Why You Need An All-Inclusive Vacation in Mexico
Several months ago I threw out the idea of heading on a tropical vacation to some girlfriends of mine (you know, to escape the harsh winter of Southern CA), and a couple of hotel searches and booked flights later, our trip to Cabo was officially planned. We knew we wanted to do an all-inclusive resort to help with budgeting and to reduce stress while we were on our trip, and after seeing my friends The Traveling Newlyweds' unbelievable photos from the Paradisus Los Cabos, I immediately looked it up to see if it was anywhere in our price range. Not only was it one of the nicest looking hotels I had seen, but to my absolute delight, it was an all-inclusive resort, and very reasonable as well. Done and done.
I will say we had the fortune of getting our room bumped to an ocean view, in the VIP section of the hotel, but I truly don't think you can go wrong with any room or part of this hotel. I kept having to pinch myself that this was a hotel I paid for on my own with my friends instead of being funded by my parents on a family vacation. I guess that's what not being a kid anymore feels like, right?
We were so in love with this hotel, and with our experience, that I wanted to share all my reasons for why I think you would love this place too (this is not sponsored btw). I also got a lot of questions from people while I was there, so hopefully this helps! Here were our favorite parts, as well as some tips and recommendations (and tons more sunny eye candy for you):
All-inclusive is really the way to go. Knowing everything was already paid for up front and we didn't have to worry about bringing out our wallets or racking up a huge tab every time we wanted to order a drink or food by the pool was pretty unreal.
The food at Paradisus Los Cabos was impressive for an all-inclusive. We all agreed breakfast was our favorite, and everything we ordered poolside was great too. They didn't skimp on drinks (and a word to the wise - be careful there ;) and we even took advantage of late night room service too.
We opted to leave the hotel for dinner 2 different times, and it was nice to get a change of scenery and try out new places - though the hotel offers lots of different restaurant options.
Paradisus Los Cabos is in San Jose Del Cabo - which is closer to the airport, and about a 20 min drive from downtown Cabo San Lucas. We had a lot of fun heading there on Saturday night (we went to The Office which was great, and then the Mango Deck, and then went out dancing at Mandela), but the spring break scene was almost night and day from what we were used to at our hotel.
The hotel is practically brand new as it was just recently remodeled in December. It felt clean and spacious (we loved how not crowded it was), and the design was my absolute favorite part. Clean, modern lines. Neutrals and brushed metallics. Every single corner of the hotel was so beautiful and so my taste.
The staff!! Truly the kindest people ever. Always asking us how were were doing, and helping to arrange anything we needed or answer any question we had. They got to know our names (shout out to Carlos our amazing butler and David the awesome Activities Director), and took care of everything for us.
While I didn't participate in many of them (activities and vacation are basically antonyms to me) - I loved that they always had different activities to join in on, and my friend Allie was actually an activities all-star on this trip. Everything from boot camp classes to yoga to water aerobics to Spanish and guacamole-making lessons were offered to us while we were there.
We saw people horseback riding on the beach when we got there and remarked at how amazing that would be. Figuring it was pricey (this wasn't offered through the hotel), I didn't get my hopes up. But after expressing interest to Carlos over breakfast, he let us know it was $40/person for a half hour (which ended up being more than enough time) and arranged the entire excursion for us the next morning, meeting us at our room and walking us over to the spot on the beach. One of my favorite memories from the trip for sure.
You can whale watch from your balcony or from the pool. There were constantly whales breaching out in the distance and we would squeal every time we saw one. Next time I would love to go out on a boat to see them up close and personal.
Getting to and from the hotel was super easy. The hotel connected us with Cabo Expert (I believe you can just contact them directly) and had a shuttle waiting for us at the airport, and they were there to take as back as well. Only $35 per person round trip!
Tip: Bring cash and especially ones. While we didn't need this at our hotel obviously, if you plan on going elsewhere, taxis only take cash, and it's helpful to have ones for tips. Most everything else can be paid for on credit card of course, but all of us ran out of cash at one point and needed to go to an ATM.
Ok, I think you just need to book your flights and you're ready to go! Say hello to this slice of heaven for me if you vist, and let me know if you have any other all-inclusives I have to check out in the future. Adios, amigos!