Mexico with kids
By Michelle Rae Uy
Casa del Mar is a kid-friendly hotel in Cabo. (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
There’s something appealing about boutique hotels. They’re embedded with uniqueness and special touches, and abound with intimacy that’s hard to find in bigger properties. That boutique aspect is what we love most about Casa del Mar Resort & Spa in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Casa del Mar has all the makings and amenities of a world-class family-friendly resort. Yet it also boasts the wonderful elements that set boutique properties above the rest. It’s that wonderful combination that cements this resort’s status as one of the best Cabo resorts for a family vacation.
Having stayed at the resort a few months ago, we vetted the property and its family-friendly offerings for you. Here’s what we found out.
A Desert Boutique Oasis
Located on a beautiful stretch of sand between San Lucas and San Jose, Casa del Mar looks and feels like a desert oasis. It’s lush with palm trees and flowering plants as well as boasting several swimming pools to cool down in. It’s also mere steps from the water and gives guests a long stretch of sand to lounge on, the perfect setting for a family vacation.
The family-friendly resort is also designed to take advantage of the wide, open space it’s set in. It features a few open-air areas so that guests can enjoy the nice breeze that often comes through here. There are also a few sundecks to go sunning on as well as a lovely desert garden.
Rooms & Amenities
Suite balcony overlooking the pool area and the Sea of Cortez. (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
Casa del Mar has 50 Mexican hacienda-inspired suites, all of them spacious, luxurious and very homey. Each is flourished with a private terrace, an ocean view, Antigua period furniture, Mexican artwork and warm colors. There are seven suite categories available, six of which offer the option to accommodate families with kids.
Families on a smaller budget will certainly be comfortable in a Junior Suite Ocean View with two full beds. It’s roomy enough to serve as a base for a family vacation with kids. And it features dreamy beds, a 42-inch flat screen TV, and robe and slippers, plus other typical hotel room amenities. It also boasts a marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub, a separate rain shower and delightful bath toiletries.
If you would like to splurge, however, a Luxury One Bedroom Villa is perfect for a family that craves privacy, lots of space and indulgence. This category boasts a living room with a queen sofa bed and its very own outdoor Jacuzzi.
On top of room service, there are three terrific family-friendly dining options on site. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Tapanco Restaurant, which makes the best Red and Green Chilaquiles and the freshest orange juice. For lunch, take the kids to the Pool Bar so they can enjoy Grilled Shrimp Tacos after splashing around in the pool. Or head to the Beach Club for delectable sushi. And for dining, Tapanco’s modern take on Mexican cuisine is a shoo-in.
Just for Kids
The family-friendly main pool at Casa del Mar features a kids only area. This allows the kids to have their own space to run around in without having to impose on other adult guests’ relaxation and quiet time.
The resort can also arrange a trusted babysitter to watch the kids while mom and dad squeeze in a romantic dinner or a couple’s massage.
For Moms and Dads
Just because Casa del Mar is a family-friendly resort, it doesn’t mean that moms and dads can’t add a splash of romance or adult time during their family vacation. A lovely dinner at the restaurant, a nightcap at Bar Maguey, a game of golf, or a delicious couple’s massage at Suenos del Mar… These are some of the things parents can do at the resort sans the kids.
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What We Love
The cabana area right on the beach is very tranquil. (Photo: Michelle Rae Uy)
- The property is vast and nestled away from the bustling towns. It is, therefore, very tranquil, which makes guests feel like they are spending their family vacation on a deserted island.
- Most ingredients used at the restaurants are organic and locally sourced from producers and farms like Huerta Los Tamarindos in San Jose.
- The Jacuzzi at the spa is exquisite, and the spa itself offers luxurious spa treatments that may be personalized according to each guest’s wants and needs.
- During whale season, grab an outdoor table at Tapanco for breakfast for a chance to see passing whales.
- Wake up early and walk to the beach so you can witness a spectacular sunrise.
Michelle Rae Uy contributed this to MiniTime. She is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and MiniTime’s Head of Content, who spends her free time on adventures and film photography.