This is a lovely, quiet, adults-only all inclusive hotel. Easy to get to, beautiful grounds and facilities. Wonderful for a quiet, relaxing stay. Not for you if you want water sports, shopping, nightlife, crowds, or haute cuisine.
Room -- We were in room 101 (ocean view), which is at the end of the building. There is only one floor of rooms in the main building, so with no neighbors above, the room was very quiet. Indeed, the ocean waves crashing could arguably be too loud! We were quite pleased to find the rooms contemporary and fresh (e.g. marble floors rather than terracotta). Beds were in all white, and comfortable with pillow tops.
Quiet -- With only about 50 rooms, the hotel has the pools and grounds that feel like a larger hotel but without the crowds. I was amazed at how few guests there were around. We really wanted a quiet get-away for Thanksgiving weekend, and we couldn't have been happier. We camped out each day on lounges overlooking the ocean and were regularly catered to with food and drink. We never had any trouble eating where and when we wanted, even at their on-the-beach restaurant. Drinks were well made, not watered down. This was the most relaxing getaway we've ever had.
Restaurants/service -- unfortunately the quality of the food is not commensurate with the quality of the hotel, though still 3.5 stars. The menus have about 15 entree choices on them. They'd be better suited to offer 5-7 each night and rotate through them. Psychologically I'd like to see a new menu each night, rather than the same larger menu every night. The service, though always friendly, is inconsistent and occasionally quite slow. However, if you're of the frame of mind that you're there to relax, then slow down, and don't sweat it. TIP: don't be afraid of ordering multiple breakfast entrees (e.g. pancakes and huevoes mexianos). They have a very enjoyable, eclectic juice menu (I liked the Kiwi and Cucumber).
Our objective was warm, calm, quiet, beautiful, easy -- and on that the hotel hits 5 stars. This is not the place to go if you're a foodie and/or are pretentious about service. Nudging out Hawks Cay in the Florida Keys for easy, beautiful and quiet.
Sister hotel "Dreams" -- you can go to the restaurants at Dreams, which is a sister property about 400 yards down the beach. That property is large, loud, and crowded. We went over one night for a change of pace: one restaurant was closed, the other had a 45-60 minute wait. They were hosting a 'beach party' so there were about 150 guests on banquet tables on the sand, along with a band. It was loud and busy -- a VERY different experience than at the Zoetry.
Transportation -- we were able to get cheaper air fair by booking through the hotel (which appears to be facilitated by Apple Vacations). By booking through the hotel, transportation from/to the airport is included. Taxi cabs are ridiculously expensive (e.g. $80 one way). I believe shared rides can be as little as $15 one way. The hotel was the first stop for the bus, so it was relatively quick (about 25 minutes). The hotel is halfway between Cabo San Lucas and Cabo San Jose. Each town has its own reputation (e.g. San Lucas is the party town). Cabs are about $25 one-way to either town. TIP 1: At the airport, after you get through customs, you enter a disorienting, all white, round room with no clear direction. Friendly people appear to be there to help but are actually trying to sell you on activities or time shares. Just keep walking straight through the room until you get outside the airport. There there will be all of the bus service representatives holding their signs. TIP 2: If you use the hotel's package and get transportation (transfer) included, note that this is provided by APPLE VACATIONS (they don't tell you this), so be sure to look for the Apple Vacations representative and they should have your name on a list.
Activities -- there are no water activities at the hotel. It is not safe to swim on the beach on the area due to undertows. The only swimmable beach is in Cabo San Lucas. The pools are very nice on the property, but if water sports and or ocean swimming is important to you, this is not the place.
There is WiFi throughout the property, but its performance can be intermittent. Oddly, there is no WiFi in the gym, so no music streaming. Limited cable channels -- but you're there to be outside anyway :-). Nice tennis courts (including one with artificial grass).
While this is Mexico, US Dollars are widely accepted and most of the staff can communicate in English.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the tourist corridor of Los Cabos conveniently on the beachfront, overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Casa del Mar Golf Resort and Spa, is your hacienda oasis in Los Cabos, Mexico. An intimate 50 room ocean view luxury boutique hotel where you can experience the warm Mexican hospitality and personalized service. Casa del Mar offers luxury amenities and accommodations, providing the perfect options and facilities for a relaxing escape, spectacular wedding or romantic honeymoon, a rewarding business travel experience, or a golfer's haven. The spacious rooms and suites are all entirely within a peaceful oasis of lush gardens, fountains and pools. Enjoy your quiet, relaxing vacation on an expansive beach. Rejuvenate body and spirit at our renewed luxury spa, enjoy our championship golf courses or venture out to explore the excitement of Los Cabos. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zoetry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa Los Cabos, Mexico - San Jose Del Cabo