Beyond the Border: Grand Velas Los Cabos

  • Beyond the Border: Grand Velas Los Cabos

    With the largest convention center in the region, the luxury this all-inclusive resort offers includes hassle-free logistics.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Grand Velas Los Cabos

  • Beyond the Border: Grand Velas Los Cabos

    With the largest convention center in the region, the luxury this all-inclusive resort offers includes hassle-free logistics.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Grand Velas Los Cabos

When you arrive at Grand Velas Los Cabos, you’re escorted by your personal concierge through the three-story grand entrance that sits 300 feet above sea level and onto the oceanfront terrace. There, you’re offered a cool orange blossom-scented towel, a frosty cocktail served in a copper mug and garnished with fresh rosemary, and a head-and-neck massage. The pampering continues nonstop at this all-inclusive AAA Five-Diamond beachside property on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula where each of the 304 guest suites has ocean views and private terraces (some with plunge pools). Suites are a minimum of 1,180 square feet and, for C-suite VIPs, as large as 6,481 square feet. The hotel, the fifth and newest property of Velas Resorts, is just 35 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport; Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose all have nonstop flights, as do Seattle, Portland, New York, Chicago and many other American cities.

There’s a lot more that makes the resort an easy fit for meetings. Grand Velas Los Cabos has the region’s largest convention center. With 16,370 square feet of flexible event space, it can accommodate up to 1,700 attendees. There are two large ballrooms—one nearly 11,000 square feet—with space that can be divided into 20 breakout rooms. Among the amenities are a “cell phone concierge” who will hold and charge the smartphones of attendees who don’t want to be interrupted.

The hotel’s Terraza del Mar is the largest, and loveliest, oceanfront terrace along the Los Cabos coast. It offers panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez and a capacity of 600.

With five chef-driven gourmet restaurants on property, guests can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences without planners needing to deal with the expense and logistics of off-resort transport. Cocina de Autor, which is helmed by a two-star Michelin chef, is the resort’s signature restaurant. Other on-property fine-dining options include Frida, which offers elevated Mexican dining, and Piaf, specializing in gourmet French fare. Azul offers all-day dining indoors and outdoors; there’s steak and seafood at Velas 10 and a menu of fresh ceviche at Cabrilla. The newest culinary offering is a DIY taco bar, with fillings that range from al pastor with roasted pineapple, fried Baja fish and octopus, to chocolate ice cream and Mexican caramel sauce. 

The spa is, in a word, spectacular; two levels and 35,000 square feet with 16 treatment rooms and a seven-step water journey that features a variety of hydro elements, including carved-stone chaises with jets positioned just underneath the surface of the water to relax the muscles of reclining guests. After the spa, incentive guests might linger at one of the resort’s three infinity pools. 

The menu of activities that can be arranged for groups is exhaustive: scavenger hunts, nearby golf, luxury day sailing with Cabo Adventures, exploring Baja’s outback behind the wheel of your own off-road vehicle, and even camel safaris. 

The revitalization of downtown LA has prompted a transformation of the newly updated LA Athletic Club. After two phases of $10 million renovations, which included its meeting and event spaces, the family-owned athletic and social club now offers guests and planners exciting new spaces for any occasion. 

 

On Jan. 30, Meetings Professionals International Southern California Chapter held its 2018 “State of the Industry” luncheon at the Pasadena Convention Center. Amanda Armstrong, CMP, incoming chair of the MPI International Board of Directors, was the keynote speaker. In her address, she encouraged MPI members to volunteer. “Find something you’re passionate about and raise your hand. Volunteering is a great way to try out new skills. Don’t be afraid to be a rookie.”

 

Here are some options for smaller groups and quick getaways.