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Cabo Vacation Best Views

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Cabo Vacation Best Views

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We just got back from Cabo, our first time for vacation and we had the best views! Cabo has been on our destination list forever but we always ended up booking a trip someplace else. Id always see girls trips our couples getaways to Cabo on Instagram and each time was reminded we had to check it out. Well we finally did. We went for a belated 40th birthday celebration for my husband. And now we can’t wait to go back.

Coming from Baltimore (BWI) we could not get a direct flight so going there we landed in Houston and had a 2 hour layover. Which worked out great since we were able to grab breakfast at one of the airport restaurants around 11am before completing our trip to Cabo.  However coming back was less pleasant. We flew into Denver which is a HUGE airport. We had to get through customs, get out luggage and then re-enter security which took forever.

Then we had to hope on the train to our gate and walk forever until gate C59! We had just 1 hour to do all that. So no real dinner for us. My hubby was able to grab me a coffee and him a crappy sub so keep that in mind if you ever have a short layover in Denver. Thankfully I always travel with turkey jerkycollagen sticks ,protein bars  and my superfood Protein so I was able to nibble on enough protein. But honestly that was the only negative of our trip. Oh one last note, if you have a super early morning flight, the agents do not start working behind the counter until 4am. Learned that one the hard way but at least we were first in line to check our bags!

We used LEGACY transport company and they were amazing. The two times we have been to Punta Cana we used AMSTAR and they are great too. But LEGACY was already at the airport waiting. You have to be a bit aggressive and sternly say no thank you with a smile as you exit the airport as so many companies and excursion places will try and get you to sign up for things or future stays.

Our transport driver was friendly and it was about 45+ minutes from airport to our first stop. The JW Marriott. The views are pretty. The hotel was quiet. We went the last week of September so kids are back in school. We like a quiet resort. If you want a party scene I don’t think this is the venue for you. There are a few pools and restaurants around the property. The large infinity pool that you see when you walk out of the entrance is stunning!



We booked two nights here. One at the JW and one at Casa Maat. We didn’t realize that the property is considered two different hotels. Its all on the same property but one side is the JW and the smaller side is Casa MAAT. This side has a private pool and an all inclusive menu and butler service.

The main difference was some of the room finishes were nicer, the cosmetics were higher end, and the bedding and decor was nicer with a modern boho vibe for Casa Maat. We also had a nicer view on this side. Like many beaches in Mexico the water is run and not swimmable. This resort did not have a beach to walk on. But its fun to see the waves crash below on the rocks.


No matter what side of the property you stay at everyone uses the same gym and spa. While we didn’t get a chance to check out the spa but I am sure it’s lovely. I loved the gym. It’s big and has lots of great machines aside from free weights. We were spoiled the first two workouts having the gym to ourself. I got in a great leg workout here too.

On our last morning it was packed. There was a large group there on a company trip. It has a large yoga room and outdoor grass area so I used that to get in a HIIT workout instead of fighting for weights. The night we landed I needed some movement and used the yoga studio to do some HIIT and bodyweight exercises.

Just be warned, if you run long distance on the treadmills or get in a killer workout you have LOTS of stairs to climb when you are done!


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The service staff was amazing, and helped us move from the JW to Cassa Maat. They were always going above and beyond to make sure our stay was wonderful. Especially the gentlemen assigned to us. We have stayed at a few resorts with butler service. It is not our nature to fully utilize that service however they checked on us regularly and offered anything we could possibly need.


We met a couple staying at the resort when we were leaving the pool to go get ready for dinner. After dinner we were invited to a rooftop club with them. Normally when we travel to resorts we don’t leave them. However these two have come to Cabo each year and were comfortable driving a rental car off the property, walked and shopped in the local community and had been to this rooftop place before. So we said LETS DO IT. We stayed out until 1am which is late for this girl and had a BLAST!

