Beachside elegance and unashamed cool comes to Mexico at the classy One&Only Palmilla. This wellness retreat marries chic Mediterranean style with out-and-out opulence; a place where each irresistible infinity pool blends harmoniously with the Pacific Ocean beyond. This is certainly one of Mexico’s most exclusive escapes, perfectly at home overlooking the soft sands of a palm tree-lined Los Cabos beach, in sought-after Baja California. Indeed, such is the One&Only Palmilla’s fine reputation that the hotel has proudly hosted the likes of John Wayne, Lucille Ball and former United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower over the years, with modern-day celebrities still seen visiting its private pool villas today.
However, you don’t have to be an official Hollywood A-lister to still feel like one here, as the resort naturally provides an effortless air of prestige from the moment you are escorted to check-in by a personal butler, who’ll then fill the in-room minibar with your favourite drinks. This sets the scene for a five-star Mexican resort which aims for a standard and style of service that matches both its coastal setting and refined appearance. You’ll find a private Jack Nicklaus golf course here, as well as whale-watching tours, 4WD desert tours and the One&Only Palmilla’s luxury yacht available for exploring the Sea of Cortez in comfort. There’s scuba diving and watersports, a basketball court, fantastic kids’ club for little ones and teens alike, fun-filled tequila tasting classes. a picturesque yoga garden and range of boutiques, all without leaving the hotel grounds. Needless to say that with this treasure trove at your fingertips, the One&Only Palmilla has thought of just about everything to ensure your time with them is as seamless as it is memorable.
Such subtle extravagance can be seen throughout this family-friendly luxury resort, with the adults-only and designated children’s infinity pool both as spectacular as each other; surrounded by sun loungers, punctuated by palm trees and overlooking the ocean. The décor and design then take on an upmarket chic-beach flavour, all stonewash floor tiles and bespoke furniture, white walls and sofas, an outdoor firepit, fountains and thatched four-poster daybeds dotted throughout the grounds or on the beach. All the while, a friendly butler or service staff will never be far away, whether you need a top up for your drink, a personal yoga class arranged or food ordering, world-class hospitality is at the heart of the One&Only Palmilla operation.
This fact can be seen in each of the five fine dining restaurants, where multi-Michelin-star chefs produce kaleidoscopic dishes with each plate being a work of art. There is no palate that won’t be fully satisfied here, with everything from the Jean-Georges Vongerichten-inspired steakhouse SEARED, to Mexico’s finest flavour fusions enjoyed al fresco with accompanying sea views at Agua by Larbi.
Then, when it comes to the One&Only Palmilla’s rooms, suites, casitas and villas, expect endless ocean views, private patios, butler service, aromatherapy turndown options, a pillow menu and, for the larger room options, private infinity pools. Every conceivable mod-con will be included; including deep soak standalone bathtubs and walk-in rain showers in the en suites, a luxurious complement to an interior design that is faultless, breezy and sophisticated throughout. This means that all you need to decide is just how much space you need, and whether that private infinity pool is simply too good to resist.
One&Only Pamilla Facilities
172 rooms and suites, and 1 Villa Cortez, all with private patio or balcony and 24 hour butler service.
Los Cabos, 20 minutes transfer from San Jose Del Cabos Airport.