Sun, sand, sea – and a good dose of luxury. Not unabashed luxury like at the One & Only Palmilla. Or the glam chic of The Cape, a Thompson Hotel. But enough comforts to classify as a 5-star resort (or at least an upscale one). We’re talking about the Pueblo Bonito brand of resorts in Mexico.
There are four Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo San Lucas.
And as frequent visitors to the trendy beach destination at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, we’re often asked:
What’s the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo?
We’ve stayed for a week each at each of the Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa and the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos. And we’ve extensively toured the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa. (Yes, we were roped into a time-share presentation! But we also visited friends staying there too.)
The fourth Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo – the Pacifica (where we’ve also stayed) – is a bit different. So we haven’t included it in this review of the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo. (See here for our review on the all-inclusive, adults-only Pacifica property.)
As to the other three, here’s our view:
1. Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
Built in 1991, the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos was the first of the four Pueblo Bonito resorts to be built in Cabo. Mediterranean-inspired, the gleaming white property is topped with blue tile cupolas.
Dubbed “Blanco” (to distinguish it from the Pueblo Bonito Rose next door), it has 148 ocean-view suites, from studios (called “junior suites”) to 1-bedroom units (with 1 or 2 bathrooms) to penthouse suites.
One-bedroom units come as both:
- “master suites”
- “luxury suites”
Master suites are corner units and are larger than luxury suites. The bedrooms don’t face the ocean, however (living rooms do though).
If you’re content with a luxury suite or junior suite, we like the ones on the second floor with the extra-large, private balconies – which effectively double your indoor/outdoor space. These are the only balconies in the resort big enough for reclining lounge chairs as well as other patio furniture.
Suites are pretty and soothing.
They’re decorated with white stucco walls, light blue decorative accents, big live potted palms and kitchen cabinets that are dark blue (for junior and luxury suites) or creamy yellow (for master suites). Beautiful cappuccino-colored marble floors are inlaid with white tiles, bordered with blue and yellow tiles in a wave pattern.
The Mediterranean meets Mexico
Outside, koi and turtle pools and parakeet cages grace gardens on either side of the resort’s lobby doors opening onto the beach outside.
Two flamingos also reside here in the garden (we were surprised to see these two are apricot-colored, not pink).
Little arched bridges cross over a winding freeform swimming pool.
Beyond is the sparkling blue water of the sea and a roped off area on the beach for the resort’s umbrellas and chairs, lined up cozily side-by-side.
The Blanco is located right on Medano Beach, one of the best of the few swimmable beaches in Los Cabos.
For a change of scene, you have free use of the facilities at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach on the Pacific side – take the free shuttle bus from the Pueblo Bonito Rose to get there.
2. Pueblo Bonito Rose
You almost expect toga-clad nobles to be padding about. The Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa is that Romanesque in feel. Marble busts of Roman emperors. Florentine columns. A tall statue of Neptune standing over a blue-tile reflecting pool.
But then, to mix it up a bit, the interior decorators hung Flemish tapestries on the walls of the marble-floor lobby.
Among the 260 suites are studios and 1-and 2-bedroom units, all with kitchenettes (no ovens), TV’s, balconies and red Mexican tile floors.
Suites are larger than at the Blanco next door, and (unlike the Blanco) bedrooms in the 1-bedroom units (luxury and master suites) face the ocean and long inner courtyard with pool.
Pretty in pink
Pink and rose colors predominate.
There are pink pool and beach chairs, and a pink-hued spa offers massage, facials and other beauty treatments.
Fitness buffs have a good gym they can use, especially helpful to work off those extra calories gained from creamy take-out cakes sold in the resort’s deli.
The location of the Rose (and Blanco) is prime.
We especially like that you can walk to town to try out various restaurants for dinner and don’t have to bother with getting a taxi all the time.
3. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
You enter the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa through a grand marble lobby with chandeliers, 17th and 18th century art, and oversized colonial Mexican furniture.
Beyond the lobby, hacienda-style villas cascade down a hillside toward the Pacific ocean. They house 327 suites in different sizes, each appointed with kitchenettes, marble baths, cedar woodwork, and feather-top beds.
And they’re gorgeous.
A grand hacienda feel
Just be prepared to walk a lot among the flower gardens, waterfalls, and fountains (or call for a golfcart ride); at 50 acres (and with no less than six outdoor pools), this is a big property.
For a little pampering, visit the Armonia spa.
It’s been voted Mexico’s No. 1 “top hotel spa” on the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List; Condé Nast has named it one of the top 20 best spas in Mexico and Central America. (Delete next sentence.)
Try the hot desert stone massage – 80 minutes of bliss.
Be forewarned that this resort does not front a swimming beach.
Located on Cabo’s Pacific Ocean side, the waves can be killer-high and a strong undertow makes swimming deadly here most of the time. But you can take the resort’s free shuttle to Medano Beach, in front of the Blanco and Rose resorts, and use their beach facilities.
And the winner is?
We think Blanco is the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo San Lucas – it’s our personal favorite!
Why? More intimate, great location on a great swimming beach, traditional Mexican decor…
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Disclosure: We’ve been fortunate to visit and write about Los Cabos many times, and we’ve reviewed several of the area’s hotels and resorts for various magazines and our blog. At the Blanco and Rose resorts, we paid for our stays, and Pueblo Bonito resorts didn’t pay us to write this review on the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo. We first wrote this post in March, 2013, but after revisiting the Blanco and Rose resorts again on our most recent trip to Cabo in December, 2016, we updated the information here, so it’s now current once more.