As the taxi made its way through the front gate and onto the private grounds of Casa Del Mar, an elegant old world hacienda came into view.
I would later learn that this gracious property is not exactly old, but it was definitely built in the manner of a traditional 19th century Mexican hacienda – one with colorful, open air courtyards at its center, tiled fountains, lovely stairwells winding up from the lobby to the guest rooms and charming patios and grounds to explore.
Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa was built in 1995 and like many properties in Los Cabos, went through a renovation and upgrade in 2015 after being impacted by Hurricane Odile.
Post-facelift it remains a picturesque hotel, one that definitely has a boutique feel. Rather than being overrun by crowds of guests here or lost in a noisy, party-oriented resort, the experience is very much in keeping with the property’s design – a peaceful retreat that feels as if it’s taking place at a wealthy relative’s private hacienda.
Old world elegance and more
Located in the tourist corridor of Los Cabos, this 54-room property overlooking the Sea of Cortez offers a little something for everyone, while maintaining a low-key vibe.
Guests can relax on the stunning beach or at one of two pools, enjoy fine dining, or perhaps venture into the Casa Del Mar’s small pub, which offers craft beers. There’s also a world-class spa, two golf courses, tennis and a fitness center.
The hotel is also just a 15-minute drive from downtown Cabo, making it close enough to enjoy visits into town, but far enough away to escape the hustle and the crowds.
Rooms with a view
Classic Spanish décor including dark, hardwood furnishings and tiled floors, make-up the overall style here.
In the bathrooms, there are also luxuriously deep hot tub soaking tubs, rain shower heads and plenty of luxury bath amenities to tide you over, should you have forgotten anything.
Additional details include 42-inch flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi and of course the view from your balcony, how could one overlook that? All balconies have a view of the Sea of Cortez. Spend some time just sitting and watching horses pass by on the beach, or the waves roll in and out. Many guests rave about leaving their balcony doors open at night, in order to be able to listen to the sounds of the ocean.
There’s 31 deluxe suites and 25 deluxe ocean view guest-rooms at Casa Del Mar. The suite options range from junior suites, to master suites, to luxury one-bedroom suites and a two-bedroom presidential suite.
Dining at Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa
A candlelight dinner on the lovely terrace of Casa Del Mar’s El Tapanco restaurant is a peaceful and picturesque way to end a day here.
Continuing the Mexican hacienda theme, the experience almost feels like you’re the personal guest of the hacienda owner, who is throwing a fabulous dinner party - the colors, the tastes, the impeccable service and the view, all come together to create the kind of relaxing ambience you expect on vacation.
Breakfast is also served on the El Tapanco terrace and includes or either a continental buffet or a la carte selections. The menu is a mixture of American and Mexican specialties.
Other dining options include the adult-only Beach Club, which as it’s name implies is a beachfront restaurant. The offerings are a combination Mexican snacks and seafood dishes.
There is also a pool bar where guests can order everything from past to seafood.
One last hotspot in the hotel is the The Maguey Bar, a cocktail lounge that was the location of an E! reality show filming while I visited.
"Casa del Mar - one of the Top 10 Mexican Golf Resorts"
Golf is clearly among the top activities here and for good reason, the hotel is surrounded by two stunning golf courses.
In 2003, Conde Nast Traveler named Casa del Mar one of the “Top 10” Mexican Golf Resorts. The same year, the hotel was designated “Central and Latin America’s Leading Golf Resort” in the World Travel Awards.
Hotel guests have access to the Cabo Real and the Eldorado courses. Both are 18-holes. The difference between the two really depends on your choice of scenery. At Cabo Real, every hole overlooks The Sea of Cortez, which is hard to beat.
The Eldorado course, meanwhile, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and includes both ocean view holes as well as areas where the golfing takes place amid classic desert scenery (think canyons, cactuses and rock formations.)
Spa indulgences at Casa del Mar
For those who don’t golf, like myself, not to worry, there are plenty of other activities to choose from including pampering at the hotel’s 4,900 square foot spa (which offers a full menu of relaxing herbal and hydromassage treatments), whale watching and deep sea fishing - another very popular Los Cabos pastime.
Many reasons to stay
The Casa Del Mar website could definitely benefit from an upgrade. As it is now, the website does little justice when it comes to displaying, in full color, this property’s many lovely features – its charming architecture, stunning beachfront view and comfortable rooms. But don’t let the website fool you, Casa Del Mar Golf Resort & Spa is worth the visit for those in search of golf, beach and relaxation.