After doing much research (thank you fellow contributors) we decided this was the place for our next trip. Sirena del Mar did not disappoint. The resort is as beautiful as the pictures and the staff is wonderful.
The resort only has 68 rooms and two pools (plus a fire pit and a wonderful jacuzzi), and that is exactly up our alley. It is on multiple levels and although we didn't mind steps or feel it was a lot, someone with mobility issues may. We did not eat at the resort much, what we did have, crab stuffed mushrooms for a late night snack, chilaquiles for breakfast and tacos on Taco Tuesday (they are small so you need to order 3 or 4) was very good. I was a little hesitant reading the reviews, but everything was delicious. The special buffet dinners (grill night, Mexican Fiesta) are not cheap, but they give you a decent amount of food and everything is freshly prepared, most times by the chef right at the outdoor grill. In addition, for a very reasonable price, they cooked my husband's and another guest's fish and served it to our room with a salad and side dishes.
We stayed in the "new" building, but the "old" building is only 4 years old. I think the labels give it the wrong connotation. Any room at this resort would be wonderful. We were in an efficiency on the first floor, and although the room was perfect for just two, we wound up cooking a lot and next time would get a room with the full stove. That was the only thing missing (for us - most probably don't cook that much on vacation) and we did make use of the outdoor BBQ grill.
Being in the right hand building, we were closer to the beach although we only walked there twice. The views are amazing and the balconies very private. The only downside was being on the first floor, one morning we did see workers outside on the little grass area between our balcony and the cliff wall landscaping and the curtains are sheer.
As mentioned above, the staff were wonderful and by the end of the week it felt like we were family. Jazzie at the concierge desk arranged the wonderful fishing trip for my husband and called to confirm our other activities that had been pre-arranged through our travel provider (look into AA vacations - they were GREAT to work with and the air/hotel package was better than anything I could arrange separately). She also arranged a diving trip for me which was on a boat with only one other diver. We watched the boat next to us that had 10-12 people - not my idea of a relaxing dive trip.
Alex and Fabian at the bar were fun and helpful (I think Fabian runs the resort - we watched him set up a private dinner for two in a cabana - candles on the path, palm trees, every detail -we'll have to do that next time). They even gave us recommendations on places to go and arranged the fish dinner mentioned above. We enjoyed sitting at the bar each night and telling them about our daily adventures while enjoying a night cap. Gabriel at the bell desk always had our car ready for us, helped us with groceries, and we were in and out of the hotel a couple times each day.
Last, a word about Cabo and time share info. I was having nightmares reading all the reviews for all the resorts and anxious about being hounded. My husband cannot stand this and one of the reasons he doesn't like Cancun. 1. Be aware at the airport that they (different timeshare salespeople from multiple resorts) approach you before you even get outside. Some try to get you on your way to your rental car or while looking for your pre-arranged ride. Just say no and know where/who you are looking for (we went straight out to the Alamo bus - after getting a cocktail at the outside bar - awesome). 2. We were approached again AT the rental car agency while picking up our car. The guy was a bit more of a soft sell, but again, we just said no thanks. 3. We were approached again at the Mega Mart (we had only been off the plane an hour and this was our third encounter) and said no. Each time they offered us more freebies - rental car reimbursement, excursions, credits, cash.
At the resort, they offered us the tour when we checked in and my husband said no, we just wanted to go to our room and they did not bother us again. However, one morning, our off-property activity was cancelled due to the high winds and we opted for the tour at the resort. It was free breakfast and a nice discount off my husband's fishing trip. Although it was more than 90 minutes, it was not a hard sell. We do feel we work all year for this and treasure every vacation minute so wouldn't have gone if we didn't love the resort so much.
We will definitely be back!
Note - We DID rent a car (good price through AAvacations - but be aware of the extra insurance needed, cost about $175 for the week). I confirmed this is NOT covered by Visa or our US car insurance. It was worth it for us as we were out and about a lot. The bus is a 10-15 min walk up the driveway and very inexpensive and easy to get into town, Wal-Mart and back, or you can take taxis which can get expensive. Everything is pretty much on the one mail strip.
One more note - the hotel bills you in US$ so there was no surprise exchange rate adjustment on our cc bill when we got home (like we had with the rental car). :)