CASA CONTENTA - THE #1 RATED BED AND BREAKFAST INN IN LOS CABOSMost of us take vacations for the express purpose of getting away from it all. Desks piled high with paperwork, unmanageable schedules, unbearable bosses, traffic gridlocks and all things real-life. Cabo San Lucas is the ultimate great escape, but finding peace and quiet in a town known for it’s all-night partying atmosphere and large, often impersonal hotels isn't easy. Or is it? Find your way down the highway south towards Land’s End, look for the new Costco and just a short distance past, turn right and head for the hills. At the top of a well-maintained dirt road you’ll come to discover what we’ve decided is one of the best getaways in Los Cabos... Casa Contenta Bed & Breakfast Inn.
Originally a single family home of a former Los Cabos Mayor, Casa Contenta blends neatly into a hillside that marks the beginning of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. Views are virtually unlimited with desert vistas and mountains on one side, expansive ocean views on the other. Land's End and the Bay of San Lucas are spread out before you in a visual buffet. When you think the views can't get any better, along comes the sun and the colors it paints at dawn and dusk. Wait, it gets better. Step up to the Sky Terrace and those views open up – to a full 360 degrees.
Hosts Craig and Lori Harrison have owned and operated the inn for ten plus years. Their senior staff member, Dora, has been with them since the start. The trio prides themselves on providing a high level of service and excellent accommodations all while giving you the space to relax as if you own the place.
Guests here enjoy all of the comforts of a staying in a spacious, architecturally stylish residence with the a full-time staff and hosts on-site. Privacy is not an issue regardless of which of the five guest bedrooms you choose for your stay. The floorplan maintains an open, airy feel but spaces the bedrooms in a way that provides seclusion whenever wanted.
Craig and Lori seem to have a knack for knowing what guests want and that knowledge surely stems from being avid travelers themselves. The two have ventured around the world to such exotic destinations as Bali and Morocco – and you'll find many treasured pieces from those travels decorating their tranquil Inn here in Cabo San Lucas.
While a comfortable and roomy bedroom and a daily breakfast are part of the package, calling this place just a Bed & Breakfast doesn’t do it justice. While staying at the Casa, we were often surprised with little treats like sweet tea while lounging by the pool or by larger surprises like steamed shrimp with drawn butter and cocktail sauce to accompany a few glasses of wine. Craig spent a great deal of his earlier life in the wine business and wine is still one of his passions. He's likely to share a glass with guests up on the Sky Terrace while watching the sunset. Being treated so well was all the inspiration we needed to venture into town and pick up a few bottles of wine and some treats to share with our hosts and fellow guests.
If, as they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it should also be the best, right? Well thanks to Dora, Casa Contenta’s senior employee, it is. The fare here is mostly light featuring fresh fruits, tasty smoothies and a variety of egg dishes all served up with a smile by Dora. Choose to dine outside on the second level on a shaded patio covered with lush green growth, or inside at a large stone table fit for a king.
Whichever you choose, the meal provides you with the fuel to power a day of sightseeing, golfing, water sports or other activities readily found in Cabo. For those more inclined to spend a lazy day relaxing, you’re just a few steps away from a nap in a hammock, a comfortable padded chaise lounge, or a float in the pool. If a good book is what your after, the casa has a wide selection just waiting for a reader.
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Wander through the casa and you’ll be treated to a wide variety of art, some from Mexico, others from all around the globe. If you are interested in learning a little about where the art came from or what it signifies, Lori is ready to tell you a tale. For instance, a wooden sculpture that rests on the dining table on the second level depicts a Balinese Yogi kneeling in the fetal position with his head held low in his hands completely hiding his face. This melancholy figure is said to absorb the troubles that can plague us all thereby allowing us to find peace and tranquility. We’re not sure if the Yogi had anything to do with our state of mind, but both of us seemed unburdened while we tooled about the casa marveling at pieces large and small, each with its own unique personality and significance.
TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE GARDENS
Visit the gardens and you’ll find a wide variety of cacti, vines, flowering shrubs and trees. The curved surfaces of the casa and the paths around it blend into the surrounding environment beautifully. They invite you to walk the property where you’ll find more sculptures, ranging from children cast in bronze to ducks carved from the root end of palm trees. Breathe in the fragrance of myriad flowers, listen for the sounds of the local birds from Scarlet Cardinals to Hummingbirds and Turkey Vultures. In short, just take the time to enjoy where you are.
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Craig and Lori also arrange activities at the casa. From parties atop the terrace complete with catering and live music to yoga, golf and horseback riding. Lori enjoys riding her horse, Hurricane, along the beach and in the dunes just a short drive away from the casa. She has taken guests on informal guided trips aboard gentle, rider-friendly horses located at the same stable where Hurricane resides. Craig is a self-proclaimed golf nut and can arrange tee times at many of the world-class golf clubs that line the coast of Los Cabos. Not only can he arrange the tee time, he can also save you on the normal rates at some of those courses. If your looking for some of the best dining that Cabo has to offer, they’ll make recommendations from inexpensive local fare to gourmet international cuisine. Menus and maps to many of their favorite eateries are available in a book put together by Craig. Whatever your desire, just ask and they will most likely have tips and recommendations to fulfill your needs.
Casa Contenta Bed & Breakfast was a true pleasure, a delight for all the senses and a bargain to boot. The hosts truly enjoy what they do and future plans call for an expansion of the property on adjacent lots owned by the Harrison’s. If all goes as planned, there will soon be two private, fully contained casitas separated by another pool, a large palapa with a bar, grill and seating areas. All we can say is the more of this wonderful oasis, the better! Rates are remarkably low and we think that they can’t possibly remain at their current level so book now. We so enjoyed our stay that we left the casa without returning our keys! Keys that brought us a sense of contentment that stayed with us long after our departure.VIDEO OF CASA CONTENTA
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CONTACT AND RESERVATIONS INFORMATION
Casa Contenta Bed and Breakfast Inn
El Tezal, Cabo San Lucas
Phone: From US (310) 593-4546