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Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences

Carretera Transpeninsular Km 7.3, Cabo San Lucas, 23410

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Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this all-inclusive Cabo resort is expansive and offers plenty for families to enjoy. Kids will love being greeted with a golf cart ride to the room and parents will love the availability of a kitchenette or fully equipped kitchen in their suite.

There are a variety of suites and villas to choose from at this all-suites resort, and they vary from a studio to a four-bedroom unit.

There are several pools for guests to enjoy, including a kiddie pool that is situated right next to a large grassy area with a playground, trampoline and splash pad.

You won’t find the typical (and often repetitive) all-inclusive buffets at this all-inclusive resort. The food here is outstanding, fresh, local and always changing. Hacienda Encantada has a sister resort, Marina Fiesta, located about 15 minutes away in the downtown marina. All-inclusive guests who are staying at either resort are welcome to dine at the restaurants at either resort. The all-inclusive package is also optional at this Mexican resort, so if your family prefers to get out and explore, a la cart/pay as you go options are available.

With theme nights, daily activities, free Wi-Fi, fire pits and horseback riding, families will love a stay at Hacienda Encantada in Cabo, Mexico.

Our Editor Loves

  • Kids' playground and splash pad
  • All-inclusive packages available
  • Oceanfront location

Family Interests

  • All Inclusive Rates
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Sailing
  • Water Sports

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
  • Refrigerator

Room Information

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There are a variety of suites and villas situated in different buildings throughout the expansive property. Cribs, rollaway beds and connecting rooms are available upon request. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the rooms, but can be upgraded at an additional cost for streaming or downloading video.


The suites range from studio to one- and two-bedrooms and king or queen beds are featured. The studio can accommodate four guests and the two-bedroom suites can accommodate up to six guests.

These suites feature a seating or living room area with a flat-screen television and a dining table. There is a fully equipped kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator (stocked daily with beverages and bottled water for all-inclusive guests), microwave, stovetop, sink, toaster and coffeemaker. There is a whirlpool tub and a standup shower in the bathroom (the two-bedroom also features two bathrooms) and a balcony overlooking the ocean.

Encanto Suites

The suites (which are more condo-like) featured in the luxury Encanto building feature an exclusive pool area just for guests staying there. The suites range from one to four bedrooms and can accommodate between four and 10 guests. These suites feature a fully equipped kitchen with a full-size refrigerator (stocked daily with beverages and bottled water for all-inclusive guests), microwave, stovetop, sink, toaster, coffeemaker and large pantry closet. The large living room area features a large couch that doubles as a sleeper sofa, and there is a flat-screen television and DVD player in the living room and each bedroom.

There is a whirlpool tub and a standup shower in the bathrooms and there are the same number of bathrooms as there are bedrooms in these suites. The large balconies overlook the private pool area and ocean and feature their own plunge pools and BBQ grill as well. There is a washer and dryer as well.

Villa Residences

These villas or residences are essentially entire homes which can accommodate up to 10 people. Situated just up the hill a bit removed from the hotel area, villa guests can still enjoy all of the hotel amenities, and golf carts are always ready to transport guests. The three-bedroom villas feature a large open-air concept living room that extends onto the large patio that overlooks the ocean. There is a private plunge pool and BBQ grill area on the large patio, and the breeze off the Pacific Ocean is divine.

There is a large couch that doubles as a sleeper sofa in the living room, along with a flat-screen television, DVD player and large dining table. The fully equipped kitchen features a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stove and oven, sink, toaster, coffeemaker and large pantry closet. A personal chef is also available for hire.

There are four and half bathrooms and the master bathroom includes an indoor/outdoor standup shower. There is also a claw foot or whirlpool tub in the bathrooms. A washer and dryer is also available in the villas.


Great relaxing resort!

by 1Alphascorp

Beautiful Resort at an Awesome Location with relaxing seclusion and ample amenities to recharge revamp and refocus while pampering and partaking in excellent taste tantalizing cuisine selections and fun libation concoctions!

Not good enough

by renatapaivab

My comments will be divided in 3, the bad part and the good part.

The very bad part:
Came for a quick 3 nights sisters get way. The room that they gave us was occupied. They changed rooms but it took two nights to them to add the amenities pack in the refrigerators. Worst part was dealing with Kith the sales guy. We became interested to participate of the club deal to bring the family and went to check how it works. In the first 5 minutes he was very pleasant but out of nowhere he became very aggressive and start to intimidate my sister. I asked him to not use this kind of maneuver to sell. He kept doing it and shut us down from the tour visit. This ruined our day. The others Salles guys were very pleasant. Talking to the concierge about it all they could to was apologize.

The good part:
the staff is very nice and polite. 5 stars to Oswel (in Trajineras) served me a good Mezcal and a delicious mole. Ivan and Johana ( in the taco place) that served us good tacos (ask for lobster tacos it is worth it) and found us a mole in Trajinera. And of course to the chefes.

