It can be tough to find a resort that works just as well for family vacations, girlfriend getaways, romantic trips and solo travel. The Hacienda Encantada in Los Cabos, Mexico, is one of those rare spots.
Located at the very tip of the Baja Peninsula, where you literally can see ‘Land’s End,” Cabo is packed with stunning sunsets and landmarks that will stay with you for a lifetime.
I already know what you’re thinking: It’s Mexico, and isn’t that a little dangerous these days? When I asked about safety during my visit, locals let me know criminals consider this little corner of the world simply too far away to make the journey worthwhile. I know I never felt endangered while there during my solo visit and I wouldn’t think twice about bringing my family back for a trip.
As remote as Cabo is, it’s an easy, direct flight for tourists from spots like LA, NYC and Atlanta.
Why the Hacienda Encantada? Simply put: the infinity pools and the view.
I love the water and this resort offered views from the infinity pools that made you feel like you were sitting in the Sea of Cortez. You could see the famous Arch and Lover’s Beach from the pool. You could swim up to the bar and get a refreshing drink of whatever you were craving. It was my definition of heaven. Seriously.
Rooms and Dining
The rooms are spacious and I couldn’t find a bad view on the property. You can rent a house, too, with its own private pool. It’s great for more than one family to share if you like traveling with your brothers and sisters and their kids, or good friends.
The restaurants on property (Los Ricos and La Trajinera) are perfect for catching the sunrise or sunset. They’re incredibly romantic spots with food that I still dream about, especially the seafood.
There’s a smaller area near the pool where families can get tacos (and tequila if your heart desires) and listen to live music. The kids will enjoy the trampoline and oversized chess set, along with the other property pool designed more for the family crowd.
Adults Only at Hacienda Encantada
I think the Hacienda Encantada is also ideal for a getaway without the kids if you want some “adult time.” There are private cabanas you can relax in and it’s hard not to want to cuddle up with someone in such a serene setting. I happened to be there with a couple gals on a media trip and we’d all go back for a girlfriend getaway, too.
There’s even a spa on the property that will eliminate any stress you may still have while visiting. I tried the Mayan Massage. It’s described as a ”delicious fusion of ancient Mayan practices to heal the body, mind and energy.” I had a hard time relaxing because it was so very different from any massage I’ve had in the states. Not better or worse so much, just different. There are times in the massage where your leg is suspended at the knee and it feels as though someone has wrapped a towel around that knee, then is moving the tips of the towel around, so the knee and leg are also moving around
while suspended in the air. Your eyes are also covered, so it’s possible it’s entirely different and something entirely different is happening, but I found it unsettling to not know what was happening then, or next. Again, it wasn’t bad, but not what I expected of a massage. I do think it’s something everyone should try at least once, so give it a whirl. But next time I go back, I’m going with the traditional treatments.
The only drawback I found at Hacienda Encantada was not being able to swim in the sea on the shoreline. I’m a native Floridian and that’s a given where I’m from. Not in the Sea of Cortez. You can walk in the sand, but it’s dangerous to actually swim among the rocks. There are spots around Cabo where you can safely swim (the Cabo Escape folks will take you to those spots where you can see massive amounts of tropical fish).
Another Hotel Option on the Gold Zone
The Hacienda Encantada is located away from Cabo’s “Gold Zone,” the center of shops, restaurants and night life. If you’re going for fun with your friends, you may want to check out the Marina Fiesta Resort, which is located right on the strip.
It’s the sister property for Hacienda Encantada and is a more affordable option. It’s located on the strip and has many activities for families, but will also be the more likely choice for college kids and spring breakers, so keep that in mind if you bring the family. The resort has refreshing pools that will help you escape the heat, renovated rooms, a spa and a workout room that I believe offers the best view of any gym in the world.
The famed Cabo Wabo isn’t far. Restaurants like Los Deseos (where you must try the cheese dip that is made right before your eyes) and Baja Lobster (the lobster lunch was incredible) will knock your socks off. They’re perfect after a morning of snorkeling with the Cabo Escape Snorkel Cruise right there at the marina. I never got to experience either restaurant at night, but the atmosphere was perfect at Baja Lobster for a great dinner date.