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Welcome to “Happily Ever After”, the official blog by Hilton Los Cabos. This is your one-stop wedding planning guide, written by the experts at Hilton Los Cabos.

The Trip to Baja

The Trip to Baja

 

The Trip to Baja was made by Kendrick our Director of Revenue Management, he also wrote this for us as we asked him to share this unforgettable experience. 

The Challenge

First of all it was a challenge because it was the first time I was riding the bike for a long trip.  I was bringing a brand new bike so the possibility of a mechanical failure was very low. But this is Baja 1000!! And lonely gringo in Mexico you know what I mean.

I also had the advantage of knowing the road as I had driven my vehicle from California back in April 2012.   There is 1,000 miles from California to Hilton Los Cabos this was my goal…..

 Let’s go already!

I started the trip about a month later (end of May) than I had initially wanted as I was waiting for a friend from Minneapolis to drive (in his bike) to Cali so we could start the trip together but he ended up cancelling his trip therefore I was forced to do the trip alone (of course, he chickened out).   I traveled by plane to LAX, visited a close friend in Beverly Hills (always in style). The very next day went to pick up my bike but one part (to install the side saddle bags) didn’t arrive on time and had to wait another day.  Finally on the last day of the month I started the trip, left USA late in the afternoon and passed the border to Mexico through Tijuana.   (no issues at all –great job Mexico-)

 Now in Mexico

The first portion of the trip was through the beautiful scenic route between Ensenada and San Quintin.  Average speed for day 1 was about 60 miles per hour (it was a brand new bike remember??).  On Day two I made it from San Quintin to Guerrero Negro which is about half way in the Peninsula of Baja California and to celebrate the milestone I decided to stay in a Hotel called Halfway Inn.  Average speed was about 65 miles an hour but at some point reach a maximum speed of 110 miles in a very long straight road.  On day three I made it from Guerrero Negro to Loreto, the road offered more curves and millions of huge stones as I move from the Pacific side of the peninsula to the Sea of Cortes side.  I made one very interesting stop in the middle of no-where: a small restaurant and ate homemade “machaca”, the nice fellow said the “machaca” was born and raise there but as you look around you only see stones everywhere.  There were also some military checkpoints along the way.  Average speed about 70 miles an hour.

On the fourth day the sun and the heat was way up; made it from Loreto to La Paz.  About 35% of the road was under construction there was a lot of long straight roads which delayed my arrival, and also at one point had to wait for an hour as the road was close to cleanup some debris so I took the time to talk to the other stranded drivers and made some new friends, one of them even offered a nice cold bottle of water.

 10 recommendations for motorcycle road trip to Baja (Survivor Kit):

1.       A friend that can ride in another motorcycle next to you.

2.       A killer playlist you can listen (its 24 hours of driving time)

3.       Choose some dates that it not so hot outside.  (you get breeze but extremely hot air)

4.       Sun block

5.       Extra time in case there are delays.

6.       Make time for photos or videos.

7.       Eat where locals eat.

8.       Drink lots of liquids

9.       No internet on the way but keep your love one informed of your location.

10.   Plan you gas stops frequently just in case.

I am sure that after reading Kendrick’s amazing story you will want to plan a trip like this and my favorite recommendation number 9, which is yours?

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Superb Wedding Team

Superb Wedding Team

Have you met our Wedding team?

Cristina our Wedding Specialist, originally from Mexico City, has almost nine years working for Hilton Los Cabos and more than two in Weddings. She likes open air activities such as long walks with her English Bull Terrier and likes to join the bike downtown tour and other fun activities with her husband. She got married last year and Juan Carlos was the perfect choice to take care of all the details on her Big Day while she relaxed and enjoyed the full experience, her time as The Bride.

Juan Carlos has four years at the hotel and more than a year operating weddings, he was born in Durango, Mexico. He rides a motorcycle; SUP and zip lining are some of his preferred activities and bungee jumping too.

Cristina and Juan Carlos do a great job! Their commitment with our special couples is from a welcome party, rehearsal dinner, all wedding day and farewell brunch to anniversaries and vows renewal celebrations.

Let me share with you how they like to go far and beyond expectations, a bride had a long wedding dress and they were looking for something to hang the dress in the guestroom, for a nice wedding photo. Cristina and Juan Carlos talked to Julian our Carpenter who did a wooden hook, so the dress could be hung at a certain height. The bride thankful them for this gesture and love the fact that they looked for a quick and nice solution for this and therefore had a beautiful photo.

 Here you have some of the testimonials they have received:
 
Hi Cristina and Juan Carlos,
Thanks so much! Everyone had a great time. I heard nothing but great things about the food, the service, and of course, the view!   My suite was spectacular and the photos we have from the balcony are beautiful. The fajitas, popcorn, etc. at the welcome party were amazing! Everyone commented on how delicious the food was.  The view from the ceremony was priceless and a memory we will hold in our hearts forever.  We will definitely be back and will be sure to reach out to you when we do.   Thank you again for all of your hard work! It was the best weekend I could have imagined.
Lauren and Matt, May 2014
 
Hi Juan Carlos and Cristina,
First off everyone is raving about the wedding and I can’t thank you two enough.  Thanks to you it was absolutely perfect.  We had such an amazing time at the resort.  We would love to fill one out letting people know what amazing service we had at the resort and how helpful and kind everyone that worked there.  All of our friends and family were talking about how amazing the customer services was and I am pretty sure you will be seeing a bunch of them back in the future!  
Jane & Todd,  February 2014
 
Hello Juan Carlos and Cristina,
We just wanted to send you a quick note to extend our thank you for such a fantastic wedding week.  You guys took care of every detail and everyone had a fantastic time.  Thank you for making our wedding unforgettable.  The photographer was wonderful, the minister was great, and the music was perfect. Everyone talked about how delicious the food was and our room was very comfortable.  We will be back next year and hope to have a group with us celebrating our anniversary!
Thank you!
Shaylee & Matt, February 2014
 
For more information please visit http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico

 

Hilton Los Cabos Wedding Packages

Hilton Los Cabos Wedding Packages
Hilton Los Cabos Wedding Packages were created to reduce the stress of wedding planning with different options tailor-made for the wedding of your dreams. Always have in mind that we work with you to create your perfect weddding.
 
 Romance Wedding Package
  • Wedding Specialist to assist with the planning and on site coordination of your wedding
  • Official Minister for a symbolic ceremony with Chuppa with white draped fabric (1)
  • Bride’s bouquet and Groom’s boutonniere (seasonal flowers-medium size) (2)
  • Complimentary location fee for Beach Ceremony
  • One hour Wedding Photographer
  • One year anniversary certificate for 3-days/2-nights stay at resort
  • Dinner for two at Fenicia Restaurant (wine included) (3)
  • Wedding flower turndown
Happiness Package
  • Includes Romance plus the following:
  • Complimentary location fee for reception dinner on the Blue Marlin Terrace
  • Standard banquet set up for reception including white or beige linens
  • VIP round trip airport transfers for Bride and Groom
  • One hour solo musician for ceremony (violinist, harpist, or guitarist)
  • 50% off contracted group rate for preplanning meeting and menu tasting (4)
Love Package
  • Includes Happiness plus the following:
  • Wedding cake with variety of flavors and designs for the size of your group and up to 50 guests
  • Wedding dress and Tuxedo pressing
  • Bride Hair and Makeup at Spa Oasis
  • One additional hour with Wedding Photographer
  • Dinner upgrade to a private beach location for bride and groom only
Eternity Package
  • Includes Love plus the following:
  • Linen upgrade
  • One hour additional Solo Musician
  • Bride manicure and pedicure at Spa Oasis
  • Mimosa Breakfast for two in bed
(1) Microphone & speaker for Minister is not included
(2) Please ask for the list of flowers available for the Bride’s bouquet and Groom’s boutonnière included in packages
(3) One bottle of house wine (red or white)
(4) Special planning trip rate available for bride & groom only, dates are subject to availability & available up to 60 days before the wedding
 
 For all packages:
Packages available only with a signed contract of a minimum of 30 room nights
For more details please visit http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico/mexico-wedding-packages or contact us at LosCabos.Weddings@hilton.com
 

Honeymoon wishes

Honeymoon wishes

Honeymoon wishes will give wedding couples a way to receive parts of their Hilton Honeymoon as a wedding gift. Couples are able to choose and register to receive spa treatments, dinner or any on property amenity. Guests can then sign into the wedding couple’s registry page and contribute to their honeymoon as a wedding gift. http://hilton.honeymoonwishes.com/

The Hilton Honeymoon Registry is to help wedding couples have the honeymoon of their dreams and is similar to a store based registry. The wedding couple has registered for items they wish to receive as wedding gifts.

