Friday, February 26, 2016

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas

By Wendy Kam Marcy

If there is a paradise on earth, it's right here at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa. This was my "home & office" for 5 glorious days while working on the #CaboNow campaign with Sunwing Vacations.

Just a short drive from town (10 minutes) and about 45 minutes from Los Cabos airport, this resort sits on 1800 acres of land - which is part tropical and part desert.

Every angle was a magical photo opportunity. I can't even begin to describe how incredibly elegant and massive the property is. Pueblo Bonito means "beautiful village" and yes, is it ever stunning!

Pueblo Bonita is a family owned collection of 8 luxury resorts in Mexico. We stayed at Pacifica, their 5 star adults-only boutique resort with modern designs and minimal finishes.

All 154 rooms have postcard views of the cactus garden and the pacific ocean side of the Baja Peninsula. Our deluxe suite was average in size but the balcony was spacious, and it had the best rain forest shower (for the bathroom snobs who are wondering).

During our stay, we were assigned to a lovely butler, Ms. Aliyah. She greeted us at the airport and took care of us during our entire stay - arranging off-sight transportation, booking our dinner reservations, sharing insightful stories from a local's persepctive and of course, (patiently!) helping us take many Instagram photos.

She was a tremendous help - saving us time and keeping us on track with our aggressive media agenda. If you decide to get butler service, I highly recommend Aliayah as we easily bonded and became friends in a short period of time.

Among the many activities including beach yoga, Spanish lessons and tennis, the cooking class was my favourite. Chef Edgar Chavez (also the resort's Culinary Director) showed us how to make his signature vegan ceviche dish. I am so envious that fresh organic fruits and vegetables are so readily available year-round in Los Cabos!

And of course, doing absolutely nothing but lounging by their wrap around pool is also totally accepted and highly encouraged here!

If you are more of a beach person, there is stretches of beautiful sand to dig your toes in. Pretty cabanas line the beach. (It's the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding!) I spent an afternoon working in one of them while sipping on a strawberry margarita, the crashing ocean waves made an incredible soundtrack.

There are no other competing resorts nearby so you get the feeling of privacy without any distractions (souvenir peddlers or noise from college spring breakers). The only downside is the undercurrent is very deep and strong so there is no swimming in this part of the ocean. However, because it was whale mating season, I was entertained by watching them blowing water, breaching and flapping their fins so this made up for it.

From fine dining to casual poolside snacking to around the clock room service, foodies get spoiled here!

They even have a donut buffet!

There are 5 dining options offering everything from Mediterranean-style cuisine, authentic Mexican flavours, Asian Fusion and good ol' American comfort classics.

If you are vegetarian/vegan, the chefs have no problems whipping up innovative dishes (just let them know about your food preferences in advance or upon arrival). There is something deliciously different every day to tantalize tastebuds and satisfy hungry palettes!

The main highlight for me was dining at the Quivira Golf Clubhouse. Even if you don't play golf, make a breakfast reservation here and order the French Toast - crisp to perfection on the outside and warm + fluffy inside!

Honestly, nothing beats savouring a steaming cup of soy latte while taking in views of their award winning golf course surrounded by rolling desert foothills and dazzling granite cliffs. Morning win!

I'm not typically a resort person but the huge advantage of staying at this all-inclusive is that you gain access to Sunset Beach (a much larger family resort on the same property) and the Rosé which is located in Cabo town and has more of an urban vibe. This expands your food and entertainment options greatly and provides diversity for longer stays.

Everything about Pacifica whispers tranquility and bliss.

It wouldn't be a vacation if there was no pampering so take advantage of their full service spa. Book the "Red Wine Wrap & Facial" - it did wonders for relaxing my mind and body while rehydrating my skin before heading back to Toronto's cold dry winter. My husband indulged in a 90 mins sports massage and we both really enjoyed their steam room and hot/cold plunge pools prior to our treatments.

My stay here was short but very sweet. When you get a small taste of something so incredible, it leaves you wanting more!

This resort is a splurge (starting at $285 USD nightly per person) however, the outstanding level of service and attention to quality makes it easy for me to recommend Pueblo Bonito Pacifica to those seeking a truly unique memorable experience.

Gracias Pueblo Bonito for hosting us! We hope to see you again soon. xo

Follow their Instagram feed. Warning: It'll give you a serious case of wanderlust!

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