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El Zalate is Mexican for Relaxation
The accommodations are as advertised and more. The pictures fall short of the pure beauty of the unit as well as the property. The depth of the balcony areas is a real bonus and is a great area to chill out, listen to the ocean (150 yards away), and relax. Les was very quick to respond from start to finish and I would highly recommend him and his team to anyone interested in renting at this property.
I must say I cant remember ever seeing workers so happy and proud of what they were doing then here at El Zalate. The guards,gardeners, painters, cleaners, it didn’t matter who it was, they had a smile on there face and were extremely pleasant.
The whole property allows you to feel at peace and really get to relax the way vacations are intended.
October 31 2017
Amazing at Mona Lisa
Hope this email finds you well. Just an quick email to thank you again for the use of your condo. We had a fabulous time, and much needed rest. Another recommendation you may want to give is a dining experience at Mona Lisa – it was the most amazing dining ever!
October 22 2017
Very comfortable and beautiful place
We had a really nice stay, our bed was super comfortable, the room was really beautiful with unbelievable view , and the apartment is very nice. Les was very helpful and organized and everything you needed were well documented and available for you. The area is perfect, very close to everything in walking distance, shops, restaurant , pharmacy , car rental , you name it. Easy access to public transit , just cross the street. What a nice spot! I totally recommend staying there
October 19 2017
The Right Decision
Typically, when traveling we stay at hotels or resorts. However, for our trip to San Jose Del Cabo we thought we’d try HomeAway and stay at a condo. Never renting from a private owner, we booked Suite #402 Villa 4 El Zalate with slight apprehension. Any concerns we had were quickly relieved once we talked with the owners, Les and Sonja. They were very hospitable and offered much information about the condo and surrounding areas. They expressed a genuine interest in our stay and wanted to be certain we were comfortable.
Once we arrived we found the condo to be well appointed beyond our expectations. We wanted or needed nothing at all. The unit was fully stocked (besides personal items/needs), and felt like we were staying at a friend’s home. The unit was clean and well cared for. The beds and furniture are all very comfortable. The Kitchen had everything needed to cook family meals including a full-size BBQ. One of the best features is the large balcony that overlooks the pools and beach making a perfect space for morning coffee/breakfast, lunch and dinners. There was plenty of privacy between units and the pools/beach were practically vacant our entire stay (although our stay was during the off season).
The condo is perfectly situated close to restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacy’s and many other nearby amenities. There is a very large grocery store within walking distance or very short car ride. Walmart is also a short car ride away as well. Guest will also find a well-thought-out and useful guide-book/directory of San Jose Del Cabo and surrounding area composed by the owners.
My family had a wonderful time in San Jose Del Cabo. The condo was amazing and made the trip complete. We will encourage our family and friends to book the condo if traveling to the area. We certainly will be return customers and look forward to coming back soon.
Chris, Heather, Denali & Austin
I wanted to send you a quick note to say thank you…
My family had a wonderful time in San Jose Del Cabo. The condo was amazing and made the trip complete. We will definitely provide a stellar review and encourage our family and friends to look up your condo if traveling to the area. My wife and I will certainly be return customers and look forward to coming back next summer (we especially love the warm summer days there
Thank you again for allowing us to enjoy your lovely condo.
Excellent property with everything you could ask for and more!
Les and Maggie made the booking experience simple and provided many helpful details and suggestions. The property was gorgeous. Beautiful condo with all the amenities. Excellent Wi-Fi/AppleTV/comforts of home. Very safe area with restaurants and activities within walking distance. Loved it!
My only regret is that I trip was not longer! Will definitely be back. Many thanks Les!
July 6, 2017
A Beautiful Vacation Home with a great view and location, and all the comforts of a real home
We stayed at El Zalate for the 2nd part of our Cabo San Jose vacation. Upon entering, it was like the photos, especially the wonderful big balcony. We knew we had exactly what we wanted, when we stepped on the balcony and heard the beautiful sound of the waves. The kitchen had everything I have in my kitchen at home.........and I love to cook. (although I did not here) And the master bath was perfect with the large tub..........loved that every night also! The town of San Jose is a $8. cab ride, but there are several good places to eat closer. At home we have a firmer mattress and pillows, but if you love a "feather-like bed top, and very fluffy pillows, you will love sleeping. (a couple margaritas or wine, and we slept well!)
