If there’s only one reason to choose The Cape, a luxe, boutique Thompson Hotel, it’s the live oysters and soy-infused chocolate clams at the hotel’s Manta restaurant. Also tasty is its surfer-chic decor and its pools and spa, which are seemingly embedded in natural rock formations. — M.H.
Great for couples
Entering the ultra-luxurious Pedregal resort feels like crossing a divide between two worlds. This stunning property, just a five-minute walk from the burly party scene of Cabo, is built atop gorgeous cliffs overlooking the Pacific. Each room at the resort features an ocean view and balcony and is a toast to traditional Mexican design with desert-inspired hues. A dinner at the casual, cliffside El Farallon is not to be missed as the spray actually licks the lip of the intimate restaurant and the fish have been plucked from the surrounding waters, making the term alfresco ridiculously apt. The Luna y Mar is another mind-blower with organic treatments inspired by the moon, sea and Mexican folk healing. — D.C.
Moor your sailboat in one of the Costa Palmas Marina’s 250 slips, then check in to a luxurious room or private residence when this much-anticipated Four Seasons Resort opens on the Baja’s spectacular East Cape in 2018. The property is part of Costa Palmas, a 400-hectare private beachfront resort community that includes the hotel, a marina, yacht club and an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Guests can set sail, tee up, book a spa treatment or simply splash around in the calm, clear waters of the Sea of Cortez. — L.K.
Set on the Pacific Ocean near Cabo San Lucas, this property has been built with an eye to the surrounding desert landscape. Look for coastal palettes, hand-chiseled stone and intricate ceramic designs inside guest rooms that feature full kitchens with marble counters and private terraces. Other resort amenities include pools, a fitness centre, spa and access to an 18-hole Greg Norman golf course. — L.K.
Great for art lovers
From the murals on the walls to the live music performances at the hotel’s rooftop pool, it’s all about art at Hotel El Ganzo. Also in San José del Cabo, Casa Natalia celebrates the craftsmanship of Mexico’s folk traditions, and chef Loic Tenoux’s Euro-Mexican cuisine makes the hotel’s Mi Cocina restaurant a destination on its own merit.
Great for families
Overlooking Santa Maria Bay on the region’s “Golden Corridor” (between Los Cabos’s two cities), Montage offers 122 guest rooms, suites and casas (like villas) along with 52 residences. The property’s calling card is its highly personalized fitness and wellness programs, along with a range of indulgent treatments at the signature Spa Montage. Parents who want to work out or bliss out can check their children in to Paintbox, the immersive kids’ program. — L.K.
The dramatic surf that Cabo visitors love to watch can also make some beaches difficult for swimming. This isn’t the case at Playa Bledito, also known as Tequila Cove, where Paradisus Los Cabos (recently rebranded from Meliá Cabo Real) fronts a lovely stretch protected by a breakwater. There’s a spectacularly big pool, too. — M.H.
Perched high above the harbour, all-inclusive Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos feels away-from-it-all while offering easy access to the markets, stalls and malls of Cabo San Lucas. And the resort’s Whale Watchers Bar has one of the best sunset views on the entire peninsula.
Enjoy butler service, private infinity plunge pools, outdoor terraces with firepits and stunning views of the too-blue Sea of Cortez when this exclusive Ritz-Carlton concept makes its Baja debut in early 2018. The 115, single-storey, elegantly appointed suites and villas are placed unobtrusively along the region’s duned topography and blend in perfectly with the desert landscape. It’s an ideal retreat for those who want to get away from it all.
Mexico’s Magic Towns
There are 111 pueblos mágicos in Mexico, each one designated as such for its enchanting beauty, architecture and centuries-old culture. Here are five magic towns—Sayulita, Todos Santos, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and San Sebastián del Oeste—that are easily accessible from major cities and resorts.