In the middle of another cold January in Colorado, my husband shared his highly contagious desire to make our way to a sunny beach for spring break! On a student budget, and not wanting the chaos of a party town, I did some research and stumbled upon a stellar Living Social deal for four nights at Royal Solaris Los Cabos.
From the time we checked in to the day we bid farewell to Mexico, we had a wonderful stay. I quickly realized that I needed to contribute another positive review that would encourage others to consider booking their next vacation with Royal Solaris.
Upon our arrival, I was slightly apprehensive, as I read some highly critical reviews of this resort. Once we completed the check in process, we were greeted by our concierge, Marina B. After offering drinks of our choosing, she spent a few minutes reviewing the property and our entertainment options. Marina was always available to help whenever we had a question or wanted to make a reservation. We decided to take her recommendation to have dinner at the Sunset da Mona Lisa on our first night. The open-air atmosphere, with a view of the Cabo coastline, and spectacular menu makes this restaurant a "must." **Travelers beware: Taxi rides to Cabo are $37, ONE WAY. This made for a pricey dinner, scuba excursion, etc. If you are traveling during daytime, taking a walk to the MEGA Supermarket and catching a bus into town will save you a significant amount of cash. The bus fare from San Jose to Cabo is only about $3.00 USD.**
We also decided to accept Marina's invitation to sit in on the 90-minute timeshare presentation. Twice a week, the resort staff puts on a themed dinner that is included for members of the resort. For those who want to attend, tickets can be purchased for $45 pp. By committing to the time share presentation, we were able to attend the Caribbean Night for free. Of course, "there is no such thing as a free lunch," but the live band did a great job, the juggling/ dance team put on an entertaining show and the food was pretty tasty! We loved watching people head to the dance floor to Salsa or slow dance. In addition to our dinner admission, I was lured in by the 50-minute Swedish massage on the beach for 50 minutes. The regular rate is $80 USD, but for the price of what we would pay in Colorado with our discount, it was worth it. My husband had never had a massage before, so we really enjoyed laying side-by-side, falling asleep to the sound of the waves on the shore.
Before I move along, I think it's important to address the fact that the Royal Solaris is not only a public resort, but also timeshare hotel. From many of the reviews, some have decided to commit to 30 years with this company. This is a beautiful destination and the hotel is very nice. However, my husband is in his first year of Medical School and we are, in no way, looking to make a financial investment into a time share property. In addition, we hope to venture to other places on the globe over the next 30 years of our lifetime together! If you do not want to say, "YES!" and "TODAY!" to the sales team. . . prepare yourself. If you are told the presentation will only last 90-minutes, hold them to it. They will try to tell you that you need to commit to more time, but we were anxious to get back to the beach on our last full day in San Jose, not sit and listen to a pushy sales guy with his calculated pitch. The sales room is completely overwhelming. With club music blaring from the overhead speakers, everyone was trying to talk over one another. There were probably eight other presentations occurring in the same space. Once we answered all their questions, listened to what RCI has to offer and politely rejected their offer, we had to sit with one more salesman who was there to "ensure quality." It was simply one last attempt to get us to sign on the dotted line. So, if you are willing to endure, or are truly interested in joining the Royal Solaris family, go ahead and book a time for the presentation. We felt that the discounts were worth it.
Okay, on to what everyone REALLY wants to know: How is the room quality? A few of the other reviewers recommended checking out the room upon arrival and heading straight back to the front desk, if you are looking for something different. The first room we were assigned was nice and we could see some of the beach, if we stepped out onto our balcony. For our honeymoon, "nice" wasn't what we were looking for. For an additional charge of $30 USD per night, we upgraded to another room. With a larger balcony, jetted outdoor jacuzzi tub, and a view overlooking the courtyard, pool, and beach, it felt like something out of a magazine. The bathrooms were very clean and our room was serviced daily to our satisfaction. (The water pressure in the sink and shower was GREAT - this is usually one of the first things I appreciate about a hotel room.) Another point I was slightly worried about was the firmness of the mattress. Many have complained that the mattresses are too firm. Sure, it wasn't our Beautyrest King Size that we have at home, but we happened to sleep very comfortably each night, waking at the crack of dawn to catch the breathtaking sunrise.
