We just returned from spending a week in a villa with another couple. We had a 3 BR villa, which was nice because it came with a jacuzzi. We thought the accommodations were just great. My husband and the wife of the couple are great cooks, so they put together five nights of meals, and we went massive food shopping at Costco and Mega. This meant we ate very well, and didn't have to spend as much as we would otherwise have at the good, but very expensive restaurants. We did eat one dinner at Cocina del Mar. We ultimately preferred eating lunches there. We thought the dinner menu a bit too ambitious, but the dinner itself was very enjoyable. Beautifully situated, great service. Our favorite restaurant meal was "Fish Night" at La Palapa. Highly recommend that meal. Our waiter (Culberto, or some such thing) was fantastic. This was the only time I added additional tip to the included gratuity.
We rented a car from Hertz to use for one day for our shopping expedition. This was the only bad part of the trip. Hertz was just awful. I won't go into the horrible details, but strongly suggest that if you decide to rent, you should probably do so from Alamo, which is the company the hotel works with. However, given that there is no compelling reason to the leave the resort more than once or twice, if we return, we would just hire a taxi for the few hours that we need to do our food shopping. There is absolutely no reaon to spend any time in Cabo itself.
We did go on one of the snorkel excursions. This is my second time to Cabo, and the second time on a snorkel excursion, and even though this one was better than the last, it still was heavily a "booze cruise". Of the four hour trip, 3 hours were spent cruising and drinking (by others) and only one hour was spent snorkeling. The fish were nice, but I wouldn't recommend the excursion. There are other ways to get to the same beaches, by driving, and while the boat is okay, the coast line is really quite ugly.
If you are a swimmer, excerciser, tennis player, you never need to leave the resort. There are plenty of places to wander, hang out, sit and read. It is true that the beach is rocky and not that accessible, so if you are craving a sandy beach with easy access to the ocean water, this will not satisfy. If you like looking at a beautiful ocean view, and hanging out in lovely pools etc., then you will be very happy.
If there is a wedding while you are there, expect some disruption to your ability to enjoy the hotel pool, as they will take away chairs and the like to make way for the wedding. These seem to happen on the weekends, and are quite active in May and June, so keep that in mind.
The spa is lovely. The massages are executed with great expertise. A nice treat is that the massage therapists roam around the pools offering complimentary shoulder/neck or foot massages. And, a nice benefit is that you can go hang out in the spa without booking a service. A restful place to spend some time out of the hot sun.
The scene at the airport: first, a taxi to the hotels toward Cabo will cost around $80.00. Find one of the shuttles, that charge $16.00 per person. Walk past all the time share folks.
Money: cash some dollars so you have pesos for gratuities. I was surprised by how many people were not tipping the people who set up chairs/umbrellas, offer massage, etc. While service is included in meals and spa services, the people doing these other chores deserve to be tipped as well. I cashed $200.00, which was sufficient for the week.
Conclusion: A really wonderful vacation. If I return to Cabo, I will certainly hope to return to Esperanza. We have great memories of our time at the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Esperanza is located within the private enclave of Punta Ballena in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, this highly acclaimed luxury resort offers an incomparable natural setting on 17 lushly landscaped acres. Fifty-seven guest casitas and suites cascade down a gentle hill affording spectacular ocean views from every room. Resort amenities include an oceanfront infinity-edge pool, private beach, award-wining spa, yoga studio, fitness center, art gallery and world-class dining—all with spectacular 180-degree vistas of sky and sea, for a perfectly private resort escape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Esperanza - An Auberge Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Hotel Esperanza An Auberge
- Esperanza Resort
- Esperanza - An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos