Girlfriend’s Weekend at Pechanga Resort

Meeting friends for a Girl’s Weekend Reunion at Pechanga Resort nestled in Temecula Valley, this destination that offers a multitude of activities that appeals to everyone.


Besides the 20,000 square foot gaming casino, there is an event theatre showcasing sell-out concerts. This Las Vegas style resort has a water oasis featuring four-acres of pools, waterslides, a swim up bar, restaurants and spacious cabanas. Next door is a world-class spa facility, and fitness center.


Recently, Pechanga recently completed a $300 million expansion, nearly doubling its guest-rooms. The new luxury Pechanga’s Tower offers spacious Junior Suites. The bedroom offers a king or two queen beds, and a separate sofa bed in the living area. The quartz countertop bathroom has a large rain dome shower and in-shower bench, with an array of luxury bath products.


The tastefully decorated rooms feature indigenous and locally created artwork among floor to ceiling windows looking out to the verdant Journey at Pechanga golf course or Temecula valley and hills.

During the day, there are three swimming pools, including a zero-edge main pool with a swim-up bar. The family pool has two waterslides and a splash pad. Throughout the 4.5 acres there are five whirlpool spas.


There are plenty of lounge chairs and cabanas for friends to catch up while enjoying the topical oasis called The Cove. Day Beds accommodate four friends, while pool cabanas seat up to six people. The Cove also offers seating in the Premium Cabanas for up to 8 guests. All day beds and cabanas include sun care amenity, bottled water, and cabana services.


Golf course architects, Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest, created a par-72, links-style Journey at Pechanga golf course (The course will be closed for overseeding beginning September 23, 2019 until October 14, 2019).  After a round of golf with girlfriends, the acclaimed Journey’s End restaurant offers a healthy lunch and dinner menu inside the modern club house and outdoors with firepit and golf course views.


Relaxation time at Spa Pechanga is inside a 25,000-square foot sanctuary designed for year-round rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit. Amenities include a warm indoor whirlpool and another whirlpool spa outdoors with a flowing waterfall. Inside are steam rooms, saunas, and relaxation areas for napping. Upstairs, the luxurious treatment rooms offer tranquil hillside views.

Inside the hotel there area a variety of international dining venues including The Great Oak Steakhouse, Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar, Paisano’s, Bamboo, and Blazing Noodles. There are also a handful of casual options, bars and lounges.


In the evening Pechanga Resort and Casino has the largest casino floor with over 4,500 slot machines, 154 table games, a non-smoking poker room with 38 tables, and an ultra-modern, 700-seat bingo.

Pechanga is a winning destination for all to enjoy fun, sun, and relaxation.





Luxury Baja Sur Resort – Villa Del Palmar

Explorer Juan Maria Salvatierra founded the Mission Nueustria Señora de Loreto in 1697. Located above Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, the colonial town of Loreto is one of Baja Sur’s gems. Surrounded by the sculpted Gigantic Sierra Mountains and the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez with five unique and dramatic islands, it’s an ideal safe and quieter Mexican vacation, much different than lively Cabo San Lucas.


Alaskan Airlines flies directly to Loreto on Thursdays and Sunday from LAX, once you arrive at the airport it’s about a 40-minute shuttle ride to Villa del Palmar overlooking Danzante Bay and Isla Danzante. This luxury resort offers almost 200 guest rooms and suites with ocean, golf course and the Gigantic Sierra Mountain views.

I was pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of my two room suite. Besides a kitchen, there is a living room, bedroom with a large whirlpool tub, walk-in tiled shower, large closet and security safe. Both the living and bedroom have glass sliding doors leading out to a veranda with a lounge chair, table with four chairs and a relaxing chair with an ottoman.


Guests will want to spend time in the two-story 39,000 square foot Sabila Spa offering an array of massage and beauty treatments. After a treatment, guests are welcome to enjoy the various hot and cold plunge pools, steam and sauna rooms and relax in a lounge chair with a cool washcloth and sliced cucumber to cool your eyes.


Golfers are hearing a buzz about the new 18 holes TPC Danzanta Bay golf course with a putting green and driving range. The exquisitely manicured Rees Jones designed golf course is challenging for all levels with four tees per hole. Each hole offers stunning beach, cliff and canyon views. In-house golf pro Danny Garcia is happy to give guests a tour of his course and provide instruction if needed. Be sure to visit the dramatic par 3 17th hole. It’s already gained the reputation of the most beautiful hole in the Baja Sur.


Other activities include a morning hike to the top of a mountain, and over to an exquisite view spot overlooking the islands. There is a sign along the hike educating guests about the history of cave paintings and another directing hikers to a private beach.

IMG_6358Afterward paddle board and kayak in Danzante Bay to see rays and an abundance of fish swimming in schools. If you are lucky, rays will levitate above the water and belly flop down to create quite a splash.

Also in the morning, the staff yogi offers a beachfront one-hour yoga class. Afterward, swim in one of the five tile mosaic bottom pools to cool off. The staff host water exercise classes before lunch and pool volleyball games throughout the day.


A boat trip can be arranged with Danzante Tours to experience “The Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau. Isla Carmen, Isla Coronado, Isla Danzante, Isla Montserrat and Isla Catalina are all part of the Loreto National Marine peninsula. It’s a marine aquarium offering a diversity of marine life and over 800 species of fish. Cruising close to the coastline, passengers will view rocky shoreline with dramatic sculpted walls.


There are three restaurants onsite that include Casa Mia for lunch and dinner offering a variety of the margaritas, ceviche stuffed in half an avocado, and grilled fish tacos served with freshly made tortillas, guacamole, salsa and slaw. The Market is an all-day buffet venue featuring a wide variety of authentic Mexican and American favorites. In the evening theme night dinners include Mexican Fiesta, Mediterranean Feast and Italian Night. Nearby, Danzante is a fine dining experience with gourmet Mexican cuisine. Be sure to order the deconstructed tortilla soup, fresh fish of the day and Mexican coffee for dessert. A cart is rolled to your table and flaming coffee is made before your eyes.


Be sure to attend the Beach Party on Thursday on the sand near the water’s edge. Slip your shoes off and enjoy a fiesta of Mexican delights under festive decorations. A DJ and staff encourage everyone to dance on the sand as the sun sets to the West over the mountains. Be sure to send a flaming lantern soaring with a $10 donation to an Eagle refuge organization. It’s one of those bucket list experiences where you make a wish and watch the lit lantern soar above in the dark night sky.


While I let my lantern soar, I wished that I could come back to Villa del Palmar again this year. The next day guests were offered a tour of the model home overlooking the TPC Danzante Bay golf course. Lots are available for around $300,000 and four different floor plans to choose from ranging in size from 2,967 sq. ft. to 4,352 sq. ft. The resort will help you build a dream home for over $1,000,000.

This review was featured in JustLuxe – June 2018 –

The Most Spectacular Golf Course in Cabo San Lucas

From beginners to touring golf pros, Quivira Golf Club offers one of the most beautiful and dramatic golf courses in Mexico. This exclusive 18-hole course is available only to guests staying at one of developer and chairman Ernesto Coppel’s four Pueblo Bonito resorts and for the owners of the homes in his Quivira Los Cabos community. Pueblo Bonito in Spanish means “Beautiful Village” and each of Coppel’s resorts are exquisite.


Driving up to the clubhouse, golfers are dazzled with the world-class Jack Nicklaus designed course that opened almost five years ago offering spectacular ocean views. Each hole offers multiple tees and some have impressive falls from each tee to the fairway.


It all begins at the luxury and modern design clubhouse featuring elegant architectural touches among a tranquil setting. The center has an airy al fresco bar, restaurant and golf shop. It is one of the many amenities within walking distance to guests staying at the exclusive and luxurious adult-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica and The Towers at Pacifica. Guests staying at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach, Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, and residential communities Copala and Coronado also have golf privileges.


Staying three nights at The Towers at Pacifica, I signed up for a one-hour clinic with the golf pro and director Antonio Reynante. Growing up in Veracruz, he left Mexico in his 20s to study professional golf management in Temecula, CA. After getting his degree, he turned pro for three years and became a golf course instructor. When Coppel was developing Quivira, Reynante was hired as a master advisor and later the golf director.

This handsome golf professional greeted me and led me to the driving range for easy to understand instruction while hitting a pyramid of golf balls. His infectious enthusiasm inspired the non-golfer in me to be inspired to take up the sport. He patiently taught me the proper way to stand, hold a club and swing. Each contact I made that went straight was rewarded with a smile and praise.


Taking a tour of the entire golf course, I noticed that the most spectacular holes include the oceanfront par 4 opening hole with its left-to-right dogleg. It leaves the Pacific Ocean and travels into the untouched desert with sand, cactus and a scalloped bunker near contoured greens.

What also makes this course unique is the four comfort station where golfers can stop to enjoy a bite to eat and drink. At the Cliff Comfort Station, they offer breakfast burritos, freshly made cookies and brownies, water, soda, beer, and a shot of tequila before heading up to the most dramatic tees. As golf carts serpentine up the pathway, golfers are rewarded with unparalleled ocean, Arroyo, sand dunes and dramatic cliff views.


Climbing to the top is not one but two lighthouses. This first one is near the par 3 sixth hole. This historic castle-like lighthouse, known as Faro Viejo, dates to 1905 and is the oldest standing structure in Cabo San Lucas. It’s perched on the cliffs at the point where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. The second lighthouse was built in 1959 and sits high above the 14th hole. It emits a white flash to guide ships sailing in and out of Cabo.


After exploring the golf course, I joined others for a flute of sparkling wine and a light lunch featuring a multitude of dishes from the Latin-inspired culinary menu.


Instead of taking a shuttle back to The Towers at Pacifica, I walked along the secluded beach to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica’s renowned Armonia Spa for a relaxing and renewing massage.


No matter what level of golf you play, Quivira Los Cabos appeals to all of your senses. For more information and golf packages, go to Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort.

This review was featured in JUSTLUXE December 2018.


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