Paradisus Los Cabos Review

Guests who book premium rooms get VIP treatment, including access to a private lounge, beach, pool and restaurant.
Ramsey Qubein
By Ramsey Qubein 
Edited by Meg Lee

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All-inclusive resorts in tropical destinations have an allure that attracts travelers who want a fun vacation and ample food and beverage. Many of these resorts, however, tend to focus on quantity over quality. At Paradisus Los Cabos, that’s not the case. With its elegant design and upscale dining options in a gorgeous setting, travelers of all kinds will be satisfied with their overall experience.

The sprawling resort is part of the Meliã Hotels International group, and this specific Paradisus property is also a member of The Leading Hotels of the World collection of luxury hotels. It participates in MeliãRewards, which has dynamic redemption rates varying by the date and the season. Rates start at 42,000 points per night, which is a great deal for an all-inclusive.

Here's our full Paradisus Los Cabos review to help you determine if it's the right fit for your next vacation.

Los Cabos location details

Los Cabos, Mexico, is known for its swimmable beaches and serene views of the Sea of Cortez. The destination sits at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

The Paradisus Los Cabos resort is 15 miles from San Jose del Cabo’s international airport (SJD), and the ride takes about 30 minutes. Paradisus Los Cabos reviews, like most beach reviews in the area, highlight the calm water and beautiful sunsets.

Design elements at Paradisus Los Cabos

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Low-rise buildings wrap around the hotel’s gardens, which are punctuated with tall palm trees, flowers and local cacti. The main swimming pool is close to the beach and offers beautiful views of the Sea of Cortez in the distance.

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The open-air lobby welcomes guests by showing off views of the lush grounds and the sea in the distance. Design elements mix contemporary style and upscale decor in a way that is both chic and relaxed at the same time.

While your first instinct is to make a beeline for the pool or the beach, take time to enjoy the walk to your room. Pathways wind past interesting lounge areas, outdoor fire pits and calming gardens with water fountains.

Food and beverage

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There's no shortage of places to enjoy tasty cuisine and plentiful beverages. Let’s start with the drinks. Bars are located around the resort, and there’s also a swim-up (and walk-up) bar at the main pool. The lobby lounge also features live entertainment many evenings of the week. Guests receive a list of weekly programming (also available via the brand’s app) when they check in that includes everything from pool or beach activities to live music times.

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Of the many bars on property, some are especially notable. Kanna Beach Flavors serves organic cocktails and mojitos on the sand, while the Gastro Bar has a light menu with contemporary Basque cuisine beyond its tasty wines and cocktails. This evening-only venue doesn't permit children and has a more formal dress code than most other venues here.

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The culinary options are wide-ranging:

  • Tokimeku is the dinner-only Japanese fusion restaurant serving from a sushi menu, as well as teppanyaki-style tables.

  • Modern Mexican cuisine is the star at Mole, which promotes traditional dishes with a twist.

  • Capella serves Italian food at dinner, including homemade pasta and pizza from a wood-fired oven. It also adds other international flavors to the menu, too, including an Argentinian steak grill.

  • Breakfast buffets in Naos kick off the day with both indoor and outdoor seating.

  • Gabi Beach serves meals throughout the day in an open-air setting facing the pool and beach. It features two levels, with the upstairs area reserved for adults only.

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Majority of rooms

The rooms continue the modern decor style with white-washed walls and light hues in the accent fabrics. This helps to highlight the colorful views of the sea and gardens from guest balconies.

Guest rooms feature Nespresso coffee makers and minibars that are replenished daily with sodas, water and local beer.

Colorful, marble bathrooms have rainfall showerheads, thick towels and a toiletry selection from Thierry Mugler.

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Families can appreciate the selection of suites with additional bedrooms, and the resort welcomes kids with special gifts to keep them entertained.

Rooms at The Reserve

Paradisus Los Cabos offers a premium room category known as The Reserve. This elevated product comes with access to a private lounge for upgraded alcohol selections, light snacks throughout the day, private concierge service and a panoramic balcony, perfect for spotting the whales that often frolic in the distance.

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The Reserve guests can use the VIP lounge throughout the day, as well as complete check-in and check-out formalities here.

Perhaps the best benefit of The Reserve is access to a private pool and restaurant. Guests also enjoy VIP access to reservations or special seating areas at other restaurants on the property.

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There’s also a private beach club area with valet service to set up chairs and towels, plus a separate fitness center for guests staying at The Reserve. By the pool, the staff comes around with cold towels and assistance to wipe clean your sunglasses.

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Butlers can assist with packing and unpacking, and guests can make use of shoeshine and daily garment pressing service.

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Many suites on the ground floor section of The Reserve have terraces that lead directly to the swimming pool, making it convenient if you’re looking for a quick swim. These also have soaking tubs by the furnished patio.


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The main swimming pool has plenty of lounge seating and, facing the beach, guests will find cocoon-style swings and shaded cabanas for an alternative to traditional lounge chairs.

An air-conditioned fitness center is well-stocked with the latest equipment and has a fridge with chilled water and towels.

Yhi Spa has a long list of massage and beauty treatments, including offerings designed for couples. While parents are enjoying a relaxing spa service, children can spend time in the kids’ zone with activities like treasure hunts and piñata making.

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The resort also hosts special activities regularly like Latin dance classes, tequila and mezcal tasting, water exercises and weekly theme parties. Golfers have many nearby courses where they can practice their swing.

Meetings and social events (weddings are popular here) have access to a convention center with gathering space for as many as 1,100 people along with outdoor options.

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How to get to Paradisus Los Cabos

SJD airport is well-served by the major North American carriers. These include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, among others. While many airlines no longer price flights according to an award chart (the number of miles required for a redemption may vary based on date in a form of dynamic pricing), some airlines still offer a chart as a guide.

American, for example, offers MileSAAver off-peak redemptions for 12,500 miles one-way in economy class and MileSAAver one-way redemptions for 15,000 miles. Keep an eye out for the occasional Web Special award for potential savings as well.

American recently announced the discontinuation of MileSAAver and AAnytime fares along with updates to its elite status program for 2023. See what's changing.

Alaska’s award chart to Mexico varies based on the date and distance. For example, trips less than 1,400 miles range in one-way price between 10,000 and 35,000 miles for a main cabin ticket. Trips between 1,401 and 2,100 miles go for between 15,000 and 40,000 miles each way.

Between those two award charts and the dynamically priced options from other carriers, you should have plenty of options when planning your trip to Paradisus Los Cabos.

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