A Unique Twist on a Destination Wedding … Brunch!

I’ve been booking destination weddings for years and I’m always on the lookout for fresh ideas. Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a wedding brunch at Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa. Wow! What a cool idea! It was fantastic. Finally a new and unique experience.

They had a gorgeous set up on the beach adorned with white tents and low resting tables complete with large rugs and over-sized pillows to sit on. For those not wanting to sit on the pillows there were also some high top tables and chairs. Each guest received a sun hat which I thought was a nice gift for a morning at the beach!

There was a mariachi band as we walked up which added to the authentic Mexican feel. The buffet brunch was phenomenal! There were lots of tasty finds like freshly baked muffins and scones, egg bakes, crispy bacon, fresh fruit, and finger sandwiches. Let’s not forget about the refreshing mimosas!

I think the guests enjoyed waking up, getting ready for the wedding, attending a beautiful ceremony on the beach (before it got too crowded!) enjoying a brunch with friends and family. By 1:00 everyone was in their swim suits enjoying a dip in the pool or taking an afternoon siesta under their palapa.

I would definitely consider a wedding brunch to give your guests a unique and memorable experience!

Mandy Visits Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach

The Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach resort in Cabo San Lucas is gorgeous. It is a very large property and very spread out but there are golf carts running nonstop to take you where you want to go. This hotel has more of a Mexican feel to it, different from the contemporary resorts that are becoming more common. The Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach resort is not within walking distance of town so you would need to take a taxi if you wanted to check out exciting Cabo. There is a sky pool at this resort with absolutely amazing views and it would be perfect for a private party. There is also a chapel where you could have a legal wedding ceremony.

Rooms- very spacious with full kitchens

Beach- located on a private beach but it is not swimmable. However, you can take a courtesy shuttle to nearby Medano beach which is one of the best swimmable beaches in Los Cabos.

Overall impression- beautiful, large property, amazing views

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Mandy Visits Breathless Cabo San Lucas

Breathless is new to Cabo San Lucas and is located on Medano beach which is the safest swimmable beach in Cabo. You are also just steps away from the infamous Cabo San Lucas nightlife, restaurants and shops. All suites have private balconies with ocean or marina views. Breathless is more of a “party” hotel and what I like about it is that it is two separate buildings, one for the active nightlife and the other, quieter one, for sleeping. There is no swim up bar at this hotel but the infinity pool overlooking the ocean is gorgeous.

Rooms- if you have a room with a king bed it is positioned towards the balcony so the first thing you see when you wake up is the water. The rooms also have tablets that allow you to order room service and watch Netflix if you have an account but the tablets must stay in the room. All rooms also offer free Wi-Fi.

I was not able to check out any of the restaurants but there are 8 of them along with 4 bars/loungers.

Overall impression- clean, great location, friendly staff.

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Mandy Visits Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

Cabo San Lucas…the first word that comes to mind is Wow! This destination is amazing and I cannot wait to go back. Where else can you find the desert, the mountains and the ocean? I wasn’t sure what to expect being there was a hurricane not so long ago but I saw no signs of any damage. All of the hotels I toured were up and running as if nothing happened. What did I love most about this destination? The weather for starters- Cabo has 350 days of sunshine and very little humidity. Very little bugs- because it is a desert there are very few bugs. I saw no mosquitos the whole 4 days I was there. The water- it is such a pretty teal color and I wasn’t expecting that so it was a pleasant surprise.

While I was in Cabo I stayed at Secrets Puerto Los Cabos. This resort is amazing! It is adults only so if you are looking to get away for some “grown up” time I would highly recommend this resort. The beach is not swimmable due to the undertow but I loved sitting on my balcony and listening to the waves crash while sipping my morning coffee. Because I had small children at home I loved the unlimited connectivity feature of this hotel. All of my calls home were free of charge as was the Wi-Fi in my hotel room.  The resort is not within walking distance to town so if you wanted to check out Cabo Wabo you would need to take a taxi.

My room was amazing with a spectacular view from my balcony. Full ocean view and I could hear the waves crashing against the shore.

Because I toured many different hotels while in Cabo I wasn’t able to try out all of the restaurants at the resort but I did eat at Himitsu. This is an Asian restaurant with Teppanyaki tables available upon request and the food was great. The chef puts on a nice little show while preparing your dinner, all with a smile on their face.

Overall impression of this resort- clean, comfortable, very friendly staff.

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Client Review of Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos Mexico

Hi Nora!

I think I can speak for the group in letting you know that we had a most incredible time!

The facility was great, perfectly manicured at all times.  Staff was super friendly, accommodating and ALWAYS willing to go beyond to make sure their guests were taken care of & happy!

The buffets were always fresh, continually stocked and offered a GREAT selection of offerings, making sure to accommodate every appetite (from simple to exotic).  Reservations were available for the restaurants, of which, we went Asian …. One small criticism to note regarding this restaurant, is that none of us felt all that great afterwards.  As a result, we decided to stick with the buffet —- we liked the vast offerings and liked the ability to pick exactly what we wanted.

