Villa La Estancia
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... It is extremely hot - and after the boat trip (only the 4 of us on it), we were ready to sit in a misting outdoor bar at the marina and enjoy a light lunch to cool down before facing our long walk home and a welcome swim in the pool.
The development we are in is one of only 3 on this stretch of beach - with NO access by general public. All the entrances have guards on duty , and although we see boats going up and down ...
... the ocean. This was my FIRST ever experience at any resort or semi fancy hotel in a "vacation hot spot"
The food that night was relatively simple, delicious and filling. Aside from the critique that Caroline - Geoff's Partner- got shafted with her order that did not arrive, instead substituted with simple Fajitas (that were apparently delicious) Unfortunately this wouldn't be the first meal that Caroline got the funk of ...
... for beach reading and Celina of course found a new purse (que surprise!).
We also finally made time to visit Baja Brewing Company (our Favorite spot, in Cabo) Fantastic beer and a Fantastic view of Land's End. Between Happy Hour pricing, and 1/2 price food vouchers from the Cabo Store,we can really stretch a dollar here.
The following week (Nov 22-29) had us volunteering for beach clean up. This was a month long beach cleanup organized ...
... arrived later than ours so that the flow of ship cruisers would last longer.
The trip back was more eventful than normal as the tender bumped the ship hard causing all of the tender returnees to grab hold of the rails and their seats. Apparently no damage was sustained and we shortly scurried aboard the Sea Princess and the welcoming air conditioning that brought a needed relief to the heat of the day. With the coolness of the ship, we were ...
We have now been in Cabo for 3 full days and loving all the sunshine (well its still a little to hot for Kevin, but he is dealing with it wonderfully!!) We decided to pay the price and tie up at the marina instead of anchoring out in the bay because it was too deep of an anchorage for us. Because the Baja Ha Ha (an organized cruising rally from San Diego to Cabo) is in town we ended up getting a reduced rate at ...
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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!
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.
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.
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.