Baja Luxury: The Club Premium Experience at Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe

The view from the presidential suite

Jen Jones Donatelli

Somewhere between the pulsing nightlife of Cabo San Lucas and the colorful, quiet authenticity of San Jose Del Cabo lies the Los Cabos corridor, a beachy, mellow 20-mile stretch connecting the two towns that comprise the region known to most simply as "Cabo." Not surprisingly, this scenic drive along the Sea of Cortes is dotted with a string of luxury resorts perfectly aimed at those who enjoy the best of both worlds. At the heart of this “golden zone?” Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, a 619-suite, all-inclusive beachfront luxury destination. (Frequent travelers may recognize the name Barcelos from its 160+ other properties in locales like Riviera Maya and Punta Cana—the Los Cabos resort joined the fold in 2009.)

Differentiating the experience for luxury-minded travelers is Barcelo’s Club Premium service, a reservation upgrade that affords access to a wider array of amenities. The experience begins with private check-in at the exclusive club lounge, where premium customers can snack on sushi, sip champagne, or simply enjoy the vast ocean view. Room assignments are guaranteed to reflect the resort’s most optimal ocean views and suite space, and upon first visit, you’ll be greeted with petit fours and a bottle of champagne, along with a pillow menu to appease those who prefer firm to feathers (and vice versa). Those feeling especially flush might request the 1950 sq.-ft. Presidential Suite, a tastefully appointed penthouse featuring a plunge pool and extensive terrace (average rate: $3000 per night). Also popular are the 34 new swim-up suites, reserved for Club Premium guests and the only of their kind available in Los Cabos.

Premium visitors can also tap the expertise of a personalized concierge in order to experience Los Cabos to the fullest extent, with a range of available excursions including tequila tasting, snorkeling, boating past Cabo San Lucas’ famous Arch, horseback riding, or an art walk of San Jose Del Cabo. Club Premium concierges can also help arrange preferred reservations at one of Barcelo’s six on-site restaurants. (Though the resort is all-inclusive, it can be hard to snag a reservation at prime dining times during high season.) What to expect food-wise? A wide variety of options, from Japanese to French to Italian to seafood—with impressive detail paid to menu quality and diversity. Diners who seek stunning vistas alongside sumptuous plates might try La Hacienda Steakhouse, an alfresco restaurant situated on a balmy beachfront terrace.

Also included with the Club Premium upgrade is a 20 percent discount at the resort’s U Spa, which offers an extensive treatment menu centered on the elements of earth, water, and sky. Notable treatments include the “U Diamond Experience,” a unique facial that utilizes diamond dust and DNA; the Detox Marine Algae Wrap; and a Floral Massage utilizing Natura Bisse products. Palapa huts are also on hand for those who want a straightforward massage in the sun-soaked outdoors. One can’t-miss aspect of the spa is the hydrotherapy room, in which spa-goers can follow a recommended circuit to take advantage of the various temperature pools and their healing properties. (Club Premium visitors are invited to enjoy the hydrotherapy room anytime, regardless of whether a treatment is scheduled.)

And perhaps most inviting is the resort’s plum beachfront perch, along with an array of swimming areas including an infinity pool with swim-up bar and adults-only pool. It's virtually impossible not to indulge in rest and rejuvenation alongside the pristine white sands and cerulean blue waters—the most premium experience of all.

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The largest of the four pools at the resort
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The master bedroom in the presidential suite
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The living room in the presidential suite
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Barcelos Los Cabos Palace Deluxe exterior
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El Cortijo restaurant
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The quiet room at U Spa
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The hydrotherapy room at U Spa

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Jen Jones Donatelli is a Los Angeles-based travel writer whose stories and photos have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Confidential, San Francisco, Variety, Thrillist, Vital Juice, The Well Daily, and many other publications. She also runs her own travel and lifestyle blog at: More)

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