Cabo Destination Weddings: The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar | The Budget Savvy Bride
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Welcome to part 2 of my Los Cabos recap! (Read part 1 here.) Excited to share these gorgeous images (by my fabulously talented friend / travel companion Mikkel Paige) and information about the remainder of our stay in Cabo. It was so nice to visit two different resorts to get a well-rounded taste of Los Cabos. Each resort had a distinct vibe and feel to it – both were AMAZING – I definitely couldn’t choose a favorite even if I had to!

For the second leg of our stay, we were ushered over to the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort, Los Cabos thanks to the kind folks at Transcabo. Upon arrival at the resort we were completely floored by the atmosphere, the lush landscape and the incredible views. Can you blame us? This is what we saw when we pulled up to the resort:

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THE PROPERTY + VIEWS

The open breezeway into the lobby area / courtyard absolutely took my breath away when we stepped onto the property. My eyes quickly gazed through the beautiful courtyard over the lush palm trees and out into that sparkling blue water and my heart just about burst. Seriously a jaw-dropper.

One of my favorite locations on the property was the pool that overlooks the ocean. It even had a ledge that you could sit on and guests were often seen gazing out into the ocean to watch for whale sightings. I could’ve sat there all day!

Because of the lush landscape and the variety of event areas available around the resort, the Sheraton really does make a perfect venue for Cabo destination weddings.

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THE STYLE + ATMOSPHERE

As you can probably tell from the photos, the Sheraton has a distinctly different feel to it. The architecture is distinctly more traditionally Spanish inspired with the most gorgeous arches and unexpected old-world construction details. The property features many grandiose winding staircases that would make for the most beautiful bridal portrait locations. The grounds of the Sheraton are landscaped to perfection- every corner of the resort had a beautiful plant to admire. I felt like I was in the middle of a tropical paradise.

There were potted plants, palms, and cacti all over the grounds, as well as interesting details like tiled placards and iron chandeliers. I felt like I was transported to another place and time! The resort is centrally located close by to the main tourist areas of Los Cabos so it’s very convenient if you want to explore off-site or do some shopping. I was blown away by the number of mosaics around the resort- and in the most surprising places! I particularly loved the ones at the bottom of the resorts’ swimming pools!

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THE ROOMS

The guest rooms at the Sheraton were equally as stunning as the exterior. The rooms also had a touch of old-world Spanish flair: from the rich terra cotta tile to the golden walls, from the wrought iron lamp details to the traditional cobalt blue tiled shower – all of the details in the room made it feel so nice.

Each of the 270 guest rooms included a spacious terrace with a variety of views, from ocean front, to lush gardens, to a neighboring golf course.  All of the rooms at the Sheraton featured Sweet Sleeper beds, (again- I slept like an angel our whole stay. If I could’ve packed a bed in my suitcase I just might’ve tried it) as well as in-room Jacuzzis, (perfect for the honeymoon!) marble counter tops with double sinks, high-speed internet, satellite TV, an in-room safe, coffee & tea maker, mini bar, and more. The bathroom also included a picture window to let light in but also allowed for privacy with a separate door into the commode. (Ya gotta keep some things to yourself, ya know?)

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THE FOOD

OHMYGOSH the food, y’all. Can I just say that I’m pretty sure I ate more on this one trip than in the three weeks prior to it combined? The Sheraton had some insanely good cuisine- the property is the only resort in Los Cabos that boasts two 5-Star Diamond Award-winning restaurants. On our first night at the Sheraton, we were treated to an oceanside dinner party complete with cocktails and heavy hors d’ouevres – the presentation was spectacular. The chef and his catering team put together a really lovely display for all the food. It looked so amazing that myself and the other bloggers all took dozens of photos before we dared to touch the chef’s work of art!

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For other meals at the Sheraton we often dined at Tomatoes restaurant on the resort property – this spot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner had has a variety of international dishes. This is where my life changed FOREVER when I had my first taste of my new favorite food: Chilaquiles. I only wish we had gotten a photo of the bowl before we devoured the contents. I can’t believe I’d lived thirty years before eating this Mexican deliciousness but suffice it to say I’ve been on a quest to find a legit replica of the dish here in NYC ever since. Pictured below are some nachos that we sampled at Tomatoes:

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We also had the pleasure of being treated to an evening of fine dining at De Cortez Mezquite Grill (one of the 5-Star Diamond Award Winners) on our last night in Cabo. We started with a cocktail hour featuring drinks and a cheese board complete with cured meats and various cheeses and fruit spreads. The actual dining experience was incredible as well – the chefs beautifully prepared and plated several scrumptious courses for us and hand delivered them personally for a flawless presentation – complete with wine pairings. I nearly died of joy. And fullness. My personal favorite was the deconstructed ceviche served on a slate platter. Sorry in advance for making you drool on your keyboard / smartphone today:

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FOR WEDDINGS

The Sheraton has a variety of locations available for use for weddings from a stone terrace complete with island gazebo to ballrooms, to a simple Chapel on-site — no matter what your wedding style they will have the perfect background for your big day. I personally love the gazebo area that looks out over the water- it’s the perfect size for an intimate wedding and reception and is surrounded by that gorgeous landscaping so it feels secluded and private.

