My wife and I did our 1st time share (TS) stay here January 2014 having bought 2 yrs earlier. I was very negative minded about it, going in, because we went thru what ShhToronto did (see "Beware...") but having bought, we needed to live it & experience it. We did and it was quite pleasant and it turned me around, pretty much, but I note some problems below. By the way, we avoided having to attend a sales session ("How are you doing, let me give you a coupon but let me sell you some more stuff") so that helped matters a lot.
The good part of the story is the entire lay out itself. It is the best & most attractive we've seen.
On the condo side of the property, the network of pools is plentiful with quieter ones on the edges. We were put right into the middle, in the heart of it all, and it was noisy at times, the Activities Coaches using a microphone a lot. Other TS resorts present this challenge, of course. Also, the architectural lay out is really quite good, very pleasing Spanish/Italian 19th century style (I understand the Cabo PB properties are also unique architecturally) confirming in my mind the high caliber of Mexican architects (PB is a Mexican company).
Then there's the villas side of the property. Little castles/chalets which we totally ignored, can't afford them anyway.
The walking paths connecting one end of the resort to the other allowed us to walk in a tropical paradise even at night as it's lighted up quite nicely, about 1/4 of a mile long. Lovely gardens & plants, fine maintenance, and stunningly colorful iguanas if you pause to look. The beach is within a few steps to look at. PB offers you on campus transportation service on golf carts which was nice when we needed it.
PB/EB has the best most complete gym I've seen in any TS.
The eateries were top of the line. The Bistro, the main restaurant, served us fine cuisine, tailored to my stringent no-salt requirements and they did a fine job and I told them so since its hard to get this service in the USA. We attended a Mexican NIght at the Le Corbesiere (or something like that), a second eatery, and we found the food genuinely authentic (I happen to know a lot about it) and delicious, and I told them so too, altho I'm afraid that some gringos may have been unable to really appreciate it.
The down side: I feel like I'm carping in writing this but I did feel slighted but only on a comparative basis. By this I mean that our Junior Suite with 2 beds turned out to be much less than what we get with other TS's. It was less, and that's my point. Dollar-wise I think we got less. The kitchen was smaller, reminiscent of my cooking in our RV--only 2 burners, limited counter space, had to put the tea pot on the floor when working with other pots, only 2 knives when we get a whole set elsewhere, no complimentary coffee for the first day, no condiments, etc. Smallish bathrooms too. A lot of small stuff that added up in my mind.
Furthermore, our Jr. Suite consisted of one large room with a bath, no separate bedroom, very limited chest of drawers--again comparatively, . It helped that our room was very tastefully decorated and a very good lanai or porch overlooking the main pools, ocean view, but the lighting was poorly planned, a shame!
Another bad thing for me, but perhaps not for you, is that PB Emerald Bay is so far away from city center. Yes, I knew that it was far away when we signed the contract but we had thought to rent the unit out and perhaps other people wouldn't mind, lots of folks like an all inclusive resort out in the boonies. PB/EB mitigates this limitation by providing a free hourly van shuttle to their closer-to-town property so I thought, ok let's try it. Anyway, I read the fine print about the shuttle and discovered that PB prohibited using the shuttle for buying groceries! God, almighty! What narrow minds, I said to myself.
But, determined to cook in part of the time given my salt restrictions I told my wife, "we're going to have to do a contraband run!" So we donned on our back packs (good thing we brought them) and succeeded in smuggling in groceries. Can you imagine that!!! We learned later that the shuttle drivers weren't strict about this ban. Many Mexicans aren't strict about many rules & regulations either. Anyway.
Bottom line: the many bad points were outweighed by the many good points. We'll go back knowing the limitations and we'll be ready. Now I'm interested in checking out the other PB properties in Cabo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each suite comes with a panoramic ocean view from your private balcony and has amenities like outdoor Jacuzzis, a beauty salon with mini-spa and tennis courts nearby. Relax below 150-year-old mangroves that surround a free-form pool and stroll the shoreline by the bay. Located next world famous sport fishing waters, golf courses, and the Gold Zone, you can enjoy any number of nearby activities on both land and water. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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