Santa Maria Bay sparkles with Imax intensity from the sleek open-air lobby of the 122-room Montage Los Cabos, which opened in May. It’s a scene you’ll find yourself drawn to time and again, whether from the resort’s two restaurants, three pools, or any lounge chair or cabana. Mezcal takes a starring role here as well – in welcome drinks; blended into essential oils for treatments in the peninsula’s largest spa; at bars, which serve 54 varieties; and, most prominently, in Mezcal restaurant’s nouveau-Mexican dishes, such as lobster ceviche, Baja hamachi with smoked dashi and cracklings, and tuna tostadas with dried chili ashes. Montage designed its first resort outside the U.S. with a minimalist feel befitting Baja’s breezy desert landscape. Travertine, copper and dark wood accents, and woven wall hangings soften guest rooms, which are set in low-slung blocks of four among elephant cacti, desert rose, and other indigenous plants on the 39-acre property. Inside, beds, sitting areas, and expansive patios and terraces – nearly every guest-room feature, save the outdoor showers – focus on the bay, which offers one of the few safely swimmable beaches on the entire coastline between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo. Best of all: Aside from the odd yacht or snorkeling group, guests have it all to themselves.