But definitely enough comforts to classify as a 5-star resort, at least an upscale one. (And more affordable too.)
We’re talking about the popular and much-loved collection of Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Pueblo Bonito resorts, Los Cabos
There are four Pueblo Bonito Cabo resorts.
And as frequent visitors to the trendy beach destination at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, we’re often asked:
What’s the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo?
We’ve now stayed at all four Pueblo Bonito Cabo resorts – the most recent being the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa. (Read our review here.)
Each time we visit Los Cabos, we also usually pop into the two Pueblo Bonito hotels on Medano Beach – just to check them out again (and smell that wonderful scent that perfumes the lobby).
The fourth Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo – the Pacifica (where we’ve also stayed) – is a bit different.
That’s exclusively all-inclusive and for adults only. So we haven’t included it here in these Pueblo Bonito reviews.
Read our review of the very chill Pacifica: Romance and Relaxation on the Menu at Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
As to the other three Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos hotels, here are reviews.
You’ll find our pick for the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo San Lucas at the end.
Get tips on restaurants, buses, drinking water and more! Read: Los Cabos Travel Guide to an Awesome Holiday
1) Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos
Built in 1991, the Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos was the first of the four Pueblo Bonito hotels in Cabo.
Mediterranean-inspired, the gleaming white property is topped with blue tile cupolas.
Dubbed “Blanco” (to distinguish it from the Pueblo Bonito Rose next door), it has 148 ocean-view suites, from studios (Junior suites) to 1-bedroom units (with 1 or 2 bathrooms) to penthouse suites.
One-bedroom units come as both:
- Master suites
- Luxury suites
Master suites are corner units and are larger than Luxury suites.
The bedrooms don’t face the ocean, however (living rooms do though).
All suites are pretty and soothing, however.
They’re decorated with white stucco walls, light blue decorative accents, big live potted palms and kitchen cabinets that are dark blue (for junior and luxury suites) or creamy yellow (for master suites). Beautiful cappuccino-colored marble floors are inlaid with white tiles, bordered with blue and yellow tiles in a wave pattern.
The Mediterranean meets Mexico:
Outside, koi and turtle pools and parakeet cages grace gardens on either side of the resort’s lobby doors opening onto the beach outside.
Two “pink” flamingos also reside here in the garden (we were surprised to see these two are apricot-colored, not pink).
Little arched bridges cross over a winding freeform swimming pool.
Beyond is the sparkling blue water of the sea and a roped off area on the beach for the resort’s umbrellas and chairs, lined up cozily side-by-side.
The Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos “Blanco” is located right on Medano Beach, one of the best of the few swimmable beaches in Los Cabos.
2) Pueblo Bonito Rose
Marble busts of Roman emperors. Florentine columns. A tall statue of Neptune standing over a blue-tile reflecting pool.
You almost expect toga-clad nobles to be padding about. The Pueblo Bonito Rose Resort & Spa is that Romanesque in feel.
But then, to mix it up a bit, the interior decorators hung Flemish tapestries on the walls of the marble-floor lobby.
Among the 260 suites are studios (Junior suites) and 1-and 2-bedroom units, all with kitchenettes (no ovens), TV’s, balconies and red Mexican tile floors.
Suites are larger than at the Blanco next door.
And, unlike the Blanco, bedrooms in the 1-bedroom Rose units (Luxury and Master suites) face the ocean and long inner courtyard with pool.
Pretty in pink:
Pink and rose colors predominate.
There are pink pool and beach chairs, and a pink-hued spa offers massage, facials and other beauty treatments.
Fitness buffs have a good gym they can use, especially helpful to work off those extra calories gained from creamy take-out cakes sold in the resort’s deli.
Pueblo Bonito Rose reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere usually always point out the prime location of the Rose (and Blanco).
Like the Blanco, the Rose is right on Medano Beach.
And we especially like that you can walk to town to try out various restaurants for dinner without having to bother with getting a taxi all the time.
Recommended reading: Best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas
3) Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach
You enter the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort through a grand marble lobby with chandeliers, 17th and 18th century art, and oversized colonial Mexican furniture.
Beyond the lobby, hacienda-style villas cascade down a hillside toward the Pacific Ocean. They house 635 suites in different sizes, each appointed with kitchenettes, marble baths, cedar woodwork and feather-top beds.
And they’re gorgeous.
The PB Sunset Beach has six onsite restaurants.
The Mexican-inspired LaFrida is perhaps our favorite dinner restaurant. We had a wonderful evening there, opting for the 5-course tasting menu – truly gourmet! (See the sample menu below.)
A grand hacienda feel:
Just be prepared to walk a lot among the flower gardens, waterfalls, and fountains (or call for a golf buggy ride).
At 50 acres (and with no less than six outdoor pools), the Pueblo Bonito Sunset resort is a big property!
For a little pampering, visit the Armonia Spa.
It’s been voted Mexico’s No. 1 “top hotel spa” on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best List; Condé Nast has also named it one of the top 20 best spas in Mexico and Central America.
Try the hot desert stone massage – 80 minutes of bliss.
Or maybe a couples’ Swedish massage? That got the kinks out for us.
Map of Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach:
See this location map of the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa below. You can zoom in for a close-up view.
Be forewarned that this resort does not front a swimming beach; most Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach reviews will note this.
If you check out the map above, you’ll see that the resort is located on Cabo’s Pacific Ocean side. The waves here can be killer-high and a strong undertow makes swimming deadly most of the time.
But you can take the free Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach shuttle to Medano Beach, in front of the Blanco and Rose resorts, and use their beach facilities. (See below for info on the resort shuttle.)
Missed our review? Here it is: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Review: A Grand Sun-Kissed Resort
How to get from the airport? Cabo Airport Transportation: Best and Cheapest Transfers
Best Pueblo Bonito Resort, Cabo?
From our Pueblo Bonito Cabo reviews here, you may be tempted to conclude the Sunset Beach is the “nicest.” And some people do indeed think it is.
The suites are certainly the grandest. And we like the restaurants better at Sunset Beach (especially LaFrida). And you can choose to chill by a different pool for every day of the week (except one).
Still… We think Blanco is the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo San Lucas. It’s our personal favorite.
It’s more intimate. It has a sweet location on a great swimming beach. And you can easily walk everywhere, from the beach and pool and back to your room. (If you get to the beach, then discover you’ve forgotten your sunglasses in your room, it’s not a hardship to walk back and retrieve them – no buggy ride needed).
Another plus: You’re close to town, just a short walk away. So you have the flexibility of eating out at local restaurants.
Do you agree with us? Let us know which is your favorite Pueblo Bonito resort – and why.
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Photo credits: 6 to 8, 10 to 14 and 18 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining photos Pueblo Bonito Resorts
We’ve been fortunate to visit and write about Los Cabos many times, and we’ve reviewed many of the area’s hotels and resorts for various magazines and our blog. At the Blanco and Rose resorts, we paid for our stays. At Sunset Beach and Pacifica, we stayed as media guests. We’ve not been paid by Pueblo Bonito Resorts to write these Pueblo Bonito reviews – and all words and views are our own.