Breathless Cabo San Lucas features fantastic views in several directions. // © 2016 AMResorts
Feature image (above): The Breathless resort is adjacent to the Cabo San Lucas marina. // © 2016 AMResorts
"Are you ready to party?" the valet asked as we entered Los Cabos’ new adults-only resort. His peace symbol necklace and curly black wig were sure signs our stay at AMResorts’ Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa wouldn’t be boring.
Located next to Marina Cabo San Lucas, beside the large sport-fishing fleet and a flotilla of yachts, the 169-room resort, which opened in December 2015, reflects Cabo’s party-hearty vibe while offering sufficient options for less-celebratory guests.
As we followed a bellman past a peaceful horizon pool and classy tapas restaurant, I realized my need for peaceful R&R would be satisfied here. Flutes of sparkling wine and a lavish snack spread accompanied a painless check-in process, and we quickly spread our belongings around a minimally yet sensibly furnished room overlooking the marina and downtown Cabo San Lucas. The designers deserve special kudos for the ample electrical outlets, free and fast Wi-Fi access and long shelf behind the bed that’s perfect for placing devices while they charge.
We stepped onto our balcony and were immediately absorbed in the nautical and fishing activities before us. We ogled other stunning views while wandering around the property. Breathless has a great location on a skinny promontory jutting into the bay — with the marina on one side and the Sea of Cortez on the other, the property’s various angles face town, the famous rock arch at Land’s End, popular Playa Medano and the open ocean.
We found the best views and entertainment in a separate building that was a four-minute walk from our room. Most of the resort’s restaurants are clustered here, around a second-story horizon pool and the beach below. We sampled breakfast and lunch at the poolside Spoon buffet restaurant, where choices were arrayed in individual dishes and cooks prepared omelets and sauteed shrimp to order. By the beach, other dining options included seafood, Middle Eastern and Italian restaurants and a burger grill. Tequilas galore are available at La Biblioteca de Tequila, modeled after celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Manhattan restaurant. Dinner or brunch here isn’t part of the all-inclusive plan, but it’s worth the extra pesos. Don’t miss the tequilas infused with mango, watermelon or serrano chili. We missed the action at Purple, the rooftop VIP lounge above the pool and beach, but heard it was hopping.
The quiet pool became our favorite sunset-watching perch, and we found Bites, the poolside tapas restaurant, the perfect spot for snacks. My husband, a die-hard fisherman, frequently visited the walkway along the marina to chat with anglers and captains about the day’s catch. I quickly grew fond of the well-equipped fitness center and spa, as well as Lush, the spa’s juice bar overlooking the party pool’s action. Though geared toward a young and lively crowd, Breathless is just the right adults-only escape for more laid-back types, too.