Located at the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico sits an all-inclusive, adults-only resort that can only be described as an oasis in the desert. A 30-minute drive from the Los Cabos International Airport through a barren desert landscape marked by beige stretches of flat land and mountains in the distance, Marquis Los Cabos miraculously sits right on the ocean in between San José del Cabo and San Lucas.
Upon arrival, my jaw visibly drops at the site of an outdoor lobby featuring a massive arch that connects the space to the rest of the resort. One look at the ocean below (so close you can hear the crashing waves) and I feel as though I'm seeing a mirage.
As unbelievable as it seems, this paradise is situated where the desert meets the sea, offering exclusively beachfront suites, an array of luxe dining experiences, rejuvenating spa treatments, infinity pools, and enough activities to keep you busy for your entire stay. Although it's a quick drive to the quaint town of San José del Cabo where you can shop from local artisans and San Lucas where you can enjoy the bustling nightlife, there's hardly any need to leave the resort.
Perhaps the most striking part of this destination is the architecture and interior décor inspired by the resort's beautiful surroundings and local artists. Ahead, take a look inside this gorgeous property. You'll be daydreaming about your next vacation in no time.
"The architecture and décor of each Hotel Marquis are inspired by its location," Alan Del Blanco, the general manager of the resort, tells MyDomaine. "For Marquis Los Cabos, the influence of the design is immediately apparent upon driving up to the open-air lobby inspired by the famous Arch of Los Cabos," he continues.
A quick boat ride from San Lucas will take you directly to the landmark arches, a naturally occurring rock formation where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean resembling the same arch design featured in the resort's lobby.
Designed by Jacobo Micha Mizrahi, founder of ARCHETONIC, along with collaborators Jaime Micha Balas, Enrique Guiterrez, and Jessica Steiner Durán, the resort features stunning interiors and exteriors inspired by Latin America. The suites contain rustic wooden and wicker elements alongside bright, colorful accents in shades of orange and pink. "They did an incredible job in having Marquis Los Cabos reflect the destination," Del Blanco points out.
"The team at ARCHETONIC blended the building into its environment by using clear and ochre colors, as well as sea sand, river stone, wooden stakes, palm trees and cacti in the corridors, lobby areas, and exteriors," Del Blanco notes. The color palette and design accents work together to create a peaceful atmosphere that's fitting for the resort's desert coastal location.
Designed to feel like you're walking into a second home, each suite offers a serene beachfront view out to the Gulf of Calfornia from a furnished balcony, as well as original paintings from Agustin Castro, an artist known for his abstract figure and genre works. There's also a jetted tub in the bathroom, and each morning you'll be treated to a basket of sweet rolls delivered via a small compartment near the door. Sounds even better than home, right?
Even the restaurants located on the property feature well-thought-out designs and small details that make all the difference. Here, the resort's signature restaurant Canto Del Mar displays natural wicker chairs, wooden floors and ceilings, and colorful eye-catching artwork. According to Del Blanco, there are over 400 paintings and large bronze sculptures by up-and-coming and world-renowned Latin American artists at Marquis Los Cabos.
A walk throughout the property will lead you to two infinity pools overlooking the beach and one central pool. You'll also come across Latin American art and sculptures that are displayed in the rooms and all over the resort. For instance, there are several colossal bronze sculptures (they each weigh three tons) in public spaces, including two Botero-like pieces by Colombian artist Mercedes Hoyos.
Additionally, more bronze sculptures of acrobats created by Mexican sculptor Jorge Marin are located by the infinity pool. His work can also be seen in the lobby, where two bronze angels greet guests upon arrival.
Of course, it wouldn't be an all-inclusive resort without a relaxing spa at which guests can unwind and refresh. Even if you weren't there for a deep tissue massage or luxe facial, you'd stay for the serene earth tones of the décor and tranquil setting.
Bright blue skies and clear ocean waters contrast with the white facade of the resort's exterior, while picturesque awnings created with wooden stakes offer a visual display of striped sunbeams throughout the day. "The cleanness, the simplicity of the designs felt from the large walls, gardens, and internal corridors that blend into the desert surroundings cause guests to subconsciously relax and find spiritual calm," Del Blanco says.
With oceanfront views, world-class dining experiences, and plenty of Latin American art, this destination deserves a spot on your travel bucket list.
This press trip was paid for by Marquis Los Cabos. Editor's opinions are her own.