Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos is a beautiful resort, and I’m so happy we chose it. It was another trip for ‘The Five‘…plus 2, and it was to celebrate Shannon’s 50th! I loved the resort and seriously did not want to leave. The food was good, the hotel was beautiful, the room was comfortable, the staff was friendly and helpful, the spa was relaxing, the shows were entertaining, the drinks were good, the beach was gorgeous (although no swimming)… I could go on!
One of my favorite things about the hotel was the diversity in the landscape; having the ocean on one side, the marina on the other, a desert landscape, and the structure itself built into the mountainside, it was very different than anything I’ve stayed in before.
When I arrived at my room, I was thoroughly impressed with the size. I was not expecting to have quite this much space, so it made up for the extra dollars I had to pay for booking as a single. I didn’t hear any noise from the neighbors and the balcony was pretty private. The bathroom vent window in the shower was open most of the time (you can close it), so if I was in the bathroom, I would catch part of a conversation every so often when someone would walk by, but it wasn’t intrusive. My room was an Ocean View Junior Suite on the 2nd floor.
The beach was beautiful and it was exciting to see the huge waves crashing on the shore. The under current and wave height is just too dangerous to allow for swimming so it is strictly off limits, but we put our feet in the water, ran from the tide, and tried a few long jump contests in the sand (I did NOT do well).
We spent 90% of our time while at the resort in the teen/adult only pool…partly because we couldn’t swim in the ocean, but probably because it had a swim-up bar. There was a buffet right next to the pool that was open throughout the day and offered a pretty good selection. There was also a grill behind the pool where you could get burgers, hotdogs, and fries. There are several pools on the resort, and on our first day we played water volleyball with some other guests. I think it was just me and the boys playing 2 or 3 other guys, but I had enjoyed several cocktails by this time, so it might have been me playing myself…who knows.
We had dinner a few different places during the stay, and I was not disappointed in anything. Breakfast was always at the hilltop restaurant, Don Diego. It had a great view overlooking the marina and a local dolphin excursion attraction. It’s a buffet style with a ton of options. It can get a little crowded in the later morning hours so keep that in mind. The mimosas were very yummy! There is also a dessert shop, The Cupcake Cafe, on the hilltop that served pastries and coffee.
We enjoyed dinner at the Tortuga Beach one night. This is the ‘sit down’ restaurant on the beach. Dress ranges from casual to cocktail and the food is freshly made and served to the table.
We also spent time on the beach for a “Beach Party Dinner and Show” another night. I probably enjoyed the food least at the beach party, but it was still pretty good. They had walk up grill with service and offered sausage, chicken, tortillas, etc. There were low tables set up on the beach and comfy pillows to sit on. I really enjoyed the way they set everything up for this event.
The resort had a show every night. We attended the cultural dance show and the Michael Jackson show. I have never been a big fan of traditional Mexican dance, but the performers were very talented. I LOVED the MJ show!! The dancers were awesome and the music really took me back. I didn’t want it to end 🙂
One of our freebies from doing the vacation club session was a trip to the spa. It included the hot sauna, steam room, hot tub, and cold plunge. I really enjoyed it and they were very professional and the facility was lovely. The other girls got massages and facials as well, and spoke highly of the services.
My final 2 items of note, are the Expedia concierge and Gray Line transportation service. We booked our trip through Expedia so when we arrived they assigned a concierge to help with excursions, site seeing, etc. They were extremely helpful and their recommendation for our excursion was spot on. Gray Line also offered great service and very friendly drivers. They handled the transportation for our excursion, and I was impressed with their consistency and reliability.
3 (potential) cons for this resort:
1) The hotel is kid friendly, and they have a kid’s club; however, and this is just my opinion… I would be concerned that a child between the ages of 7 and 13 would be bored after a couple of days. If you are looking at this resort for a family trip, I would suggest doing the research on what they offer for those under 14.
2) The floor in my room was always slightly dirty. I wished I could have been comfortable going barefoot in the room, but there was a gritty feel all the time. I mentioned it to the front desk at check out and they were apologetic. To be fair, I never brought it up during the stay to give them the opportunity to correct it.
3) Vacation club presentation: We did this for some freebies and discounts and it was a little more pressure than I would have liked. They offered us some free bottles of alcohol, a pretty decent amount off an excursion, and some time at the spa. The 90 minute time frame we were given for the presentation was actually 3 hours, and our hostess was very offended when we didn’t buy in. (FYI… it’s in the 10’s of thousands to buy in to the club so that might help you decide if the perks are worth your time.)
I loved this resort and would definitely go back. Cabo is a very different Mexico, and I’m so happy that I had the opportunity to experience it!
Please note that I was not asked to review this property by the resort company, nor was I compensated in any way for my review.