This was our first trip to Cabo and I'm certain it won't be our last. We "won" the bid at a charity auction last fall so we know we paid more than what you could do otherwise but it was worth it. We had a one bed/one bath room in a great location - just five floors up and overlooking a lovely pool and bar, which included a wonderful view of the Sea of Cortez and beach. The resort is located on Medano Beach, the only safe swimmable beach in Cabo. All beaches in Mexico are open to the public but because this is the safest place, i.e., no dangerous undertow, it might be a little more crowded on the weekend. However, that is not a good reason for passing up a trip to Cabo - there is plenty of sandy shoreline, I promise.
Our room had a full-sized fridge, small stovetop and sink along with serviceware for four people. If you're inclined to eat in there are cooking utensils in the cabinets & drawers. We opted not to because the variety of local and hotel restaurants was too good to pass up.
Each morning, my husband walked across the hotel's back entry street to a small coffee shop where he'd buy a couple of large coffees and muffins that we enjoyed on the balcony as we planned our days' activities. Afterwards, on some mornings we'd amble down to the beach cantina restaurant and eat breakfast there; other times we'd walked to the marina, a short distance away, and eat there. Sorry for going on about this but if you're a coffee person, I think you might like knowing you don't have to drink the weak stuff in the rooms which would cost you $3 a packet! However, if you want to bring your own, there is a coffee maker in the room; I'm just not sure how many cups it makes. There is a small store located on the hotel's premises where you can buy breakfast cereals, juices, snacks, etc. But they're expensive so once you're situated, you might want to go shopping elsewhere if you're planning to stay in to eat.
The marina is a short walk away, again out the back entry. Walk down the street and take a right turn at the Marina Fiesta which is a beautifully landscaped hotel. Turn right again and walk the length of that side of the marina where you'll arrive at the Puerto Paraiso, a mall that sells everything from souvenirs to high-end merchandise. Along the marina, you can book all sorts of activities, shop, or stop for something to eat or drink. BTW the hotel water is safe to drink and probably also at the marina restaurants but we always had bottled just to be sure. The food ran the gamut from a simple "3 tacos and a Corona for $10" (Mexican $, I think) to a professionally staffed restaurant with higher prices. We thought the food was excellent with one exception and that was at a seafood restaurant located elsewhere in the town.
The on-site restaurants were very good, in particular the Baja Brewing Company which has the best view at the Villas. It's situated on a corner of the 6th floor and features craft beers and a full-service menu. The staff there and in the cantina restaurant were congenial and more than willing to accommodate us and other guests. In fact, we never experienced anything other than courteous staff anywhere on the premises.
We also went to a promised "only 90-minutes" presentation on our first morning there which did not end in 90 minutes. The salesperson said at the beginning that she'd appreciate when she was finished if we'd simply say yes or no, not "We need time to think it over." We agreed but when we pleasantly said no, that was not the end of her presentation! She gave us some new numbers and again, we said no and again, that wasn't the end; she then called a "closer type" over and we had to sit there awhile longer. We understand this is their job and we were polite but if you're not a patient person, you might want to pass up the presentation regardless of what the so-called freebies are for attending. In order to pick up our freebies, we had to go downstairs to meet another person who then tried to get us to attend a different presentation! We explained that another meeting was beginning to rob us of our limited time in their lovely resort but it actually took our becoming abrupt to finally be able to walk out with our "freebies"! I'm not sure free Wi-Fi and 20% off purchases at their hotel restaurants and small shop were worth our loss of time; you'll have to decide for yourself if it is. One word about the Wi-Fi: I don't know if it's because the cruise ships were stationed off the beach (2-4 ships most days), but our connection was spotty at best which was very frustrating. Again, you'll have to decide if the freebies are worth the pain of sitting through a sales pitch!
If you're looking for a quiet retreat, this may not be the place as there is something going on most evenings which involves loud music and noisy people. Our location over the smaller pool and bar and being fairly close to the Baja Brewing Co on the floor above certainly brought the action closer to us. We really didn't mind but I'm pretty sure I'd be careful to not book the Villas around Spring Break or other family vacation blocks of time. We left on March 11 and by then there were larger groups of students coming in and the bar scene was getting more lively. While this doesn't bother us, I know it wouldn't have been as enjoyable if we had been kept awake every night. To their credit, the bands did not play after 11 or 12 so it wasn't an all-night thing. But, if you're an early-to-bed person, you might want to make sure your room is located away from the action.
We booked a couple of activities through the hotel, again because of the so-called freebies. I think you could walk to the marina where you'd get a better deal from the various vendors. We snorkeled and also went whale watching. Both were fun and we enjoyed them; they were safe excursions and the staff very knowledgable and helpful. I'd recommend La Princessa's catamaran, the Lotsa, for snorkeling and Cabos Adventures for whale watching. I'm fairly certain you could reserve either of these the day before but please, make sure because I wouldn't want you to be disappointed if that's not the case. Two of our more special dinners out were at Edith's and Lorenzillo's. Reservations were necessary but definitely worth it. The food and service and ambience were impeccable at both restaurants.
The rest of our vacation was spent on the beach enjoying the warm sunshine, beautiful water and the opportunity to relax. We're pretty sure we'll return to Cabo, possibly staying at the Villas again although we might try another. However, it was such a good experience, I wouldn't mind a return to Cabo Villas Beach Resort.
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