I wanted to write a full thorough review on our amazing beach wedding experience in Los Cabos, Mexico, because I could not find too many first hand reviews when I was researching for myself. I wanted a nice wedding but without spending a fortune. Everything we chose was reasonably priced and WELL WORTH the money. It seems like a lot as you start to plan, but the value is definitely there. My husband and I returned to Cabo for the 3rd time to celebrate our 10 yr anniversary with a wedding on the beach followed by reception. We were joined by 23 of our dear friends and family, and we stayed at the fabulous Villa Del Arco for a week. Everyone had an amazing time to say the least.
The location is top notch right by the Arch and the liveliness of Cabo. Villa Del Arco is one of the best facilities we've stayed at and has the most helpful and courteous group of staff we've ever encountered. Thank you for the great service with a smile, cleanliness of the grounds and facility, and overall wonderful experience. Also, the wedding group rates were incredibly reasonable.
This hotel is on Medano Beach where we enjoyed the most beautiful ceremony and great swimming in the clean waters. The staff is meticulous about keeping the beach and grounds free of debris. Our cocktail hour was on the beach and the guests really enjoyed it! The appetizers and drinks were great, and the DJ was playing music while people enjoyed. There are a lot of walking vendors hanging out on the beach which can deter the view a bit, but they stay back if you tell them "no" and they definitely weren't around during our wedding festivities. It was nice to be able to purchase beautiful sarongs from them and get henna tattoos and bracelets, but I do wish there were fewer of them and they stayed off to the side a bit. All in all, gorgeous water and sands, great beach experience.
There are lots of pools to choose from, and there are kiddie areas with lounge chairs on the ends and in the center so everyone can enjoy. The hot tubs were nice and big and did not feel overcrowded. We enjoyed swimming around the giant pirate ship restaurant sitting in the main pool. The hotel puts out lots of noodles and floats to enjoy. There's also a great "whale slide" next door at Palmar that we all enjoyed as well. Water aerobics was fun for all ages with great music from today's hits.
I had my hair and makeup done by the Villa Del Arco Desert Spa staff (firstname.lastname@example.org), and it was FABULOUS! I contemplated using one of those companies that sets up in your hotel suite, but this was a bit lower in price and the spa is right there at the hotel. Not to mention they did a phenomenal job on me, my mom, and my sister's hair and makeup. All 3 were different, and we were very pleased. Mine took about 3 hours total, but it's well worth the wait. The Desert Spa is incredibly lush and "fancy" yet comfortable, and you definitely get your money's worth. A discount is applied through the wedding package. Thank you to the lovely ladies that fussed over us to make us beautiful, we will never forget the experience. My mom and sister enjoyed massages there as well, and they were very pleased. My husband and I however opted to go the more economical route for our massages, so we walked down the beach just a little to the public beach area and enjoyed hour long massages on the beach for $30! The place is called Eden's Spa, and it is a really great and affordable alternative if you really want to get a massage in during your stay. They are very quiet, so all you hear is the ocean, birds, and distant voices of the children and people playing on the beach.
Lizbeth (email@example.com) was assigned to us from our wedding package through the hotel, and she was wonderful!! Great communication, very helpful, prompt with information. She sent me lots of useful information including brochures and pictures. Her answers were to the point and easily understood. I was confident that the wedding would turn out perfectly even though I was planning from afar. She took my box of favors, guest book, name cards, etc. and handled everything exactly according to my instruction. She was easy to work with, and I am truly thankful for her help in coordinating this event. She set up the ceremony and reception exactly how I wanted, and she was a great 'go to' person if I needed to speak with or relay information to any of my vendors while I was there. The wedding dept ROCKS!! Thank you.
Roberto Contreras (firstname.lastname@example.org) was AMAZING!! I love music and my family and friends love to dance! So it was important to me to have the right DJ, and I chose the perfect one. He was VERY courteous, professional, and had everything to make a great party. He has lights, dance floors, sound equipment, music, everything. I brought him some Indian dance songs to include at the reception and he seamlessly included them into the program. He was right on cue for each segment of the wedding and reception, and he was a fun MC. He and his staff made our night so much more fun. He had a template for me to fill out, so he wouldn't miss a thing that I would require to make our night the best night ever.. and he even met me when we arrived to go over it one more time. The LED Dance Floor was a last minute add on, and it was AMAZING!! Totally worth it. I thank him for making all of our hearts sing and dance the night away.
Carlos Herrera (email@example.com) is a true photo genius! He was also very prompt and courteous, very professional. He came with one other staff member, and they captured the most amazing images! We have SO many beautiful poses and backdrops, and most of them are very candid and natural. I have never had such an amazing experience and such great results, and our family has taken a lot of photos in the last 10 years! It was a very windy day, but they worked through it and the pictures look amazing!! We will have these memories forever, and so will our guests. We thank Carlos and his staff for the beautiful discs, album, and images. We will never forget how beautiful everything was and what a great time we all had.
