In the first part of our Mexico getaway, we had just begun to explore beautiful Los Cabos, situated approximately 1,030 miles south of San Diego at the southern tip of Baja Mexico (sometimes called Baja California), hugging the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to the east.
This “dual destination” encompasses San Jose del Cabo, the mellow, old world Spanish side of these fraternal twin cities, with Cabo San Lucas representing the somewhat boisterous, party child. Despite this, Cabo San Lucas possesses a peaceful, relaxing and inviting side, and I found it at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort.
“BONITO” (BEAUTIFUL) IS JUST THE BEGINNING
Perched high atop a picturesque, private coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the western tip of the Baja peninsula, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort is consistently rated as one of the top luxury resorts in Mexico, and for good reason. The resort excels at every turn, truly providing guests with the ultimate Cabo San Lucas beach vacation experience in a tranquil, secluded location that makes you feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of nearby downtown Cabo.
The all-suite accommodations are spacious, inviting, colorful and ike being in one’s home or private apartment as opposed to a hotel room. The beds are blissfully comfortable, the bathrooms highlighted by beautiful marble, tile, sunk-in bathtubs and glass-enclosed showers roomy enough for two. Throughout there’s oversized furniture, fully equipped kitchenettes and private balconies.
The accommodations are all dispersed between low- to mid-rise buildings dotted around the property, which allow for more, well, space between humanity so you never feel as if all of the guests are constantly on top of each other. The resort also encompasses larger, 5,000-square-foot villas and other more spacious options for those desiring the ultimate in luxury and private, personalized service. It is here that many A-list celebs, politicians (no names but I hear our former saxophone playing prez comes here) and other dignitaries come to get away from it all.
Because of the steep hills on which the resort is located, guests primarily move about on chauffeured golf carts that deftly and swiftly wind around sharp curves and up and down the steep inclines and declines between the property accommodations and entities.
DO AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE AS YOU LIKE
The resort’s full-service amenities here consist of six swimming pools (including a children’s pool area and for children ages 4 to 11, a Sunset Beach Kids Club), private beach access, an impressive fitness center, tennis courts, a medical clinic and an award-winning European spa featuring a wide array of salon, massage and body services and treatments.
You’ll also find a beautiful chapel with a Sunday morning mass, jewelry, tobacco, gift and clothing shops, a deli and coffee shop, plus laundry and dry cleaning services if needed. And as you might imagine, given the jaw-dropping natural scenery and beauty of the resort, a lot of weddings, anniversary and other celebrations take place here on almost a nightly basis.
On the culinary front, guests here have the option of choosing an all-inclusive plan, which includes almost a dozen gourmet restaurants both here and at their sister properties (we’ll discuss that in a minute), or they can opt for a meal or pay-as-you-go plan, all charged to the rooms in a hands-free, unpretentious “cashless” system.
Gastronomic delights include outstanding seafood, sushi, steaks, authentic Mexican fare, international specialties and more, plus special theme and buffet nights. And if you’re still hungry after all of that, just call for their 24-hour Suite Service.
In addition to laying out at the beach or pools (where you can also order great food and drinks), they offer several wonderful daily, onsite activities, including water aerobics, beach volleyball, dance lessons, ping pong games, Spanish lessons, cooking lessons and more.
If you choose to spend some time away from the resort, there are numerous area beaches, golf courses, watersports, excursions including ATV adventures, horseback riding, swimming with the dolphins, surfing, day tours to local villages, shopping excursions and the like.
Complimentary shuttles take guests to their sister properties, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort (which is adults only), Pueblo Bonito Blanco (which means, and is painted, white), Pueblo Bonito Rose (which means, and is painted—you got it—pink) and the Quivira Golf Club, named the Best New International Course of 2014 by Golf magazine. (They also have a Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas property, and three properties in Mazatlan, Mexico.)
THE CREME DE LA CREME
I’ve been fortunate to stay at numerous luxury resorts over the years, each offering its own unique vistas, activities and so forth, and I have to say that the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is among the best. The service was absolutely incredible—from the front desk to the food servers, spa attendants, activity instructors, housekeepers, bartenders, groundskeepers and the rest of the staff. The food is amazing, the property is in pristine condition 24/7 and again, the suites are just gorgeous.
The only drawbacks I feel I need to mention are that because of the heavy surf in this part of the region, guests are not permitted to wade or swim in the ocean. However, sunbathing is encouraged, and there are many beach chairs, umbrellas and the like provided for your enjoyment. Additionally, because of the topography, which necessitates a lot of golf cart use (which can be a bit noisy at times) or walking steep stairways and roadways, I think the resort would be difficult to navigate if you have any physical limitations. Nevertheless, once at any public area (lobby, restaurants, shops, pools, etc.), everything is wheelchair accessible.
In our last adventure, we’ll venture into town to take in a few sites, enjoy a little shopping and enjoy some incredible food that will leave you begging for more!
Lysa Allman Baldwin is a freelance writer and the publisher and editor of Amazing Escapades, featuring “adventures for the mind, bod and belly” (www.amazingescapades.com).