The first thing you notice about the Grand Solmar Resort is the most obvious: It’s been dropped into one hell of a setting.
You can see it in the photo below, its ridiculous location at the base of a rock structure, completely enveloped in privacy and tranquility. The lights of downtown Cabo San Lucas are only ten minutes away via foot, but there’s no way you’d realize that on property at the Grand Solmar. It’s in one of the most undeveloped spots left in San Lucas, and a stay there will reveal one of the best kept secrets about Cabo: It’s absolutely gorgeous.
Sure, you hear it’s a beautiful beach town, a place to party, but not many people talk about the fact that Cabo has some incredible, national-park worthy landscape (I will show you some photos next post). Albeit hot and dry most of the year, I had the opportunity to visit just after a rainfall (the area only averages about 12 days of rain a year). Talk about the element that brings life – the hills were lush, with the green, rustic look of the cacti now joined by green-leafed, red-flowered plants (and purple and yellow and orange). You can see some of what I’m talking about in the preview photo I recently posted of the oasis near Santiago, under an hour outside of San Jose del Cabo (notice how, in that post last year, I mentioned I didn’t dance. Safe to say I’ve come around!).
And you can’t forget the infamous arch of Los Cabos, which sits just around the corner from the Grand Solmar. Although you cannot see it from the resort because of the hills, you can walk over the rocks to both Playa del Amor and Divorce Beach (and in between is Lawyer’s beach, because you can’t go from love to divorce without one!). As you’ll see from the photos of the resort below, it is the natural surroundings of the location that distinguishes it from the dozens of other luxury hotels in Cabo: