The Top 10 New Resorts for 2003: Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Reminiscent of a tranquil Mexican village, Esperanza—the newest Auberge resort—combines Baja’s relaxed sensibilities with five-star luxury. Its warm-hued, palapa-roofed casitas, winding stone pathways, outdoor restaurants, and indoor/outdoor spa spread across 17 lush acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez.

The most exertion you will undertake will be in the decision-making arena: Shall you have your massage by the sea, in your suite, or in the spa? Should you laze by the pool or stroll down to the beach? Will you sip a hibiscus agua fresca by a trickling waterfall, order a mango smoothie to drink on the sand, or have a frosty margarita in the open-air bar?

You may explore the area’s secluded coves, hunt for shells on the pristine beach, or read a book by the cobalt blue infinity pool, which seems to merge seamlessly with the sea. The snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking are excellent; and five top-ranked golf courses just a short distance from the resort await the restless golfer.

Even if you decide to stay inside your casita, you feel at one with the sun and sea. Glass walls swing open to sweeping ocean views and the sound of crashing waves; large terraces feature lounges, hammocks, and private hot tubs.

From the privacy of your casita, you can watch whales (binoculars are thoughtfully provided); take a lime-scented soak in your deep tub; nap in that incredibly comfortable king-size feather bed with down pillows and crisp Frette linens; or be entertained by the plasma-screen TV, DVD player, and high-speed Internet access.

CONCIERGE
Villas from about $950 to $3,500 per room, per night.
Three-Night Packages from $2,760.
Contact +248.383.500 or 800.525.4800 www.banyantree.com

Photo by Didi Lotze
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