This winter, with its sub-zero temperatures and mounds of snow, has been quite challenging for us in the Midwest.  After each epic snow, my phone rings and a familiar passphrase is shared, “Just get me outta here!”  I feel your pain! There is nothing like the hope of palm trees and tropical cocktails to lift my spirits—but sometimes, we have to rely on our tropical memories to get us through an endless winter.

Our pre-holiday tradition is to find a tropical locale to settle ourselves before the holiday rush.  In the weeks before Thanksgiving, the Man and I put our toes in the golden sands of Los Cabos, Mexico.

 

Our driver pulled up to the stunning, ocean view lobby of the Secrets Marquis and a giant smile spread across my face.  I am a girl who loves to be wowed!!  The bellman opened our door, offered his hand and greeted us with “Welcome Home!”  Welcome home, indeed!!

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World as well as a AAA Four Diamond Award-Winning Resort.  Secrets offers an upscale all-inclusive experience in an adults-only environment.  Their 235 spacious suites ALL have ocean views—I so love a view!! All rooms have balconies or terraces.

 

I hung out many mornings on my balcony with my cup of hot tea just watching the turquoise-blue waves and the busy morning preparation of the resort.  Sunset was my favorite time to spend on the balcony–those Cabo sunsets just cannot be matched!  Our luxurious Junior Suite had a stocked mini bar (soft drinks, juices, and beer) and a lovely whirlpool tub.  Room service is included and there is a small cubby by the door where the wait staff puts morning coffee, tea, and fruit so as not to disturb their guests.  We had ample space with a small couch, a coffee table, a desk and a large armoire that doubled as an entertainment center.

The Man and I tried every restaurant, every ceviche (twice), and many of the activities.  The restaurants were diverse in both cuisine and ambiance—and being someone who loves fine dining, I was quite pleased!!  The ceviche list was quite impressive–I had no idea there were so many different styles of this wonderful dish!  My waiter ensured I tried every flavor of margarita–I can home with a few new recipes to try! The wait staff at the pool was outstanding!!  They made sure I was never in want of water, margaritas, and guacamole!  The staff was polite and helpful and had the wonderful balance of being unobtrusive yet always available.  They learned our preferences quickly and we looked forward to seeing their smiling faces every day.

Breakfast (or second breakfast for us as we would have coffee and fruit in the room) was offered either al la carte or as a large, tempting buffet.  We tried the buffet the first morning—it waa wonderful, but the menu items were so beautifully presented and delicious that we always asked for a menu.

Evenings at Secrets are filled with lively bars, local entertainment, and even outside movies tucked in a secret, quiet corner.  The Man and I would linger over a long dinner, gazing at the stars over the ocean—we never felt rushed and our servers continued their high level of service even after we simply lingered over the last sips of our wine.

The beach is not swimmable at the area around the Secrets Marquis, but the large, crashing waves were a soothing sound—I could listen and watch for hours.  Cabo is more about the pool and sunshine—not swimming in the ocean.  We were able to get our water-baby fix by scheduling a snorkeling excursion at the front desk. We took taxis into both San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas–which was quite easy as the resort sits right between the two towns.

When our time in Cabo came to an end, we were sad to leave, but truly refreshed and ready to face winter….but perhaps I need a Cabo booster!!

Traveling Tips:

Hire a driver to pick you up in the airport before your arrival to save time and effort. At times, vacation club and time share representatives will position themselves as taxi concierges and you will find yourself in the middle of a timeshare appointment schpiel before you know it.

Bring US currency in small bills.  My typical travel method is to get local currency at the airport ATM.  In Cabo, the ATM fee is more than just a little salty–it is shockingly high.  The ATM at our hotel was not operational so I had to rely on the costly hotel exchange desk for pesos.  This extra step resulted in a embarrassingly small tip to our first driver.  US dollars are readily accepted in Cabo.

The area around Cabo is a offers fantastic food–if you know where to look.  Take the time to make reservations to experience some of the region’s fine dining.