Los Cabos, Mexico


Desire Los Cabos is BACK!

Effective May 1, 2012 Temptation Resort returns to it's roots and converts back to the Desire concept.


Desire Los Cabos, Mexico is a full service, all inclusive resort for adult couples only. Nudity is permitted at Desire around the swimming pool and pool deck as well as the lounge chairs, beach beds and at the roof top hot tub. No nudity is permitted on the beach as family resorts are located either side of Desire.






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Desire Los Cabos is for adult couples only. Nudity is permitted in the resort but not on the beach. Family resorts are located on either side of the property. Plus, beach water is usually cold in Cabo where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, a mixture that generates undertow, strong undercurrents and rip tides in certain places

Other than that, the large heated pool plus the cool casitas (called Palapa Beds) for lounging plus the hot tub above the fitness center offer welcome options for adult sunbathing or a little privacy to relax with your honey. The swim-up bars both places are a definite plus.

Desire Los Cabos is all-inclusive and appeals to adults without being over the top. All inclusive means: Accommodations, all meals, bar drinks, activities, entertainment, gym & fitness center, hotel taxes, tips and service charges are included. Airfare and transfers are extra.

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  U.S. Citizens: Passports are required for international air travel to all destinations outside the USA.

San Jose del Cabo is in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula on the Pacific side of Mexico, about 1,000 miles south of the U.S. border.

The Los Cabos airport is about 15-20 minutes away from Desire Los Cabos if you use the toll road that skirts the town. Toll cost is a few bucks but it's worth it to avoid congestion through town. The area between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is called the tourism "corridor." Further beyond San Jose del Cabo is the area known as the "east cape," with some great beaches, fishing and a few small villages to break up the trip.

If you rent a car: As you leave the airport take the main exit, immediately turn to the left and then stay on your right. Follow the signs to "Cabo San Lucas Cuota" and drive for 15 more minutes on the toll road. After you pay the fee, drive for about 3 more minutes and take the left exit to "San Jose Centro", (the smaller exit) then drive around the traffic circle to the Hotel Zone, just beside the "Mega Comercial Mexicana" mall. Then take the Blvd. Malecon San Jose and on the left at km 0.5 you'll find Desire Los Cabos Resort Spa Los Cabos .

Transportation

By air: Several airlines from Mexico and the USA service the region called Los Cabos. Air carriers include: American Airlines, America West, Continental Airlines, Aero California, Aero Mexico, Mexicana, Alaska Air and several regional airlines. The plane ride from Phoenix, Los Angeles or Houston is about 2 hours.

Airport Transfers: You can reach the resort via taxi, rental car or bus. There is shuttle service between the airport and both towns.

Always cut your deal with the taxi driver first before departing. Most popular destinations and hotels served by taxi use a fixed rate. All rates are subject to change without notice and transfer or taxi costs may vary.

If you rent a car: As you leave the airport take the main exit, immediately turn to the left and then stay on your right. Follow the signs to "Cabo San Lucas Cuota" and drive for 15 more minutes on the toll road. After you pay the fee, drive for about 3 more minutes and take the left exit to "San Jose Centro", (the smaller exit) then drive around the traffic circle to the Hotel Zone, just beside the "Mega Comercial Mexicana" mall. Then take the Blvd. Malecon San Jose and on the left at km 0.5 you'll find Desire Los Cabos.

To town: From the resort to San Jose del Cabo is a 20-30 minute walk or a short cab or bus ride.

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  Desire Los Cabos is a full service, all inclusive resort for adult couples and singles. All inclusive means: Accommodations, all meals, bar drinks, activities, entertainment, taxes, tips and service charges are included. Airfare and transfers are extra. Spa services, fitness center, fine dining and restaurants, night club and lounging are all available at the resort. A souvenir shop and small boutique are located off the lobby. Other services at extra cost include: Money exchange, local tours, safety deposit boxes, logo shop, spa, sauna and steam room, massage services, direct dial telephone service, car rental and taxi service. Electricity is 110v.

