The 'resort' combines one newer building of timeshare rooms and one building with privately owned condos and hotel suites and rooms. It used to be a hotel/ timeshare called Puesta del Sol and now has added to the 'collection' one of the buildings (building AB) from the La Jolla group (5 buildings of privately owned condos) which is shoulder to shoulder with the Bel Air property.
There is a lovely Palapa roofed, reception area, two other palapa buildings one with a lounge/sushi bar up top and a meeting room down and one with an evening restaraunt above an all day open air type restaurant. A small spa area for a variety of massages, manis and pedis $47 to $85, facials body scrubs etc. prices for massage currently range from $45US for 30 min to $150 for two for romantic night beach massage. We know of one couple who wanted a couples massage but there was only one 'therapist' available so maybe book ahead if you want this service.
There are two pools at the complex. One with a swim up bar by the beachfront - only children over 12 allowed, and one warmer pool Infront of the condo building for kids too that allows floaties and such. Most of the time the pools have been very quiet with few people using them. Not a lot of kids here mostly adults couples.
The beach is deep and miles long with people scattered lightly on it - mostly pretty deserted, though people walk up and down through the day. NOT a SWIMMIMG beach. Some people who know what they are doing swim here and some who are just plain risk takers but the red flags and danger signs are everywhere along this beach. It is dangerous to swim here. Currents come and go quickly and waves change character quickly, sometimes 'unannounced'. Be very aware of the ocean at all times here! We have had the exciting experience of seeing hatching turtles and turtles laying their eggs on the beach at sunrise.
There is a tiny 'gym' with a couple of bikes, treadmills and an elliptical and a few hand weights.
We have not eaten in the restaurants much but we hear mixed reviews. Our experience has been pretty good. Tacos Asada 80 pesos at lunch were very good, tender beef nicely spiced and a good price for San Jose (which we find quite expensive) and the ceviche and pescadillas were very good. Others have said the Lasagna upstairs was very good. There are different chefs for up and down restaraunts. Will keep posted on forum re food as we are here for another two months.
The general staff here are very welcoming and most reception staff are helpful and considerate. There have been a couple at the reception who are not especially helpful but there is usually more than one there so we use the 'good' ones if necessary.
**** Now for the tricky part. If you are staying in the AB building as a renter from a private owner you are not really considered a guest of Bel Air and may get questioned by staff when using the cabanas and chairs at the beach or by the pool. We did not but some have. HOWEVER. If you register you card for $100US per room at the desk this becomes your credit for restaurants and bars and you can use all facilities and get spa towels no problem. It lasts for a month even if you use up your credit on the first day! You can also buy all inclusive days if you like. I think they are approx 54 a person till 6 pm. You can do this even if you are staying at La Jolla next door.
We are renting a condo so for us the value is very good. Hotel rooms may be expensive. You will have to compare. Condos are generally roomy and very nice to have here.
The biggest problem with this, and many other resorts down this stretch is the noise from the coast corridor highway which goes till very late at night. Bring ear plugs. The resort property itself by the pools and beach is quiet but many of the bedrooms get a lot of noise.
This is not a party spot! No aqua gym by the pool, no raunchy music in the afternoon blasting out. Monday night the lounge has a singer - that is it for entertainment. There is Zippers beach bar about 10 min walk down the beach with music at night till 10 in one direction and the Coral Baja in the other direction about 5min on beach has music at night and happy hour around the pool. Anyone can go there. About a block along the highway - you can walk - is Sardinas restaraunt with very good food and is a nice place, a little further is El Salsas which has pretty good reviews for evening casual eating. After that you can keep walking to Mega grocery store 15min to the strip where you catch the local buses 'Urbanos' for 11pesos to go straight into centro - a short bus ride. This 'strip' is a lovely are with shops and modern bars and eateries, some entertainment and ice cream and coffee shops - fun and all the big hotels along the way.
Go to centro for the art walk on Thursday nights it is excellent with lots of people on the streets which are closed to traffic. Take a cab home for $8 US cause Urbanos stop at about 8:30ish.
San Jose is much quieter than Cabo san Lucas. Enjoy your trip
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