Esperanza is an attractive 57-room hotel that’s part of a larger timeshare and residence development. The hotel portion of the resort is positioned above a beautiful shoreline with gorgeous views of the ocean and, from some rooms, the world-famous Cabo rock formations and arches in the distance.
Crashing waves on the rocks and spectacular ocean views provide a romantic and relaxing setting for the well-furnished rooms and suites. There are also generally good dining options, all outdoors, with beautiful views.
The rooms and public areas are tastefully decorated in a cohesive style that provides a genuine sense of place. As a guest, you know that you’re in Cabo San Lucas’ subtropical desert environment. The Baja California desert style is refined and attractive: thatched roof details, exposed beams, plaster walls, straw hats as wall furnishings, and terracotta tiles in restrained colours.
Service throughout the resort is excellent, with genuinely friendly staff providing true and efficient hospitality. And the massages provided in the thatched roof spa facilities were some of the best I’ve ever had. While the facilities aren’t as sleek or high-design as one might find at other luxury resorts, their low-key, casual style made for the perfect environment for pre and post-massage lounging.
The overall ambiance (and the resort’s guests) are a bit more casual than one often finds at resorts of this caliber, which is likely the result of the facility serving both hotel guests and the larger number of timeshare owners and their guests.
Cabo is well-known as a destination for party-seekers and so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised by the small but noticeable number of thirty-year-olds in white V-neck undershirts and backwards baseball caps at the hotel’s pools and dining venues.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Resort credit
- US$100 or equivalent to be used during your stay (one credit per stay)
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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Esperanza is a 45 minute drive from Los Cabos International Airport, the main airport serving commercial flights, and just 25 minutes from the smaller Cabo San Lucas International Airport, which is officially an aerodrome and serves private jets.
Upon reaching the hotel, staff were extremely warm with their greetings and took quick care to unload my suitcase, provide a cool towel, and most importantly, bring me a particularly refreshing margarita as a welcome drink. As I’d arrived at about 1pm, my room wasn’t yet ready for occupancy, so the reception agent provided me with an overview of the resort and then escorted me down to the open-air lounge bar where I enjoyed a nice lunch.
The lounge overlooks a craggy coastline and the sound of the crashing waves was a nice accompaniment to the meal.
After a tour of the room and instructions on how to use the handy, in-room iPad to book room service, make requests and view all of the spa treatments, my luggage appeared.
Rooms and suites
All of Esparanza’s rooms face the sea and offer ocean views, with the garden rooms offering only the briefest of peeks. Ocean view rooms—known as casitas at Esperanza—are large and provide partial ocean views.
Most of the ocean view casitas are located in one of seven, four-storey buildings that ring a large sloped lawn featuring a terraced, ocean-front swimming pool that serves as the daytime social area. All casitas come with a large, private terrace that is well-suited for in-room dining, especially in the evening when the terraces are illuminated by large, candle-lit lanterns that provide an extremely romantic and private setting.
Some casitas include an infinity-edge Jacuzzi on the terrace, great when temperatures soar and you fancy a dip. With the exception of ground floor units, the terraces on most units are reasonably private, with sufficient distance between guests. The higher the better when it comes to the ocean view casitas, with top-floor rooms providing vaulted ceilings dressed in thatch.
Rooms are decorated in the style of all of the resort’s facilities. The Baja desert design incorporates neutral beiges and thick plaster walls with exposed beams and thatching. Nespresso coffee makers and an extremely large flat-screen TV means you’ll never have to leave your room in the mornings till hunger gets the better of you.
I highly recommend unit 60, an Ocean View Terrace Spa Casita that provides partial views of Cabo’s famous arch rock formations in the distance.
The bathroom overlooked the terrace Jacuzzi plunge pool and included two separate vanities and a shower area that featured two shower heads and a large soaking tub. All of the fixtures were high-end and tastefully designed.
Cocina del Mar serves as the main dining facility for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with more casual offerings provided pool-side. Dining venues are open-air and provided good weather protection even when it’s hot.
Breakfast at Cocina del Mar was a true delight and it provided everything I could have asked for in a resort dining venue: excellent food, superb service and a beautiful setting. From the exceptionally tasty juice—the spinach and kale combination is particularly delicious—to the nicely-spiced Mexican-style migas (scrambled eggs, corn tortillas, and dried beef with a beautifully-flavoured green sauce), the food was fantastic.
Lunch in the venue was also tasty, with a particularly delicious bowl (or two) of guacamole as a highlight. The fish tacos were of particular note. On the drinks menu was a wide range of tequilas (which I would have expected) and a large number (which I wasn’t expecting) of craft Mexican beers along with descriptions of their origins and taste profiles.
Service also was exceptionally good with friendly wait staff providing the appropriate balance of fast and efficient as well as friendly and helpful.
Adjacent to the restaurant is the hotel’s main lounge area, an open-air venue that serves light snacks and drinks throughout the day. Most evenings, live music plays in this outdoor facility from 7pm to 10pm. During my stay, the choice of entertainment—a three-piece cover band playing the Eagles and other hits from the 80s—was a bit incongruous with what I would have expected from this resort. Given that nearly all of the hotel rooms face this lounge, the amplified music was noticeable from my room’s terrace—and likely those of nearly everyone else—and was a distraction from what would have been a more romantic sound of crashing waves.
Spa and wellness
The spa and fitness facilities are located in a series of small buildings within a short walk of the hotel and timeshare buildings. The buildings boast the same thatched roof and desert style employed across the resort, with individual buildings serving as treatment rooms.
The classic Swedish massage I received was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. Rather than providing a rote treatment, the therapist took considerable effort to focus on areas of particular need. The pre and post-treatment lounging areas are located under the cover of a thatched canopy and are particularly attractive. The frequent offer of cool towels and fresh-squeezed juices, along with a waterfall plunge pool and sauna facilities, rounded out an afternoon that was pure perfection.
Pool and beach
The hotel offers access to two large swimming pools, with the main family pool in the timeshare portion of the resort, about 100 meters from the hotel. The hotel’s adult pool is adjacent to the hotel buildings and offers a series of terraced infinity pools that overlook the beach.
I highly recommend reserving one of the poolside cabanas, each of which features a couple of loungers in shaded comfort under a fan and a mini-fridge for fresh fruit and beverages.
The pool service was exceptionally good, with staff moving the rounds frequently to arrange towels and to take food and beverage orders. Conveniently, the hotel kitchen is nearby, so food and drink orders arrive quickly.
As found at many properties in Cabo, Esperanza’s beach is not swimmable but is quite dramatic in its beauty.
Staff and service
Everyone I encountered was exceptionally friendly and efficient. From the people staffing reception, to the spa attendants, to the waiters and waitresses, all were very attentive and professional. At dinner, my waiter took special care to address me by name whenever possible.
Mostly Americans and Mexicans, with a noticeable number of groups of 30-40 year olds as well as large families.
Check-out was fast and efficient and the receptionist was particularly friendly.
How to get there
45 minutes by road from Los Cabos Airport
123 Casitas & Villas