Cast Away Your Cares At This Cabo San Lucas Resort
Everyone knows Cabo. The resort city on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baha California peninsula, is one of the top destinations for college students looking to forget everything they learned during winter semester over spring break. And, frankly, it’s for that reason I’ve never had much desire to make that trip across the border. However when I was invited to experience the accommodations at the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, I discovered there’s more to the city than tequila shots and turning up (though of course you can do that too). There’s rich history at every turn, ample opportunities for rest and relaxation, and some of the most innovative and authentic Mexican cuisine around. And no I’m not just saying that because I received a couple of comped nights at a resort, I actually paid my own money to lengthen my stay in Cabo and experience even more of what the city had to offer.
If you’ve been sleeping on the beauty that resides in Cabo San Lucas, allow me to open your eyes, starting with the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos.
Though resorts have come to be the bane of the adventurous traveler’s existence, there’s a lot to be said for treating one’s self to luxury every now and then — and avoiding the nightmare that is #AirbnbWhileBlack. From the minute your car heads down the winding road to the Sheraton property, you can see the bright tops of the buildings housed within the resort which were designed in traditional Spanish architecture.
And let me tell you, this place is massive. There are 270 guest rooms, including 31 private suits with terraces overlooking the sea of Cortez, six different restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, and an 11,000 square foot spa/fitness center. And in case you’re thinking of hosting a work retreat or wedding, there’s more than enough room for guests with more than 18,000 square feet of indoor meeting and function space. And don’t let the large size turn you off. During my stay at the beginning of October, the resort was only at 15% occupancy during the slow season. I was never in the pool with more than five other guests at a time and in the restaurants there were never more than a dozen other diners or so. It literally felt like we had this entire beautiful place to ourselves.
From the terrace of my hotel room I could see the beautiful bridge connecting the resort’s villas and inside I had everything I needed from the stand-up shower and Jacuzzi tub to the mini-fridge and bath robes. What I loved most about the accommodations was that they afforded enough space and privacy that my friend and I could get dressed for the day without being in each other’s way or all up in each other’s nether regions, if you know what I mean.
Food is a very close runner-up behind room and amenities in order of importance on the list of things I consider when booking a vacation stay and this Sheraton had the best food I’ve ever had at a resort. Disclaimer: I only tried two of the restaurants because I couldn’t stop myself from going to Tomates every single day.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how much I loath the non-native cuisine most resorts offer, which is why I made it a point to have traditional Mexican food for breakfast in Tomates every single morning. We’re talking chilaquiles, refried beans, chimichangas, sopes, and anything else a resilient stomach and happy heart craves before 10:30 am. The waitresses were also more than happy to keep the mimosas flowing. Say hello to Johanna, Rocia and Marguerite if you make it — their smiles will light up your morning. And you must pay compliments to Chef Fernando for his amazing Mexican-Indian fusions.
Another chef due praise is Manuel De Luca who treated us to a dinner of more courses than I can count at the five-star restaurant De Cortez. There was salad and soup and scallops and steak and sweet sauces that brought each bite to life, paired with dinner and desert wines that blessed your pallet from start to finish. And prior to dining, Chef De Luca was kind enough to teach us how to make our own Mexica pizza, from dough to chorizo, and it was fantastic!
Spa and Leisure
I’d love to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed the amenities of the resort’s fitness center, but this is an honest review so instead I’ll tell you about the spa. However, had I not totally thrown my fitness goals by the wayside months ago, I assure you I would have more than taken advantage of the huge facility that had more treadmills and elliptical machines than some gyms I’ve visited in New York. Plus there are free weights, medicine balls, and virtually anything you need not to forget that you have a real life and real, non-flowy clothes to fit into when you return home. Nevertheless…the spa.
Have you ever had a spa treatment that felt like an in and out mart? Like as soon as you got into the service and fully relaxed you were being kicked out of the room? That will not be a problem at Cactus Spa. While the massage therapists obviously have to stick to the allotted time for your service, the spa allows guests to take advantage of a sauna, steam rooms, whirlpool and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas after a service is purchased which means your R&R can go on long after that 60-minute Swedish massage.
And if you’re anything like me, that amount of chill will either make you want to grab a cocktail, which you can do at Bar La Suerte, lay out by the pool — I suggest the large infinity pool overlooking the ocean, or swim and drink at Delphines, the chill pool with a swim up bar. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be set up for a nice, restful sleep so you can wake up and do it all over again every day of your stay.