If you travel during the early spring season, you may be blessed to see a number of whales - right from your breakfast table. We watched these magnificent creatures surface each day and one afternoon, we were overwhelmed when a mama and baby jumped out of the water about four times each and slapped their fins. How many people have the opportunity to see such a display in their lifetime, only a few hundred feet from their beach lounger? I literally teared up. AMAZING. If you notice what you think could be fish or birds jumping out of the water, flapping wildly and then crashing back into the sea, you spotted the manta rays. We had no idea that they were capable of reaching such heights, but when we noticed their silhouettes in the waves, our hypothesis was confirmed. We laughed almost every time we saw one jump. They look ridiculous!
Another important vacation aspect: food. Our advice is to enjoy breakfast and any snacks/ lunches you may want at the resort. It's all-inclusive, so take advantage of it! Lucy is the sweetest person on the property and makes a tasty omelet. (Tip: Ask for "mas queso" if you like to taste your cheese.) We were impressed by the fresh fruit at the breakfast buffet and felt like little kids while eating a freshly made churro with cinnamon as a treat. Be sure to arrive to breakfast early so you can snag a patio table. The view of the sea is fantastic. (Don't forget to watch for whales!) It's true that the buffet options change very little (if at all) from day-to-day, but we didn't mind over the course of five days. Besides, there are other restaurants to explore! Our most favorite spot during our trip was Flora's Farm. This open-air restaurant touts a farm-to-table experience where they make their bread, pasta, 25 different flavors of bitters, and banana cream pie (with fresh mint) in house. The vegetables were delectable and the service was top-notch. After your meal, plan to peruse the garden. The sunflowers are as big as your head and even the bathrooms are worth a visit. If you have room in your suitcase, or want some snacks for another day at the beach, there is fresh produce, canned goods, and bread for sale. It would be quite the journey by foot, but the cab ride to this secluded gem is a quick jaunt. Another San Jose recommendation is Mi Casa. At yet another open-air restaurant (see a theme yet?), we savored the authentic flavor of our mole dishes. Steer clear of the "special tequila" margaritas, unless you are prepared to pay $25 USD (without warning) for a sub-par drink. We could barely even taste the tequila. When my husband asked to see their reserve tequilas to experience what "top shelf" tequila means in Mexico, he also asked how much it would be for one shot. $22 USD. At that moment, we were only imagining how much our tab would be, thanks to our beverage decision.
The restaurants lining the marina in Cabo San Lucas are all about the same. If you are ever in the mood for a beer, some chips and guac, or an oven-baked pizza. . . your goldmine awaits. It's nothing to write home about, but it is convenient after a day of walking the shops or scuba diving.
In an attempt to wrap up this review, I leave you with one last recommendation, should your travel plans include a trip to San Jose: reserve your Thursday evening to explore the Art District of San Jose del Cabo (www.artcabo.com). The downtown area comes alive as the local artists open their gallery doors! We were fortunate enough to catch Frank Arnold's wife the next morning and she invited us in to tour their beautiful home - including Frank's studio space and gallery.
Leave the party to the Cabo San Lucas crew and escape to San Jose del Cabo! (You will thank me later.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-Inclusive family beachfront resort with 387 rooms in a Mexican hacienda-style, located in san Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Royal Solaris Los Cabos offers unlimited meal and beverages in our 5 restaurants, Room service (delivery fee), Dinner show at Tehuacan Theater, 4 bars, 3 pools with heather system (including relaxes & kids pools), Business center, Spa and beauty salon ($), Steam room, fitness center, hospitality rooms, on site shops. Other services include 24 hr medical service (on call) ($). Shuttle service to Cabo San Lucas ($). Weekly activities program for all ages. Tennis and basketball courts, also beach volleyball court. Theme parties and dinner shows. Junior's club (video games). Live and ambient music at the lobby bar. Kids club & Mini Water park. Scuba diving demo at the diving pool. Meeting room facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Solaris Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Royal Solaris Cabo San Lucas
- Los Cabos Solaris
- Los Cabos Royal Solaris
- Royal Solaris Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo