Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa San Jose Del Cabo
A Well-Above Average Hotel; But Dissapointments Are There
I just went to Casa del Mar expecting one of the finest hotels one could imagine: it was the number 4 Mexican beach resort on the Travel Channel's Top 10 List (and the highest ranking Los Cabos hotel); the number 10 Mexico/Carribean/South America hotel in Departures Magazine (and the second highest ranking Los Cabos hotel); and one of only two hotels in Los Cabos offered in American Express' Fine Hotels & Resorts program. Indeed, according to many reliable sources, this was the place to be in Cabo. Perhaps expectations were simply too high, because I was impressed by Casa del Mar, but not wowed. First, the dissapointments: Casa del Mar prides itself on beingt he "small" hotel along the Cabo corridor with only 56 rooms, and while this is true, they don't tell you that there are several buildings on the property that consist of condos and timeshares that have full use of the hotel, resulting in a not-so-small feel once you're there; the El Tapanco restaurant is below average (avoid the steak), the air conditioning in our room (an Acuario Suite) was unpredictable, and the bed sheets were far less than what you would expect at a fine hotel. Next, the praise: the grounds are meticulously manicured; the architecture and the pools are beautiful; the staff is wonderful, plentiful, responsive, and attentive; the Acuario suites are large (1000+ s.f.), especially the bathrooms with a huge walk-in shower and walk-in closet. All in all, Casa del Mar is a very good hotel with an authentic Mexican atmosphere; but don't expect true luxury.
A perfect vacation
We initially planned to spend the first week of our honeymoon at Casa Del Mar and the second week at a different resort closer to the city of Cabo. We had such a wonderful time at Casa Del Mar that we cancelled our other reservations and stayed here the entire time. The service is exceptional, the rooms are luxurious, and the beauty of the sand, sea and landscaping are breathtaking. We were served complimentary cool beverages and bottled water when checking in, which was the first of many "little things" that made the service here fantastic. It truly was above and beyond our expectations. We mentioned that we were on our honeymoon, and the concierge said, "we HAVE to do something for you" and upgraded us to a suite with complimentary champagne and truffles. There was a private pool for our building, and we only had to share it once, so it truly was a private pool! The entire resort never felt crowded (it was the off-season, but the resort was 80% full when we were there, and it certainly didn't seem like it). There was a small door accessing a locked cabinet in our room, and each morning a tray was quietly slipped into that cabinet with coffee, fruit and pastries - we looked forward to something different each morning. The restaurant was wonderful, and we also sampled meals from neighboring resorts thanks to complimentary golf cart rides when requested. Speaking of golf, there are FANTASTIC courses nearby - not to be missed! One thing to note... you will be asked to sit in on a time share talk. This is completely up to you, but it's painless and it will get you some good prices on activities in Cabo San Lucas. The complimentary shuttle will bring you to the city at 10am or 5pm. A rental car is not a necessity when staying here. Our time in the city was fun while our time at the resort was romantic and relaxing. We WILL go to Casa Del Mar again!
Just returned from Casa del Mar, and it met or surpassed Palmilla in almost every respect. The only thing it was lacking was movie stars and snooty people. If you want that, head to Palmilla or Las Ventanas-at Casa del Mar, all you will get is a beautiful, quiet, and gracious hotel at a fraction of the price.
Splendid with a a caution
The Casa Del Mar is privately owned and is maintained to a degree unlike the hotels that share its beaches. The gardens are manicured and the Architecture a spendid hybrid of Spanish/Italian romantic. Soft pastels with a bold ochre and brick orange are frescoed onto the facades of the buildings. Canopys of Palms and the sound of fountains lull one into a majestic peace. (There is even a "Quiet zone" for sun bathers. A sense of tranquility invites one as they enter the complex that boast a number of pools, gardens, and a Spa that should not be missed. (Ask for Claudia when in the spa) The hotel has its own resturaunt and bar. The mixed drinks are great but beware of breakfast and dinner. Its a very plain menu at five star prices with little or no explanation as to why. Take your own coffee maker for your room or suffer sad mornings amoung a setting of paradise without good coffee. The rates are a bit steep and the rooms can be clumsy, with patches of bright green carpet (astro turf), or noisy due to sad insulation between rooms. But if your lucky and have a quiet next door guest, the views will blind you with beauty and the sound of the surf might even mask giddy guest next door.
