The review for this resort is why I started blogging. To give readers information that no one has. My husband and I planned our annual holiday golf trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico and stayed here. The only information I could find online was regarding the golf. Nothing was out there about the resort. So get ready cause here’s the first one!
I booked this hotel about 10 months earlier. When you are planning a golf trip, tee times can go fast on the top golf courses. We stayed at Diamante specifically to play the Diamante Dunes Course. Designed by Davis Love III, the Dunes course is ranked one of the top 50 golf courses in the world. Diamante is also the home of Tiger Woods first golf course design, El Cardonel. Tiger also designed the short par 3 course. But you immediately get the picture that golf is big here.
Diamante Resort is a four star resort located on 1.5 miles of stunning coastline in Cabo San Lucas. Over 80 acres of luxury living accommodations and state of the art facilities. The resort has three golf courses, restaurants, gym, spa and a hotel with a variety of living arrangements ranging from studio rooms to entire houses. This is also a timeshare. Yes, the scary word, timeshare. But more about that later. They are also building a new Hotel directly on the ocean with a Hard Rock and Nobu. I have to say, that will be the place to stay when it’s finished. But let’s get back to our hotel.
Once you enter the gated area, you drive through a maze-like variety of housing and buildings. Everything is separate here. The lagoon pool area, the resort, the gym, the golf courses. And you have to drive to each place. There are complimentary shuttles to each place arriving every few minutes. I have to say I don’t love that. Granted this resort is still under massive construction. But I like walking. PS the security is amazing here in case you were worried. Once this place is finished being built, I’m hoping there will at least be sidewalks.
We reserved the smallest resort option, the TRC studio. The resort actually has Beach Estates, Golf Villas, Las Casitas, and Dune Club Suites and our spot, the Diamante Resort. The resort has living accommodations ranging from the 600 square foot studio to a 5,500 square foot 4 bedroom penthouse.
The 600 foot studio was perfect for us. We would love more space but the studio was $1000 a night so it was big enough! We did visit in peak holiday season so price tags are hefty.
The room was fantastic though. It has a large bedroom and bathroom in addition to a small kitchenette. We also had a patio overlooking the golf course with a view of the ocean in the background. Unfortunately to the right our view was of construction but this property is a work in progress so expect that for the next few years.
The king size bed was comfy and clean. The whole room is marble floor and brand new modern looking. The bathroom was spacious with a large shower. Low pressure but great hot water. You got standard toiletries of shampoo body wash and lotion but no extra toiletries like a toothbrush. The room also had two bathrobes but no slippers.
The kitchenette is well equipped. There is a large mini refrigerator, a microwave, a sink, two burner stove top, a toaster and a coffee pot. The cupboards are stocked with plates, glasses, cutlery, pots and pans. They even give you sugar for the coffee but no coffee. So bring a bag if you remember. Since this is a timeshare, guests can call ahead and have the refrigerator stocked with anything they like but you have to call in advance.
There is also a mini market in the lobby that serves coffee, pastries, beer, wines, soda and waters. They also sell water toys for kids, toiletry items and full size condiments. It’s so strange that there is full size ketchup, honey, relish etc. But for those in the time share program staying for a week or two, they may want to use the kitchen more frequently. A coffee and tea cost me $7.30. Very steep so bring your own!
The resort has two dining options. A restaurant at the Lagoon and a restaurant at the Dunes Club. The restaurant at the Dunes has a fast food type area, an outdoor seating area, a sit down restauaramt and a bar area. All four areas are distinct seating options but all have the same kitchen and menu.
We opted to eat at the bar at the Dunes our first night. The bar was busy with large tv with sports on. We had already eaten six times on the golf course so we just got a couple beers and split the beef tacos. Amazing. Fresh tasty authentic tacos. They also serve fresh popcorn for those seated at the bar. It was fantastic.
Now I just mentioned the 6 meals at the golf course so let’s get back to that. The star of the show. The Dunes Course offers 3 stations that you can visit every three holes. So that’s two stops at each station. Each station is equipped with clean restrooms and a variety of food and drinks.
Station 1 and 10 have sliders and smoothies.
Station 3 and 6 had fresh tortilla soup and bean soup and vodka drinks.
Station 13 and 15 had tamales and tequila drinks.
All the stands have a variety of beers, soda, Gatorade and water. They also all have mini icecream bars, chocolate, candy, cookies, fresh granola bars, crackers and peanut butter. And all the stands have fresh fruit and sandwich options.
It’s all included as part of your golf fees. A round on either Course is $320 regardless of time. A rider was an additional $20. if this price is too steep for you, you can participate in a time share presentation which gets you a free round of golf and 30% off any additional rounds. But you do have to qualify to take advantage of that program.
El Cardonal is also $320 per round. This golf course was designed by Tiger Woods. Although not on the top 100 list like Diamante Dunes course, it’s still a great course.
This course did not have as many stations. Three in fact.
#1 before you start. This bar has tacos and Tortas for breakfast as well as lunch. The breakfast just has an egg base v the various meat options at lunch.
There’s also a station on #5 with mojitos and pizza pockets.
The last stop is on #15. This one has margaritas and rum drinks along with Italian sausage stands.
That was it. We finished our round and went to practice, which is next to #1. We were promptly charged for our beer.
*note the courses are much emptier in the afternoon. Wish we played after 12pm to be alone.
*dunes ran out of practice range balls earlier for our 10:30am tee times. Odd
There is also a large gym on the property with everything you can imagine. It’s a top notch facility with brand new everything. There is also a lap pool with lifeguard.
The star of this property, if you don’t golf, is the lagoon. A huge expansive pool with villas surrounding it. Also has a restaurant and bar. If course there is a swim up bar and jacuzzi too. There’s volleyball and kayaks and paddle board for free as well.
I’ve talked about the food on the golf courses but I haven’t mentioned much about the golf. Dunes course is #35 in the world and just truly great golf.
The Tiger Woods designed course, El Cardonel was also quite fun.
After staying at the Pueblo Bonita Pacifica we realized how much better Diamante resort was. The service was better, the rooms were better, the food was better and the shuttles were better.
I’ve decided to include the packet of handouts they gave us when we checked into the resort as well. In case anyone finds them at all relevant or useful.
Overall, this was a fantastic hotel and golf resort. Hotel was comfy, golf top rated, food excellent and superior service. But be prepared for the price. At $900 per night, this place isn’t cheap.