Debi and Todd practicing yoga by the Arch in the Sea of Cortez. (Yes, that’s really them on the yacht!)
Considering travel during the pandemic
Deb and Debi take the Covid-19 situation very seriously and have spent the better part of the last seven months in their homes. We do have clients starting to travel and are getting more inquiries about where we can travel now. Deb traveled to Atlanta last month and Debi and her husband decided it was time to go to Cabo. As Travel Advisors, we really want to understand the details of traveling now so we can guide our clients. And it was really time to just get away! We are moving forward with careful, conscious travel with optimism and caution. If you have questions about travel now or for 2021 and beyond we are happy to answer your questions and provide guidance.
Debi and Todd returned from Cabo on October 2nd and after being home for three weeks and feeling healthy without any Covid symptoms, she is sharing their experience.
Following recommended safety guidelines!
A Great Flight Experience
We flew non-stop from Denver to San Jose del Cabo on Southwest. Southwest is continuing to cap flights at two-thirds of the seats and enforced mask wearing protocols. With HEPA filters and airplanes constantly exchanging air in the cabin with outside air we felt very safe. We did wear our masks at all times, and added plastic shields and gloves during boarding and when we were closer to others. Several studies have shown that flying presents a relatively low risk of spreading the virus.
I love Mexico and their delicious food, gracious people, extensive history, stunning views and beautiful beaches. The popular tourist areas of Cabo, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta are great places to visit for a long weekend or more. I was so happy to return for a week!
Meals on the beach is one of my favorite things.
Cabo takes safety measures to protect travelers
We felt very protected everywhere we went. The Mexicans rely on hospitality jobs so they take mask wearing and sanitizing very seriously because they need to keep the resorts, restaurants and activities open. And they were so happy to welcome us back! Upon arrival at the resorts we had temperatures checked and were given extra masks. About 50% of the guests wore their masks when outside and most wore them inside. We wore our masks anytime we were inside – in the elevator, walking in to the restaurant before we were seated, in the spas, etc. The Mexican government has capped hotel occupancy at 60% and most hotels and resorts are running well below that so nothing ever felt crowded or that we were too close to others around us.
Cabo is known for its luxurious resorts, diverse culinary options, beautiful beaches (although not always swimmable), and adventure and wellness activities. We tried to hit a little bit of everything. We were fortunate to be invited to stay at two resorts: Solaz and Le Blanc Spa Resort.
Stunning design of Solaz.
Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort
Solaz is part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection. When we first pulled up to the hotel we were a little surprised by the architecture. As we learned more about the Mexican architects and design of the resort we came to absolutely love it. Solaz’s design pillars are based on reflecting the stone of the mountains in the area, landscape with local plants, trees and cacti, and over 400 pieces of art. The hospitality was wonderful; our personal “artisan” was available via texting to answer questions, make reservations and recommendations, and address any issues we had.
The food throughout the hotel was delicious with local cuisine and seafood, an Italian restaurant on the beach, and a Japanese restaurant. Although the resort has around 300 guest rooms and residences, it feels very spacious with pools spread out from each other along the beach. It was easy to find secluded lounge chairs pool side and while away the hours with a book and attentive pool service. It’s an ideal hotel to use as a home base and explore Cabo’s fishing, yachting, hiking, ATVing, surfing or shopping. Solaz is expanding and adding more rooms, a large tennis complex and a wave pool.
Four pools and the beach at Le Blanc? Yes please!
Le Blanc Spa Resort
(Le Blanc is a luxury adults-only, all-inclusive resort. It was wonderful and the advantage of an all-inclusive is never worrying about how much your food and drinks will cost. The resort has stunning décor and with so much white in the walls and floors (Le Blanc = white), the art and accessories really pop. Our personal butler was available through the Le Blanc app or texting and prepared our bubble bath for the exact time we requested, changed out the aromatherapy in our room daily, set up our pillows according to our pillow menu selection, located non-alcoholic beer for us (not a common request!), and made reservations and recommendations for us.
Dining was exquisite. Mexican favorites are available via room service, and at breakfast and lunch. The specialty restaurants open for dinner feature seafood, Italian, Asian, Lebanese (our favorite), and French cuisine. Included in the stay is a spa treatment alternating hot and cold experiences: sauna, ice room, steam room, cold shower, warm lounger, and hot and cold plunge pools. Le Blanc is perfect for a truly relaxing get away where you can leave your worries behind and just enjoy all that a luxury resort has to offer.
Our butler prepared a bubble bath while we were out strolling on the moonlit beach.
Fun in the sun in Cabo
In addition to loving the resorts we stayed at, we also got out and played a bit. We enjoyed sunrise yoga on a yacht by the famous arch and attempted surfing at Costa Azul with some assistance in catching the waves. We had a delicious dinner at a small restaurant in Cabo with a personal mariachi serenade. I toured several other resorts so I can help you pick the one that’s right for you. Smaller crowds, minimal wait times, and local communities thrilled to welcome us back to their little slice of tropical paradise made the experience so memorable.
Your trusted travel advisors for Cabo and beyond
Traveling during the pandemic is complicated: weighing each traveler’s risk tolerance and concerns, knowing and following safety protocols, understanding resorts cancellation policies, and tracking reservations in case last minute changes occur can be daunting but the rewards are so worth it. If you are considering travel – for now or later – and would like professional assistance to put it together, please reach out to us and we would be happy to help you!