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RESORT & grand spa PLAYA GRANDE The Thalassotherapy Spa uses the curative properties of the Sea of Cortez in its treatments. L sarah muñoz 30 august 2010 onsite review may 2010 Large and in charge—that’s what comes to mind at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa, one of four side-by-side properties from Solmar Hotels & Resorts. Despite its seemingly ample girth, Playa Grande provides enough homey touches to make a Cabo San Lucas vacation cozy and relaxing. Playa Grande sits right by Solmar Beach, an area that keeps vendors and non-guests away with rocky cliffs on each side. It’s a fantastic location, with Cabo’s marina a short walk away. We run into guests who come back every year and snuggle into these condo-style suites, enjoy quiet walks on the beach and bring the grandkids when they can. There might be a barefoot wedding taking place on the beach at any time of day, or a barefoot business meeting. The resort is an entire ode to “down time,” with huge pools and ponds snaking around its contours, buildings with lots of color and a taste of Baja at every corner. Each of the resort’s 260 suites with private balconies brings great comfort in even the “smallest” of rooms, which in fact are anything but—sleeper sofas can accommodate two more bodies for a total of four. Penthouse suites have two bedrooms as well as a sleeper sofa. Deluxe jr. suites, of which there are only 42, feature a kitchenette, but all others have a full kitchen. Playa Grande’s gift shop does double duty as a convenience store, which means that once guests arrive, they can stock up on basics—milk, cereal, cold cuts, cheese—without having to run out to town. At Playa Grande, we gobbled up our weight in sushi while clicking away on our laptop from the Sushi Bar, feasted on filet mignon at Brigantine and channeled Snow White during a generous breakfast bufcontinued on page 51

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2010

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk
Tour Talk
Uniworld's River Royale
Discover flanders
Five-Star Taiwan
Karisma Sweetens the Pot
Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe
Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa
Central America Calling...
Garza  Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
Israel With Goway Travel
Puerto Rico: A community Experience
Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
The Bahamas: Players' Paradise
Orlando World Center Marriott Resort
All-American St. Louis
PH Towers by Westgate, Las Vegas

Recommend August 2010