Updated: Apr 21, 2021
If you’ve ever thought about going to Mexico, you’ve probably discovered the world of all-inclusive resorts that line the coast of all the big Mexico cities. A few years back I was introduced to what an all inclusive resort was and being the foodie that I am, I was immediately drawn in. All food and drinks included? 24-hour room service? Nice beach resorts? Count me in!
Two years of thinking about going, but timing never really making sense, the right dates came up, and I immediately went on the hunt for the right all inclusive for my man and I to embark on. After hours, and hours, and HOURS… I finally found the perfect place in Cabo San Lucas, called Pueblo Bonito Pacifica, which is a hotel associated with the Pueblo Bonito Beach Resorts.
When you enter Pueblo Bonito Pacifica you feel like you’ve been transported to a lavish, tranquil, and romantic desert getaway. Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is widely considered to be the world’s most romantic resort and I definitely found this to be the case. It is an adults only hotel, so no screaming kids running around and splashing in the pool. If golf is your game, the hotel gives exclusive access to the Jack Nicklaus signature course at Quivira Golf Club, which has more ocean front greens than any other golf course in Los Cabos. There are two beautifully designed pools on property, a large hot tub (where we spent most of our time), and direct beach access. The best part of staying at this resort, in my opinion, was that by booking a room at this property, you gain access to their four sister properties. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach was the closest to us, and they had a 24-hour shuttle service back and fourth, so that is where we went most frequently. Sunset Beach has a beautiful sky pool that we went to a few times, and great restaurants. We also went to the Pueblo Bonito Rose, which was more lively and situated right in downtown Los Cabos.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica has three restaurants, three bars, 24 hour room service, and pool service on property. Because you have access to the sister properties, this allows you to explore up to 32 different dining options which is INCREDIBLE. We found the dinner restaurants at Pacifica to be the best (they are the only restaurants exclusively for Pacifica guests) so we dined on property for dinners, however for lunch we ate at Rose, and Sunset Beach a few times. We were there for four nights, which allowed us to eat dinner at each onsite restaurant, then pick our favorite for our last night.
Pescados is the onsite sushi restaurant that we tried our first night. The atmosphere is more casual and offers a vast sushi menu. We loved the Veggie Dumplings, Wonton Spicy Tuna, Beef Teriyaki, Shake Roll, Sashimi Tataki, and the Special Neggi Sashimi. Of all three onsite restaurants this was our least favorite, however still very delicious.
Siempre acts as a breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant. We went for two of our breakfasts, and they are currently doing a buffet, as well as a standard a-la-carte menu. I would recommend ordering off the menu as it was much better than the buffet option. Dinner was phenomenal at Siempre. It is quiet, seductive and offers delicious menu items. Because it is all inclusive, we went a little overboard and ordered many of the food items. Some of our favorites were the Pacific Ravioli, Tuna Tartar, Caprese Salad, Roasted Sea Bass, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Breast, and the Chocolate Intense Dessert.
Peninsula Restaurant is an elegant Baja Cuisine restaurant situated right along the beach, with beautiful sunset views. This restaurant is the newest addition to the hotel, and they did a phenomenal job. It is romantic, elegant, and the food was delicious. We ordered a lot from the menu and our favorite items were the Catch of the day Tiradito, Roasted Cauliflower, Char-grilled Bone Marrow, Squash and Fried Tomato Soup, Shrimp in Lobster Butter, and the Free Range Chicken Breast. For dessert we loved the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. This restaurant really focused on the details, from serving me a chilled champagne glass, to bringing out the menu items properly timed, our experience was phenomenal. This was our favorite restaurant after trying all three and opted to come here for our last dinner.
Having 24-hour room service included in our stay was a big plus. It was nice to wake up, order a coffee, and sit on our patio overlooking the ocean. Ordering a tea before bed, or a dessert at 2am was an added bonus. While I would opt for the restaurant food over room service, everything was carefully curated and perfect to enjoy in bed after a long day, or early morning. Our favorite Suite Service menus items were the Catch of the Day, Chicken Tenders, Shrimp Tacos, Beef Fajitas, Chocolate Cake , and Tres Leches Cake.
While any vacation can cost a lot, it was nice to know that the price we paid included everything. We decided to increase our budget a little to allow us to enjoy phenomenal food and amenties. Some all inclusive resorts in Mexico can be on the cheaper side, but those hotels will not offer the best food, and you will likely not get the best service, so I recommend opting for something a little nicer. I was able to book our trip with the flight included so what we paid really was all-inclusive. The only added prices, that I was aware of prior, were the shuttle to and from the hotel, which was $100 for two people, and we did do three added activities.
Hook and Cook
Hook and Cook was an added activity provided by our hotel for $20/person. This included one hour of fishing, which began at 7am, and if you caught something they would grill it for you, and if you did not catch anything (which we did not), they still provided ceviche, and grilled fish served beach front.
The second activity we did was the tequila tasting which was $30/person and included the tasting of four different tequilas, and some traditional Mexican snacks. They explained the history of tequila, as well as the differences between the types of tequilas. The experience was very lively, fun, and informative.
Lastly, we did book an offsite boat ride through Cabo Adventures. The name of the tour was “Luxury Sailing Adventure” and it was $90/person. It was a 4 hour boat ride which included lunch, open bar, snorkeling, and paddle boards.
My one piece of advice is to not be ashamed of how much you are ordering. It may seem ridiculous to order four entrees for two people, but just do it, it's worth it!
Overall, I would absolutely recommend booking an all inclusive vacation in Mexico. We opted for Cabo because it is so close to Los Angeles, but next time I would love to explore Cancun, Riviera Maya or Tulum.
If you want to see more about my trip, I made a video highlighting my time. Check it out here!
** Some photos acquired from the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf and Spa Resorts official website, and instagram **