San José del Cabo, Mexico
Jungle Oasis, $$
There's nothing like a treehouse to reawaken childlike excitement. Make it a treehouse hotel, and you've intrigued adult travelers. Up the luxury quotient by adding an outdoor shower and private mezcal bar to the offering and, well, it sounds to us like an adult dream come true.
It's no dream. It's a little spot of reality at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains in San José del Cabo in Baja California. It's Acre Resort, a one-of-a-kind treehouse resort in a palm tree jungle.
What began in 2014 as an award-winning culinary destination serving refined, contemporary Mexican fare has evolved into a full ecosystem with an organic farm, a spa, an arts community, and, yes, a luxurious hotel where guests fall asleep under the stars. The restaurant and bar remains at the center of the experience, offering a taste of Baja's bounty through beautifully prepared meals that marry vibrant local ingredients with global flavors. With apologies to the children, Acre is adults-only.
And they are not stopping here. The community will continue to grow with the addition of a forthcoming beach club and a traditional Mexican temezcal healing dome. If this sounds like a place you'd never want to leave, you might be tempted to buy a part ownership in one of two- and three-bedroom villas. Welcome home to paradise.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Farm to treehouse.
Standout Detail: It's all the thrills of an off-the-grid jungle oasis with all the frills of a boutique hotel.
This Place Is Perfect For: Foodies and adventurous couples who want a romantic and private landing pad for exploring the lesser-known side of Cabo.
Rooms: Twelve thatched treehouses nestled in a canopy of palm trees ascend to the sky — one a deluxe double unit connected by a suspended bridge. Every treehouse has a private open-air terrace, a king-sized bed, an outdoor shower, WiFi, and a curated mini bar stocked with the hotel's own small-batch mezcal. Come morning, a wake-up breakfast basket filled with pastries, coffee, and juice is the perfect fuel for a morning yoga class in the mango orchard. Two- and three-bedroom villas are available for fractional ownership.
On Site: The 25-acre property is a living, breathing ecosystem with organic gardens and a working farm, citrus groves, and a family of farm animals — peacocks, donkeys, goats, and rescue dogs. The public areas include a solar-heated pool, a treehouse spa, a fire pit, a gym, and pickleball, bocce, and ping-pong areas. Daily painting, sculpture, and photography classes are offered. Days here are spent waking to the sunlight streaming through the treehouse thatches, stretching among the mango groves, sipping mezcal from the terrace at golden hour, savoring memorable meals, stargazing from the fire, and falling asleep to the Baja breeze. The beach is just a few minutes from the hotel, and Acre is happy to supply the 4x4 and surfboards.
Feel-Good Factor: About those rescue dogs: Acre has rescued and found forever homes for some 200 abandoned puppies so far. Instead of coming home with a fractional ownership in a villa, you might come home with a new family member.
Food + Drink: 70 percent of food comes from onsite farms tended by Los Angeles native chef Kevin Luzande, who dropped everything to move to Baja to run ACRE and never looked back. The fish is fresh, the ingredients are vibrant, and the blend of flavors makes every dish a standout at the award-winning restaurant. The bar serves cocktails crafted by the team from Vancouver’s Keefer Bar. Fausto's, the cafe and market that serves breakfast, has a covered terrace and air conditioning, should the Pacific breezes not be cool enough for you.
What to Do Nearby
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