• Beyond the Border: Grand Velas Los Cabos

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

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

  • Beyond the Border: Grand Velas Los Cabos

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

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

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. 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.  

 

We never outgrow the pleasure of an Easter egg hunt. That’s the thinking behind a promotion by Visit Temecula. While the city’s annual Easter egg hunt will take place on April 16 in three different locations, the visitor’s bureau promo is monthlong. Visitors, whether leisure travelers or part of a group, who book a midweek stay in Temecula Valley during the month of April might just find an Easter egg with a $50 Visa card inside under their pillow.

 

Sheraton Dallas Hotel has introduced a new outdoor event space under its new event programming, Dare to Outdoors. The hotel’s catering team has partnered with Pacific Plaza Park, a 3.7-acre green space in Downtown Dallas. The park features a 31,950 square-foot lawn space and permanent seating, as well as night-sky friendly lights for star-watchers. Three food truck power outlets are available and standard outlets are located throughout the park.