Villa La Estancia
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Didn't get the chance to put in an entry for day 4, so this is day 4-5. Day 4 - We woke up and headed down to the beach this morning hoping to catch one of the first water taxis to lovers beach. We wanted to get out there early so that it wouldn't be crowded, and before the hottest part of the day. Oops, I guess Easter is a pretty serious holiday …
GREAT DAY!! Woke up this morning and watched the sunrise (Jenn and Chris). Dana slept again, and thought maybe tomorrow she'd finally wake up in time to see it. After relaxing at the pool most of the day, we headed out to Rancho Carisuva for the highlight of the trip so far... ATVs. It's about a 30 minute roller coaster ride down the one lane road …
First full day in Cabo, I (Chris) woke up earlier than everyone and went out to watch the sunrise. It's not really as spectacular as I thought it would be. The sun is at a weird angle to the huge rocks that are across the bay here, which I wanted pictures of, so I didn't really get spectacular pictures. Didn't do much today but lay by the pool, do …
Woke up at 4:00 this morning to make a 7:00 flight from DCA. Cab on time, checked in ok... everything smooth. But we had to run to make our connection in Atlanta and barely made the flight... they were closing the boarding door as we arrived, out of breath. We landed in Los Cabos at about 12:30 local time. We're in the same time zone as US Mountain …
Our last whole day together begins with the girls playing in the pools while the guys enjoyed a visit to the spa. Jeff experienced his first facial, they all came back with shiny cheeks so I think it was a successful morning.
Pool time and beach time was on the agenda, cold beers and margaritas kept us hydrated.
Off to Cabo looking for a sports bar where Kristi and watch the Chargers. Dinner began ...
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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.