I recently stayed at the One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico, and it set my design mind alight. Nestled in a lush tropical garden setting enshrouded by a jungle of palms, the resort is a blend of traditional Mexican hacienda architecture (red-tiled roofs, white-washed walls, dark wood beams) and contemporary touches like travertine floors and walls of windows. Hugging the Sea of Cortés with one of the area’s few swimmable beaches, the resort has 173 casita chic rooms with oceanview terraces, personal concierges and butlers, and espresso machines. But it’s the wonderful accents like crisp cobalt blue or red Aztec-patterned cushions and bed linens, steel-studded doors, carved mirror frames elaborately, and wood furniture that remind you that yes, you are in magical Mexico. Look for the day beds swinging on the breeze from the sea.