 Hilton Los Cabos is part of this wonderful tool and we invite you to visit the site and become familiar with it. You can create your own wedding website, photo album, gift cards, and emails besides the wedding registry. You can find a sample registry here http://hilton.honeymoonwishes.com/Honeymoon-Registry-203909

 How it works…

1.       Set up your Free Honeymoon Wedding Registry

2.       Add items to your Honeymoon Wedding Registry

3.       Use our announcements and emails to inform friends and family of your gift registry

4.       Guests purchase from your Honeymoon Wedding Registry

5.       Collect wedding gifts. Have the honeymoon of your dreams!

Some Testimonials:

“We received so many compliments on the wedding website and honeymoon registry and how easy it was to use for our guests. My friends said they will definitely use the honeymoon registry for their weddings!” – Shanyn and Doug

“We really loved it and the customer service was fabulous. Our Registry turned out awesome thanks a lot of help from the pictures that you provided.” Bailey & Angel

You will see that the site is very friendly as it takes you step by step and has several gift options to choose from: suites, guestrooms, Spa treatments, dining, certificates, etc.

 Help us spread the word and also visit us at http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico or email us at loscabos.weddings@hilton.com

How about a dinner at Fenicia Restaurant?

Activities in Los Cabos

Activities in Los Cabos

Have you planned some activities while you are in Los Cabos?  We have several that can help you enhance your vacations and make your stay unforgettable and funnier, these are some options:

Outback & Camel Safari is an unforgettable eco-adventure. Spectacular views, knowledgeable guides, delicious cuisine and an exciting camel ride overlooking the ocean at Rancho San Cristobal make this an exclusive adventure only available from Cabo Adventures! http://www.cabo-adventures.com

Is swimming with dolphins near the top of your bucket list?  If so, be sure to visit Cabo Dolphins in downtown Cabo San Lucas and now available in San Jose del Cabo as well. Here you will find a variety of fun and interactive dolphin swims at our modern dolphin center conveniently located in both towns.

Outdoor Zipline Adventure is an extraordinary experience; Cabo’s highest rated zip line tour. This tour delivers thrills as you zip line, rappel, climb and more through the stunning surroundings of the Boca de Sierra Biosphere Reserve. It is safe and fun for everyone.

Snorkel and Sea Adventure tour takes you beyond the hotel zone to secluded coves and isolated beaches for Cabo’s ultimate snorkel excursion. It’s the only snorkeling tour in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo combining power snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and an Apex high-speed boat ride.

Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a first-time mountain biker, our Mountain Bike Adventure is an enjoyable way to experience the outback of Cabo. 

If you like sailing this is an option too as one of the world’s premier sailing companies, attention to detail and warm and friendly service is unrivalled. So kick back in one of the deluxe sailboats and let the tropical winds carry you over the turquoise waters to the secluded natural beaches of the Sea of Cortés and beyond.

Scuba diving, the warm, crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of California and the Mexican Pacific are home to a vast array of sea life making Los Cabos one of Mexico’s top diving destinations. Professional diving instructors combine their expertise with the utmost personal attention in scuba lessons for every level of Certification.

Few things can match the excitement and natural wonder of the world’s largest creatures shooting out of the sea and crashing back down only meters away. Join us for this spectacular event and capture amazing photos. (Cabo whale watching season is from Nov-March)

Which activity will you select?

Wedding favors and ideas…

Wedding favors and ideas…

Talking about wedding ideas, we know every wedding is different and has peculiar details that make it unique and special, adding wedding favors is a great way to thank guests for attending.

Searching on this subject I found lots of options by color, material, price, for the wedding, the ceremony, the bridal party, etc. It all depends on what we want to buy from: wine stoppers, bottle openers, card holders, photo frames, scent candles, luggage tags, gold or silver items, matches, chocolates to bubble tubes just to mention some.

I personally love silver, when I was looking for silver favors I found an assortment of beautiful items, did not expect to find that many I must confess but to my surprise the decision is difficult but if we are realistic we have to stick to a budget, so that helps reduce the options or increase them, all depends. There are also several details in silver for men, such as: money clips, cuff links, lighters, key-rings, ideas are endless.

Favors can also be found by season, design or personalized. It is important to buy favors according to the location, if the ceremony is at the beach in summer for instance; fans, parasols, flip flops can be considered; while in winter we may select something different.

