I’m a planner. As soon as I lock in a trip, I dive into researching the destination and formulate a loose agenda so I can hit the ground running when I arrive. It was a little weird, then, to not have any planning to do for my most recent vacation. I joined two of my oldest friends and one of their husbands for my first all inclusive resort experience at the Hyatt Ziva in San Jose Del Cabo.
Sun, beach, pool, and no agenda sounds like heaven to most people, but I was a little hesitant about how this would go. My typical trips are full of walking, exploring, and immersing myself in the local culture, so I worried about getting antsy. My first cruise introduced me to the all inclusive life, but it helped knowing we had a few ports to venture around off the boat. I’m also pale AF so I literally can’t sit in the sun all day, every day.
Turns out I was mostly able to settle into the slower pace and had a very relaxing week. Our general routine was to hit up the breakfast buffet (hola bottomless mimosas!), post up at the pool, get cleaned up, then go to dinner. I added in a workout each morning to help offset both my restlessness and all the food. I also successfully avoided major sunburns by choosing seats with umbrellas and eventually just covering myself with a towel.
The resort does offer some activities and excursions to fill your day, for an extra cost of course. We indulged in a massage that was great, but the highlight was definitely the sunset sail with Cabo Adventures. The boat left from Cabo San Lucas so we got a glimpse at how that area compared to the much more chill San Jose Del Cabo.
The sail was 2.5 hours and included unlimited drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. The route took us past the arch and Lovers Beach, all while providing spectacular views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. Angel and the rest of the crew were awesome and provided an all around fabulous experience.
So would I go all in again? I think the all inclusive resort is a great option depending on who you are traveling with and the vibe you’re going for. I felt like the number of days I was there was just about right for me. But if I did it again, I would make more of an effort to leave the resort and go into the actual town.
Have you done the all inclusive experience? What did you think? Any tips for others looking to try it out? Comment below!