Review: Four Seasons Los Cabos At Costa Palmas

Review: Four Seasons Los Cabos At Costa Palmas

NAME: Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas
LOCATION: La Ribera (Costa Palmas), Mexico
DATE: February 2021
REVIEW RATING:
LUCKY SAYS: This hotel is unlike anything else you'll find in Cabo, as it's located in the East Cape, in the new Costa Palmas development. The property features a two mile stretch of beach on the Sea of Cortez, great service, seven pools, and endless amenities.
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The 141-room Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas opened in 2019, and is completely different than anything else you’ll currently find in Los Cabos. It’s in Costa Palmas, which is a new 1,000-acre development in the middle of nowhere (or rather, in an area that’s being rapidly developed, and that previously had very little tourism — this is also where a new Aman will be opening in the not-too-distant future).

This property’s seclusion is also what makes it so special if you’re looking to get away. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled a world away, and will have access to an incredible two mile beachfront on the Sea of Cortez, which is even swimmable.

Let’s get right into the review…

How to book the Four Seasons Los Cabos

Let me start by sharing how we booked — while I pay publicly available rates for a vast majority of our hotel stays, in this case Ford booked a travel advisor rate. He’s a Four Seasons Preferred Partner travel advisor, and he books a lot of clients at this resort (and Four Seasons properties around the world, for that matter), so this was a great opportunity for him to also check it out firsthand.

Published rates at the Four Seasons Los Cabos vary by season, as is the case at most beach resorts. Generally speaking rates start at somewhere around $900 per night, though here are all kinds of factors to consider, from the time of year, to promotions, etc.

If you’re booking a stay at the Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas (or any Four Seasons property in the world), the best option is to book through a travel advisor affiliated with the Four Seasons Preferred partner program. You pay the same rate you’ll find directly on Four Seasons’ website, but you’ll receive extra perks, including the following:

  • A room upgrade, subject to availability
  • Complimentary daily breakfast, either in the restaurant or via in-room dining
  • A hotel credit to use during your stay
  • Roundtrip airport transfers (this is a huge perk, as it’s a $495 value, and available exclusively through Preferred Partner)

Four Seasons Preferred Partner is generally combinable with promotions being offered directly through Four Seasons, like a third or fourth night free offer.

Note that booking Four Seasons properties through Preferred Partner is better than booking through programs like Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts. Why?

  • With Preferred Partner you have the option of room service breakfast in place of restaurant breakfast (that’s something a lot of people value)
  • Upgrades are prioritized for Preferred Partner bookings, given that it’s Four Seasons’ own proprietary program (and the value of an upgrade at a hotel like this can be significant)
  • You can combine Preferred Partner perks with virtually any rate on Four Seasons’ website (other programs don’t allow you to stack promotions in the same way)

You can’t beat getting all of these extra perks just for booking through an eligible travel advisor. Ford is of course more than happy to help anyone book Four Seasons properties through Preferred Partner, and can be reached at [email protected] He doesn’t charge any booking fees for Four Seasons properties.

Four Seasons Los Cabos location

The Four Seasons Los Cabos is located on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, more specifically in Costa Palmas. Rather than being near Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo, it’s located in the East Cape, on the Sea of Cortez. The hotel is about one hour from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), and then from there it’s about 15 minutes further to San Jose del Cabo, and 45 minutes further to Cabo San Lucas.

Four Seasons Costa Palmas location (top right)

If you’re visiting the Four Seasons, I’d recommend coming here with the expectation that you won’t leave the property, perhaps with the exception of seeing some of the beautiful nearby nature (we went on a great hike nearby, and also went swimming with whale sharks in La Paz while staying here). So visit if you’re looking for a true getaway, or another great strategy could be to combine a stay at the Four Seasons with a stay at a hotel closer to Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo.

Another interesting thing about the Four Seasons is that it’s being described as the brand’s first marina resort, as the Costa Palmas development will soon have a proper marina that people will be able to take their boats to.

Four Seasons Los Cabos check-in & lobby

As you pull up to the Four Seasons, there’s an open-air lobby with beautiful contemporary design (which is found throughout the hotel, for that matter — the architecture here is a real highlight).

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas exterior
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas lobby
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas lobby
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas lobby

The lobby is more or less at the highest point of the resort, so has a view of the sea in the distance. Fortunately the hotel is fairly flat, so you shouldn’t get winded walking around.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas lobby view

Here’s a map of the resort, which gives you a general sense of the layout:

Four Seasons Costa Palmas resort map

Our check-in process was efficient and friendly, and within a few minutes we were escorted to our room.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Ocean-View Room with Plunge Pool

For context on the Four Seasons’ room categories, all rooms (meaning non-suites) at the hotel are 680 square feet. What differs is the views and whether they have plunge pools or not. From entry level to most premium, the rooms go Ocean-View (view of ocean in the distance), Prime Ocean-View (better view of ocean), Ocean-View with Plunge Pool (view of ocean in the distance with a plunge pool), Oceanfront (right on the beach), Oceanfront with Plunge Pool (right on the beach with a plunge pool).

We were assigned room 811, an Ocean-View Room with Plunge Pool (in other words, the room had the least premium view, but had a plunge pool).

All of the Four Seasons’ accommodations are either in two or three story buildings, so the property feels nicely spread out. While the property is huge, most of the guest rooms are pretty central, so it’s just a few minutes by foot to get anywhere.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas walkway
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room exterior
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room exterior

Four Seasons’ newer resorts consistently do a fantastic job with room design, in particular making them functional, which so many other hotel groups struggle with. Four Seasons also does a great job making rooms feel uber-luxurious, while still integrating some local elements (though in my opinion Four Seasons could often go a bit further with sense of place).

Inside the entrance to the room was a beautiful wall treatment with a couple of blankets hanging from it.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room entryway

Past that was the main part of the room, which featured a Four Seasons signature bed (my favorite hotel bed, bar none), a pull-out sofa, and a table with two chairs, which could act as a desk or a dining table, depending on your needs.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room king bed
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room sitting area
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room sitting area
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room

The minibar and wall-mounted TV were across from the bed. The minibar was in a fully enclosed console, and when you opened a door, a revolving tray was exposed on each side.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room minibar & TV
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room minibar
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room minibar

There was also a Nespresso machine and a kettle, which were of course complimentary.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room minibar

As a standard welcome amenity, the Four Seasons offers a cute “make your own margarita” kit. Everything you’ll need is there, and then you can turn on the TV for a step-by-step tutorial.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas welcome amenity

There was also a special welcome amenity for Winston, which he gave two paws up.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas welcome amenity

The bathroom area spanned the entire length of the room. From the bedroom there was a hallway with a table at the end. When you turned left there was a ton of closet space, a vanity, and the toilet. When you turned right there was the rest of the bathroom.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room hallway
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room hallway
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room toilet
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room toilet

The bathroom was huge, and had double sinks, a soaking tub, and a walk-in rainforest shower. There were floor-to-ceiling windows, so you could really enjoy the views.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room bathroom
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room bathroom
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room shower
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room bathtub

Toiletries were the Gypsy Water collection from Byredo, which are good, but nothing special, in my opinion.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room toiletries

The room had a beautiful outdoor area, including a sitting area and a plunge pool.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room outdoor space
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room plunge pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room outdoor space

The room had quite a bit of privacy, though in the distance you could see the hotel’s pools and the sea. As noted above, this is the entry level room in terms of the view, so most other accommodations give you better sea views, and some are even right on the beach.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas room view

The Four Seasons’ rooms are simply awesome — Four Seasons is the leader when it comes to thoughtful room design, in my opinion, and that’s very much reflected at the Costa Palmas property.

Four Seasons Los Cabos pools

The Four Seasons Costa Palmas features a jaw-dropping seven pools plus several hot tubs (in addition to private plunge pools), so this isn’t a resort where you need to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve your seat at the pool.

There was the largest pool, which surrounded one of the hotel’s restaurants, and featured rocks and sand.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool

Then there was a large “U” shaped pool, with plenty of seating around it…

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool seating

There was another pool with a unique shape…

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool

Then there were a couple of smaller pools…

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool

Then there was a lap pool at the gym…

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas pool

Yeah, the Four Seasons has a strong pool game.

