Beaches along the Baja Peninsula's southern coast are pounded by surf, and most are too rough for swimming -- which may mean bumping elbows with fellow guests while jockeying for space in the resort's overcrowded pools. So if you have the funds and want to splurge on a luxurious extra in Cabo, we highly recommend springing for digs with a private place to take a plunge. Read on for our picks of top places to consider.
1. The Resort at Pedregal
The plunge pools with inset fire pits featured in the Casita rooms are a standout. They share outdoor space with sand-covered patios that have covered tables and loungers and lawns that virtually drop off at the beach. Even better: There's direct access to pools from sliding doors in bedrooms and from spacious walk-in tile showers. Decor in guest rooms at Resort at Pedregal blend contemporary elements and rustic details, to an exquisite and upscale effect. There's stylish curved sofas, upholstered seating with leather trim, and intricately designed wrought iron scones and chandeliers crafted with a modern spin. Handsome furniture is smartly arranged on travertine marble floors, and there are fireplaces, wood-beamed ceilings, and walls washed in a simple ecru. Colorful Mexican ceramics and printed throw pillows add a finishing touch.
2. Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa
The posh Casa Del Mar is the unit to book at this three-pearl all-inclusive resort. Unobstructed ocean views can be had from its inviting plunge pool and expansive surrounding lawn and patio, and loungers and hammocks are lined up facing the water. There's also cushioned seating circling a fire pit, and a formal dining table that seats eight. The villa has a traditional terra-cotta roof, intricately carved wooden doors, and open courtyards with potted plants. Inside, however, it's all sleek, upscale, and modern, done in cool tones and clean lines. Wood-framed furniture is upholstered in charcoal gray, there's a black-and-gray geometric area rug, and marble floors throughout. The look is kept soft with candles in hurricane lamps, a wood-beam ceiling, and accents like conch shells and large-scale wall art of bright green succulents. In the event you decide to oust yourself from this luxe setting for meals or further pampering, highlights of the property include a chic spa and fitness center, plus eight restaurants. (Though, as a disclaimer, you might want to read our review about the rest of the property -- it's not quite a five-pearl experience.)
3. Marquis Los Cabos All Inclusive Resort & Spa
Plunge pools at Marquis Los Cabos can be warmed up with 24 hours notice—just one of the many thoughtful extras at this adults-only Leading Hotels of the World property. Welcome gifts, nightly turndown, and sweet breads with coffee delivered daily are among others, not to mention all-inclusive rates. The resort's airy, contemporary guest rooms are made cozy with handsome mahogany furniture with decorative ironwork, and homey details like bed throws in traditional prints and colorful Mexican artwork. Vibrant accents in hues like fuschia and bright orange add energy to spaces, and the overall look is simple, elegant, and fresh. Master Suites and Casitas have separate bedrooms, living rooms, and dining areas with wet bars. Sliding glass doors open to pools and private patios, some of which offer ocean views.
4. The Cape, a Thompson Hotel
The Cape is the only five-pearl property in our roundup, and it delivers on myriad luxurious details that set it apart. It's perched on a rocky cliffside on Monuments Beach, giving it an air of exclusivity, but while a trendy vibe sets the tone, the overall atmosphere is more chill than sceney. If midcentury furnishings mixed with modern industrial design is your jam, expect to swoon while taking in decor. Oceanfront cabanas with plunge pools, services like butlers and in-villa check-in, and extras such as free welcome tequila in craft cocktails bars make for an impressive package. With nine categories of guest rooms, size and decor vary, but elements like furniture done with a beautiful mix of finishes, bespoke artwork, and patterned ceramic tile floors with striking azure accents are common. Retro concrete walls divide villas' private outdoor space, which feature small but chic infinity plunge pools, patios with simple white umbrellas and sleek loungers, and wooden trellises partially covering seating areas with couches, fire pits, and barbecues.
5. Montecristo Estates Pueblo Bonito
If you want to upgrade to not just a plunge pool, but an actual private pool, you'll want to take a look at the Novaispania Villa with Private Pool at Montecristo Estates Pueblo Bonito. This specific property is the luxe sector of the all-inclusive mega-resort Pueblo Bonito located just outside of Cabo San Lucas, and it offers 151 standalone villas situated on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific. Guests are welcomed with fruit plates and bottles of bubbly, and they have access to the Jack Nicklaus golf course Quivira.
6. One&Only Palmilla
The five-pearl One&Only Palmilla offers a private plunge pool in its Ocean Front One Bedroom Pool Casita Suite. The 160 rooms and villas at the hotel -- which is one of not just Cabo's, but Mexico's most luxurious -- are enshrouded by jungle and sit adjacent to a swimmable beach, a rarity in this region. While the property is only a 15-minute drive from San Jose del Cabo, there's truly no need to leave it. Some of the highlights at the One&Only Palmilla include a Jack Nicklaus golf course, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten steak house, an elegant spa with a yoga terrace, and two luxurious pools (if the private one isn't enough.)
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