Relaxing retreat at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica

A view of the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

A view of the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Resort & Spa. (Nicole Feenstra/QMI Agency)

NICOLE FEENSTRA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:09 PM ET

There is much one can say about the Pueblo Bonito chain of resorts and spas in Los Cabos, Mexico.

One naturally starts by raving about the immaculate location of the four properties. The Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach and Pueblo Bonito Pacifica are found along a quiet stretch of sand on the rowdy Pacific Ocean. The Pueblo Bonito Rosé and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos are on the dazzling Sea of Cortez, across from the iconic El Arco rock formation. Located under an hour from the San Jose del Cabo airport, the properties are easily accessible in what has become known as the go-to Mexican destination for luxury.

Hours could be spent discussing the array of activities available to nature and adventure lovers available in the surrounding area, from kayaking and parasailing to snorkeling in turquoise waters surrounded by an array of vibrant tropical fish.

And how could one not rave about the food, all of which is boldly gourmet and purposefully rich. Menus vary across the chain, offering both traditional Mexican dishes like chicken mole and churros, and more world fare, like incredibly fresh tuna sushi and decadent homemade pastas.

The one word that my mother and I seemed to use most, though, when talking about our visit to the Pueblo Bonito properties was “relaxing.” Everything they do is to ensure the total relaxation of their guests. It was in the seemingly smallest, but obviously well-planned, details that we found complete Zen.

We arrived at the San Jose del Cabo airport after an early morning flight from Toronto via Chicago. Raymundo, our driver from TransCabo, pointed out popular local attractions and happily answered questions about the area on our way to the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, the chain’s only adults-only property and our luxe home-away-from-home.

The Pacifica is billed as a holistic retreat, which is evident upon arrival. Staff greeted us with hibiscus juice as we entered the lobby, which had a distinct “spa” smell, likely wafting up from the Armonia Spa on the level directly below. A shallow pool centred in the lobby was just one of many water features on the property. Just past it, glass doors opened to a patio with a fantastic view of the resort, including palm tree, aloe and cactus populated gardens, stunning infinity pools and white sand beach, where the waves of the Pacific thundered against the shore.

We were escorted to our suite down an open hallway. A soft breeze followed us as we gazed out at the luxury vacation rental estates of Pueblo Bonito Montecristo on the hills north of the Pacifica and neighbouring Sunset Beach.

Our suite was outfitted for comfort, featuring an oversized walk-in shower, a range of toiletries for forgetful travellers, and had a towel rack on the balcony, a perfect place for wet swimsuits to dry. It wasn’t long, though, before we were out of the room and down poolside ordering cervazas and tempura fish tacos.

The Pacifica operates on an all-inclusive program, which includes meals, drinks and gratuities. A shuttle is available to take guests of the Pacifica to the Los Cabos and Rosé properties, where they can dine in any of the restaurants and use the beach and pool areas there as well.

Los Cabos and Rosé are not all-inclusive, but do offer deluxe package upgrades which include food and beverages for $69 per person, per day. Sunset Beach, the chain’s most family-friendly resort, will offer the deluxe upgrade by the end of year.

During our four-day visit we dined on course after course of the best food Los Cabos has to offer at restaurants across the chain. First it was Mexican fare at La Frida in Sunset Beach, then it was on to Italian at Fellini’s in the Mediterranean-inspired Rosé. We also had the great fortune of dining in a private tent on the beach at Pacifica on our final evening, an experience offered by request to groups. We ate scallops and prime rib, followed by a decadent saffron chocolate cake, as the sun set and the waves of the Pacific softened just metres away.

At meals, waiters would bring small stands table-side so we could hang our purses instead of placing them on the ground. This gesture was so small, yet so brilliant; I wondered why I had never encountered another restaurant that offered the same service.

After pampering our taste buds for days, it was only to be expected when our bodies demanded the same attention after a kayaking trip near El Arco with adventure guides Baja Outback. The staff at Armonia Spa at the Pacifica welcomed our weary bodies, first swaddling us in soft robes, then guiding us to a plush lounge where we sipped apple water and awaited our treatments. The spa offers a wide range of services, including manicures, massages and exfoliation treatments.

I had the signature 50 minute full-body massage, which was so soothing that my allotted time simply wasn’t enough. After my treatment, I soaked in a warm tub, before quickly dipping myself in a cold plunge pool to wake me from the intoxicating spa experience.

My mom opted for the 140 minute, aptly-named Citrus Supreme body exfoliation and massage. She was wrapped in an orange juice based soufflé, then soaked in a citrus bath while eating an orange. Finally, she was given an ascorbic acid concentrate massage to repair damage from the sun. The final result was super-soft skin with a light orange smell that lasted for hours.

Completely relaxed and totally spoiled, leaving the Pacifica and the gorgeous shores of Cabo San Lucas was difficult. Everything we could have wanted in a vacation, from fantastic food to beautiful accommodations to a warm, pampering resort atmosphere, we found with Pueblo Bonito.

Rates at the all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica start at $260 per person, per night. Pueblo Bonito also has two properties in Mazatlan, Mexico: the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan and Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. Visit PuebloBonito.com for more details.


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