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... old in full traditional dress warbling her way through some soulful ballad at every pitch but the correct one, I bid a hasty retreat and cursed the central location of my lodgings for the night!
Molletes for breakfast (toasted bread with refried beans, cheese and salsa), a good cup of coffee and the discovery of a book exchange in the local cafe put me in a good mood to start the day and I discovered from the owner that it was indeed possible to walk to a ...
... a restaurant called, Hacienda Cocina y Cantinia, great place, very romantic. My parents watched the girls, so it was just Chad, my sister, and her husband. The resort that this restaurant is located in, is beautiful. You are right on the beach, and have comfortable seating to enjoy your meal, overlooking the sea of Cortez. Our food was fantastic, and not to overly price for the quantity and quality of the entree's. ...
... discover my favourite part of the ship until a couple days in – the “Crows Nest” is the very top of the ship, an indoor lounging area with computers (only $5 a minute for internet!) with a library, comfy seats and a bar. We made friends with the guitar player Chris who found out one of our wedding songs was “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and would play it whenever he saw us. I believe this young man will be famous one ...
... full of 'touristas' when all was said and done. Apparently the Disney boat was supposed to be going to Mazatlan, but with all the unrest in that corner of Mexico, they decided not to go near that city. That certainly won’t help the economy of that corner of the Mexican Riviera. We also learned that the day we were in Acapulco, and noticed all the machine guns everywhere .. there was indeed a shooting in the city.. ...
... with a deck on the front. Our mission was to have lunch there.
Well, we made it. The food was great, and the deck had a view of all the fancy boats in the marina. We walked back 1.5 miles on the road, across the verrry loooongggg bridge (over no water) into San Jose, then caught the Urbano home the rest of the way.
That pretty much killed the day ... and we're a couple of pooped ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsClub Regina Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo
The sun is so hot, so the ocean has a wonderful deep blue color! Everything is the best of Mexico: the food, the chefs, etc
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Historical Traveler Reviews Club Regina Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo
Stay here 2x a year and stayed here 6x
I bought this timeshare from a buddy of mine who purchased it on his honeymoon and never went back-3 little ones put a damper in that plan for a few years. I have always been impresssed with the layout, 7 pools, great resteraunts, beaches, and incredible views from each room. The staff is friendly, rooms clean and spacious, and comfortable. Im on the Club Regina side and have a kitchen. I have a 1 bedroom unit w/2 bathrooms. Im going there again at the end of March and this will be my 5th stay in the past few years.
I get hounded by the timeshare people each time I go to "have breakfeast and discuss the new things going on..." which I blow them off every time because Im not interested. As an owner, they are always trying to get me to upgrade. I know the resort inside out and backwards. Im not a typical timeshare owner: Im single, early 30's, and chill out there with my buddies most of the time. Its a bachelor pad for me. Those who complain about timshare sharks, you set yourself if you go through it. Free stuff and hours of my time sitting through a sales pitch isnt my thing. I have done my research and know my options if I upgrade.
I would classify this as more of an adult hotel. There are a lot of big hills and the place is huge however they will bring you around in golf carts. I have never seen a lot of kids there but they dont bother me. We are all once kids once and we drove adults nuts. Its great for couples-very romantic.
Location is a ways from Cabo (25 minute drive) and each time I go back I spend my shopping time in San Jose which is much more laid back and peaceful. Great restraunts and lower key. I have been to Cabo 8x in the past 3 years so the downtown party scene gets old. I fish with Gordo Banks Pangas (Eric Bricston) and LaPlayita which is closer to the Westin. If you want to fish, Tomas Cantor is known by everyone and he's the guy to talk to fish. Pisces in Cabo is also another great fishing outfit.
If your looking for a seculded, huge, nice resort with everything you need at your fingertips, the Westin is an awesome place. If your looking for party centra or location to downtownl, stay at the Melia San Lucas or the Finisterra. I have stayed at both before but never complain about the Westin. Some people complain about the prices but hit the grocery store, grab some booze and food, bring your cooler to pool and save some $$$. Those cocktails add up at $8 a pop!! As an owner of timeshare at Club Regina, I highly recommened it.
