Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resort
What We Love
- Relaxing on a private cabana by the three-tiered pool overlooking the Sea of Cortez
- Sipping margaritas by the massive fire pit at sunset
- Getting an oceanside reflexology treatment at the spa
- Admiring Chileno Bay’s rich marine life from a glass-bottomed kayak
What To Know
- Family-friendly property with a kids’ program
- Guests have access to a Tom Fazio-designed golf course
- On-site fitness center offers group classes such as TRX, yoga, pilates, and spinning
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Designed by hospitality specialists Glazier Le Architects and interiors firm BAMO, this tasteful property by Auberge Resorts features expansive spaces framing unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez. Contemporary wood furniture and plenty of linen and cotton in natural hues set a relaxing atmosphere, while pops of vibrant color add dashes of Mexican flavor. All 60 guest rooms and 32 villas (with two, three, and four bedrooms) feature private terraces with ocean, pool or garden views, as well as spacious bathrooms with deep freestanding bathtubs and private outdoor showers. Villas also have plunge pools. Aside from deep-blue tranquil waters teeming with pristine reefs, the piece de resistance at this resort and spa is its main restaurant, COMAL, a stunning space conceived by Los Angeles firm Gulla Jonsdottir Architecture + Design. Intricate Moorish-style wood paneling, geometric chairs, sculptural lighting and sweeping views are the backdrop to creative fusion flavors by chef Yvan Mucharraz, an alum of The French Laundry. Contemporary Mexican cuisine with influences from Peru, Brazil, and other Latin American countries includes notable dishes such as braised short rib with cacao broth and crispy octopus with hazelnut mole.
In the Area
Cabo San Lucas was made famous by the scads of celebrities who’ve been spotted in this Baja California playground over the years. While many visitors come here to kick back at the spa and drink cocktails by the pool (which is often just what the doctor ordered), there are also plenty of sights and activities for active travelers. Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is perched on one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, also a great spot for snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking. Nearby, on the area’s southernmost tip, is the picturesque Lovers Beach, a secluded stretch of sand facing a series of dramatic rock formations known as Land’s End. If you’ve had your share of surf and sun, head to downtown Cabo to browse traditional crafts and savor authentic Mexican eats at places like Los Tres Gallos, a scenic open-air restaurant.
How to Get There
Our second trip to the Chileno Bay was excellent. While still under construction, the staff and setting make the resort truly tranquil. We enjoyed the people, the facility, and the food very much, and have decided to make this our annual anniversary destination.
This was our first time visiting Cabo, and we loved it so much that we plan to return soon. We flew into the Los Cabos International Airport, which is a relatively clean airport and just a 30-minute drive to the Chileno Bay Resort. When you arrive at the resort, you are offered a variety of cold beverages, including beer, which was appreciated after a long day of traveling with children.
Our family of 4 adults and 2 children stayed in a 3 bedroom ocean view villa at the Chileno Bay Resort. Our villa was in the Fresco building, which is one of the farthest on the property at the top of a small hill. Everyone in our family, including the grandparents, was fine making the trek back-n-forth throughout the day, but for those with limited mobility, you may want to request an area closer to the main resort area. The promotion package we received included the 4th night free, free breakfast each morning for everyone, and free airport transfers in a Cadillac Escalade.
Our villa was HUGE, and it looked like it could be featured in a home design magazine. The decor was transitional/modern, the kitchen had luxury appliances, the towels were plush, the beds were very comfortable, and the entire property was immaculate. A nice touch was that the refrigerator was stocked with cold drinks (e.g. bottled water, Sprite, Coke, Diet Coke, and coconut water) upon our arrival and replenished daily. The resort was covered with brightly colored flowers, and the landscaping was well-maintained.
There are 3 pools on the property - a children's pool, a family pool, and an adult pool. They are picture perfect - look exactly like you see on their website. The poolside staff were all wonderful - very eager to help and make you comfortable by setting out clean towels for your beach chairs, replacing wet towels, adjusting umbrellas as the sun shifted throughout the day, bringing ice buckets with bottled water, offering lollipops to the children, and bringing a special cold treat every afternoon - such as coconut pops or some other delicious frozen fruit treat.
Every staff member we encountered was absolutely wonderful. Our concierge, Sheila V., took great care of us before and during our stay. She checked in on us throughout the trip, and everything we asked for, she delivered. The housekeeping staff does a nice job and brings you what you need. Our villa had a full-size LG washing machine and dryer - such a great perk when traveling with children, so you don't have to pack as much for the trip. I brought my own detergent pods, but they actually provide one-time use Tide powder detergent boxes.
