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“Beautiful -- but know what this is and isn't before you book”
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Villa del Faro
Ranked #1 of 1 Los Frailes B&B and Inns
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Oakland, CA
1 review
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“Beautiful -- but know what this is and isn't before you book”
Reviewed March 1, 2011

First, everything that others have said about the beauty of this property and the graciousness of Devora is certainly true and this review is not meant to suggest otherwise. There are some things you should know about this property though before you book -- for some, this place will be absolutely ideal. For other travelers, this is not a typical place and you should have a thorough understanding of what this is and isn't so you are not disappointed by your Cabo experience.

First, this property is very remote, which can be a beautiful thing, but a drive into Cabo will take 1.5 hours on a rutted dirt road where you are avoiding cattle and likely can't drive at night. Rent a car that can handle this terrain and know that once you're there, leaving (for day trips/night life/etc.) is not easy.

More importantly, please understand that this property is NOT a hotel. You are staying in a guest area on a family compound and the family is simultaneously living there. If you are comfortable with this and what this means, you may be extremely happy here. Here is where we ran into some discomfort:
* Services -- I had probably the best margarita I'd ever drank the first night, and wanted another the rest of the trip, but... there's no real way of making that happen. The family is off doing their thing and unless you want to say in advance, "I'd like a margarita at my door at 4:30 today" it feels pretty socially awkward. Think about if you're going to need extra towels, blankets, etc. because the same applies. There is no "front desk" to call.
* Housekeeping -- This is not a hotel. Our bed was made every morning but that was typically it. Because of the septic system, you cannot throw even toilet paper in the toilet and so when our trash got missed, we came in after a hot day at the beach and our room smelled like a diaper pail. Again, there was no one to call, so we put the trash outside and borrowed a new can from another part of the property.
* Social awkwardness -- We felt like the paying "add-ons" on the property, not like we ever belonged and instead were intruding. While we were there, the family simultaneously had friends staying on the property, so we're sitting in the palapa bar eating our dinner while we're listening to the laughter and clinking of china as the family is eating in the dining room on the terrace above. I went to use the computer, which is in the main portion of the house because I had been told before we went down that this service was available, but it feels weird to be walking through someone's living room. At one point, I had forgotten to send an important message so I went back to the computer and one of the family guests came through the space and said, "Oh. You're still here." I had to keep reminding myself that we were paying a good amount of money for this trip and it WAS OK for me to use the computer -- it just felt lousy and not how I want to feel on a vacation.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Villa del Faro is simply put paradise on earth! It's not for everyone (as it is completely off the grid....no tv, no phone, etc.) but if you appreciate good food, good people, beauty, and art it is a place you should most definately visit!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 1, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon, and stayed in the Stone Cottage on the beach, which was a truly unique experience. The cottage is very basic, effectively just a bed and a fireplace, but to be honest you dont really need anything else when you have what is almost a private beach outside, and just the sounds of the sea and the stars at night for company
Meals are taken up by the main property, a short walk up the hill, and we found the quality of breakfast to be good, but were slightly disappointed by the dinner, which we didn't think was quite up to the gourmet restaurant standard it purported to be (given the remote location, there isn't really any other option for dinner) Our only other gripe was the apparent obsession of the owners and the other guests with wi-fi access and the internet, which was slightly at odds with the 'off the grid' concept of the place
Those are minor grumbles though, the place is spectacular, and quite unique, and we would definitely recommend a visit

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

This is the place!

My wife and I went to Villa del Faro with another couple who were good friends of ours, and we rented what might be the equivelant of a duplex there - separate bedrooms w/ a common outdoor living room.

Our four day experience there defied the usual superlatives - our room was way past fully furnished and comfortable, everything was immaculate, the on-site dinners and breakfasts were excellent, the views of the Sea of Cortez were fantastic (right from our casita), the service was immediatley responsive, and our American hosts were helpful, great to chat with, gracious, and VERY interesting.

The road to this oasis is a bit challenging, but that is part of the fun. Once you are there, you feel like you deserve the attention you instantly receive.

If you are considering a stay at Villa del Faro, write us. We can be even more specific in our praise.

Steven/Joanna Schilling
Sierra Madre CA
sunschill@aol.com

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

I originally sought out the Villa for the Beach House, but to see the workmanship of this family and the love and attention to detail in the Villa was icing on the cake. The owners were very helpful and willing to share stories about the Villa's history and building. The Pool so nice set above the ocean and the Beach stone cottage a childhood dream!
Many thanks to Devora for showing us around 3 years ago.
Con Mucho Carino,
Kelly Baraby

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

serene and beautiful; located at Punta Peruchera, along the East Cape. Check your cares at the door, you will be cared; Be sure and arrange for at least one dinner. The food is wonderful, and the staff really listens to your preferences. The dining palapa is private with a view of the ocean below. Dinner is leisurely. A great place for time away, away from the kids and responsibilities. We went to bed with the stars and woke to watch the sun rise.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed March 14, 2010

The road to Villa del Faro is bumpy but worth the journey. When you arrive Devora and her lovely friends greet you and attend to your every need. We've travelled all over Europe staying in five star hotels and this place is nicer. The decor is gorgeous. The views of the ocean are breathtaking. The food is amazing [beware you will gain weight!] and the staff is wonderful. They entertained my two little girls every morning with their bird or their stories. They even gave them a cookery lesson! [And my daughter has severe allergies]. Just 20 minutes down the road is the best snorkeling in Cabo. This is a quiet place, relaxing and off the beaten track. You won't find the madness of Cabo here, just beauty and peace. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Villa del Faro
Address: KM65 Camino Costero | Los Cabos East Cape, Los Frailes 23400, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Frailes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Los Frailes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villa del Faro 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Exquisitely off the grid" An elegant eco-hotel, Villa del Faro is a unique oasis nestled on a deserted beach. The Villa was created with the integrity of the surrounding desert in mind. We offer solitude instead of shops, safe swimming beaches, great books, gourmet food, snorkeling, surfing, and just pure beauty! One hour north of the Los Cabos Airport, but a world away in seclusion and serenity. Eight separate Casitas. Breakfast included. ... more   less 
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