Villa Andaluza Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas Review

We recently had the amazing opportunity to spend our Thanksgiving in Pedregal, an area known for its private luxury real estate tucked away on the bluffs of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. With striking mountainous terrain, charming cobblestone roads, and colorful villas boasting breathtaking views of the Pacific, it’s one of those settings you can’t help but fall in love-at-first-sight with. We spent some serious time searching for the perfect villa to rent for the week for our group of six adults, and ended up landing on the stunning Villa Andaluza.

Villa Andaluza Pedregal

Pedregal offers a plethora of luxury villas to choose from—and we researched and considered at least ten or so—but there were a handful of things that sold us on Villa Andaluza specifically. First off, communication with the owner was an absolute breeze. Marty, a Napa Valley native, was so quick to respond to our many questions and was beyond helpful and knowledgeable both about his properties and the surrounding area.

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When we first reached out to Marty, we contacted him inquiring about Villa Veranza, a second property of his that boasts eight bedrooms and sleeps up to 16. Marty was more than willing to rent Villa Veranza to us, but he instead recommended we opt for something slightly smaller and less expensive, since we only had six guests and likely didn’t need such a sprawling abode. We were so blown away by his honesty and immediately knew he was the property owner we wanted to work with for our upcoming Cabo trip. In the end, we ended up opting for Villa Andaluza, and it ended up being the perfect choice.

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{Insider's Tip: We recommend setting up Victor’s Cabo Transportation in advance for a lift to your villa from the airport. Victor was easy to work with and the car-service fee he charges includes a cooler stocked with ice-cold Pacificos for the 45-minute drive (a major bonus). When you land at the airport, you’ll be swarmed by taxi drivers and others trying to offer you rides, but these tend to be overpriced. Our friendly driver, Gabriel, was waiting curbside with a sign for us. Plus, the ice-cold cervezas in the car made for a warm Cabo welcome.}

Villa Andaluza Pedregal

Villa Andaluza is a private luxury property perched atop a towering bluff overlooking the sprawling waters of the Pacific and the stunning villas beneath it—making for a panoramic view that’s nothing short of storybook-worthy. It was completed in early 2007 and still feels new. The stonework is stunning, the furniture is both cozy and clean, local artwork adorns the walls, and the bedrooms boast high-end linens and lovely amenities.

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With over 9,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, 6 bedrooms, and 6.5 baths, it was the perfect size for our group of six adults (and we easily could have fit at least another 5 or 6 if we needed to). Downstairs (beneath the pool level), there are three bedrooms, two of which boast their own private ocean view terraces. With en-suite bathrooms and entrances from outside, these two bedrooms make for great options for couples or families who want their own private little nook of the villa.

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The "cave" room en-suite bathroom

Upstairs, just off a landing on the stairway, there’s a bedroom that’s been built right into the cliffside and, though it doesn’t offer an ocean view, it ended up being one of our favorite spots in the house as its natural granite rock interior kept it super cool and cave-like (making for a spot well suited for catching some z’s at night or tapping into your inner zen during an invigorating early morning meditation session). Overall, something about that particular room just felt so calming.

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View from the second upstairs master bedroom balcony

Above that, there are two main master bedrooms, both of which boast stunning oceanview balconies, the coziest Cal Kings we ever slept in, and—our favorite part—expansive walk-in steam showers (which felt amazing after long days of salted margaritas in the warm Pedregal sun).  The larger of the two masters boasts a massive terrace that’s complete with its own firepit, which made for a perfect spot to relax and unwind over a few glasses (ok, bottles) of vino blanco each night.

The living room was a space that saw lots of love from us football-loving Americans over the Thanksgiving holiday. Because the home is built right into a granite hillside, there’s a natural rock waterfall right off the main living room area (pictured above), which was such a unique feature of the home.

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The pool table also saw plenty of late-night action after we all had a few cervezas in us. The living room and kitchen also boast massive sliding glass doors that can be pulled back to turn that entire floor of the house into an open-air abode (which is how we preferred to keep the space all throughout the late afternoons and evenings).

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Hands down, though, the area we spent the majority of our time at was the outdoor pool, jacuzzi, bar and living space. With an infinity-edge pool, cozy outdoor loungers, a hot tub that heats up lightning-quick, and poolside cocktail service (included in the nightly rate is access to your own private chef and house manager, which we discuss in more detail below), we simply couldn’t peel ourselves away from this space for more than a few minutes at a time.

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During early morning and late afternoon, we’d practice yoga on the serene veranda (or in the pool itself) and spent the hours in between lounging, reading, cat-napping, and imbibing waterside. There truly could not have been a more relaxing setting for a Pedregal Thanksgiving than the stunning pool at Villa Andaluza.

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Jesus, the private chef, and Gio and Miguel, the two house managers, were all so helpful, friendly, and welcoming. We were blown away that their services were included in the nightly rate, and opted to use Jesus for nearly every single meal. (He’ll prepare whatever you’d like and does all of the grocery shopping as well. You can either provide a grocery and meal list ahead of time, or take meals day-by-day as you're there.)

