Small domes and barrel tile roofs top eight buildings at this lovely, hacienda-style resort in the Cabo Del Sol development. Make your way past tiered fountains to the rooms with wrought iron and wood furnishing, Mexican textiles, and terra-cotta floors. The whirlpool tubs and large balconies with ocean views take the hotel beyond chain standards. Standard rooms have either two double beds or one queen, with ocean or garden views. Huge, luxurious pools are surrounded by palms and all the chaise lounges guests need. The 450-yard beach is beautiful, and sometimes the sea in this sheltered cove is calm enough for a swim.
Rooms are clean, comfortable, and largely contemporary, with colorful accents and spectacular terrace views of the Sea of Cortés.
Hand-painted sink and shower tiles liven up the bathrooms, which also include decadent touches like enormous mirrors and over-sized bathtubs.
The lobby sets the tone for Sheraton’s colonial style Hacienda del Mar property, with exquisitely detailed period furnishings arrayed between patterned floors and a wood-beamed ceiling, and lighting from wall-mounted sconces augmented by candle filled wrought iron candelabras.
Pleasures at the five resort pools range from infinity edge views of the Sea of Cortés to kid-friendly waterfalls and waterslides.
The beach fronts swimmable waters, and snorkel and fins are available from the activities desk.
Massages are among the many relaxing treatments and therapies at Sheraton’s Cactus Spa. Invigorating amenities and facilities such as sauna, steam room, and hot and cold plunge pools are also available.
The newlyweds package pairs couples’ massages with glasses of sparkling wine.
Treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio focused machines headline the options at the on-site fitness center.
Hacienda del Mar’s on-site dining options rival any resort collection in the area. Pitahayas has been the star attraction for two decades, thanks to chef Volker Romeike’s innovative Pan-Pacific fusions; but the steaks and seafood at De Cortez are also superb, as are the traditional Mexican specialties at Girasoles de la Hacienda. Lighter fare is available at Las Sirenas, with Tomatoes focusing on Mediterranean dishes.
Set in the Tourist Corridor, Sheraton’s Hacienda del Mar offers luxurious accommodations and abundant amenities, but lacks convenient access to activities and attractions in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Taxis are available, but remain relatively expensive transportation options. Rental cars are the best bet for off-property explorations.
Villa Serena (2-minute drive along Hwy 1) serves up fine fare, live music, and gorgeous seaside views from al fresco tables or the on-site swimming pool. La Casa de Don Juan (6-minute drive along Hwy 1) is the preferred spot for a traditional Mexican breakfast or brunch.
Romantic moments are a specialty at Sunset da Mona Lisa (4-minute drive along Hwy 1). Ask for a sunset dinner seating, or soak up the sundown festivities with Champagne on the Taittinger Terrace.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is not a generic Sheraton property, but rather one of the finest luxury resorts in the area, with stylish accommodations, terrific on-site dining, and easy access to one of the world’s most highly rated golf courses.