Perched on the southernmost tip of the Baja California peninsula, Cabo San Lucas, which 15 years ago was a simple Mexican fishing village, is now an upscale vacation destination perfect for sports enthusiasts. The area gained fame through the past years based on its perfect catch--the marlin. Cabo San Lucas' signature picture is of its famous stone arch, El Arco, an imposing natural rock formation which sits at Land's End. Cabo, as it is called, has something for everyone, including an impressive array of five-star hotels.
One & Only Pamilla Resort
This five-star has been named the number one resort in Mexico for the past three years by Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. The Palmilla resort opened in 1956 with just 15 rooms and immediately became a hideaway for the rich and famous like Bing Crosby, John Wayne and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Recently, it was given an $80 million face-lift by One & Only Resorts, now the operator. Today, the grounds consist of 250 beautiful pristine acres. The activity offerings include swimming, horse riding, tennis, sailing, scuba diving, whale watching and swims with bottlenose dolphins. There also is a 27-hole golf course nearby. All the accommodations offer a patio or terrace, with unobstructed views of the sea. There are two swimming pools and daily fitness and aerobic classes.
San Jose Del Cabo
BCS, CP 23400 Mexico
(866) 829-2977 U.S. toll free
Esperanza, An Auberge Resort
Sitting right at the top of a cliff, this hotel has just 57 rooms, all with oversize tubs, handcrafted furniture and a view of the Sea of Cortez. The choice of accommodations includes 50 casitas, six luxury suites and one penthouse. All have private terraces, with outdoor seating. Guests who have stayed here use words like indulgent, breathtaking and relaxing to describe it. The hotel offers a tequila master class where attendees are taught new ways to use tequila. Activities include morning yoga or Pilates, tennis, running trails, diving, sailing, surfing or a kayak trip to Santa Maria Bay to snorkel among angelfish, puffers and wrasses.
km 7, Manzana 10,
Cabo San Lucas 23410, Mexico
Hilton Los Cabos Golf & Beach Resort
Situated on an inlet bay in the Sea of Cortez, Hilton Los Cabos Beach and Golf Resort reflects the rich Spanish heritage of Mexico. The ambiance is typified by tiled roofs and an open-air lobby that looks like a hacienda courtyard, featuring a large high-rise, cascading stream of water. This hotel can boast that it has the only actually swimmable beach in the area. It is packed with amenities and luxurious touches but is still considered moderately priced. Minutes from the property is a huge 18-hole championship golf course. Shuttle service is provided to San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, since the hotel sits in the middle of the two towns. Hilton also offers Vacation Station, which is a professionally directed, complimentary daily kids' club for children ages 4-12. There are two swimming pools, a health spa and water sports of all sorts.
Los Cabos, Mexico 23447