After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor and browsing through a few guidebooks, we decided to book this vacation to Cabo through Costco vacation. The initial and only bad experience was after we checked in, the woman who needed to validate our free drink coupon were screaming at us to stop by her desk. We were still shell shocked from the timeshare sales people people abusing our fear for authority. "You NEED to check with so and so." Although we weren't given mis-information at the airport, we were detained for up to 15 minutes just to listen to them trying to get us into a timeshare presentation.
Anyhow... my poor husband stayed behind with the luggage while I headed straight for the elevator to our room. We requested a king size bed but was told the entire hotel only offers 2 twin size beds. Not sure if this were true, but the weather was too hot and we were too tired to argue.
We didn't get an all inclusive meal plan which would cost us $80 dollars a day each. Since we don't really drink and can't eat that much, it wouldn't really be worth it. So we were really happy that the kitchenette was complete with pots and pans, utensils (forks, knives, spoons, ladles and spatula, in case if one feels like cooking a whole meal), a microwave, coffee maker and even a blender.
The twin bed is definitely small for 2 people but we managed because it would be awkward to sleep apart during a romantic getaway. The maids clean and remake the bed everyday very thoroughly. In fact, we always saw people cleaning and watering the plants. Guess it's a lot of work to maintain the place.
The location is great. It's a 15 minute walk to town. It's located close to City Mart (similar to Costco). We bought 2 huge jugs of water even without membership. The clerk just swiped it with some card he had handy.
Restaurant Cilantro has excellent food and a great view but their drinks at regular price, 148 pesos were simply too expensive. The hotel hosted Mexican fair on Tuesday nights. It's about $45 dollars per person but it's all you can drink/eat. They went all out, bringing a mariachi band, an enthusiastic MC to get the party going. It was definitely worth the experience.
The location on the beach is unbeatable. Just far enough from the restaurants and activities to avoid the crowd, but not too far that one feels isolated. Some said the beach isn't swimmable. I tried at first and yes, the undertow was certainly scary. I got "washing machined" - tumbled in the waves and spit out onto the beach like a dying whale. I should have filmed it and submit to funniest video. I ended up packing 5 pounds of sand in my bathing suit. The trick is to swim further out, about 5 feet, where one could drift with the waves and body surf a little and not to stand at the edge of the wave. The beach has a steep drop so it's hard to tip toe and bounce around. One had to tread water constantly. A good workout though. The water is very salty. The sand on the beach is coarse and yellow, not the white fine grain found in Cancun or Mayan Riviera. It's quite exfoliating, actually.
We had also visited other resorts associated with Pueblo Bonito Blanco: Rose, Pacifica and Sunset Beach. The hourly shuttle bus is quite convenient. One needs to check with the front desk to get a print out "ticket" before boarding the bus. We found that we liked Blanco the best. Rose is too big and a bit too rowdy for us. Plus we didn't like the flamingo pink hue, reminded us of Florida. Pacifica is gorgeous but 5 minutes outside, we found it unbearably hot. It is adults only. Not in "Temptation Island" kind of way, just quiet without kids. It would have been nice to experience the posh amenities, but with a bare, unswimmable beach, a week would be too long for me. As for Sunset Beach, the hallway reminded us of Stanford University. Very classy indeed. However, the resort is perched on a slope. It was not an easy access to the pool (at least not within our 5 minutes of being there). The lobby is quite grand, but then again, we don't stay in the lobby for 7 days.
The staff were quite friendly. By the way, the people at the information booth work for Timeshare. To rent kayaks you can go to Bonito Tours at the other end of the hotel on the beach. It's a small shack. If you want to go parasailing, go talk to the guys at the right of the hotel who had a stand in front of the restaurant row. Our parasailing experience negotiated through Bonito Tour was a bit abbreviated. I wonder if it were my bargaining that cut it short.
The towel service is definitely convenient. The two rows of lounge chair on the beach were awesome. We never had a problem finding a spot, no matter when we visited. It's family friendly and great to see many people having a great time.
Apparently they do special dinner experience. The day before we left, the staff started digging on the beach to pitch a special tent for dinner. Must be quite romantic.
Since the beach is public, it's hard to tell who is who coming up stairs from the beach and using the facility. So security staff occasionally walk around and ask which room we were staying at. The room also as a safe which we used during our stay. We didn't have to worry about our iPhones, passports, wallets, etc. while we went to the beach.
All in all, we had a good time. It just got a bit difficult to have to forage for food everyday, if not every meal. It was quite hot in August and we both got fried walking under the sun. Perhaps next time we visit, we will splurge and go for all inclusive.
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