Honeymooning at Hacienda Encantada

April 24, 2019 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

At the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, there is a beautiful resort town known for its beaches, rocky cliffs, nightlife, and a wide array of majestic marine animals. While Cabo San Lucas is sometimes lumped in the category of “Spring Break Central,” there really is far more understated glamour than meets the eye when it comes to this gem of a desert destination, especially when one experiences the luxury of rustic elegance at Hacienda Encantada for their honeymoon.

Gorgeous rustic elegant hotel resort Hacienda Encantada in Cabo Mexico

Nestled in the arid hills of coastal Mexico about forty minutes southwest from the airport, couples are instantly greeted by Hacienda Encantada’s artisanal details of stone-clad walls, handmade ceramics, and wrought iron lighting -- all locally made just for the resort. Warm, friendly staff make you feel right at home as they escort you via golf cart to your suite. On your short ride seconds away from the main lobby, you pass through the sprawling property of cheerfully vibrant buildings that complement the neutral landscape. Even at full guest capacity, you never would know it. Relaxation melts into your travel-weary spirit and quickly makes you ready to seize the most out of your romantic vacation.

Tequila tasting at Hacienda Encantada in Cabo Mexico for unique honeymoon activity
Cliffside views at Hacienda Encantada overlooking the Sea of Cortez

Whether you leisurely stroll down the hill or catch a cart ride to the cliffside beach and restaurant, El Patio, the view does not disappoint. Palm trees and chubby cacti line the walkways, but once the Sea of Cortez comes into sight, you will both soon forget that you went in search of your first honeymoon meal: fish tacos with guacamole and freshly fried chips.

Rustic Mexican luxury honeymoon hotel resort in Los Cabos Mexico
Gorgeous Spanish inspired architecture at Hacienda Encantada in Baja California

Frosty sips await at the swim-up bar, though it’ll be likely you’ll abandon that post once you spot the neighboring infinity pool surrounded by cerulean lounge chairs and peppy umbrellas. With the crashing waves below, it’s no secret that this is the secret to intentional slow living, and Hacienda Encantada gladly shares its cultivated wisdom with all of its newlyweds.

From tequila tasting to guacamole and taco making classes, the Hacienda family does everything they can to make every guest's experience memorable and personalized. And it shows.

Editor's Experience: It’s not often you find your soulmate in a hotel. The essence of one, of course. From the warmth and hospitality from its staff to the never-ending upscale rustic decor inspiration to incredible coastal cuisine bespoke to my dietary needs (and there are a lot of them), Hacienda Encantada thought of every single detail to win my foodie and relaxation heart. It overlooks the best oceanviews and invokes Mexican charm that I want to revisit over and over. I was always surprised by how they kept finding ways to make our group fall in love with them more.

Family owned Hacienda Encantada in Cabo Mexico with Sea of Cortez coastline views
Guacamole and taco making classes for honeymoon activity at Hacienda Encantada in Mexico

Beyond the property is The Golden Zone which is part of the Hacienda Encantada family by the Marina. This collection of restaurants and shopping hotspots meets the needs of any traveler looking for some vacay diversity, but it's Los Deseos that will speak to all authentic Mexican food lovers. Its upcycled decor of stunning glass bottle chandeliers, drippy Spanish-inspired candles, and hanging metalwork is a feast for the eyes in of itself. Prepare for a delicious meal in a candlelit atmosphere as one of the servers comes over to your table to make a three cheese flambé with tequila in a traditional pig-shaped molcajete before you.

Los Deseos authentic Mexican restaurant in the Marina area in Cabo Mexico
Delicious 3 cheese flambe with tequila at Los Deseos restaurant in Cabo Mexico

Honeymoon at Hacienda Encantada for a relaxing and memorable vacation as newlyweds

Once couples get their fill of freshly made ceviche bites, heading out onto the water is a must. With luxury elegant cruises like the Tu Enamorado from Wild Cabo Tours, the Sea sparkles and charms its visitors, and if you're lucky, you'll find a boatside friend in the form of a humpback or gray whale saying hello with its tail. But if not, sea lions and pelicans will swoop in to make up for their absence against the backdrop of the famous El Arco.

Fresh fish tacos from Hacienda Encantada enjoyed poolside for honeymooners
Spanish inspired architecture details at Hacienda Encantada in Cabo Mexico

Editor's Experience: When I visited in the month of March, it was Hacienda Encantada's busiest time, but I never once felt like it was crowded because of how spacious the property was -- even with the young kids I saw! As someone who prefers a quiet adults-only resort when she vacations, it was perfectly tranquil and why I found it to be the quintessential honeymoon destination in Cabo. Between the people, the food, and the sights, everything about this place was a soothing balm to the tired mind, body, and spirit.

Whale watching in Cabo during the month of March
Luxury boat cruise on the Sea of Cortez with Wild Cabo Tours
Elegant villas and rooms for a romantic Hacienda Encantada honeymoon
Sea lions and all day luxury boat cruises in Los Cabos Mexico
Gorgeous cliffside wedding reception with modern decor and cacti
Elegant hanging metal Mexican star at Hacienda Encantada for rustic decor lighting
Guitar soloist for wedding reception at Hacienda Encantada
Chelsea LaVere and other travel writers at Hacienda Encantada for a memorable press trip with CIIC PR
Geometric and modern wedding table decor ideas with glass black vases and black clay candle holders and macrame table runner

With cozy nooks, refreshing pools, and peaceful environs, Hacienda Encantada effortlessly enchants you and sets the stage for not just your honeymoon, but for all of your happily ever after vacations under the sun and by the sea in Mexico. To get away for your own memorable newlywed experience, head over to its website for the whole scoop.

- Chelsea

Disclosure: Accommodations, transportation, activities, and meals were provided so we could experience Hacienda Encantada. All love and opinions for what's been mentioned in this feature are our own otherwise we would not have written this article. You can find our full disclosure policy here.

Photography: Chelsea LaVere | Accommodations & Venue: Hacienda Encantada | Luxury Boat Cruise: Tu Enamorado via Wild Cabo Tours | Event Rentals: Cabo Rental Decor