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Cabo Azul Resort
Ranked #7 of 41 Hotels in San Jose del Cabo
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Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews
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“Better late than Never!”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

We spent 8 nights at Cabo Azul September 2011. We are time share owners and weren't certain what to expect...of course the time share presentations make all the properties sound attractive. We were not disappointed!!! The resort far exceeded our expectations. From the concierge to the grounds staff to the security guards at the gates, everyone was exceptionally nice and greeted us by name. Our room was lovely and the kitchen was more than adequate for our needs. The Mega grocery store was close and we were able to prepare many of our own meals. Loved the tacos at the pool, although they were a little pricey. My husband STILL raves about the "Cabo Azul" meal at Javier's. The pool area was lovely and relaxing, although I spent much of my time lounging on the beach chairs by the ocean. Only real detraction there was the beach vendors, They don't cross the property line but it wasn't unusual to have 5 or 6 of them standing there trying to get my attention when I so much as looked in their direction. The lounge chairs were comfy and clean. As beautiful as the resort is during the day (the grounds are kept impeccably) it was almost magical at night with the torches by the pools, etc.

The condo was gorgeous!!! The only real complaint is the poor lighting throughout the unit other than the kitchen. Most noticeable in the bathrooms trying to apply makeup. Loved our balcony with the view of the pool and the ocean. Used the gym, which was very nice and the staff helpful. Appreciated the little cafe with free internet... several computers...never had a problem getting on a computer to take care of business matters. The pastries, sandwiches, etc. were great!

We did attend a time share presentation...it had been presented to us as more an introduction to the property as owners, but ended up being a presentation to get us to buy additional points. The sales rep was exceedingly nice and personable. Only complaint is that it was presented that it could be refinanced at a much lower rate than was offered, but that did not end up being the case.

Loved San Jose del Cabo...much more personality and less commercial than Cabo San Lucas. Had a couple of awesome meals at local cafes there...wish I could remember the names but food was incredible! Only downside is that you had to go to Cabo San Lucas to do many of the "touristy" things. We used the local bus, which was economical and interesting, although obviously it takes longer to get places. Went on a sunset dinner cruise, which was lovely, and took a snorkeling tour. Most of my time was spent at the resort.

Wonderful, memorable trip. Absolutely loved everything about this place other than the lighting! Can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Stayed for 4 nights. Have stayed at Secrets, Couples, and other nice places. This place was as nice as any, and we got our room for much less than staying all inclusive. San Jose has a bunch of great restaurants, and was glad to not be tied to the resort. Crushed 2 for 1 happy hour at the pool, used the nice kitchen in the room for breakfasts/snacks, and got to eat and party around the area freely. Did I mention the pool was sick?

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

I would defiantly go back to this resort. I is hard to understand just how relaxing and beautiful this place is at night. I would recommend any one to get married here. I wish that I had. Stunning! I will include lots of pictures. Don't waste your money at the pool side restaurant though. It was trash. We wouldn't give Javier's a thought because the pool bar was so disappointing.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

I recently stayed in a 2 bedroom villa at Cabo Azul and it was an exceptional stay. The rooms are well laid out, spacious and the beds are luxurious! The entire resort is beautifully done and the 3 level infinity pool is fantastic! Surprisingly, the food and drinks are very well priced as well and every snack, meal and beverage we had was delicious. This was a 5 star experience!!!!

One note for the Cabo airport- there are people who are in the airport who say they are your driver. The resort told us to go through the airport to the curb and we only went through the first set of doors and were stopped by the "scammers" (timeshare/activity sales people). We figured it out and made it to the curb where our transport was waiting and everything else was smooth sailing! One of the best vacations I have been on in a while.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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New York, USA
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Cabo Azul is awesome. The resort is BEAUTIFUL! Staff is also super friendly.

Pros:

1. Awesome pools & 2 hot tubs. Never felt too crowded. Never had trouble finding a chair near the pool.
2. Close to the Mega. We stocked up on food/drinks when we arrived and there are some banks nearby where you can exchange for pesos.
3. Great villas! Kitchen is clean, had basics you need for a short stay. Pretty comfortable pull out couch.
4. Nice beach, even though you can't swim in it.
5. Decent food, not great. Not too overpriced.

Con: The lighting in the villa really was poor...TOO DARK!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Lancaster, California
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Second visit. Love this place.The resort was fabulous!! It is absolutely beautiful! When you arrive at the resort, you are greeted by the concierge. He/She greeted us every day. Always asking how you were doing; can we get you anything; how was your tour and made awesome dinner reservations for the eight of us. Always very friendly and extremely helpful! Staff was friendly! The pool area and pool were beautiful. NOT SO GOOD: Three out of the seven days we were not able to get seats around the pool area. The pool was not crowded but people placed their belongs down and didn't return until later in the day. Even though there are signs posted; articles left more than one hour will be removed. It never happened. Pool personnel said "when we move it; people get mad, yell and we lose our jobs." People are allowed to smoke everywhere around the pool. They are too lazy to get up and smoke where the big ash trays were/designated areas. Instead they flick their cig butt on the cement or in the grass. A child stepped on the embers and burned their foot. I'm a timeshare owner and would like somewhere to sit. The price of the food at the swim up bar and patio area is the same as Javier's. Fleur de noche is expensive for what you get. Neither is a 5 star.Take a taxi or leisure walk to San Jose del Cabo. Great restaurants, sleepy little town. Take a taxi to Cabo San Lucas. Busy night life; shops; mall, marina but I came to relax.
Entertaining our young adult children ages 17 to 27 while at Cabo Azul: tours/trips taken: 6 jet skis; 6 whale watching; 4 snorkeling; 2 scuba diving; 6 glass bottom boat; 1 dinner cruise for 8; 2 days of golfing for 3 and 2 wonderful spa day treatments for 6. CONCERN:The outside hallways are dim and at night extremely dark. Anyone can walk up from the beach and hide in the windy hallways. We had no problems as were were always 4 or 8 of us together. NO WASHER or DRYER to use. We will be going back for Spring Break 2012. San Jose del Cabo has a festival going into the week of Palm Sunday/Easter.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Sacramento, California, United States
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

First off, I have read many of the earlier reviews on this place and it seems many have not been to “real Mexico” before! It is nothing like Hawaii or the Caribbean so don’t compare them! The airport is full of “scammers” and you will be assaulted by them! You have to just walk by them with an attitude! The airport is a long ride to anywhere in Cabo! That’s just the way it is!
Yes, this is real Mexico! It is not a lush green tropical paradise, it is a dry ,vegetation free environment of not the best roads and places to visit outside the resort!
Now, about the resort! Fabulous!! It was far beyond our expectations! Absolutely beautiful! Apparently, if there was a bug problem, as one guest described, they took care of it! Unusual for Mexico as Cockroaches are a Mexican staple! Never saw as much as a single fly! The concierge was very friendly and very helpful! Staff was very friendly! Yes, there is the construction thing, but that is finally being finished later this year! Food at the local on site restaurants, Javier’s and Fleur de noche are not 5 star, but very adequate and enjoyable. Pools are unbelievable! Views are amazing! Watched whales breaching off in the distance every morning! Take your binoculars!! Actually woke up at 6am every morning to watch the sunrise…and we are NOT early risers! The rooms were amazing! Took us a couple days to realize that the entire wall opened up to the patio/balcony, not just one sliding glass door! The pool fires were awesome at night! Attention to detail around the grounds was amazing! The chapel is awesome and the view is everything it looks like on the website!
Now, what to be aware of…
Around the resort: The complaints about lighting in the rooms are justified. The lighting in the bathroom is poor for putting on makeup! They must have been designed by a man! The Jacuzzi tub was a little strange and took forever to fill. So what!! There is one at the pool!!! Poor TV? Really?? You are going to fly to Mexico to watch TV??? The 1br are very nice. 2br’s are kinda small for what they offer and the penthouse is awesome, but if you are into interior decorating, it may seem a little odd the way it is decorated. Someone mentioned the fold out bed in the living room of the 1br being uncomfortable…what foldout isn’t! It is a HUGE couch that I could lay on lengthwise completely stretched out and I am 6’2”! Why would you want to fold it out!!
There is not much for kids to do here, this is not a “Disney Resort!” This is a place for adults to relax! Take a whale watching trip! Walk to the estuary for bird watching! Yes drinks are a little high, but name a top class resort where they are not!
This is a timeshare! It is NOT a hotel, although I have stayed in very nice hotels I didn’t like as much as this place! The “presentation” is very typical for a timeshare presentation. You have to go in with an attitude! They are going to use every trick in the book on you…and it usually works! Just go in with the attitude!! And, it will take 2 hours of your time! Don’t feel guilty if you say NO! Just get your free travel voucher for the trip back to the airport and deal with it! As for “money disappearing” that was not put in the safe…..really??...you would expect it to still be there? I wouldn’t leave money out of the safe at the Ritz! DUH!
Unless your are planning an excursion like a fishing trip or whale watching trip, I wouldn’t stay more than 5 days. You can actually get bored relaxing! Just beware of Cabo San Lucas! It is a complete assault on your senses!! Everyone is trying to get you to buy something, listen to a timeshare presentation, go on a boat ride or buy some cheap silver jewelry! Again with the attitude! Use the local transportation!!!! Don’t rent a car!!! Mexican traffic is CRAZY!!! Anywhere in San Jose is $5 in a cab (except the airport) and if you need to go to San Lucas for an excursion trip, transportation is usually provided.
It is HOT there in the summer!!! UGLY HOT!! Feb was just a little too cool for us, was very nice, but could have been 5-10 degrees warmer and it would have been perfect! Highs were just under 80.
FYI, a “Garden View” means a view of the back side of the hotel next door! Ocean views are best on the 3rd floor and up! WORTH IT!!! Even just the pool views are great!

Overall, we loved it and we will be going back!! Can’t wait to see what the completed lobby and front will look like! Another company has bought the part of the resort that is not finished and they have fat wallets, so I think it will end up being very nice!!
Overall, we LOVED it and we will be going back!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cabo Azul Resort
Address: Paseo Malecon SN | Lote 11 Fonatur, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Los Cabos > San Jose del Cabo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#6 Luxury Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#6 On the Beach Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#7 Spa Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
#8 Romantic Hotel in San Jose del Cabo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cabo Azul Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabo Azul Resort has a truly fresh look and feel, far superior to any Cabo San Lucas resorts. Our Cabo resort and spa stands out from the standard Cabo San Lucas resorts and hotel choices in the San Jose del Cabo area with Studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom luxury villas guaranteed to pamper your mind and soul. We truly provide the luxury vacation you've been dreaming of. From the abundance of luxurious amenities to the thoughtful interior design choices, Cabo Azul Resort has labored over even the smallest of details to ensure an exceptional experience with every visit to our Cabo resort's ocean side paradise. Don't settle for anything less than the best at other Cabo resorts, find the perfect vacation at Cabo Azul Resort. ... more   less 
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