Los Cabos, Mexico is just one of our favorite locations thanks in no small part to the remarkable hotels on the market. But let us face it; not everybody can afford five-star, and not everyone wants to ask guests to pony up that much, when they can. Input Hacienda Encantada, a comprehensive resort that’s a combination of ease and plush. It’s still a luxury home, but the fact that it is not as well-known as some of the names means value is offered by it.
The hotel is 20 miles east of downtown San Jose del Cabo, and that means you are far enough away to enjoy Cabo’s rugged beauty, but it is a simple taxi into town for shopping and nightlife. Rooms are all done together with dark-wood furnishings, jetted baths and a assortment of fabrics and folk art selected from the owner’s wife. The collection gives a warm feel to the resort; you can tell these bits were chosen by someone since they were loved by them, not because it was indicated by an interior designer.
The resort is all package, therefore every lodging includes full kitchen and living room. This makes it a fantasy for guests who want to do a few meals and entertaining independently. The all-inclusive plan is by far the most popular, although the hotel offers and a la carte pricing.
Each suite also has a big terrace. We were there during whale season, and it was magic to sit outside viewing spouts off .
The bluff, in tiers climbs up. The top pool is family-friendly, using a swim-up bar and terrace dining with salads, tacos and sushi.
But our favorite by far was the pool, tucked at the bottom of the resort by the small, rocky shore. The tiered pools are great for sunning and soaking, and the vibe is chill, enhanced by the sound of the surf. There is another bar here, and daylight dining with fish tacos.
The resort has five restaurants all told; our favorite was fine-dining Los Riscos. It is a top spot for wedding ceremonies, with low stone walls and views.
There’s also a sweet rooftop terrace perched over the restaurant. Using its beamed ceiling, built-in pub and yet more amazing views (do you sense a theme here?) , it’s the ideal place for reception or a celebration.
For longer stays, or just privacy, have a look at the residences. Set off to the side of the property in a small development with their own gated entrance, each villa include four three bedrooms and half baths and a full kitchen. The airy living room opens onto a private backyard with pool and covered grilling area, making them ideal.
The overall manager comes from neighboring Auberge resort, so service is understood by him. Overall, a fantastic bet!