We stayed Feb 7 thru 14th and stayed in Phase II, one bedroom. My husband and 13 and 9 year olds just can't wait to come back. We were on the top floor and had the most amazing views to the ocean-- lower phase II rooms views are blocked by Phase I. I don't recommend 1st floor in any phase since you'll hear the morning cleaning crew at the pool about 630a. Phase II is located near Phase III contruction but since the framework and exterior of the building are complete, there is minimal noise mostly from an occassional tile saw in the distance.
The staff was wonderfully attentive. The onsite market was reasonably priced-- you are a captive customer but when compared to prices at other resorts (and we did visit two other hotel/timeshare mini-markets), these prices were at most 20 pesos (or $1.30) above Walmart for key things like coffee and milk and bread, etc. Food there was good but great items were the pool bar's chicken kabobs and the main restaurant's tortilla soup. The kids enjoyed the hamburgers... I do not recommend the ceaser salad as the dressing was unpalatable unless you like extra fishy dressing. At the Phase II pool bar, I have to give a shout-out to Alejandro. He prepared the best Michilada--basically a local drink made with beer similiar to a bloody mary. Alejandro's version was called a Cuban Beer that no one else could duplicate and I miss having it in my hand now.
It was our first trip to Cabo and we visited many other resorts but we agree that location (both view and proximity to Walmart, Costco, and Downtown) were hard to match. Some of the other larger resorts like Westin and One and Only were lovely but really very remote and we wouldn't consider going there (unless it was nearly free!). Due to the location, you'll still get to see full sunsets where other resorts further down the tourist corridor don't since they face more south or east. The stature of the resort even when complete will be boutique-like compared to the monster resorts like Sheraton and other places.
We exchanged our timeshare to this location and will request again we like it sooooo much. At checkin we agreed to the $7/day service assessment . I went so far as to ask staff their thoughts on the $7--- since I"ve been to other resorts in the world that do this and the staff intended to receive it didn't even know about it. Any staff I asked said that the owner not only distributed all $$ monthly and kept none but that the owner also matched it so that the distribution pot actualy worked out to be $14/day. This $7 does not include valet or wait staff. We didn't stop at the $7.day... really, who could get away that cheap!!... hand over a few more pesos for people who are really making it special for you.
We did attend the timeshare presenation becz we liked the place so much but resale is a 10th of the price after looking online so we declined. Internet was free but, weirly enough, hotmail and gmail were blocked and no one at the front desk could explain why, correct, or give us access. Although email access was blocked when using the laptop, my iPhone did get my gmails without problems. They don't have a business center but were very generous and didn't charge when we requested copies of some documents.
We rented a car from a local place called Turimaz at the airport which had the best overall deal. Becz we're fair skinned, we had to look for things to do alternate to pool days. Driving and parking everywhere is easy-- getting past entry guards at other resorts needed some creative interaction. We even found the local animal shelter and donated time and food there. I highly recommend a trip up the coast to Todos Santos (tour buses will also take you there). After dusk, avoid driving anywhere but the tourist corridior--free range cattle is everywhere and according to locals the main cause of road accidents. The tourist corridor has frencing so that's why that area is safer to drive.
Downtown, eat at Gordo LeLe for best tacos, Senor Sweets for best breakfast, continental Mexican, and dessert, The Office for dinner. All easy to find. In Todos Santos (an artsy town without timeshares or heavy street vendors) eat at restaurant across the road from Hotel California- famous for Shrimp Renellos.
Cant wait to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique and breathtakingly beautiful, this spectacular contemporary hacienda style luxury all-inclusive resort located on the tourist corridor in Cabo San Lucas offers magnificent panoramic views to the Sea of Cortes, romantic settings, distinctive dining, spacious and luxurious accommodations, and a variety of venues for special events. Your will be amazed of the bright, terracotta colored, Mexican hacienda style buildings that are beautifully decorated with handmade Talavera tile murals, vases, classical sculptures, Spanish colonial fountains, contemporary art for contrast, and upscale traditional Mexican furnishing, driving them to experience an authentic Mexican ambiance throughout their stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Encantada Resort And Spa
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- Hacienda Encantada Resort & Residences Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos