Cabo Azul Resort
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- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cabo Azul Resort San Jose Del Cabo
Beautiful resort-not done yet
We just returned from Cabo Azul and have some mixed feelings about it. It has the potential to be a very luxurious resort once it is finished. We booked through our timeshare Monarch Grand Vacations and paid premium points for it. If I had known that alot of the facilites would not yet be open, I would have waitied a while longer. We were told that the spa should be opening while we were there, but I would say it is at least a couple of weeks off. The taco/tequilla/seviche bar that they advertise is not open either. The gym is also not yet open. It had all of the equiptment, so they may be waiting till the spa is ready since it is in the same area.
The villas are beautiful. Nice comfortable beds with nice big balcony....only problem is there is no furniture on the balcony, so can't just sit and enjoy it. They are still adding furniture so maybe it is to come. No internet in rooms yet, but the internet cafe is free and it works really well.
When we were there only 50 units were open to stay in, so not alot of people around. The best part of the resort is the pool. Probably the nicest hotel pool I have ever seen. Just gorgeous.
I saw an earlier posting that said the food was reasonable, but I thought it was extremely expensive. We were at the pool one afternoon and my daughter had a hamburger with fries and a coke. Once tip was added it was 280 pesos, approx $25, which in my book is alot for a hamburger. Drinks are on the high side too. At the swimup bar a pina colada was about $8 for a medium size platic cup.
All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. We went to the breakfast presentation so we could get our transfers free, and got nice tour of the property. They get a little rude with you when you don't want to buy, but not too bad. Took about 2 hours.
I would definitely go back, but will be better when it is done.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
I belong to the Monarch Grand Vacations. We got in and registration sent us to the concierge while they would check if our room was ready. The concierge only wanted to book us a timeshare presentation in exchange for a dinner cruise or some activity of our choice. When we told him we booked several outings he assumed we did that through another timeshare presenter (which is customary in Cabo) and started yelling at us that we shouldn't be talking to those evil people - another concierge joined in and told us it was dangerous and they were trying to protect us from evil people. I told him I booked the reservations online and he told me I was lying. At that point I had enough - I told him that I booked online and I had also spoken to a timeshare person who offered me $350 to see a timeshare at the airport (which I took)- I was a grown woman - I didn't need his protection and there was no reason he should be yelling at me. I booked a full ocean view (and paid dearly for that view) but all I got was a pool view. They said they would look into getting me a different room and then moved me up three floors so I could get a pool/ocean view (not a full ocean view - never crediting me for my reduced view). The safe didn't work in our room - the table for the patio was in a crate and never taken out during our 6 day stay. No patio furniture and no plants as shown on their website. No coffee table, no end tables, no nightstands, broken air conditioning in the bedroom with no window, some lights didn't work. The only good parts about this place was the maid service, beautiful grounds, Javiers Cantina and the swim up bar. Service people provided wonderful service. The construction people were very quiet considering they were still building the site. We left early to snorkel the last day and tipped the maid well as she was the best person in the place but when we came back to return our car and wait for our shuttle to the airport we saw the maid and found out someone had taken the money out of her room she never received the money. We contacted management about that - they could see that the bellman came into the room twice but couldn't prove he took the money so they said they would watch him. Would I go there again - maybe in a year when they have their act together but I would ask for a room with a garden view as they don't care what room they give you. I would also be sure to personally tip people as management won't make an example of a thief.
Beautiful Rooms and Pool -- Need to Work Out a Few Kinks
My fiancee and I stayed at Cabo Azul for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon (first 6 nights at the Cabo Hilton).
Overall, the resort was very nice. We stayed in a 1 br suite, which was amazing. Fantastic king bed, giant jacuzzi tub, nice bathroom, beautiful kitchen, living room, and a huge deck. Two walls of sliding glass doors that open completely if you want that "open air" feeling.
The real draw for us was the pool -- it is the best pool in Cabo that we have seen. Plenty of very comfy terry cloth loungers, nice beds around the pool, hammocks, etc. with nice (and not overbearing) music playing. Very relaxing.
The food at the resort was very good and very reasonably priced -- we ordered several lunches at the pool, all of which were very good. Javier's is an upscale mexican food restaurant, and was one of the highlights of our stay. We would go to Javier's even if we weren't staying at the Cabo Azul. There is also a very well-stocked market on the premises, and a deli/internet cafe with great sandwiches and pizzas for cheap.
The beach area is nice, but nothing special. They don't recommend swimming in the ocean here, and the water is only so-so (the beach by the Hilton is 1000 times better -- beautiful turquoise water and swimmable).
The negatives for us were just the kinks in service that need to be worked out. We showed up at 1 for check-in and asked for early check-in -- they said it would be no problem and they would fetch us from the pool when our room was ready. At 4 (the official check-in time) we returned to the front desk and were told that our room STILL wasn't ready. Meanwhile others were checking in and being shown to their rooms. We didn't mind too much, as the pool was so wonderful (and they had a bottle of wine waiting for us in our room to make up for it), but little things like this happened throughout our stay (getting transferred to 4 or 5 people just get our car valeted to the front, inability to get ice for our cooler when we went for a surf trip, etc.). Nothing major, just not seamless like at a true luxury resort like Ventanas or Palmilla -- and not even as good as the Hilton.
Another negative was the over-zealous timeshare pitches -- when you check in they refer you to the "concierge," who isn't really a concierge at all but just a timeshare salesman who tries to get you to the "free breakfast" where they can really hammer on you. We were not interested from the get-go, but they first tried to trick us into signing this card promising to go, and then when we again refused, all the guys in the "concierge" office started berating us for not signing up for a free breakfast. I don't mind them making timeshares pitches available to those who are interested, but at a "luxury" resort this left a VERY sour taste in our mouths right off the bat. At the Hilton, we got a free margarita and shown right to our room. Here we got hounded about timeshares, and then told our room wasn't ready.
Overall, it was a great stay for us, especially since we got a good deal on the rooms ($230/night, which is 1/2 off since they are just opening). I think the glitches will be ironed out as the resort matures a bit. I don't think we would stay here for $500/600 per night -- for that amount, one could stay at Ventanas or Palmilla and have a much more luxurious stay. Definitely a beautiful place though, and our only complaints were very minor. Advice to the resort -- cool it on the timeshare pressure (especially as the first thing guests experience when they check in).
Nous avons adoré Cabo Azul!
Nous avons adoré notre voyage à Cabo Azul! La résidence est magnifique-la piscine est surprenante. Il y a encore quelques parties en construction, mais ils arrivent à contrôler le bruit. Nous sommes même restés une nuit de plus pour nous détendre et profiter davantage.
En ce qui concerne la multipropriété - nous avons acheté la nôtre il y a quelques mois avec Monarch, et c'étaient nos premières vacances.
Nous étions déjà allés au Mexique quelques fois auparavant et notre meilleur conseil serait: ignorez les ventes de multipropriété à l'aéroport... et à la résidence. Nous leur avons dit non au moment du check-in, et les avons ignorés le reste du temps.
Nous avons bien profité de notre séjour, et nous y reviendrons certainement bientôt!
Das Cabo Azul hat mir sehr gefallen.
Wir fanden unseren Urlaub in Cabo Azul einfach super! Das Resort ist wunderschön, der Poolbereich einfach unglaublich. Es gibt immer noch Bereiche, in denen noch gebaut wird, sie haben sich aber immer bemüht, die Lärmbelästigung auf ein Minimum zu beschränken. Sind sogar eine Nacht länger geblieben, damit wir uns mehr entspannen konnten. Was die Timeshareverkäufer betrifft, wir haben über Monarch, ein paar Monate zuvor, gekauft und hatten danach zum ersten Mal hier Urlaub gemacht. Waren schon mehrere Male zuvor in Mexiko gewesen und unser Tipp an Sie sollte sein, dass Sie den Verkäufen am Flughafen keine Beachtung schenken, aber auch nicht denen im Resort. Als wir ankamen haben wir sofort abgelehnt und die Verkäufer für den Rest der Zeit einfach ignoriert. Hatten einen tollen Urlaub und werden auf jeden Fall bald wiederkommen!
Loved Cabo Azul!
We loved our trip to Cabo Azul! The resort is beautiful-the pool area is amazing. There are still areas that are under construction, but they are good at keeping the noise level down. We even stayed an extra night to relax and enjoy more.
As for the timeshare sales-we had recently purchased ours with Monarch a few months earlier and this was our first vacation since. We have been to Mexico a few times before and our best advice: ignore the timeshare sales at the airport..and at the resort. We said no at the time of check-in and ignored them the rest of the time.
We had a great time and we'll definitely be back soon!
J'ai adoré l'hôtel, j'ai détesté la pression mise par les revendeurs de multipropriété
La résidence est absolument magnifique, mais je n'y retournerai jamais, à cause de la pression imposée par les revendeurs de multipropriété.
Loved the hotel. hated the timeshare sales pressure
the resort was absolutely beautiful, but i would never go back because of the timeshare sales pressure.
Fand das Hotel super, die Belästigung durch die VErkäufer fand ich schrecklich
Das Resort ist einfach wunderschön, wurde aber wegen der Belästigung durch die Timeshareverkäufer nicht wiederkommen.
Brand spankin' new Cabo Azul
We stayed at the new Cabo Azul resort on a time share promotion this past weekend. The hotel is very beautiful, but not yet completed. There is a lot of construction going on at the back of the hotel, and whole wings are still not open yet. However, the area around the pool is lovely, nearly empty of other people, and quiet, no construction noise at all. Our room was also plenty quiet. I think they are careful to book only the rooms away from the construction. Being a new place, the rooms, which are all suites, are pretty perfect. No leaky taps to complain about. The decor is beautiful, pretty much as you will see on their website. The beach is also lovely with crashing waves, and few other people. One an evening walk we saw a sea turtle digging a hole and laying her eggs. That was amazing! The hotel staff all spoke English and were very nice. We had to endure a timeshare sales pitch, and almost went for it, but we regained our senses, and checked on Ebay and saw the resale value (less than 50% of the initial fees) and walked away, but they sure gave us a fight!!
It was a 30 min ride to Cabo San Lucas, $35 american or in pesos for a taxi. We had a delicious lunch at Gus's aka The Palapa, behind Squid Roe, and a yummy dinner at Mariscos de Mazatlan. We rented a Wave Runner, which was fun in the very warm water, and also kayaked out to the "Lover's Beach", which took about 30 min each way. All in all we had a great weekend.
TripAdvisor Reviews Cabo Azul Resort San Jose Del Cabo
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... the much talked about local 'art walk'. All the art shops in town had stayed open late especially and there were even people along the streets selling art. I was most interested in visiting a shop whose owner earlier that day had said 'only 3 people in the world do what I do, come and see' but I couldn't find it again so I guess we'll never know what it was that he did.
On Friday Colin drove us to Cabo San Lucas where we took a boat trip ...
... We get to beach and both have a nap real quick. Average weather again so no swimming, just hoping for some overcast vitamin d action. After an hour we head back and get the washing and check up on Purto. He's just woken. So we try to devise a plan for the evening. No drinking for us tonight. Can't even bare the thought of it to be honest. Not hungover, just don't need it. Need to maintain our living abroad mentality rather than ...
... and custom make it for you you start to think. They make such a pittance for the amount of work they do and they walk up and down the beach all day. Cabo is right at the end of their tourist season as it goes into summer and becomes way too hot. What do these people do that rely so much on the tourists when they stop coming for months... Got all our stuff taken down to Ngaio's room as she has a late checkout and we went back to the beach. The end is looming and ...
... snorkelling eye to eye with sea lions
2) Humpback whale watching- so many sightings including seeing the whole body of one as it flew through the air.
3) Flying Mantarrays in Cabo Pulmo- who knew that they could jump, let alone backflip out of the water?
4) Epic “scenic route” road trips braving the rocky coastal “road”
We arrived on the Sunday to ...
... and went west to the highway to where there are apparently a bunch of restaurants. We ate at a seafood place/bar called Sardina Cantina (I had fish and chips; Roger had coconut shrimp), but won't go back to that road much - crazy high speed traffic and not much of a sidewalk.
A quiet evening playing scrabble, then tomorrow we are taking the Urbano into town. :o)
Brie on Jan 12, 2011
Solar heating! Good ...