I have been reading the reviews on club cascadas for a while and they have been extremely informative. My girlfriend and I just spent 5 days there. Here is my review...
First, a couple of lines on my Cabo history- I have been going to Cabo for the past 14 years. I was a veteran of the Hacienda Beach Resort- which was the first hotel built in Cabo. This hotel had about 35 rooms built right into the sand on the beach; there were lush tropical gardens and plenty of palm trees- it was incredible and was my home away from home. Sadly, the Hacienda was knocked down in 2005 and a bunch of high end homes were built on the property. Since then I have stayed in many of the hotels on Medando beach. I can honestly say, I never came back home feeling refreshed as I did when I stayed at the Hacienda. I didn't realize the peace and tranquility that place provided while I was staying there. Don't get me wrong, I love the party life in Cabo, but the beauty of Cabo was being able to escape the party life and just enjoy Cabo. Also, in the past few years the vendors have really increased to insane levels. It seems like there are triple the vendors, and less people due to the economy and the bad drug related events in Mexico...The vendors really started to impact the Cabo experience in a negative way for me.
I was looking for a hotel where I could sit on the beach and be far enough away from the vendors to be able to ignore them. Club Cascadas absolutely provided this feature.
Shortly after arriving and settling into a Bahia villa, I found myself comparing this place to the Hacienda- which was a good sign for me. The rooms are built like a rock- 1-2 foot cement walls and not a peep from our neighbors walking above us in their room. This is old Cabo at its finest- The room was awesome- really clean, everything in working order. My curtain fell off the bathroom window, and the drain in the bathroom sink wouldn't open to let water go down. After telling the front desk, within 5 minutes there was someone there working on it- and it was fixed. The person who complained about the room cleanliness in one of the earlier reviews really makes no sense to me after I was actually there.
There are beautiful gardens and palm trees everywhere- this setting really adds to the tranquility of walking back and forth to your room. My villa was adjacent the tennis court- about a 3 minute walk from the beach- as I said, the walk was beautiful. The staff is out all day working on the gardens, I saw my maid on more than one occasion actually dusting the giant leaves on plants around our outside sitting area. When the sea breeze blows just right, you get a sweet whiff of the flowers on the trees.
No TVs or phones in the room didn't make a bit of difference- they show a kids movie in the day time in the clubhouse and an adult movie at night.
This is the kind of place that seeps into your soul after a couple of days- the peace rubs off on everyone, and people really become friendly. The outside sitting area was closer to the walkways than I expected, I thought this would alter the feeling of privacy- but it didn't at all. Tenants are all either respectful of your privacy or friendly and say good morning or hello. The staff folks are all super friendly.
I was up at 6-6:30am everyday to get the Palapa I wanted on the beach- they were all taken by about 8:30am. By 3-4pm people start to leave the beach and you can get one then if you miss it for the morning.
The pool next to the beach gets fairly full with families, but the upper pool was always tranquil with just a few people or no one at all.
The last day, I took a tour of the rooms in the main hotel- Since I read the review that said they were noisy and not as nice as the villa's. My experience was, this isn't true at all. All these rooms have been redone- and they are all built *exactly* like the villa's on the inside, including the super thick walls. The wall facing the street is now solid with windows that close to block the sound. The road in front of the hotel is not that busy. The guy giving me the tour did say the main highway was having new electric and water lines put in a few years ago, and that cause traffic and trucks to be routed on this road by the hotel- which could have been the noise the other reviewer was speaking of.
All in all, I would have to say this place is Cabo at its finest- and really provided my girlfriend and I with the feeling of comfort and being refreshed that we were looking for. The peace and tranquility and 'vibe' is equal to the Hacienda.
One word of caution: Be careful about going on a banana boat ride. My girlfriend was really looked forward to doing this. We expected it would be a fun ride up and down the coast as we see all the time- it seems part of the so called 'fun' is for the boat driver to intentionally knock people off at fairly high speeds (I am an avid weight lifter and mountain biker- so this isn't coming from a sissy). This was not fun at all. My girlfriend and I knocked heads when he flipped us. She wound up with a black-eye and I am on blood thinners and should never hit my head hard. You could easily loose a few teeth or get seriously injured because of these jackasses driving these boats. Rent a jet ski or anything else where you are in control of your speed and safety, not some blockhead.
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- Club Cascadas De Baja Hotel Cabo San Lucas
- Hotel Cascadas De Baja
- Resort Cascadas De Baja
- Cascadas Baja Club
- Club Cascadas De Baja Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico