Capella Pedregal Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 66 rooms at the super luxurious Capella Pedregal all come with fireplaces, private terraces, and plunge pools, along with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and rocky cliffs. Interior design is nearly flawless, with Spanish-Colonial-inspired touches such as beautiful dark wood French doors and beamed ceilings; and the service is impeccable -- expect thoughtful extras such as afternoon deliveries of beer, chips, and guacamole to the rooms. And as far as on-site amenities go, it's tough to top the Capella Pedregal's impressive list: an infinity pool overlooking the coast, the organic Auriga Spa, and a restaurant situated on a cliff with killer views. Although the waves at the hotel's beach area are too large to allow for swimming, safe beaches can be found within five miles. All in all, it's one of the best hotels in Cabo San Lucas.
Esperanza Resort, An Auberge Resort Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This luxurious 57-room resort is one of the nicest in Los Cabos, and offers more of a home-y vibe than other high-end properties in the area -- it comes in second on our list because it's rooms aren't quite as luxe as those at the Capella Pedregal. But nonetheless, they are large -- starting at 925 square feet, and are decorated in traditional Baja style, with authentic artwork and wood detailing. They come with high-end electronics and decadent bathrooms (some with Jacuzzi tubs), but the private terraces are arguably the highlight; all have at least partial ocean views (many have jaw-dropping ocean views), and some have Jacuzzis. The resort's pools are top-notch, though, and pool staff offers free treats (like ice pops and fresh fruit) every hour. Since it's a smaller resort, guests get a decent amount of individual attention.
Zoetry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The luxurious Zoetry Casa Del Mar Los Cabos is not your typical beach resort. Here, guests won't find children scurrying around or wild spring breakers; rather, Zoetry's guests are treated to the tranquility of the Pacific Ocean in a resort that focuses on relaxation and overall wellness. The 42-room, hacienda-style property features yoga, tennis courts, dance classes, a walking path, wine tastings, and an on-site nutrition expert; and the restaurant menus are geared toward organic and gourmet cuisine intent on promoting health. It's located on a protected sea turtle hatching ground, and the open layout adds to the relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are large with white tile flooring and sturdy wooden furniture, though they are perhaps a tad plain for this category of hotel. The bathrooms are clean and stylish, with separate soaking tubs, showers, and bathroom stalls. This romantic boutique resort is definitely more for couples and adults than families.
Alegranza Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Far removed from the party atmosphere of Cabos San Lucas, this upscale property is comprised of 95 residences on beautifully landscaped grounds that include pools, putting greens, fire pits, a fitness center, tennis court, and restaurant. Units are spacious, with large living rooms, full kitchens, and private yards or patios. Spanish pop star Enrique Iglesias is part-owner of this quiet and well-kept property, mostly frequented by couples and families on long vacations. It is a 15-minute hike from the beach, but this adds to it's tranquil atmosphere and guests enjoy it's upscale condo-like feel versus the vibe of over-the-top mega-resorts.
The Ridge Luxury Villas at Playa Grande Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 98-villa property is ideally located in downtown Cabo San Lucas. It's within walking distance to the marina, and guests are only a few minutes from local shopping and cuisine, as well as fishing and water activities, such as sailing and surfing. The resort, which sits in between beautiful natural rock formations, has sweeping views from nearly every angle, including from the private balconies off each villa. The villas -- either one-bedroom Master Villas or two-bedroom Luxury Villas -- feature nicely equipped kitchens (no ovens though), spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers and soaking tubs, and a streamlined modern decor (though the old tube TVs seem a bit outdated). Aside from the beautiful, modern rooms and stunning views, perks of this resort include an on-site spa, three restaurants, a fitness center, and three lovely pools that feature a swim-up bar, water slide, and two Jacuzzis.