Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

I was already falling for Mazatlán long before I arrived at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay & Spa. My eye catches the brilliant clusters of purple flowers blooming and hawks flying overhead on a sunny autumn morning drive from Mazatlán Airport.

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With six, five-star luxury Mexico beach hotels and spas in both Los Cabos and Mazatlán, Pueblo Bonito Resorts design each property with its own character and surroundings.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

No two resorts are the same, but all are focused on stellar service, gourmet dining and activities for all ages.

In Los Cabos, there’s Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Pueblo Bonito Rosé Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos Beach Resort. The two Mazatlán resorts are Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa and Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán Beach Resort (open in limited capacity as it’s undergoing major renovation).

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

Named the Top Resort In Mazatlán by readers of Condé Nast Traveler as well as being crowned one of Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Resorts, I was delighted to call the Emerald Bay Resort & Spa home for two glorious days ahead of Mazatlan’s 25th Annual Fiesta Amigos de Mazatlán event and area discovery tour.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

This stunner is located on the edge of the Pacific and is the city’s only AAA Four Diamond resort. 20 acres of gorgeous wildlife, flora and tropical gardens are at your disposal to enjoy.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

The main lobby is light and airy, with fountains reminiscent of Southern Spain. Buildings with vines gently creeping down their sides give the property a rustic yet elegant vibe.

There’s couches and tables all around to relax near the entrance of Kelly’s Bar, a favourite spot for happy hour.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

The gorgeous landscaping is home to flamingos, lizards, iguanas, swans, pelicans, frigates and songbirds. There are colourful parrots in large enclosures chirping away by the main entrance.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

Once I’m signed in and given an all-inclusive bracelet, I’m brought to my spacious room with tiled floors, a table for four, ocean-facing balcony, full bathroom and kitchenette.

Emerald Bay room

It may only be for two nights, but I’ve got enough space to stay a week or two.

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Rooms

Light blue walls are complimented by sea-themed artwork and lamps. White cabinets near the bathroom are spacious (one contains a safe).

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The airco system automatically shuts off when the balcony door is open to cut down on energy. I wound up just putting on the ceiling fan and leaving the doors open for fresh ocean air.

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The wifi signal is good throughout the resort (the inclusive option allows wifi for up to four devices per room).

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A cozy king bed with two ample nightstands makes for comfortable sleeps.

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And one of the most thoughtful touches I’ve yet to see at a resort (until now): an outdoor hanging rack to air out and dry clothing. Yes!

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

Spa, Pool, Gym

Ready for complete bliss? Emerald Bay’s Armonia Spa offers an array of rejuvenating spa treatments to relax, revive and renew. Their fully-licensed spa therapists will get your body and senses to full relaxation mode via body scrubs, body wraps, massage therapies, facials or even a customized treatment.

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The gym is located near the spa with a full array of fitness equipment plus weekly classes ranging from beginner’s yoga to early morning guided meditation walks.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

Choices abound: soak up the rays on Emerald Bay’s private beach, or dip into one of two pools with a swim-up bar. There’s also a seaside hot tub. The main pool also includes an infinity pool facing out to the ocean. All pools have their own vibe and music. The adults-only pool gets classic rock, the main pool modern rock and 80’s.

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Dining

From casual to gourmet dining, there’s four dining venues and two bars to choose from, including a couple at sister resort Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán downtown (a free shuttle runs between the two).

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

Sunset Grill (10 am to 6 pm)
Near the main pool, casual venue the Sunset Grill serves Mexican and international cuisine, including fresh ceviche, enchiladas, tostadas, green salads and more.

Emerald Grill (10 am to 6 pm)
During the day, Emerald Grill offers salads, sandwiches, snacks and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks plus beer, wine and cocktails.

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[Sushi and salad at The Bistro]

The Bistro (Breakfast, snacks and lunch, dinner; 7 am to 10 pm)
Here’s a great spot for salads, sushi, seafood and fusion cuisine, served either indoors or on the patio. This is the hotel’s newest restaurant.

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La Cordeliere (Breakfast 7 am to 12 pm; dinner 6 pm to 10 pm)
I enjoyed a Mexican-themed buffet here one night at one of the outdoor tables.

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[Dining at La Cordeliere]

Watching the sun dip into the night sky with swaying palms and balmy temperatures invites lingering long after your meal is through. La Cordeliere’s apparently got an amazing champagne Sunday Brunch on too.

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[Ceviche served in a coconut, poolside!]

Aquabar (11 am to 5 pm)
Swim up and order a cocktail, sandwich or snack at the pool near the Sunset Grill.

Kelly’s Bar (3 pm to 1 am)
A rustic, wooded bar with mounted animals and objects d’art (plus live music at night) is what makes Kelly’s the place to hang out.

There’s an extensive martini and fine tequilas menu, plus wine and spirits to pair with hors d’oeuvres and light lunch options.

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[Cilantro’s Restaurant: Beachfront dining at sister resort Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán]

Resort Amenities

You can relax by the pools or hot tubs, enjoy the beach or take a wine tasting class, tequila sampling, water aerobics, dance lessons, yoga session, Spanish class — or simply do nothing.

With the all-in option, you’re able to order coffee, tea, domestic cocktails, house wines, spirits, liqueurs and creams, bottled beer, and non-alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.

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Going Green

Pueblo Bonito Resorts are onboard when it comes to sustainable tourism by using a solid waste program to recycle food, paper, plastic, glass, metals and hazardous chemicals. Organic waste is used to make compost fertilizer for their gardens, minimizing the amount of trash brought to local dumps.

They also play a role in protecting marine turtles, whales, pichichi ducks, brown pelicans, white tail doves and black iguanas in Los Cabos, Mazatlán and the Sea of Cortez.

In Los Cabos, they protect endangered fishhook red barrel cactus and rescue Elephant Tree and Wild Plum “Ciruelo.” Here in Mazatlán, they even rescue local plants via small-scale nurseries to transplant and reproduce the plants, later reforested in green areas.

Pueblo Bonito’s botanical garden in San Jose del Cabo conserves vital cacti of Mexico.

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What’s Nearby

The colonial town of Mazatlán offers an open market, the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and historic architecture (Old Mazatlan contains 479 buildings designated as national historic landmarks).

Grab a shady spot and enjoy an ice cream or drink at the quaint old square. The hotel also offers city tours (or grab a cab into town, about 20 minutes from the hotel).

Emerald Bay’s staff are friendly, helpful and regularly greeted me with a smile. Employees at the bars and restaurants seem to genuinely take pride in their work and to ensure the needs of their guests.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is located at 201 Av. Ernesto Coppel Campaña in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

My stay was hosted by Pueblo Bonito Resorts. Opinions, as always, are my own.

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