Grand Velas Los Cabos in Mexico has introduced a new helicopter engagement experience, complete with a “Michelin Dinner Under the Stars” and an expert-led stargazing session (the area is considered one of NASA’s top 20 places for night-sky research).
The helicopter proposal begins with a pickup at the hotel on its rooftop, Terraza Del Mar, where couples are treated to canapés and drinks before embarking on a 75-minute helicopter tour. Starting just before sunset, the golden-hour tour takes passengers to the arch of Cabo San Lucas. As the helicopter tour concludes, couples are surprised with the view of a floral display on the beach that spells out “Will You Marry Me?” Alternatively, the hotel can create an oversized whale outline in candles, an ode to the destination’s annual whale migration.
Next up is an open-air beach dining experience with two-Michelin-star chef Sidney Schutte. The couple will be in full view of the stars, planets and constellations stretching over the Baja Peninsula. Signature cocktails and wines complement the meal inspired by nature. Following dinner, couples are invited to partake in a stargazing session. Guided by a NASA-certified astronomer, guests will explore the night sky through a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. In summer, approximately 75 percent of constellations are visible and planets including Jupiter, Mars and Saturn rise earlier. In addition to scoping the Milky Way, Zodiac Signs and many nebulae (star clusters), couples will play games together and learn about the Mayan Calendar and Native American moons.
A three-night stay in Grand Velas Los Cabos’ Presidential Suite is also included with the engagement experience. The 5,451-square-foot suite frames oceanfront views and has a private terrace, pool, separate living and dining room, in-suite bar and more. Additionally, two 50-minute Therapeutic Massages are available per stay, besides VIP transportation, an in-suite dinner, in-suite tequila tasting and unlimited Water Ceremonies at the SE Spa.
Grand Velas Los Cabos offers two tiers for this experience, each catering to different preferences and budgets. Starting rates for the helicopter engagement experience with Presidential Suite accommodations, Michelin-star dining and the astronomy session are $67,255. Alternatively, the proposal with accommodations in a Grand Class Suite, helicopter tour and private beach dinner with a solo musician begins at $11,700. Both tiers offer customizable elements such as photography or extra stargazing participants, allowing couples to personalize the experience to their preferences and budget. Rates are inclusive of gourmet meals, premium beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, nightly entertainment, taxes, gratuity and more.