Around this time last year, we visited Cabo San Lucas for the first time. I organized the trip for a group of 4 couples. The group members, known eternally as the “Cabo Crew”, gave me a few prerequisites (beach, all-inclusive, fun-in-the-sun, etc.) and sent me off to plan the trip. Well, I will candidly admit that I am not a fan (or at least I was not a fan) of all-inclusive resorts. When I travel, I want to experience the local culture and not be isolated in a manufactured environment. However, this was a 5 day 4 night trip to an area that I was not familiar, so a resort did provide a safety net of sorts.
Following some extensive research (reading reviews, looking at pictures, talking to colleagues, etc.), I discovered Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. This place seemed to check off all the boxes on the groups wish list. So, we booked 4 suites and flights and prepared for a Mexican adventure like no other.
We arrived in the airport in Cabo San Lucas and were greeted by our prearranged transfer provided by Victor’s Cabo. The driver was absolutely first class. He even stopped at a convenience store for beverages to enjoy along the 20-30 minute drive to our hotel. As we arrived at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, we were greeted by the impeccably manicured landscape of the resort that stretched along a hillside leading down to the Pacific Ocean. It was simply breathtaking.
The check-in process was a bit disorganized, but nothing that created a problem. This resort offers the opportunity to purchase a timeshare. Our group respectfully declined the offers presented to us and proceeded to enjoy our Mexican holiday. Simple as that. Fortunately, there was no high-pressure sales involved. Once we had checked in and had a bite to eat for lunch, we were taken to our rooms in the resort shuttle (large golf cart). Along the way, our driver gave us a tour of the massive property including the 8 restaurants and bars, and numerous pools.
We arrived at each of our Junior Ocean View Suites just as our luggage was being delivered. The location of each building situated along the hillside provided expansive views from every room! Fortunately, we had a nice pool and restaurant -Tazuna – located immediately in front of our building. This made for convenient meals when we didn’t want to wait for a shuttle to take us to the main building. The food at every restaurant was outstanding! The drinks at every bar were top notch. We had found our oasis on the Pacific Coast.
Although the beach in front of the resort is not swimmable – as in you cannot even put your little toe in the water due to the strong current, the 5 pools scattered around the resort made up for the lack of beach. Of course, our favorite was the Sky Pool located high atop one of the highest hills. The infinity edge of the top pool opened to expansive views over the Pacific Ocean and nearby golf course. I think it is safe to say that our Sky Pool day was the epic day during an epic trip. Although we were all content in our all-inclusive resort oasis (recall that I said that I was not a fan of the resort concept…well that changed during this trip), we did venture out for a few excursions. More on that later.