It doesn't take much to make me happy. Give me great food, strong drinks, an ocean view and a good travel companion. As a kid I always wanted a sister, so when my brother married his girlfriend of 10 years, I finally got my wish.
And when I had the opportunity to visit Paradisus Los Cabos in December, there was only one person I wanted to bring. Turns out it was the perfect recipe for a happy me.
The recap: Paradisus Los Cabos lives in what used to be the Melia Cabo Real. When Hurricane Odile devastated the Melia in 2014, a $40 million investment transformed the property into the now 350-room, luxury Paradisus Los Cabos.
Naturally, the resort caters to families and couples, but it also makes an ideal getaway for girlfriends traveling together. For girlfriends, be sure to book accommodations in the adults-only Royal Service section of the property, complete with its own private pool and small restaurant. Other elevated amenities include an exclusive lounge, butler service and a private beach area.
The top priority on any girlfriend getaway is to locate the nearest bar with the best menu. For us that was the oceanfront Gabi Beach. The menu pops with foodie-friendly items like tuna tartar, fish tacos and ceviche, and the bartenders are always waiting with a heavy pour. At night, Gabi Beach comes alive with a lively bar scene and nighttime entertainment on its rooftop Gabi Bar, which is a great spot to meet other groups of friends traveling together.
Gabi Bar, atop the Gabi Beach open-air, beachfront restaurant, comes alive at night.
A must for girlfriends is a trip to the YHI Spa, where friends can relax before and after treatments in the private spa pool area complete with hydrotherapy circuit. There is also a steam room and sauna as well as a fitness center and beauty salon.
Besides lounging chicly poolside with a cocktail, there are plenty of activities to keep friends busy throughout the day. Opt for classes like cocktail- or sushi-making, take a dance class or play water volleyball. The resort's beach, while not swimmable save for a small section, has rugged rock formations with dozens of tide pools made for exploring.
In the evenings, visit Avenue Bar for a sophisticated cocktail experience complete with lounge sofas and soft lighting. This is the perfect precursor to dinner at the resort's Gastro Bar by Martin Berasategui. The Michelin-starred chef brings his modern, molecular gastronomy to the beaches of Los Cabos. The adults-only restaurant requires an additional fee, and guests should be aware that portions are small.
If you're hesitant to spend the extra money, the next (and arguably better) dinner experience is at Mole. Dine on sizzling and savory tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican street snack favorites. Plus, the mezcal cocktails pack a festive punch, perfect for dancing at Gabi Bar after dinner.
Room rates at Paradisus Los Cabos begin at $331. See www.melia.com.