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Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos
Ranked #25 of 70 Hotels in Cabo San Lucas
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 January 2009

We just returned from a week's stay at HDM. Our 21-year-old daughter arrived first with her friends. We arrived 4 hours later in the evening. We had some concerns about her checking into the timeshare unit before us so I emailed the hotel, and they responded that they noted it. When we arrived we found they put us into adjoining rooms. I was not so thrilled with our one-bedroom at first because it smelled musty and seemed old. It was fine once we turned on the AC and opened the sliders. After viewing some of the other units on the property, we learned we were in the oldest building. I am sure if we made a request to change, they would have accommodated us, but the girls were already settled into their room. In the end it was a very pleasant stay. The pools and the beach are equally outstanding. In fact we have never been to a more beautiful beach location. It was strange to have the place to our own. No one needed to rush down to reserve chairs, although one of the owners said not an empty chair could be found the week before. The all-you-can-eat off the menu breakfast at Girasoles is now $17.99, still a good value in expensive Cabos. Pitahayas is an excellent restaurant on the premises. We loved the Seafood Trilogy and the Creme Brulee Sampler. This very upscale meal was cheaper than dining at Nick-San. We're sushi addicts so we had to go there twice for the best sushi rolls anywhere. The one tip I would offer is to rent a car before your trip even if it's for 24 hours so you can shop for groceries. We shopped at the Mega Store, Walmart and Costco and preferred Walmart. Our full size rental costs $80 a day. The taxi ride one way from the airport to HDM was $75. The trip one way to Cabos San Lucas was $20. We ended up renting a car from the hotel, and it gave us freedom to explore. We enjoyed a daytrip to Todos Santos and had a great lunch at Cafe Sante Fe. If you don't like to drive on a one-lane narrow winding road, take a bus tour instead. The people at HDM are very friendly and trusting. The atmosphere is very laid back especially compared to the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarte, where we were nearly finger printed at check-in and issued a card to sign out for our towels. Several times we shopped at HDM and didn't have cash with us. They allow ed us to take our purchases to our room and return with the cash. Where else can you do that?

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed 1 January 2009

What an amazing resort!

My wife and I travel a lot and we both agree, this is one of the nicest, most well run resorts that we have been to.

Our room was spacious and had a huge deck - great for sipping morning coffee and looking at the view.

The service was excellent. There was always someone there to help. I think there must have been at least one resort employee for every guest.

Food was great. We never had a bad meal.

The resort is huge, with pools everywhere. The grounds are very well maintained.

One negative is the pesky timeshare salespeople. Everybody is on the take, from the hawkers at the airport, to the cab driver, the guy at the check-in counter and the guy that carried our bags to our room. But, after the first day, they left us alone.

Food and drink prices at the hotel are very expensive, but we got around that by stopping at Mega on the way to the resort (we tipped our cab driver an extra $20.00) and buying breakfast and lunch supplies, plus a weeks worth of beer and wine. We ate all of our breakfasts and most lunches in the room and carried cold beers to the pool and beach in a small ice chest that we brought along. We easily saved $1000.00 this way.

The taxi ride from the airport is expensive too. $75.00. But, there is a shuttle to the hotel for $14.00 per person. The down side is that it stops at other resorts. We took a cab so that we could buy groceries.

We rented a car the day before we departed and took a road trip to San Jose and Los Barrillos. We then drove ourselves to the airport on departure day. The car rental was about what we would have spent on a taxi, but we got some extra sight seeing in as a bonus.

The hotel has a shuttle into Cabo (about 20 minutes away) so you can go into town and explore. We recommend the Waboritas at Cabo Wabo. Yummy!

We liked the fact that the resort is a ways from town. It was much quieter and peaceful that way. Downtown Cabo is pretty hectic - especially when cruise ships are in port. There were 3 in the bay one day, which made it difficult to get a seat in some of the more popular restaurants.

Overall, a great resort. We will go back!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 December 2008

We stayed at HDM from 12/8 - 12/15 and it was such a wonderful vacation. I went down with 2 girlfriends and we were not disappointed at all. Our room was wonderful and we had a nice view of the ocean. It was amazing how quiet the grounds were when you would be sitting on the balcony. The pools were amazing and Guillermo and Alejandro were fantastic pool concierges. They will book you any reservation (food or spa) and always remembered our names.

We stayed Mon - Mon and the pools were so quiet Mon-Wed and it started to get a little more crowded on Thurs. We never had problems finding chairs by the pool. Make sure to ask b/c there are 2 for 1 drink specials all day long at the pool right in front of the Sheraton lobby. One day it was Lava Floats, the next day it was a Blue Lagoon. And, they will bring you out a bucket of ice to keep your drinks chilled for you. We ate lunch by the pool on several occasions as well and it was great. Also, as said by many previous people, there are 2 for 1 happy hour at different pools almost all day long.

All of the food was delicious. We seemed to always have leftovers from our dinners at Tomatoes and Girasoles so it was nice to have for lunch the next day.

The on-site store has all of the necessities you will need and the price is not too terrible (at least it wasn't for the few things we bought there).

When taking a taxi from the airport, make sure to use Josephine's company - they seem to be the best. It cost $15 pperson one way.