The rooftop bar is on top of a hotel. I bet at sunset the views are beautiful. Some times there is a live band (they were playing when we were there) and other times there is a DJ. Its a fun vibe!



After a fun 2 days we were ready to go to the spot that drew us to Cabo. The Zandun Ritz Carlton Reserve. This is one of 5. They are the best of the best. I CANNOT recommend it enough!


Check out some final views as we left the JW and be ready to be wowed by the views at Zandun. By the way I love The Points Guy but he wrote that he felt this place was elegant but lacking….we have to disagree!!!

We do feel this place would be super fun with a group of friends!


The views are spectacular. The butler service is superb. They have to book all your dinner reservations. They check in every morning, and evening. If you are at the pool and want to head back to the room for lunch they will order it for you. If you want to visit the spa they will arrange that as well. We had the most special welcoming with the sweetest young man Antonio (such a baby face) and he was still in awe of this place that made you feel the exact same. We had two Edgars as butlers. The first one was amazing and hilarious!!! The second one was so accommodating to all our needs. The cleaning staff rotated and were all so friendly. They have dozens of workers working the land to keep it looking amazing and we were greeted so warmly each day.


They also have corn hole and some other yard games which again if you were with a group could be so much fun. We of course had to play a few games of corn hole.

The coolest part for this introvert was the plunge pool. I could lounge and soak and play all in privacy or when I had enough “peopling” at the main pools. I brught my portable wireless speaker and we jammed out each afternoon. It’s the best of both worlds. The pools have someone to bring you drinks and towels and overlook the ocean. But your private pool is great to escape to and keep the vacay vibes going strong.


I just cannot describe the views from inside the room and the patio. If you are a coffee lover like me, pop a nespresso in or order a cup of coffee room service and sip it as the run rises!

For how great this resort is, the gym was not impressive. There is a huge yoga/barre studio if that is your jam. I used this room on our last morning. However the main gym compared to the JW was much smaller. But still has a selection of weights and treadmills. The views are better and they have a lap pool is you are a swimmer.

We still got in some good workouts and some extra ab workouts from all our laughing!





We had so much fun doing nothing, working out each morning, having breakfast at EL BARRIO restaurant and  lounging all day. But honestly 3-4 days would be enough here. If you enjoy excursions I recommend staying at the JW and getting them all done while there and then come and retreat to the Zandun.


I do recommend the HUMO restaurant. They even make a great wine  (if you drink) only made for this place. They gifted Ryan a bottle for his birthday that he brought home with him. The chicken dish and the sea bass were delicious! Speaking of food from the moment you arrive they ask about food allergies and sensitives. This is then shared with every restaurant and on your room tab for room service. They brought me gluten free bread one night (side note it is not dairy free sadly). Some side dishes they made separately so I would not get any cheese on mine portion.

Our final night we ate at HUMO again and instead of the chocolate cake they brought Ryan for his birthday that is not gluten free, they brought this light, refreshing,  gluten & dairy free fruit dish that was delightful!


DO NOT SKIP THE VIEWS! On our final morning we got up a bit earlier and walked down to the beach to watch the sunrise.  While you still cannot swim in the water you can enjoy the beach at this resort. I am so glad we did this. It’s so peaceful and another chance to focus on gratitude. What a beautiful way to start the day. Plus you are almost at the gym at this point so walk on over and get your sweat on before you get your drink on.



I know you are mostly interested in just the views but do not sleep on this soaking tub! My hubby took a bath late one evening after dinner. The ambiance was amazing. They have two small candles on the bath tray along with salts. I took one on our last full day before getting ready for dinner and it was amazing! Even if you are not bath people just do it!




This was one of the most beautiful trips we have taken. This reserve is right up there and even better than the St. Regis Mauritius.  If you have never been to CABO I hope this inspired you to go. If you have been I hope you found 2 new places to stay. For all the extra things we did check out the CABO HIGHLIGHTS TAB on my INSTAGRAM.


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