The staff is bilingual and well trained. The hotel features its Service Express: "Ready 24/7 to serve you. If you need a wake up call, towels, sheets or anything, simply dial "0" and an assistant will be summoned immediately to serve your needs."

Tour desk, travel agent and concierge service are available at reception. Service is dependable and attentive without being underfoot all the time. WiFi is located throughout the resort although it's not guaranteed in all spots. We found the restaurant area and lobby to be more dependable than elsewhere on the property but it's not always a guarantee.

Wedding ceremonies and vows renewals are also available at Desire Los Cabos. Such services are extra cost and must be arranged in advance. Let a Castaways travel professional help you set up the event.

Service list:
* Topless-optional heated swimming pool
* Three restaurants, including a snack bar and grill
* 5 bars
* Disco Lounge
* Sensations Spa with sauna, steam room and a full menu of exclusive, sensual treatments (Extra Charge)
* Gym
* Topless-optional, infinity Jacuzzi Lounge with wet and dry bar with beachfront location ideal for long walks and jogging but open to public view
* Logo shop
* Exclusive domestic and international wines and liquors available for purchase
* Internet access, fax machine and printer (Extra Charge)
* Beautiful beach for strolling or jogging
Spa Sensations:

Sensation Spa, three double cabins await couples; two individual cabins let you go solo. Available for all: a sauna, steam room, pressure showers, a cabin with Vichy shower and a spectacular ocean view and a cabin for facials. There is also a large Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean.

Choose from a menu of healing rituals and spa treatments that promise both relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa treatments and services of a masseuse are extra.

  All meals, bar drinks, soft drinks, accommodations, entertainment, hotel taxes, tips and service charges are included in your room tariff.

At the resort-Restaurants
Desire Los Cabos has three fine restaurants on site plus fast and responsive room service, 24 hours/day with a set menu depending upon time of day or night. Clothing is required in the dining areas.

IL PIACERE
Italian. Featuring two separate sections, diners can choose from outdoor seating or indoor seating. The former offers a more casual feel, with wooden floors and dark-colored, rattan-backed chairs. Inside, the decor is more formal, with a color scheme of tan and white, leather chairs and booths, marble floors and gold and silver murals. The bar decor is amber-colored stone, lit up to create a sensual atmosphere. Ladies: Take a light wrap or jacket for the evening in case you're seated outside and the night is cool. The follow times are subject to change without notice.

Continental Breakfast: 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Breakfast 7:00 AM -11:00 AM
Dress: Casual. No reservations required.
Open daily, your Desire Los Cabos morning begins with a bountiful buffet featuring an extensive array of mouth-watering American and Mexican favorites.
Dinner 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dress: Casual Elegant.

Offering a changing menu each night, the restaurant is transformed into a satisfying dining experience each evening. Three nights feature buffet-style Mexican, Mediterranean or Seafood theme dinners (no reservations required) while an International a la carte menu is offered on alternate nights.

TENTAZIONE
This outdoor restaurant shaded by a ramada, serves lunch and fresh by grilled specialties by the main pool area. Centrally located, it's a great place to grab a bite while keeping an eye on the poolside action. Ladies: Take a light wrap or jacket for the evening in case you're seated outside and the night is cool. The follow times are subject to change without notice.

Open Daily 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM for buffet and grill selection and offering an a la carte menu for lunch from Noon to 3:00 PM daily
Dinner 6:30 PM -10:00 PM
Dress: Casual Elegant. Reservations not required.

At night under the stars, the chef prepares Italian specialties including salads, antipastos and an assortment of sinfully delicious desserts.

SUKI
Asian inspired cuisine is served in an atmosphere of red, gold and chocolate brown decor. Two large tepanyaki tables are set for 12 guests and three larger tables accommodate up to 15 - a great way to meet people. Smaller tables for four are also offered for more intimate dinners. Seating is also available at a sushi bar for 10 people. The amber-colored stone-topped tables are lit from beneath, giving the room an elegant, modern look.

Dinner 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Dress: Elegantly Casual. No reservations required. (No Shorts, T-Shirts or Sandals allowed)

This sensual dining venue serves exotic Asian culinary delights including the freshest Sushi, tasty Tepanyaki and savory desserts.
*Days of operation will vary seasonally.

At the Resort: Bars

MELANGE BAR - Outside in the patio area
Large round loungers are scattered about, both low rise and high. Gauze curtains also surround the large square beds for privacy. Chairs are grouped for conversation near the fire pit, candles and lamps offer indirect lighting. Here guests can chill-out around the clock, enjoying cocktails and late night snacks (pizza and baguettes from 11 PM to 6 AM). Ladies: Take a light wrap or jacket for the evening in case you're seated outside and the night is cool.

SUKI COCKTAIL & SUSHI BAR - Inside
Suki includes a large bar for cocktails and conversation or retire to the seating areas for more intimate gatherings. Daily 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

TEMPTATION JACUZZI LOUNGE - Outside upstairs
The topless optional Jacuzzi Lounge and Bar serves up a large Jacuzzi hot tub with a view of the lounge and the surroundings. Three fire pits warm things up in the cool evenings, and large square beds are available for your pleasure. Ladies: Take a light wrap or swimsuit cover up for the evening in case the night is cool.
Daily 1:00 PM - 3:00 AM

TENTAZIONE POOL BAR - Swim Up Bar Service/Outside
Stay at Tentazione to meet new friends, enjoy the cool breeze under the palapa, soak up the sun and enjoy a drink. Pool-front and the center of attention, this bar serves drinks, fresh squeezed juices, cold beer and chilled cocktails. Ladies: Take a light wrap or swimsuit cover up for the evening in case the weather is cool.
Daily 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

L'ALTERNATIVE DISCO - Inside Upstairs
Dance with your favorite people and enjoy theme-party costumes (optional). Daily 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

In Town
Numerous restaurants and grocery stores are in town; a big market is across the street from the hotel. A short taxi ride will take you to the heart of town in about 5 minutes.

Tourism arrived years ago in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas after numerous sports fishermen discovered the region, followed later by golfers and vacationers.

You will find the most expensive places located in Cabo San Lucas. Little restaurants and shops off the main drag are the best bargains...the further away from the hotel strip along the ocean, the cheaper the prices. Lower prices are along on the corridor and best bargains are in San Jose del Cabo about 30 minutes from each other. San Jose del Cabo, the town where Desire Los Cabos is located, is more of a classic Mexican village, built in the traditional colonial style complete with town square and shops surrounding the area.

  Room rates are "all inclusive" which means all meals, bar drinks, soft drinks, entertainment, hotel taxes, tips and service charges are included. Airfare and transfers are extra. If you prefer, you may decide to tip your service person for extra attention provided although it's not expected.

Rates vary by room category from approximately$180/person/night for Superior rooms to double that to $400+/person/night for Jacuzzi suites or Passion suites. ALERT: Room rates are not guaranteed and will change without notice. These rates shown are approximate. Seasonal specials may apply for winter and low season tariffs. Early booking discounts often apply seasonally. Rates subject to change without notice.

Total room count is 149 located. Resort is constructed in a "U" shaped building with most rooms facing towards the ocean. Only the Jacuzzi suites and Passion suites face the ocean but you really can't see the water due to the privacy fence at the east end of the property. The 2nd and 3rd floor suites offer a glimpse of the sea.

NOTE about the "Ocean view:" A privacy fence is located on the beachside of the property adjacent to the fitness center that effectively seals the resort from passersby while also eliminating any sea view. Only the 2nd and 3rd floor suites offer a glimpse of the sea.
Check in time: 3 PM
Check out time Noon

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  Couples only…ages range from late 20s/early 30s to late 50s+. Most are in the middle.

