Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

Steve Hartridge reviews his recent stay at Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa in Mexico.

THE HOTEL 

This Noble House property opened in February 2022. The new-build tower has 187-rooms and 17 luxury suites. Cabo San Lucas is a popular holiday resort located on the tip of the strip of land that extends down from California and the USA, known as Baja Mexico. Traditionally reliant on U.S. tourists, the Los Cabos Tourism Board will be making a push in 2024 to raise awareness of the destination in the UK. 

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THE LOCATION 

The Corazón Cabo Resort & Spa is perfectly located, a few steps from the Pacific Ocean-facing Medano Beach, the marina and shopping area. On the tip of a peninsular, this is where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean and you can walk between the two seas in around 20 minutes. 

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THE CHECK-IN 

I arrived the day after a major hurricane had blown through, causing widespread damage. Guests who were due to check out the day before were still milling around the hotel, mingling with the few arriving guests who had managed to get flights in that morning from several U.S. airports. It was understandably chaotic, but the overworked and under-stress staff did an impressive job at keeping tabs on everyone. Understandably, my room was not ready at the usual hour and I was given a couple of drink vouchers and asked to report back to the desk in a couple of hours. The ‘delay’ gave me time to appreciate the eye-catching Mexican artwork in the lobby and hanging rocks that were seemingly suspended in mid-air. A small and colourful ‘shrine’ was set up in the lobby, in preparation for the Day of the Dead (November 1 and 2) combines the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating ancestors with All Souls’ Day. The holiday, which is celebrated mostly in Mexico on November 1 and 2, is like a family reunion— except dead ancestors are the guests of honour. 

THE ROOM 

My Infinity Suite (8831) was a spacious corner room – located as far from the elevators as was possible! – that looked down on the hotel’s swimming pool, marina and beyond to the iconic Land’s End landmark, a rocky arch in the Pacific Ocean that is an area attraction and a highlight on boat excursions.  

Although decorated in browns and beiges, its white walls and white tiles gave the room a bright and breezy feel that was enhanced by the endless sunshine that poured in from the large floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors. There was a king-size bed, large worktable, an upholstered three-sweater couch and two small bedside oval tables. Other features included an Espresso machine (usefully positioned next to a sink), and an oversized bathroom with rain shower and a handy ledge for toiletries. The large balcony featured two chairs and a table. 

I noticed that some of the balconies opposite had hot tubs on the balconies. 

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RESTAURANTS AND BARS 

The hotel is home to the largest, highest and undoubtedly most panoramic rooftop lounge and bar in Los Cabos: the ninth-floor 360 (so named for obvious reasons). It is a place to sample some tequila-based cocktails and soak imp the ocean views. The venue hosts live music and I noticed a flyer for forthcoming tequila tastings, ‘bottomless margaritas’ and mimosas, and wine and cheese pairings.  

There’s another top-floor bar and restaurant, serving a range of pub classics like burgers and pizzas and offering beers from Cabo’s only on-site microbrewery. Aleto is a waterfront eatery with an open kitchen serving a range of dishes featuring seafood that is fresh off the fishing boats.  

But the beating heart of the property during the day, and a veritable hive of activity, is the Pool Grill, which serves lunch and snacks.  

In the lobby area there is a cocktail lounge and a coffee shop selling pastries.  

A small gift shop is stocked with a curated selection of apparel, jewellery, hats and holiday essentials. 

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OTHER FACILTIES 

There are two infinity pools, including one on the ninth floor with as far-as-the-eye-can-see views.  

The central pool that sits between the lobby and the beach organises plenty of obviously popular pool games.  

A swim-up bar, with drinks, snacks, and inviting lounge chairs seemed permanently busy. 

There is also a beach club.  

A full-service spa has a range of rooms and treatments rooms, while a beachside ‘spa hut’ also offers treatments with a sea view. This was one of the facilities being hastily repaired – it was damaged by the hurricane but was open again a day later.   

The full-service fitness centre was equipped with modern gym equipment. 

An activities desk in the lobby points guests in the direction of boat excursions, golf, fishing trips, cycle hire and snorkel and dive operators (the famous marine biologist Jacques Cousteau was a regular visitor to Los Cabos). 

Other options on offer include the unique-sounding ‘electric experiences, such as electric surfing, fly boarding and jet skiing.  

Take a taxi to San Jose Del Cabos, 20 minutes or so along the coast. Its large plaza, mission (church) that date from 1730 and art district gives the town a totally different feel. 

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THE VERDICT 

It was busy and bustling but this well-appointed hotel is so expansive that it never felt crowded. It is a great choice for most of the reasons you would choose to holiday in Los Cabos: it abuts a sheltered and swimmable beach (many in the area are too exposed and ‘rough’), where guests can reserve a daybed; is within east walking distance of the marina, with its restaurants, sightseeing, fishing excursions and nightlife; and is a five-minute walk to the town centre with several top restaurants and retail options to suit all budgets. 

Although the hurricane caused damage throughout the Los Cabos area, staff at the hotel did a brilliant job in quickly clearing this up and doing essential repairs – and 24 hours later and you would never have known such an ill wind had blown through.  

THE DETAILS 

Rates for an Infinity Suite wish balcony start from around $300 a night, but check the website for seasonal variations and specials.  

Corazon Cabo Resort and Spa, Pelicanos 225, El Medano Ejidal, 23453, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

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