Real Honeymoon: Mexico

After a gorgeous wedding at Santa Clara University (their alma mater), Hillary and Brent jetted down to Cabo for an extremely relaxing honeymoon.  They loved their resort so much that not even a tropical storm dampened their spirits!  Spoiler alert: complimentary daily guacamole deliveries to their room were involved — I would have been in heaven, too!  Read all about their luxurious Cabo honeymoon below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

We went to Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in August 2013.

Sunset at El Farallon

Sunset at El Farallon

How long was your trip?

5 nights/6 days.

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The main pool at Capella Pedregal

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

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Lunch in the pool

With such a long engagement (17 months), we had plenty of time to change our mind time and again about whether to honeymoon, and where. At first we wanted to take a long, exotic trip to Europe or Tahiti. But as the realities of PTO and an over-budget wedding set in, we reconsidered. We discussed postponing our honeymoon altogether, but we longed for a way to spend time unwinding together after the 17 month build-up.We looked at mini-mooning in Southern California, but found the time and expense of that trip comparable to traveling to Cabo, which is where we landed. We searched hotels on and chose the #1 rated Capella Pedregal because of its stellar reviews and personal infinity pools in every room.

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View from Hillary and Brent’s private pool

The best part about our honeymoon was…

The atmosphere at Capella Pedregal. The resort was made for honeymooners, from the ocean-front infinity pool and swim-up bar, to the world-class spa and restaurants, to the luxurious rooms and overly-accommodating staff who deliver complimentary guacamole and Corona to your room every afternoon.

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Back in the main pool

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The beach in front of Capella Pedregal

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

Nothing, it was literally the perfect honeymoon, even in spite of the tropical storm that hit one night. I wouldn’t be deterred from visiting Mexico again during hurricane season since it was warm throughout our trip and sunny all but one half day. And we were told that tropical storms in August, although not unheard of, are rare.

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Tropical Storm? Who cares?!

How much planning did you do in advance?

Very little. We booked our flights and hotel online a few months out, then did nothing until we were contacted by the hotel’s concierge a week before our stay to assist us in booking restaurant reservations, spa treatments, and excursions.

Baby lion at the Cabo San Lucas marina

Baby lion at the Cabo San Lucas marina

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Looking up at Capella Pedregal

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

Besides the resort itself, which was expensive both to stay and eat (but worth it on both counts), we splurged on a couples treatment at Capella’s world-class spa. It was more expensive than most spas, but you can use the spa’s amenities (like the ocean-front mineral pool) all day.

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Seafood at El Farallon – yum!

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?


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Congrats, Hillary & Brent!

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