Cabo Weekend: Celebraciones de cumpleaños

(posted by Emily) 

28 August 2014

Our flight to Cabo San Lucas was a quick one--only 2 hours and 15 minutes on Southwest. Flights to Mexico are new for Southwest, so it was amusing to hear the flight attendants painstakingly walk passengers through the Mexican customs forms. I kept my headphones in and just followed the directions :) 

Most hotels will organize a van pickup for you when you get in to the airport. The company we traveled with was called TransCabo, and was one of the most common. Luckily for us, our hotel was one of the first stops after leaving the airport. If you had to travel further into the city, it could take up to two hours to reach your hotel. When we exited the airport, the first thing we noticed was an outdoor bar, getting everyone ready to party. 

Tourist alert: on the way from customs to the pickup, there were a number of travel desks that we were shuttled to, where agents attempted to sell us excursion packages, rides, etc. Just be friendly, and tell them you have it all figured out already :) 

all of the van drivers waiting, with the bar in the background
inside out van to the 
the Cabo airport
We were lucky enough to be staying at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, one of the first all-inclusive resorts Hyatt has created. We have a Hyatt credit card, which gives us Diamond status (and complimentary room upgrades) at Hyatt properties. The hotel's lobby is open air, and beautiful. We were ushered in and given a private check in. We also confirmed our return van trip to the airport, and our excursion trip on Friday. 

looking out from the lobby to the drive
you can see all the way to the ocean from the lobby

Our room was in the main building, which had convenient access to the restaurants, the Premium Lounge, and the pool. The bathroom was easily 4x the size of ours at home, and the room had a king sized bed, seating area, and balcony with an ocean view. 

tub and walk in shower
looking out toward the balcony

balcony view
complimentary champagne and cheese/fruit plate left in our room  
We decided to check out the pool before dinner at 7. There are a number of pools on the property, and we stopped at the little snack bar for margaritas and chips and guac before getting to the pool. 

this is the view exiting the lobby, heading down to the pools
We took a quick dip in the pools and made a quick visit to the swim up bar. All of the guests we met were very friendly--we met people from Orange County and Texas, and even came across a woman who was also celebrating her birthday!

The Hyatt was great about accommodating our dietary needs, and made dinner reservations for us each evening. My birthday dinner was at Bon Vivant, the French restaurant on the property. 

the entrance to Bon Vivant
view from our table

We had three courses, an amuse, salad, and appetizer. There was supposed to be a dessert, but we waited for a while and it never came. One of the strangest things about eating at an all-inclusive resort is that you just get up and leave when you are done!

amuse - a watermelon bite with a ginger boba-type drink
a salad with bitter greens and walnuts--Rick was a big fan of the walnuts :)
our entree was similar to a veggie gratin, with tomato sauce
We were both exhausted after dinner and turned in early. The sun will really take it out of you! :) It wasn't until the next morning that I noticed the dessert left in our room for my birthday! Sadly not vegan, but still beautiful! 

-- E y R 


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