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Grand Solmar and the Ultimate Cabo Experience, Part 1

Thanks to Grand Solmar for sponsoring this post and providing me and my daughter with discounted accommodations, meals, and entertainment.

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I’m a sun worshiper. I admit it. If I don’t get my spring dose of Vitamin D sitting on a beach somewhere, I am not a happy camper and my employees don’t want to be around me. All I need is a beach, a Diet Coke, and a good beach read to be quite content. This year, however, was a special treat. My daughter, Andrea Zimmerman, Disney’s senior manager of blogs & social media, and I were invited to the Grand Solmar Resort Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for my birthday. Of course, I jumped at the chance.

I’m not quite sure what I expected. I suppose I had visions of Cancun and all-night parties, but that was not what I encountered at all. Instead, I discovered an idyllic retreat called Grand Solmar Resort Land’s End, which was nestled just over the mountains along the oceanfront.

 

 

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We arrived at the resort by going up over a hill from the marina and couldn’t believe what was hidden on the other side. This is a view from the open-air lobby where we had been greeted with “welcome margaritas.” (Yes, please!) I love this picture because they capture the vast property as well as the majestic mountain views.

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After taking in the views and getting a feel of the sprawling property, we went up to our room and were greeted by this beautiful sand sculpture. (Yes, the “B” in Babble is made from sand!) The staff came later and whisked it away like magic. Speaking of the staff, they were so friendly and attentive; I’ve never felt more welcomed.

IMG_5180 copyWe were so totally fixated on our bedspread “welcome” that we had to take a step back and look around. This gourmet kitchen was tucked away in the corner. Since Grand Solmar is a member-owned timeshare, each kitchen is fully equipped to make and serve your meals. I noticed several guests were on their way to Costco to bring in their groceries for the week!

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I can’t promise, however, that your refrigerator will come stocked with cold beer, chips, and salsa like ours did, but it was a wonderful surprise from the resort staff. We were famished from our long day of travel and couldn’t wait to enjoy this treat on our balcony.

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On the way to the balcony was this beautifully-decorated dining room, which would comfortably seat a group of six. It also served as our “charging station” for all the electronic gadgets we can’t seem to live without!

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Having explored our suite, it was time to take our chips and salsa and spend some time on our balcony. The view that awaited us was well worth the wait. These pools were but one of several pools that lined the oceanfront and all had slightly different offerings. This one had a swim-up sushi bar that we later tried (fantastic!) and there was another set of pools that were adult-only. You can be sure I had my eye on that hot tub for later that evening.

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The beaches aren’t safe for swimming due to the strength of the waves, but we loved just seeing the sand and ocean in their natural state.

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I took this photo of Andrea because it shows so clearly the magnificence and power of the ocean. She is standing just past the infinity pools, which, if you stand far back enough, look like they are dropping into the ocean.

IMG_5235 copyBreakfast, anyone? A picture-perfect setting if there ever was one. La Roca Restaurant offered us a breakfast buffet with everything we could possibly want. I spent my time trying to figure out how I could ever make my grapefruit at home look that appealing.

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After breakfast, I took this picture of Andrea because I am obsessed with infinity pools. Because of how they are positioned, it’s impossible to see where the pool ends and the ocean begins. It literally looks and feels like you are at the edge of the world.

— Debbie Byers 

Catch part 2 of the ultimate Cabo experience HERE!

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