Beach + Island

Spring Break for Adults

What the kids do: Hang upside down from ankle bracelets while drinking tequila shooters at the Giggling Marlin bar in downtown Cabo. Hurl soon thereafter.

What you'll do: Skip Cabo San Lucas and head to Los Cabos, 15 miles away, where the Sea of Cortez licks the mountainous desert. You'll be crashing at the One&Only Palmilla, a 172-room enclave with an Old Mexico look—iron-studded doors, custom-painted tiles, whitewashed walls, an old bell tower—and luxurious trappings, such as 24-hour personal butler service, beds on swings for lounging by the sea (pictured), and an aromatherapy turndown menu. Jack Nicklaus designed the golf course; at the decadent spa, you can order the Aztec Aromatic Ritual ($270), a warm body wrap that uses ginger and cloves. At the restaurant, C, Charlie Trotter has created dishes such as quail breast with truffle butter and triple-seared bison tenderloin with a garlic flan. It's not easy to leave this lap of luxury, but adventures beckon on the lower Baja Peninsula: Deep-sea fishermen can chase enormous marlin (Palmilla will set up eight-hour excursions starting at $980), or you can head into the desert—via horseback or Hummer H3—and follow dry arroyos to a swimming area with natural springs and waterfalls. And yes, you can still hit Cabo San Lucas, but we recommend putting on your dancing shoes for a Champagne party at the hip and expensive nightclub Nikki Beach—definitely not the kind of place known for its upside-down shots.

One&Only Palmilla
From $550 to $2,200
Tel: 52 624 146 7000
Fax: 52 624 146 7001

Nikki Beach
Tel: 52 624 144 3253

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