General observations:
The place is beautiful, the view is impressive. Rooms need to be updated and properly maintained (mainly the electrical part). The shuttle to the Cabo San Lucas leaves each 2 hours. You are not allowed to ask for Uber inside the hotel nor at the airport (witch is very ridiculous mainly if you come from big cities where you are used to this type of services). They said free wi-fi, but this option is not good, you can’t watch Netflix with this option, you need to pay to have a decent internet or have yours. If you get the all inclusive, there will be an extra charge a few things like lobster and prime cut meat.

Family Activities


There are a variety of pools to choose from at Hacienda Encantada. The Activities Pool always has something going on with fun family-friendly games and music always playing. There is an adults-only pool with a swim-up bar that overlooks the ocean, and a kiddie pool situated next to the playground.

There is also an exclusive pool for guests who are staying in the Encanto Suites building. At this private pool, there are hammocks and pool beds to enjoy. Kids, who are staying in the Encanto Suites, are welcome at this pool, but it does tend to be quieter here.

There are plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas surrounding all of the pools and complimentary pool towels are provided with your pool card. The pools also have restrooms situated nearby, and a restaurant or bar located onsite as well.

Playground and Kiddie Pool

The kids' playground area, with swings, a slide and trampoline, is situated next to the kiddie pool. Kids will love this area. There is a large splash pad that is hard to resist, with water buckets always dropping water. There is a large grassy area for running and playing corn hole, along with a giant chess board and foosball table. The kiddie pool is zero-entry and plenty of chairs surround the area as well.


The resort overlooks the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the famous Cabo Arch is visible in the distance. Guests have access the beach to get a better view, but it is a non-swimmable beach. There are large rocks and stones situated along most of the coastline in Cabo and the waters are quite deep, making most of the beaches non-swimmable.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is available onsite once a week, on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families will love to take a ride through the desert and see the Cabo San Lucas Bay.

Activities and Kids Programs

During high season, families will find plenty of activities happening at the activities pool. The activities director is always getting the kids involved and playing games and crafts with the kids at the pool or surrounding areas. While there isn't a dedicated kids' room, daily, kid-friendly activities are always taking place.

Sunset boat cruises, hiking adventures, city or diving tours can also be arranged by the concierge.

Sports Courts

Tennis, basketball and pickle ball courts can be found on the property and are included in your stay. The courts are also available at night, but there is an additional charge at night for the use of the court lights.

Family Dining

There are a variety of restaurant options to be found throughout the resort, and all are included in the all-inclusive package. The only buffet is during breakfast. Reservations for dinner are required.

All-Inclusive Package

Guests have the option of including an all-inclusive package. This includes unlimited alcoholic beverages and meals at the onsite restaurants, as well as the marina restaurants at the sister property, Marina Fiesta. Soda, beer and bottled water are also stocked daily in the suites with the all-inclusive package.


This Italian restaurant is situated within the Encanto building area, but all guests are welcome to dine here.

Il Forno

This pizza spot features wood-fired pizzas and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Las Marias

The delicious breakfast buffet is located here in the mornings and features an omelet station. Las Marias is open from 7 a.m. to noon.


This fine-dining restaurant features Mexican cuisine for dinner only. Children over the age of 12 are welcome to dine here.

La Pergola

Located near the pool, sushi and ceviche are available here.

Los Riscos

Located above Las Marias, the views from Los Riscos are the best for a sunset dinner.

El Eden

Located by a pool and a fire pit lounge area, tacos and tequila tasting can be found here.

El Patio

This pool snack bar is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In-Room Dining

Room service is always available but there is an additional cost even with the all-inclusive package. However, there is a 40-percent discount on room service with the all-inclusive package.

Planning & Tips

All About the Extras

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort. An upgraded Wi-Fi option is also available for an additional cost for things like streaming and downloading video.

Certified babysitting services are available for hire.

An airport shuttle can be arranged for guests at cost, and there is a $5 shuttle that runs hourly to the sister resort Marina Fiesta.

Fitness Center
Cardio and weight machines are available in the fitness center, near the spa, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mini Market
Located near the Adults Pool, the Mini Market has everything you may need including souvenirs, sundries, alcohol, snacks, clothes and medications.

The Art of Smart Timing

It's always a good time to visit Mexico, but peak season runs from about October through May, with January through March being the busiest at this resort. The summer months are often slower and hurricane season tends to run from September through early October.

Getting There

The Los Cabos International Airport is located in San Jose del Cabo and about a 40-minute drive from this resort. An airport shuttle can be arranged with the hotel for an additional cost.

Getting Around

The resort is quite expansive and still growing. There are sidewalks and paved areas, making it easy to walk around the resort with strollers. But there are also golf cart taxis readily available to take you anywhere around the resort. Guests call for a golf cart no matter the location, and you'll be whisked to wherever you need to go. The golf carts may be the resort highlight for some kids. There are elevators and ramps throughout the resort as well.

A $5 shuttle is available to take guests to the sister resort, Marina Fiesta, downtown. The shuttle runs hourly.

A car rental agency is also located onsite.

For Mom and Dad

The onsite spa is small, but a great place for the adults to relax with a massage, facial treatment or manicure or pedicure. The sister resort, Marina Fiesta, offers a larger spa with the addition of a salon.

Several golf courses can be found within a short distance of the resort.