In a word, Spectacular! Cabo Azul exceeded our expectation on every level. We are experienced travelers who either go simple and rustic or 4 or 5 stars. Nothing really in between interests us. We have been going to Cabo since 1984. For the last 18 years we stayed in out-of-the-way places on the East Cape as we don't like the tourist experience at all. We live hectic, stressful lives in the entertainment industry (LA) and want to get away from it all. However, our special spot closed down and we have been searching for an alternative since. We planned to stay at the Fiesta Americana for the first four days and then try this new place out on the East Cape. Well the 2nd place cancelled our reservation last minute (we were their only reservation!) and decided to close for the holiday. So we were faced with having to find another place last minute. We were going to stay at Punta Pescadero (very remote) and chickened out at the last minute. In the meantime I found "Cabo Azul" on Expedia. I was reading about it and looking at the pictures and the price and wondering "Where's the catch?" I emailed my wife who was on the set of a TV show and said, "Check this place out!." We rolled the dice and booked a room (villa.) We were not happy with Fiesta Americana and on the day we were moving over to Cabo Azul for the second four days of our trip, we decided to drive out to the East Cape on a reconnaissance trip. First we dropped off our bags at Cabo Azul and checked in. It was immediately apparent that the service and staff were far superior to the Fiesta (another story) After a brief sit down orientation we were off. They did mention the time share program but were not pushy and gracefully accepted my statement "We are not interested" We just sold ours and have no interest in getting involved although if you like that sort of thing it sounds like a good program with a points system like the Marriott which gives you more flexibility.
After leaving the Cabo Azul property, we drove up to Los Barriles on the East Cape (right near where we used to stay) and then on up the coast. After a 45 min white knuckle drive on an unimproved dirt road in a small rental car to this out of the way place we were really glad we had changed our reservation. So we returned at the end of the day to Cabo Azul with much anticipation and curiosity to see if the rooms and resort were as nice as the pictures and descriptions. When we got to the room and the bell boy opened the door we both gasped and big smiles spread on our faces. The room was stunning with a full kitchen and granite counters, a huge balcony with substantial, heavy and rustic Spanish influenced furniture throughout and on the balcony. The three panel sliding glass doors leading onto the balcony which encompassed the whole length of the unit telescoped all the way open to give a full indoor/outdoor experience. Never seen that before. Amazingly cool!
We have grown accustomed to the time share experience and love having the kitchen and those extra comforts of home. This was like the best of both worlds, time share convenience with a fancy resort atmosphere. The furniture and appointments were right out of a magazine. We looked out over the pool and pool bar/restaurant and the ocean. It was absolutely picture perfect. The room was very romantic and cozy and the bed very comfortable (a must) with all the lights on dimmers (just like our home in CA) We fell in love with it and were kicking ourselves for not staying here the whole time. We will next time for sure!! The service was outstanding. The staff friendly and attentive. They were so nice and helpful we wanted to tip them every day and we did. The grounds and pools were fantastic. Must be experienced to be believed. We did not utilize the spa but it looks amazing. The quality of the clientele a big step up from Fiesta (sounds snobbish but this can really affect the quality of your vacation.) Not a bunch of tatted up knuckleheads with their baseball caps on backwards. The food and drinks were not overpriced as I expected. We just had a lovely time. We will be back and I never thought I'd say this but our days of rustic East Cape may be over after this place. Just too yummy to pass up. And all for a price that is in my opinion below the value at least in comparison to the other 4 star resorts during Christmas which is when we were there. Perhaps because it's in San Jose Del Cabo and not Cabo San Lucas, but for us that is precisely the reason we love it. If you want the Spring Break experience you can always drive a half hour down to Cabo but for us that's a non starter. Although we do go there for Wal Mart and Costco and the high end beverage shops but that's it although the restaurants at Capella Pedregal are not to be missed.
My only complaint and it's a small one is that on the day we checked out we had a late afternoon flight. We were of course allowed to leave our bags in lock up and use the resort but there is no easy way to shower and change to get ready for travel. They did offer a hospitality suite for this purpose but we never got to use it as it was not ready and we were on a tight schedule. They did allow us to use the spa to shower but it felt awkward and we felt like we were intruding on the paying clientele. But that's more our own paranoia rather than anything the staff did. They were pleasant and accommodating start to finish. A better alternative would be to have built showers in the gym area to make it easier for departing guests to regroup on their way out. But that's the only fault I could find in this place!
If you come to San Jose Del Cabo, make sure you go to Guacamaya's in San Jose Del Cabo for the best tacos and Mexican food. Really fun atmosphere. And also "El Matador" for a unique fine dining experience. Of course Javier's is exceptional and you don't have to go anywhere for exceptional food. All the restaurants at Cabo Azul are excellent and the delicatessen, market and coffee bar are first rate supplying everything you need. It's all right there at Cabo Azul. And no, I didn't get anything for saying all this. I'm not saying there aren't other nice resorts in the greater Cabo area but you can not go wrong with Cabo Azul if you don't need to be in or near Cabo. I mean we have malls at home, why would I need them on vacation? I'm just saying...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cabo Azul Resort has a truly fresh look and feel, far superior to any Cabo San Lucas resorts. Our Cabo resort and spa stands out from the standard Cabo San Lucas resorts and hotel choices in the San Jose del Cabo area with Studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom luxury villas guaranteed to pamper your mind and soul. We truly provide the luxury vacation you've been dreaming of. From the abundance of luxurious amenities to the thoughtful interior design choices, Cabo Azul Resort has labored over even the smallest of details to ensure an exceptional experience with every visit to our Cabo resort's ocean side paradise. Don't settle for anything less than the best at other Cabo resorts, find the perfect vacation at Cabo Azul Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabo Azul Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Hotel Cabo Azul
- Cabo Azul Resort Spa
- Cabo Azul Resort Los Cabos, Mexico - San Jose Del Cabo