The Grand Mayan Los Cabos

Talk about making an entrance. Stroll into the The Grand Mayan Los Cabos Wyndham Alliance Resort and you’ll think you’ve walked into either an untouched Mayan pyramid or the funkiest club south of Los Angeles. After the glaring sun of Los Cabos, you might be momentarily dazed by the complete darkness that surrounds you, then pleasantly shocked by two gigantic Mayan gods welcoming you to your latest find—a reasonably priced resort that does not skimp on convenience or elegance, with top-of-the-line everything and an air of family friendliness that convinces you to put your feet up and stay a while.

When the entrance alone has grabbed your senses by the neck—in a good way—you know you’ve chosen well. In contrast to the grand yet pitch-black entrance of The Grand Mayan, its lobby is filled with light and eclectic furnishings. There are tables that look like polished tree stumps and giant chandeliers and funky lamps in iron with glass hearts that look like they jumped out of a Kahlo painting to spend the day. The main areas of the hotel, including the terrace spilling out of the lobby, are all easy and soft but stylish; one of our favorite places is the billiards room, where giant leather chairs, billowing drapes and blood-red lamps provide a cowboy-chic atmosphere to an intimate space.

The pool area is just as nice, tying together the Mayan-god motif with two gigantic concrete serpent heads spewing out water onto the main pool, surrounded by lounge chairs, beach umbrellas and canopied day beds. Then there is the Brio spa, done in oranges and tans, with flowing water installations at the entrance and a couples section for lovebirds. There is a temazcal facility here as well as plenty of treatment rooms and a full array of massages, facials and more. The best part of it all? The resort may be fully booked, but you’d barely notice—there’s enough space for everyone to spread out and never feel crowded.

Room to Grow The guestrooms at The Grand Mayan Los Cabos are a bit more subdued but still warm, welcoming, colorful, and functional. There’s been no scrimping on room space, so clients will feel very comfortable even if they stay four to a room. The family room suites have sofa beds that are as comfy to sleep in as they are to sit, and there are TVs in both this room and the bedroom. The kitchens are fully equipped with modern appliances, table and silverware, utensils, and toaster…pretty much everything one would ever need, down to the blender for making one’s own fruity drinks.

The bedroom, as well as Grand Rooms, is large and lovely, with a sitting area (including another sofa bed) all its own with homey touches—multicolored cushions, a huge jacuzzi tub connecting the bathroom to the bedroom and vibrant colors on the wall that go well with a Mexican stay. Some suites have a plunge pool in their large balconies. New to the resort are You and Me suites, perfect for couples or newlyweds. Here, direct ocean views, Bvlgari amenities and candles help set the mood.

The Grand Mayan Los Cabos is located right at the entrance of San Jose del Cabo, steps away from the Sea of Cortez. Though choppy, the beach is great for early-morning walks or clients may also enjoy some fishing right off the shore, as we witnessed during our visit. There’s also The Grand Mayan’s golf course, a 9-hole, 3,153-yard undulating beauty with multiple sand traps, complete with snack service.

The Grand Mayan Los Cabos has two restaurants for guests. There’s The Grand Cafe, which offers a generous buffet for breakfast (a la carte choices are available in the morning as well) and a vast menu for dinner. The other restaurant, Peri Q, is right by the pool and serves delicious frozen margaritas as well as seafood dishes, Mediterranean specialties and all the usual favorites of a beach vacation. The Grand Mayan also has full room service around the clock for days when clients would rather enjoy your guestroom.

With such great living space, proximity to San Jose and kicky comforts throughout, clients may want to spend some time here. Guests who choose to extend their stay can take advantage of self-service laundry and 24-hour babysitting. Another perk: laptops are available for rental at a very reasonable fee and there is wireless Internet throughout. There is a large supermarket just a 15-minute walk away, where guests can stock up on food supplies and make this their home base as they explore the region. Just a couple of months ago, Los Cabos was named the number-one preferred international destination in the 2008 American Express Travel Agent Survey for holiday season travel.