Carretera Transpeninsular San Jose-San Lucas Km. 15, Playa Chileno Bay, Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico
If you are next to the ocean, you want an inspiring view, and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences delivers with stunning views of the bay from almost every room, pool area and restaurant. This is a one of the area's newer resorts, opened in late 2016, so expect the facility to be spotless, well designed, and impeccably manicured.
The arrival at Chileno Bay is to an understated exterior, then to a lobby and reception area that opens up to views of the pool, ocean, and restaurant from the check-in desk. You get an immediate sense of seclusion and relaxation. The entire resort is arranged as a large horseshoe around the long pools, with every room type having some combined water view. Rooms are in various casitas that ring the property, giving each building a little bit of both intimacy and privacy.
A mood-changing welcome awaits at TnT (tacos and tequila), their beachfront bar and restaurant. Go for the Chileno colada and take in the bay before heading to the room. This eatery serves up gourmet fish and other assorted tacos for both lunch and dinner in a festival bar atmosphere for those nights where fun overrides formal.
Each room boasts a clever layout. Enter a foyer, then proceed directly into the large walk-in closet, or go another direction to the bathroom area or the seating area, bed area, and outdoor deck. The entire décor plan is really a blend between Mexican and Mediterranean modern—blue translucent ceiling stone in the foyer, then extensive accented wood. In both the indoor and outdoor seating areas, you'll find just enough pillows and chairs to ensure comfort without the feeling of over-stuffing.
Flooring is marble with some color splashes on the wall, all locally made. The goal is to tie you into the landscape and sea. The flow from the man-made to the environment and back again is probably why the resort feels so unified.
The bathroom area gets exceptional marks for the ample space, plus the combo of outdoor shower and indoor shower/soaking tub. The rooms will appeal to the technologically connected traveler: no radio or remote, just connect phone or tablet to the television. And the Messenger app lets you communicate with the staff instantly for any request anywhere on the property. You can still call, but this substantially zips up the process. A well-stocked Nespresso bar and personal refrigerator are set into a small alcove.
On one side of the resort are the junior suites, on the other are the upgraded villas with up to four bedrooms, their own outdoor pool, upgraded amenities, and private chef service. One notch up in space and amenities are the six private bungalows.
It appears that Chileno Bay is on the trail of the best-trained and most service-minded in all levels of their staff. The result is people that are engaged with the guests and they can actually suggest and try ideas. Many of the team worked all over the world in the service industry before their term at Chileno Bay. With this concept, exceptional service stands out in every area of this Auberge Collection Resort.
The spa is tucked into the top area of the resort, which ensures it is in a quiet location. Featured is one of the few salt rooms in the area, a great way to re-charge those electrolytes and climb to a higher plane. Treatment rooms are more than spacious, with the Tropical Essence Massage a solid choice. If you want it all, then the Auberge Head-To-Toe combines scalp and body massage, hair mask and foot scrub. Let no area of tension go untreated.
As the property is laid out as one long horseshoe, the top portion contains the activity center, gym, cinema, and family athletic area. Plush seats and individual munchies options await your rental of the theater, really a top-notch experience. The gym is very cross-fit oriented, so expect a good selection of free weights and cardiovascular equipment, with minimal selection of leg machines. There is a beach club and golf course next door, with some access available if you are staying at the resort.
Starting at the edge of the fitness center are the three infinity pools, all of which cascade toward the ocean. The first pool is ideal for wading with the little ones and even teaching them to swim. Drop down to the family pool, cabanas on one side, and chairs on the other. The last pool, adults-only, is the closest pool to the beach and two restaurants. It rolls out a floating tequila bar every day at 4 p.m.
Their signature restaurant, Comal, has won numerous awards in the area, and vies to be the best restaurant on the corridor. The bar area greets you as you meander to a seaside view, and there is always some kind of tasting, cocktail event, or Mexican wine class going on early in the evening. This provides a great natural flow right into the dinner hour.
The cliff-based seaside view, combined with high-end Mexican and Latin American Cuisine, is a treat for the eyes and the palate. For those who don't eat meat, the restaurant has an entire menu that is just vegetarian. Comal rotates the menu seasonally to reflect availability. Two stars of the dinner menu are the cucumber and tomato salad with a Mexican flair, and the Totoaba fish with cremini mushrooms. For breakfast, the restaurant and bar morph into La Cremeria, the Comal interpretation of the breakfast spread. Expect a bevy of fresh juices, freshly made Mexican pastries with assorted local honey, combined with egg and meat dishes delivered tableside.
If relative newcomer Chileno Bay wasn't on your radar as an active family or romantic couple, add it to your short list. Despite the heaviest luxury resort competition in the Americas, this is a tough one to top in the Los Cabos area. Thoughtfully designed, constantly maintained, impeccable service, and amazing food and beverage choices make Chileno Bay Resort and Residences a top contender in this hot luxury vacation market.
Web Address: chilenobay.aubergeresorts.com
Total Number of Rooms: 60 guest rooms and 32 multi-bedroom villas
Published rates: $675 — $4,150
Review and photos by Neil E. Wolkodoff