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With the gorgeous flora and the ocean as your backdrop, there’s little need for fancy decor. I love the arrangements that The Main Event Cabo created for our centerpieces at The Sheraton. The use of such budget friendly flowers really made my day! Check out these yummy mums and carnations – really inexpensive but colorful flowers grouped together to create a gorgeous arrangement. And they put them in Molcajete – one of those stone bowls that you often see guacamole served in. I just kinda loved that unexpected vessel – and it definitely anchored the arrangement down- it wasn’t going anywhere! I think I got a little arm workout holding it for this photo actually:

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Of course you could also get married on the beach and enjoy an oceanside reception much like the welcome dinner we enjoyed on our first night at the Sheraton. A beachy barbecue and bonfire would be the perfect way to welcome your loved ones to your wedding festivities! We enjoyed our beach dinner night so much that a group of us stayed up way past our bedtimes just chatting and breathing in the ocean air.

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If you’re inviting families with young children to your destination wedding, the Sheraton might be perfect for you! The Sheraton seemed to attract a large number of families and even had an on-site Kids Club area where your guests could take their children.

Another fab setup from our night at De Cortez – thanks to The Main Event Cabo. The fluttery linens reminded me of fish scales and the mosaic silver candlesticks added some sparkle to the table. Another simple and budget savvy flower arrangement featuring more carnations, and a few roses. Truly stunning and doesn’t have to be expensive. I can appreciate that! We were also treated to the musical stylings of Daryl Currie who provided just the right level of tunes to set the perfect tone for the evening.

The on-site weddings team at The Sheraton are there to help you plan every detail of your picture perfect day and will help you source all the vendors you need for your event. Let their talented staff ease your mind and allow you to relax and enjoy your big day! No matter your budget – they can help you create a flawless event!

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FOR HONEYMOONS

Can I just say one thing? The Spa. The Spa. THE SPA. I was incredibly blessed to receive my choice of spa treatment from the Cactus Spa at The Sheraton. I decided to go for something I would probably never have thought to try out myself and I opted for a body treatment. I got my skin scrubbed down and polished with a Mango Body Wrap and it was incredibly luxurious and relaxing. I am getting goosebumps just thinking about it right now, actually.

Booking a relaxing spa day is the perfect treat for you and your new spouse to enjoy together on your honeymoon. I would highly recommend a couple’s massage and taking a nice steam in the Sauna or a hot jacuzzi back in your suite. After you get your R+R on you can dine at one of the amazing restaurants on the property and gaze out into the stars at night. Dance under the moonlight on the sand on the beach or watch for fireworks (we happened to see some being shot on our last night on the property.)

Really, truly – this property is so gorgeous you could spend several hours just exploring and checking out the exotic foliage. Lying together on chairs by one of the stunning pools is a great way to spend a day – the attentive staff at the Sheraton will even deliver food or beverages right to your pool chair. Talk about relaxation!

If you don’t mind waking a bit before the sun, I highly recommend heading down to the beach to watch the sunrise at least once – we did this on our last morning in Cabo and it was pretty magical!

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budget-savvy-tip

  • The breakfast buffet is great, but I’d recommend ordering from the regular menu to save a few bucks. There is no way I ate enough to justify the cost. Maybe a guy could, but not me. :)
  • For weddings with a minimum of 10 rooms for at least 2 nights, couples will receive:
    • special room rate for their guests that can be extended for 3 days before or after the wedding (your guests can turn your wedding into an extended vacation!)
    • complimentary Luxury Suite for their wedding night
    • complimentary bottle of sparkling wine
    • complimentary use of their selected wedding venue
    • complimentary setup of the ceremony and reception
    • complimentary welcome drink coupon for all wedding guests at check in
    • 20% discount at the Cactus Spa, 10% discount at Cabo del Sol golf courses
    • a gift certificate for the bride and groom for a one-night return visit to the resort to be used within a year of their wedding.
  • The Sheraton is a Starwood property so if you are a SPG member you can use points to redeem free nights, meals and more at the resort.
  • FYI: The Sheraton offers room rates starting at $130 USD per night. REALLY affordable for this quality of a property.
  • Inquire with the Sheraton Weddings team for more info about wedding packages and availability.

 

Overall, I seriously had the BEST time in Cabo. I was so sad to see our time there come to a close. I truly enjoyed not only visiting this gorgeous destination, but also having the chance to meet so many fellow wedding bloggers who I respect and admire. It was a wonderful experience and one that I’ve so enjoyed re-living through sharing my experience with all of you! If you have any questions for me about my trip or experiences, please don’t hesitate to reach out! I hope that these posts have helped showcase what makes Cabo Destination Weddings so very special! Now someone book a wedding and invite me because I’m SO there. ;)

 

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Our Group: L to R: 
Viviane from the Sheraton, Chelsea of Bit of Ivory Photography, Chandra of Oh Lovely Day,
Heather of Get Married and her friend Kerry, Linda of Once Wed, Alison of The Knotty Bride,
Sara of Burnett’s Boards, Me (in turquoise, obvi), Mikkel of Mikkel Paige Photography,
Stephanie of Fab You Bliss, and Angela of Wills Communications (the coordinator of our fabulous trip!!) 

*All photos in this post are courtesy of the lovely and talented Mikkel Paige Photography*

*Airfare, accommodations, food, drinks, transportation and the fabulous spa treatments were provided to us courtesy of The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. All opinions and views shared here are my own. 

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Comments (2)
    • Chelsea
    • May 5th, 2014

    Such a great, great trip! Loved the Sheraton’s ambiance and old world feel. :)

    • Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss}
    • May 5th, 2014

    Wonderful! So much fun to read and view. Another beautiful post Jessica!!