Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Los Cabos Offers New Hands On Foodie Experiences

Nestled on a secluded 2.5-mile stretch of pristine beach in Cabo San Lucas, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort is an all-inclusive luxury resort catering exclusively to adults seeking a tranquil oceanfront hideaway.

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort has amped up its guest experience with a series of exclusive, one-of-a-kind “happenings” designed to create exceptional vacation experiences and special memories.

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“We’ve devised a series of unique, hands-on activities,” said Mizraim Corpus, Pacifica’s General Manager, adding that there is no extra charge to resort guests for these “happenings” and experiences. “One of the knocks against all-inclusive hotels is that surcharges typically apply for above-and-beyond experiences,” he said. “We deliver these special, personalized experiences free of charge to create a lasting emotional impact. We want guests to leave with great memories and think about coming back to see us.”

The Orchard Cooking Class, its name inspired by “La Huerta” (The Orchard) at The Market at Quivira (a purveyor of locally sourced organic produce), was created to appeal to avid “foodies” and would-be chefs. A maximum of eight guests are invited to participate in the open-air Orchard Cooking Class at Pacifica. Together with the Executive Chef, guests are encouraged to select and prepare vegetables and herbs for each dish. The chef then teaches guests how to create regional Baja cuisine, including favorites like roasted chilies stuffed with smoked marlin; an herbal vinaigrette that calls for finely chopped herbs grown in the hotel’s garden; and the classic “Tiradito Gabina,” seared fish cut into thin slices and served on a toasted flour tortilla with fresh garnishes. Once completed, the gourmet lunch is paired with well-chosen wines from Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley and served at a table set up beneath orange umbrellas. Recipes can be taken home so that guests can reproduce the dishes in their own kitchens.

Debuted last year, Hook & Cook, hosted by butlers from The Towers at Pacifica, invites guests to surf cast in some of the world’s richest fishing waters. “Even for novices, the butlers are very good at familiarizing guests with basic casting techniques,” Corpus said. “They work with guests to make sure they catch something,” typically sierra or roosterfish. Even if there’s no action, the butlers ensure that fresh fish is always available to make the resort’s signature mesa de ceviches using the house-made emulsions and salsas. Sashimi is also popular. Hook & Cook is normally scheduled for Wednesday morning, but Corpus explained that if the tide brings in fish, “we alert interested guests that the fish are running!” He added that special catches can be taken to the Pescados or Peninsula restaurants for a cooked preparation.

There’s nothing like a beachside clam bake for a fun, informal dining experience. The Clam Bake at Pacifica, staged on a pristine stretch of beach a stone’s throw from the ocean, is held on Thursday nights year-round. Designed as a pre-dinner “finger-food” event, guests are invited to sit around a natural fire pit on the beach, where the region’s famous Chocolata clams, drawn from San Carlos on the Pacific side and La Paz on the Sea of Cortes, are roasted over a mesquite fire. Also featured are a tempting array of hand-picked, fire-roasted root vegetables.

“These experiences or ‘happenings’ are not for large groups,” Corpus explained. “We keep the group size for the Clam Bake to about 10 guests for a more authentic Baja dining experience.”  

Guests who want to experience an unforgettable gastronomic experience can order the Steak Flambé at Siempre, one of Pacifica’s most popular restaurants. According to Corpus, the prime New York strip steak can be enjoyed in one of two ways:  cooked on hot river stones and flamed with mezcal or prepared with Himalayan salt, which imparts a unique flavor profile to the meat. “It’s a spectacle,” Corpus said. “Guests who observe another table enjoying the Steak Flambé often order it themselves.” Both preparations, available every night at Siempre, are paired with an exquisite collection of national and international wines.

The Mixology Class at Pacifica, invites guests to refine and expand their bartending skills with a master mixologist. Staged on Saturdays at the Peninsula Beach Bar, one of Pacifica’s most beautiful settings, the class is shown how to use hand-picked herbs and spices grown on property for Montiel’s creative concoctions, many of which feature Mexico’s most famous native spirits: tequila and mezcal. As at the Orchard Cooking Class, guests learn the appropriate salutation before imbibing: salud! (cheers). Montiel’s exceptional drink recipes can be recreated by guests back home.

In terms of personal luxury, Pacifica’s Beach Bed experience is a perennial favorite, especially for couples who have slipped away to Los Cabos for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Spaced along the beach, these comfortable, shaded platform beds are secluded and provide a nice alternative to the pool. Guests can snooze in the shade, canoodle, and stay late to take in a glorious sunset. Eight blissful hours of personalized service are available to Beach Bed patrons, from a breakfast catered by the butler staff to an extensive snacks and cocktail menu, all delivered bedside with a smile. Rocking beds are also available.  

Information provided by Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort 

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