Our experience at Casa Del Mar was the best of our lives. Not only is the resort situated on a picturesque stretch of the Sea of Cortes, but the resort itself is a beautifully designed traditional Hacienda. This very Mexican architecture provides guests of Casa Del Mar a cultural experience that might seem lacking in other neighboring resorts. Not only are the buildings beautiful, but the grounds as well are impeccably manicured. The result is a tropical paradise that is a feast for the eyes and soul.It would be impossible to exaggerate how exemplary the service is at Casa Del Mar. The entire staff seems to take a personal interest in assisting their guests with tact and professionalism. Everything from the attentive service in the restaurants to the flower petals left sweetly in the rooms by the housekeepers leaves you with a sense of relaxation that can only be found when all your needs are met ¬ and in this case, exceeded!If a special event is on the menu, Casa Del Mar is the ideal venue! Having recently held our wedding at the resort, we can¬ t recommend it enough! The events coordinator, Rossy and the head chef, Patricio worked tirelessly with us to attend to every detail of our event. Our requests were always met by them with a ¬ no problem¬ attitude. In the end, they created an event that went far and away beyond our dreams! Our guests have commented to us that ours was the best wedding they¬ ve ever been to, and we must pass the credit on to the people at Casa Del Mar.Casa Del Mar is more than a resort; it is your home away from home, and one you will find yourself longing to return to!
Get a Suite
The resort itself is beautiful. There are a bunch of different buildings clustered around small swimming pools. The main building has a beautiful poo/bar in front of it with a lovely view to the sea. The suites are in a separate building, a two minute walk from the main one.
Well worth it. Food is good but expensive. Have dinner at the super luxurious and very exclusive Las Ventanas right next door. Get a room as high up as you can. Be careful when you arrive at the airport. A number of car service/time share outfits will have your name on a piece of paper even if they're not the one you booked. They'll offer all kinds of strange deals but try to charge you exhorbitant amounts on the return. Be firm. The golf is amazing. Played both Cabo Real and El Dorado. Gorgeous. My wife said the spa was above average but not spectacular. Service was great but watch for hidden charges.
In a word --Awesome
After much research, we chose Casa del Mar to celebrate our 10th anniversary. This is a 1st class resort. The staff (especially the concierge) made extra efforts to help make this a memorable week. They set up a special romantic dinner on the beach our first night there for NO additional charge. The facility, the spa services and the location were first-rate. We hated to leave. We hope to return again soon.
Very nice place
A great resort, immaculate and very quiet. We had no problems with hidden chargs or pushy time share salesman. The Conceirge was very helpful. If you go to Cabo, rent a car... as the activities at the resort are limited. We stayed for 7 nights for our honeymon. We'd gladly return again.
Casa del mar The Best
In a sea of high rise resorts Casa del mar is a real find! A real mexican experience in an intimate and beautiful setting. Beautiful architecture and a very attentive and personal staff. A good value too.
Be sure to spend time in the spa. And ther resort can book tee times and get you 25% off at el Dorado (Nicklaus) and Cabo Real (R.T. Jones) courses which are absolutely spectacular! Bring extra balls though.
A stunning place.
Casa Del Mar is beautiful. Our suite had a huge verandah with stunning views of the sea where we took our breakfast each morning. The bathroom was spacious, well-lit and luxurious. The staff were always helpful and very friendly. Look for Osvaldo at the beach club. The restaurant serves delicious meals but expect each dinner to set you back at least $100. While the food is good, it is not THAT good.
The Casa Del Mar is an Oasis in an otherwise dingy part of the world. My advice would be to close your eyes upon leaving the airport (avoid all people other than you driver) only to open them again when you arrive at your Hotel. Follow this procedure upon departing and you'll think you were in heaven.
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