All in all, we wished we were there longer. We plan on returning to Cabo San Jose in 2 years.
Thank you Les and Sonja
From Georgia & Bob
Stayed the beginning of July, 2017
Villa 4 unit 402 El Zalate los Cabos Mexico Paradise on the Sea of Cortes!
We made this unit our home for 42 glorious days in February and March.The 2 bedroom condo is on the 4 th floor with gorgeous views of the sea and the grounds surrounding the pool area.It is well equipped and tastefuly decorated.The onsite management group are fantastic and take care of any questions you may have instantly.Restaurants are close oxo convenient store very close,probably take a taxi to La Comer grocery store,we did but we are beyond the age of walking with grocery bags in our hands for very far.This unit would be great for 2 couples lots of room.
We have enjoyed our stay here. It is close to everything and beach is just next to the building.
The rooms are nice and clean with all the appliances needed. We would definitely come back.
Amy C. March 5, 2017
Les you have a wonderful place
We recommend highly Les's place the locations was quite, scenic, anb very comfortable. The amenities were fabulous and cooking facilities were great in a well equipped kitchen. Being there in February made the Whale watching from the large balcony fantastic. It is probably best to have a car as we went to town in about 10 minutes and have 24 hour car security. Would recommend to others
Gloria February 2017
Just want to say how nice your El Zalate 402 condo is. The furnishings are so tastefully done; it's well-equipped and well-stocked with all the conveniences to make our stay here totally comfortable; speaking of comfort, the mattresses are absolutely the most comfortable ever! We're observing your instructions about not scooting the chairs so as not to disturb the neighbors. Thank you for providing such lovely accommodations.
Sallie Dean - February 2017
This is the place to stay
This is the place to stay in San Jose del Cabo. You have the best of both worlds. If you like to mix it up and go out, everything is super close but if you want a total get away, this complex is clean quiet and very well kept. Here are the highlights…
Mama Mia - next door for an easy bite to eat
Cynthia's - located near the Mega and walking distance on the beach…this is a must if you like good tasty healthy yummy food
Flora Farms - a must! beautiful, delicious food in an incredible place…make a reservation
Herb Buena - located in Pescadero near Todos Santos if you are going for a sightseeing day. After you eat there, head to Playa Cerritos - beach you can swim in.
I can't wait to go back!
Date of arrival April 17, 2016
We'll be back!
Two couples shared this beautiful condo for ten days. The condo is so comfortable and had all the amenities one could ask for. Nice separation of bedrooms, and the large, well-furnished patio was well used. The view and the closeness of the beach can't be beat! The complex is extremely well-maintained with gorgeous landscaping and beautiful pools and spa. We used the fitness center too, in addition to long walks on the beach. We were curious why additional palapas aren't in the roped off area on the beach itself. We would have used them if offered - sometimes shade was hard to find around the pool. We shopped at the Mega three times and found it walkable and with everything you might need. We used the city bus, taxis, and excursion pick-ups to tour and enjoy. We were glad we weren't driving ourselves. Highly recommend Flora Farms both for farm tour and fabulous food. Yes, it's a little expensive but worth every penny. Loved being in San Jose del Cabo rather than in busy and youth-focused Cabo San Lucas. Check out the art walk on Thursday evenings. Enjoyed picking up tacos at Mama Mias and bringing back to poolside for lunch - it's just a brief walk on the beach and also a great place for Margaritas. We definitely hope to come back sometime soon.
Heltons, Eugene, Oregon - April 1, 2016
Fantastic location right on the beach...
El Zalate is a lovely complex - the grounds are meticulously maintained and the gardens are beautiful. The complex sits on the doorstep of Costa Azul beach where you can walk for miles and/or just sit and watch the world go by. The best feature of this condo is its balcony. It is large and nicely furnished - we enjoyed many hours out there watching the sunrise and the whales play. We also enjoyed almost all our meals out there. It is ideally situated to get the early morning sun and then become quite shady later in the day. We rented a jeep to get around as we did not find the roadways to be at all walker friendly. We did not use the bus system but were told by others that it was very good and easy to use. Maybe next time. The Mega store is close by and we were able to buy everything we needed there. Also as a special treat - there is a Fish Lady who visits El Zalate every Friday afternoon - she sells the freshest fish - excellent variety - reasonable prices. We also used the services of Nash Properties cleaning crew to come in weekly to clean the condo because who wants to do housework on vacation? They did a fantastic job and we would highly recommend them. Les and his assistant Maggie were good to deal with. Responsive to our inquiries and quick to provide anything we needed.
We would return to El Zalate in the future.January 31, 2016
This is a great spot if you want to relax and unwind. Right on the beach, wasn't busy at all so no fighting for beach chairs. We walked everywhere and if you get tired of walking you just grab almost any bus along the road. We stayed in Oct from the 17th to 27th. Next time I would go later in the year so it won't be so hot and humid.
Date of arrival ..... October 17, 2015
Viva la Mexico!
Wow, this condo, location on the beach and the quaint town of San Jose was the best place to turn 40. Myself, husband and 10 year old daughter loved our 9 nights/8days a El Zalate. Les the condo owner went above and beyond on every aspect of booking, replying to emails, providing a well stocked condo, comfy beds, and travel info via email at the condo. The info he provides for the area/places to eat/things to see and do is the best I have ever received when renting a condo. I usually research all of that information on my own but Les made it that much easier for me. El Zalate has been super quiet and relaxing and we would totally stay here again. I even have a few friends that enjoyed seeing our pictures and are talking about booking this condo. Surfing: We took surfing lessons from Costa Azul Surf Shop--awesome experience! The staff and instructors were top notch. It was our first time surfing and we all rode waves all the way into shore. :) Snorkeling: We snorkeled at Chileno Bay--brought our own gear from home but Les does have some snorkel gear in the condo. Chileno was great and we saw a ton of fish. We were able to catch the bus right out front of El Zalate to go to Chileno Bay and back. We also went to Playa Santa Maria--the surf was too high to snorkel but the beach is gorgeous. The sand is soft, pink granite. There were a few palapas there for shade too. We took the umbrella that Les has in the condo to Chileno with us--it worked great for some shade. We also used the travel coolers to bring lunch and water to the beach when we were out and about.
Food: Shopped at the Mega twice: 10-15 minute walk from the condo, or you can take the bus. We carried our backpacks with us so carrying the groceries back was easier.
Restaurants: Loved Mama Mia(right next door). Sardina Cantina(right up on the street next to Trader Dick's--fish tacos--YES!) and Las Guacamaya's(Amazing). Feel free to check Trip Advisor Reviews for these places--great reviews. These were our top three places!
We went into downtown San Jose for a shopping day and we ended up taking the Urbano bus(picks up behind the Mega). It's the bus that looks like a school bus and it's the bus that the locals take. It was super fun. All of the busses are inexpensive and easy to use. We took a bus to Cabo for a day too. You can totally rent a car for $25-$30/day but we enjoyed the busses.
AMAZING/WONDERFUL/WARM/WELCOMING! We will miss Mexico!
Thanks for an amazing condo in SJD. We did not want to leave today! We have a friend that may book with you for next August!
March 16, 2015
We had traveled to Cabo San Lucas for 23 years. Looking for something a little quieter and more authentic, we decided to try San Jose del Cabo three years ago. We love it. San Jose is the perfect combination of beauty, serenity, and history with all the amenities you could want. For the past two years we have spent time at El Zalate. The complex is beautiful and impeccably maintained. James, the on-site property manager, was readily accessible and a pleasure to work with. Les was professional and the process was seamless. The information packet provided was extremely useful. The condo was nicely furnished and we thoroughly enjoyed watching the sunrise and the whales from the veranda. We didn't rent a car because we discovered the local bus system (Urbano) was readily accessible to go anywhere for a mere 12 pesos (eighty-four cents)!Restaurants we enjoyed were Mama Mia's,(next door), Teo's, La Pesca and Cynthia's. We definitely plan to return and we have recommended it to friends.
Gladys Gillespie - [email protected]
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March 9, 2012
I just wanted you to know we had a great time in the condo and hope we left it okay for the cleaning service.. We drank the coffee that was there but we left beer and new mex.. which is a great drink with tequila! In the frig.. We also dusted and swept once during our stay so I don’t think we left it dirty.. The weather was perfect a little cold at night.. needed a little coat but as always the days make up for it!! WE just love going to El Zalate!! Thanks so much for making our trip special with the condo use!!!
