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The beachside banquet tables were in full swing with guests dining to the sounds of live music and the crashing of Pacific Ocean waves less than 20 feet away. I watched the colored lights splash across the local mountains with Grand Solmar’s illuminated logo as the centerpiece upon them. The glitz and glamour heightened the party’s announcement: Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa Cabo San Lucas was now officially open, bringing an end to the property’s soft opening. Then the fireworks began — literally — welcoming the fifth Solmar property in Los Cabos.
On the RocksAs the only new property launching in 2011 in Cabo San Lucas, the Grand Solmar smartly incorporates the beauty of its coastal rock formations into the overall architecture of the property, making visitors feel away from it all without skimping on service or amenities.
During my stay in May, the staff was not only professional and courteous but friendly and relaxed. I found the Grand Solmar’s guestrooms to be stylish and spacious, embracing the region’s culture while still offering modern extras. I appreciated the full kitchen that included a full-size refrigerator and several small appliances, making the room perfect for long-term stays and family vacations. My room also had a dining table, comfortable seating and a Murphy bed — instead one of those dreadful roll-away beds — which I found both charming and practical.
The Grand Solmar currently offers two eateries: the poolside Brisas Snack and Sushi Bar for lighter fare and La Roca for main meals. I enjoyed the sea bass ceviche.
A terrific spa at sister property Playa Grande (within walking distance) features an ocean-water Jacuzzi and a variety of traditional treatments. However, clients should look out for a new spa at Grand Solmar, which is on its way.
Future plans also include retail stores and a new fine-dining option. The new restaurant will be called “Don Luis” and is named after Don Luis Bulnes who built the original Hotel Solmar in 1970 and helped create the thriving destination Cabo San Lucas has become today. The property also expects to add to its current total of 119 units, expanding to more than 250 within the next two years.
During its grand opening festivities, Grand Solmar christened its new lobby bar, Infinity Lounge. The bar’s name was actually determined though an online contest — more than 200 people entered — and the winner attended the launch party. The bar features a tasteful, but casual decor with stunning views of the beach. On tap are tropical drinks and more.
Beyond Grand Solmar’s immaculate grounds, one of my favorite features of the resort is its proximity to downtown Cabo San Lucas. The walk from my room to Cabo’s famed marina took only 15 minutes. The marina is the location of numerous bars, restaurants and local attractions and is a meeting place for many tour operators.
The Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa Cabo San Lucas offers guests the freedom to self-cater or dine out while appealing to both honeymooners looking to get away and families looking to sample the Cabo San Lucas experience. Land’s End is a great go-to property for agents with a wide range of Los Cabos clients.
Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa Cabo San Lucaswww.solmar.com
There are a variety of room categories, with prices starting at about $400. Commission: 10 percent.