Submitted on 02-06-2017
Our visit to Pueblo Bonita (and first time to Cabo) was with neighbor friends that own a timeshare at the Sunset location. We own a timeshare in Riviera Maya, and swapped through RCI. Our resort has relatively high trading points, and we still had to deposit two weeks for one week at Pueblo Bonita, which tells you something about the desirability of the resort. The resort is about a 1 hr drive from the airport, mainly due to the fact there is no direct main route to the site, which is past th...
Our visit to Pueblo Bonita (and first time to Cabo) was with neighbor friends that own a timeshare at the Sunset location. We own a timeshare in Riviera Maya, and swapped through RCI. Our resort has relatively high trading points, and we still had to deposit two weeks for one week at Pueblo Bonita, which tells you something about the desirability of the resort. The resort is about a 1 hr drive from the airport, mainly due to the fact there is no direct main route to the site, which is past the main Cabo San Lucas marina/ city area, and up in the bluffs overlooking the ocean. We pre-arranged a private shuttle ride, which was a convenient way to get there directly.
Overall, the resort is excellent in all points, and I give it a 4/5 mainly because there were a few things that may not appeal to certain travelers, and also because there was a minor issue with our room. The location is outstanding for the views, whale watching, and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. You have equal views of both due to the juxtaposition of the resort's location on the water. The service is top notch, with nothing left wanting, and you're never left waiting for more than a few minutes. The staff was incredibly friendly and hard working. The food at the restaurants and the buffets we extremely varied, high quality, and delicious to boot. The All Inclusive is a very good value, and highly recommend it if you plan on staying most of your trip at the resort.
The resort is one of several sister resorts in the Cabo area, and continues to expand with new owner/ timeshare properties built around the the resort land. We stayed in the main resort area where the timeshare rooms are for the junior, 1 bed, and 2 bed suites. We stayed in a junior suite, which was two queen beds. The junior included a kitchenette with full size refrigerator, microwave oven, stove top, and sink. Each room has some sort of kitchenette which was great for storing drinks, leftover room service, and snacks for the kids. Our neighbors had a two bedroom suite with a full kitchen, living room, and enormous patio with a 6 person hot tub. The one complaint I had about our room was that the hallway outside was leaking some water from the ground so it had a mildew smell in our room for the first two nights. It was strong the first night, but we didn't want to bother switching room because it took a while to get settled in the first place. Which brings me to the one point that some travelers should consider-
This resort is enormous, and is built on a hillside, and requires commuting from building to building or area to get to where you are going. If you want the walking between locations, it's an excellent way to work off that last margarita or breakfast buffet, but if you are older, disabled, or just hate walking, you will have to wait for the little golf cart shuttles to pick you up and take you around. The service for the carts is fast, but it's kind of a little annoying to be walking along and have to breathe in gasoline exhaust due to the number of carts transporting people and luggage back and forth all day. The one thing that would improve this experience overall is if the resort eventually got electric carts to reduce the noise and exhaust. Not sure if this is feasible though because they are literally running all day.
If you like the walking, you're in for a treat, because the landscaping and resort layout lend to beautiful and expansive views of the vista, the city, and the ocean, with different exotic plants, animals, and water features all along the different buildings and locations. The resort has fish ponds, aviaries, waterfalls, and other lush landscaping features that will surely keep the walks filled with new discoveries. Our walks to the breakfast buffet at La Nao restaurant was long and completely downhill, but our son was excited to see the parrots, peacock, and fish along the way.
Another maybe negative about this resort is that the beach does not allow swimming because of the strong rip tide currents. If you want to swim in the ocean, you need to get on the hourly shuttle to the Rose property in town, where the beach is safe for swimming. We did that one day, but ended up spending most of it at the pool there because our son is still afraid of waves.
The food and restaurants were excellent at Sunset, and while we didn't get to check out all of them, the service and food quality at the ones we were visited were excellent. The La Nao restaurant was the most versatile, with a daily breakfast buffet with an insane amount of choice and Sunday champagne brunch. Each night of the week they feature a different themed dinner event as well, which kept things interesting. On our stay they also hosted a Super Bowl party which was very well done. They brought in large TVs and a huge projection screen and set up food and drink stations throughout the indoor / outdoor set up. The Bistro restaurant is a good choice for breakfast and lunch, and we also ate at the Market. Of all the restaurant experiences we had, Market was the least favorable because of the ordering system.
The pools are numerous at the resort, but there are three main pool areas. The Sky Pool is all the way at the top of the cliff, which offers amazing views and the same amenities as all the other pools. This was one the hardest to get a lounge chair due to popularity. The kid's pool area has an adult pool and a kiddie pool along side so there is a shallow area for play. The main pool has activities and table tennis as well as more of a party atmosphere. All pool areas have a swim up bar.
As far as night time entertainment goes, I wish this resort had more-at other places we've stayed there were live bands, dancing, etc. There really wasn't much to do after dinner here, but it would be nice to see them add some shows or movie nights or something like that. They do have a great Teen area called Fun Lab which has a movie theater, billiards, arcade games, playstation, full concessions, etc for kids 20 and under.
Whale watching at this resort was incredible with daily activity by humpbacks that would swim very close to shore. At the Bistro restaurant, if you sat on the patio outside, you could just watch them fin slapping and breaching all morning long.
This resort offers pay as you go or All-Inclusive. There are multiple grades to the All-Inclusive, so read carefully about what your plan includes. Some restaurants require an access fee even if you are all-inclusive, which to me is a little silly, no matter what grade your plan is. We had the Premium plan which pretty much included everything including top shelf alcohol. The other thing that was annoying was that they really push you to go through a timeshare presentation at this resort. At our resort, you basically get asked at the beginning of your trip, and then if you decline, they don't bother you anymore. At Sunset, there was a woman that would just troll the breakfast area to ask if we had done a presentation. We were asked on three separate occasions to do the timeshare presentation, which we were not interested in.
Overall, the trip was very relaxing, and we had a lot of fun. As I said, this resort has many positives, and is worth spending a week here, however there are a couple of downsides that may make it difficult for certain travelers, mainly those that are mobility challenged.