There is something to be said for genuine R&R.
My family vacations were always packed with activities. I often wanted a vacation from the vacation by the end!
This trip was different. Two words best describe it: pool and food.
Every morning we went to the gym to workout together, then purchased a simple breakfast to enjoy later by the pool: yogurt and some fruit from the deli onsite at Sunset Beach.
NH enjoying this yogurt at the Sky Pool, the most spectacular and unusual at our resort.
Perched at the very top of the cliff overlooking the rest of the resort, it took some effort to get to but was worth the trip. The infinity pool drops down to another section here, but we were still on the edge. I don't like heights but as long as I stay away from the edge I'm ok.
We wandered from place to place every day. We returned to the main pool at Sunset Beach twice; the swim-up bar had great choices for lunch and the sounds of the ocean behind us were soothing.
On our last morning we took the shuttle next door to the Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Resort and Spa. This smaller hotel focuses on health and rejuvenation. This was our favorite pool by far, so quiet and beautiful. There are no children allowed at this resort, making it quieter and more tranquil.
NH loved the sound of the fountains and the clear blue tiles.
I had delicious lunches all week, including ceviche, guacamole, and Thai shrimp salad. The Pacifica was my favorite hands-down. I had the Cabo Pacifica Salad, with greens, cherry tomatoes, corn, jicama, feta cheese and a pumpkin vinaigrette.
NH craved pizza and he got his wish: a margarita pizza with thick chunks of pineapple and ham. Una margarita con pina y jamon. :-)
Very happy after lunch
We received two separate recommendations to come here: The Office.
Our neighbor on the plane and some companions in the airport car said we had to check it out. Apparently the name comes from a cheeky surfer who hung an "Office" sign by his table; patrons mistook it for the name of the establishment and it stuck. Most of the tables are on the beach itself, and the view from ours was amazing.
Normally we are not cocktail drinkers, but this is vacation! Besides afternoon happy hour we enjoyed cocktails in town. One of our favorites was a Miami Vice: half strawberry margarita and half pina colada. Pina coladas are very high-calorie, so I liked enjoying a half portion.
NH loves his pina coladas, so he doesn't hold back! It must be his favorite drink, he ordered it often.
We shared a vegetable quesadilla and black bean nachos for dinner- delicious! (I'm sorry no pictures). And a mariachi serenade as we ate. They graciously obliged NH's request for "romantico!"
We decided to return the following night! It was later and even more beautiful by night.
We spent the evening with a couple we met our first day, visiting from San Diego. They were wonderful vacation companions, and took this great picture of NH and I. I plan to use it for our Christmas cards this year.
An appetizer of salsa and guacamole with chips. We ate the best guacamole I've ever had on this trip.
Dinner was delicious yet again: Baja-style grilled shrimp, salsa, black beans. NH's entree included a grilled banana, something new that he really liked. Our waiter brought him a second one on the house. How nice!
The Office is a short walk down the beach from the Pueblo Bonito Rose, another sister hotel where we could pick up our shuttle home. Fireworks overhead made it even more special.
After dinner we stopped at Sunset Beach's Cigar Bar, where NH enjoyed a cigar and I the view.
This is VERY high up! All these tall perches, and I'm really scared of heights. I must have taken a vacation from my fear too.