Posted by tylee2
A perfect option for families traveling together
Posted on 21 April 2018
We joined up with another family to stay here for Spring Break. My husband, who has a love affair with the nearby Four Seasons and therefore is always skeptical of condo rental vacation, summed it up perfectly when he said, 'this is the perfect amount of luxury."
We stayed in Building 3 on the 3rd floor, overlooking the beach, which included daily housekeeping, a 6 passenger golf cart and premium membership (a must). As many of posted before, the upgrades and finishes in the condo are top notch, so I won't comment too much on that, just provide recommendations for those considering staying here. We loved being able to walk to restaurant row, and Si Señor, Blue Shrimp, and another cool wine bar (I forget the name) were all hits.
The biggest cons are related to the community, and not the property itself, keeping in mind this is our third vacation to this area, but this was our first time going in high season. The gated, guard heavy community is absolutely a manufactured bubble. You go here for a luxurious break from your hectic lives, not to experience Mexico in any meaningful way. And, since we were there when the entire Denver metro area school system was on Spring Break, it was a bit embarrassing how many people we ran into that we knew: at restaurants, at the beach club, just about everywhere. You certainly aren't 'getting away from it all." On the flip side, the weather in high season is fantastic. We've been in October when the heat was stifling, making it impossible to enjoy most of the open air restaurants, During late March, the weather was phenomenal.
1) the first floor units walk out directly to the pool, so if you have kids, those are highly desirable as the kids can just run out and jump in the pool while parents hang out on the patio. We were on the 3rd floor, and while our respective 8 year old boys could run down the stairs and play, we definitely were envious of the first floor units! Having said this, being on the third floor was great b/c we walked straight across a bridge to the garage with our golf cart, so we avoided stairs/elevators quite a bit. Super convenient.
2) we prefer beachside accommodations, so we only considered bldgs 1-4 when booking. Bldg 5 probably has great water views, but just set back more. The other buildings seemed less desirable, but only if being beachfront is important to you.
3) there was quite a lot of variation in pricing, so definitely spend some time doing your due diligence, understanding whether the rate includes the hefty taxes or not, includes housekeeping or not, includes a golf cart or not. We didn't realize how much we loved having daily housekeeping - it was awesome! Of course, the best value places get snatched up pretty far in advance, and there is little variation in the units, so try to compare apples to apples for units in the same bldg and/or across the 4 beachfront buildings. I got a quote for a golf cart as I was looking at a few units that didn't include golf cart and a 6 person golf cart rental was about $85/day plus taxes, so that gives you a good comparison point on cost comparisons between units. We booked in July/August for late March, and there were still a ton of great high value properties already taken for our week!
4) room parity for two couples is just OK. There is one ocean view Master that is spectacular, then there is a Jr. Master, but it's in the back with no views, so if your traveling with another couple, make sure you know who is staying in what room. Some of the Jr. Masters have balconies (ours didn't) so if you can snag one of those, all the better. Also, it seems every unit has a different bed set up, so for two families, a King in both the Master and Jr. Master is a must, with a kid's room that has at least 2 beds. Each owner was all over the map in their bed selections (from queens, to doubles), so checking on the best set up eliminates a ton of properties right off the bat. Our unit had been switched by our management company a few months after booking due to a booking error on their end, and we hadn't looked closely enough at the new unit till a few days before arrival and realized the Jr. Master Suite had a double bed! Don't know about you, but a couple going on a luxurious vacation at a high end condo complex isn't going to like that, so we had them improvise and set up a make-shift King with 2 singles. Not great, but it was better than a teensy double bed.
5) the Kapuri Beach Club, which is an incredible resort-style beach club, was amazing! The residents beach club was a let down comparably, so make sure you rent unit with an owner who has a premium membership, otherwise you are definitely missing out on one of the best beaches in the area. I talked to a lot of owners that suggested a premium membership was unnecessary - not true! Access to the Kapuri Beach club is one of the main reasons I give Hacienda de Mita 5 stars.
6) If your unit doesn't come with a golf cart, strongly consider renting one at $85/day. While there is a shuttle service, it stops working at 7pm, (although cabs are readily available) and getting to/from where you want to go (i.e. the beach club) requires a trek through the community. Plus - it's just plain fun for adults and the kids!
7) consider hiring a cook/chef to make some meals for you. We didn't and we regretted always needing to schlep out to restaurants (we had a 2 year old in tow). We don't cook on vacations, so cooking ourselves wasn't an option :)
We had a lovely vacation. We didn't do too many activities as we had been there before. We did take the kids zip lining. We were going to go in Sayulita b/c we had loved it so much on prior visits, but with all the posts about its sewerage system and sickness epidemic, we didn't want to risk ruining what was a great vacation.
Can't go wrong with the Hacienda de Mita - and it's a HUGE value over the nearby St. Regis and Four Seasons during Spring Break high season rates.