LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO
km 19.5, Carretera Transpeninsular; 011-52-624-144-0300, 888-767-3966. Suites: $375$1,000. Luxury Suites: $1,400$3,500.
Operated by the Rosewood group, which owns the Little Dix Bay in the Virgin Islands and the famed Mansion on Turtle Creek, Las Ventanas is one of the finest resorts in all the Americas. The tall, white wall and circle of agave plants that greet you on arrival are the first indication that no design detail is too small to have received full attention. Indeed, the entire property is both exquisite and expensive. The smallest rooms are 960-square-foot junior suites, each with an adobe fireplace and a fully furnished terrace complete with a telescope for whale watching; rooftop units boast negative-edge Jacuzzis. It doesn't get any classier than Las Ventanas, but don't expect that wild Cabo spirit.
km 7.5 (from San José del Cabo), Carretera Transpeninsular; 011-52-624-144-5000, 888-691-8081. Rooms: $245$430. Suites: $855$3,150.
Originally built in the fifties as a fly-in or yacht-in fishing resort, Palmilla has been remodeled into a five-star property with a spectacular location on a rocky point that juts out into the Sea of Cortez. From the beautiful gardens to the ocean-side pool, Palmilla's classy old-world atmosphere makes this one of the best places to stay in Mexico. Don't miss the Friday night Mexican buffet--a fine feast with traditional Mexican entertainment and fireworks over the ocean.