One&Only Palmilla Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The One & Only Palmilla is easily one of the most luxurious resorts not only in Cabo, but in Mexico. Every single feature here has an upscale touch to it, from the exclusive spa, to the wonderful restaurants helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, to the beautiful pools -- and certainly the rooms are nothing less than lavish, with contemporary and traditional Mexican accents, and high-tech amenities (like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi). The included extras -- such as luggage unpacking, daily fruit and cocktail snacks delivered to rooms, an aromatherapy turndown menu, and 24-hour shared butler service -- put this resort at the top of our list.
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.
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 at thirs on our list because its 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.
Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Rating: 4.5 Pearls
A great family-friendly option for Los Cabos, the 619-room all-inclusive-optional Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe offers guests a variety of activities and facilities. For the young ones, there's the kids water park, kiddy pool, and kids' club. For the adults, the on-site spa, relaxing adult-only pools, and swim-up bar in the infinity pool are definite perks. Plus, kids and adults love the resort's many restaurants -- with eight on-site restaurants, there are plenty of options. Rooms are spacious and luxurious, and echo the hotel's overall vibe -- big, clean, and modern. They also come with marble bathrooms, soaking tubs, and patios or balconies.
Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The peaceful location of the Fiesta Americana is away from the main party atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas. All 249 rooms and suites are spacious, with features such as large bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in showers. The gorgeous infinity pool is a real perk here, along with the above average, plush lounge chairs and cabanas, both at the pool and on the beach. The location is excellent for access to Cabo's two championship golf courses, and kids can keep entertained with a kids' club room packed with toys, art supplies, games, and computers. Its proximity to golf courses may make the Americana Grand more valuable to some, but its bland rooms keep it from surpassing the Barcelo on our list.
Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa is set against the ethereal background of the Pacific Ocean and a massive natural rock formation that hugs the resort. The hotel lobby mirrors this formation with modern stone and dark wood flooring and high, beamed ceilings. The resort features a spa at Land's End Terrace (with beachside massage cabanas) that overlooks the ocean. Each suite is equipped with a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and the bathrooms are simple and sleek with Spanish tiling. Outside, the slender infinity pool with Jacuzzi and swim-up bar commands views of the ocean. This beautiful all-inclusive resort, located near the iconic El Arco, is inviting to all types of travelers, from families to couples.
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.