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Rancho Pescadero, El Pescadero 

Highway 19, Km. 62
El Pescadero
Tel: 650 823 0815
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
A long trek over twisting roads filled with sudden perils (abrupt turns, steep drops, goats, cows) leads to Rancho Pescadero, a 12-room resort six miles south of laid-back Todos Santos, on a prime piece of the Pacific coast dotted with surfers, whales, and little else. Casual is the rule here—you're greeted upon arrival by one of four "guard" dogs (which will likely lick your hand and roll over for a belly scratch). Manager Christine is the one-woman welcome wagon/bartender/yoga instructor/dog wrangler, who will provide free drinks and snacks in return for the latest Sunday New York Times or New Yorker. George, the de facto concierge, dispenses fishing advice as fast as he uncorks your Chilean cabernet franc. Beyond lounging by the pool, activities are few (yoga, stargazing, bike riding) and time moves slowly. The one thing not taken casually here is service: Staff dutifully accommodate every request, from surfing lessons to off-the-menu hankerings. Each of the sizable guest rooms is outfitted in a minimalist Mexican style that smartly blends into the surroundings while maintaining a sophistication with a canopied bed, soft colors, and floor-to-ceiling terrace doors that can slide entirely into the wall for sprawling ocean views. With the focus on unplugging, crowing roosters and the sound of the surf are your wake-up call.—2010 Hot List

Which room to book: An Upstairs Deluxe Suite for incredible sunset views and the pair of wicker hammocks suspended from the ceiling.

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