Reminiscent of a tranquil Mexican village, Esperanza, An Auberge resort combines Baja’s relaxed sensibilities with five-star luxury. It’s warm-hued, palapa-roofed casitas, winding stone pathways, outdoor restaurants, and indoor/outdoor spa spread across 17 lush acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez making it the idyllic setting for Labor Day weekend.
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?
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. Villas range from $1,730 to $3,500 per room, per night, and three-night packages start at $2,760.