Our Escape to Cabo

It’s been a few days since we returned home from our escape to Cabo, but Tor and I are still dreaming of our blissful time in Mexico! We couldn’t have spent Tor’s birthday any other way. From the pristine blue waters to the neverending glasses of margaritas (well, sangrias for me!), our visit was so perfect that we are already looking into another trip!

The beauty about Cabo is it’s only a 2 hour flight from Los Angeles. As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed immediately by our hotel private driver to take us to our hotel – Esperanza. They didn’t hesitate in offering us refreshments, aka ice cold beer, upon our arrival. As soon as we pulled into our hotel 30 minutes later, we knew we were in for the best treat.

Esperanza means “hope” in Spanish. We hoped we would have the best time at Esperanza Resort, although that turned out to be a silly thought because there’s no way NOT to have the best time at Esperanza. The gorgeous property, part of Auberge Resorts Collection, is set far away from the main road and right on the beach. While Esperanza is a popular spot to stay (my bestie Raquel highly recommended it!), we still felt like we had the place to ourselves which was perfect as I wanted this to be the best birthday for my husband.

Our room was a gorgeous ocean-view casita. Not only did it boast a gorgeous living room with tons of natural light (and fresh chips, guacamole, and margaritas to welcome us for Tor’s birthday), but it also featured one of the most magnificent balconies we have ever had off our hotel room. There were cozy sitting areas as well as our own plunge pool to enjoy whenever we wanted (yep, we went in it a lot!).

Our first order of business after arriving was getting our hands on more booze for me and more guacamole for Tor. My dad told me to have a sangria as soon as possible, so that’s what I did. Ladies, Esperanza’s “Tropical Sangria” is the perfect midday pick-me-up because it’s rosé wine with a mango puree and fresh mint. I mean, come on! I’m drooling thinking about it now…

Normally whenever Tor and I travel for the blog, I usually have an itinerary set on what we are doing and when and where we are doing it. This time, aside from our spa and dinner appointments, I didn’t have a set itinerary. I wanted Tor and I to relax and enjoy ourselves. We had spent the last three weeks working hard doing DIY renovations on our home and I’d say we earned our escape to Cabo.

For our first night in Cabo, we dined at Esperanza’s Cocina del Mar. The setting for this restaurant quickly became my favorite as the tables are on the cliffs overlooking the deep aqua-hued waves crashing on rocks below (we did get sprayed a few times, not going to lie, but we loved it!) and having the best front row seat to one of the most gorgeous sunsets we’ve ever seen. After ordering a bottle of rosé (on vacation you order bottles, not glasses) and trying delicious totoaba for the first time as well as melting in our chairs dining on banana soufflé for dessert, our first meal in Cabo could not have gone any better. They also surprised us with decadent chocolate and vanilla ice cream with “Happy Birthday!” swirled in chocolate for Tor. Needless to say, we rolled, not walked, back to our room and went for a quick dip in our private plunge pool on our balcony before dreaming sweet dreams.

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

Tor rarely pampers himself. He normally pampers me, and I felt it was his turn to be spoiled so we booked spa appointments at Esperanza’s spa. The spa in itself was an incredible experience. We could have spent all day there. I highly recommend the Auberge Head To Toe, by the way. That treatment was probably the best spa treatment I have ever received in my life, and I have visited a lot of spas around the world. I felt transported to another planet, and the natural hair mask she applied to my hair as she worked on my feet made my hair super soft (it’s still soft!).

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

We decided to have lunch the best way possible – in a cabana by the pool on the beach. Lunch for Tor was more guacamole, of course, followed by another margarita and tropical sangria for me.

For Tor’s birthday dinner, we ended up visiting Esperanza’s sister resort Chileno Bay, which just opened up this past February. I’ll be doing a separate post on our visit to Chileno Bay, but I highly recommend their restaurant Comal.

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

For our final day on our escape to Cabo, we spent it at the beach at Esperanza. The resort boasts a few beachside cabanas (first come, first served) which is the perfect way to start your day. The beach is private for resort guests only, but once again it felt like we had the spot to ourselves as we watched waves crash over the rocks (as well as so many crabs frolic along the cliffs).

Our final night concluding Tor’s birthday trip could not have ended any better. The reason why I made sure our visit to Esperanza included one night on a Thursday is because the resort is known for hosting a Mexican themed dinner called Mexicanisimo at La Palapa. It’s a fun event where a mariachi band performs (oh you bet I wanted them to perform “Happy Birthday” for Tor and make him blush!) and local vendors set up booths selling locally made gifts and artifacts as well as there being a smorgasbord of fresh Mexican food. At precisely 8:30 pm, fireworks were lit off the beach, signaling the end of our escape to Cabo.

