Wedding Scouting Trip: Part II

love at first sight…literally

Yes, Esperanza gets its own blog post! I Heart Esperanza! Our travel specialist got us a great room rate so I made the executory decision to stay two nights during our trip (normally $695/night). Our rate was in the 300s! Thank you Lia from In The Know Experiences 🙂 I’ve learned a lot about group room rates from planning a destination wedding. Typically, a great room rate requires a group booking of 10 rooms with a minimum of 3 nights. My fiancé & I took a cab from our previous hotel to Esperanza on Saturday morning. I was anxious to arrive! The entrance of Esperanza was equally as beautiful as Pueblo Bonito Resorts. Esperanza gets the “one up” because they had a huge fountain with whale tails coming out of it 🙂 Love those whales!

My fiancé and I were greeted by a personal concierge (Paula) once we got out of the cab. Since our room wasn’t ready, we were escorted to El Bar to grab a cocktail. We both ordered margaritas, of course! We sat & enjoyed the amazing views as we sipped our cocktails. Paula grabbed us 10 minutes later & escorted us to our ocean-view casita. The resort side of Esperanza offers 55 Casitas (there is also a private residence side). Our casita was on the top 3rd floor level (room #53). Our casita had 180° views of the Sea of Cortez, an infinity edge hot tub on the terrace and interiors that transform into dramatic indoor/outdoor living spaces. Inside, no detail was overlooked! We had a deep-soaking bathtub, dual shower heads, his & her sinks, an additional vanity, complimentary daily fruit & a huge king size bed! My fiancé and I just looked at one another in shock & excitement! It was a great moment 🙂

view from laying in bed

Paula took us around the room to show us all the amenities the room had to offer: bath salts, keurig coffee machine & k-cups, complimentary fruit & water, mini-fridge, snacks for purchase (including popchips!), his & her robes, candles & matches, and much more! Five minutes later there was a knock on the door & we were greeted with complimentary margaritas and an appetizer (chips, salsa & gaucamole)! We were also given a hand-written note welcoming my fiancé & I to Esperanza. We were falling in love quickly with Esperanza!

As soon as everyone left our room, we jumped in our private hot tub! Well, at least I jumped in the hot tub ASAP and my fiancé joined me after he finished exploring the room (such a guy) 🙂 I’m like a little fish…I love the water! At that moment, I knew our time at Esperanza was going to be special & very relaxing.

private hot tub on our terrace
our balcony view

We hung out in our room for an hour or two & then made our way out to explore the property! Happy hour started at 4pm & you know my fiancé was not going to be late. Esperanza’s happy hour was buy 1 cocktail, get 1 free…perfect! We tried all the different margaritas that Esperanza had to offer. All so good…yummy! I would recommend any drink on their cocktail menu.

We spent the rest of the night walking the property, hanging out at the beach bar & going to dinner at La Palapa. My fiancé and I loved the beach bar that Esperanza set up on their private beach. I was in heaven…feeling the heat of the bonfire as I sat in a bean bag drinking a margarita. As I took lots of iPhone photos, my fiancé enjoyed the cigar he purchased earlier in the evening at El Bar.

Great night…

We started the next morning with coffee since we were up by 7-8am. Our plans for the day included a meeting with their wedding coordinator-Claudia & lots of time by the pool 🙂

love that face

Our 10am meeting with Claudia was amazing! Claudia is this tiny little girl with lots of energy & passion for her job. We were even greeted with hugs! I would love to have our wedding at Esperanza just to work with Claudia (among other reasons!). Claudia gave us a tour of both the resort & private residences side of Esperanza. Below are some photos of possible wedding ceremony & reception locations that my fiancé and I both love!

Ceremony Locations

Ceremony Location #1
view from our casita
Ceremony Option #2 (website photo)
Ceremony Option #3 (website photo)

Reception Locations

Cocina del Mar Terraces
Cocktail Hour or Welcome Party Location
Inside of Cocina del Mar

The private residence side of Esperanza is really nice too! They offer 2,3 & 4 bedroom villas that can rented from the resort or owner. My fiancé and I previewed a 4 bedroom villa that was located on the bottom floor (with its own private infinity pool). Each bedroom also has its own full bathroom. A 4 bedroom villa can sleep 8-10 people. If we get married at Esperanza, I’m sure some of our wedding guests will decide to stay on the private residences side so they can cook & stay with one another…slumber party! Plus, the villas are ridiculously awesome!

Master Bedroom
private infinity pool
outdoor dining area

After our tour, we hit the pool on the private residences side to lay out & get some sun. I think the infinity pool is also salt-watered. It was one of my favorite days so far!

pool bar
i'm a little fish
a hot tub that could fit 22 adults…i counted!

We ended up skipping breakfast & decided to eat lunch by the pool (taste testing more of their food). I wasn’t really hungry so I ordered guacamole & chad got fajitas. Their spicy guacamole was delicious.

After a full day at the pool, we took a walk towards the cliffs near the outskirts of the private residences. I couldn’t believe Chad was content laying out with me so long….best fiancé ever! The views from the cliffs were beautiful & I love the photos we took out there.

After our walk, we were off to happy hour! I decided to drink something other than a margarita so I ordered a ‘bobble’ which was made with sparkling wine (yummy). On our way to the bar I asked one of the staff members to take our photo since I lost my camera at some point the night before. Chad spotted a lizard at happy hour too…ew gross (cute but gross).

We choose to go into town for dinner on our last night at Esperanza. Our personal concierge made us a reservation at Nicksan-a local sushi restaurant in town. Since our dinner reservation wasn’t until 9pm, we decided to watch the beginning of the sunset in the hot tub on Esperanza’s resort side with some margaritas in to-go cups!  As we were hanging out in the hot tub, some big pelican decided to take a dip in the pool a few feet away from us. I didn’t realize pelicans were so big! It started to get pretty chilly, so we watched the rest of the sunset in our room as I got ready for our dinner date 🙂

Nicksan sushi was really good! Their house salads were huge (i love that dressing). Even though we were in town, we didn’t go out after dinner. Boo to me. I think I fell asleep by 11pm every night on our trip.  We definitely plan to go to the local bars when we come back (with a group of friends).

Our last morning at Esperanza…

It was bitter sweet….we did not want to leave! I woke up by 7am & went down to our pool by 8:30am. I think I was one of the first 3 people poolside (a little shocked I had some company). I love Esperanza’s resort pool better. It’s more private & quiet…just the way I like it 🙂 Chad joined me a little later but he came down dressed for the day (no swim trunks for him). I took one last dip in the pool before heading up to our room to pack & shower.

I stayed by the pool until 10am (trying to get my tan on). Our checkout was 11am. T (local photographer) from AlecandT.com picked us up at 11am to take us to our next destination….Cabo Hilton (and a few spots in between). On our way out, we said bye to Claudia. And of course, bye to Esperanza.

Until next time…..

Hopefully our wedding & another trip before 🙂

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