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Good things come in threes at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos.

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Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos is an architectural wonder set against the Sea of Cortez.

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Artist César López Negrete created “Geography of Hope” with gold leaf in the shape of the Baja California Peninsula to greet guests in the resort’s open-air lobby.

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It all hits you as soon as you step out of your private ride from Los Cabos International Airport: the Pacific breeze, the open-air lobby’s clean lines and cool art sculptures, the salutatory drink. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos does things differently from the Cabo San Lucas spots to its south. This San José del Cabo resort nails its distinct brand of architecture, art and artisan service with enviable ease.

 

Architecture
It’s all about sleek linear vibes at Solaz, which tapped Mexican architectural firm Sordo Madaleno for the 128-room resort’s sustainable design. Tiered terraces and pathways made of quarry stone, granite and marble are flanked by earthy wood accents, indigenous flora and desert vegetation (yep, plenty of prickly cacti)—so there’s no questioning you’re in Baja California Sur. Lines are cleverly blurred between the indoors and out, with guest rooms and public spaces that flow seamlessly onto terraces with plunge pools and Sea of Cortez views so good they’re downright sexy. With only 10 to 15 days of rain in the region each year, Solaz’s indoor-outdoor situation is a welcome luxury.

Art
When you’re not standing transfixed by the resort’s interiors and landscaping (and noticing little pleasures like how the sunlight casts intriguing shadows through its many design elements), there’s hyperlocal art to charm you. Mexican artist César López Negrete spent a year exploring the peninsula’s land, water, history and folklore before creating unique sculptures and furnishings in thoughtful, sometimes surprising, spots around the property.

Artisan Service
While the architecture and art are standouts, it’s the service that will have you booking a return trip ASAP. At check-in, you’ll meet your artisan, a local experience curator, assistant and excursion specialist. Want to swim with whale sharks or just need your bags unpacked? Your artisan is on call 24/7. The resort has three designated Clefs d’Or concierges (the creme de la creme of concierges)—more than any other hotel in Los Cabos. You’ll also meet artisans dedicated to a specific craft: There’s Efrain Perez, who lets guests use his personal telescope for stargazing. Then there’s Oscar Ortiz, a Baja history buff who can take you on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to ancient preserved rock paintings in the nearby mountains. Want to do the thing no one else is doing? Your artisan is there to make it happen.

Gallery room rates from $670 per night, suite rates from $1,140 per night

 

Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco 

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