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Review of Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort

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Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
Ranked #1 of 40 Hotels in San Jose del Cabo
Certificate of Excellence
San Diego, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Awesome !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2005

Stop thinking about it, if you can afford it, Book It ! Very nice boutique resort. Food, service, hotel all perfect. Nicest people you'll ever meet also. Nice low key croud, hardly any kids/teens. I could go on and fill up the page, no need, it's just a very clean, picturesque place.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2005

We travel extensively all over the world and I can say that without a doubt Las Ventanas was one of the finest resorts that I have ever had the pleasure of staying at. From the food to the service to the spa, this resort is unparalled. It is pricey but if you can afford it, it is well worth it.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2005

What to say about Las Ventanas that hasn’t already been said. I will mention that this is my second stay in paradise and my experience was very good. Although this time there were a few service problems. But all in all, everything was excellent.

Arrival- After collecting my bags, I exited the airport and was greeted right away by a Las Ventanas representative, and taken right to my car. I had requested an SUV on my guest profile sheet but because no other cars were available, I was transferred to the hotel in a limousine. Pulling up to the hotel is always an experience. I stepped out of the car and was greeted by the general manager, welcoming me back along with several other people to do the same.

Check-in- I got to the hotel about one thirty and was told that my room was not ready. After having lunch at The Restaurant, I had to wait another ten minutes for it, but finally got settled around three. A minor inconvenience, but something worth noting.

Pool Butlers- absolutely THE best. Service is extremely attentive, as a previous reviewer noted, if you try to move an umbrella or a chair, they come rushing over to do it for you. The second after you arrive at your chair, chilled water and Evian sprays are delivered. Throughout the day chilled towels and other refreshing items are passed out. I always have enjoyed watching the sun rise, so on this trip, I rose early every morning and walked the beach and watched the sun come up over the water. On the second day I did this, I was walking back to my room and my usual spot had been reserved and set up for me.

Concierge- I used them just once but had a bad experience. I wanted to go to this glass blowing factory outside of Cabo. The concierge never said that it closed between two and four so I just assumed that it was open all day. I ended up spending fifty dollars and didn’t get what I wanted. This defiantly shouldn’t have happen, especially at a hotel like this. In the end however, the fifty dollars was credited to my bill.

The Restaurant/ Sea Grill- I will start with the negative. You would expect that restaurants like these could get your order right, but they didn’t. On four occasions this happened. For example, there were three people in the party, they got the food right, but gave it to the wrong persons, and this was at The Restaurant. This also happened one night for dinner at the Sea Grill. Despite these mishaps, service is still the best in the area and can only be described as perfect. Now for the positive. One evening I ordered a rack of lamb and absolutely loved it. I told the waiter this and then about five minutes later he came back and assured me that he would have it on the menu the following night. I recommend if your there on a Wednesday that you try the seven coarse Guaycura Dinner. As you eat, fire dancers perform for you on the beach, it was a real experience.

Departure- Nothing much to say about this, except that it was extremely sad. It went by very quickly and after reviewing my bill, the SUV was waiting for me and I was taken to the airport. After many hard goodbye’s I was on my way. The one difference this year at the airport was that there was no one from Las Ventanas there waiting with you to see you off. I thought it was an excellent touch and was disappointed that they did not do it this year.


Without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the best hotels in the world. There are no words to describe this hotel, it is just so much more than perfect. All I can say is if you haven’t already stayed here, please do at least once in your lifetime, you defiantly will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2005

My wife and I just returned from Las Ventanas (LVP) after spending 5 nights there last week. We are well travelled picky and privledged and demand nothing but the best when vacationing. We usually stay at Rosewood, Ritz, and Four Seasons resorts. LVP was by far superior to Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Rosewood's own Caneel and Little Dix Bay of which we are frequent visitors.

