Los Cabos has a new resort designation it’s never had – a 5-star, 5-diamond all-inclusive. Cabo already has the broadest collection of 5-star resorts anywhere in Mexico or the Caribbean with Esperanza, One & Only Palmilla, Rosewood’s Las Ventanas, and The Resort at Pedregal. But, now they’re adding an “AI” (all-inclusive) with 5-star quality.
The Grand Velas Los Cabos has a soft opening in December 2016 and a full-scale opening in February 2017. Ten days before opening to the public, I was an honored guest among 25 VIP incentive travel executives for a private unveiling. In addition to us incentive planners, the only other guests were 200 personal friends and business associates of the Vela family. On Saturday night, we all gathered together for a spectacular welcome reception of fireworks, menu tastings from the six fining dining restaurants, and a speech by Mr. Vela. (He spoke in Spanish to his pals. While I understood only a few words, it was a cool experience with Mexico royalty.)
It’s always another refreshing experience to see the final, behind-the-scenes flurry of preparations before a hotel’s grand opening with lots of painting, drilling, furniture construction, polishing, decorating, and landscaping. Because our meeting and incentive agency works in professional service delivery too, I’m equally fascinated by the training process to onboard 900 new associates and strive to deliver 5-star service on day 1.
This marks the third Grand Velas resort, and the saying “third time is a charm” applies (without implying any shortcomings in the first or second!). All three resorts are AAA 5-diamond properties (Cabo will be after its 12-month waiting period) with 5-star fine dining, premium beverages, expansive suites, luxurious L’Occitane bath amenities, and award-winning spas.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta has a more intimate, Colonial charm. The Riviera Maya resort is more “grand” in scale with 539 rooms, and it earned our #1 top rating in the Meeting Planner Review of All-Inclusive Resorts eBook.
The Grand Velas Los Cabos tagline boasts an ambitious claim – “Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare.” At 304 rooms (all with full ocean views), this resort fits in between its sisters in size, and it stretches architecture and cuisine beyond compare. The design is more contemporary with sleek, high-end construction materials everywhere. Each restaurant and public space has stunning marbles, granites, linens, wall coverings, woods, furniture, décor, and of course, artwork.
While the contemporary architecture and sophisticated construction materials and décor will earn many awards, Grand Velas exceeds other all-inclusive with its award-winning culinary experiences. They elevate all-inclusive dining from bland buffets to gourmet dinners.
Like its Grand Velas sisters, the Cabo opening includes the 5-diamond molecular gastronomy from its 2-star Michelin chef at Cocina de Autor. They repeat their popular 4-diamond restaurants – all with updated decors – Piaf (French), Lucca (Italian), and Frida (fine Mexican cuisine). Here in Cabo, they add two new outlets. Poolside is Cabrilla serving the freshest Baja catch as ceviche and tostadas. And the Velas family rolls outs a new signature restaurant, Velas 10, with Mediterranean seafood and steaks.
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