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

Our escape to Cabo was pure bliss at Esperanza. Every desire was catered to even before we arrived, and it was obvious every guest gets the same VIP treatment. We had our own personal concierge named Mario who would check up on us here and there to make sure we were well taken care of and to arrange any reservations or last minute requests. We knew our concierge was a popular guy, because we saw guests in the adults only pool who had been guests of Esperanza previously calling out to him to say hello. If you get the chance to request a concierge at Esperanza, we highly recommend Mario.

Tor and I did not want to say goodbye. Our escape to Cabo was to celebrate Tor’s birthday, but we also had one amazing experience that we didn’t want to end. Our one final request was a happy one. Since we enjoyed ourselves so much, and since Esperanza means “hope”, we told the staff we hoped they’d always save room for us since we will definitely be back again!

Alyssa Campanella The A List Esperanza Resort Our Escape to Cabo

PS stay tuned for my separate post documenting every look I wore in Mexico! For now, take a peek at my looks list below or check out my Mexico packing list to see what I brought.

Thanks to Esperanza Resort for hosting us. All opinions as always are my own.

Photos by Torrance Coombs.


Look 1
Honeydew Intimates robe, Homebodii pajamas

Look 2
Misa Los Angeles Top and Skort, Nannacay bag (available in orange and white; similar here in red fringe), Jeffrey Campbell bow slides, Celine sunglasses

Look 3
Dodo Bar Or dress (also available here and here), Zara pearl sandals, Nannacay bag (available in orange and white; similar here in red fringe)

Look 4
Hemant and Nandita maxi dress c/o (similar here and here), Zara pearl sandals, Celine sunglasses

Look 5
Becca swimsuit, Celine sunglasses, Carmelinas sandals

Look 6
Marysia bikini top and bottoms, J. Crew swim cover up, Frye sandals, J. Crew sunglasses (on sale!)

Look 7
Spell Byron Bay swimsuit, J. Crew sunglasses (on sale!)

Look 8
Rhode Resort dress, Zara pearl sandals, Cult Gaia bag

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  1. Erika

    You always wear the best swimsuits! Love <3 We have the lace 1-piece at my work, I might just have to get it!!

    Posted 6.23.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Thank you! And get it – it’s so comfortable and flattering!

      Posted 6.23.17 Reply
  2. Christle

    I’m not sure what’s prettier, the scenery, the food…I *love* food, as my waistline can unfortunately attest…or you in all your lovely outfits! Torrance looks good as well, and I’m glad he had a great birthday with his lovely wife! 🙂 What did you think of that Royal Sisters book? I just know a bit about Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret because of that The Queen show that Katie McGrath did…I had hoped it would be all show and no documentary, I’m not a fan of docs…but I’d like to learn more.

    Posted 6.23.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Thank you! The food was amazing… I miss it already! And I am enjoying the “Royal Sisters” book very much. I know so much about Queen Elizabeth II but not much of her younger sister or their relationship. I became even more interested after binging “The Crown” on Netflix 17 times so now I am reading more about them. I highly recommend it.

      Posted 6.23.17 Reply
      • Christle

        Thank you! 🙂 I think I’ll look for a copy when I go check out the local bookshop.

        Posted 6.24.17 Reply
  3. Editha Herrmann

    What a wonderful Birthday Trip for you and Torrance.
    I like your dresses.
    You look ever very pretty.
    I can not await the next Blog entry.


    Posted 6.23.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Thank you!

      Posted 6.23.17 Reply
  4. I seriously cannot begin to explain how much I love looking at the photos you (or Tor) take when you travel. 🙂 Love love LOVE! <3

    Posted 6.24.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Aww thank you, Maggie! We’ll have to keep traveling and snapping away then! xoxo

      Posted 6.24.17 Reply
  5. Stephanie Ray

    Hi Alyssa! Love these Mexico posts and as always you look stunning. So sweet of you to bring Tor here for a birthday. I’m planning a trip for a 10 year anniversary and was wondering what type of room this is? I find the resort website confusing! Any help would be appreciated! Thanks xox

    Posted 6.27.17 Reply
  6. Hope Grajcar

    Hey Alyssa! My cousin and I are thinking of doing a girl’s trip to Cabo. Are there beaches with free access, or are they mostly privately owned by resorts? Thanks!

    Posted 7.8.17 Reply
  7. Yris

    Oh please darling you make me wanna cross the world to go this paradise! It’s not a surprise that all the photos are great. I’m glad you and Torrance had a good time at Cabo.
    Love you mom

    Posted 7.14.17 Reply
  8. ricardo

    you just look the cutest in a bikini Alyssa

    Posted 8.15.17 Reply