I just got back from my birthday trip to Cabo San Lucas. This hotel was amazing. I am an extremely picky traveler and was a little leary of staying here because it was not on the "tourist corridor" and it was much less expensive than the resorts on the corridor and because of all the things I'd heard about the sales pitch to buy a timeshare. But rest assured, this place is a gem.
There is no need, in my opinion, to spend two or three times the money to stay on the corridor, unless you just have money to burn and want to swim in the Pacific. But even if I had wanted to swim in the ocean, I wouldn't have been able to. The water was freezing. So nothing lost there. And most of the hotels along the corridor are a 15-20 minute cab ride into Cabo. Pacifica is about 5-10 minutes. As for the hard core sales pitch, we told the lady up-front when we checked in that we were in no way interested in touring the other facilities, even though she was offering us all kinds of freebies. She immediately stopped the pitch and we went on our way. That was the end of it. Just be firm with them in the beginning, and you shouldn't have a problem. Now if you go on the tour or act like you might, you may have a different experience.
We booked a suite and it was well worth it. The extra space was needed since we were there for 5 days and also, all of the suites are on the top floor. In addition, the suites have the extra balcony space with two lounge chairs. So nice. The housekeeping was there at least twice a day and did an excellent job.
The staff, everyone we encountered, was extremely nice and helpful. I don't think the word "no" exists at this place. We had massages, and they were awesome. The spa is beautiful--one of the best I've been to anywhere. The pools were great, heated which was nice because that Pacific wind is chilly. The poolside service was excellent also. And the shrimp tacos are definitely to die for. We ate lunch at the pool everyday but one, and it was yummy every time. and try the mango daiquiris!
We were going to have dinner on the beach for my birthday but the wind was out of control so we just relocated to inside with the restaurant with no trouble. The dinner at Siempre was really the only not-so-great thing about the resort. You should definitely eat in town for dinner--it's much better and MUCH cheaper. Although I will say that our waiter was so nice. I couldn't find exactly what I wanted on the menu and he had the chef come out and we decided on something off the menu he could fix for me. I don't know many places that would make that accomadation. So I do give the restaurant props for that.
The cafe is definitely the way to go for breakfast too, unless you are just one of those big breakfast eaters. They have great pastries and croissant and bagel sandwiches and the coffee is good too. Quick and easy.
1. bring lots of sweaters and don't worry about buying cute tops or dresses like I did. no one will see them. Maybe the cold wind will stopping blowing but if not, pack the sweaters. You'll be glad you did.
2. rent a car. everyone says the cabs are no problem but I heard stories of cabbies overcharging and they are very aggressive. I wouldn't have been comfortable riding in one. With your own car, we rented a jeep, you can come and go from the resort as you please and not dole out money to dishonest cab drivers. The parking is easy to find downtown too so don't worry about that. It also gave us the opportunity to take a day trip up to Todos Santos. It was worth it to get out in the countryside and see the real Mexico. The drive is beautiful along the Pacific Coast. If you go, you have to eat at the restaurant across the street from the Hotel California. They serve the most incredible shrimp chile rellenos you'll ever eat. And their margaritas are out of this world. Stick to one though--they are potent!
As for Cabo itself, we ate at Mi Casa which was very good and seemed to be authentic Mexican food. And as I said, the prices in town are very reasonable. If you are looking to dine out extremely nice one night, I would recommend Lorenzillos on the marina. It was expensive but worth it. The lobster specials were delicious and the views are wonderful of the entire marina. We also did the token stops at The Giggling Marlin and Cabo Wabo. A little bit crazy for our taste but must-dos. We also drove over to the, what I call "spring break beach" where The Office is located. Boy was I glad we weren't staying at any of those hotels along there. Nothing but drunk college-age kids and natives hustling any and everything. But again, a must-do if you are there.
As I said, for anyone who doesn't want to or can't spend an absolute fortune to stay at a five-star resort on the corridor, stay at the Pacifica. This is the first time I haven't stayed at one of the more expensive hotels and as I said, I was a bit apprenhensive, but this hotel was perfect. Quiet, relaxing, beautiful, secluded, but close enough to town to bop in and out as we pleased. And the driveway to the Pacifica is a sight to be seen in itself. No other place has anything like it in Cabo. This place is a real find.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa is an enchanting oasis of natural beauty and relaxation, located on a 2.5 Mile stretch of pristine white beach on the Pacific Ocean, just one mile from lively downtown Cabo San Lucas. This boutique resort offers a deluxe all-inclusive plan providing gourmet a la carte dining, enhanced guest services and a wide range of amenities. Pacifica features five restaurants, five bars, two pools, an award-winning spa and luxurious accommodations in a calm, adults-only environment. Fashionably decorated guestrooms and suites include furnished patios and balconies with stunning views of the ocean and sunsets. One of the most exciting and recent additions at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica are, The Towers at Pacifica a new ultra-luxe resort-within-a-resort, offering 47 new exquisite guest rooms and suites. Also, a new oceanfront gym, and Península, a new beachfront restaurant and bar, featuring traditional Baja Cuisine and creative mixology. New enhanced services accompanied the expansion as well, such as pool butlers for poolside and beach service, and fantastic culinary experiences, such as the Hook & Cook activity. Designed for the sophisticated and discerning guest, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica has everything needed for a fun and relaxing vacation experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort And Spa
- Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa
- Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos