The Todos Santos Inn
From the outside, it doesn't look like much: a weathered brick-and-adobe hacienda hidden down a dusty unpaved side street in Todos Santos, a little beach town 90 minutes north of Los Cabos. But past the heavy iron gates of the eight-room inn, you'll find a fairy-tale setting in a 19th-century sugar baron's former estate, with frescoes, adobe walls, and beamed ceilings. Netting hangs romantically over antique canopy beds in all the rooms, several of which open onto a fountain-bedecked terrace. Palm trees shade a small pool in the courtyard. Artists from the 16 neighboring galleries gather at night around the inn's candlelit wine bar, which sources bottles from around the globe. A few minutes' drive outside town are miles of empty Pacific Coast beaches. Pick your own stretch of white sand: apart from three spots that are popular with the surf set, you're pretty much guaranteed to be alone.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.