ok ladies - hear is the breakdown.
I visited the Fiesta Americana, The Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar, Hyatt Ziva and Hacienda Encantada.
Fiesta Americana: nice size resort (not too big not too small) at the top of a cliff. 5 restaurant options and three pools (1 adult only) and several bars. The beach is small but clean with cabanas you can rent. There is a kids club and an Amazing spa. There are about to reno their guest rooms which will be a definite plus since they are slightly outdated but still doable. It will take you about an hour -1.5 to get to the hotel. The hotel is located in the corridor area which is in the middle between Jose Del Cabo (closer to the airport) and Cabo San Lucas (tourist/bar area). The hotel is connected to the Cabo Del Sol Golf course. Their wedding coordinator Amber is so friendly and a joy to work with. I will caution you that contracting a guest rooms block at this hotel is not fun. The event part is easy. Their deposit requirements are crazy so ask up front so you know what to expect. Don't expect to get any deals when scheduling a site visit like other hotels. They don't have a free site visit fee and will not allow you to apply the visit revenue to your final event bill. They have several nice ceremony/event locations to include a private 2 BR villa you can rent that includes a lawn big enough for the ceremony and reception. They have garden and ocean view guest rooms and some superior rooms with a kitchenettes. Staff was really nice and accommodating. This is an all inclusive hotel
Hyatt Ziva: I booked the site visit through my travel planner. The wedding coordinator was last and stated that didnt have any of my event info which was annoying. She got much more pleasant as we continued on the tour. This is a newly renovated hotel and new to the Hyatt grand. It definitely have the "wow" factor when you first walk in with a large open air lobby leading right into the pool area. The have several restaurant options to include a live show theater and piano bar. This hotel is located in San Jose del Cabo which is about 30-45 from the airport and is new the "artsy" area of Cabo. The beach area was a nice size and clean. There only down side to this hotel for me was the event locations. They have a pretty gazebo area for weddings buts it's right near one of their restaurants and the pool area which is not very private. Their reception options are right smack in the middle of the common area below the lobby or in the pool area in the adult section of the hotel which is surrounded by guest room towers so guest can just look down at your wedding (weird). It's pretty if you can get past that. This hotel was previously the Barcelo FYI. This is an all inclusive hotel.
Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar is also in the Corridor area so it will take about an hour - 1.5 to travel from the airport. It's also located near the Cabo Del Sol gold course right down the street from the Fiesta. This is a non inclusive hotel with fewer restaurant options then the other all inclusive hotel. This hotel does however have a FABULOUS ceremony chapel that is amazing. Old Mexico with original doors from an 100+year old church. The beach is small but nice. Beware of the people selling items to you on the beach and the aggressive timeshare sales people in the lobby. It's a really pretty hotel with lots of color and charm. They have a kids park area and a shuttle that runs every 30min that will take you to the golden zone which is where the mall and "tourist" area is. I was not impressed with the golden zone area so I wont be going back other than to purchase small bottled of tequila for my guests. It was actually kind of depressing with all the constructions still taking place from the hurricane. This is an a la carte hotel so guests will have to pay for their own F&B however I do know that they will occasionally offer an all inclusive option for social blocks.
Hacienda Encanta will truly give you the "Mexico" experience. Their rooms are amazing and several great event locations. They are building a new guest room tower so there is some conduction taking place onsite. There are three phases to this property with phase one being mainly for timeshare owners. The only downside to this hotel is their F&B offerings and pool area. there is not much to do. I would have booked this hotel in a heart beat if they had just a few more restaurants onsite. They offer a "offsite inclusive plan" where you can take their shuttle to the "golden zone" but like I said, I was not impressed with the golden zone and frankly would not travel to the area by myself at night.
Notes: Cabo is still under construction from the hurricane so be prepared. I might have my guests take part in a community service project while there because the people of Cabo need it. There is a Costco in the coordinator area and I hear there is a Walmart but I didn't see it for myself. My Costco member says its valid for any location around the world so I am planning to visit to get some items for gift bags upon arrival.
I have attached some photos from the Fiesta. I'll include photos from the other hotels in another post..
I am still in the contracting phase with the Fiesta so I will keep you all posted one all this madness has come to an end. I am open to helping any other brides because lord knows I needed it. I am paying it forward Try to Enjoy the process!