I had a massage at the spa and it was wonderful. The exercise room is great too.

I would HIGHLY recommend this to everyone and can't wait to go again.

Yes, we saw whales too as did the previous post-er. We would sit by the pool and just watch them jump out of the ocean...amazing!

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 December 2008

We just got back from a week at the hacienda del mar vacation club.We had a fabulous time.The grounds are impeccable as is the service.The pools are awesome .We saw whales in the ocean from the balconies of the pools.Even though it is too far to walk to the road to take the bus(1 mile or so) they do provide transportation into cabo for $10 per person roundtrip.They leave at 9am and every 1 1/2 hrs from there The last pickup from the mall is 9:30pm.Cabo is very fun and lots to do there with the marina shops and restaurants as well as the flea markets.Silver is cheap there and lots of jewelry Beach vendors usually carry the same stuff so can get it cheaper-the more you buy.We had a 1 bedroom.They have the room in the back and was disappointed that we didn't have a deck from there as it was on the hallway side so if you want that get a studio or 2 bedroom.There are 2 bathrooms which was nice and a hot tub jacuzzi on the balcony.The units are older but clean.Small fridge and counter.Didn't spend much time there anyway.We got a larger than normal balcony which had 2 lounge chairs but all are not like thatWe were in 3614 above the koi pond.We loved it and look forward to going back We used rci exchange.We never had trouble getting a chair either.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2008

I have a time share here and love this place so much. Off the beaten path, lovely gardens, a fabulous beach and pools, awesome beds, heavenly massages, friendly staff, great food. I always feel like I've gone to another world while I'm here.

You can rent a car from the airport and return to to Hacienda del Mar the next day--stop at the MegaMart in San Jose on the way from the airport for groceries: seafood, bakery, veggies, big selection. There is a small store on site, but it is pricey.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 November 2008

Stayed here for a week with a friend, soooo much fun! The resort is absolutely beautiful, so gorgeous. So relaxing, just perfect. The staff is so friendly and helpful, the food is delicious there, and its easy to get free drinks if your young girls! haha! Our room was the presidential suite and it was huge, maid cleaned it everyday so it was always nice. The sauna and gym is great to go to in the morning, the pools are SO amazing!! Really beautiful. They have happy hour almost every hour at different locations around the resort, and a fiesta night with free food and drinks. I couldn't be more pleased with my stay! The only downside is its about 10-15 min from downtown Cabo so you have to drive or get a cab every time if you want to party at the clubs!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 October 2008

We stayed at Hacienda del Mar Vacation Club from September 20th to the 27th. It was our first trip to Cabo and it was our honeymoon.

The resort

The resort is fantastic. It was low season, so we felt like we had the run of the place. The grounds are kept up very well. The beach is very clean and beautiful. Swimming was red flagged due to the waves and jellyfish. Our orignal room had problems with the AC, so we got moved on our second day no problems. The weather was unbearably hot and humid, so the pool is the place to be. Make sure you know where and when they have the 2 for 1 drinks. One disappointment was that a few of the restaurants and bars were closed for remodeling. We ate at deCortez and Tomatoes. DeCortez was fantastic. Try the seafood for 2 platter.

We had a one bedroom with a balcony that looked out over the Gulf. It had a walkin shower and jacuzzi tub. Maid service was good and they did a turn down every night. The one bedroom is perfect for 2. I am not sure how well anymore people would like staying in the fold out couch.

There may have been a problem with the water when we were there as there were several people (including us) discussing getting sick. It may not have been HDM, but I would stick to bottled water next time and no ice cubes. Since this is not an all-inclusive, it is worthwhile to take the cab to walmart for supplies. It is about $20 each way.

The timeshare people try to meet with you the first day, and they did not take over the 70 minutes they promised. Other areas were much more shady - the marina is bad for timeshare promos.

Excursions

We took the day trip to Todos Santos. I would recommend that to anyone wanting to get out of the sun for the day. It was an interesting trip and you get a great history lesson. The trip up the coast is amazing.

Other side trips - glassbottom boat from the marina. Very fun trip, just make sure they don't try to book you on one of the dingys. We also did the Buccaneer Queen for a sunset cruise. Those guys put on a great show. You can get discounts on all these by doing the timeshare demo. Which was the least stressful presentation I have ever had to sit through (at HDM).

We would definately go back again, but probably not in September (only because of the heat and flies after the rain the week before)

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos

Address: Corredor Turistico Km. 10, Lote D | Lote D, Cabo Del Sol, Cabo San Lucas 23450, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > Cabo San Lucas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#16 Romantic Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#19 Spa Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
#22 Luxury Hotel in Cabo San Lucas
Price Range: £160 - £382 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hacienda del Mar Los Cabos 4.5*
Number of rooms: 272
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An exclusive beach front hotel, located in the Cabo del Sol resort community, with 273 suites. Our magnificent resort is adjacent to the world famous Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Golf Course. The resort is composed of 20 Villas all in Mexican Hacienda style, with romantic walkways through lush green landscaped and tropical flowers. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hacienda Del Mar Vacation Club Hotel Cabo San Lucas
Hacienda Del Mar Vacation Hotel
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