There are also eco-friendly wedding favors made of seed-embedded paper and handcrafted paper cards, where kind words can be written to guests as a token of appreciation. There are also seed favors that bloom after guests follow instructions to soil and water them.

Useful favors are even better, as they remind guests of the wedding and are functional such as card or photo holders which I believe are great options. I have seen different models and if I were to select one in particular I would probably go with butterflies or hearts, not sure yet since I like them both. Which ones would you choose?

Visit us at http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/weddings-cabo-san-lucas-mexico

Experience a cooking class…

Experience a cooking class…

Cooking.. Are you a foodie person and would love to do a different activity while you are vacationing? Let me share with you what a fantastic experience we had at the hotel, with a cooking class for a family that started with Tequila tasting all the way to a wonderful Mexican dessert.

When we arrived at El Meson restaurant we came by the open kitchen where our Executive Chef was waiting for us together with the kitchen and restaurant team to greet us and introduce themselves, we also received copy of the wonderful recipes we tried.

Suddenly, our Tequilier arrived with a Tequila tasting cart and he explained the tequila process, how it is made and the difference between white, young and aged. This was truly educational.

Now, time for food preparation, the Chef showed us all the ingredients to prepare guacamole and made it at the moment, we enjoyed it with homemade chips. Different types of salsas from mild to hot were freshly made too; we tasted epazote, a Mexican herb that gives a unique flavor to quesadillas or beans just to mention a few examples, and to top up the flavor on the quesadilla we added one of the fresh made salsas, what can I say?

We were so into it that we were enjoying every single minute of the class. We were also taught how to prepare an exhilarating sea bass ceviche with mango and then a traditional Mexican tortilla soup, superb!

Most of the products used at the kitchen are regional as the Chef mentioned, therefore they are organic. For me, there is nothing better than finishing a nice meal with a dessert and so we did, we had churros with caramel and/or chocolate, we tried both and they were prepared and fried in front of us, just amazing and the flavor, wow! Check different recipes and try your cooking skills at http://bit.ly/1ctSpzX

The family mentioned how impressed they were by the service delivered by each of our staff members, they selected to stay at the Hilton based on the comments read online about our property experience. They did not know what to expect and after this cooking class, which exceeded their expectations, they were overwhelmed with every detail and I was too. It was indeed an extraordinary experience. Hopefully you come and enjoy this too!

 

Celebrate Los Cabos style!

Celebrate Los Cabos style!

Los Cabos such a lovely destination and we are so proud to share with you excellent news as The Knot has mentioned Hilton Los Cabos as one of “The 50 Best New Honeymoon Spots for 2013” this is indeed an honor and we are thrilled about this. Help us spread the word.

Considering this remarkable mention and if you are coming to Los Cabos and want to surprise your significant other, we have the Romance and Special Events department for this purpose.  Vows renewal, intimate weddings, anniversaries, wedding proposals, birthdays, honeymoon, any celebration, you name it and we can make it happen!

Our Romance and Special Events Manager says, this is one of the reasons that makes our job easier and worth it, when guests send us comments like this: “Just wanted to drop you a note to say a big, big THANK YOU for the beautiful goodies you put in our room to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday!  What a treat!” When we receive this feedback, encourages us to keep improving.

 If you really think about this, there is actually no need to celebrate something in particular, any day can be a special, don’t you think?  Therefore, why not wow someone with flowers, with a dinner, any token to make it different, leave it to us, we love dazzling our guests.

For more information please e-mail us at enjoy.loscabos@hilton.com or click here http://www.hiltonloscabos.com/contact-mexico-resort 

Hilton Los Cabos romantic dinner set up…

Cheers to your wedding!

Cheers to your wedding!

A toast to you who have made a very important decision by selecting our beautiful property for your wedding. Sit and relax in front of the Sea of Cortes and drink a glass of wine listening to the sound of the waves while we are in charge of making your wishes come true. We are specialists in doing things the way you have planned and day by day we enthusiastically work to fulfill your dreams.

The Hilton Los Cabos team dedicates to pamper you and your guests while you get ready for this special occasion, either if you are at the Spa Oasis, a restaurant or just lying on the beach, we happily assist you in anything you need, so you do not have to worry about anything.

Thank you for allowing us to share a memory of a lifetime and as we say in Mexico “salud”, which means cheers!

Hilton Los Cabos toast

A toast to you!