The only reason I gave the Chileno Bay Resort 4 1/2 stars (and not 5 stars) is because of the dining options. There are essentially 2 restaurants on property - Comal (main restaurant) and TNT (poolside restaurant). Comal is open for breakfast and dinner daily and brunch on Sunday, and it's very expensive. The food is good, but not great. At breakfast, they serve complimentary lemon biscuits, which are amazing. We had our Thanksgiving dinner at Comal, and it was not very good despite costing more than $800 (included 1 bottle of wine) for 4 adults and 2 children. It was very expensive, which we expected for Thanksgiving dinner, but it fell short by a lot in terms of the quality of the food, especially the desserts. Note: Comal does book up since it is the only real sit down restaurant for dinner, so if you plan to eat there, make a reservation. Our first night there, they were completely booked, but the hostess suggested we sit at the large dining table at the bar, which is right in front of the live music area. It was fine and we enjoyed the music, but again, if you can, make a reservation several days in advance. TNT is the taco bar located at the pool area. The tacos and gigantic nachos are delicious, but again, expensive. The hamburger and french fries cost $27. The resort does offer a free shuttle ride to their sister property, Esperanza, which is about a 20-minute drive away. Esperanza has a wonderful restaurant, Cocina Del Mar; in fact, we liked their food so much that we booked 2 dinners. They recently revamped their menu, and everything we had was delicious. It is pricey, but at least you get a great meal. Next time, we will definitely dine at the restaurants at Esperanza vs. Comal.
There is access to the beach from the resort, but there is also a walkway next to TNT that takes you to the public beach. The resort has a small area there set up for their guests and will also set up an umbrella with towel service closer to the water for you as long as you provide your room number. The staff is wonderful and will hold your spot while you head back to the resort for lunch. To our surprise, this area is wonderful for snorkeling. We brought our own snorkel gear, and it was great for the kids because the water was pretty calm. You don't have to go very far into the water to see amazing fish, from puffers, Tangs, large Moorish Idol fish as well as yellow belly damsel fish to name a few. We were also lucky one morning at breakfast to watch 3 whales breaching and giving quite an amazing show.
One note - I would highly recommend getting water shoes for the beach. We brought flip flops, but the beach has a lot of small and medium size rocks that can get caught between your feet and the flip flops. Tightly fitting water shoes tend to work better, especially ones that you can wear into the water and actually keep on while swimming.
Overall, the Chileno Bay Resort is one of my top 3 vacations ever. It's a beautiful property with luxury accommodations at a reasonable price; however, as they expand (5 new buildings were under construction during our stay), they really need to consider adding more dining options at reasonable prices. Their amazing staff made our stay even better. We will be going back as soon as possible.
Chileno Bay Resort was a one-of-a-kind experience. Everything was beyond perfect. Although my visit was short, i was able to enjoy many of the services and amenities that the resort had to offer, such as the top-level fitness Center, the incredible Comal Restaurant and their complimentary photoshoot during sunrise. I am eager to return to Chileno Bay Resort and will highly recommend it to anyone looking for the best getaway in Cabo!
We are frequent visitors to Cabo - have stayed at many of the Cabo luxury properties - as well as several other Auberge properties in the past - so we are very well experienced with Auberge level quality. This was our first visit to the new Chileno Bay Resort - and it did not disappoint. We are a family of three with an 11-year old - had an ocean view room, which also had some great views of the pool and beach - and was extremely convenient to the pool, lobby and restaurant. Our room was ready when we arrived at approximately noon (which makes for a very nice start). The overall architecture of the property is very modern - but with a nice beachy feel. While the rooms are not huge - they are very high quality - with touches like venetian plaster walls throughout. A large outdoor terrace with a daybed is very relaxing - and an outdoor shower is just wonderful. The grounds of the property are exceptional - unbelievably clean and well manicured. The pools are large and beautiful - with plenty of chairs around the pool (no need to save chairs in the morning), several complimentary cabanas, and even several lounge chairs in the pools. Service at the pool is really good - with plenty of attendants on call. We dined breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant - Comal - and had exceptional meals each time. There is a small, secluded and private beach for the resort - and connection to a larger public beach area. Most notably for the beach is the snorkeling - which is world class. Boats from all over Cabo come to Chileno Bay to snorkel. What a luxury for us - to just walk into the water for such great snorkeling - and to have such awesome water-sport attendants to assist. There is a very nice workout center - also with fitness attendants there to help as needed. As well, a very well appointed teen center - and a yard full of lawn games - all of which our son really enjoyed. Overall service at Chileno Bay is extraordinary (similar to other Auberge properties). Our concierge Angel took great care of us - before arrival (arranging transportation, dinner reservations, etc.) and was extremely attentive to us throughout our stay. Everyone throughout the property was highly attentive - typically addressing us by name. Housekeeping as well was exceptional. For sure, we would look forward to another future stay at Chileno Bay - and we highly recommend it.
We loved everything about our stay at Chileno Bay! Impeccably maintained and decorated. Unbelievable service. Delicious food and drinks. Lots to do or just sit at the pool. Rooms are comfortable and beautiful. Each room and a really nice, large balcony.