As you step out of your chauffeur-driven Escalade into the hot Mexican air, your first thought will be, 'How soon can I strip off and dive into that view?' The sparkling sapphire vista of the Sea of Cortez is Esperanza's crowning jewel; you will spend most of your time staring into the mesmerising horizon, whether eating at one of the resort's three beachfront restaurants or idly paddling in its sea-view infinity pool.

Esperanza has a community feel, but - make no mistake - this is not boutique eco-Mehico - this is mega-luxe Mexico. The welcome is crazy-friendly, service super-slick and resort huge. Esperanza has 57 rooms and suites, all over-16s only, as well as a separate 'residences' resort for families. But, thanks to your personal butler (you're given his mobile number), it feels intimate. The luxury suites come with all the mod-cons that make a long-haul trip easier (hello washer-dryer, goodbye two weeks' worth of dirty laundry). The food fairies leave daily treats - homemade nachos and guacamole, or cookies and cakes - while the fridge comes stocked and is replenished as required, no charge. Dining out is an experience not to be missed. The 'Mexicanisimo' night at the beachside La Palapa Bar & Grill features a Mariachi band and fireworks, and we're-definitely-in-Mexico fish tacos. With every sip of the heady Margaritas, you'll feel yourself floating away with the waves lapping below.

WOW FACTOR Settle down on your terrace to catch a glimpse of the region's other tourist, the migrating blue whale. To witness one of these majestic creatures breaching from your comfy sunlounger, Tequila Sunrise in hand, has to be whale-watching at its most decadent.

GO A double room costs from £350