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“Second Time, Still Love it”
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Villa La Estancia
Ranked #8 of 70 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
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“Second Time, Still Love it”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Apologies for the lateness of this review. We (wife, three boys [17, 14, and 11], and my Mom [75 and mobility impaired (wheelchair)] went back to Villa La Estancia for Thanksgiving 2012, having been there for the first time for Thanksgiving in 2011. We again booked the condo (3101) through Malcolm and Vicki at La Estancia Vacations, and they were once again on top of everything and helpful in every way. So easy, honest, and willing to do everything necessary to make sure the vacation was successful. I would not hesitate to recommend them if you are looking for a condo at La Estancia.

My earlier review of this property pretty much is still applicable. There were some changes that I will note, but the overall experience was the same. Relaxing, relaxing, relaxing. I again cannot say enough about the amazing location of Villa 3101. If you are looking for an ocean front three bedroom condo on the ground floor only steps from the pool and the beach, this is it. Be aware that the ocean front condos are not cheap (I could not afford it without my Mom, God bless her), but if your pocketbook can handle it, try it out.

Some of the minor wear and tear issues from 2011 were fixed (Thank you!), but the Villa is still showing some age and wear and tear that the owners should think about working on - again at the price paid, near perfection should be the goal. But I get it - you are paying for the size, location and view - so the still minor issues are merely fleeting thoughts. Once you look out at the ocean, Lands End, the landscaping, the pool, those minor issues disappear.

The service was great. All staff, from house keeping to the wait staff to front desk were friendly and helpful. Some of the restaurants had changed from the prior year, but all food everywhere we ate at the resort (and at the neighboring Arco and Palmar) was very good in my opinion, though I will admit I am not a very picky eater and my view may be skewed by the fact that I was not paying for any of it, so you may want to weigh the reviews of others more heavily on the food side.

As compared to the year prior, there seemed to be a lot more families and more people generally, maybe due to the better economy. Despite the increase, the resort remained relaxing and quiet and remarkably, all children were well behaved. Due I believe to the wet weather Cabo had in the prior months, we noticed quite a few more bugs than last year, including huge bird-size moths (slight exaggeration, but they were big) that loved to hang out in and around the condo.

If a quiet, relaxing, upscale condo experience is what you are looking for, Villa La Estancia is an excellent choice, and I think most of the other recent reviews reflect that.
















The hotel staff was very friendly.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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rvanbalderen, Gerente at Villa La Estancia, responded to this review, 16 March 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you had a great stay and enjoyed our restaurants! We treat all of our guests at Villa La Estancia like royalty and I’m delighted we exceeded your expectations in every way.

Our Team here looks forward to having you back in the not too distant future!

Best Regards,
Rene Van Balderen
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Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

We loved this hotel. The staff was wonderful. Angelita and Dennis were so helpful. The room was gorgeous. If you want to sleep at night listening to the ocean waves this is the place, No one harassed us about tours or time shares. We will be going back as soon as we can. We had a washer and dryer, full kitchen, two bedrooms, huge terrace and breathtaking views. Lovely!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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rvanbalderen, Gerente at Villa La Estancia, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
We appreciated your valuable comments. We hope to welcome you once again on your next vacations.

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Rene Van Balderen
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

my family stayed at villa la estancia for four nights ... it was super. we did a late booking but made our decision based on trip advisor and certainly made the right choice. villa la estancia is in a great location (one day we walked into cabo instead of taking a cab), has great amenities (pools, spa, restaurants, arcade, beach) and is gorgeous and well kept. the employees were especially gracious ... we talked to the people in reception/concierges a number of times about various things (thanks especially to geraldo for helping me out with a FAB whale watching trip) and they were all very helpful, kind and professional. we went to many of the restaurants on site and were happy with them all .... and again, the employees were especially kind ... we spent far and away the most time just being poolside and it was fabulous ... highly recommend villa la estancia for a laid back, lovely vacation.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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rvanbalderen, Gerente at Villa La Estancia, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
Thank very much for Choosing Villa La Estancia and for your recommendations, our team is so happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We will be expected for you and your family in your next visit to Cabo.

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Rene Van Balderen
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Loveland, CO
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

Our family stayed at La Estancia from Feb. 19-26 and had an absolutely wonderful time. We were traveling as a family (7 adults, 1 toddler) and everything from the size/layout of the condos to the hotel's proximity to fantastic bars and dining made it easy for a group with diverse interests and needs to feel comfortable and have a good time.

We had veeeeerrrryyyy slow bag delivery service upon check in (almost 3 hours to get our bags), which had me a little worried. Luckily, that was the only snafu of the week and things went uphill quickly from there.

As you can see from the pictures, the hotel is beautiful. The views from the condo balconies are incredible (great place for morning coffee), and the resort is one of the most well-maintained I have ever seen. The condos themselves are well equipped and there is LOTS of room for a family to spread out. Ours had 3 flat screen TVs (rare in Mexico), a DVD player, and mini-fridges in every room (even on the patio!). The beds were comfortable and the housekeeping service kept everything spotless.

Food and drinks were a little bit pricey ($10/drink), but everything was very good. I got the shrimp tacos at La Parilla the first day, and couldn't stop ordering them. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food very much. The Estancia Margarita (jalapenos, cilantro and cucumber) was another popular choice for our group. Yum! If you stock up with snacks and beer/cocktails at Wal-Mart, you can mix in a few lunches and drinks by the pool and still keep a reasonable bar tab.

The pool area was great for our 2 year old...it was warm and there was a large shallow area to play. The pool next door at Los Arcos had a shallow area with fountains she loved, and the Palmar pool had a big waterslide (too big for a toddler, but great for older kids).

The one thing I thought was absolutely ridiculous about this resort was that almost all the chairs were "reserved" with beach towels by 8 am. We would be out there all day...and most of those chairs never had anyone come sit in them. It was like people saved them just in case they might feel like going to the pool later. We eventually had to join suit and claim chairs at the crack of dawn so that we could all sit together. I'm not sure if this is because a lot of the people own time shares there...but it was obnoxious.

Several of us had massages at the spa, and it was nice. The hydrotherapy area was relaxing (holy pressure shower!) and provided a nice place to relax before the treatments. Again, the massages weren't cheap ($103 for 50 minutes) but they did run some specials during the week. The $30/hr. massages aren't far down the beach...we didn't try them but we walked by them several times.

Finally, we loved that it was only a quick (safe) cab ride to a LOT of delicious restaurants. Both Medano Beach and the Marina had many options...we had amazing dinners at The Office, Edith's, Captain Tony's, Alexander's etc. Mmm.

I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone interested in Cabo. I hope to go back very soon!

Room Tip: The rooms on the north side of the hotel had more sun in the afternoon, and the ones on the south si...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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rvanbalderen, Gerente at Villa La Estancia, responded to this review, 9 March 2013
Thanks you very much for choosing Villa La Estancia, we are so happy to know that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us.
Our appologies for the inconvenient with the chairs and thank you for bringing this valuable information to our attention
We hope that in the future you would give us the opportunity to welcome you once again.

Kind Regards,
Rene Van Balderen
General Manager
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 27 February 2013 via mobile

We just came back from an amazing 10 day vacation at La Estancia. Situated in a great location on Medano Beach just on the outskirts of the busy town of Cabo, this resort offered endless possibilities. As a guest at La Estancia we were able to enjoy the amenities of the more family-focused sister resort El Palmar where daily activities are available. We had fun painting, taking Spanish lessons, playing Bingo and sliding down the waterslide to name a few. When we wanted a quieter day we stayed at La Estancia either at the pools or down on the resort's chairs & umbrellas at the beach. There is a lovely new spa & fitness centre on site with a separate women's and men's hot tub, steam & sauna.

We really enjoyed the deli on site where food was considerably less expensive than the restaurants, and the ice cream shop was another big hit. To keep dining costs even further under control, there is a new Costco, SAMs Club and WalMart all within a 15 minute drive of the resort, or you can stop on your way from the airport.

The service is excellent all-round and the staff repeatedly go out of their way to help. We spent a day exploring other areas with a rental car company on site, which was so convenient and easy. All in all, this resort and area gave me the look and humidity of Arizona, the consistent weather of Hawaii, the safety of Canada while being surrounded by the friendly people & culture of Mexico. It's the perfect combination!

