The Rancho San Lucas de Cabo is a gated community in paradise


Cabo is a classic vacation for a reason: it’s Cap. Maybe the ocean isn’t safe for swimming, but it’s there, glistening on the horizon, as the sun beats mightily over the sparkling pools of water bars and plates of the most fish tacos. fresh from the corner. The flight is just over two hours from LA, and although Tulum is the hottest new hotspot, Cabo remains a tried and true original year after year.

For a number of reasons (COVID-19 certainly being one of them), avoiding the crash in the town of Cabo and heading a little further downtown is the decision for 2021. In Rancho San Lucas – who is just off the beaten path, about 30 minutes from the airport – a private oasis awaits you.

This secluded “resort community” of over 800 acres is equipped with a clutch factor just off the freeway: a guardhouse. No one enters or leaves “The Ranch” without owning property, reserving a room, or obtaining a special pass from someone inside. It’s the perfect hack to show up in one of the most chaotic party towns in the country and narrow down the guest list. Complete with an 18-hole golf course designed by legendary Greg Norman – with ocean views at every hole – it’s easy to see why so many people are addicted to spending time in this part of Mexico.

Visiting the Grand Solmar Hotel in Rancho San Lucas is like staying in a resort within a resort: the property offers a plethora of on-site restaurants and bars, a saltwater lagoon for kayaking and booth up paddleboarding, and countless pools and hot tubs for swimming and lounging. With something for everyone, the expansive grounds provide so much space that the property only feels serene, even in the middle of the day. Here’s a look at what makes this hotel our choice for your next trip to Cabo.

The absolute generosity of the swimming pools, aquatic bars and this magnificent saltwater lagoon

The main reason for visiting Cabo is and always will be to lie by the pool, followed directly by a heavy drink during the day in and around said pool. Sometimes, however, the resort pool experience can be spoiled by screaming kids ready to jump and splash, the twenty-something loud people on the prowl, or the elderly staring at you if you have a conversation close by. of them. The real problem with these three demographics is simply space out, thus Grand Solmar solves X by providing four or five separate pockets of pools and bars. This means that if the screaming kids arrive, you can just wander into the adults only pool. And if things get out of hand there, go down to the sandy beach by the lagoon and bask in the salt water until the sun goes down. You can always take a dip in one of the property’s many hot tubs before dinner.

Rancho San Lucas de Cabo is full of swimming pools, swim-up bars and a beautiful saltwater lagoon.

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On-site restaurants like Anica offer a serious dining experience, with mixology, wine pairings, and even vegan options

Don’t go to the Ranch thinking it’s just going to be burgers and campfire food – there are not one but two formal restaurants sitting on the property. Bacari offers themed nights like ‘country grill night’ to provide an alternative to endless tacos and other traditional Mexican staples (though they have them too), but also includes standard American fare that will go beyond all notions. preconceived ideas about “resort food”. Even more upscale, their beachfront restaurant Anica is a complete dining experience, with multiple courses and wine pairings, impeccable service, and a chef-led menu that can be tweaked to be completely vegan (!) At a customer’s request. The food here was on par with some of the best places in LA, so traveling doesn’t mean sacrificing taste. Oh, and ask for a mixology class if you want to be impressed with how far Mexican bar culture has gone beyond cerveza, tequila shots, and margaritas.

There is a free shuttle to visit downtown Cabo or other Solmar properties

Being isolated is all well and good, but human nature means wanting what we cannot have. Real adult life is just about accepting it and planning for it. Thus, Grand Solmar offers its customers a free shuttle to visit the city if they wish, as well as the possibility of visiting Solmar’s Land’s End property in this region. For longer-visiting clients, this option also offers a welcome change of scenery, and for newcomers, a chance to explore all that Cabo has to offer. If you’re arriving in Land’s End, book at La Roca at sunset for breathtaking scenery and another unexpected farm-to-table menu. The shuttle can also take interested buyers to residential areas of Rancho San Lucas to check out the property and tour a model home.

People gather at the opening of the Rancho San Lucas Golf Course overlooking the ocean.

The Greg Norman Signature Golf Course at Rancho San Lucas Golf Club overlooks the water for epic views as you play.

Rancho San Lucas

A pro-designed golf course with ocean views and a luxurious clubhouse

I’m not much of a golfer, but if it’s good enough for Greg Norman, it’s good enough for me. The idea of ​​riding a golf cart all day long, drinking and eating snacks, playing music and hitting a ball while communing with nature has never been more appealing than when offers ocean views. The Rancho San Lucas course also uses Norman’s sustainable “least disturbance” design: the course blends seamlessly into the natural landscape, keeping the dunes and cacti intact and mingled with the green. Before playing a game on the seaside course, head to the clubhouse and stock up on groceries, sunscreen, and roadies.

A room at the Rancho San Lucas hotel.

A room at Rancho San Lucas where guests can get up and rest after days of adventure.

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Solmar Hotels & Resorts is a second generation family business founded by a courageous immigrant teenager

Sometimes traveling to a tourist town like Cabo can feel a bit soulless. But learning the history of the Solmar hotel group has helped me understand how central hospitality is to the region. Solmar was founded in the 1970s by the late Don Luis Bulnes Molleda, a Spaniard who immigrated to Mexico City at age 19 to work in a cannery. After a few years he moved to Cabo and initially found the seaside town lacking in hospitality. Although he worked at the tuna cannery for years, Don Luis eventually began to build a hotel empire that changed the entire economic landscape of Cabo. Now his son Francisco continues to run the company’s seven complexes in his stead, which means a stay at one of Solmar’s properties is also a chance to support Cabo’s oldest family business.

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