Four Seasons Los Cabos beach

Arguably this is what sets the Four Seasons apart the most from all other properties in Los Cabos. In general beaches in Los Cabos aren’t that impressive, and aren’t swimmable. The Four Seasons is on a two mile stretch of beach on the Sea of Cortez that’s in a league of its own.

Near the hotel you of course have service on the beach, with lounge chairs, umbrellas, food and drink service, etc.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas beach
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas beach
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas beach
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas beach

Beyond that you have what’s easily one of the widest, biggest, and most pristine beaches I’ve ever seen. While other beaches in the Cabo area may be 50 feet “deep,” this one must be… I don’t even know? Not only that, but on a day with calm weather, the sea here is swimmable, and you can partake in water sports, like kayaking, which isn’t possible at other Los Cabos properties.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas beach

Other parts of Costa Palmas are still being developed, but taking a sunrise walk on this beach every morning and seeing literally no one is something I haven’t forgotten to this day.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas beach
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas beach

Four Seasons Los Cabos gym

Four Seasons properties consistently have great gyms, but I think this hotel might have the best Four Seasons gym I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying a lot. The gym was in a two story complex, and featured both an indoor and outdoor area.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym

The quality and quantity of equipment here was astonishing. There was an area dedicated to cardio, with dozens of machines.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym

There was even some outdoor cardio equipment.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym

Then there was a huge separate room with weights and strength training.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym

There was also a yoga and spin room.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas gym

The gym complex is also where the lap pool was located, along with tennis courts, a basketball court, and more.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas lap pool
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas tennis court
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas basketball court

Four Seasons Los Cabos spa

While I didn’t get any spa treatments (you can find the spa menu here), I had a look at the spa at the Four Seasons Costa Palmas. The spa has 10 standalone treatment rooms (including two couples suites), a hydrotherapy area with sauna and steam room, a salon, a makeup and nails studio, and more.

I’ll let the pictures speak mostly for themselves.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa whirlpools
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa whirlpools
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa relaxation area
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa treatment room
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa salon
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas spa salon

Four Seasons Los Cabos Estiatorio Milos Restaurant

The Four Seasons’ signature restaurant is an Estiatorio Milos, which is a restaurant people may be familiar with from Miami, New York, etc. This is the hotel’s breakfast restaurant (from 7:00AM until 11:30AM), and it’s also open for dinner (from 5:00PM until 10:00PM).

Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant

The restaurant has plenty of indoor seating, with floor to (really high) ceiling windows.

Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant

There’s also a large terrace with beachfront seating.

Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant

The restaurant also has a bar area, where you can come for cocktails in the evenings.

Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Estiatorio Milos Restaurant

We had breakfast at Estiatorio Milos every morning. Breakfast was entirely a la carte (you can find the breakfast menu here), and if your rate includes breakfast (which everyone booking through Preferred Partner gets), then you can more or less order whatever you’d like.

The breakfast here was excellent, from the cappuccinos, to the iced coffee, to the pineapple juice, to the green juice.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas breakfast
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas breakfast

The food was equally good, including fruit plates, avocado toast, and omelets.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas breakfast
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas breakfast
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas breakfast

We also had dinner at the restaurant one evening (you can find the dinner menu here). We’ve dined at Milos in Miami, and there certainly weren’t any corners being cut here, despite the hotel’s secluded location. To start we shared the Greek spreads, which were excellent.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Milos dinner

We then shared a grilled fish, which was prepared table-side.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Milos dinner

We accompanied that with some grilled onions.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Milos dinner

Then for dessert we shared the baklava.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Milos dinner

Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant

While our Milos experience was great, our favorite restaurant was probably Limon, which is entirely outdoors, and serves dinner from 6PM until 10PM (you can find the dinner menu here).