We feel at home at the Westin Regina
We have been to the Westin Regina three times to date. After traveling the world, we have found this property to be the one "to come home to." During our second visit, we initiated and purchased a time share there (after having researched it prior to our arrival), and we have had no problem getting reservations there on dates we requested.
The hotel itself is beautiful, and the oceanfront rooms are stunning. Admittedly, it is not the hotel to stay at if you're on a tight budget. If you're lucky enough to stay on the concierge level of the hotel, the private dining balcony overlooking the ocean is a great way to begin the day. Service was fabulous and consistent, food delightful, and the staff was warm and friendly.
It is relatively secluded resort, and if you're looking for boisterous evenings, wet tee shirt contests, and crowds, this is not the place. It also can be a challenge if you're not physically fit since the buildings are set into the cliffs overlooking the sea and handicap ramps are inconvenient and steep. The resort is couples and family friendly... provided your children are older or well-behaved. I suspect singles may find it lacking. Our experience has been that most guests appear to be from the US or Canada.
The courtesy shuttles to and from town are great, and the service desks are remarkable. There are not vendors selling goods on the beach except in designated areas, and even there you must approach them first. (The quality of their jewelry was superb and the prices were competitive with nearby towns.)
The Westin Regina is remarkable destination, and if you enjoy whale watching... you need not leave your balcony for a show of a lifetime during early to mid-March. Although the beach is great for walking, there is a strong rip tide and it is relatively unsafe for swimming. Yet, the resort has many infinity pools along the surf which provide ample swimming opportunity.
Stayed at the Club Regina at the Westin
We stayed at the Club Regina which is the timeshare associated with the Westin from January 15 - 22 of 2005. All of the reviews of the hotel apply but there are some diffrences that you should be aware of prior to staying at the timeshares. The key one is accessability. If you have difficulty walking, it is not built for easy access to the suites, or to the pools or the beach. True enoguh, you can take the golf cart rides to go from point to point, but you will have steps to take at steep angles to get into the suites or to a pool or the beach. The hotel seemed a little more accessible in this regard. If you take the time share pitch, you get 20% off on all your purchases which made the high prices for food and drink more managable. You also get a discount on shuttle rates and tours, but they do not offer us the $100 for food or Hilton dollars. All in all a good stay, great views, but not easy to get around and we have no difficulty walking.
Owner who can never get in there
After falling for a hard core sales pitch I bought. Over the last year I have tried to book 6 times with no success. I was also informed by the sales manager after signing that I could not change my mind and that he would "tear up" any such request (I understand this is not legal) and that I could not sell the timeshare to anyone for two years (I have yet to investigate this). My most recent problem was trying to book again. They requested a 189.00 charge through raintree/rci to go to a different resort in Cabo because they could not take me at the westin or any of the other resorts we are supposed to be able to access. They left this as a open request. Interestingly enough they charged me two 189. fees, even though I canceled the open request the same day. I have been trying for over a week to get refunds, but get the run around. I have no vacation week, have been charged 378. and have been informed that they have 30 days in which to refund my monies. This on top of paying a maintenance fee and the purchase price. Not worth it. I own in 3 other timeshares (all bought on-line at less than 1200. each) and never have a problem booking through Interval to exchange or use these-even though they are float weeks. Do not buy here, beautiful but not worth the hassle or price. It is easier to book a regular week here then to own.
Relaxing stay at the Westin
We just got back from our first trip to Cabo over Thanksgiving. My husband and I stayed at Club Regina and had a wonderful relaxing stay. We left our children at home with grandparents because we heard that the resort was not really kid friendly. However, we encountered many families with children, all seemed to be having a great time. All of the staff was wonderful and accommodating. The food was delicious. I highly recommend the champagne brunch and the shrimp and scallop salad at the pool restaurant. The oceanside massages were awesome. Overall, a very pleasant stay. We will definitely return with the whole family.
Fanstatic Place, A real wonder!
Westin Regina Los Cabos is amazing! Stayed in one of the ocean view casitas at Club Regina. The hotel grounds and architecture are absolutely awe-inspiring.
Architecture: Contemporary, carefully-place buildings, pools, terraces, and landscaping. Quite honestly, a true wonder of Mexico.
Beaches: Beautiful views from cliff sides and hotel terraces, rather rough but gorgeous turquoise water. An invigorating, albeit, brief swimming experience.
Pools: Excellent array of many vanishing-edge pools placed at strategic cliff-side locations around the site. Amazing and very relaxing. We sometimes had the pools all to ourselves.
Food: Moderate-to-expensive but of high quality. Great drinks and friendly service.
Rooms: The casitas and Club Regina main house are quite nice. Great views and comfortable, architecturally quite unique and surprisingly unconventional for a large resort. Very impressive and ultra-clean. The place has a fresh-scrubbed appearance around-the-clock.
Location: Total tranquility.
Day Trip: Took a day trip to the Bahia Balandra near La Paz. What an amazing place, a deserted blue lagoon with the most tranquil water and pristine landscape I've ever seen outside of Thailand. Beautiful views of Isla Espiritu Santo, an uninhabited island in distance from adjacent beach up the road. La Paz is quite nice town as well. Baja California Sur is an impressive state, and quite unique in its relative underpopulation and low-density amount of development. Once out of the towns, it's a true wilderness. Exceptionately interesting and refreshing.
The Westin really is a must-see: an exotic boutique hotel experience with all the amenities of a large scale resort. The place sprawls but has an intimate, very impressive appearance and atmosphere. As a side-note, I'm an architect, and rarely have I seen a resort with such high-quality design and management. This place is an unique, true architectural concept--that actually got built! High praise to Westin for making it a reality.
What a wonderful place!
After reading all the negative reviews on this resort I was a little worried about our stay - 12 days from Sept 5-16.
But there was no need to worry and I really cannot understand why so many people have complained.
We were staying in the Club Regina (timeshare) and it was nothing short of stunning. The two rooms (full kitchen, living room with sofa bed, master bedroom with jacuzzi overlooking the sea and two bathrooms) were amazing- bright, airy and very clean with fantastic views and private balcony.
The advantage, of course, to staying in Club Regina is that you can cook many of your own meals and save money. It would seem from the reviews on this website that the majority of guests who complained were staying in the hotel.
Many of the grumbles were also about the expense of the food and other services. But when you book yourself into a luxury, five-star resort, in an area known to be expensive, what do you expect?
Yes, the food isn't cheap, but it isn't outrageously expensive either, unless you plan on eating a three-course meal with alcohol every night.
I would highly recommend the Mexican night, held every Monday. All you can eat buffet and open bar for just $40 per person. The food was wonderful, there was also entertainment, various souvenir stalls and fireworks.
The La Cascada restaurant has a nightly buffet, as well as a regular menu. We had the seafood buffet on Wednesday night. It was $45 per person, but well worth the money - all the lobster, prawns, fish, steak, chicken, salads etc... you can eat. And it was absolutely delicious. You also eat out in the open air, overlooking the pools and the ocean.
We did not have a bad meal once at this resort. The food is fantastic and portions are generous.
The staff at the Westin are also outstanding. Everyone was extremely courteous, friendly and attentive and they virtually all spoke good English.
There are seven pools to choose from, all looking out to sea, and there are plenty of loungers for everyone, as well as umberellas and towels. We took our own drinks in a cooler to save money.
You can also sunbathe on the beach, but you can't swim in the sea as the waves are too strong. But you are never far away from a pool if you fancy a dip.
When you get to the airport you will encounter a number of timeshare reps trying to get you over to their desks. But we just walked straight through, with no problems at all.
We had also hired a car, which is strongly recommended if you want to get out and about and see the local towns or travel to a beach where you can swim.
We were asked to go to a timeshare presentation when we checked in. We were planning not to go, but changed our minds as we were given 20% off all food and drink in the resort (except room service). You also get a free breakfast buffet. They were not aggressive, although they try really hard to sell you a timeshare, and we were out within a couple of hours.
There are a number of trips you can take, especially if you like water activities. However, if you want to go snorkelling, and have a car, drive yourself to the nearby Chileno beach, where you can hire snorkelling gear for around $12 for the day.
You only have to swim a few yards from the beach to see the marine wildlife, and it is much cheaper than taking a boat trip which takes you to the same place.
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose are both nice towns to visit, with plenty of places to eat. If you fancy a change from Mexican food, I would highly recommend Baan Thai in San Jose. The food is delicious and reasonably priced.
My husband and I both agree the Westin is the best five-star resort we have stayed in and would definitely return - although at a different time of year as the the weather was very hot and humid.
5 nights at Club Regina
Club Regina (separate from the Westin Regina Hotel). The Accomodations were wonderful.
- two separate rooms adjacent to one another
- sofabed, television, balcony, bathroom, and kitchen in one room
- king size bed, jacuzzi, television, and bathroom in adjacent room
- wonderful... the staff was very very friendly...
- we came back from an outing one day and found the bathroom in impeccable condition; our swimsuits (which we had left hanging on a clothes hook) were strung along a clothes line inside the shower to dry...
- the toiletries we had left on the bathroom counter (facewash, body spray, sunblock, contact lens solution, etc.) were laid out neatly atop a small terry cloth they had placed in the corner
- the maids come in in the late afternoon for turndown (they make up the sofa bed for the night... open it up, set up the pillows and turn the sheets down for you; they do the same for the king bed as well)
- the drivers of the "canitas" (the transportation carts) are very friendly... (if you are staying in club regina, the canitas are very helpful because the paths from the rooms to the lobby and other areas of the resort are fairly steep and the distances are walkable, but it's a little bit of a walk)
- views were great.... only drawback is that you cannot really go out into the ocean to swim.... the waves are very very strong... and there are rocks near the shore...
- there is normally a lifeguard on duty... and guests often try and play with the waves... but are discouraged from stepping too far into the water...
- in any case, the waves are just amazing, you can watch them for hours at a time...
- pool areas are great as well...
I would highly recommend this resort... absolutely beautiful... beyond words....
Important items you do not want to forget:
- a good sized beach bag to put in items you want to take with you on your outings
- aloe vera
- baby wipes/wet ones/paper towels
- dollars/pesos for tips
First Time in Cabo
We just got back last night from a 7 day stay at the glorious Westin Regina. My husband and I traveled with another couple and used their time share club to get two suites in the Club Regina which is part of the hotel. Our rooms were fantastic suites with amazing veiws of the Sea of Cortez with kitchen living room and seperate bedroom with a jacuzzi that overlooked the ocean we also had two full bathrooms. The Club Regina and hotel staff were so helpful always friendly and wanted to see if there was anything they could do to make our stay better. The beach was immaculate you can go in the water when the tide is not high and the pools (7) are amazing. As I had discovered from reading all of the reviews about the area before we went the food is rather expensive (but nothing different from Maui when we have gone there). We caught fish one day and had them prepared that night at the hotel which was fun - they also froze the rest so that we could take it home. We took someone else's advise from the reviews and rented a car - that was definately the way to go. Took a trip to Todos Santos one day- it's about 1 1/2 hours away and a beautiful drive. We had our best meal there at a road side vendor Barajas Tacos. You have to have the shrimp tacos and fish tacos they are huge and cost about a dollar a piece. We paid 6 dollars for the whole meal for two. If you go look for Mauricio down at the beach he seems to be in charge of things down there and will set up your lounge chairs and give you great advise on everything from things to do to where to eat. He sent us to El Meson de Zapata (fish and meat tacos, soups etc.) and Mariscos Mazatlan (seafood, lobster etc. have the shrimp we all agreed it was the best) Both of those restaurants are in Los Cabos. You have to go to Ristorante Da Giorio II at sunset (it's one of the best views around). We ate at Damiana in San Jose the most wonderful coutyard restaurant very colorful with tangled trees overhead and great staff - the guacamole was really good.
On our last day we had some time to kill before getting to the airport and drove around to all of the hotels we had seen on the internet to see what else was out there. We came to the conclusion that Cabo San Lucas is to "busy" for us but if you are young and looking for night life you would probably enjoy it the most. San Jose had one place that looked interesting to us but the Corridor offered us what we were looking for - peace relaxation and the most beautiful views and beaches, with our choice to drive in to Los Cabos for a bit more "action and activity" or go the other direction to San Jose for more mexican flavor.
It is a great country with very friendly people. I hope everyone has as good a time as we did we would go back to the Westin Regina anytime.
Very pleased with Westin Regina and LOVED Cabo
My husband and I stayed at Club Regina in the Westin Regina in Los Cabos 10/18 - 10/24. The accomodations were spacious and clean, but a bit outdated. The walk in shower was marvelous, but the in room jacuzzi left a bit to be desired. Nonetheless, it was relaxing to be in a bathtub overlooking the sea! We were using his folks timeshare, so I really can't complain about free accomodations. What makes this hotel different from the others is the architecture and location. It is literally built on the side of a mountain overlooking the Sea of Cortez. It's beautiful! It's a huge resort - so big that they pick you up in golf carts to shuttle you from place to place. We never had to wait more than a few minutes to pick us up and we found the golf cart staff to be one of the Westins best assets. Very, very friendly and knowledgeable. All of their employees very wonderful. The entire resort was very clean and the pools were great. So relaxing to hang on the side of an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. There isn't much beach because of the mountain location, so if you need a huge beach, this isn't the resort for you. The restaurants served wonderful food, but as mentioned in other reviews it is pricey. The bar drinks were also over priced, but hey, we were on vacation. Splurged a bit on that. I did see people bring their own beverages to the pool area and no one said anything to them. As for the time share gig that they try to get you to attend...they do approach you as soon as you check in and make it sound like it's just an orientation of the hotel and all that it has to offer. But we knew better. We just told the girl we'd be there for the 10 AM presentation the next day, but never showed up! She did call 2 days in a row and left a message on our machine, but we never returned her call, and by the third day she figured out that we weren't interested. And we truly were not interested, no matter how much free stuff they gave you! One of the best things we did was rent a car through AAA at home. A shuttle from the airport took us right to the Hertz place. We stopped at a grocery store to load up on munchies and drinks. (Club Regina rooms do have a full kitchen and a small stocked refrigerator-again way over priced), so get your coffee, pop, beer, bottled water and other goodies at a store before you get to the hotel. There is a small deli type store right in the hotel, but things are much cheaper at a "Super Mercado". Yes, there is a shuttle into town at the hotel, but we don't like being on someone else's schedule. Plus, we had so much fun just driving around, exploring the towns, different restaurants, shops, etc. We drove to Todos Santos one day and it was great. It's about an hour and a half North of Cabo San Lucas. Beautiful drive along the Pacific. We had a nice lunch at "Hotel California" and an excellent, excellent dinner at Los Adobos. Gourmet Mexican cooking at its best. Speaking of food....in San Jose breakfast at the Tropicana was great and in Cabo San Lucas, I highly recommend Mi Casa Del Mar for authentic Mexican cooking. It's near the fire station. Another wonderful place to eat was La Golondrina, also known as The Trailor Park. It's an open air place with a huge banyon tree right in the middle of it. Candles, and soft lights were all around. Very romantic, but not fancy at all. The deep fried red snapper was out of this world! We've been to Cancun and Playa Del Carmen before and I loved those places as well, but Cabo is more old world Mexican. Not tropical like the Carribean side, but beautiful because of the mountains and desert. Don't forget to bring mosquito repellent. I got bit up! And exchange your money at a bank, you get a much better rate. Viva Mexico!