03 Jan Finding Paradise in Cabo San Lucas
After graduating from UCLA, JIll traveled the world looking for unique destinations. She’s been writing about her travels for almost 30 years in various publications.
She writes a weekly restaurant review for the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News. It’s inserted into the Los Angeles Times every Thursday and delivered to subscribers from Hancock Park to Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills to the Wilshire Corridor.
Finding Paradise in Cabo San Lucas
BY JILL WEINLEIN
My Quivira Los Cabos adventure began two days before arriving to the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica resort, when my personal butler named Leopoldo emailed me to introduce himself and welcome me before my arrival.
The exclusive and luxury adult-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica in the Quivira Los Cabos development is nestled on a secluded three-mile stretch of pristine beach. The resort offers a variety of restaurants and bars, the Armonia wellness-inspired spa, plus privileges to 23 restaurants and 12 bars at sister Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo San Lucas. Nearby at Pueblo Bonito Sunset, guests can take a resort shuttle to dine at The Market’s cultural dining venue, sip a Mexican cocktail on the terrace of The After or enjoy an intimate fine dining dinner at the candlelit La Frida restaurant. Both the Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos are beachfront properties within walking distance to the harbor. Guests can take a fishing and whale watching excursion with Cabo Adventures, or enjoy water activities right off the beach, while overlooking the famous Los Arcos rock formations.
Upon arrival to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, butlers dressed in uniform, await their guest arrivals at the entrance of the lobby. After receiving a refreshing beverage, my butler Leopoldo escorted me to my room 1641 at The Towers at Pacifica.
My king size bed had the word “Welcome” arranged with glass pebbles. There were 10 pillows of different sizes, some functional, and others decorative displayed. Guests receive a pillow menu to choose what type of soft or hard pillow for the optimal night’s sleep. The large white bathroom offered an expansive shower with two types of shower heads. My favorite spot in the room was the balcony with two chairs overlooking the resort and Pacific Ocean.
Throughout my four day stay, Leopoldo was available to assist me throughout my stay. Offered a selection of exclusive handmade, artisan soaps to use and take home, plus arranged shuttle transportation.
Since I was traveling with a group, we were invited to meet the resort’s management for a welcome toast in the 3,200-sq. ft., Presidential Suite up on the 5th floor. While sipping a mango margarita, I met the newer General Manager Lawrence Tuck. He maintains the resort’s AAA Five Diamond standards by focusing on detail and service standards. “Guests at our three newer ultra-luxury buildings receive enhanced amenities and first-class personalized service, including 24-hour British Butler Institute-certified butler service, and privileges to the exclusive VIP whale watching lounge offering culinary experiences throughout the day and specialty cocktails,” said Tuck.
Afterwards we all went down to the ground floor fine dining Peninsula restaurant in The Towers at Pacifica, and sat at a private table with the Quivira golf pro Anthonio Reynante, and the Director of Marketing of Pueblo Bonito, Mary van den Heuvel. While enjoying a gourmet meal that included clams, fresh sea bass, steak and pasta, Mary shared the various experiences guests can partake in while staying at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. “We host a Hook & Cook morning for guests right on our private beach,” Mary said. “The staff use fishing poles and teach guests fishing tips right on the sand.” Other experiences include a round of golf at the picturesque Jack Nicklaus 18-hole course, cooking lessons, wine tasting afternoons, and a visit to the resort’s spa.
The next morning I decided to join other guests on the beach for a morning yoga class and beach walk, before trying my hand at beach fishing. Since we didn’t catch any fish, the resort’s staff had a large table set and chefs prepared a warm Hook & Cook breakfast right on the beach.
Afterwards, I boarded a shuttle to Quivira Golf Club to take a golf lesson with the golf pro and later take a golf cart to tour the oceanfront golf course. One of the highlights is the oldest standing structures in Cabo San Lucas, a 1905 lighthouse that rests at a point on the golf course where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.
Back at the clubhouse, I ordered lunch in the ocean view restaurant, before walking along the beach back to the resort for an afternoon massage.
Guests on Sunday are treated to an elegant champagne brunch at the pool and water view restaurant Siempre. Various food stations had appealing International and Mexican dishes. During the week this dining option is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Other culinary options include fresh fish and sushi at the more casual Pescado, and poolside service at Aire Restaurant & Aquabar Aire for lunch and dinner specialties, snacks, and refreshing cocktails at its swim-up bar.
For lighter fare Boscados Deli makes freshly brewed coffees and teas, homemade Mexican and French pastries, delicious sandwiches, light snacks, and desserts from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Two other bars on the property include Refresca, and a Sports and Tapas Partidos Bar that opens at 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Next time you seek a weekend or week long getaway, Quivira Los Cabos and the Pueblo Bonito resorts provide guests a multitude of enrichment experiences, as well as lounge chairs and beach cabanas to relax, read a good book, and appreciate the Pacific Ocean views. Homeowner options are available https://www.quiviraloscabos.com. For more information and reservations at the Pueblo Bonito resorts talk to your travel professional or go to https://www.pueblobonito.com/resorts1-800-990-8250.