After living in Cabo for 15 years, I now return regularly and stay in my own condo or in a private villa with friends. Because I love the location and laid-back vibe of this property, I decided to spend the first week of a two week vacation here this month and it was HEAVENLY.
I booked the King Shore Villa which is pure nirvana for someone that cannot be close enough to the ocean. The sound and view of the surf were mesmerizing. Pocket doors opened an expansive panorama to the sea and stayed open almost the entire time I was in the room. Amazing linens, comfy robe, L'Occitane en Provence bath amenities, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, in-room coffee maker and fridge, huge walk-in travertine shower, and private roomy deck were all incredible ... but it was the view and sound of those waves that blew me away!
The grounds of the property are tucked into one of the most beautiful coves along the coast and covered with palm trees and green grass ... a tropical oasis in the heart of the desert. Reminds me of Hanalei on the North Shore of Kauai. Although I spent most of my time on the beach, there are also two distinctively different pool areas to choose from, both with spectacular views. And even though the hotel was sold out, there was never any scrambling for a spot or a thick, plush beach towel to grab - there actually was quite a relaxing, zen feeling thoughout the property.
The restaurant, 7 Seas Seafood Grille, serves delicious food with plenty of fresh, healthy ingredients. From a refreshing green juice in the morning, to tuna sashimi for lunch, to a fig and arugula salad for dinner - there are plenty of choices to take advantage of the local bounty of farm fresh and seafood delicacies. Dessert was always a "Coco Frio" from the coconut truck parked only a five minute walk from the hotel. I was also lucky enough to hit their "Full Moon Jazz" dinner concert - there cannot be a better place in Cabo to watch a moonrise over the water!
The biggest draw of all is the incredible location if you love surfing. The waves were perfect for this beginning surfer and at various times of the day, and very close-by, big sets offered challenging surf for those more experienced. Mike Doyle's Surf School offers a huge selection of boards and the best surf instructors around! A huge gracias to Miguel for getting me up on the waves in no time for the second year in a row, to Enrique and Daniel for all your friendly assistance, and to the amazing on-site photographer Daniela for the awesome pictures!
Without doubt, the best thing I experienced at the hotel was the feeling that I was staying in my own private beach bungalow with a group of friends. The most attentive, friendly staff greeted me by name and made me feel like "part of the family." Whether in the restaurant, on the beach, around the pool, housekeeping or front desk management, it is clear that everyone takes pride in their job - fantastic service!! Thank you Ivan for bringing me an ice cold Topo Chico right down to the beach - without me even ordering it! And thank you Jesus and everyone at the front desk - wonderful hospitality! With such a friendly, attentive staff, it was no surprise that every guest I spoke to at the hotel loved it, and felt like it was their most special "find" in Cabo.
Mauricio and the Balderrama Family have created a truly exceptional property that goes far beyond a great location, rooms, view or surf - it is a hotel with heart and soul and to me that makes it very special. Can't wait to go back!