I recently enjoyed a short stay at Chileno Bay Resort. The property has many room categories from king rooms up to large 2, 3 & 4-bedroom residence suites which I will detail more below.The landscaping and property décor are fantastic with a warm contemporary vibe using lots of natural woods and marble as design elements. The pool area is huge with 3 separate pools, with the one nearest to the ocean being adult only. The furthest from the ocean is a shallow family pool which is flanked by a grassy lawn that hosts a dozen outdoor games to keep kids from tots to teens engaged. Immediately next to that pool is both a teens room with billiards, Ping-Pong, gaming devices, foos ball and several board games and small movie theatre. The kids club is also great with staff willing to entertain and care for your kids. The proximity of the kids/teens club and the game lawn to the central pool areas is certainly an upside if you are traveling with kids.The pools have something for everyone and all the pool and beach areas have luxurious lounge chairs to match the luxurious service. Staff ratios are very high and while they are always there and aware of your needs you hardly notice their bustling around you. The Chileno Bay has one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo so if beach side is important you will get it there. There is also a water sports center on the beach which offers paddle boards, kayaks, etc. a rare find in any resort in Cabo San Lucas.There are 2 restaurants at Chileno Bay. The signature restaurant, Comal, is perched over the beach with fantastic views, serves to a very high standard. Food quality was fabulous, and service was excellent. There is also a lunchtime taqueria with burgers, salads and sandwiches sprinkled in. Food here was authentic high-end Mexican with other choices to keep everyone happy. While the kid’s menu had the standard pizza/burger/chicken fingers I was pleasantly surprised to see healthy options as well.We enjoyed a garden view king room (entry level) which far exceeded expectations. The room is more akin to a junior suite in most other resorts at 588 square feet. The combined bedroom and sitting area are very generous along with a walk-in closet, large free-standing tub and two showers (one indoor and one outdoor) in the bathroom. Our son slept on a roll away and there was plenty of space and it did not feel as though it was in the way. We also had a nice outdoor patio facing the pool and gardens.In addition to just chillin’ at Chileno I spent a couple of hours doing a site inspection and was treated to seeing some of the high roller gems that exist on this property. There is an oceanfront six-bedroom villa with private pool, indoor and outdoor kitchens, fire pits and everything short of the helicopter pad that any high roller might need.We also toured 2- and 3-bedroom residence suites and Sky Suites which were stunning. Some had private pools, and all had indoor and outdoor kitchens.The hotel offers a plethora on the activities. Chileno Bay has a joint venture with one of the best golf courses in Cabo as well as complementary water toys (kayaks etc) and a huge gym. The gym has around 12 cardio stations, 10 or so weight machines, stretching areas and complementary fitness classes. The spa is large and impressive and has a magnificent water and relaxation area. I would point you to the properties website which is comprehensive and can give you an idea of the many options available.Chileno Bay totally lives up to the high end tranquil ultra-service-oriented reputation that they have worked hard to earn. And while this is a high-end resort I would consider the price point to offer good value. I highly endorse this property for both family and adult only vacations. We hope to go back soon. As a side note as of this writing in February 2019 the hotel has started its last phase of buildings and there is construction going on which is slated to be complete within the next year.
Grand Velas is a true five-star accommodation option for anyone interested in upsides of hassle-free hotel accommodation without the downsides typically associated with all-inclusive accommodation. If you enjoy pulling your wallet out 6 times a day for every coffee, drink, lunch, activity, this may not be the place for you. No all-inclusive bracelets here and the hotel requires you to sign a check, just in case you want to feel like you are NOT in an all-inclusive.The property opened roughly two years ago. Everything is fresh, modern and well equipped. The rooms are very spacious, and all face the ocean. Beds, linens, towels, and amenities are all top of the line. The rooms are a contemporary modern décor with marble floors softened by large carpets and plush furniture. We enjoyed a Governors One Bedroom Suite and more space than needed. We had a large walk in closet and an outdoor balcony facing the ocean, a perfect spot for ideal whale watching.Service at the hotel was far beyond our expectations. Front desk, bellman, concierge and food service people were plentiful and very eager to please. I can’t recall we had to ask more than once for anything. I would rate the service a 9.5 out of 10.Food quality was also excellent. There are 7 restaurants and a few bars and a café. A lot of thought has gone into the décor of each restaurant. The house wine and alcohol selection were top notch and most of the premium brands were on offer without an up charge. In the minibar you will find a similar selection of wine, beer and alcohol plus a few treats if you find yourself hungry in the middle of the night.The gym is a fraction smaller than a private club gym in most cities and a major step up from many hotels. It is large with many cardio and weight machines and free weights.There are three pools with one being adult only. And, unlike almost all other inclusive's, Grand Velas does not find it is necessary to crank up the club music around the pool at 12 noon or have those lying by the pool must endure water aerobics classes going on nearby. The pools are large with and abundance of big comfy lounge chairs. Plush towels and again, great food and drink service at your disposal. A large cabana located by one of the pools offers ping pong tables and other entertainment for kids and adults. The beach is beautiful and perfect for walking and enjoying the scenery however this is definitely a non-swimmable beach (read my other reviews for hotels with swimmable beaches in Cabo). The hotel does have lounge chairs and service on the beach for those who enjoy the sound and scenery of lying by the ocean.The hotel offers a substantial kids and teens club that are open into the evening and the staff could not be more accommodating. We took advantage of adult only dinners while our son enjoyed dinner in the teens club and hanging out with friends. I can guarantee Your children will not be disappointed!Grand Velas Cabo is an exceptional family destination and I would argue that it is also a great destination for adults especially if you are traveling with others. If you don’t want to be fretting over who is buying rounds and how to split the dinner bill it is a fabulous stress free experience. We met a number of couples without kids who also loved the property and felt like they were not at a family resort because of the adult pool and a few of the restaurants were adult only.All in all, a great property at a good price point. There are cheaper all inclusive's out there but this one didn’t present like an all-inclusive in any way other than your disregard for your wallet till check out.
Montage Los Cabos- The best swimmable beach in Cabo Hands Down!One of the latest and greatest of new hotels in Los Cabos the Montage is located on probably the most beautiful swimmable beach in Cabo San Lucas. The property is contemporary with a homey comfortable feel. The layout of the property wraps around what is without doubt the best beach in Cabo…. hands down. Not only is the beach swimmable with white sand but it is a massive semi – circle shape bay beach with desert and coastal views on all sides.There are two pools at the Montage both overlooking the ocean. The one nearest to the beach is an adult only with the second and larger pool for families.There are many areas with various elevations to lounge around the pool, so it does not feel crowded. There are also cabanas for rent, should you want your own Private Idaho. And just in case you tire of the pools, there is, of course, the beautiful beach where you can escape to the beautiful blue waters and white sand.The rooms are spacious and most have some glimpse of the ocean while others have full coastal views. The décor is a mix of beautiful stone and rich wood with plush beds and upholstered furniture to make you feel at home. The hotel offers a variety of room categories from which to choose. From a standard king room to a standard room with two queen beds to 1-2- & 3-bedroom residence suites. Rooms are located within small low rise 2 story buildings on slight elevations in a semi-circle surrounding the bay. This is not a high rise. There are a couple of direct oceanfront specialty suites.There are two restaurants at the Montage. One on the water called Marea and the other Mezcal. In both instances the décor was fresh, modern and tasteful. Food was a 10 out of 10 and the setting is a perfect combo of trendy and comfy.The Montage Hotel is a great new addition to Cabo San Lucas. I highly recommend a visit.