The restaurant is entirely outdoors, and is located by a lemon grove garden, hence the name. The restaurant has a seafood focus, with some Mexican flair to it. I loved both the setting and design of the restaurant, given the beautiful bar, a nice lounge area with a fire pit, and the spread out tables on a rocky surface.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant
Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant
Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant

The restaurant is slightly higher than the surrounding area, and has a totally different view than you’ll find on the other side of the resort — you almost feel like you’re looking at a desert.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant

Our meal here was excellent. We had two great cocktails, including a dirty martini and the signature limon drop drink.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant dinner

We enjoyed the roasted cauliflower and ribeye tartare to start, and then the catch of the day and the organic chicken as our mains, all of which were exceptionally good.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant dinner
Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant dinner
Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant dinner
Four Seasons Los Cabos Limon Restaurant dinner

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant

Casa de Brasa is the Four Seasons’ signature Mexican restaurant, and both lunch and dinner are served here. It’s a fully open-air restaurant that’s by the pool, so it’s especially popular as a lunch option.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant
Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant
Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant

We had dinner here while they were having a prix fixe “Mexican Gastronomy Tour,” which they have certain nights of the week (you can find the standard dinner menu here). The meal was simply flawless, and you can find the menu below (this cost ~$75 per person).

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant menu

First we were served a fruity welcome cocktail, included with the experience.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant dinner

The first course consisted of roasted corn with “chapulines.” I didn’t know what that was until I was served the meal and asked the server what those dark flakes were, and was told they were grasshoppers.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant dinner

Next up was a duo of tlayudas.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant dinner

For the main course there was the choice of a taco trio or a mole trio, so we had one of each.

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant dinner
Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant dinner

And then there was the dessert…

Four Seasons Los Cabos Casa de Brasa Restaurant dinner

We were stuffed at that point… what a meal!

Four Seasons Los Cabos Ginger’s Cafe & shops

The Four Seasons Los Cabos feels more like a village than a hotel. The property has a couple of high-end stores, including James Perse — as of now they have very little business, but I assume they opened in anticipation of Costa Palmas becoming a big thing, and continuing to be developed.

Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas shops
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas shops
Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas shops

Also in this area is Ginger’s Cafe, which is an all-day cafe where you can get everything from a cappuccino, to gelato, to a protein shake. The interior is also decorated nicely, and there are games outside.

Four Seasons Costa Palmas Ginger’s Cafe games
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Ginger’s Cafe games
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Ginger’s Cafe
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Ginger’s Cafe
Four Seasons Costa Palmas Ginger’s Cafe

Four Seasons Los Cabos service

Service at the Four Seasons Costa Palmas was very, very good. As I’ve stated in all the reviews up to this point of properties in the Los Cabos area, service in the region is top notch in general, and this hotel was no exception.

Service was genuinely friendly and proactive, and I love the chat feature in the Four Seasons app, which allows you to easily communicate with the front desk for just about anything.

Bottom line

The Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is a unique and special property. This isn’t your typical Los Cabos resort, but rather is located in a secluded area that’s newly being developed, far from all other Cabo resorts. If you come here, expect to spend all of your time at the resort… and that’s not a bad thing.

This resort is massive, and features seven pools, an incredible gym, several amazing restaurants, and probably the best beach in the Cabo area. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Costa Palmas development expands over time, given all the construction going on (fortunately the construction doesn’t get in the way of the Four Seasons experience).

If you’re a Four Seasons fan, the Costa Palmas property won’t disappoint, and should be on your bucket list. I’d absolutely recommend staying here, and perhaps even splitting your time between the Four Seasons and a property closer to Cabo San Lucas, if you want a bit more variety.

What do you make of the Four Seasons Los Cabos at Costa Palmas?

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  1. TNR

    Great review, nice property. Good luck getting a room there for $900. They usually start around $1500, plunge pool rooms and suites even more. Then you have Mexico's tax at 31-34% on top of that price, which you did not mention, but complained about in your Solaz review.

  2. Nate nate

    Seems like you are missing a section on "how too get there" or "how we got there from Los Cabos". That would probably be very helpful for your readers. Did you rent a car, or take an Uber?

  3. omaatCommenter

    it's so funny to see some polar opposite opinions in the comments. Just shows you that not everyone is the same. This place looks absolutely amazing to me. Need to find some discount rates and make it happen at some point.

  4. Keith

    Reminds me of Nobu - eerily quiet, devoid of life, and literally nothing of interest. 4S Punta Mita is far more appealing to me.