I have relied heavily on Trip Advisor's LVP rewiews to book this trip and it really paid off. I hope our review helps others make the decision to come here. We stayed in Suite 206, an Oceanfront Jr. King Suite with Roof top terrace. The room was beautiful, well maintained and had every possible amenity you can think of. There was a small hot-tub which was nice during the evenings. Suite 206 I believe is building 7 on the resort map. It is the furthest right of the resort and is very private. I highly recommend this room.

We arrived in a foul mood after a very rough 4 hour wait at the airport between landing and customs. The private Suburban provided with the package, came with a very comforting driver who was well groomed and spoke perfect English. Bottled water, wet towels, as well as our pre-scheduled spa appointments and a personal welcome letter all were neatly arranged between our seats. Upon arrival at the hotel, without delay we were greeted by Jennifer, a very nice young lady who opened a very unique cloth umbrella to shield my wife from the sun. There was no check in, no reception area like other hotels. Jennifer walked us around the resort and to our suite, answering any and all questions we could possibly throw at her. When we arrived at the suite our bags were already there. Again no waiting. This was a top notch arrival. No complaints? How can this be?

We were eager to get into our suits and try the private infinity pools infront of our suite. But first we were treated to a welcome sip (or shot) of tequila especially made for LVP. This bottle was complimentary and the limes, salt and roasted almonds were changed daily. Note: the Bar was fully stocked with premium liquor and expensive. We then found an aroma-therapy menu, which could be ordered at night with turndown service. A real treat, that was devine and did not cost extra. As we got down to the pool, whom else did we sit down next to but PINK and her new fiance Carey. She really looked great in her red bikini but I resisted the temptation to say hello even though we hail from the same Bucks County, PA area. The pool service was second to none. In fact one afternoon our pool boy was on the beach and saw me moving my chair up at the pool. He ran at full pace to make sure I did not have to strain another muscle. Although this was not necessary, it was amazing. Bottled water and Evian spray mists were delivered promptly and we never seemed to have an empty water bottle. Food service on both the beach and pool was prompt. They even charged our Ipods and returned them to us when done. Highly recommend the fish tacos!!! Not a single smiling helpful person was insinuating they wanted an extra tip above and beyond the 15% auto-gratuity you pay daily to the resort staff. Weather July 16-21 was 90-105, but with very little humidity this did not bother us and the heat did not affect the attentiveness and friendliness of the staff.

Before arriving I read about the overpriced drinks served poolside. I concur, but what price paradise? I ordered a Herradura Anejo Margarita. It came in a plastic cup with more juice than liquor. The total cost was $24 for one! I was charged a specialty shot and a preparation fee. But having read Trip Advisor, I called the manager and complained about the exorbitant cost for a margarita in a plastic cup, and he comped them on our bill. No questions asked, no arguments given. Suggest future guests do the same if they have any price concerns. LVP will shock you in this regard!

Midway through our second night, we caught PINK again and her fiance celebrating his birthday on the beach. The staff did a very creative beautiful job in making sand-art designs on the beach, which were lined by tiki torches from Frontgate and a propane fueled beach fire pit. WOW, we wanted to do this ourselves. The fee was $250 just for the set-up, then dinner items were additional. Who cared? This resort was over-acheiving and exceeding our expectations. BUT, and I caution those who are looking to arrive AUG-OCT. The night we were going to book dinner on the beach, Tropical Storm Eugene brewed up the largest shore breaking waves I have ever seen. After a 12 hour period Las Ventanas lost half of their beautiful beach. So much so that the lounge chairs and umbrellas that stood only a day before could no longer be used. The hammocks under the palapas had been taken down, and the hotel management was out assessing the damage. We thought this was a real shame. Even though one cannot swim in the waters on the beach at LVP, the beach and the fabulous color of the sea was tremendously alluring. We were told that the beach would eventually replenish itself, and that the resort was already looking into trucking in more sand once the tide had receded. VERY SAD for LVP! Do not let this deter you as One and Only Palmilla and Esperanza have even smaller beaches than LVP. But again you should know this.