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We requested a handful of groceries and beverages to have around the house in advance, but let Jesus guide us in overall meal choices each day. Upon arrival, there was a local spread of house-made salsas, fresh fruit, and ice-cold Pacificos waiting for us. For our group, Jesus prepared fresh salsas daily (as many as six different varieties at certain points in the day), which were always served with house-made chips and warm quesadillas. For breakfast, he prepared a spread of homemade strawberry smoothies, platters of fresh papaya and pineapple, chilaquiles, omelets, bacon, and pastries. Around mid-day, he’d set out another buffet of salsas, chips, quesadillas, and fruit. Throughout the afternoon, he'd make us amazing margaritas and frozen cocktails.

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We ended nearly every single one of our nights enjoying an unforgettable dinner prepared by Jesus on the patio (ranging from sushi to pasta, though we've heard he also makes unbelievable Thai food), watching a gem-toned sunset spread its way across the sky. It was especially relaxing to light the outdoor fireplace (pictured below) and enjoy after-dinner cocktails, coffee and tea. The entire staff is great about serving you as well. Jesus, Gio, and/or Miguel refilled our cocktails constantly, bring us anything we needed, and cleared and cleaned all dishes (constantly). We hardly had to lift a finger. 

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The first night we arrived, Jesus prepared chicken and steak fajitas with fresh tortillas, grilled mahi-mahi, rice, beans, and salad, which was all tasted so fresh and delicious. The beans especially were amongst the best we've ever had. It was the perfect "Welcome to Villa Andaluza" meal.  For Thanksgiving dinner (our second night at Villa Andaluza), we opted for something celebratory but different from what we would have in the States. Jesus prepared amazing sushi rolls with house-made spicy mayo on the side, jalepeño yellowtail sashimi in sesame oil and soy (hands down, the best we sashimi we've had), garlic mashed potatoes, fresh salad, and grilled mahi-mahi filets. It was a treat to watch him craft the sushi rolls in the kitchen as we all huddled around over drinks and appetizers—it felt truly festive. For dessert, we were served the most delicious tres leches cake and warm churros with vanilla ice-cream.

PEDREGAL FISHING

On our second morning in Pedregal, we decided to go for an early-morning fishing session in town. (Before we left, Jesus prepared homemade chorizo burritos for us to take with us on the water, which were delicious and hearty.) A taxi took us from our villa to the marina, where we met with boat captains and were taken out on the glassy morning waters in search of Dorado (mahi-mahi) and tuna.

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Be sure to get out on the water early, the area gets busy during Dorado season (all throughout November) by around 7:00 a.m. Though we ended up not catching anything (which was apparently a fluke, considering our neighbors and others we spoke to in town caught their fair share of tuna), it was still an amazing time, and the stunning sunrise on the water was nothing short of magical. 

Cabos Golden Arch

Our captains also took us out to Cabo's Golden Arch, known locally as "El Arco" (pictured above), an iconic rock formation out near the tip of the peninsula. The rocks were especially stunning in the early-morning sun. We definitely recommend taking a the short trip out to this stunning natural feature during your time fishing.

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At one point (and we happen to think this part is better than catching a fish), a massive sea lion jumped right on the back of our boat and we were able to hand-feed it the fish we were using as bait. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience (and made for a seriously great photo op). We also threw bait up in the air for hungry seagulls and watched as they dipped and dived for the tasty treat.

Seagulls in Cabo

On our third day in Pedregal, we opted to pull ourselves away from Villa Andaluza’s stunning pool (which wasn't easy) and head back to town for lunch at The Office in Cabo, a restaurant that came highly recommended. It ended up being one of the most fun (and colorful) dining experiences we’ve ever had.

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Image via The Office

Set right on Cabo's sandy shores, The Office was perhaps the busiest restaurant in town—and it’s easy to see why. We originally made our reservation for dinnertime but heard the space was unbeatable at lunch, so we ended up changing it to a mid-afternoon time slot (which was a great choice—the setting is particularly alive in the middle of the day). The atmosphere at The Office is beyond lively—mariachi bands play table-side in the sand (and invite you to join them on the bongos) as waiters bring you margarita after margarita (after margarita).

Villa Andaluza The Offive Pedregal

 Shelves at the entrance are lined with local ceramics and hand-crafted collectibles, and the menu is chock-full of the best Mexican food we’ve ever tasted. Afterward, we headed straight into the ocean for a little post-lunch cool down (and also spent some time purchasing turquoise jewelry and hand-painted mahogany bowls from local vendors who roamed the shore).

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Image via The Office

{Insider’s tip: Opt for the ceviche to start. Order a plate of fresh crabs with butter and garlic for the table to split, and be sure at least one person in your group orders The Office Special, a deep-fried whole red snapper served with black beans, rice, tomatoes, avocado, and basil; pictured above. Their strawberry daiquiris are also not to be overlooked.}

Squid Roe Cabo

Squid Roe

After our filling lunch and revitalizing dip in the ocean, we hopped on a water taxi and headed across the inlet to the marina, which put us right in downtown Cabo. We walked around some popular local areas and stopped for drinks at Cabo's iconic Squid Roe—a funky, upbeat space with walls as colorful as its drinks. But, when all was said and done, we couldn't wait to get back to Villa Andaluza for another house-made dinner and that incredible ocean view sunset.

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Overall, there’s not a thing about our Pedregal Thanksgiving or Villa Andaluza we would change. From the stunning views to the fresh local fare to the endless margaritas, it was a festive, celebratory, and unforgettable trip.