Grand Velas is a true five-star accommodation option for anyone interested in upsides of hassle-free hotel accommodation without the downsides typically associated with all-inclusive accommodation. If you enjoy pulling your wallet out 6 times a day for every coffee, drink, lunch, activity, this may not be the place for you. No all-inclusive bracelets here and the hotel requires you to sign a check, just in case you want to feel like you are NOT in an all-inclusive.
The property opened roughly two years ago. Everything is fresh, modern and well equipped. The rooms are very spacious, and all face the ocean. Beds, linens, towels, and amenities are all top of the line. The rooms are a contemporary modern décor with marble floors softened by large carpets and plush furniture. We enjoyed a Governors One Bedroom Suite and more space than needed. We had a large walk in closet and an outdoor balcony facing the ocean, a perfect spot for ideal whale watching.
Service at the hotel was far beyond our expectations. Front desk, bellman, concierge and food service people were plentiful and very eager to please. I can’t recall we had to ask more than once for anything. I would rate the service a 9.5 out of 10.
Food quality was also excellent. There are 7 restaurants and a few bars and a café. A lot of thought has gone into the décor of each restaurant. The house wine and alcohol selection were top notch and most of the premium brands were on offer without an up charge. In the minibar you will find a similar selection of wine, beer and alcohol plus a few treats if you find yourself hungry in the middle of the night.
The gym is a fraction smaller than a private club gym in most cities and a major step up from many hotels. It is large with many cardio and weight machines and free weights.
There are three pools with one being adult only. And, unlike almost all other inclusive’s, Grand Velas does not find it is necessary to crank up the club music around the pool at 12 noon or have those lying by the pool must endure water aerobics classes going on nearby. The pools are large with and abundance of big comfy lounge chairs. Plush towels and again, great food and drink service at your disposal. A large cabana located by one of the pools offers ping pong tables and other entertainment for kids and adults. The beach is beautiful and perfect for walking and enjoying the scenery however this is definitely a non-swimmable beach (read my other reviews for hotels with swimmable beaches in Cabo). The hotel does have lounge chairs and service on the beach for those who enjoy the sound and scenery of lying by the ocean.
The hotel offers a substantial kids and teens club that are open into the evening and the staff could not be more accommodating. We took advantage of adult only dinners while our son enjoyed dinner in the teens club and hanging out with friends. I can guarantee Your children will not be disappointed!
Grand Velas Cabo is an exceptional family destination and I would argue that it is also a great destination for adults especially if you are traveling with others. If you don’t want to be fretting over who is buying rounds and how to split the dinner bill it is a fabulous stress free experience. We met a number of couples without kids who also loved the property and felt like they were not at a family resort because of the adult pool and a few of the restaurants were adult only.
All in all, a great property at a good price point. There are cheaper all inclusive’s out there but this one didn’t present like an all-inclusive in any way other than your disregard for your wallet till check out.