  5. Steffi

    Hi Lucky, I love your trip reports, especially staying at Cabo right now and staying at Zadun, JW Marriott and Zadun last August.
    This year we are staying at the Chileno Bay Resort and the O+O Palmilla.
    Therefore I am wondering , why you are always writing, there are no swimmable beaches in Cabo.
    Both resorts have a swimmable beach and offer Water sports activities like Paddle Board, kayaking, snorkeling ( at...

    Hi Lucky, I love your trip reports, especially staying at Cabo right now and staying at Zadun, JW Marriott and Zadun last August.
    This year we are staying at the Chileno Bay Resort and the O+O Palmilla.
    Therefore I am wondering , why you are always writing, there are no swimmable beaches in Cabo.
    Both resorts have a swimmable beach and offer Water sports activities like Paddle Board, kayaking, snorkeling ( at Chileno Bay Resort) and Hobiecat sailing ( at One and Only).
    So Water sports activities are not exclusively possible at the Four Seasons.
    Just for your information.
    Maybe these resorts don‘t pay a net commission to Travel advisors ;-) ?

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Steffi -- Thanks for the comment. Hah, has nothing to do with commissions for Ford, virtually all hotels pay similar commissions. To be clear, I wasn't intending to suggest that all beaches in Cabo aren't swimmable, but rather that most aren't. It's good to know about a couple more that are, so thanks for the heads up.

  6. wowow

    Excellent review. Hadn't thought about going to Cabo, but now I need to add to my list! Thanks!!

  7. Miamiorbust

    Great review but this actually seems like a really sad place. Beautiful location, sure. But the idea of staying at a massive property with very few surroundings options is pretty disappointing. Looks like sleep away camp for boring corporate types and their not so well behaved offspring. Not a lot of soul in those walls. For $2,000 a night there are literally hundreds of places in Greece, Japan, Paris or even Bali that I would...

    Great review but this actually seems like a really sad place. Beautiful location, sure. But the idea of staying at a massive property with very few surroundings options is pretty disappointing. Looks like sleep away camp for boring corporate types and their not so well behaved offspring. Not a lot of soul in those walls. For $2,000 a night there are literally hundreds of places in Greece, Japan, Paris or even Bali that I would much rather go. Yes, Mexico is so so close for many readers but that to some degree just validates that easy is being valued over good. Property should have 1/3 the number of rooms and had some vision for how to link with local environment beyond offering $16 dos equis at the bar.

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Miamiorbust -- You make a totally fair point, but I also think it's important to recognize that many people do value "easy." Can you get better value for your money by going to somewhere like Bali? Of course. But there are also people who value their time more than money when it comes to vacation, because they have very little time off. It's why hotels in close proximity to New York and California (which...

      @ Miamiorbust -- You make a totally fair point, but I also think it's important to recognize that many people do value "easy." Can you get better value for your money by going to somewhere like Bali? Of course. But there are also people who value their time more than money when it comes to vacation, because they have very little time off. It's why hotels in close proximity to New York and California (which have high concentrations of wealthy people who don't get a lot of time off) can charge a huge premium.

      Regarding the surroundings, maybe I didn't do it justice. Yes, the immediate area is still being developed, but there are some small towns with locals (not at all tourist oriented), and there are even some beautiful springs and waterfalls. There are also fun day trips you can take, like when we went swimming with whale sharks (or rather Ford went swimming with whale sharks, and I stayed in the boat).

    2. Ken

      Some people value time more than money. Those destinations require much more time to get to for the typical Cabo consumer (which is West Coast, California money).

    3. TNR

      There's an AMAN going up there, and the town will start to develop. More boutique resorts and rentals. You're also really close to Los Barriles, which is a really cool chill town. Four Seasons is known for putting properties out of the way. That way you're locked in a little more and do everything at the property, especially eating and drinking.

  8. Andrew

    The resort looks empty - how crowded was it?

    1. Ben Schlappig

      @ Andrew -- I go out of my way to take pictures without people in them, to respect their privacy, which is why hotels always look so empty in pictures. I'd guess the hotel was somewhere around 40% full when we stayed, give or take. Even so, it felt really quiet, given how big the property is.

