With a sought after booming nightlife, Cabos San Lucas can be a noisy place. But location changes everything. Head ten minutes out of downtown to Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa, and the loudest noise you’ll hear is surf hitting the beach.
Located along the tourist corridor, the 30-acre resort knows how to use its rough coastline to its advantage. Of its 222 suites, 80 percent have ocean views. It will take a day or two to learn your way around Hacienda Encantada. Use the time to enjoy the colorful Mexican art scattered throughout the property.
I stayed in 2260, a Luxury Suite. Though I didn’t have an ocean view, I could still hear the surf from my balcony. All suites have balconies, and along with sliding glass doors, there are also screen doors, which allow welcome fresh air to flow in, but keep bugs out.
The suite was big by hotel standards. Two queen beds, a sleeper sofa, and plenty of room to move in between. The kitchenette, complete with a full-size refrigerator, microwave and two burner cooktop, allows for cooking if you have the desire. There’s even a dining table that seats four.
The bathroom is large with a double sink, jetted tub and walk-in shower. A door separating the toilet allows for multiple person use with some privacy. A large window beside the tub, allows natural light to make it to the bathroom, but there are also shutters for privacy, if preferred.
The resort has a number of pools, but the seaside adults-only version, complete with infinity pool and swim-up bar, offers the type of views that will get you through the coldest, winter days at home. Along with poolside sushi, you can munch on fresh Mexican dishes like fish tacos, while soaking up some sun.
The Activity Area features a large pool, complete with swim-up bar, ping pong table, and nearby swaying hammocks. Although Cabo San Lucas is not typically considered a family-friendly destination, the resort offers a number of amenities, including a kids’ pool, water play area and playground.
Hacienda Encantada has five restaurants on the property ranging from pizza and pasta to tacos and ceviche. Guests can pay as they eat, or purchase a Dine Out All-Inclusive Plan that covers alcohol and food, along with the option to dine out at number of restaurants owned by the hotel in downtown Cabo San Lucas. If you opt for the all-inclusive package, there is a complimentary shuttle that makes the trip downtown and back. If you choose to reserve a room-only (what the resort calls its European Plan), you can still use the shuttle, but it’s $10 roundtrip.
Hacienda Encantada is located about 30 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport. Wi-Fi is free in the resort lobby area, but there is a charge for access in your suite. The resort is a smoke-free property.
Rates for a Luxury Suite without an ocean view range from $394 to $625 (double occupancy), including the Dine Out All-Inclusive Plan. Room-only rates, what the property calls its European Plan, range from $249 to $497, (single or double occupancy). Check all rates at the hotel website and make a reservation, or compare rates and book through Priceline or Expedia.
Review and photos by Dana Rebmann. Her stay was hosted by Hacienda Encantada, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.