Thank you to the Desert Spa and Villa La Estancia for hosting us. As always, all opinions are my own.
On June 20th my husband and I had the pleasure of celebrating our five-year wedding anniversary at the beautiful Villa La Estancia in Cabo San Lucas. Coincidentally, Cabo San Lucas is where we went for our honeymoon which made this trip that much more special. Since this was our five year anniversary I wanted to do something special for my husband so I decided to surprise him with a few things that we had never done before.
This trip was a family trip which included the grandparents so we were able to sneak away for a romantic couples afternoon and evening thanks to our babysitters.
Part One – The Desert Spa Facials
Our evening began around 4:00pm with our couple’s cleansing facials courtesy of The Desert Spa located in front of Villa del Arco (Villa La Estancia’s sister property). We took a short trolley ride over to the spa which was super convenient. The amazing 31,000 square foot spa is something I’ve never experienced before. The aromas were so relaxing and inviting, the facility was just gorgeous and the staff was the most friendly, helpful staff I’ve ever encountered in a spa.
My husband and I were greeted at the start of our appointment and taken into two separate areas (one for men and one for women). I can only speak about my experience as I was not in the men’s area but I was immediately taken up an elevator into a gorgeous bathroom/relaxation area. Here I was given a locker/key, sandals and a robe and shown around the facility. I was given access to the lounge chairs, hot tub, cold tub and warm tub, sauna, steam room, pressure showers, regular showers and more. I started my spa experience off with a nice shower with great beauty products.
Being pregnant I was a little limited on things to do as far as the heated experiences go, so I grabbed an apple and some ice water and relaxed in the skin temperature spa. I then made my way over to the oh-so-comfy lounge chairs and relaxed for a while.
After relaxing in the lounge chairs I made my way back into the skin temperature spa, followed by a rain shower. I grabbed a towel and made my way back into the locker room where a staff member took my swimsuit from me. She put it in a dryer that dried my suit in less than a minute. I locked everything up and followed a staff member (in my robe) up to the next floor. On this level I was able to sit and relax in a peaceful, serene room with more comfortably chairs. I loaded up on more water as the room was a bit on the warm side and read a magazine until I was called for my appointment.
It was time for my facial so I followed the staff member through the winding halls where my husband and I met in the hallway. We were both in robes and ready to relax. We were taken in to this room (see above) that was adorned with rose petals and candles (just like the image) where we each got our own facial bed. We both relaxed some more as our facials progressed and walked out of the spa feeling rejuvenated.
My husband had never been to a spa and seemed to have a great experience. He was a little unsure at times that this was something he should be doing but overall I think he loved it.
Part Two – Romantic Sunset Dinner on the Beach
After a wonderful time in the Desert Spa at Villa del Arco, my husband and I returned to our room at Villa La Estancia to shower and get ready for our dinner at 7pm. My husband really had no idea what was about to happen next, nor did I.
I had booked us a sunset prime rib dinner for two on the beach prepared by the amazing chefs at La Parrilla Restaurant (at Villa La Estancia) prior to arriving and I was really expecting a little restaurant setting on the beach with other couples. We made our way down to the beach a little before 7pm to find this extravagant display. We thought there was no way that this could be for us, but it was. We felt so special.
The evening began with an alcohol-free cocktail for me (pregnant) and Corona for my husband. Our waitress was so sweet and helpful.
Our first course, bread with a view, or course! (By the way, we had two staff members watching us the entire evening and not one beach vendor bothered us).
Next was my personal favorite, Caprese Salad. We each got this gorgeous display of fresh tomatoes, cheese and pesto. I pretty much devoured this dish.
Followed by a complimentary goat cheese/gnocchi sampler for each of us.
I believe this is when the soup came. What kind of soup, you ask? My husband’s favorite – Minestrone. This Minestrone was unlike any other I’ve tasted. It was filled with fresh broccoli, long noodles and other summer vegetables. It was so good.
Out came the sorbet to cleanse the palate.
By this time, I was getting pretty full. I was on my second “mocktail” and was so satisfied with all of the prior courses. Then came the main course – prime rib, a loaded baked potato and fresh steamed vegetables. Oh my! I ate about a quarter of my prime rib (which was fantastic), a few veggies and a few bites of my potato and called it quits. There as no possible way I could stuff any more food into this belly…
… and then came dessert. And if you know me, there’s always room for dessert. By this time the sun had gone down and our tiki torches had been lit by the staff members. We enjoyed our amazingly moist brownies with cherries and ice cream with the sound of the waves crashing along the shore.
We ended up each taking a box of food back to our room to enjoy the next day and many, many great memories away from this experience.
If you’re looking for the most perfect vacation destination idea for your anniversary, or even just because, I highly recommend you check out the Villa Group Resorts in Cabo San Lucas.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the Desert Spa for our facials and to La Parrilla Grill for our fantastic dinner experience.