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A fab girls weekend in Los Cabos, Mexico


A_lux_weekend_in_500x100px_HL2A girls weekend in Los Cabos, in Mexico did sound like a great idea. But to be perfectly honest, my previous Mexican experiences were far from fantastic – but there was something very appealing about Los Cabos, in the Southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Blame Jennifer Aniston and Chelsea Handler, if you must.

After Boston and Newport, RI, it was time to add a bit of spice to this incredible month, most of it spent stateside. Mrs. O had some fun, it has to be said!

Me and the girls - Leah, Mary Ann and Lauren at the Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Los Cabos

Me and the girls – Leah, Mary Ann and Lauren at the Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Los Cabos

A girls trip is always a special occasion – and every special occasion deserves a fab hotel! The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, in Cabo San Lucas, were our gracious hosts during our stay, and let me tell you – what a cool property! Cabo San Lucas has great hotels, but it was great to experience something different – i.e. not one of the usual suspects. I love a boutique hotel and the Bahia was just perfect for us. Why? It was trendy, it had a very cool vibe (the bar and restaurant were incredible), the pool had no scene (which is something I personally really appreciate). The downside? No sea views (but only 1 block from Medano Beach) and a website that does not do it any justice…

Loved the simple decor at the Bahia Hotel

Loved the simple decor at the Bahia Hotel

 

Friday morning

Up bright and early, and after my first Mexican breakfast, it was time to go to the beach, and try something completely new. SUP. Yes, you heard it right – Stand Up Paddling. You probably know by know that Mrs. O isn’t “particularly” sporty, but I had to try it. And I did.

I wished this was me, but these were my fab instructors from CABO SUP

I wished this was me, but these were my fab instructors from CABO SUP

I have to admit that I wasn’t a natural.. whereas the other ladies were. I spent half the time falling down, but obviously, it was due to the strong currents (which were only affecting me, naturally). But do you know what? It was a great experience and I need to thank the team at CABO SUP, also owned by The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, for their patience.

We paddled from Medano beach, towards Cabo’s incredible rock arches, which you can see on many of our photographs. We also headed to Lovers Beach which was incredible – also very interesting how the sea changes. On one side, you have the Sea of Cortez, where you can swim, but on the other, you have the Pacific ocean and huge waves. It was a stunning setting and one I will never forget.

The coolest photo ever... me and the girls at Lovers Beach!

The coolest photo ever… me and the girls at Lovers Beach!

We spent a lazy afternoon back at the The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club pool, which was really nice. We also indulged in poolside massages and great cocktails. But more on that later!

Cocktails and salsa... claro que si!

Cocktails and salsa… claro que si!

Dinner and the rest of our evening took place at Bar Esquina, the hotel’s bar and restaurant. From tasty cocktails to creative local delicacies, we were absolutely spoiled for choice. I adored the ceviche and the tuna tartar. Yum!

The uber cool Bar Esquina - reservations are essential, namely at weekends

The uber cool Bar Esquina – reservations are essential, namely at weekends

 

Saturday

No rest for the wicked – our time in Cabo was limited and we had plenty to do and see! We started our day at Nikki Beach Cabo, located at the ME Hotel. Being there so early, it meant that we had the pool all to ourselves, before the crowds arrived and the action started at around lunchtime.

A relaxed morning at Nikki Beach

A relaxed morning at Nikki Beach

This was actually perfect for me, as I was able to catch up on some reading and fully enjoy happy mojito hour (I love this concept!). From here, we headed to the incredibly stunning Las Ventanas al Paraiso, which is surely one of the better known resorts in this area.

Located 20 minutes outside Cabo San Lucas, it is perfect for couples and if you want to get away from it all. If you want a little bit more action, there are other options.

Thought that Las Ventanas was stunning with incredible views

Thought that Las Ventanas was stunning with incredible views

We ended our stay in style with a Sun Rider sunset cruise. I have to say I am not one to indulge in group “cruises” as usually they are too touristy, but really enjoyed the Sun Rider experience – the boat was great (by far the best we saw at the brand spanking new marina), service was very good and we really enjoyed our 2 hours aboard.

Stunning scenery aboard our cruise. Strangely enough, Los Cabos reminded me of Portugal...

Stunning scenery aboard our cruise. Strangely enough, Los Cabos reminded me of Portugal…

After our boat trip, we walked slowly towards the Bahia via the Los Cabos marina. I must say I was quite surprised with how modern it looked – and even more impressed with the shopping available. And can you believe I didn’t indulge? It was late at night and we were keen to go back, have a cocktail and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

 

Sunday

Sunday is a day of rest (or it should be), so I started my morning by heading to the nearby Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, who had invited me to try its spa. I have to say this was an very relaxing and luxurious experience – the spa building was different and the treatment rooms simply beautiful.

The lovely spa at La Hacienda

The lovely spa at La Hacienda

From here, we regrouped back at The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, who had organised a private driver to take us to Todos Santos, a sleepy and “typical” Mexican town roughly an hour away from Cabo San Lucas. Home to the “original” Hotel California (which looked lovely, by the way), it was everything that I expected a Mexican town to be (Los Cabos is way more modern).

The very cool Hotel California in Todos los Santos, Mexico

The very cool Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico

From here, we headed to the lovely Guaycura Hotel‘s incredible (and quiet) rooftop bar, where we had an amazing meal, and possibly the best drink of the whole trip: a freshly squeezed mango margarita. Wow!

Más mango margaritas, por favor!

Más mango margaritas, por favor!

After a snooze back to Cabo San Lucas, it was time to dress up and have a little photo shoot – you will see that some of the photos from this trip were really more professional! An experience in itself – including various outfit changes…

Looking happy in Los Cabos, Mexico

Looking happy in Los Cabos, Mexico

The Girls at the Beach. We did get wet, by the way!

