Above: Esperanza, An Auberge Resort - Esperanza, An Auberge Resort
Editor Rating Scale of 90-100
Terraced into Punta Ballena’s panoramic bluffs, this residential resort overlooks two private coves. Clusters of four-story earth-toned casitas contain 59 airy rooms. Featuring a color palette of grays and blues, guest lodgings flow out to sea-facing verandas. Note that guests can use the facilities of the villa and residential sections as well. The Garden, Garden Spa, Terrace Spa and Palapa Spa casitas with ocean views are stacked one on top of another, with similar layouts. The first lacks a terrace hot tub. The Beachfront Casitas offer superior ocean views. Dining options include a spectacular seafood restaurant, as well as the more casual Las Estrellas. The resort also encompasses picturesque oceanfront pools, a spa and championship golf courses. Cooking classes, horseback-riding excursions and whale-watching tours can be arranged. Rough surf and close-in reefs prevent swimming from the hotel’s beach.