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Our score: 4.4/5.0

Esperanza An Auberge Resort

Los Cabos

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  • The hotel is one part of a large, integrated timeshare residence development
  • The resort has a casual style of design style and is set along a spectacular rugged coastline
  • Reserve a private cabana at the adult pool for maximum relaxation
  • Indulge in a spa day here; the massages are heavenly
Arrival experience

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.

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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.

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The bathroom

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Guest profile

Mostly Americans and Mexicans, with a noticeable number of groups of 30-40 year olds as well as large families.

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Departure experience

Check-out was fast and efficient and the receptionist was particularly friendly.

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General information

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    How to get there

    45 minutes by road from Los Cabos Airport

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    123 Casitas & Villas


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