  9. Clem

    Looks absolutely stunning. Wish I could afford this :) .

  10. Rico

    Slightly off topic, but now that I started watching HBO's "White Lotus" it's what I think about when I read about a Four Seasons or a plunge pool. It's filmed at the FS Maui. Recommended if you want to see people go out of their way to not enjoy their vacation at a fancy resort.

  11. Richard L

    Great Review! I was so impressed that I jumped onto the FS site to check rates (w/ the intention w/ booking w/ Ford later)....Least expensive rate was $1700/ni for the nights we were looking for! Then there was a 15% service charge, 16% VAT, and then a 3% state tax. The total? $2200/night! I've never seen a 15% service charge before for a hotel...hope that's not the new trend. This was their explanation...

    "Service Charge

    Great Review! I was so impressed that I jumped onto the FS site to check rates (w/ the intention w/ booking w/ Ford later)....Least expensive rate was $1700/ni for the nights we were looking for! Then there was a 15% service charge, 16% VAT, and then a 3% state tax. The total? $2200/night! I've never seen a 15% service charge before for a hotel...hope that's not the new trend. This was their explanation...

    "Service Charge
    A taxable Service Charge of 15% of room rate will be applied to all reservations. This charge is in addition to the room rate per night. This charge is intended to cover a portion of costs associated with our employees."

    My reaction? C-ya!

  12. Ryan

    This looks INCREDIBLE.

    I gotta ask though - do people really think blocking off every other treadmill is going to stop the spread of covid? When people are panting and heaving in the gym? Give me a break.

    1. Luis

      It's all Covid theater like most things.

    2. SpaceGhostC2C

      Just like the >600K dead Americans... just for show.

  13. CSR 2.0

    Wow, simply stunning. I’ve never had interest in Cabo before, but you’re making me really want to go.

  14. Nathan

    I don’t think a 4 Seasons review is appropriate for Boarding Area as they don’t have a decent loyalty program.

    1. Ken

      Any sort of distancing definitely helps, even if it is minimal. And whatever makes people feel safer is a pro especially when there is essentially no con to what they’re doing. It’s not like this is going to cause long waits for a machine or anything. So gladly would prefer to not have to work out directly next to someone, COVID or not.

  15. Sosie

    Ben, how was your dirty martini?

  16. Tortuga

    Wait, YOU swam in the ocean?

    In other news... This looks both beautiful and relaxing. It'll be a shame when the area gets fully built-up, but it's close to heaven right now. The beach is jaw-dropping.

  17. Stuart

    Nice review and looks like my choice should I decide to go to that area. Any hotel that has Milos, my hands down favorite restaurant group in the world, is a winner to me.

  18. EC2

    Great review! Great series of reviews actually. To me I would want to be at a resort that makes me want to stay there.

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Ben Schlappig

@ Miamiorbust -- You make a totally fair point, but I also think it's important to recognize that many people do value "easy." Can you get better value for your money by going to somewhere like Bali? Of course. But there are also people who value their time more than money when it comes to vacation, because they have very little time off. It's why hotels in close proximity to New York and California (which have high concentrations of wealthy people who don't get a lot of time off) can charge a huge premium. Regarding the surroundings, maybe I didn't do it justice. Yes, the immediate area is still being developed, but there are some small towns with locals (not at all tourist oriented), and there are even some beautiful springs and waterfalls. There are also fun day trips you can take, like when we went swimming with whale sharks (or rather Ford went swimming with whale sharks, and I stayed in the boat).

wowow

Excellent review. Hadn't thought about going to Cabo, but now I need to add to my list! Thanks!!

Richard L

Great Review! I was so impressed that I jumped onto the FS site to check rates (w/ the intention w/ booking w/ Ford later)....Least expensive rate was $1700/ni for the nights we were looking for! Then there was a 15% service charge, 16% VAT, and then a 3% state tax. The total? $2200/night! I've never seen a 15% service charge before for a hotel...hope that's not the new trend. This was their explanation... "Service Charge A taxable Service Charge of 15% of room rate will be applied to all reservations. This charge is in addition to the room rate per night. This charge is intended to cover a portion of costs associated with our employees." My reaction? C-ya!

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