Sincerely, Alice Mykel
April 8, 2011
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June 6, 2009
Thanks for the use of your condo during our stay. We really enjoy that area of San Jose and found the complex and especially your condo, first class. We enjoyed the deck and found that leaving the door open with the breeze blowing through, we rarely needed to use the AC. The condo facilities; wonderful beds, towels, kitchen and deck were a treat and made us feel right at home.
It was great meeting you and Sonja. Your restaurant recommendations were appreciated with our favourites from our previous visits and your recommendations are still Cynthia’s and Morgan’s. And, George confirmed that my margarita recipe is the one to use!
I’ve already sent the link to your condo to many friends and colleagues.
Thanks again and we hope to be able to stay in your condo again!
Elaine & Bob Laing
Dear Les and Sonja,
Our thanks for allowing us to stay at your unit. The amenities were perfect for our holiday. The previous guests were thoughtful and left us some cold Cervesa in the fridge so we had time to sit on the huge balcony overlooking the Sea of Cortez and gaze at the beautiful pools, grounds and beach prior to going to Mega to get supplies. Everything one would require to "make yourself at home" could be found in the unit plus easy access to the Mega store was only minutes away. The close proximity to the ocean almost felt as if the condo shook from the huge waves crashing on the beach - so surreal and relaxing both at the same time. The breaching of whales a half mile out made morning coffee and the Mexican sunrise even more enjoyable.
The laid back attitude of San Jose del Cabo, the seafood and fresh produce vendors outside the condo unit all added to a most memorable stay. We found other El Zalate guests most helpful and friendly in making this an enjoyable and relaxing stay. We really enjoyed the Vonage line and computer to stay connected to family and friends left at home.
Most definitely 402 El Zalate is our place to stay next year!
Wayne & Sal Knutson
Stephen and Sherri Woolworth
Holiday greetings, dear Les and Sonja!
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for letting us use you wonderful place in Cabo for vacation. Everything was great from stable warm weather to all the condo features both common and luxurious we enjoyed during our trip.
We had a chance to explore the local towns, beaches, restaurants and even deep-sea fishing. The set up in the condo was great. It had all the modern necessities and more. Often we did not even want to go to the restaurant feeling content to stay and cook at home. The proximity of the beach was also a huge benefit. The days and nights were quiet just as people who come to vacation from demanding jobs at home desire. The margaritas and vino kept flowing adding to the overall excitement.
Thank you once again for your gracious hospitality. We are looking forward to experience it again in the future and we will definitely recommend the place to our friends.
Vlad, Julia, Yuriy and Oksana.
We had a wonderful time.
The condo was first rate, exactly as described, full of helpful amenities. The
balcony was fantastic, and we really enjoyed the big waves come rolling in and
thunderously crash on the beach. Beds were comfortable, tv full of channels, computer
and internet really handy. We preferred being in the quieter San Jose del Cabo
where it is less crowded and less touristy than downtown Cabo. The Mega supermarket
nearby was great for beach items, breakfast pastries, fresh cookies and fruits,
and whatever we needed really. I’d recommend your place to anyone. You were very
helpful. You can certainly use this as testimonial if you like, I have no reservation
about that at all.
April 20, 2008
Dear Les & Sonja,
We can't thank you enough for letting us stay at your gorgeous condo in Cabo. The decor & finishings are absolutely beautiful with every possible comfort. We spent hours relaxing on that HUGE deck watching the whales, the waves, horses, sailboats . . . In our opinion El Zalate has one of the best locations along the beach, an easy walk into San Jose yet on one of the nicest, quietest stretches of beach. The grounds are so pretty day or night and are kept up so well. Truly first class. We'll be highly recommending your condo to all our friends and family!
Thank you again for allowing us to share your luxurious home, it was a very appreciated gift.
From: Coco Allen
April 5, 2008
My parents were absolutely THRILLED with the condo they had an amazing stay. Sorry I missed you there, heard you were there the same time. I was soaking up the sun most likely!
From: PHILIP BOWEN
Just wanted to let you know
everything has been fine. We're having a