Suite Siestas

Marquis extends brand to 240-suite Los Cabos property in January

By: Maxine Cass

Despite its size, when it opens in January 2003, the 240-suite Marquis Los Cabos: A Resort For All Senses promises tranquility.

“It’s not going to be a rah-rah hotel, it’s going to be quite calm. You’re going to be able to hear yourself think when you’re sitting beside the pool,” said Ella Messerli, general manager.

The luxury hotel will be the second property owned and operated by the Mexican owners of the Marquis Reforma hotel in Mexico City.

Located on the Los Cabos Corridor, the hotel will have 30 private casitas and five Suites Marquis with private swimming pools. Three large infinity pools, a fitness center and a full-service spa will provide oceanfront views.

The 205 junior suites will be in the main hotel building. Two-story casita buildings around the pool areas will have one upper and one lower casita per building. Each one-bedroom casita will include a living room, a dining room, a small wet area, a large terrace and a private pool.

The casitas, suites and junior suites will be enhanced by Bulgari bathroom amenities, Frette bed linens and a double-door niche through which continental breakfast will be served. All rooms will have broadband Internet connections.

Facing the ocean in a garden area next to the main adult pool will be 11 private, tent-style cabanas, with telephone and Internet connections for.

Messerli advises travel agents to make reservations for cabana and other special activities such as golf when booking rooms. However, the one-stop golf concierge, located in a section of the lobby, will be a golf pro who will advise clients, rent their equipment and book preferential rate greens fees at all Los Cabos area courses, including the adjacent ones at El Dorado and Cabo Real.

A 50-foot high rappelling wall for the adventurous will dominate the fitness center.

The 26,910-square foot full-service spa will borrow from pre-Hispanic and holistic tradition for muds and Baja California plant and cactus treatments.

Room service will be offered 24 hours a day.

The property has two restaurants: the Vista Ballenas offering international and European cuisine and the poolside Dos Mares offering casual fare.

Travel agents may book clients into the 20-seat Canto del Mar, where the property’s French executive chef, trained in two-star Michelin restaurants, will suggest gourmet menus based on available fresh ingredients and prepared according to guest preferences.

Meetings, Etc.

The 25-foot-high, 7,535-square-foot Grand Ballroom will seat 800 banquet-style. Four other meeting rooms with movable walls can be combined for a second meeting or a reception area with Sea of Cortes views. The size of the ballroom will attract the attention of planners for meetings and incentives events, but the atmosphere will be low-key.

“Travel agents’ clients aren’t coming to a convention center here,” Messerli said. “The layout of the hotel is such that we will be able to accommodate groups in the hotel and in certain public areas without disturbing the casitas or the main adult pool area.”

Travel agents are paid a 10% commission on rack rates and packages. Call 877-238-9399.


Four packages include an airport welcome, pickup and departure transportation, an oceanview junior suite, a welcome drink, daily continental breakfast delivered through the private room niche and a Budget car rental (with CDW insurance) for the duration of the stay. All package rates are per person.

A Sense of Golf includes two rounds of golf, special spa massages for two, a beauty salon manicure or pedicure and a golf gift. The rate for two nights starts at $795, three nights at $1,010 and seven nights at $1,850.

A Sense of Adventure features a full-day fishing trip, including equipment and a guide and an adventure gift. Two nights starts at $1,325, three nights at $1,525 and seven nights at $2,345.

A Sense of Romance, for honeymooners or other romantically inclined couples, provides chilled imported champagne on arrival and dinner for two in the Canto del Mar restaurant. Daily bath turndown includes a cocktail, candles and scented bath salts for the suite’s hydro massage tub. A spa massage for two, a manicure or a pedicure and a romantic gift complete the package. The rate for two nights starts at $745, for three nights at $960 and for seven nights at $1,820.