The room was very clean, had ample storage for our “stuff” and a roomy full bath with dual sinks .  The gal taking care of our room was very polite, was super honest (let me know that we had left our room safe open), and made sure our room was ready before we returned from the pool every day.  One criticism was the size of the beds — they were double, not queen-sized.  I’m not sure if that’s the standard size, but it came as a bit of a shock when we saw them for the first time.  Beyond that … they were really hard.   We had a nice patio outside our room, which was nice to be able to sit outside anytime we were in our room.   The other gals experienced power issues in their room.  Beyond those things, the rooms were fine and suited our purposes!

There were plenty of activities to participate in, horseback riding, sand volleyball, places to go & of course, shopping …. At the flea market, to the numerous retail stores, to bartering on the beach.   And our particular favorite …. Hanging in the pool, people-watching and mostly, meeting some really great people from all over the globe.

Evenings were spent either hanging out in the “on-campus” facilities, or taking taxis downtown and dancing in the tourist bars like Cabo Wabo.

We walked up the beach one day to have lunch (fresh guacamole tableside … so good), and to see what was going on up the shoreline.

For couples looking for destination wedding locales …. We observed 2 weddings (from poolside) on the beach below us (although we know there were at least 2 others during our stay).  Super romantic and a FANTASTIC back drop (just make sure the Carnival Cruise Ship isn’t blocking the view)!!  J

We had great weather, came home with great tans & lighter hair, & sore abdominal muscles (non-stop laughing with this group of ladies … whew …)!!

Thank-you for all of your help coordinating everything ~ this experience was one in a million  …. Truly fantastic from start-to-finish!!

Many, many thanks ~

The Fab 5  J

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Bienvenidos a Cabo!

Any travelers will tell their friends and family they are heading to ‘Cabo,’ but in fact this isn’t really a destination. Los Cabos is the name of the tourist zone found in the South of the Baja Peninsula made up of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the Corridor. Each of these areas has their own feel and is a good match for someone, but they are definitely different and easy to tell a part once you’ve visited. All three will have you flying into the Los Cabos airport; a clean and modern airport that is spacious and easy to navigate. Once you clear customs, the main exit takes you to taxis, shuttles, pre-arranged transfers and of course a bar to make sure you know you’re in Mexico. The overall atmosphere of the region is still Mexican, but a chicer and richer feel than other prominent resort areas. There are times you may feel as if you’re traveling through Southern California, but there is enough of a difference you know that’s not where you are. Either way, you will hear plenty of English and there is no need to exchange the US dollar for pesos, the people are friendly and tourists can relax knowing they are in a safe place. Travelers to this area should be cautioned that most beaches are considered non-swimmable and while there are boutique hotel options, most accommodation options are larger hotels or all-inclusive resorts lining the coasts of both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.  While this destination does attract tourists from all backgrounds and origins, budget travelers may not find the same deals as they do in other resort areas.

San Jose del Cabo is the furthest north of the three. It is the most authentic and the oldest of them all as well; in fact it has history rooted in Spanish trade. The village itself has streets lined with small one-story buildings selling food, beverages and local arts and crafts. There is a Spanish Mission Church in the town square that pays homage to both the Missionaries and the native peoples that resisted religious conversion.  While there aren’t many resorts located within the city limits, there are some nearby and many that offer shuttle services or taxis readily available for a day-visit. Lining the Sea of Cortez, many resorts are built into the seaside cliffs and their beaches are regarded as non-swimmable due to the severe undertow found here. However, the water color is green and clear affording boaters fabulous views of the marine life below; reminiscent of the Caribbean.  There aren’t as many resorts found  here as the Corridor and Cabo San Lucas, but one that stands out is the Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe.

Barcelo resorts are found world-wide and can greatly vary depending on location and the type of resort. The ‘Palace’ line of their all-inclusive properties are considered to be their higher-end properties. This one happens to be a 4.5* resort and is great for families looking for an upper-scale vacation. The grounds are large and spacious, built similarly to the resorts found on the East coast of Mexico; tall buildings built around a central courtyard area facing the beach. It features several restaurants and bars, on-site shopping, beautiful large pools and the biggest group facilities in all of Los Cabos, plus a convenient location near the new Convention Center. Rooms feature a built-in computer/TV screen that controls most of the room functions; room temperature, blinds, etc… It also offers access to complimentary Internet services. Rooms are spacious and come with all the modern amenities, beautiful, clean bathrooms and stellar views. While the resort houses 619 rooms there is a space for everyone and the resort, while large, never feels too big or crowded. While the beach here is non-swimmable, there is a long stretch of white-sand for beach-walkers and sunbathers. San Jose del Cabo is within walking distance for those who wish to venture off the property, but with all the activities, dining options and on-site shopping, you wouldn’t have to if you didn’t want to

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Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas

The courtyard at the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas is so peaceful. We just checked into this wonderful hotel that will be our home for the next 4 nights. Our room has an amazing ocean view and wonderful little touches like champagne waiting for us when we arrived. Tonight we head to the marina for a sunset cruise.

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Cabo San Lucas

Our flight to Cabo went well and we arrived at the Riu Santa Fe hotel yesterday. We explored the hotel and had a great buffet dinner, Mexican night. Today we enjoyed a lazy day by the pool and a wonderful meal at the Asian restaurant. Tonight we’ll check out the sports bar. Looking forward to another lazy day tomorrow.

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