Av. Santa Maria de la Ribera, Los Cabos
Worlds apart from the crowds that often consume Cabo San Lucas, Costa Palmas is the 100 percent private, white-sand, translucent-blue-sea, nature-filled escape you probably didn't know existed. The one-thousand-acre property is surrounded by orchards, organic farms, and forests on one side and calm water as far as the eye can see on the other (the Sea of Cortez is famously still)—arguably one of the most beautiful spots we've ever been lucky enough to visit. The Four Seasons and Aman have properties here. Both give guests the option to chose between secluded private residences (custom-built for indoor/outdoor living with the softest daybeds, rainfall outdoor showers, fireplaces...you get the idea) or the more traditional resort experience—you can't go wrong either way. The marina accommodates boats up to 250 feet long, the spas blend in with the greenery they were built into, the golf course is second to none, and the five restaurants are fueled with bounty grown in the aforementioned organic fields.
Calle Sin Nombre, Animas Bajas, 23407 San Jose del Cabo
Whether you come for a meal at the farm-to-table restaurant, or to check-in and unplug in one of the twelve tree houses on the property, this place is a bucket-list must. Situated on twenty-five acres of farmland up a winding dirt road adjacent to Flora Farms, design-forward hotel offers some of the most incredible amenities (note: tree houses, fifteen feet off the ground, each with their own alfresco shower, plus terrace with palm grove views) and experiences like hiking, yoga, and access to roam the totally gorgeous on-site farm. The staff and owners are incredibly hospitable, so much so that you'll jump right into their awaiting Mezcal tasting upon arrival.
Calle Paseo Malecón San Jose, San José del Cabo
Perhaps one of Mexico's most interesting hotel openings of 2016, this 205-room property designed by local architect Miguel Angel Aragonés has a hypermodern aesthetic that differentiates itself from others in the region. The overall experience here is totally customizable—from the personalized in-room indoor/outdoor lighting concept which is at the guest's discretion, to room service, which is available at the touch of tablet. The design is marked by sharp lines, cream marble and travertine, Italian-made Poliform furnishings, and a stately infinity pool. As for the guest rooms? With their floor-to-ceiling windows and private outdoor space, each one appears to float on water. While the hotel has no less than five restaurants on property, it's worth leaving the campus one afternoon to head to nearby Flora's Farm, an area staple, known for its farm-to-table dishes and laid-back vibe.
Blvd. Tiburón s/n, La Playita, San José del Cabo
Shortly upon arrival at El Ganzo, a whitewashed contemporary boutique hotel overlooking the San Jose Del Cabo Marina, you start to get the feeling you've beat the system: Look out from your room's glass terrace, and there's not a single resort in sight. The airy rooms are outfitted in bold, modern four-poster beds and industrial furniture made especially for the hotel. There's a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the bay with sushi on order, though if you'd prefer a secluded beach, it's just three minutes away via the private boat service provided by the hotel. Hit the spa, the gym, the recording studio, any of the bars and restaurants on site, and you're pretty much set for a full weekend of total seclusion, away from the Cabo crowd.
One & Only Palmilla
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 7.5, Centro, San José del Cabo
If the words Cabo San Lucas conjure visions of Sammy Hagar doing tequila shots, let the words One & Only Palmilla replace them with dreams of tropical paradise. Originally built in 1956 as a fifteen room luxury escape for the President of Mexico, it's been transformed over the years into a 115-room resort with lush gardens, a pristine beachfront, and top notch service, food, spa, and amenities (think welcome tequila and pillow menus for everyone; personalized robes and an iPhone to communicate directly with the butler when you check into a villa). They experienced extensive damage from Hurricane Odile, but are open and thriving once again.
Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 7 Mz 10, Punta Ballena, Cabo San Lucas
This is a big, classic-style resort done well (it is an Auberge, after all), with an especially remarkable spa—we were particularly into the Four Hands Two Hearts massage.
Hacienda Beach Club
Gómez Farias S/N, El Medano, Cabo San Lucas
Hacienda Beach Club is for the active holiday: Outdoor yoga, spinning, and complimentary water sports, including stand-up paddleboarding are just a few of the activities offered. And then you can unwind the kinks at the spa after. Note: These are fully-equipped villas for rent, making it a practical choice for a longer stay with the family—they have kitchens, as well as washer/dryers. It’s centrally located next to the marina and people who stay here love that they can walk to the beachfront shops and restaurants.
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 19.5, San José del Cabo, Mexico
The crown jewel of the Rosewood resort family, Las Ventanas is situated between the historic town of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The limestone suites are outfitted with original artwork, wood-burning fireplaces, and ample outdoor space. Up the romance quotient by consulting the appropriately named Department of Romance—a group of specialists dedicated to infusing your holiday with extra special touches (couples massages, elaborate moonlit dinners). At the spa, guests adhere to a four elements-themed treatment menu: grounding Earth, nurturing Water, balancing Fire, and energizing Air.
Carretera Transpeninsular Km 5, Misiones del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas
The hotel itself is eco-conscious and hyper-modern, nothing like the over-the-top folksy places native to these parts. The spa, for example, is set up like a makeshift cave on its own little cliff and has private plunge pools and beachside massage cabanas.
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