Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar Review

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Corredor Turistico Km 10, Lote D, Cabo del Sol, Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
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Editor’s Review of Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar

When a discussion of the best Mexican seaside resorts for families comes up, most immediately think of Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel or Acapulco. While all of these destinations offer fantastic experiences for families, there is another part of Mexico well worthy of notice: Los Cabos.

This southernmost tip of Baja California boasts an impressive roster of resorts and is easily reached via several airlines including Alaskan, Continental, Delta and United. Known just 20 short years ago as a sleepy oasis with an eclectic smattering of hotels, Los Cabos now boasts at least a dozen resorts along the Corridor (an 18-mile stretch of Highway 1 between San Jose del Cabos and Cabo San Lucas), nestled close along the shores of the Sea of Cortez.
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The Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort in particular is getting very serious about child's play and hopes to entice parents and children with an attractive list of amenities, services and events. A brand new indoor/outdoor kids' club promises a long list of activities, anchored by a water park-style pool with a bridge and mushroom waterfall. In the meantime, four pools, two golf courses, white-sand beach and nearby activities at Cabo San Lucas keep the options interesting.

Built of rosy stucco and Spanish tiles, the imposing structure resembles a sprawling Colonial hacienda. The combination of charming architecture and stunning ocean vistas has made the Sheraton famous as the ideal location for destination weddings (the hotel was built in 1999). As our van drove down the elegant curved road leading past lavishly landscaped condos and villas, we paused to admire the resort's soaring central tower with its intricate arched central window.

This property is unmistakably nuptials-worthy from every angle. Visions of a marble-floored lobby and meeting areas, a central courtyard with views to the sea, and many pocket areas of grass and shaded patios no doubt grace many a wedding photo album. Can this romantic place offer the same level of attraction for an energetic family of five?

The answer is yes! less
Our Editor Loves
  • Four pools including a children's pool
  • Oversized terraces with double-rod towel drying racks
  • Lots of activities including water sports, golfing, treasure hunts and movies
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Water Sports
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 518 Reviews
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The resort feature five star restaurants. One of which serves the best dang tortilla chips to dip into homemade salsa and guacamole you will ever taste. There are darling shops on the premises should you forget a bathingsuit or ...
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Like any self-respecting hacienda of old, the Sheraton offers something for all its guests -- both wide-open party spaces and cozy nooks set apart from the beach and pool crowd. The hotel's 270 guestrooms are clustered together in two-story "villas," with additional rooms on three floors in the main building. In 2015, the guestrooms and suites received improvements and updates, including new furnishings and updated bathrooms.

Your choice of rooms includes oceanfront rooms, oceanview rooms or garden-view rooms, which look out onto clusters of gardens containing plants from 24 different countries. In the background are views of the fascinating Cabo del Sol Desert Course, an 18-hole golf course that incorporates naturally occurring features such as river washes, dunes and desert foliage.

You'll pay a premium, of course, for rooms with an ocean view. Yet the garden wing of the hotel is actually a very nice respite for guests who crave a more peaceful holiday. Families with very small children will enjoy the partially shaded pool with its zero entry and sea animals depicted in mosaic tiles on the pool floor. We chose an oceanfront room with an easy walk to the pool, spa, beach and restaurants. A large terrace had great views of the pools and beach.

Deluxe rooms at the Sheraton are well-sized, containing one king-size or two queen beds with very comfortable "Sweet Sleeper" mattresses, generous drawers for clothing, and a small seating area. We lamented the lack of a desk, as we parents wanted to sneak a look at our laptops every once in awhile. The hotel is currently undergoing a room renovation, to be completed in April 2012. Updates will include sofas as well as dark wood accents, and more Spanish style details such as terracotta paint on some of the walls.

Rooms with two queen beds will work for families with two to three young children, although you won't have much room for gathering. Families with older children will want to book two adjoining rooms (there are 49 adjoining rooms, some with three) or one of the hotel's suites. A master suite accommodates two adults and two children comfortably, with the possibility of putting a third child in a crib or sleeping in with the parents. Suites include a small kitchen, a complimentary bottle of wine, and special meal deals for children.

The oceanside of the hotel is definitely where the action is. Even in the lull before the storm -- the weeks right after Thanksgiving -- guests filled the cushy lounge chairs around the pool and La Sirena Snack Bar, the casual poolside bar and eatery.

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