One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos Resort

An elite Los Cabos seaside escape
Originally opened in March 1956, the hotel that would become One&Only Palmilla was composed of 15 guest rooms and a little chapel, which still stands today. Because the Transpeninsular Highway would not be built until 1970, the hotel’s first guests arrived in their planes and yachts. And these weren’t just any guests. The luxury hotel attracted Hollywood´s elite, including, Bing Crosby, Desi Arnaz and John Wayne. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was also a frequent visitor.

Today, the One&Only Palmilla sits on 55 acres and offers 174 guest rooms, including its signature four-bedroom Villa Cortez where celebrities like Jennifer Aniston overnight in the more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.

The property’s other highlights include one of the few swimmable beaches in the region, a 20,000-square-foot spa and four restaurants. Other new additions: the beauty salon’s brand-new collaboration with Amanda George from Beverly Hills; a fitness center update; and a 90-foot Catari yacht for day or overnight use.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Spend the afternoon at the 20,000-square-foot One&Only Spa at Palmilla, which has private treatment villas that come with outdoor beds and soaking tubs, air-conditioned massage pavilions and gardens.

• Upon arrival you can expect a very welcome treat: house-made mango and strawberry popsicles.

• At night, the resort transforms into a candlelit oasis with candles lining the walkways between buildings and in-room candles lit by your butler.

• At the pools, expect attentive attendants who will not only provide towels and cocktails, but also pillows to go underneath your knees, a mini-cooler with ice to keep sunscreen chilled and flags to put out when you want service, otherwise, you are politely left alone.

• One&Only Palmilla’s beachfront Villa Cortez is spacious and feels like a mini-resort of its own. The private villa includes four bedrooms, a private gym and spa, a 12-person theater, an infinity-edge pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and more.
Things to Know
• The best seats in the house at dinnertime are the cliff side tables at Agua by Larbi that over look the Sea of Cortez.

• Be sure to order the Serrano margarita from the palapa-roofed Agua Bar. It’s the perfect pairing for a spectacular sunset.

• The resort boasts two infinity-edge pools, one of which is an adults-only retreat.
The Rooms
• Accommodations (which are in single- or three-story houses) encircle the One&Only Palmilla resort’s grounds along the Sea of Cortez.

• Luxurious touches available in all rooms include 24-hour butler service, choice of an evening cocktail and hors d’oeuvre, in-room tequila amenities, espresso coffee machines, choice of evening turndown aromatherapy scent and a telescope for stargazing and seasonal whale watching

• Most patios or balconies offer privacy and unobstructed ocean views, and rooms range in size from 500 square feet to 1,780 square feet.

• Other room niceties, depending on room type, include deluxe pool terrace with a Jacuzzi, daybed, chairs, and table; marble bathroom with a rain shower and oversized bathtub; handcrafted Mexican woodwork and decorative art; and walk-in closets.
The Restaurants
• The Los Cabos hotel has four restaurants, including Seared from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

• The steakhouse is known for meats like Kobe and Wagyu A5 (you can see the cuts on display in the glass-walled curing room) along with local spiny lobster and red snapper.

• Agua by Larbi, an indoor/outdoor restaurant serving “Mexiterranean” cuisine (try chef Larbi Dahrouch’s roasted sea bass with chermoula, green olives, and lemon preserve) comes complete with a fountain courtyard and festive tile décor.

• You will also enjoy the alfresco-style Suviche for fresh sushi, ceviches (the tuna tartare is a crowd pleaser), and live entertainment.
Getting There
Km 7.5 Carretera Transpeninsular San Jose Del Cabo BCS, CP 23400 Mexico
SJD (24 min)  
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