JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa

Location San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Design Principal Jim Olson
Principal Kevin Kudo-King

Though separated from the Pacific by a 35 foot-tall dune that stretches 750 feet across the front of the property, the Puerto Los Cabos Resort creates an immediate connection from entry to ocean through a horizon-framing main arrival hall and intuitive, adventure-evoking pathways throughout the resort.

Just past the main entry, two separate infinity pools appear to join, creating a visual connection to the ocean beyond. The horizon takes center stage from nearly every place in the resort. As guests move throughout the property, they are greeted with unexpected views of the water, framed by native landscaping and sporadically (but intentionally) interrupted by the incorporated sand dune.

The size of the 300-room, 561,000 square foot property is brought down to an intimate scale, starting with the entry hall, where a cadence of tall columns — inspired by pre-Columbian architecture — draws the visitor forward. In the 8,000-sqaure foot ballroom, large steel girders are wrapped in dark wood, soffits are incorporated throughout, and dropped light fixtures bring intimacy to the large space.

Like the rest of the property, the guest rooms were designed to invoke a sense of intimacy. Room entries are set off the hallways, diminishing the noise of passing guests and rolling suitcases. Original, owner-procured paintings hang in each guest room, nearly all of which offer a view of the ocean.



Design Principal

Jim Olson


Kevin M. Kudo-King

Project Manager

Jerry Garcia

Project Architect

Martina Bendel


Jorge Ribera

Landscape Architect

Michelle Arab



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