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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rvanbalderen, Gerente at Villa La Estancia, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
Thank you for taking the time to describe in detail your stay at Villa La Estancia. I very much appreciate your comments. We were delighted that Villa La Estacia´s Facilities surpassed your expectations.
We look forward to having you back at Villa La Estancia for a longer stay.

Yours Sincerely,
Rene Van Balderen
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

I have just returned from the most amazing trip to Cabo. We have been going to Cabo every year since 1996 and we always stay at the Pueblo Bonito resorts. This year we decided to switch it up and stay at the Villa La Estancia. What a treat! Our room was gorgeous, the food was top notch, the service was amazing and I can't imagine ever going to Cabo and staying anywhere else. We had Wifi in our room, washer and dryer, HUGE kitchen, the spa treatment was one of the best I have ever had, the pool water was perfect temperature. Our oceanfront view was spectacular. The one restaurant I would highly recommend is La Casona. The first three days we did the all-inclusive and had dinner with just adults at this restaurant. The next night we went back with the kids and indulged again. We had the breakfast buffet which was such a treat with all kinds of yummy options!The pool/beachside food and drinks and service were perfect! The mojitos were delicious..made to perfection and I also enjoyed their mango margarita. The location of this resort was perfect for everyone to enjoy all the activities of Cabo yet take beautiful long walks along beach or into town. The only complaint I have is the Villa de Palmar did not have guacamole at breakfast and the sushi restaurant was not open during lunch. Other then that I can't imagine any better resort.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled on business
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rvanbalderen, Gerente at Villa La Estancia, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Your comments assist us in improving the quality of service we offer to our valuable guests; we hope to have the opportunity to host you once again on your next vacations.

Best Rergards
Rene Van Balderen
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Magnolia, Texas
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

This was our fourth Villa Estancia stay and this year was the best ever... We have stayed at VLE in January, June and twice in February..

From check-in to check-out our needs were met. We stayed in 1605A this trip and were a little disappointed to learn that we did not have a grill on our terrace.. My husband does alot of grilling and we just assumed since the other 3 villas that we had stayed in had grills that this one would. I will ask specifically next time... Also this kitchen was not as stocked as other villas we have stayed in... The refrigerator made a horrible noise every time that it cycled on and off.. it sounded like a metal door being slammed... we learned after the first night what the noise was and that the remedy was to shut the bedroom door...

The workout facility is very up to date , clean and had friendly staff to greet me every morning.
TransPacifico Transportation was awesome... we were unsure about spending the money on a private SUV but it was well worth the $$$ and not having the hassle of the time share guys trying to get you to listen to their sales speech... we were greeted outside the airport taken to our vehicle by our driver and given a beer to enjoy for the 30 minute drive to VLE!

Our only disappointment was the day that we left when we both realized that we had not stayed long enough!! This was our first seven day stay as we have only stayed 5 days in the past... We are already looking into our 2014 visit.. and our fifth stay at VLE!! The only problem is do we go in January for our 35th anniversary or do we go in February which we have enjoyed 2 visits?

Why go to any other vacation destination when you can go to VLE and be treated like royalty?

Room Tip: The reason why I rated the room as average was because of the refrigerator noise.. even with the TV...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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rvanbalderen, Gerente at Villa La Estancia, responded to this review, 8 March 2013
On behalf of Villa La Estancia we offer you our deepest apologies for the inconveniences you encountered during your stay. Do believe your remarks will not go unnoticed. We hope that in the future you would give us the opportunity to change this past experience.

Respectfully,
Rene Van Balderen
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Property: Villa La Estancia
Address: Camino Viejo a San Jose Km 0.5 | Col. El Medano, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#5 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#6 Business Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa La Estancia 4.5*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, an idyllic retreat awaits at Villa La Estancia Beach Resort & Spa, Los Cabos. Known for its refined elegance, sophisticated style and relaxing atmosphere right on Médano Beach, this resort creates an experience to relish. The pampering begins the moment you enter the lobby of the luxurious Villa La Estancia. Located on Médano Beach adjacent to sister properties Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa and Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, this five-star retreat prides itself on offering magnificence amidst a relaxed setting. ... more   less 
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