Post # 1
My FI and I are very indecisive, so any input in our honeymoon conundrum would be much appreciated!
My mom bought a time share a few year ago (very much against my recommendations, but I couldn’t stop her from making a huge mistake). The timeshare has a location in Cabo San Lucas. Here is the Trip Advisor link to reviews/pics: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g152515-d1627202-Reviews-Welk_Resorts_Sirena_Del_Mar-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html
The time share is new-ish, has nice rooms, a private beach free from vendors, and a lovely pool area with a goregous infinity pool. Drawbacks: it’s not adults-only (though it doesn’t appear to appeal to many families currently, but they are building a kid’s pool area), it’s a $15 one-way cab ride to get to the town of Cabo, the food/drinks can be pricey at the resort, and there’s a daily fee for housekeeping (I KNOW. I love housekeeping so this is a bummer for me). Pros: the views are absoluetly gorgeous, it’s right on the beach, the rooms seem really nice, we wouldn’t be paying for our accomodations, just our food/drinks/activities/travel/housekeeping
Before my mom offered up her time share, we were looking at Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta (here is the Trip Advisor page: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g152515-d1627202-Reviews-Welk_Resorts_Sirena_Del_Mar-Cabo_San_Lucas_Los_Cabos_Baja_California.html ) It’s a very highly rated resort and Puerto Vallarta seems very romantic. Drawbacks: the rooms aren’t right on the beach but on a golf course, there are only 2 restaurants, you have to walk 15 minutes or so to get to the beach, the water isn’t the greatest (but Cabo water is also pretty dangerous), the rooms look dated Pros: all-inclusive, adults-only, lots to do in Puerto Vallarta
So… what sounds like a better deal? The timeshare we wouldn’t pay for, but would need to buy all food and drinks, or the all-inclusive which would be around $4,000 just for the stay (not including travel and any activities/outside food). We live in California, so airfare won’t be terrible for either destination (PV might be a tad more).
Thanks for any feedback!
Post # 2
In case it helps inform your decision, here are some pictures of the resorts. Here’s some of Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta:
The pool at the beach (which we’d either have to drive or walk 15 min to)
Example of a bathroom in the room
Another view of the beach/pool
Example of the suite
One of the two restaurants
The pool that is on the same property as the rooms. Note the pool bar…
Post # 3
Here’s pics of Welk Sirena Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas
example of bathroom in room
aerial shot of the grounds/pool. you can see the pool bar. so excited for that!
balcony. yep, that’s a hammock!
The poolside restaurant.
Post # 4
oh, and one more of Cabo!
Post # 5
I think a honeymoon is the time you should treat yourself if you can afford it. If you stay at the timeshare, you either have to go out for all your meals or cook some or all of your meals. You could certainly get some groceries in for breakfast and go out for your other meals. The deciding factor for me would be- how much money does getting the use of the time save save you and how much are you going to have to spend on meals?
If I were going to Mexico, I would want to be right on the beach, at a resort with a pool, so I would be looking for something other than Casa Velas. There are lots of AI’s in Puerto Vallarta or Neuvo Vallarta that are right on the beach with a much bigger variety of restaurants.
Post # 6
julies1949: good points. I could see us spending upwards of $200 a day if we eat all three meals out in Cabos, probably more. With 7 days, I guess we’d spend around $1,500 conservatively? I don’t know if at the end of the day we’d ‘save’ any money, but we’d be spending the money on lots of restaurants, which Cabos does have. There’s also a Costco nearby where we can stock up on wine, eggs, etc. We could cook… don’t know if I want to on my honeymoon!
If we do the all inclusive route, I want to make sure it’s adults-only as well, and a smaller, boutique-like resort rather than a huge place overrun with kids. Casa Velas has all that, just not on the beach. It’s the 5th highest rated hotel in PV (just like my mom’s time share is the 5th highest rated in Cabos) but the fact that it’s not on the beach does seem like a huge drawback. I want to open our windows/sit on the balcony and see the ocean.
I totally agree with you, I want to be spoiled! I just want to be smart… if we could save money with the time share, I’d be all for it, I just don’t know if we would. Whew, sorry for the essay!