Iconic Los Cabos Resort Raises the Bar for Baja Peninsula Ultra-Luxury
Situated at the edge of the Baja Peninsula, the iconic One&Only Palmilla resort has been long known as one of the world’s most exclusive ultra-luxury resorts. Originally built in 1956 as a 15-room luxury hideaway by Don Abelardo Rodriguez, son of the then-President of Mexico, the resort officially became One&Only Palmilla in 2004 following a $90 million refurbishment and continues innovation at the resort. Guests of the award-winning One&Only Palmilla resort are looked after with genuine hospitality and discreet service, touched by the freshness of local warmth and charm.
After an extensive rebirth in 2014, One&Only Palmilla re-opened on April 20, 2015 and welcomed guests back to a resort that was better than ever with a number of new offerings including SEARED, a steakhouse created in collaboration with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, completely refurbished guest rooms and suites, adult outdoor lounging areas and the One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre. Past guests of the resort can still enjoy what they have come to love about One&Only Palmilla, and are also given the opportunity to discover new experiences. Most importantly, One&Only Palmilla continues to deliver the incredible warm and genuine service that guests love.
As one of the most sought out dining destinations in Cabo, One&Only Palmilla joined forced with Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for the creation of steakhouse SEARED, that offers a selection of the finest steaks – displayed in a glass-walled curing room, as well as chops and the freshest Pacific and Atlantic seafood. The décor at the steakhouse by Jeffrey Beers International offers smart and comfortable elegance accented by original Mexican details, with tawny marble, amber chandeliers, and Aztec geometric marble floors. Guests can also dine al fresco on the restaurant’s expansive ocean-facing terrace.
Adjacent to SEARED, guests can dine at Suviche, with a back-lit alabaster bar and dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of the Sea of Cortez. Suviche’s cuisine is also choreographed by Jean-Georges, who selected the masterful Chef Kazuki Takubo from Japan to delight guests with his expertise in sushi and sashimi. Suviche’s Sake Sommelier guides guests in pairing the perfect sake to complement each dining experience.
Located next to Suviche, guests are invited to enjoy the One&Only Lounge and select from a vast array of cocktails, including an extensive selection of Mexico’s finest tequila and mezcal. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular vistas of the sunsets, as guests can lounge on low couches before or after dinner, while listening to nightly live entertainment, enhancing the vibrant ambiance every evening.
At Agua, a favorite among locals and guests alike, the large and airy space was redesigned in 2015 with an earth-to-sea tone design scheme by David Mexico. The restaurant welcomes guests throughout the day to enjoy farm-to-table dining, offering authentic Mexican cuisine with some Mediterranean influences. The menu changes seasonally, with some items changing daily, depending on the fresh catch and produce available from the organic garden. Interactive dining is showcased here, including fresh, hand-made tortillas, authentic moles and signature guacamole and ceviche made tableside.
The open kitchen allows guests to observe the culinary team’s techniques, whilst the restaurant’s wine cellar contains the world’s largest selection of Mexican wines, as well as wines from around the world. Agua also offers guests a wealth of beverage options from the dedicated tequila and mezcal trolley, which introduces guests to the distinctive Mexican spirits, from the blanco, reposado and anejo varieties of tequila to the unique and lesser-known mezcal. The restaurant’s al fresco dining space leads down to a series of unique pods with tile-topped oval tables surrounded by stone and cushioned banquettes that perch on the cliff’s edge, affording diners an uninterrupted view of the Sea of Cortez.
The resort’s central terrace leads guests to the casual outdoor Breeze, which overlooks one of the resort’s two free-form pools, framed by the vista of the Pacific Ocean. Breeze offers guests a variety of culinary options for the perfect breakfast, a light lunch of salads and Mexican delicacies and all-day snacks showcasing fresh and organic produce.
Inspired by ancient traditions and the most progressive results-driven therapies, the One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre is a 22,000-square-foot spa with extensive indoor and outdoor space, providing guests with a sense of calm and seclusion. Signature treatments take place within a series of 13 private treatment villas, each set within its own secluded landscaped courtyard, many complete with plunge pool, rain showers and swinging day beds. One&Only Spa offers guests several traditional healing rituals including Temazcal, an Ancient Healing Treatment that includes a consultation with a Shaman and Ancient Mexican Remedies, all designed for guests looking for an extraordinary and mystical experience to comfort the body and feed the soul.
