The Best Desert Getaways: 4. Villa Santa Cruz, Todos Santos, Baja California

Not your average Mexican retreat

Villa Santa Cruz

Relaxing by the pool is always an option, but the beach doesn't have huge crowds, either     Photo: Chris Jaksa

This beautiful adobe hacienda with a soft orange patina sits on 20 acres of secluded beachfront property. The four-suite casa, which was built in 2006 but was designed to appear as if it had been there for hundreds of years, is powered almost entirely by solar electricity, the clean linens are line-dried in the desert breeze, and all meals are made with produce grown in the on-site vegetable garden. Out the front door and just a five-minute walk down the beach surfers can head to La Pastora, with its giant breaks and minimal crowds. Later in the season—from November to April—guests can watch the migrating humpbacks from the rooftop terrace. Any time of year guests can arrange for yoga classes, visit the farmers’ market, taste local wines at La Bodega de Todos Santos, and arrange for an in-house massage. Doubles start at $195 per night. To find out what else is on tap in Baja, visit

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