Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort

by Michael Satterfield

I get to travel a lot of amazing places, but Baja California has always been special to me. It was where I went on my first "international" trip, played host to some of my greatest automotive adventures, and no matter how many times one goes back, it is always surprising.

Los Cabos is located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula where the Sea of Cortés meets the Pacific Ocean, the once rural outpost where the desert met the sea is now home to some of the greatest hotels, championship golf, and award winning restaurants. One of them being Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort which occupies the very tip of Baja.

Situated on 2.5 miles of white sand beaches the resort is a mix of properties that include private residences, time shares, family friendly and adults only hotels, restaurants, shopping, and plenty of activities. You can relax at the beach or poolside or take advantage of a number of activities like the Jack Nicklaus Signature Quvira Los Cabos golf course, hiking tours, horseback riding, whale watching, and even a fishing experience.

There was a lot of options on the itinerary and Jennifer (my girlfriend) and I were a little overwhelmed looking at it on paper. But upon arriving we were greeted by a young man who would be our personal butler during our stay at The Towers at Pacifica, he showed us to our ocean view room and walked us through the check-in process. At first I was uncomfortable with the idea of having a butler, however, you can choose to utilize his services as much or as little as you like, so don't let it intimidate you. He was our point of contact for anything we may need from requesting an extra bottle of water to being shown to the spa for our couples massage session. He, like all of the staff were impeccably well trained, polite, and a pleasure to interact with at every turn.

The room was well appointed and had a large balcony with a view of the pool area and beach. Before arriving we had submitted our requests for pillows by filling and firmness, as well as what kind of snacks we preferred. The mini fridge was stocked with drinks and treats. We would meet for dinner with a small group at the Península Restaurant which was just a short walk from our room. The elegant dinning room just steps off the beach is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner as you watch the set set through the floor to ceiling windows. If you do indulge too much you can hit the gym the next morning or take in yoga on the beach.

My morning would be not be spent working out at the gym, because I had signed up for a "hook & cook" breakfast, meaning I was out casting a line from shore hoping to catch my breakfast. While myself and the other guests who had opted to get up early and attempt to catch some fish all failed to bring in a catch the resort's staff had prepared for this eventuality already and was grilling up locally caught snapper as well as making ceviche.

After the breakfast we made our way up to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course which starts at the beach works its way up high on to the cliffs overlooking the resort. During their round players have the option to stop at the four comfort stations that offer refreshments and incredible views of the beach and course. The course ends at the Quivira clubhouse where the 19th whole is a large bar with a casual steakhouse overlooking the 18th green and the sea. Shuttle service runs to the club from the hotel, so even if you aren't a golfer it is an excellent place to enjoy a drink, a cigar, and lunch.

We then headed into Los Cabos for a sailing tour and lunch at sea, the drive into town is short and we used the hotel's shuttle service which took us to one of the resort's downtown beach front properties, a nice bonus if you don't want to rent a car on your trip to Cabo. The sail tour took us out to the famous arch of Los Cabos and past the Disney Cruise Ship that was docked in the bay, to the open sea where we enjoyed a fresh lunch served in a bento-box. The tour was run by Cabo Adventures which operate a number of unique experiences including zip-line tours, camel ride safaris, sailing tours, UTV tours, and even private yacht experiences for those who want a little more luxury in their life. The resort can help make all the arrangements for these and many other unique day trips.

Another fun experience was the Tequila Tasting that is held in the central bar off the Siempre dining room at the resort. Delfino, the resort's Tequila expert, not only takes you through the history of Tequila but also it's cultural significance to the Mexican people, all while explaining in great detail why each shot has a distinct flavors and aromas. The bar staff also offers a mixology class where you not only learn to make your favorite drinks but harvest the ingredients from the property's private gardens. If you plan it just right you can book your tequila and spa experience in the same day, which guarantees some major relaxation as you enjoy a cabana by the beach.

For the foodie, the options are nearly endless, being an "all-inclusive" resort means that the majority of your food, experiences, and activities are included. Be it breakfast by the pool or a nice dinner served on our own balcony in your room. But if you are looking for a world class dining experience, for just $30 per-person you can book a reservation at LaFrida Restaurant at the Sunset Beach. The AAA Four Diamond Award winning restaurant takes the resort's already excellent food and service to the next level and will be an experience you will never forget. If the weather is permitting try to get a a table on the veranda to take in some of the best ocean views on the property.

No matter if you are looking for a guys weekend of golf, a romantic couples get away, or even a destination wedding, the Towers at Pacifica offer an amazing retreat, great food, and impeccable service. With meals, drinks, taxes and gratuities all included it is a good value for the traveler that just wants to enjoy their vacation without having to worry about anything.

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While I was invited out to experience the resort, I did not receive payment to promote or share this story, all opinions, experiences, and photos are my own.