Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, sits on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, and its geographic position gives guests exceptional views of the Sea of Cortéz. Each one of the hotel's 57 rooms faces the sea and Esperanza's private beach. If that's not enough water, there are also four swimming pools. Hotel staff keep guests as busy as they want to be, with a full schedule of activities. Some of these are the usual Baja resort suspects—yoga lessons or cooking classes, say—but a number of them are quite unique. A master tequilero teaches the fine art of tequila appreciation, while other instructors lend their expertise to teach guests Spanish, salsa, or painting. Guest rooms are gorgeous, with an earth-tone color scheme and fine, locally made handicrafts as decorative accents. Bathrooms in the casitas look out onto water; villas have full kitchens and dining rooms.
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Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, sits on the southern tip of Baja California, four miles from the popular vacation town of Cabo San Lucas. The area enjoys an average of 350 sunny days every year. Between the weather and the mountain-desert-sea landscape, vacations here are as much about the outdoors and nature’s offerings as they are about the hotel's design, comfort, and amenities. Concierges can assist with planning any number of activities, including horseback riding, sailing, and sportfishing. In the winter months, Cabo typically sees a large migration of gray whales, which travel all the way from Alaska to give birth in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortéz. Diving and surfing are also popular sports, and the hotel can coordinate classes or excursions for both.
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Rooms: 57 rooms, 60 privately owned villas, 36 private residences; from $695. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Breakfast is included in the resort rate and is served at Cocina del Mar, one of four restaurants on site. Cocina del Mar also serves lunch and dinner; at these meals, seafood is the star. La Palapa is an outdoor bar and grill serving Mexican food; it has a swim-up bar. La Terraza Americana is another outdoor option, where salads, sandwiches, and hamburgers are served for lunch daily. Las Estrellas is a casual Italian restaurant and the Lounge Bar and Humidor is a cantina-style spot; tequila and cigars are the big draw here. Spa and gym details: The on-site spa draws inspiration from its desert and sea surroundings. Guests can enjoy outdoor showers, a sunning garden, massages in beachside cabanas, and a steam cave, along with typical massage, facial, and mani-pedi spa treatments. The gym has up-to-date equipment, and personal trainers can be booked in advance for one-on-one workout sessions. The hotel concierge can arrange tee times at one of four championship golf courses in the area, including a Nicklaus-designed ocean course and a Weiskopf-designed desert course.
Who it's for: Ocean lovers who also appreciate luxury and unique resort activities. Our favorite rooms: All of the rooms are stellar, but we especially love the beachfront casitas, which have retractable doors that dissolve the barrier between indoors and outdoors. The Sea of Cortéz is practically close enough to touch. Adults only: Leave the kids at home; Esperanza is an adults-only resort. Pets, on the other hand, are welcome. In fact, the resort provides pet beds with Italian linen sheets, and furry roommates have their own room-service menu.