After getting the OK from the guardhouse, guests approach an open-air terra cotta lobby facing a killer view of lush green lawns, a shimmering blue pool, and an immaculate beach framed by rocky outcroppings. Among the  most exclusive hotels in Cabo, Esperanza aims to please its pampered guests with suites, casitas, and villas as strikingly beautiful as the scenery. Even the smallest units (at an impressive 1,200 square feet of indoor/outdoor space) have infinity-edged hot tubs, soothing cream-colored furnishings, personal concierge service and high-end electronics including complimentary Wi-Fi. Villas with private kitchens are well-suited for long-term vacationing. Fountains splash against rock walls in the superb spa, where therapists knead sore muscles after beach boot camp and rumba classes. Wine dinners and cooking classes add to the Baja-inspired cuisine at several restaurants and Mexican artisans stop by once each week to display their wares. A favorite of elusive celebs and politics, this hotel has served as a backdrop for films and high-powered conferences—you never know who might show up by the pool.