The Honeymoonist: Cabo RebornWords by Susan Moynihan
In September 2014, Hurricane Odile blew through Los Cabos, wreaking havoc. But now, after a lot of hard work, most hotels have reopened and are better than ever, with upgraded rooms and expanded offerings. Here are four favorites, ready for romance.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos
The much-anticipated Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos sits on a wide stretch of beach in San Jose del Cabo. The 591 rooms are set horseshoe-style around the oversized lagoon-style pool and adjacent oceanfront infinity pool with swim-up bar. We also love the lounge chairs; get there early to grab a pair set on a ledge in the pool itself! Come evening, hit one of seven restaurants (including oceanfront Italian at Zaffiro or teppanyaki-style grill at DoZo), take in a stage show at the theater or party in the sports bar or piano bar, depending on your mood.
The Wedding: Ziva was built with big events in mind. Hold your ceremony on the beach or by the adult pool, then party all night in one of the ballrooms. Multiple kitchens means you can bring in a chef to create specialty menus, from Indian to kosher.
The Honeymoon: Book an oceanview swim-up suite and you just might never leave your room. They have 24-hour room service, so you don't have to.
Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort
This 635-room all-inclusive in Cabo San Lucas is terraced into a hillside facing the Pacific. Generously-sized rooms come with family-friendly perks like full kitchenettes, pull-out sofas and oceanview terraces. The property is large, but connected by winding paths and serviced by continuous golf carts. The seven restaurants and three bars include AAA Four Diamond LaFrida (surcharge applies) and a new all-night bistro, a first for Cabo. Shuttle service connects you to two sister resorts downtown, where you have access to a swimmable beach and all of the facilities.
The Wedding: Opened this year, the covered beach pavilion lets you have a ceremony and reception just steps from the waves. Or, wow your guests with amazing views at the hilltop Sky Terrace – a stone terrace surrounding a tiered pool.
The Honeymoon: Post-vows, move to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, the adult-only sister property set on a gorgeous beach just minutes away. The scene is completely different, with only 154 rooms and a spa-like desert vibe.
This celebrity favorite took advantage of the storm to redo interiors and add a few extras without losing the “Old Mexico” vibe that makes it so special. New additions include an expanded spa, with a garden for bridesmaids' parties and a retro Barber and Blade for the men. Jean-Georges Vongerichten gets his grill on at SEARED, featuring steaks and fish a la plancha, while Suviche goes the opposite direction with sushi and sashimi. The 173 rooms all have redone interiors, featuring earthy textile accents and modern Mexican art paired with rain showers, soaking tubs and oceanview terraces.
The Wedding: Hold your ceremony in the charming hilltop chapel, then stroll down to a poolside reception at Agua by Larbi. The hacienda-style ballroom is a natural for after-parties; it's set off by itself so you can go as late and as loud as you want.
The Honeymoon: Cozy up in an oceanfront pool casita, with a terrace plunge pool overlooking Turtle Beach. When you get the urge to stir, your butler can arrange a couple's treatment at the redone spa, set in your own treatment room with a private garden.
The Resort at Pedregal
Set on the northern side of Cabo San Lucas, this romantic favorite was spared much of the storm damage of other resorts, but has still made a few changes. The biggest is the name change; formerly known as Capella Pedregal, it is now independently operated as The Resort at Pedregal. That being said, guests won't notice the difference; most of the staff has stayed on and the quality has remained untouched. The striking signature restaurant, El Farallon, dramatically perched on an ocean-facing cliff, added an al fresco Champagne bar where you can enjoy bubbly tastings in impeccable surroundings. Also new are expanded wellness options at Luna y Mar Spa; think treatments timed to the phases of the moon and moonlight meditation sessions. What hasn't changed are the sexy rooms. Every one comes with a king bed, separate sitting area with fireplace and a plunge pool facing the sea – bliss!
The Wedding: The Resort at Pedregal is famous for its tunnel that links the Cabo side of the resort on the Sea of Cortez with the Pacific-facing beach. Use this to make your entrance for a sunset ceremony in the sand, followed by an open-air party at the Beach Club Terrace.
The Honeymoon: We love their comprehensive honeymoon package, which includes dinners at each restaurant as well as on the beach and in their private wine cellar, plus couple's massages, a cooking class and other perks.
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (1st, 2nd, 3rd), One&Only Palmilla (4th, 5th), The Resort at Pedregal (6th, 7th, 8th), and Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort (9th, 10th)
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2016 issue. You can order a copy here.
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