Villa del Faro, Baja California Sur
|Km 65 Camino Cabo Este, 23400, Los Frailes, Baja California Sur, MEXICO.|
Description: Villa del FaroCompletely off the grid, Villa del Faro is a quiet out of the way boutique hotel built on the ethics of ecological sustainability with quality handmade local products. This hidden oasis on the Sea of Cortez on the East Cape of Baja Sur in Mexico features a large private beach as well as exclusive and exquisite accommodations and cuisine.
An hour from the shops of San Jose del Cabo and the Los Cabos Airport, an hour and a half from cosmopolitan Cabo San Lucas, Villa del Faro is a world away in seclusion and serenity. There are no phone lines, no electricity and e-mail is the only means of communication. Not about shopping, barhopping, or golf, Villa del Faro is a writer's retreat, a secluded romantic getaway, a private desert oasis, and an authentic experience featuring gourmet cooking, a culinary delight.
Family owned and run, Villa del Faro is a collection of separate solar powered houses in the desert. The summer house built into the rocks is enjoyed by all guests while private accommodations are in the four comfortable casitas (one with two suites) and the rustic camping cabin. This hidden treasure allows you to relax, reconnect with nature and learn about the environment.
Type of rooms: Villa del FaroAll rooms are double occupancy with a maximum occupancy of 2-4 people. There is one queen size bed in each room although Casa Alberca has a king. There is no double occupancy room with two single beds. Extra beds: 1 twin or set of bunk beds can be added in Casita Dos, 2 twins or set of bunk beds in Casita Tres, crib or small child's bed in Casa Alberca and Casa Azul.
Casa Alberca: An elegant enormous Palapa, with King-sized canopy bed, balcony, a living room, kitchen, full bath, two showers, opening to the 55 foot pool and fountains and gardens.
Casita Tres: A large bedroom, fire place, separate sitting area (which can accommodate another single bed or crib) full bath, Casita Tres is in its own house with two very private patios and its own outdoor living room, with ocean views.
Casita Dos: Casita Dos (North and South Suites) is a separate house whose two suites share an outdoor living space, and ocean views. Two suites with queen size beds, and full bathrooms, elegant stonework, and hand carved doors. Each bedroom has an anteroom. They share a lovely outdoor living room with refrigerator and single burner stove for coffee and hot beverages.
Casa Azul: A lovely bedroom with fireplace, queen-sized bed, and full bath, Casa Azul has a beautiful outdoor sitting area with ocean view and a hammock for hot nights. Centrally located near the Dining Room.
Stone Beach Cottage (for the adventurous): The Stone Beach Cottage is like camping! There is an outdoor shower and an outhouse (privy or earth closet with pit toilet or a removable container) which is about 12 feet up a rock path lit by solar lights. The Stone Cottage sits on the shore on an empty stretch of private beach with beach chairs and a beach umbrella. It has a fireplace, queen bed, solar lights and shutters (no windows) and a Palapa roof.
Cooking facilities at Stone Beach Cottage: The Stone Beach cottage has a charcoal grill, a sandpit grill for cooking on the fire, there is also a small propane burner to make morning coffee. There is no food in the Stone beach cottage not even staples like salt, sugar for coffee. Bring anything you might need. A cooler and ice to keep perishables in can be provided. Breakfast in the main dining room is included.
2 night minimum stay in the Stone Cottage. Occupancy 2 people only.
Additional information: Villa del Faro
Dining: Villa del Faro's Restaurant (exclusively for guests) sources food locally or from an organic farm. Breakfast is complimentary. Lunch is not served on site. Gourmet Dinner is available on request a day in advance or in the morning (Table D'hôte is USD 45 per person with Full Bar). Rates may change and should be confirmed at booking
There is one other restaurant two miles walk along the beach for lunch.
There is a large supermarket about halfway to San Jose from the airport. Of course after shopping, you will have to turn around and go miles back towards the Airport to get back to the Palo Esopeta road.
Children: Children under 12 are welcome in a Casita with an anteroom for a charge. They can provide a small carved bed, a crib, or a twin bed.
Activities: There are miles of empty beach, trails into the mountains, good surfing, ocean swimming, bird watching, snorkeling, scuba-diving near-by, even whale watching from your private balcony. They have snorkeling gear to loan to guests. They can arrange an all day fishing trip on the Awesome, riding on the beach at Boca del Palmas, a fishing trip at Cabo Pulmo by Panga, or a diving excursion at Cabo Pulmo. Villa del Faro is within 3 miles of some of the best surfing on the East Cape.
Visit the local marine park and enjoy its extraordinary diving and snorkeling. Fishing is not allowed and responsible ecological rules are followed. They helped set it up. They also work with "Los Angeles del Estero" fighting to preserve and protect the threatened estuary in San Jose del Cabo, home of many endangered species and a stop over on the migration route of many more.
Safety: They have never had any theft, and there is a lock on the door of the cottage. You can also leave valuables in your locked car or up at the Villa. There is an internet phone for emergencies only. The ocean is safe for swimming and snorkeling, one of the safest swimming beaches in Baja Sur.
Water: The East Cape is a desert, and there is no water. It is more precious than gold. Use it sparingly. They provide bottled water to drink. Tap water is bought from a local ranch and then purified.
Electricity: All houses run on solar power, supplemented by a generator on cloudy days.
Heat in winter: Every bedroom including the Stone Beach Cottage, has a working fireplace. They provide wood.
DEPOSIT: In addition to the 15% charged upon booking, on the final bill, there is a charge of a 15% deposit in case of cancellations. If you cancel the reservation, the hotel will either keep your deposit or hold it for a future reservation if you like. Upon check-out there is also a 10% service charge that is shared among staff.
Before booking, verify the current costs, prices and policies (deposit, cancellation fees for each rate, etc.) as the hotel may charge the guest accordingly. Consider travel insurance that covers cancellation fees.
Number of rooms: 6
Year of establishment and/or latest refurbishment: 1989/2006/2010.
Period of closure: Aug 1 to Oct 15 (hot/hurricanes).
Languages spoken: spanish, english.Smoking policy: Smoking in designated outdoor areas only.
Credit cards accepted: Mastercard, Visa.
Restaurant closed: No lunch served. Restaurant for hotel guests only. Breakfast included, dinner on request.
How to get here: Rent a car at the Los Cabos airport and follow the map. Any car is OK but to explore the area, a 4 wheel drive is best. It is too far for a taxi. Once you leave the highway it takes about an hour on the bumpy long rough dirt road. The road is clearly marked but do most of your driving during daylight.
GPS Coordinates: 23° 14' 40.38'' N 109° 26' 19.32'' W