Life has been busy lately. Sometimes, I wake up and have to think about not only what day is it, but what SEASON we’re in. My chronic multitasking skills have been going a bit into overdrive, and when you arrive at airport security without your phone OR wallet, you know it’s time to slow down and take a breather. When Madewell reached out and asked if I wanted to go on a three-day vacation to Todo Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, before I could even research what that looked like, I breathed a sigh of relief, praised the heavens and said, “SERENITY NOW!” (Extra points if you appreciate that Seinfeld reference). Even though I’ve been traveling more than usual the past month or two, I was really looking forward to some down time with Joe where we could truly connect, relax, have a little “adult time,” and overindulge on queso and tequila. Who says a salty margarita and some vitamin D can’t make all your problems go away? Plus, I truly was excited to find out that Madewell was actually packing my bag for me, such a weird and foreign concept to not worry about packing! When I arrived at the hotel I found all my items there waiting for me in an extra cute Away x Madewell suitcase.
(Psst, if you want to enter to win your own dream vacation to Todos Santos, enter to win here!)
When we finally settled into our room that night, we took some celebratory shots of tequila and unpacked a bit. Because the trip seemed to sneak up on us, Madewell made packing really easy by selecting my clothes from their annual Getaway Shop which includes everything you need for your next warm-weather trip. Think soft summer dresses, flowy beach bags, everyday wear sandals and just about anything you would need for a perfect day at the beach. The outfits they sent were all about easy dressing and while I still wanted to look cute and stylish, this vacay was really about relaxation in a place where simple pleasures equal total luxury. They provided me with enough pieces to get me through a 3-day weekend without any repeat outfits. I loved how I could mix and match the items, so no matter what I paired together, the solid colors played well with one another. That night before dinner, I put on a little fashion show for Joe, which was especially fun because Madewell sent some flirty floral dresses that added some much-needed energy to my current wardrobe.
The bright yellow bikyni was really a fun way to get in the spirit of our Mexico vacation, kind of sporty with a racer back, and the material was comfortable and supportive. I basically lived in this thing and I have to thank the team at Madewell for giving me the confidence to let my post-baby belly see some sunlight.
I also got a kick out of the Soludos espadrilles slip-ons. They were comfy and went well with every outfit. I liked that these shoes are a classic rope-soled flat made with natural materials, plus shoes should have a sense of humor sometimes, no?
I wore my Madewell summer jeans everywhere which were nice because it never got above 75 degrees and became pretty chilly at night. I lived in those white relaxed jeans and the cropped top t-shirts at night when we walked around town! And for dinner, the black posy floral russel dress was my go-to. It’s the perfect way to feel effortlessly sexy while still comfortable.
And now let me tell you a little bit more about the hotel! Upon arrival at Hotel San Cristobal, which is a brand new luxury hotel that is part of the Bunkhouse Group, Joe said, “This hotel was literally designed for Instagram.” He wasn’t wrong– every detail around every corner had me gasping with delight. The San Cristobal is really approachable, done extremely well, designed in a way to be elevated by focusing on every little detail. The space is modern and contemporary but still bohemian. Every little detail is very sensory. The incense sprinkled throughout the hotel and burning from inside the bushes was a nice touch that made everything feel relaxing and enchanted. They had a killer playlist that I recreated for you all to enjoy on Spotify.
Because we visited in late April, it was relatively quiet in town, I liked that the hotel wasn’t inundated with busy tourists. With Hotel San Cristobal being brand new, I’m interested to see how the town develops around it, knowing that this is the first hotel like this in the area. We asked some locals if they were excited about it and got a mostly warm reaction!
It was clear the hotel was specifically designed for communal living and the feng shui of it seemed especially conducive to meeting people, with a fully stocked game room, interactive play room, and exceedingly comfy deep lounge seats, filled with welcoming pillows that seemed to line every room of the hotel. We made some new friends, and even grabbed dinner in town with one of the couples on our last night!
As any tired person knows, it’s often the simple pleasures provided by the hotel that makes your stay all the more restorative. At Hotel San Cristobal, I practically lived in the robes in our room. They were a modern take on a kimono meets a traditional Mexican textile, and of course, I ended up purchasing one for both myself and my mother-in-law, a gift for watching the baby while we got some much-needed sleep. It might have been the sound of the ocean waves crashing, or the smell of the incense burning throughout the hotel or the organic mattresses, but Joe and I woke up every day feeling rested and sleepy in a successful night’s sleep kind of way.
Todo Santos is known for its food. The quaint little town was full of charm, and we quickly made friends with some of the locals and expats on holiday. Joe and I both loved how welcoming the community was and how they are all about supporting local businesses. While exploring the peaceful town, we stumbled upon wonderful sushi at La Casita, amazing Italian at Cafe Santa Fe, and yummy French cuisine at Chez Lora. This vacation was all about relaxing and our four-hour dinners each night were easily my favorite part of the trip.
The hotel’s food was also pretty tasty, I think Joe and I were equally pleased with that experience. We slept in each day and then stumbled out for coffee and a plate of mixed of greens and eggs to start the day and followed it up with chilaquiles for lunch. I ordered myself a vat of coffee– enough to feed an army. So good!
Overall, our 3-day vacay was a success, my favorite parts of the trip were falling asleep to the ocean waves crashing, keeping the simple pleasures of relaxation and much-needed adult conversation. I also loved wandering around the sleepy town of Todos Santos and meeting the locals and other travelers. Seeing and smelling the ocean was therapeutic and having the sun hit my face for a couple of consecutive days definitely gave me that pop of vitamin D that seemed to bring me back to life. I would highly recommend taking a visit to Todos Santos– just don’t tell too many people so it can be our little secret!
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A few more images from our trip, as I’m already missing it!
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BY Kate Arends - May 16, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.