August 18, 2021 | By Kevin Cooper
When you’re looking for authentic experiences and extra perks for your next luxury vacation, it’s wise to weigh the pros and cons of small resorts vs. large resorts to decide which one is right for you. A boutique hotel can be a hidden gem that allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and environment while still enjoying full-service amenities. But a large resort offers a dazzling array of choices that can’t be found anywhere else.
On a recent trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, we stayed at a smaller resort—Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedragal—for part of the trip and a huge resort—Solaz, Luxury Hotel and Residences—for the rest of the time. Both were extraordinary, but each had its own selling points. Here’s what we learned by comparing a small resort to a large resort.
A small resort can be iconic, giving you a truly memorable experience of another culture and lifestyle. Here are some of the other benefits of thinking small:
A small resort, no matter how much they try, still cannot offer the same variety of a large resort. Here are some of the potential drawbacks of going small:
Large resorts have perfected the science of luxury vacations in ways that boutique hotels could only dream of. Along with welcome exclusivity, you will have many choices at the large resort. Here are some of the advantages:
For all of its amenities, a large resort can leave you feeling like just another number. You may miss the personal connections that could be found in a smaller resort. Here are some other potential drawbacks:
Whether you choose a small resort—steeped in culture, character, and offering complimentary signature margaritas upon arrival —or a large resort—sporting a full complement of stunning buildings and bustling activities—the awe-inspiring views, impeccable food and drink, and spa-like pampering are yours to enjoy. Cabo never disappoints.