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SEP-OCT 2017

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scaled boulders and slid down a gentle waterfall into a crystal- clear pool that provided welcome respite from the desert heat. An authentic, abuela-cooked lunch was enjoyed at a nearby rustic ranch far, far from the beaten path, and definitely the kind of place your average traveler would never discover on their own. The cheese we'd picked up earlier was used to make the most perfect quesadilla: served warm and drizzled with local honey. It was a simple and decadent pleasure I won't soon forget. Returning back to the resort by late afternoon each day provided us with ample time to enjoy a host of on-site amenities: the adult-only pool with swim-up bar, a family-friendly infinity pool, and the meditation pool at Luna y Mar, a 12,000-square- foot spa where signature treatments are based on the cycles of the moon. Particularly welcome after a day of hiking, my 60-minute massage began (as all spa treatments here do) with a welcome foot-cleansing ritual that utilizes special herbs selected for their purification attributes. e resort also stages a diverse lineup of activities each week, from cooking demos to surf fishing classes. If there is anything you need, a team of genuinely service-oriented personal concierge are on call and wholly dedicated to ensuring that your expectations are exceeded. A late afternoon flight allowed us to squeeze in one additional excursion before heading home: paddle boarding at sunrise to Cabo's iconic Land's End, the final point on the Baja Peninsula where "El Arco," a natural rock arch, frames the meeting place of the raucous Pacific Ocean and the placid Sea of Cortez. Within 15 minutes of leaving the hotel, we were gliding across the water and mingling with chatty sea lions who seemed intent on leading the way. After admiring the rock formations on our boards from a safe distance, we made a brief stop for a stroll along Lover's Beach, a secluded and narrow sliver of beach that straddles the two bodies of water. By the time we returned to dry land, a breakfast spread was waiting for us on the beach. I wrapped up my trip sore (in a good way), satiated, and sun-kissed–an enviable vacation trifecta. sl Accommodations at e Resort at Pedregal from $580/night. For more information or reservations visit theresortatpedregal.com. slmag.net 45 Waterfall in Cañon del Zorro Whale shark in the Bay of La Paz Adult pool at sunrise

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