Cabo’s First Committed Queer Destinations Resort is Baja Bliss
Safely savor a taste of Cabo at the queer-welcoming ME Cabo Resort.
Entering ME Cabo Resort is an experience. Walking into the grand entryway, one’s eyes take in a sweeping room of white, with high Mexican-style archways, plants snaked up the walls, a the 30-foot-tall ceiling, and a breathtaking view of the ocean.
Following a $10 million renovation in 2021, the Meliá brand resort oozes opulence and comfort. Located in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, a city just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles, the resort sits on Los Cabos’ only swimmable beach overlooking the “El Arco,” the very tip of the Baja California Peninsula.
Confessions Sky Bar at night
I stayed in one of the 170 rooms with a direct view of the Pacific Ocean alongside the pool party raging downstairs at 3 p.m. All I could do was mutter “beautiful” as I wandered around the massive suite. I kicked off my stay with a massage in the KORPO Wellness Experience. The welcoming staff transported me to another tranquil world. I relaxed into the massage and promptly fell asleep. After the masseuse laughingly woke me from my slumber, food was the only thing on my mind. Lucky for me, the property boasts four on-site restaurants.
A suite overlooking Pacific Ocean
First up, Mamazzita Mexican Soul, a luxurious twist on Mexican classics. I’m a Texas boy and grew up surrounded by Mexican food, so I can be a critical judge of the cuisine. Mamazzita went above and beyond my expectations: this was less of a meal, and more of a culinary experience. My server, Gio, served the tortilla soup with flair, artfully swirling two jugs of steaming hot soup together as he poured them into my bowl. Arnold handmade the most delicious guacamole I’ve had in years, right at the table. The entree was a seafood enchilada, filled to the brim with fresh octopus, scallops, and fish, and surrounded by so much crema verde sauce that at first glance I thought it was the plate.
A dancer at Mamazzita Mexican Soul
Everything about this restaurant felt destined for the gays. Wedding parties and girls’ trips surrounded me. Every song the DJ played was a banger; “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa transitioned to “Sugar” by Maroon 5 to “Passionfruit” by Drake. It was a crime that when Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” came on, my friends weren’t around to throw some ass with me. The incredible night was capped off with a firework show over the ocean.
The art at Mamazzitta Soul
The next morning, I took the short walk through the resort to the beach. The water is a beautifully clear blue, though I’d advise you to admire it safely from shore if you’re not a strong swimmer. The current was more intense than the beaches I’m used to, and there was a steep drop about ten feet out. You regain entry to the resort with your wristband that doubles as your room key, so no need to worry about losing it.
The pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean
I strolled through the cape for about an hour, walking past tanned tourists and colorful restaurants. One bar was having an “Alpha Male Competition” where the announcer asked the contestants to take their shirts off “for the ladies. And the guys from San Francisco.”
The Taboo cocktail
The next stop was Funky Geisha, an Asian-inspired fusion restaurant. Located right on the beach, the vibes are very Tiki-inspired, and you can sit either on chairs or pillows. The Hamachi sashimi was my favorite plate of the entire weekend, a delicately beautiful fish served in a jalapeno ponzu sauce so scrumptious that I would happily drown myself in it. At the server’s suggestion, I ordered the yellow curry with shrimp and was not disappointed. The collision of flavors and textures can only be described as surprisingly divine.
The Funky Geisha
That evening happened to be Cabo San Lucas’ Pride. Six-thousand giddy and welcoming locals gathered to walk through the streets, and not just los hombres guapos. Laughing teenagers and abuelas holding hands of toddlers surrounded me as reds and purples colored the sunset sky. I thought I would just watch the parade, but I was quickly roped in and the next thing I knew, I was holding a corner of a 20-foot Pride flag. After the parade, local bands and drag queens performed, including a stunning Whitney Houston impersonator. I later learned one of the hosts was the first transgender woman in Mexico to legally change her gender and is now dedicated to supporting her community.
The Funky Geisha
ME Cabo hosted the Pride afterparty, on the resort’s rooftop Confessions Skybar & Tapas where we danced our hearts away in the night. ME Cabo holds a queer-friendly hotel certificate, the first in the city, and was accredited as a Committed Queer Destinations Hotel. It’s easy to see why, their Pride is as obvious as the colors on the rainbow flag.