Esperanza Resort

Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Staying here
• Esperanza (Spanish for "hope") sits at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. There are 50 ocean and beachfront casitas with private plunge pools on the balcony. Things are equally appealing at the Signature restaurant, which is on stone terraces overlooking a cove. Even spa-averse men will enjoy the Corona Beer Facial at the spa. Sure, it's $166 for 75 minutes, but it's more enjoyable than having your buddies spill beer on you in the bar. Monday's mean private tequila tastings led by a master tequilero—and enough samples to make your head swim. He'll clue you in on the secret behind the hallucinogenic properties of the Mezcal worm.

Playing here
• Cabo's two great courses are close to the resort. The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is one of Jack Nicklaus' best designs (No. 73 on GOLF Magazine's Top 100 Courses in the World). Jack himself modestly described the closing stretch as "the three finest finishing holes in all of golf." Local tip: Wave off the cart girl and wait for the "tacos at the turn," where a private taqueria from town sells terrific fried fish tacos that beat the clubhouse sandwich any day. The Ocean's sister course, the Desert, is a well-regarded Tom Weiskopf design with ocean views from every hole. Neither outing comes cheap: greens fees for each- course are $220 through May.

Bottom line
• Esperanza doesn't stray too far from the tried-and-tested resort strategy in Cabo—a sublime ocean- front setting that appeals as much to the non-golfing spouse as to the golfer—but maintains an enjoyable sense of seclusion that many of the mega resorts in Mexico sacrifice. That privacy will cost you plenty of pesos though: rooms start at $795.

Contact
• 866-311-2226, esperanzaresort.com

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