A Long Weekend at the Montecristo Villas at Pueblo Bonito
A visit to Cabo San Lucas will make you feel like you’ve arrived at the edge of the world. At the end of Baja California, this scenic resort town overlooks the Pacific Ocean—making it the perfect place to catch sunsets. Cabo (as it’s called) is one of the top five destinations in Mexico, and it’s easy to see why: incredible beaches, pulsating nightlife, and a breathtaking coastline combine to form an unforgettable vacation. If you like swimming, boating, snorkeling, partying, relaxing, shopping, or whale watching, you can catch it all in Cabo.
Pueblo Bonito actually has 8 different resorts around Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlán. I wanted to tell you about four of them in and around Cabo and share what type of guests—couples, singles, families, groups—each one is good for. Let’s take a look!
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resorts
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resorts is an adults only boutique retreat of 202 rooms. It’s small, luxurious, and all-inclusive with what awaits guests in search of a romantic getaway: multiple restaurants, a spa, a golf course, and—of course—the beach. Every room comes with a private balcony and 24/7 in-room dining, so you can enjoy a sunrise breakfast after a night on the town—or a romantic sunset dinner before staying in. This one is perfect for couples, or singles who need a reclusive getaway and don’t mind being surrounded by lovebirds.
Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort and Spa
Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort and Spa is a themed beachfront resort that will make you feel like you’re on the Greek Isles, or maybe Ancient Rome. Guests can splash around the incredible landscaped pool under the gaze of Neptune as he stares out to sea. He might be thinking about spearing some Mahi-Mahi on his trident and serving at the oceanside Mare Nostrum or the Sunsets and Sushi Bar. Rosé is a good choice for singles, couples, or families with children; their suites fit 4-6 guests. It offers all sorts of fun water activities: swimming, snorkeling, boating, and even swimming with dolphins.
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf and Spa Resort
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf and Spa Resort is a family friendly option with beachfront access. The suites are larger and come with kitchenettes, which are especially useful if you’re traveling with younger children (you know…the ones who can’t always sit in a restaurant). If you can leave the kids in your room with a sitter or at the kid’s club, you should grab a drink at the swim-up bar in the Sky Pool, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Montecristo Estate Luxury Villas
Pueblo Bonito Montecristo Villas is for guests who want something a little different than the typical resort hotel experience. Instead of rooms, Montecristo has small luxury villas that house up to ten guests. Each villa is 2,800 square feet with a private infinity pool, hot tub, 2 living rooms, dining room, fireplace, flatscreen, walk-in closets, three bedrooms—each with its own bathroom and jetted tubs. Montecristo Villas has a restaurant and bar, but it really is more for travelers who want a private vacation at their own residence. However, guests do have easy access to the amenities and restaurants at other Pueblo Bonito locations, along with the Jack Nicklaus Signature course at Quivira Golf Club. They might not feel like leaving their villa, however, since each one boasts an infinity pool and a personal concierge.
Los Cabo Lovers Beach is like something right out of a movie. Immortalized by author John Steinbeck, it’s a remote beach set between dramatic limestone rocks. Golden sand leads down to aquamarine shallows and the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific beyond. Don’t try swimming on the ocean side (ironically named Divorce Beach) because the waves are dangerous.
But the side facing the Sea of Cortez is great for snorkeling and boating. This attraction is remote, so you’ll need to take a water taxi from Cabo—and make sure you work out a return time with the skipper. Better yet, talk to the concierge at your hotel and see what they recommend. Pack yourself some lunch and bottled water, because there is no Señor Frog’s there (or any restaurant, for that matter). And don’t forget extra sunscreen.
El Arco or the famed Arch of Los Cabos is a striking rock formation jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. And yes, as you might have guessed…it’s a giant arch. This arch is pretty much in every picture advertising for Los Cabos, and one of the most popular attractions to visit. Sea lions like it too! But you can pretty much only get there by boat, so ask your concierge about the best way to get there—and try to pick a calm day when the water won’t be choppy.
So should you visit right now with COVID and all?
A lot of people are not sure about traveling right now, with the whole COVID pandemic going on. Nobody is sure how long it’s going to go on for…so for the foreseeable future, it seems like something we just need to learn how to navigate. I don’t know about you, but I can’t stay home forever. Seeing the world is like part of my lifeforce. And there are ways to do it safely, especially when you stay at hotels that prioritize service and safety.
Cabo is an amazing destination. If you live in the US, it’s exotic but so close. It’s safe, it’s beautiful, and it’s versatile—it makes for a great vacation whether you’re traveling single, as a couple, or with a family, because there’s such a range of stuff to do there—swimming, sightseeing, clubbing, shopping….One reason I wanted to highlight the Pueblo Bonito Resorts is that you can rely on them to be serious about cleanliness and safety. They are committed to excellent service, and they won’t risk their reputation. So bring a mask, some pocket-sized bottles of hand sanitizer, and don’t be afraid to give Cabo a try this year.
Have you been to Mexico? Have you stayed at the Montecristo Villas at Pueblo Bonito? Which part of Cabo San Lucas is your favorite? Comment below!