Just got back from the most amazing stay at Esperanza! We were there for 4 nights and of course I wish we could have stayed longer!
I must say, I don't normally stay at hotels this fancy. Never even been close probably - even when my work is paying for it. But, it was my fiance's 40th birthday and I decided he needed to be treated right!
Once I made the reservation (directly with the hotel), they emailed me a preference form to fill out. On the form you could list any special requests for your room and stay. You can also request any restaurant reservations, spa appointments, airport transportation, etc. You fax it back and eventually get emails confirming everything you requested - great service!
I had requested the airport transfer, since I wanted to start the birthday spoiling off right. And boy did I - we were greated by someone as soon as got thru customs. He led us the luxurious Cadillac Escalade waiting for us. In the car was a note welcoming us, confirmation of all our dinner reservations and two bottles of water. We had arrived!
It was drizzling when we arrived, which is very rare for the area - especially in January. But they immediately handed us umbrellas and tried to make everything as comfortable as possible. The hotel "lobby" is a beatiful roofless plaza overlooking the sea with a couple of desks for the hotel staff.
They led us straight to our room, where we had complimentary juice and tea waiting for us.
I couldn't bring myself to book anything but the lowest priced room - the terrace room I think? All the reviews I read were right though - the room was terrific. We even looked up at the other rooms and questioned why we would need anything more. The room was very large, with the wall of sliding doors opening to a terrace. There was a chair, couch and hammock on the terrace and we have a great view of the lawn, pool and Sea of Cortez. I loved the bathroom - a big open room with an open shower (two shower heads), a jacuzzi tub and his and her sinks. The toilet is it's own room. The king bed was incredibly comfortable as well.
They were very generous with the water. We were told there was unlimited bottled water and sodas from the mini bar, but the room literature said that was limited to 2 of each per day. But they also gave each of us a bottle in the bathroom for brushing our teeth and kept giving us new bottles every time they serviced the room.
We ate all but one of our meals at the hotel and everything was fantastic. Really, I can't think of one thing that was even "okay" - everything was "wow". And with 4 restaurants to choose from, variety was not a problem.
My only criticism would be that they didn't tell me the breakfast was included in my room rate. The first day we strolled around and explored for a while, not getting to the restaurant until 11:45, which turns out to be lunch time. The meal was fantastic, but had I known breakfast was free, as I discovered the next day, we would have made an effort to get there slightly earlier.
The breakfasts were great. Absolutely fabulous when you realize they're free! They start you off with toast with an assortment of jams and a tower of pastries that includes a bagel with lox. They'll also give you a sample of the smoothie of the day. Then you can order anything off the menu - from light bites to big egg breakfasts - along with coffee and a juice or smoothie. The only thing additional was the bottle of water we got.
And one of the best perks of breakfast was the whale show happening out in the sea. Because it was January, the sea is full of whales migrating to warmer waters. And each morning you could see them blowing water out their spouts and their backs popping out of the water. On our last morning we got the most spectacular show of all, with one whale jumping straight out of the water, turning and landing on his back. Definitely a treat.
We sat by the main pool each day. The staff is so amazingly friendly. They find you chairs and get you set up with a bucket of bottled water (free). Then every couple of hours they come around with a free snack or beverage sample. The pumpkin seeds in paprika were awesome, as was the mini frappucino. Most people seemed to order lunch to their chairs, but after stuffing ourselves at breakfast each day we stuck to drinks only.
We went to the spa one day for the couples massage, which was fabulous. The spa is nice - similar in quality to many of the good NYC spas but obviously done with more outdoors. The massage was great though - felt so relaxed afterwards I could barely hold my head up at dinner!
We went to the gym most days, since it was such a pleasant change from our gyms at home. The gym consisted of two thatched-roof buildings separated by a small plot of grass. One building had all of the cardio equipment and the other had the strength-training stuff. There were probably 7 treadmills, 6 ellipticals plus a bunch of bikes and other pieces in the cardio room. Each had it's own cardio theater (individual tv w/controller) and headphones supplies. Plus more free bottled water in there. They had a lot of American TV stations (satellite I guess), so there was plenty to watch while working out.
I had arranged for dinner on the beach ("A Night to Remember") for my fiance's birthday. This was the other big splurge of the trip, but I figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing. And it really was great. The hotel was really kind about this because while I had put the night on hold with my original fax form, they never got the follow-up fax with the specific meal request. So, when I hadn't booked it they gave the night to someone else. I only found this out on our arrival. But I barely had a chance to get sad about this before the concierge said he'd call the food director to see if they couldn't set up another dinner on the beach on the condo side. And obviously, they agreed. So nice. The night was fabulous.. The food was amazing. Carlos, our waiter, was so great. He was also the person who seranaded us while we ate our main course - so cute! I had arranged the dinner to start right before sunset - 5:30. So we got to see everything in the light, thru the sunset and into the dark. We were circled by tiki torches and had a huge bonfire to the side. We moved from the table to the lounge chairs to have dessert and finish our wine. Yes, that was by far the most expensive meal I've ever had, but it was also the most memorable.
We did venture into Cabo San Lucas one night to walk around and have dinner. I'm glad I saw it, but I don't regret spending the other nights at the resort! The town is basically souvenir stores and bars. The nicer area by the marina might as well be a outdoor mall in any town. It's very nice, but it's not indiginous in the least, with chain stores and tourist restaurants throughout. We had dinner at Mi Casa, which is also touristy, but it was removed from the other area and it served authentic Mexican fare. Our meals were fabulous and I can't stop thinking about those corn tortillas!
As you can see, it was the most amazing trip. Esperanza is an amazing resort. It's gorgeous, the service is impeccable and the food is amazing. I will be paying off my credit card bill for many months, but I highly recommend it for any special occassion or just an R&R weekend for those with some cash to burn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Esperanza is located within the private enclave of Punta Ballena in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Overlooking the Sea of Cortez, this highly acclaimed luxury resort offers an incomparable natural setting on 17 lushly landscaped acres. Fifty-seven guest casitas and suites cascade down a gentle hill affording spectacular ocean views from every room. Resort amenities include an oceanfront infinity-edge pool, private beach, award-wining spa, yoga studio, fitness center, art gallery and world-class dining—all with spectacular 180-degree vistas of sky and sea, for a perfectly private resort escape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Esperanza An Auberge
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- Esperanza - An Auberge Resort Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos