We traveled with Sunwing and pre booked our seats for a fee but it was the best $140 that we ever spent...will always do this! Sunwing is the way to go...we got a snack, a glass of champagne, a hot meal, wine with the meal, and a movie. I don't think too many airlines provide food or booze anymore. So the great vacation started with a great flight.
Our checkin was so fast that we were chatting with a few people while everyone was checking in and all of a sudden we were the only people left in the lobby to check in, haha.
The resort is very grand and spotless and the staff are very helpful and friendly which I read in many reviews ahead of time. Our room was very nice, we had a pool/ocean view on the top floor, we had a great view and also slightly shaded with palm trees.
The resort has two large infinity pools. We overlooked the quiet pool, and there is also an activiety pool. We never had a problem getting a lounge chair at any time of the day. We also spent time lounging and walking on the beach. Its a blast watching the waves and the crazy people that go swimming even though they've been told how dangerous!
We really enjoyed the food at the buffets and the al a carte restaurants. We ate at the Krystal once and the Japanese and Steak House twice. It was my hubby's birthday and I took some balloons and asked if they would decorate for his bday at the Japanese. They did a great job, with flowers all over the table as well as champagne and at the end of the meal they brought over a dessert and the staff sang happy bday to him. It was such a nice touch.
We took a tour to Lover's/Divorce beach through Sunwing. It was $24 for both of us and we got transporation from hotel to the marina and got a glass bottom boat tour of the marina (lots of money there) we stopped where all the snorklers were and got to see lots of colourful fish, a tour of lands end and around to the pacific side where we saw some sea lions lounging on the rocks, and back to lover's beach to get off there and walk around and see the incredible sights. That is a must do for anyone that goes there. Its one thing to see it from the hotel but to see it up close its really beautiful.
We also took a tour to Todos Santos (about 1 hr up the Pacific Coast) to the Hotel California that's owned by Canadians and its recently been renovated. It was a pricely excursion but we enjoyed it and it also included a stop at a blanket factory (a small hut that makes the mexican blankets) which was very cool, along with tequila tasting and homeade, melt in your mouth bread. Our guide also took us around a museum in the small town and then we shopped for an hour or so and then had lunch. Right across from Hotel California is a bar called Tequila Sunrise that is known for having the best Margaritas in the world.
One day we decided to walk to the liquor store which is in a small mall that has a Sams Club and Walmart. It was about a 20 minute walk from the resort, very safe. We also took a bus for $1 each into town to shop around. It was really cool seeing the shops, I think I saw more Canadians and American's then locals. We went to Sammy Hagar's bar, the Cabo Wabo and the margarita there was awesome too. There are so many bars, restaurants and shops to see, we didn't get to see everything we wanted to. We ended up coming back after dark, 8:30ish and felt totally safe on the bus.
The weather was incredible, full sun, 85-88 everyday, and yes it gets cool in the evening. Bring some warm sweaters, you will definately use them. I brought a couple but they were light and some nights it was really really cool.
We visited the Santa Fe resort next door but we didn't stay because it was March Break in the States for high school as well as colleges. There were soooo many out of control young kids drinking and puking everywhere. The resort itself looks beautiful and if it wasn't so busy we may have gone over a bit more. We were just so glad that we chose the Palace over the Santa Fe.
We will definately be back to Cabos, we loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the southern Baja California peninsula, 4.5 km/2.8 miles from Cabo San Lucas. 5-storey building. On the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers on the beach. 32,000 m2 garden. 3.5 km/2.2 miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas. 40 km/25 miles from the airport. 500 m/1650 ft from a bus stop. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners, Discover ... more less
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