Luxury Villa Rentals Can Be a Great Vacation Alternative to Resorts or Condos

Oceanview breakfast from your private villaWhen it comes to choosing between two of Cabo's contrasting vacationing styles – private villa rentals versus luxury resorts – there is no flip side of the coin. Either way you come out a winner with the fabulous year-round Los Cabos sunshine, plethora of outdoor pursuits on land and sea, and evocative landscape of piercing blue skies, white sand beaches and cactus-studded desert.

The difference lies in knowing what kind of vacation you're looking for.

Villa vacationing gives guests the opportunity to request personalized services not often available at resorts while soaking up the seclusion of their own private home away from home. Consider this: rose petals and a private masseuse, chilled Veuve Clicquot waiting upon your arrival or a cupboard stocked full of preordered snacks, beverages and even a deluxe dessert selection are all options that define the villa experience.

Aspen , Colorado native Shawn Thomson has been vacationing at luxury villas in Los Cabos since the early 1980s and says, “I love the quality of service when you get to your home. You have your wine waiting for you, and they even go and get the groceries,” says the 48-year-old owner of several successful destination management companies. “I live a really stressful life. I'm on the road all the time so when I land in Cabo and don't have to worry about a thing it's a great relief.”

Villa Buena Vida's luxury


Thomson says among other things, she loves the personalized service and seclusion of staying in a private home. “I like the privacy, the fact that I'm not dealing with millions of people when I walk out the door. I am constantly around people so when I'm on vacation it's nice to have space. I love that luxury.”

Fully staffed with a house manager, maid, chef and often a driver, masseuse and bartender who cater to your group's needs, a week in one of Cabo's luxury homes redefines how you think about the word “indulgence”. Set the meals of your choice, in the locations and at the times you prefer. Breakfast in bed the morning. Beachside bonfire barbeque at dusk. Spend sunny days basking in your private pool listening to the music – or silence – of your choice. And if you want to get out and see the area, all of Los Cabos' charms, sites and attractions are just a short car ride away.

Delicious food at Villa del Palmar

However, if exclusivity and solitude aren't a priority, the sweeping variety of luxury resorts that span the 25-mile corridor between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas mean there is no shortage of traditional upscale lodging options. represents more than 35 of Los Cabos' finest resort hotels, with innumerable choices of deluxe rooms and suites to suit all family sizes, styles and comforts.

For people seeking action and excitement, resort vacations are a whirlwind of social interaction for all ages. Clubs for youngsters and teens cater to their interests keep them happy with new friends and out of your hair. And most luxury resorts entertain guests in the evening, often with a wandering traditional Mexican trio, display of folkloric dances and even discos to rival Cabo's lively nightlife scene.

Los Cabos resorts feature wide selections in onsite eateries, from international and Mexican style buffet restaurants to a la carte fine Italian dining, which means you can treat your taste buds to a little sampling of everything – and don't have to worry about Junior going hungry if he's not impressed with the filet mignon.

Sailing in the Sea of CortezResorts also allow sporty couples to indulge in all of their favorite activities – or repose – whenever they chose. “We do quite a few of the activities such as scuba diving, sailing, deep sea fishing, ATVing, all organized by the resort. We love water volleyball in the pool – it's fantastic – and the beach volleyball is great,” says Carroll.

From onsite lit tennis courts complete with professional instructors, to full-service spas with wide ranging therapies, their choice of swimming pools to match their mood (secluded or scenic) and theme restaurants with buffets and a la carte menus, the Malibu, California couple take advantage of their trips to some of the top resorts in Los Cabos.

The social aspect of resort vacations helps make the holiday complete for Carroll. “We've met so many people from around the world and we've kept in touch with them,” she says. “We are trying to plan a trip with several of them to meet up there.”

She also relishes the chance to put her Spanish language skills to test with friendly staff, who give them “local tips” on off-the-beaten-path places to visit. “There are a few places in the world that really grab my heart and Cabo San Lucas is one of them.”

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Resort & Spa

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