My partner and I stayed at Secrets Marquis Los Cabos for a birthday and anniversary celebration from June 22 - 29 in an ocean front room for four nights and an ocean front casita for three nights. We've travelled widely throughout Mexico, and enjoy luxury properties ( both all inclusive and a la carte). Secrets Marquis was fantastic! And our stay was made all the more incredible due to the fabulous and amazing chief concierge Vania Castro. Vania you are a diamond! If you're thinking about going you, you should just go. This place is phenomenal in all respects.
Absolutely breathtaking between rounded desert mountains and the sea. Far from the hawkers and beach clubs of Medano and Cabo, the beach is wild and beautiful here - pounding surf and nary a banana boat or jet ski in sight. Saw marlins playing in the surf, vultures, hawks, beautiful outcroppings of rocks. The beach is deep and amazing to walk along but the undertow makes it dangerous to swim in but you can take a dip in a rock sheltered cove by the Hilton and the walk is there is beautiful. On the other side of the hotel there are celebrity homes on the El Dorado golf course including G Clooney's which is apparently the one closest to the hotel but he wasn't in so we made our own fun.
Service was excellent. We had emailed the hotel prior to our arrival and everything we had requested was provided. The resident manager Ignacio Mendoza met us when we arrived and was wonderful throughout our trip. The chief concierge Vania Castro was awesome; she is a star! She organized all of our events and always added a little something to make them even more special. There were anniversary banners on the doors of both rooms, fruit and cava waiting when we got to the room, congratulatory messages in the daily newsletter. For our casita she placed us in the most beautiful one, her favourite. We took dinner trips to the other amresorts, Dreams and Zoetry, and she made sure that at both the staff knew it was a birthday and anniversary celebration and at both we were surprised that they knew our names; at Dreams dessert was customized, at the Zoetry our dinner on the beach ended with a birthday dessert and song from the staff under the stars, sand beneath our feet and the surf.
Rooms were beautiful. We were on the top floor oceanfront for the first four nights and it was great. Good bed, lots of space, great view and in earshot of the pounding surf. Huge tub, separate shower room, toilet room and great stone vanity and mirror. No Bulgari bath amenities though, they were Secrets own brand but still pretty good. Generous sized and smelled like Aveda rosemary mint. Also included a bottle of SPF 15 sunscreen. Replenished everyday and at turndown if required. Towels were good in terms of quantity, ok quality wise.
The Casitas are worth the upgrade. We were in oceanfront casita 802 which is closest to the beach on the second floor with terrace and plunge pool on the roof- stunning stunning stunning. The casita was huge +1500 sf with bedroom and lounge area and mega bathroom on one side and the dining living area with a sort of kitchenette which had a microwave and full size fridge on the other. Minibar had decent booze including half bottles! Of chivas, tequila, and rum, plus the small bottles of vodka etc. that you get in the regular rooms. The clinchers for us: the walls of windows in the bedroom and living rooms facing the ocean which open completely and slide into the side walls so that the casita is completely open to the beach!, two linked balconies on the bedroom living room level, and the huge roof top terrace which you access from a turret circular stair from the balconies. Absolutely amazing. The roof terrace has two lounges and an umbrella, built in sofa seating, lighting, and the heated plunge pool. All overlooking the surf. And because of the beachfront location 802 looks and feels the most private - it felt like your own house on the beach.
The pools were perfect for the size of the hotel: two serpentine infinity pools parallel to the beach and a half moon shaped pool underneath the infinity pool waterfall off the lobby. All were heated though the integrated jetted pools in the serpentines were not hot which was odd. Pool lounges were always available, wood framed with soft cushions. Pool Drink service was fine with top shelf available at all bars if you asked. Try the pinoshka (?) which is a great drink made with grilled pineapple, pineapple juice and vodka I think. Really good and unique.
Canto del mar really good. Good food, good presentation. Especially good was the crab roll app which came with a generous dollop of black caviar and the duck which was perfectly cooked. This is the formal French restaurant and the service was friendly and professional. The Chef is a designated French Master Chef. Very intimate as there are only 20 seats.
Vista Ballenas was the everyday restaurant as they served breakfast there and we ate lunch there as well as meals by the pool and on the casita terrace. Great local fusion Mexican as well as standards from the grill. Smoked marlin tostadas, mixed ceviche in various styles, seared tuna salad with Asian flavours, the fresh raw-ish menu items excelled. Typical grill stuff- chicken, steak- was good enough. Breakfast was good with buffet and a a la carte items available. I loved the divorciados eggs and the red and green chilaquiles, partner enjoyed the american breakfast once they got rid of the refried beans underneath the eggs. Overall the food and service was great for us, and coupled with room service where they let us order from the restaurant, and dinner diversions to Dreams and Zoetry, there was enough variation for a week of decent eating. We didnt try Dos Mares as partner does not like seafood mains. Beach grill was good with light fare like ceviche and tacos as well as the more norteamericana club sandwich and burgers.
Take advantage of the fact that you can go to Dreams and Zoetry. Both are unique. Dreams has a more bustling vibe, Zoetry is more serene. Zoetry's beach restaurant is the one to go to. It is right on the beach literally and there is a firepit, torches and lanterns, and the atmosphere is pretty magical at night.
We also had a special anniversary dinner on the roof of our casita on one night. Vania organized it and it was stunning. Tea lights in bags, candles floating in the pool, and torches lit the terrace and the atmosphere was magical. We had our own waiter , Juan, who was fantastic and fun. Dinner was from the menu at Vista Ballenas and everything was amazing. The service was fantastic as someone had to bring the wine and food from the restaurant to Juan who then brought it up three flights of stairs to the Casita Roof - and the food was still delicious and hot and the wine and drinks chilled! The kitchen made a special dessert which had a white chocolate coral reef sculpture and cake that was amazing. I'll say it again, Vania the concierge, was incredible! If you have a chance to do the casita dinner or dinner on the beach you should do it - it will be totally worth it.
We're not big on group activities unless they're sort of spontaneous. We found the night life fine. We hung out with other couples we met and had a laugh doing karaoke or hanging out by the bar. The hotel has organized events like bar hopping, tequila tasting, cooking classes, dance classes, etc and they play movies at the bar at night. There is no club ( they are building one which is to be finished soon as well as the Asian restaurant) but the bar was good and we found most people friendly and fun.
All in all a great place for a special occasion and a great memorable vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As of November 1, 2011 Marquis Los Cabos has officially been transitioned into Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offering all of the privileges of adults-only, Unlimited-Luxury® for the first time on the scenic Baja Peninsula. At Secrets Marquis, guests can enjoy handsomely appointed suites with world-class amenities, 24 hour romantic in-suite dining, exciting daytime beach, land and pool activities, nightly entertainment, gourmet a la carte dining without reservations, complimentary international and domestic brand beverages and so much more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secrets Marquis Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Marquis Los Cabos Hotel
- Marquis Los Cabos Resort
- Marquis Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo