We just got back from a one-week stay in a studio during spring break with my wife and 15-year-old son, and it was lovely.
Although our room was cramped (and we looked at a $30 a day upgrade to a one bedroom but it wasn't much better,) it's probably more conveniently situated on the beach than any place we've stayed. There are giant mega resorts where you have to take a golf course to get to the pool or beach. The beach was only 30 steps from our patio. The nice pool a few more.
As others have pointed out, this is a quiet resort, and although our son would have liked to have to few more teens to hang with, he ended up having as much fun as we did. I should point out that he did have a near-death experience body surfing. He and another family got too far out and the rip tides starting pulling them out. Fortunately, some folks on the shore helped them swim through it. (swim with the current parallel to the shore.)
It's interesting that this resort is now called the Bel Air Collection. It feels more like a collection of places to stay than a unified resort. There's an old building currently be renovated. A new building that looks much different. A bunch of common buildings and restaurants built as palapas. A few buildings on the other side that are private residences (the orange ones.)
To combat the disjointed nature of the resort, the owners have bent over backwards to create a sense of comfort and luxury. The grounds are extremely well maintained. You're welcomed with champagne. Every morning (before 7 a.m.) there's free coffee, juice and pastries. Every day before sunset there's free champagne, cookies, tea and coffee.
Time share pressure: I'd put it at a 2 or 3 on a scale of 10. They asked a couple of times if we were interested in a free breakfast but quickly dropped it when we said we weren't interested.
(Although my wife swore she'd never sit through another timeshare pitch, we did do the Grand Mayan, where we got about $400 in cash and free stuff ... and said no. It really was only about 90 minutes. The Bel Air doesn't have their budget, so you just get discounted excursions and a breakfast for doing the tour.)
WHERE TO EAT: Sardina's has great fish tacos. The Hangman (in town) has terrific array of cheap tacos in a tremendously fun and funky atmosphere. Manuel's Creative Cruisine is among the finer edgy upscale places -- expensive but worth it. Flora Farms may be the best farm-to-table experiment on the planet. Certainly worth a trip.
WHAT TO DO:
- I highly recommend renting a car. Booked ahead of time online, we paid about $200 for a whole week. Just taxi fares into town and to and from the airport would have cost more than that.
- Snorkel. Chileno, just seven miles up the road (toward Cabo San Lucas), is very good, nice variety of fish. But if you're serious about diving or snorkeling, you'll want to go to Cabo Pulmo, a marine sanctuary on the southern tip of the peninsula that's home to the only living reef on the Sea of Cortez. It's hard to get to, as there are no paved roads that go the whole way. You might consider a boat tour from the San Jose Del Cabo port. We took the long way around, past the airport and around the other side of the peninsula. The last 7 miles of washboard road were not fun. The reefs there were amazing through. I freaked out when I saw a 6-foot shark. But a regular told me it's just a reef shark. They don't eat tourists.
- Do the art walk. Thursday night. It was big a few years ago when we visited, and it's even bigger now. Drink tequila or wine as you walk with the crowds from one gallery to another.
- Do the ATV tour. The 15-year-old (and dad) loved jumping over dunes on a far-away deserted beach.
- Whale watch. We saw a couple of humpback breaching on an excursion from Cabo San Lucas. But they're definitely moving on. Nobody was seeing them from the resort the week we stayed.
---- Book online.
We got an amazing deal through our vacation club: Ultimate Vacations: $450 for the week. Hard to beat that.
- Also Known As:
- Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos Hotel San Jose Del Cabo
- Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos Hotel
- Bel Air Collection Resort And Spa Los Cabos
- Playa Del Sol Los Cabos
- Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa Los Cabos San Jose Del Cabo
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When the place is the right one, the energy flows spontaneously. Bel AirCollection ® Resort & Spa Los Cabos offers you an exclusive and sophisticated holiday in a unique environment where the desert meets the Sea of Cortes giving you the opportunity for contemplation and meditation with 175 yards of spectacularly beautiful beach.Located only 15 minutes from the airport, in the master planned resort community La Jolla in San José del Cabo. Bel Air Los Cabos is the perfect place for a world-class holiday either for couples or families. ... more less
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