  During the day, guests enjoy a number of activities: water aerobics, water polo, beach and water volleyball. For the more adventurous, pole and lap dancing lessons and daily contests, events and activities are hosted by the entertianment co-ordinators. An activity center is provided where guests can enjoy quieter temptations such as darts, ping pong and a variety of table games or selection of books. Daytime around the pool is a relaxing place to hang out, get some sun and strike up a conversation with your neighbor on the palapa beside you.

Located between the pool and fitness center, cushioned and gauzed cabanas (called Palapa Beds) offer couples a comfortable option to chaise lounges around the edge of the pool. Poolside, more wooden, cushioned cabanas top off the lounge area but get there early each day to claim your spot. The wooden cabanas are the most popular choice for "hanging out" around the pool.

Although the entertainment "animation" staff is small compared to the guest ratio, there's just enough activity around the pool to keep you occupied if you choose some diversion

As the sun sets, most guests head upstairs to the hot tub above the fitness center to catch the last rays of the sun and chill out before retiring to their room to freshen up for the evening meal, dancing and more mischief.

For evening, a variety of entertainment activities fill the night with live music and dancing; contests; theme nights, and professional entertainment. The main party starts nightly in the Melange Lounge Bar for cocktails and meeting people or simply enjoy the fashion shows and live music. The resort has a great upscale, contemporary feel to please client couples of all ages…..there's something for everyone.

Here's what the resort says about adult behavior and nudity: "Please refrain from overt sexual activities in public areas. Please treat all guests with the utmost respect and remember the golden rule: No means No. Due to the nature of our resort, please respect all guests. Photos and videotaping in public areas is not permitted. Please dress appropriately in restaurants. The hotel location does not allow topless or nudity beyond hotel beach limits."

  After 3 or 4 days soaking up the sun, you may get the itch to explore the area.

Los Cabos is a beautiful, rugged area, which has retained its air of remoteness even though it is easily accessible via its modern international airport. Attracting Hollywood 's finest since the '40's, it has grown and flourished into an exclusive luxury destination. Today, 'A-list' celebrities and well-heeled vacationers continue to enjoy its mountainous, desert beauty and its exciting craggy shoreline.

Tourism and sight seeing is centered along a 20 mile corridor at the tip of Mexico's state, Baja California Sur facing the spectacular confluence of the Pacific and Sea of Cortez. The region is anchored on the east by San Jose del Cabo and the better known Cabo San Lucas on the west.

Whale watching in season is usually one of the most popular sports diversions in the Cabo area. Typically, winter months are the most popular for whale watching.

Other pursuits include just about everything you can imagine on or under the water including diving, deep sea fishing, bill fishing, snorkeling, surfing, sailing and windsurfing. Featured performers for fishing include marlin, dorado/mahi mahi, red snapper and yellowfin tuna. Cabo is known as the marlin capital of the world for record catches of blue, black and striped varieties. Due to the combination of water temperatures, bait fish and sea life in general, Cabo has been known for years as the best spot to catch record marlin.

Plenty of Scuba diving spots are available with numerous dive operators to choose from. Plan on wearing a dive suit.

Rock climbing, repelling, hiking, horseback riding, world class golfing plus exploring the area on an ATV are other active sports you can choose from.

Walking the streets and soaking up the tourism spots in San Jose and Cabo are usually called for at least once when you're there and more often if you choose to.

Hiring a boat for site seeing or yachting to see El Arco (The Arch) at the very tip of Baja is the first thing to do on the tourist map in Cabo. El Arco is the famous natural rock arch that you typically see advertised in photos of Cabo, which greets visitors as they enter the harbor. Nighttime, you can take sunset cruises, dinner cruises and other water-borne voyages to enjoy the local area.

San Jose del Cabo town is closest to Desire Los Cabos. Actually, if you like to walk, downtown is about 20-30 minutes walk from the resort. The balance of the paragraph and section is OK. The main street is loaded with shops, clothing boutiques, restaurants, bistros and bars in the heart of the colonial district with its traditional streets and neighborhoods, co-existing right along side many upscale hotel and condo projects seaside. Shops, bars and restaurants plus nice little bookshops, specialty stores and the town's local market area all within walking distance of the town square.

Cabo is about 30 minutes west of San Jose del Cabo. . The regional airport is about 10-15 minutes north of the center of San Jose del Cabo.

The village of Todos Santos is about an hour north of Cabo by car, maybe worth a visit to see the small but famous art center in this colonial town. A couple of other stops there make it worthwhile.

As the legend goes (and grows), the Eagles song "Hotel California" was inspired by a visit to Todos Santos years ago (although the band claims not to have visited Todos Santos…maybe it was the Chamber of Commerce that started the legend!).

Yes, a there is a building tagged "Hotel California" in town. Now owned by Debbie and John Stewart from Canada, the hotel, built in the 1920s by a Chinese immigrant, has been restored to its former beauty. Room number 5, so the story goes, is where the song was written (or inspired). The hotel includes only 11 rooms but its unique boutique, martini bar, courtyard and restaurant are must sees. If you stop by for a photo and a drink, Debbie will lead you on a tour, complete with fact and fiction about the place.

Across the street from the hotel, the obligatory bar and grill has literally thousands of signatures scrawled all over its walls, silent testimony to all those visitors who believe "you can check out, but you can never really leave." Many words in the song offer clues that you may, indeed, be in the real town and at the hotel described, especially with the "mission bells ringing" and descriptions of the "hot desert highway," conditions so accurately capturing the tone of the village.

There is a mission next door to the hotel so stop in for a look, since the interior is quite beautiful, too. Otherwise, hey, just go and have a beer or margarita. Up the street from the hotel are shops and a little grocery store. At the town square next to the mission, a famous eatery called Restaurant Santa Fe offers gourmet meals. If you have time, explore the small artisan's shops, craft markets and galleries all within walking distance.

Further north is La Paz, the colonial and energetic capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur (south). A visit there is best saved for a full day or even an overnight stay. Take Mexico highway # 19 from Cabo to reach both Todos Santos and La Paz, with the highway in great shape and views of the ocean and mountains keeping you company along the way. La Paz is about 130 miles north of Cabo; Todos Santos is about 45 miles north.

Swimming is not advisable most places along the corridor as rip tides and undertows can be dangerous. Best public beaches in the local Cabo area include: Playa Solmar, Playa Medano, Playa del Amor, Playa Santa Maria and Playa Costa Azul. Check with the locals about salt water conditions before setting off to the local beaches.

Los Barriles and the east cape are the choices for windsurfing especially between December and March when wind conditions are best. For pure surf boarding, try Acapulquito Beach. For snorkeling, try Santa Maria and El Chileno beaches.

For diving, there is one coral reef nearby called Cabo Pulmo, also well known for its sports fishing for marlin.

 
Can't use the beach too much as the water can be cold and dangerous.
     
The night club, L'Alternative, is the hot spot of the resort as well as the roof top hot tub
     
You CAN use and enjoy the big, heated pool…larger than one would expect.
     
Service is consistent, courteous and prompt.
     
  Bedside lamps in guest rooms don't function as illumination for reading;
     
  Resort has an upscale feel
     
  The staff is well trained and seem eager to please; a good reflection of attentive management
     
  Don't expect a large entertainment staff for adult fun and games. With lively guests in attendance, around the pool and in the club, you don't really need a lot of entertainment.


  Los Cabos is a year round destination. Winter nights are cooler than summer so, ladies, bring a sweater or jacket. Guys, pack a wind breaker or pull over sweater for winter time visits. Summer time, temps are hot during the day but cool and dry at night.

Daytime weather is superb year round unless a rare storm off the Pacific visits the area. Humidity is quite low and rainfall is rate. Think Arizona with beach water.

  Wish guests could use the beach…nude.

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