Think a perfect tropical vacation—one with white sand beaches, an infinity pool and expertly blended cocktails—is something only celebs get to enjoy? Enter Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, where you and your family will be treated like vacationing celebrities without the private island price.
Whether you are looking for a family getaway, a few days alone with your sweetie or maybe even just a gal pal or two, this place will suit your needs and then some. With ocean view rooms that are almost too nice to leave (did we mention 24 hour room service?) and a kids-only Explorer’s Club you can start planning your escape now.
photo: Dreams Los Cabos/amresorts.com
If you’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort you may find it hard to believe that everything is, in fact, included (and anything that isn’t is very clearly stated so there are no surprises upon checkout). Unlimited Luxury means all food and drink, from the piña colada you ordered at the swim-up bar to the lavish dinner you devoured by starlight, is included. All rooms have an ocean-view (rooms higher up will be a little less noisy during the day). Dreams Los Cabos has the right blend of lively—think in-lobby circus performances and live music—and relaxed. You don’t have to worry about exuberant kids disturbing the peace, yet most outside-action winds down by 11p.m., leaving you plenty of time to chill on the veranda, listening to the sound of the crashing waves while the littles sleep it off. If you’re craving more there’s an on-site dance club and, of course, the bars. The pool closes from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. which cuts down on late-night pool partiers and central noise. There are daily activities for the grown-ups, like yoga and aquatic volleyball, as well. The resort also includes a shallow-water children’s pool with killer views of the beach and a not-to-be ignored giant outdoor chess set.
The Explorer’s Club
This kids-only club allows children to take advantage of some of the amenities geared just toward them. (There’s a climbing wall and a beach trampoline that are only allowed use as part of the Explorer’s Club group.) Crafts, music, movies and more are on the daily changing lineup of fun for the kiddos. There is no fee to use the club, as it’s included in the Unlimited Luxury services but there are a couple rules that you should know going in. It’s drop-off, but you cannot leave the grounds while your child is there. When you drop them off, you will receive a pager in case staff needs to find you however pagers are subject to availability. We did not find this to be a problem: you can leave your cell number or just write down your room number and where you think you will be while the child is with the club. If you are late picking your child up, you will be charged a $20/hr babysitting fee. There are specific times when you do need to get your child: lunch and dinner. Otherwise, they can stay all day. It’s a great way for the kiddos to socialize with some of the other minor guests.
Tip: At the time of this writing, the Dreams mobile app’s daily schedule was not current, especially in regards to the Explorer’s Club activities. Stick with the Sundial, a daily on-site flyer you’ll receive at turn-down service that lists the next day’s schedule.
Spa treatments are not part of the “all-inclusive” package but well worth the splurge. From pedicures to body wraps to massage, every treatment includes access to the spa’s steam room, mineral bath and sauna, so be sure and give yourself some time on either end of your treatment to bask in the glory. They even have kid-friendly treatments, like a chocolate body wrap or kiddie pedicures. As an added bonus, the spa is directly across from the Explorer’s Club so you can drop the munchkins off and really treat yourself.
Guests wishing to up their experience can also enroll in the Preferred Club where you will get a suite in prime location, a private “members-only” lounge which offers evening happy-hours and unlimited top-shelf spirits in your mini-bar. (Note all rooms come with fully stocked mini-bars that are refreshed daily with juice, water and beer).
Feel even better: The resort is also Rainforest Alliance certified and you’ll find recyclables and “organic” waste receptacles throughout the resort.
In-lobby concierge services are available to help you plan your off-resort excursion. Kids will enjoy the glass bottom boat tours but be advised most of these depart in the morning hours. Do yourself a favor and stop by the concierge early in your trip to book. Other sightseeing trips include sunset cruises that are family-friendly and trips into nearby towns (primarily for shopping) and older kids (5 and up) can join in on snorkeling excursions that will leave Finding Dory in the dust. There is a gift shop near the lobby that has souvenirs and on some nights local vendors set up on grounds for a few hours. You can also visit the concierge to arrange special rates at any of the three near-by golf courses.
Good to Know: This family-friendly resort doesn’t require you to bring your family! They even have a grown-ups only pool and restaurant.
Where to Eat
The resort boasts seven different dining options and four bars and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed in any of them. You never have to bother with reservations and most of the restaurants have minimal waits if any. Kids will love the World Cafe for its lively buffet (warning: there’s a dessert buffet!) and, in the evenings, fire-/seaside dining. For Italian cuisine in a bit more formal atmosphere, try Portofino. Grab lunch and mocktails at the Barefoot Grill on the beach, where you can dine at a palapa or sit on a swing in place of a barstool. Grab your cappuccino, juice and pastries at Coco Cafe. For a night out without the kids, the 18 and up Bordeaux offers French cuisine in a romantic atmosphere (and there’s a wine cellar, too!)
Tip on Tips: Everything is all-inclusive but that doesn’t mean tips don’t apply. We recommend bringing a fistful of small bills (American dollars are fine) to tip your friendly bartender, bellhop, servers and drivers. We also suggest getting money exchanged in advance at your arrival as there is a 25% fee at the desk.
photo: Dreams Los Cabos/amresorts.com
What to Pack
You’ll want to pack sunscreen (the pool is in full sun most of the day) but the lobby shop does sell some if you run out. Swim clothes are a must, and we suggest packing an extra suit for each kid so one can dry while the other is on them (because, let’s face it, they’re going to live in their swimsuits).There is a dress code for most restaurants, in particular for dinner so mom should pack a cute swim cover up for poolside dining in and at least one alternative to flip-flops. Men will need long pants and shirts with sleeves for and a pair of close-toed shoes. The dress code is enforced, but we found this to give the entire resort a more sophisticated and less “partay-all-night-in Cabo!” vibe. The pools have towels, beachballs and a few floaty toys and plenty of pool noodles. There are plenty of shade structures poolside as well as on the beach, so a few sand toys come in handy but aren’t required. (Note that this is not a swimming beach so keep out of the waves and stick to the pool to cool off.)
Editor’s note: Because of it’s proximity to the sea, mosquitos are not a rampant problem but pregnant women and men and women planning to get pregnant will want to read the CDC’s advisory on travel to Mexico due to the Zika virus.
Fly into Cabo San Lucas. Once you’ve booked your stay, contact the resort’s concierge to book with Amstar for airport transfer directly to the hotel. (Amstar is also who you can book all of your off-resort excursions). Your driver will meet you at the airport and even hold up a sign with your name. The earlier you book, the more you save so lock in your vacay now. Click here to save up to 55% off when you reserve your stay. Look for the kids-stay-free offer, too which is available for a limited time.
Los Cabos not on your bucket-list? By the end of 2016, there will be 13 Dreams Resorts & Spas properties in destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica, including the upcoming openings of Dreams Dominicus La Romana (Oct. 31) and Dreams Playa Mujeres (Nov. 30, 2016). Click here to learn more.
Have you ever been to Dreams Los Cabos or a Dreams Resort? Did you bring the kids?
—All story and photos by Amber Guetebier except where noted. Special thanks to #TheMoms for an amazing #MomsEscape!