Rebeca Ruiz with A Yunik Event (firstname.lastname@example.org) was the florist that did our table arrangements, flowers for the wedding canopy, bouquet, boutonniere, and cake flowers. She used the freshest, most colorful flowers to create elegant and festive pieces. I did not get to meet Rebeca, but we communicated via email and photos a lot. She had lots of ideas and options to choose from. I just told her what type of flowers and colors I was looking for, and she sent me options in all sizes and price ranges. It was all very easy and pain free. I showed up and everything was set up perfectly, and my bouquet was my absolutely favorite piece.. I couldn't have dreamed up anything more beautiful. Thank you for your beautiful flowers and exquisite designs. Everything felt so colorful and elegant.
Diego Vidal (email@example.com) was our minister for the vow renewal on the beach. He was easily the most likable person we met. He was kind, happy, and his words were so incredibly thoughtful and brought everyone to tears of joy. We only communicated via email before meeting face to face for the ceremony, but immediately I could see his gentle nature through his kind eyes as he set me and everyone else at ease upon first encounter. Multiple guests commented on how much they enjoyed the minister's ceremony, and he definitely made me feel better about what a blubbering mess I was becoming through the ceremony. You cannot go wrong with this minister for your wedding or vow renewal, you will adore him just as we all did.
We chose El Faro which has an outdoor corner terrace overlooking the water. They can accommodate 30-60 people and it was perfect for us. It was the right size and the lighted canopies were very romantic as the night went on. The dance floor and DJ station fit in perfectly! The buffet selection was excellent, and the cake and desserts were delicious! I can't complain about the food or drinks at all, and the staff was great!
We used TransCabo (www.cabosanlucastours.net) for our airport transfer to and from the hotel. Once at the hotel, you can go into town for just $2 pp in the taxi vans, but airport transfers are known to be a rip off in Cabo. TransCabo staff were very professional, prompt, spoke great English, and had nice clean vehicles. They also had GREAT prices that you can't beat, so please save yourself the search and use them for your airport transfers! Cross that one headache off your list. For example, we easily took a private van for 9 of us from the airport to the hotel. But 2 people in that group left on different days, so I arranged their return on separate shared shuttles which was very cheap and caused absolutely no stress. The rest of us took a private van back to the airport. It was all cheaper than a dirty and perhaps sketchy taxi ride from the airport, and if you book your whole round trip before you leave for your trip.. you pay less due to no tax.
There's a booth right on the beach by the hotel where you can have access to wave runners, kayaks, paddle boards, parasailing, and more! We booked a private catamaran through them for 3 hours for 25 of us for only $300 plus tip!! They will call around and negotiate for you. The boat had an iPod dock so we jammed to our music, brought on board our food and drinks, and had front row seats to gaze at the famous Arch and swim around Lover's Beach. There're two people on their crew to man the boat and help out. It was so much fun! We booked the Pirate Treasure Hunt snorkeling for a great price through the same company we did our transportation with, and everyone had a great time! 3.5 hours of sailing, snorkeling, open bar, and beach fun for the whole family. The food was not so great though, so if you don't like hot dogs and nachos, pack some food.
The only place that "the ball was dropped" in this entire event was in our romantic turn down service and gifts from the hotel. In our package, we were supposed to have our bed made up real nice the night of the wedding and some gifts laid out as souvenirs for our trip from the hotel. Somehow that did not happen, but as soon as I let Lizbeth know about it.. she contacted housekeeping to find out what happened and rectified the situation immediately. We got the beautiful bedroom setup a few days late, but we still got it and it was very nice. The souvenirs were cute too. We ended up enjoying it for a full day before going to bed that night instead of seeing it just for the little time before bedtime after returning from the reception, so it was really fine since they made it all better.
I HIGHLY recommend this place and these vendors for anyone considering a romantic, fabulous, fun filled destination wedding. You will not regret it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Create magical memories the minute you walk into Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, an idyllic and delightful retreat, where the staff is committed to ensuring you get the best of the 3 Rs: relaxation, recreation and romance. This sophisticated five-star, all-suite property, often referred by past guests as calming, beautiful and comfortable, offers secluded stretches of beach where you can shut out the world and relish in the surroundings. Our comfortable, yet luxurious suites feature unbeatable views of sand and sea, including the exotic El Arco rock formation, the official symbol of Los Cabos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Del Arco Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Hotel Del Arco
- Del Arco Hotel
- Villa Del Arco Cabo San Lucas
- Villa Del Arco Beach Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos