Villa La Estancia
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... us walking by.
On our journey back down the coast in the car (with David playing the Eagles California Hotel music on his Ipod), we spotted what appeared to be a huge hotel high above the ocean.
We drove in on unsealed road through scrub and cactus to eventually arrive at a beautiful Mexican boutique Hacienda/hotel, built high above the ocean at Cerritos Beach.
... not show. Big kudos to Baja Junkie and Baja Brewing for saving the night.
This event was another great opportunity to reconnect with people we'd been meeting around Cabo for the last few months. I had a chance to chat with Rob, one of the founders of Baja Brewing Company and he was super excited because BBC is going national at the end of March. What a great success story they are becoming, not to mention they have great beer.
Our friend from ...
... After the hard work we usually spend some time on the internet. We've become quite addicted to Trip Advisor and the Baja Forum, it keep's us up to date on the goings on here and we can share our two pesos worth.
I've also been brain storming some new business ventures that might make a go of it down here. The most viable one is Cabo Kruzer, my express beverage (read booze) delivery service. For a flat fee I'll deliver in Cabo or on ...
... down the California coast and experiencing cool weather at sea. Today in Cabo, the temperature jumped up into the 90,s and the humidity also climbed high on the scale. Cruise Ships anchor in the harbor of Cabo and send little tenders into the city. A constant stream of small boats continued to flow back and forth like a fast moving tide that flowed into and out of the town carrying tourist back and forth from the ships to the town and then back to the ships. ...
... sandy bay by the water. Water being a premium in this area we discovered a well from which other campers were hauling buckets of water from. We decided to replenish our dish washing water from this source, not knowing when our next chance to refill would be. This proved to be more challenging than expected and a makeshift combination of plastic drum, rope, pulley and dive weights were "McGivered". We finally cooked those scallops Roger purchased which ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Villa La Estancia Cabo San Lucas
I was nervous after reading some of the reviews, but all that changed when we walked into the property. Our room was beautiful and so was the view from the patio. The pools and hot tubs were quiet, beautiful and wonderful. It was nice to have the option to catch some of the fun activities next door or have the quiet at the Estancia. Food at the Estancia pool was good but pool food at the Palmar wasn't. Breakfast was easy to put together with the beautiful kitchen in our room.
Beautiful bathroom with great tub! Very relaxing. The construction wasn't that big of a deal. Above my expectations.
It's what a vacation is supposed to be!
We just got back on 3/9/04. We loved it! I actually cannot put into words how beautiful the place is. I had high expectations and it exceeded those. Mexico has beautiful hotels near poor areas, but, you find that on many 3rd world vacation destinations. Anyway, we want to go back. This is true luxury!
A Reasonable Review - Well above expectations
While I can understand people having different expectations of a place, recent reviews make me wonder if we stayed in the same hotel. First off, this place was wonderful. The rooms, the service, the pools were all first rate. My family travels a great deal and we like to stay in nice places. This place ranks right amount them. If you are going to stay here you need to realize that all the villas are owned, there are no timeshares here. Due to this arrangement, the villas are huge, up to 2700 sq feet for a 3BR unit. So while the building itself is quite large, there are still very few units. The furniture and applicances are all first rate.
The rooms all have wonderful views, some better than others I have to admit. The pools are fantastic and are great for kids since they have a "beach like" entry. If the beach is your thing, they have great beach chairs behind a protected area in case you do not want to be bothered by the sellers. What I like best was the workout facility which was huge and well equipped. The have mens and womens locker rooms with steam/sauna/hot tubs which were as nice as most spas.
Yes there is noise from the construction of the final wing but it did not bother us one bit. If there was anything wrong with the place it was that it was too quiet. I'm sure that will be taken care of once the final unit is completed. Of course if you want noise and activity, you can go next door to the Villa Del Palmar.
Ten minute walk down the beach to the bars and The Office. Simply wonderful. We will return.
We just returned from 4 nights at La Estancia...it is a humungus- high density (8 story resort/fractional ownership) on a small piece of oceanfront property. The "studios" are "plain-jane", with no views ( I would NEVER stay in them again or recommend them) while the 1 bedrooms are large & beautiful. The pool is gorgeous, the pool bar,restaurant are below adequate..... Most of the Staff needs to be re-trained. When we were there they had just changed management to try to work out the "bugs"...mind you, they have been open over 2 yrs. The balconys offer little privacy & the place lacks "heart"... I LOVE Los Cabos & have visited there several times but I would not return to La Estancia nor would I buy their Fractional ownership. There are far better places to stay!
Great place, location, building noise was a distraction
The accomodations were luxurious (Rooms and Pool, Gym/SPA) on par with a Ritz-Cartlon. Actually GYM/SPA is nicer. Service was excellent. The noise from the construction by the pool made for a less than tranquil experience. The beach is beautiful and the waves drown out the construction The on site restaurant for dinner was just OK. They need to work in putting a first class restuarant on site. It is a short cab ride to town. $7 cab ride is a little high but comparable to any large city in the states. The convenience of the market is great (again NYC prices) and you can have breakfast at a reaonable price next door at the Villa de Palmar on the patio. You can walk to town in 20 minutes but the streets are dusty spend the money on cabs or walk along the beach.
Better than the brochures!
Condos & Landscaping incredible. Luxury all the way- pool area is one-of-a-kind. We were two couples that split a 2 bdrm condo, and the rooms were completely seperate with our own entrances, bathrooms, and even outdoor balcony areas. Everything is classy & georgeous! We will definetely stay here again- very quiet - we had no problems with noise from construction or neighboring hotels. It wasn't the best as far as restaurants went, but we just headed next door to the sister resort, and had wonderful buffet breakfasts with georgeous views of the beach.
We never were bothered by anyone selling timeshares, and locals selling on the beach are not allowed on resort. The staff were friendly and wonderful! We stayed there Nov 2003.
La Estancia is disappointing
If you are thinking of staying here think again. You got to bear in mind that the reason the staff are there is to sell and service the apartments so if you stay in this place as a hotel, you are going to find things don't happen as you would like. The smell of damp/mildew is a real turn-off like the attitude of the reception staff. Hotel guests are a pain in the ***, potential purchasers are treated real different. This place is still under construction with builders and noise and screens around. When its finished the pools and restaurants are going to be way beyond their capacity, there is barely enough pool capacity now. Many of the help couldn't give a ****. People complained that the Kids Club was over-priced but then so is everything, especially that supermarket and internet cafe they got there. My advice, don't go there. The noise from the next door Playa de Palmar is tremendous int he evenings, you got to go out to get away from it. Don't forget that Playa del Palmar is all of 30 feet away with their evening taped entertainment enough to drive you insane. The taxis at $7 are a rip off. Seems like everybody there is out to squeeze the tourist.
The best of the best
We were upgraded to the La estancia since Villa Del Palmar was full when we registered. What a surprise we got when we saw our room. Pure luxury. The villa was larger than our house. The ocean view was breathtaking and the pampering we got was fantastic. Best vacation we ever had. The kids and us can't stop talking about it. Can't wait to go back.
Luxury resort in Cabo
This resort was absolutely breathtaking! The service was fantastic - I cannot say enough about this place! The rooms were spectacular - everything was brand new and SO wonderful! The view from the balcony was great - the pool was peaceful and relaxing - there is even a great little grocery store on the same property! We 'stayed in' one night and cooked a spaghetti dinner because we wanted to take advantage of the lovely, fully-stocked kitchen! We ended up eating out on the marble patio furniture and the weather was perfect. And, we had the opportunity to wash our favorite outfits in the cute little washer and dryer! :) I will return to this place and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a GREAt vacation!
Died and went to "Heaven" we've never had a vacation like this! The Villa La Estancia was absolutely beautiful, few if any details have been missed in creating Villa La Estancia. We were surrounded by luxury. The marble bathroom in our villa was spacious, spotlessly clean, and appointed with a full array of luxury toiletries. The bed was a dream, with a firm mattress, featherbed comforter & soft sheets.
The spa is incredibly beautiful, soft aromatherapy candles surround you while you float to never..never land in
the jacuzzi, steam room, or sauna. Daily we received free chocolates, fruit baskets in the morning & @ sunset. The chef Luis Miguel Cortazar at the "El Mar" is blessed with a gift not to be missed. Truly amazing atmosphere, almost magical...the pools have cascading waterfalls & caves to explore & dolphin art work that turns a different color from the lighting @ night. They also use a process where saline is converted to natural chlorine. And the pool water is crystal clear, clean and will not sting your eyes. The entire staff was exceedingly friendly, and go out of their way to be helpful.
My only concern: What hotel could possibly satisfy after a stay here?