The Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos: An Honest Review from a Family of Four

Not your grandma’s all-inclusive

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the-garza-blanca-los-cabos: the pool area.
Garza Blanca

Two years ago, my family and I took our first foray into the all-inclusive-life at The Garza Blanca Cancun, an idyllic resort located slightly north of the famed spring break destination. I wrote at the time about the stunning facilities, top-notch cuisine and sophisticated-yet-kid-friendly vibes. What I couldn’t have predicted is the impact that experience had on my children. Since then, and despite travel to some pretty cool places (Washington D.C.! Portugal!), my kids have held up Mexico as the best vacation of their lives. Seriously, each child dedicated their 2022 year-end writing assignment to “the time my family went to Mexico.”

So, when it came time to plan our 2024 Presidents Day trip, we decided to give the little people in our family what they wanted.

This time, we opted for the Garza Blanca Resort + Spa Los Cabos location, on the other side of the country in Baja California Sur. Here’s my honest review.

The Hotel

The Los Cabos outpost is actually one of three Garza Blanca locations (the others are in Cacun and Puerto Vallarta). This 5-star resort is built right up against the emerald-blue waters of the pacific as a curving, 315-suite manse inspired by the region’s white sand beaches and history as a fishing village. (Indeed, the rafters in the spa-like lobby are made from boat parts.) The eight ocean-facing swimming pools are definitely the nexus of the hotel, and include a kid’s pool, an Instagram-ready glass-front pool and an adults-only rooftop infinity pool. Though word to the wise: Get there early (like 7 a.m.) to snag a primo chair, otherwise you’ll spend the day off to the side, facing the back of the hotel. Other hotel features include a world-class spa (I tried the heavenly water circuit), a wedding-ready ballroom and seven excellent restaurants (more on those below).

the-garza-blanca-los-cabos: a hotel room in the garza blanca.
Jillian Quint

The Rooms

Guests can choose from a Junior Suite with one king or two queen beds (starting at $325/night for room-only—more info on all-inclusive options below), a king-bed one bedroom suite with a separate living area and sofa bed (starting at $440/night) and a bananas big (2,000 square feet) two bedroom suite (starting at $823/night) which has a king and a double queen room connected by a shared living room with sofa-bed. There are also even larger luxury “residences” for those truly looking for a splurge. All rooms include a private terrace with hammock (perfect for lounging and spotting morning whales on the horizon) and a spacious en-suite bathroom with soaking tub and bidet (if you’re into that sort of thing). My family opted for a one-bedroom, and our kids (ages 7 and 9) did just fine sharing the living room sofa-bed. We loved that the living room area had both a well-stocked kitchen (a must for families not on the all-inclusive plan) and a washer dryer (for a four-day vacation, we weirdly produced a lot of laundry).

the garza blanca los cabos the food
Jillian Quint

The Food

Garza Blanca is not your grandma’s all-inclusive. While you can book rooms on their own, I think it’s worth it to add the all-inclusive option (which brings the starting price of a Junior Suite up to $300/night per person; all kids under 12 are free). This gets you unlimited food and drinks (with the exception of a few super-pricey items) at the hotel’s seven restaurants, many bars, pool snackbar and food truck. We loved dining on carpaccio and carbonara at the superb rooftop NOI, perfectly cooked ribeye at Bocados Steak House and citrusy marlin tostadas at the seaside Food Truck raw bar. The only misstep was the Japanese restaurant, Hiroshi, where we found the service disjointed and the offerings not as stellar as other restaurants. It also cannot be overstated how much our kids loved ordering fries and chicken strips to nosh on by the pool, and helping themselves to the fresh fruit and Nutella pancakes at the breakfast buffet.

the-garza-blanca-los-cabos: two children swimming in a pool.
Jillian Quint

The Kid-Friendliness

I was there over Presidents Day Weekend and while it was, admittedly, a school break, the number of guests without children could probably be counted on one hand. That said, Garza Blanca never felt overrun by children and the vibe is sophisticated (no bright red water slides here) while still decidedly kid-friendly; most menus include kids’ options and the hotel offers items like baby monitors and strollers for families who need them. My second- and third-grader loved splashing around the pools, checking out the beach (note that the ocean was too rough for swimming), trying out the pickleball courts and, of course, spending a few hours a day at the kids’ club, where they made crafts, played videogames and participated in something called Mexican Bingo. Did my husband and I feel vaguely bad about ditching them to have cocktails in the hot tub? No…no we did not.

The Location

A 45-minute drive from the Cabos San Lucas International Airport, Garza Blanca is actually located between Cabos San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. You can get around the area via taxi or rental car, but we opted to mostly stay on the hotel’s premises, since we had plenty of activities and stunning views without having to step off the property.

the-garza-blanca-los-cabos: the pool.
Jillian Quint

Final Thoughts

What We Like:

  • Impeccable facilities and stunning views
  • Sophisticated yet kid-friendly
  • Creative, fresh food options
  • Friendly, helpful staff

What We Don't Like:

  • Ocean is not swimmable
  • Must arrive at pools early for prime chairs

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Jillian Quint is the Editor-in-Chief of PureWow, where she oversees the editorial staff and all the fabulous content you read every day. Jillian began her career as a book editor...