quiet infinity pool near Las Brisas restaurant which also has a view of Cabo San Lucas’s brilliant red sunsets. I also enjoyed my lunch at the main pool, sitting at an in-water table in the shade with views of the sea, eating Solmar’s excellent ceviche.
Meal plans are available for those who wish to enjoy everything Grand Solmar has to offer. Downtown Cabo San Lucas with its variety of bars, restaurants and shops is a short walk away. Guests can cook in-room if they choose as well.