Fodor's Expert Review ME Cabo
Playa El Medano S/N, Zona Hotelera, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur 23410, México See on Map
Meliá brand's posh ME Cabo enjoys a spectacular setting overlooking Playa El Médano, the largest and most popular beach in Cabos San Lucas. With its huge, bustling pool areas, more daybeds than you can imagine, and hot tubs under the palms, ME Cabo is a playground for adults (although children are allowed). The hotel's swim-up pool bar is the favorite in Cabo. At poolside is the fun and friendly Blue Marlin Ibiza restaurant and nightclub, serving Mediterranean dishes, along with chill music, often spun by a DJ. Rooms are ultra-comfortable, and have chic, easygoing furnishings and breezy, flowing drapes.
A wide range of creatively designed suites is on offer--though early reservations are essential here.
ME Cabo’s various room and suite types all share a fashion forward aesthetic, with sleek furnishings, curated paintings and photographs, and extensive minibars. All rooms have pool views, and most feature ocean views and jacuzzis.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Extras at Suite ME, the property largest and most luxurious suite, include a pool table, pinball machine, firepit, jacuzzi, and DJ and exercise equipment.
Luxurious walk-in showers are a standard amenity but grow increasingly more expansive--with more spectacular bathroom views--in the larger suites.
Views of Land’s End are on display before guests even enter the lobby, which seems less like a check-in area than a colorful, upscale nightclub, with vibrant furnishings and staff backlit by muted purple lights. A beautiful Art Deco style staircase circles down to the poolside area.
As befits a place famed for its poolside party scene, ME Cabo’s swimming area is absolutely enormous; the sprawling pool fans out in circles, giving the effect of individual “inlets” or “bays.” Sumptuous white lounge chairs, daybeds and throne-like chairs are fanned out around the perimeter, and flanked by the DJ booth.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Poolside daybeds are free during the week, but must be reserved for weekend parties and events.
Meliá’s YHI Spa is named for the Australian goddess of light, but massages, treatments, and therapies are international in scope, with some incorporating traditional Mayan and Aztec rituals.
A traditional foot washing ceremony is offered before all treatments and therapies.
Functional and urban style training programs are offered at the onsite gym, which is stocked with everything from exercise stations and free weights to kettle bells and medicine balls.
ME Cabo’s parent company, Meliá, is based in Palma de Mallorca. This Spanish (and more specifically Balearic) heritage is reflected in the onsite drinking and dining establishment, Blue Marlin Ibiza. The restaurant serves up seafood focused Mediterranean fare at three separate locations: a chic indoor dining area, a shaded poolside bistro, and a beachfront terrace.
Blue Marlin Ibiza’s specialties are bottle service and sexy weekend theme parties featuring world-class DJ talent. Poolside sipping locales include a prodigiously stocked swim-up bar set below a VIP viewing area.
The resort is a short walk from the marina boardwalk, a promenade that fringes the Cabo San Lucas Marina and features many shopping plazas, restaurants, and bars. The promenade is very long, however, and to reach the far side requires a walk of about 30 minutes. Water taxis will cut that time to about 5 minutes, and cost only a couple of dollars per person. The downtown district in Cabo San Lucas is also a rather long walk and is more conveniently reached by means of conventional taxis. Parking is at a premium downtown, so rentals cars are best saved for day trips to San José del Cabo or Todos Santos. Water taxis can be arranged to get to Playa del Amor.
Several notable restaurants are located within walking distance of ME Cabo. Edith’s Restaurante (5-minute walk) is the best known, a benchmark for over two decades thanks to its superb mesquite grilled Mexican specialty dishes. Tacos Gardenias (7-minute walk) also has plenty of history in the area and is thought by locals to have some of the best fish tacos in town.
Mango Deck (6-minute walk) and The Office on the Beach (6-minute walk) are both mandatory stops. The former is a Spring Break mecca known for its bawdy contests and anything goes attitude, while the latter hosts an excellent Thursday night fiesta with live music, folkloric dancing, and fireworks. The Baja Brewing Company’s (7-minute walk) rooftop location at the recently rebranded Cachet Beach Hotel is also worth a visit.
WHY WE LIKE IT
ME Cabo commands a broad, central position overlooking Playa El Médano, the largest and most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas. The property also boasts spectacular views of Land’s End, the half-mile headland that marks the southernmost point of the Baja California peninsula. ME Cabo has long been famous locally for its poolside party scene, which remains unequaled in Los Cabos for bikini fashions, DJ talent, and Champagne service.
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