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Design and function meld perfectly at this architectural gem filled with artfully displayed original sculptures, painting, and pottery. In the open-air lobby, a golden archway frames a scene of blue sky and sea as waterfall splashes from the lobby fountain to the pools below. Suites take in the amazing views as well, from balconies or terraces, and from the whirlpool bathtubs with shutters that open to the bedroom and view. Rooms are outfitted with thoughtful touches, such as a long table by the door for keys and beach bags, plus a large, uncluttered desk with multiple outletsand they're made comfortable with upholstered couches, ceiling fans, and double sinks in the baths. 

The resort began as an independent hotel with one sibling in Mexico City, but has become an upscale all-inclusive Secrets resort. Fortunately, the changeover was seamless and the Marquis's fine cuisine, wines list, and drinks are part of the Secrets brand's admittedly steep Unlimited Luxury all-inclusive rate (for two per night). But staying put for meals and libations makes sense given the hotel's location in the Corridor, as taxis to either town start at about $30 each way. A sinuous pool slithering above the beach allows plenty of room for well-spaced cushioned lounge chairs under white umbrellas. For those wanting a major splurge, 26 one- and two-story casitas (rates start at $787 double per night all-inclusive) with private pools dot the sand, and though guests there can have absolute privacy, they tend to wander out to enjoy the resort's setting.