Our family of 7 (2 seniors, 2 adults, 1 young teen) returned from a week at Villa La Estancia, just outside of Cabo San Lucas. We shared a very large 3 bedroom, 4 bath villa that was perfect in every way. This was on the first floor and at first I thought it was a bad idea, but the "broker" assured me that it was in wonderful shape, nicely furnished and up to date...better than another 3 bedroom on the 4th floor. She was right! This couldn't have been nicer - well decorated, well maintained and exceptionally roomy, inside and out. Being on the first floor did not mean a lack of privacy as the unit was set back from the paths that led to the pool(s) and beach. We never felt conspicious, even as we ate out on our terrace or relaxed, playing games on the outdoor table (which seated 8 comfortably). The layout inside also gave all of us privacy when needed - bedrooms separated from each other and living area far enough away to keep the kitchen chaos away from those seeking quiet.
Kitchen was reasonably equipped; all appliances up to date, with a refrigerator that made filtered ice and water quickly and quietly.
These beautiful villas DO NOT include some basics, which I knew ahead of time. But it is still too bad that paper towel, coffee filters, dish soap and dishwashing soap are not included for a weeks stay. We love to cook and eat in for some of our meals; so this meant buying all these things, knowing they'd be left behind. Hopefully the next renters will find them there. I had brought little baggies with spices, salt, pepper and small containers of mustard, ketsup, mayonnaise. This is easy to bring in a cooler bag that can be checked with luggage. No issue with bringing it into Mexico. We bought everything else we needed at the local MegaMart - a well stocked grocery store on the way in from the airport (near San Jose del Cabo). There is also a small market on the grounds which sells smaller sized basics like dish soap, plastic wrap, etc. It was very convenient for filling in during the week.
The pool(s) are lovely - swimming up to a cafe/bar for a quesedilla and a drink was a delightful thing to do - they also had servers out at the lovely and large beach area (with lots of lounge chairs and umbrellas). Plenty of large beach towels available too. From the beach one can grab a water taxi and go into town or out to the beautiful arch and other rock formations on quiet, sandy beaches. You can be left behind and then hours later, catch another water taxi back to the resort....they run frequently (remember to hold onto your receipt and not swim with it in your pocket or you'll pay twice). The sea lions are smelly and fun to watch on that same outing, but for $8 us dollars a person, this is a nice adventure that can last the whole day. (negotiate with the water taxi service).
On our last night, we hired a private chef to come to our villa and make dinner for our family. They did everything, including bringing a wonderful musician to entertain us after the meal. And of course, they left the kitchen spotless with the dishwasher running.
The location of the Villa La Estancia is perfect....our longest drive was 2 hours to La Paz to swim and snorkel with the whale sharks - not to be missed!! Other adventures were not so far afield - perhaps 35-40 minutes. Try to get to Los Tarmindos for a cooking class and wonderful meal that we helped prepare. The restaurant is in a lovely spot - you'd think you were in Tuscany - and the food is wonderful, whether you cook it yourself or not!
The kids played tennis at the resort - after a half hour of playing, a staff person arrived at the court with ice water and wet towels for a refreshing of the body and soul. Who Knew? It was such a nice treat. And that is the way the week went....kindness after kindness from the entire staff. We'd call ahead for our car and when we went out front, there it was. Also there is NO charge for car parking. You can even park it yourself and not use the valet.
This was such a wonderful place for all of us to be together, out of the cold of Chicago, Buffalo and Seattle. We always go someplace warm in Feb. but we've never been at a large resort before. This was such a wonderful surprise - easy, covenient, lovely and with the feel of our own private home, without the snow and ice!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, an idyllic retreat awaits at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa, Los Cabos. Known for its refined elegance, sophisticated style and relaxing atmosphere right on Médano Beach, this resort creates an experience to relish. The pampering begins the moment you enter the lobby of the luxurious Villa La Estancia. Located on Médano Beach adjacent to sister properties Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa and Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, this five-star retreat prides itself on offering magnificence amidst a relaxed setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa La Estancia Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Hotel La Estancia
- La Estancia Hotel
- Villa La Estancia Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos