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JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

  • Design Principal

    Jim Olson

  • Principal

    Kevin Kudo-King

The design of the JW Marriott Los Cabos Resort seamlessly blends architecture and art with the site’s powerful desert landscape and an endless panorama of the Pacific Ocean. Though separated from the water by a 35-foot-tall dune, the resort creates an immediate connection from entry to ocean through a horizon-framing main arrival hall and intuitive, adventure-evoking pathways throughout the resort.

The grandeur of the 299-room, 561,000-square-foot resort is honed to an intimate scale starting with the entry hall where a cadence of tall columns inspired by pre-Columbian architecture draws visitors forward. 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.

Smooth concrete and stucco buildings throughout the complex, whose color was derived from the sand of the surrounding desert, were designed to appear native to the site. Open travertine-covered hallways and floors combined with local soil aggregates, further blur the physical boundaries of indoors and outdoors, site and architecture. Specially commissioned artworks from Mexican artists including Jaume Plensa, Jorge Yázpik, and Sam Falls are woven throughout the interior and exterior spaces of the resort, as well as individual guest rooms.


  • Design Principal

    Jim Olson

  • Principal

    Kevin M. Kudo-King

  • Project Manager

    Jerry Garcia

  • Project Architect

    Martina Bendel

  • Staff

    Debbie Kennedy

  • Interiors

    Debbie Kennedy

  • Landscape Architect



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