Hard Rock International has venues in 76 countries, including 30 hotels, 10 casinos and more than 185 cafes. Hard Rock Hotels span the globe with an uncompromised dedication to hospitality that promises so much more than merely a place to stay. They embrace the culture and character of each of their all-inclusive resort locations, with a unique energy and enthusiasm.
Perched at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, Los Cabos has long been an international travel destination. It’s desert landscape and striking sapphire waters create a tourist’s paradise. It was here, where desert meets sea, that I was invited to witness the unveiling of the latest gem in the Hard Rock International’s portfolio of all-inclusive resorts.
It was exciting to walk through the doors of a brand-new property that was expansive, modern, and chic. The property is very private and sits right on the Pacific Ocean north of downtown Cabo.
There are certain things I have always been able to count on when I visit a Hard Rock Hotel, I love being surrounded by the music pumping through their sound systems, live bands, DJ’s, and streaming tunes in the room. You can also request a record player with a set of classic records or a Fender guitar. I requested the guitar and used it as a prop for some cool selfies and tried to pluck out some chords.
The weekend I attended was a special grand opening event that included concerts, a press conference, celebrity red carpet, VIP parties including a special DJ pool party. A special evening hosted for the first time was a guitar smashing charity event with a firework show that was right on the beach. The lounge areas are everywhere; cabanas, beds, lounge chairs, swinging beds, poolside, overlooking the ocean, near bar areas. There were tons of unique lounging areas offering relaxation while taking in the sun and views, sipping a cocktail, or nibbling on a snack. The opportunity to get the party started was there at any given moment. You could feel the energy in the air.
One of the highlights of my trip included a Bret Michaels concert! I was so impressed with not only his live performance, but also the stage set up, the huge video displays, the sound system quality, and the lighting. Attendees could stand and watch him close-up, or lounge in the party area where they had a canopy of sheer drapery and crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. It was a rock wonderland and the Hard Rock put on a fabulous show.
Another over-the-top experience was when Lil’ Wayne hosted a Pool Party. The very popular rapper/producer was a hype man that day like no other, playing all genres of up-tempo rock, pop, and hip hop. He was the perfect Master of Ceremonies for this inaugural party, and got the crowd jumping on the dance floor. The pool party included things like mermaids, bartenders serving drinks while in the pool via a surfboard, choregraphed dancers, bubbles, and beach balls. Now, that’s how you throw a pool party never to be forgotten. Did I mention the cabanas have showers and private bathrooms?
My room was a spacious 522 sq. ft. with a spa tub, ocean view, king size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, sleek modern furniture and lighting, a lounging area, and a desk area. The bathroom was well appointed, with the bonus of an overhead rain shower fixture.
With all the resort had to offer, I found it hard to wind down because I just wanted to explore. When it comes to all-inclusive stays there are two important things at the top of my must-have list, the first being high quality cuisine with a variety of ethnic choices, and the second being fun things to do for the entire family. This trip did not disappoint. Eight tempting dining outlets offered nearly every style of food possible; Mexican, Italian, Brazilian, sushi and teppanyaki, brick-style oven, steakhouse, coffee shop, and a buffet. I really don’t know what meal was most enjoyable, since the bar was set so high with each meal, but I do know that I kept coming back to the Mexican restaurant, Los Gallos, for several reasons. First, they had a bartender that rolled his cart up to you and hand-crafted any style margarita you may choose, with your choice of tequila. Margarita game on! Second, the buffet was a variety of delectable dishes, and I was drawn to the vast array of seafood, including ceviche, paella, and skewers of fresh vegetables with enormous prawns grilled to perfection in front of you. Drinking options were everywhere and some you could swim up to, one bar even had a bowling alley.
Just a small sample of the activities I had the choice of participating in included: cross fit, bocce ball, cooking lessons, Texas hold’em, yoga, bingo, salsa dancing, basketball, and of course nightly parties with either a DJ or band.
Hard Rock Los Cabos has a great family friendly atmosphere and tons of things for children of all ages to do. First off, the two winding waterslides at the center of the resort are a great attraction to kids and adults. There are two kids’ clubs designed for kids between 4 – 12 years old, Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club provides playful and safe activities for children. Here they can spend their days enjoying endless entertainment, from colorful crafts, fun games, and live concerts to epic jam sessions. Kids 12 and over can experience the Music Lab where they can feel like rock stars, with software programs, expert instruction, and accelerated stage training. Outdoor active families can enjoy basketball and tennis. The theater has family friendly live performances nightly. I thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular Michael Jackson tribute. Being a huge fan, I walked away impressed and thrilled to have seen such a remarkable performance during my stay!
For a romantic escape, look no further than this dream-like setting. Hard Rock Los Cabos is the perfect spot for a destination wedding, complete with 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space that is both indoors and outdoors, and ideal for banquets. There’s a dedicated wedding space including a gazebo and a Catholic chapel. This space would certainly be a perfect location for any sort of party, conference, or concert. What better place to gather than this, awash in the shades that only a Baja Mexico coastal town can provide.
This Hard Rock resort is a feast for each of your senses. No matter how you vacation: singles, couples, or families can relish an abundance of memorable moments. The sights and smells intermingle with the ever-present sounds, elevating your vacation to a whole other level.