The Girls at the Beach. We did get wet, by the way!

And before we knew it, it was time for our last meal (we had an early flight back to Boston the following day). And what better way to end our trip than to wear some local fashion? We did turn some heads back at Bar Esquina, where we dined at the Chef’s table (and even tried surprisingly good Mexican wine. Who knew?)

Adios, Mexico! You were great!

Adios, Mexico! You were great!

What can I say? This visit to Los Cabos, courtesy of the Bahia Hotel, who organised an incredible trip for us, did change my mind about Mexico. So it means that Mrs. O may come back again!

Gracias!

xo

Mrs. O

 

Disclaimer: I was a guest of The Bahia Hotel & Beach Club in Los Cabos, Mexico, who organised an incredible trip for us. A huge thank you to CABO SUP, Nikki Beach Cabo, Sun Rider, Las Ventanas al Paraiso and Hacienda Beach Club & Residences for treating us to great experiences.

 


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  1. Lance | Trips By Lance

    August 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Looks like great trip. I haven’t been to Mexico but those pictures certainly make it look inviting.
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  2. Mira

    August 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Oh what a great time you and your friends had…..fabulous write-up and photos. Thanks so much!!

  3. Sharon Garofalow

    August 16, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I just got back on Monday from Cabo. We stayed away from downtown and never left our resort. It was the most relaxing trip my husband and I have ever taken and I can’t wait to go back! The hotel you stayed at looked amazing!!!!!!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      It was fab, Sharon! Where did you stay?

  4. Cabo BCS

    August 13, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Hey, enjoyed your post.. I’ll link one or two of your pics to our blog.. if that’s k with you.. it’s about everything cabo
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 13, 2013 at 8:10 am

      Hi! One photo should be OK, let me know when it is up!

  5. Erin at The World Wanderer

    August 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    What a fabulous weekend trip! You had me at ceviche. 😉 I have been to Mexico, but not Los Cabos…I’m thinking I may have to plan a little getaway here soon.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Oh yes!

  6. The Dapper Traveller

    August 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Delightful post! Looks like a lovely hotel and an even lovelier time. I’m on my way to film in Los Cabos this coming week – I’ll give her my best for you 😉

    Cheers,
    Daniel

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

      Have a wonderful time!

  7. Pola (@jettingaround)

    August 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Aww… this looks so relaxing! Great photos of you, ladies. 🙂

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 4, 2013 at 11:50 am

      It wasn’t relaxing relaxing relaxing. All I am saying!

  8. the lazy travelers

    August 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    looks like there was no shortage of poolside drinks! jealous of your little girls getaway (mostly jealous of the drinks).
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      there was no shortage for sure. No need to be jealous, I have ideas!

  9. PurpleTravelKate

    August 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Looks like so much fun! Nothing better than holidays with girlfriends 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Every now and then, it is perfect!

  10. Traveling Ted (@travelingted)

    August 1, 2013 at 5:09 am

    What a bunch of great pictures. You guys look like you are having a blast, and I have to compliment you on your jump. You got some serious Air. Going to have to start calling you Air O.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Not air o! 🙂

  11. Leah Travels

    July 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I’m glad you gave Mexico another shot. Cabo is much better than Cancun, in my opinion. Perhaps I can convince you to check out Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta next. You may get Mexico in your blood before too long.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Who knows, who knows?

  12. Francesca

    July 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I love Cabo and would love to return one day soon! Looks like you girls had a blast. I could really use a girls weekend myself… 😉
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      August 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Join us next time?

  13. Monica Suma

    July 30, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    The last picture looks so Sex and the City, the first movie, when the 4 of them went to Mexico 🙂

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Ah Ah, fab comment! thank you!

  14. Anita Mac

    July 30, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant girls trip – the smiles on your faces certainly suggest that it was beyond expectations! Glad you tried the SUP boards – so much fun! Have done a few times and love it.
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Im very uncoordinated and it was wavy!!

  15. Suzanne (Travelbunny)

    July 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I’ve never really fancied Mexico for a trip – UNTIL NOW! Looks fab Mrs O!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Oh thank you! This part was good!

  16. Francesco

    July 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Looks like you ladies had a lot of fun. The hotel seems great!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

      It was fab! Thanks, Francesco!

  17. Therese

    July 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Mrs. O, this is amazing!! Never crossed my mind to go to Cabo and now seriously considering it. Amazing photos!

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I must say, it was a great trip!

  18. Mary Anne

    July 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    What a great trip. Loved the sex and the city comment! Love to you and thank you Bahia!!!
    #fourPlay #BajaCalifornia

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Amen!

  19. Jenn

    July 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never tried the stand up paddling because I fear the same fate as you! 🙂 I can’t claim to be the most coordinated person ever, but it sounds like you enjoyed it after all. Maybe I’ll have to give it a try anyway.

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Try with no ‘expectations’. Or believe in the special currents! I may try it again 😉 just to make sure!

  20. Travelingpanties

    July 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Some absolutely fabulous photos in that one! And I can’t believe it’s affordable luxury! I’m definitely putting this on my list of places I must visit!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I am very pleased to hear that! Let me know when you go, Katie!

  21. Becky Padmore

    July 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I love the group shots! Would love to go one day 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      Oh thank you!!

  22. Jean|Holy Smithereens

    July 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Well done on the stand up paddling! If I may be so bold or cheesy to say that this post reminds me so much of Sex & the City (1st movie)! 😉
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      You may be bold and cheesy! That was the idea behind the trip and quite interesting comment!

  23. lola

    July 29, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    aaaaah! I LOVE IT! what a great recap of such a fun time and I have to say, I just adore the Bahia & it’s incredible staff. DYING to return soon!!!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      July 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      We should, we should!

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