Not to forget the men, Barber&Blade by One&Only™ is exclusive to One&Only Palmilla. A private gentlemen’s grooming studio offers a curated menu of exceptional services. Dedicated grooming experts offer male guests the ability to unwind and indulge in a series of shaving, grooming and barber shop treatments, as well as pampering for the face and scalp.
Guests of the One&Only Spa can also choose from a wide variety of exclusive treatments for the feet, hands and nails at the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio, designed by internationally renowned French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez, including a series of signature “Duo” treatments that feature two therapists in synchronized motion. And as part of the expanded One&Only Spa, the new Juice Bar offers guests a wide selection of freshly pressed natural juices to improve health and wellbeing.
The state-of-the-art Fitness Centre welcomes guests to continue – or begin – healthy lifestyle pursuits, equipped with an integrated collection of TechnogymÒ cardio, strength and functional equipment, which offers the best in design, biomechanical engineering and interactive technology. A myriad of group and individual classes are on offer for all fitness levels, ranging from yoga and transformational breathing to nutrition and personal training, while outdoor activities such as Sunrise Yoga and Beach Boot Camp allow guests to breathe in the healing powers of Baja’s sea air and sunshine. The entire workout space was reoriented to enable those using the equipment to enjoy the extraordinary views of the resort’s gardens and ocean beyond.
Rooms, Suites and Villas
One&Only Palmilla offers 174 oceanfront guest rooms and suites, providing luxurious accommodations, pristine views of the Sea of Cortez and personal service from the entire staff. Guests are also provided with butler service during their stay. In addition, the luxury resort features two villas: Villa Cortez and Villa One. The exclusive Villa Cortez is a four-bedroom beachside residence, complete with private pool, beach access, gardens, lavish entertainment areas, a 12-seat private screening room, study and staff quarters. Supremely located on the resort’s idyllic southern beach, Villa Cortez is exquisitely designed in the authentic style of traditional Mexican hacienda, yet fashioned with every conceivable modern-day amenity. Villa One, perched on the highest point of the resort, is designed for absolute privacy, with breathtaking and unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and the spectacular Baja coastline. The four-bedroom Villa One is complete with a dedicated living and dining areas, full kitchen, butler pantry, private spa treatment room, state-of-the-art entertainment screening room, infinity pool, fire pit and jetted tub.
As the iconic luxury retreat in the destination of Los Cabos, One&Only Palmilla is unrivalled in its experience: world-renowned service from a beloved family of genuinely warm, welcoming staff; wide variety of fine-dining options including five restaurants, three bars and private diving offerings and authentic, immersive culinary and cocktail experiences from Catch, Cook, Cocktail to Tequila Tasting; in addition, unparalleled family offerings and KidsOnly programming; Pelican Beach, one of the only swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, exclusive to guests with beach cabanas and sunlounges and three Private Coves, encompassed by dramatic rock clicks creating a secret retreat, complete with a floating bed, chaise lounge chairs and personal butler; two ocean view infinity pools, Agua Pool and Vista Pool. The One&Only Spa, with a vast number of wellness, fitness and beauty offerings; numerous watersports such as Snorkeling and Scuba Diving and active water excursions from Deep-Sea Fishing and Parasailing; access to a fleet of three boats in partnership with Cool Baja including the Saladita fishing boat, Hakuna Matata sports cruiser and Komokwa, a luxury Edmiston yacht; and sporting activities including The Art of Luxury Surfing in partnership with Tropicsurf and Golfing at One&Only Palmilla, whether hitting the links at the award-winning 27-hole course designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus or utilizing the only Robo Golf Pro in Los Cabos, a revolutionary training aid that teaches the perfect swing with the help of video and mechanical training. All offered within the resort’s verdant oasis on its own peninsula overlooking the dramatic coastline of the Sea of Cortez, One&Only Palmilla is second to none.