The symbolism of the circle did not escape me upon my first
encounter at Pueblo Bonito’s newest holistic hideaway, Pacifica,
found on a wave-pounded beach north of Cabo San Lucas on the
1,000-mile-long tip of the southern Baja California peninsula.
Circles are ever present. Two circular pools gleam on the wide
stone patio. A round reflecting pool bubbles quietly under a
soaring domed ceiling in the cinnamon-scented lobby. Siempre
restaurant in the center of the property is circular, as is the
flaming fire pit on the beach. Even pebble inlays in the footpaths
that wind throughout the property reflect the unifying circle.
Touted as Cabo’s first wellness retreat and spa, it’s only
natural for Pacifica to choose the symbol of eternity and
continuity as one of its defining themes.
“Pacifica is oriented along the lines of ‘chi’,” said chief
concierge Victor Mendoza, while standing in the serene white lobby
one June morning, the shining Pacific Ocean visible in the
distance. “Feng shui consultants were brought in to keep open the
flow of energy from the ocean to the desert.”
Pueblo Bonito already has three properties in the Los Cabos
area, and Pacifica is its second on a huge swath of land north of
the Cabo Pacific area (Sunset Beach is the first). Future plans
include condominium timeshare properties on the hillside and two
18-hole golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold
Pacifica draws on a pantheon of world cultures to reflect
harmony and a sense of balance. Mezo-American influences play out
in the temazcal ceremony, where participants are led
through various chants and songs in an igloo-like hut, in the
center of which red-hot rocks are doused with liquid to create a
revitalizing and cleansing steam. A Zen-inspired rock garden, said
Mendoza, keeps positive and negative energies in balance. Eastern
aesthetics find their way into daily yoga classes offered in an
open-air area by the beach. And a miniature meditation labyrinth
allows visitors a venue for peaceful contemplation.
We arrived in the evening just after the sun dipped below the
horizon, sending a peachy glow over a distinctive Cabo landmark,
the Arch. Pacifica is a 15-minute drive north from the shops,
restaurants and clubs of bustling Cabo San Lucas.
Pacifica was awash with the soothing dance of candles and dim
lighting. Our room, one of 154 (including 11 suites), all with
views of the ocean, was a tranquil refuge of muted earth tones. On
a feather-top bed covered with a brocade fabric duvet and traced
with a pebble design inlay, a card outlined an extensive pillow
menu designed for sweet dreaming. In the bathroom, a polished
marble basin sat beside upscale Halo German bath products atop the
wood counter, separated from the marble shower by a glass door.
Ivory and white sliding window panels ensured we could adjust the
amount of bright Cabo sunshine we wanted to awaken us. The view
from our private balcony in the morning would show us a sparkling
sea, minimalist cactus and palm gardens interspersed with winding
pathways, all accentuated by the distant boom of waves crashing on
But first, we had a dinner date at Siempre, where we feasted on
Chinese wonton dumpling soup, seared tuna encrusted with pesto and
roasted baby red snapper with seafood paella and mustard-lime foam.
A wholesome menu of wellness-oriented spa fare with organic produce
and low-calorie dishes inspired from Mediterranean, Asian and
Mexican cultures was in the works.
A trip to the Armonia Spa completed the Pacifica experience. I
opted for a signature organic body wrap that incorporated the
healing properties of Los Cabos’ desert plants in a soothing,
polishing body mask, followed by a massage with nourishing
hydrogel. It was completely relaxing the only downside being cold
air conditioning that left me shivering. But once I stepped out
into the liquid warmth of the Los Cabos sunshine, I returned to the
surreal fantasy world of Pacifica’s desert oasis.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica
Cabo Pacifica S/N
Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23450, Mexico
For information or reservations, call 800-990-8250
or visit www.pueblobonito.com
Hits: Peace and tranquility reign here, and guests
are introduced to a different side of noisy, crowded Cabo.
No-children policy means a secluded adults-only escape where
romance, fire and stars are enough entertainment.
Misses: Fierce gale force winds from the powerful
Pacific Ocean mean dining on the terrace or lazing by the pool is
always a little chilly. Transparent wind screens help soften the
blows but detract from the all-natural surroundings. Crashing waves
mean the ocean here is unswimmable.
Be Aware: Shuttle buses travel between Pacifica
and neighboring Pueblo Bonito properties but they are very
infrequent 45 min. to one hour between pickups. To maximize your
time, take a cab and spring for the $10 it takes to get you into
Clientele: Mostly couples seeking quiet repose and
romance, Pacifica caters to an upscale crowd that values the close
proximity of Cabo without the Wabo.
Plugged In: Each room
has a high-speed Internet hookup. Cables are available in
Commission: 12 percent