Today, Iâm writing you from the balcony of a resort villa overlooking the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, from the tip of Baja in Cabo San Lucas.
From my vista, Iâm watching surfers in the waves and a handful of guests drinking piÃ±a coladas in an infinity pool. Someone turned down my bedsheets last night and left me sweets on my pillow â that I promptly ate after a bubble bath in a deep-soaking copper tub. I feel like I have died and gone to 2021.
Before this crazy year, I never would have imagined that I could be this excited to vacation at a resort in Baja. But I have to say that Iâve never been happier to get south of the border â or cross any border for that matter.
As I write this, Iâm aware that some people think Iâm crazy for flying to Mexico right now. Iâm also aware that others are wondering what took me so long. As you read this, remember that we all have different circumstances and levels of comfort when it comes to returning to travel. Traveling now was right for me. Iâm hoping sharing my experience will help you know what to expect when itâs right for you.
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When I booked my Mexico trip a few weeks ago, I made sure that everything â hotel, flights and car rental â was completely cancelable and refundable. To be honest, Iâd have bet 50/50 odds that weâd actually board the plane. Iâm so glad I took the gamble.
As the trip got closer, it felt like the right next step for me to take. Now that Iâm here, I have to say that being here in Mexico feels great â and safe.
Iâm staying at The Cape, a beautiful boutique Thompson Hotel nestled into a little cove on a surfing beach at the tip of Baja, where the Pacific meets the Gulf of California, which I booked with World of Hyatt points.
Like other resorts on the peninsula, the hotel reopened July 30 and is only booking at 40% capacity, in line with the state mandate. This basically means that in addition to social distancing practices being in place in Cabo, things donât have their regular-sized crowds to begin with.
I canât speak for all the resorts and hotels here in Cabo, but Iâve been pretty pleased so far about how safety and sanitation is being managed here at The Cape, while still giving guests a comfortable luxury experience.
Resort life in 2020
Here at The Cape, hotel guests are required to mask up in all public areas (other than the pool), and to help keep things compliant, youâre issued stylish hotel-branded masks as an amenity upon check-in â alongside the hotelâs more traditional amenity of a bottle of crafted tequila.
When it comes to hotel staff, I have to admit that I havenât seen a single one smile â but only because they are so compliant with the hotel mask policy that I havenât seen anyoneâs face!
As far as other resort amenities go, everything is kept clean and hand sanitizer is more ubiquitous on the property than sunscreen.
free breakfast (my favorite amenity I get as a World of Hyatt Globalist) has not been cancelled. Rather than offering its standard luxury buffet, breakfast included menu service in an outdoor-dining environment. Today, I had a tropical fruit platter and aÂ chipotle lobster eggs Benedict with an ocean view.
Exploring and eating outside of the hotel also hasnât been complicated in any way. Things definitely arenât back to normal, but they feel safe and welcoming to guests.
Ultimate Rewards points â and because having our own contained travel space was a lesser worry than figuring out how to keep safe on public transport. Plus, the benefits of our resort package from Hyatt offered free valet parking on our stay.
For outside adventures, plenty of tour companies are offering activities and also catering their tours at lower capacities. As part of this weekâs birthday celebration, weâll be surfing and kayaking on a trip with Cabo Outfitters. Weâre excited to have an adventure, support a small business and have found a fun way to mark a milestone birthday safely in a pandemic.
Iâm beginning to think that the only bad thing about this trip to Mexico is that eventually Iâm going to have to go home!