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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Del Faro Hotel Los Frailes
- Villa Del Faro Mexico/Los Frailes