Spa treatments were heavenly, and the staff were friendly and very good at what they do. I was expecting worse after reading other reviews. No one looked for a tip. The Men's private clothing optional outdoor spa lounge was particularly fantastic, with a steam room, outdoor showers, sauna, mineral water hot tub, and a cold water plunge. There was then a common area that men and women shared which was a very relaxing place to wait for the spa staff to arrive to wisk you away to your treatment room. This place had the longest spa menu I have ever seen, and the costs were in line with what you pay at home. But the over-the-top serivce left you begging to spend another $200 for a treatment.

Dinner- We ate our first night at the Sea Grill. Recommend the Parrot Fish! The food was excellent and the price was as expected for the quality. You get what you pay for! Taking the advice of Trip Advisor forums, we left the hotel every other night for dinner. We ate at C's and Aqua at Palmilla two nights, Esperanza and Pitaguyas(bad service). For a close second to LVP Palmilla will dazzle any LVP guest. The resort there is more traditional Mexican decor, vs desert adobe decor at LVP, and we saw Selma Hayek having dinner there. I loved Palmilla, but there were many families there with young loud children and I could not wait to return to LVP! Esperanza was nice, but the service was slow and food not as good as LVP.

Ceveche Bar- Please visit this bar and have a glass of Jose Cuervo Reserve de Familia Tequila on the rocks. This is a great sipping tequila recommened by the bartender. Or have your own favorite drink. We had sea bass, shrimp and parrot fish ceveche! All was fresh, and we did not get sick as we were pre-warned. Our Ipods were depleted and they let us take the Bose docking station back to our room for charging, no questions asked.

Departure was sad in that after many years of searching the globe for the Ultimate Vacation Spot we had finally found it in Las Ventanas. We were picked up at the lobby in a brand spanking new Silver Mercedes S500 Sedan where a specially pre-ordered departure lunch was waiting for us to take into the SJD departure terminal devoid of lounges. Our driver could not be more apologitic about our arrival experience at SJD customs 5 days earlier and was again very well spoken, educated and well dressed.

This place is worth every last penny you spend, so if you are debating the merits or costs, we emplore you to consider this resort. This resort can be a bit pricey for middle class honeymooners, but worth your savings!
Sadly we normally find ourselves writing a disappointing letter to Conde Nast or to the hotel chain of our chosen vacation spot. Las Ventanas will meet your every expecation and cater to your every whim. From booking at the 800 number, to concierge, to pool staff to maids. Please try this Rosewood Resort, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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34 Thank mjpalm
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Columbia MD
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23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2005

Just returned from a fantastic trip to Cabo. We stayed at LVP as well as two other resorts, Casa del Mar and the Sheraton. I'll post reviews on those sites as well, but I can provide a brief comparison here:

1) Las Ventanas - unparalleled attention to detail, great service, excellent food, beautiful rooms and property. This is our new favorite hotel in the world.

2) Casa del Mar - beautiful grounds and rooms, great service, good food, nice people, and a fantastic value. We would stay there again in a flash. If we hadn't stayed at Las Ventanas, we would have thought this was the best place in Cabo.

3) Sheraton Hacienda del Mar - very nice architecture, pretty good food at Pitahaya, service was TERRIBLE. Details on my post under the Sheraton. I would not stay here again. Also I'd only recommend this for families, not couples... too many screaming kids.

More detail on LVP if you're interested:

You've read about the attention to detail and the high quality of service in the other reviews, no need to be redundant. You get the picture: breathtaking place with corresponding breathtaking prices. That said, we would go back in a heartbeat. We were only there 3 days so we didn't have too much time to experience every facet of the resort, although we managed to get around pretty well for the short time we were there.

My only quibble with this resort is the necessity to tip everyone, and this after they charge 15% on every bill for an automatic gratuity and on the overall room charge. In my opinion, if tips are included, then service personnel should wave off additional tips. That's what several all-inclusive resorts do, and that would have made this a better experience for us. It is aggravating to have to carry around cash and continually peel off 50 peso bills (~$5) every 10 minutes. The biggest issue that I had was that one day we were out of cash, and the pool boy avoided us like the plague. Not appropriate in my humble opinion for a resort like this.

