I'm not really sure what everyone is talking about. I did not get an honeymoon so after 15 years of marriage, I finally got one and it was magical. Since my husband and I are not college kids looking to party like a sorority/frat college kid we opted to not go to Cabo. Furthermore, we opted to stay away from the monstrosities that are the all-inclusive (which some remind me of cattle cars trying to put as many people in the resort as possible--personal opinion of course---some people like that) but for my anniversary I just wanted to reconnect with my husband--especially after 2 children and hardships created by the initial wave of the recession.
The Hacienda offered everything we wanted---it was far enough away from Cabo to be perfect for us to reconnect and yet close enough to run to Costco/Walmart if we needed something. We did go to Cabo one night for fun but the majority of the time we spent at the Hacienda. We were greeted by Gregorio when we arrived and he took us to the bar while Arturo made sure our room was ready. After a 6 hour+ plane ride, my husband and I were able to sit out in the pool area with a drink and just decompress. Gregorio chatted with us about everything and anything and made sure we were able to relax and have nice strong drinks.
Gregorio explained that the restaurants closed earlier then in Cabo just so we were aware of it and told us the restaurant was at the resort down the beach at the Surf Colony but we could always order room service (15% charge for this is a steal compared to other places that we've stayed at). Arturo showed us to our room and words cannot accurately describe how opulent and old world Mexico this place is. We really were not prepared for the enormous room that we were checked-in too. I asked if this was the honeymoon suite and Arturo told us that this is the standard size of the rooms at the Hacienda--my mouth dropped.
I love to take baths so when I went into the bathroom to see the size of the tub I almost cried--honestly. Ladies we all watch the movies/tv shows showing Meredith Grey and McDreamy both sitting in the bubble bath and we've never been able to do that as a couple--well my husband is 6'5 and I'm a tad cotton candy fluffy lol so it's not very easy. However, the Hacienda tubs were huge and we could both fit--you have no idea how romantic and reconnecting that is as a couple.
The entire room was over-the-top and romantic. I've read comments about how the pool was ice cold----my response is "They know they are in Mexico and not Alaska right?" The ocean is 85 degrees and frankly if it's 100 degrees out--I for one do NOT want to get into a heated pool. Perhaps its because I was a swimmer in high school and college so I'm used to cold water pools but the water was actually perfect for the climate that it's in.
We did not have ANY problems with either the water or the power--both were plenty and consistent. Okay, well I kept filling the bathtub up when the water started to cool so I did run it out--sorry other guests but I was with my honey in a bubble bath that fit both of us---really didn't want cold water ruining the moment ;).
The water is delivered by truck but considering that this place is off the grid it makes sense. The Hacienda is very similar to Mendocino County in California (which parts has no electrical lines, no telephone lines, and no city water) but I was able to chat with the water truck driver (trying to use my college Spanish---I failed miserably--bless the guy who smiled and put up with me butchering his native tongue) and he was explaining that the Hacienda gets its water from a local spring also used by the local farmers--I thought that was pretty cool.
The website states they turn the generators off between midnight and 6 am but it never happened while I was there but it's a cool way to help keep fossil fuels down--we never heard the generators either. Again, this is something that many on here are complaining about but if you read the resorts FAQ's it says it right there--why was it a shock to people I'm not sure but as I said, we never had a power issues while we were there.
We did travel to the Cerritos Beach Brewing company as my husband is an avid home-brewer and we tried the local pizza place as well but most of our time was spent in the resort. The owner happened to be there and on my actual anniversary a sweet little table for 2 was setup with the breakfast we had ordered and there was flowers from the local area---the table was setup with a breathtaking view of the sunrise. So those who are saying the owner doesn't care---are completely wrong. He was very sweet in making sure that my anniversary day was memorable and it was.
I think people need to remember that you are going to a Third World Country and that even Cabo has times when the power and water fluctuates on and off. It's not like staying in Las Vegas or other American cities--the resort and it's sister resort down the beach are off-the-grid eco-friendly and this may not work for everyone but I suggest you research that before you book. Some, like myself and my husband, wanted a quiet place to reconnect and not have the stress of modern technology. It was sooooo nice to not have a phone in the room or cable television where you could just ignore each other. That is why we specifically chose this resort. We rented a movie a few times we were there but for us it was just the beauty of everything and the quiet disconnect from our hectic and busy lives that made us decide to go here.
--absolutely breathtaking views
--over the top beautiful rooms and resorts that truly mixes old world Hacienda style with opulence
--off-the-grid and eco-conscious (being Green is good--if every hotel/resort was like Cabo or Vegas--then that wouldn't be a good thing--fossil fuel wise)
--Only safe place to swim/surf on Cerritos Beach
--Infinity pool at sunset---9th wonder of the world
--Gregorio and Nickie---amazing staff that really do whatever they can to make your stay special and memorable
--bathroom (okay TUBS---If I could have taken one home with me--i'd have paid the baggage fee lol
--internet access can sometimes be spotty (but we didn't really have time to use it)
--bruises from surfing (okay this isn't the resorts fault but the movies make surfing look so easy--be prepared for your face to smack the board at every swell and the triangle of bruises (forehead, nose and chin) that you will get from it lol.
Overall, my anniversary was more then I could have imagined and I am thankful to the staff for making it special and romantic. I am excited to go back with my boys and stay in the villas they have but I'll keep the Hacienda my honey and I's little retreat. We plan on going back there every year on our anniversary to reconnect.
Thanks to the staff for helping me find the man I married 15 years ago!! You never realize how disconnected you get with all the ritual of living your lives until you go somewhere that makes/allows you to just concentrate on each other <3
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- Hacienda Cerritos is an exclusive luxury boutique hotel. Located on a private bluff, this peaceful and private destination is sure to make your visit magical. This is the ultimate Mexican getaway. We are just 40 miles north of Cabo San Lucas and just down the road from the historic artist colony of Todos Santos. Cerritos Beach (world renown for exceptional surfing) is the perfect family vacation or solo hiatus paradise. ... more less
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