That is a small quibble in an otherwise perfect experience. I think it's a great place. If you have the money, go. If you are uncomfortable with the price, go to Casa del Mar...

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2005

Fantastic place for a long weekend. Overall, my wife and I had a great trip.

A few high points:
1. The property is wonderful...one of the most beautiful properties that we've stayed at.
2. The food was very good.
- las ventanas tacos at the sea grill were great
- dinner at the main dining room was very good...a bit pricey, but good
- breakfast at the dining room was good also
3. The spa was also very enjoyable. Had some back problems due to tight muscles and got a great massage to alleviate the pain. They rearranged some appts. to get me in. Very nice gesture!
4. When we booked, I tried to get a roof top ocean view suite, but they were sold out. Got the last ocean view room. Very nice for the price.

A few average points:
1. Resort fee....give me a break. Given the customer base that they are going after, just include all cost in the room rate.
2. Car service to and from airport. Personally, I thought it was worth the money, but if you want to bargain for a taxi ride you could save a few bucks.
3. Can't swim in the ocean because it is too rough.


Low Points...Not Many
1. Upon arrival they lost our luggage. Had to wait an hour or so for our bags to arrive at the room.
2. Ask not to get room 904. Although the room and view were great, there was a service closet right off the patio. Staff used the closet often which was a bit distracting. The closet door was right off of the patio.
3. Don't correspond with the concierge via e-mail. Sent several e-mails which either went un-answered or were answered days later.

Overall, great place to visit!

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2005

What makes this a five star resort: (1) The attention to detail is unparalleled. The sand is raked in patterns around the rocks and cacti. Every evening, the pool area is transformed from a, well, pool area to an elegant, candle-lit oasis. The waiters bring bottles of Evian mist spray along with your water to the pool and beach. Sewing kits are matched to your wardrobe (except I don't know what the red thread matched). (2) The People. I have never stayed anywhere where the staff, waiters, hostesses, concierge, and pool attendants were so warm and accomodating. They were a delight and made downside #1 below much more palatable. (3) Breakfast. Dinner at the Restaurant was just "okay," but breakfast at the Restaurant was sinful. Please, please don't order a bagel or oatmeal. You are on vacation. Order the huevos rancheros. Eat the scrambled eggs in the poblano chili. Drink lots of the cafe. Work out in the gym in the afternoon, but don't skip breakfast at Las Ventanas.

Downsides: (1) Stomachache when you get your first meal bill. Las Ventanas is clever in that the menu items are priced in pesos. The bill, however, gives you the reality check in dollars. Prepare to be shocked. Dinner for two (including alcohol) at the Restaurant the first night was almost $400. Bottle of water = $10; Vodka tonic = $16. (Along those lines avoid the temptation to open the $70 bottle of Ketel One in your room. Don't touch the milky way bar either.) The food at the Restaurant, though good, does not justify the price. Eat instead at the pool restaurant and ask for one of the tables next to the beach. Here, you sit under the stars, listen to the waves and enjoy authentic Mexican food (tortillas instead of bread, with guacamole, pico de gallo, etc.) at more reasonable prices (up to 8 sides are included with your entree). Wednesdays offer a "fire" show on the beach which you can only see from the pool restaurant. (2) Sadly, the Sea of Cortez. Not that it isn't beautiful, but the current is too strong to allow you to take a sea swim.

Suggestions: (1) Take a taxi from the airport to Las Ventanas, but have Las Ventanas shuttle you to the airport when you leave. Someone from Las Ventanas will meet you at the airport, get you to the front of the line to check in with the airline and escort you through security. It's worth it. (2) Show respect for the culture and brush off your high school Spanish. It has the added benefit of securing top rate service. (3) Tip the pool and beach butlers. Gratuities are included for all meals, but the water service at the beach and pool is free.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
Address: Ctra Transpeninsular Km.19.5, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#1 Romantic Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#1 Spa Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#1 On the Beach Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
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#2 Family Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 84
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