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What We Love

  • Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best for Romance
  • The rate includes one garment pressing per person on arrival, a welcome tequila amenity, espresso and tea service, daily fresh fruit, daily cocktail snacks, a sun-care kit and a beach tote
  • This is the only resort on the rugged, rocky Los Cabos coastline with its own private swimmable beach
  • The Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, with 27 holes overlooking ocean, mountains and desert

What To Know

  • Most resort activities, including spa, golf, and boat tours, are pricey
  • Family-friendly, but preferred by a more grown-up crowd
  • The resort is between San Jose de Cabo and Cabo San Lucas; it’s a taxi ride to both

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Sunshine stay for the Hollywood set since the 1950s, with a celeb chef–helmed restaurant and beach butlers

The Lowdown

With its whitewashed adobe walls, arched doorways, terra-cotta floors and exposed wood beams, this Spanish mission–style property feels like a Mexican beach resort done right. Which isn’t to say the hotel is short on luxury: When the One&Only hotel group took over the property, it poured some $100 million into jaw-dropping improvements, including an oceanfront infinity pool, a gorgeous indoor-outdoor spa and a bevy of new restaurants. Yet the original feel of this historic property remains intact. The resort’s rooms (173 in total) have all the luxe touches you’d expect—lavish bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, Bose surround sound—plus surprise extras like telescopes on every balcony for whale-watching by day and stargazing by night. Even the smallest rooms are essentially suites, but it’s the level of service that sets the resort apart. From welcome drinks and a butler (who will unpack your bags for you) to poolside foot massages and aromatherapy turndown service, you’ll feel pampered from arrival to departure. There’s also no shortage of on-property distractions. The resort has its own beach, golf course, tennis center, spa and fitness center, plus five dining options. You can charter the resort’s private yacht for daytime sightseeing or sunset cruises, book personal training sessions, schedule a wine or tequila tasting —or do nothing at all.

In the Area

One look at the mega-yachts parked at the luxe, 380-slip {link} will tell you all you need to know about Cabo’s upscale transformation. The chic open-air restaurants along the waterfront are a great place to grab an early bite before hitting the clubs, or you can shop in air-conditioned comfort at the ritzy new Plaza Paraiso Mall. You’ll find Mexican and international paintings, sculptures and objet d’arts at Galeria Corsica, and David Luna’s handcrafted furniture at Adobe. Work on your swing at the 27-hole ocean-view Palmilla Golf Club, the first Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course in Latin America, or work on your game at The Palmilla Tennis Club, a five-court complex that’s open until 9 p.m. daily. After splurging on one dinner at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s on-site Market restaurant, go casual with fish tacos (a Baja specialty) at Rossy’s, in San Jose del Cabo then stick around for a glass of vino or top-shelf tequila at La Santa Wine Bar.

How to Get There

One&Only Palmilla Resort
Km 7.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San Jose Del Cabo, 23400 Mexico

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 918 Reviews
Fabulous
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very unsure when my wife (and my travel agent) picked the One&Only. We have not had great experiences in Mexico. The One&Only turned out to be sensational!!
The property is beautiful and completely safe. To a person, the staff was well trained, spoke fluent English, and extraordinary friendly, courteous and helpful. We never left the property!
We stayed in an oceanfront Jr.Suite with a private infinity pool. It was super private, clean and relaxing. The fact that we had butler service 24 hours a day did not hurt at all (they were there immediately upon request and never failed to get us what we wanted/needed).
Although the restaurant selection was limited, they were all lovely, had great service and flawless food.
Be sure to have the hotel arrange private transport to nad from the airport (the VIP service at the airport was invaluable).
This is a magical place, and well worth the cost.

Thanks so much for making my 40th so special!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much! We will be back! My mom and sisters and I enjoyed the spa and massage...best we have ever had! The Hotel looked amazing, hopefully we can stay next time! Thanks so much for making my 40th so special!!

One of my top hotels!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And I wanted so badly give it 5star rating, as the property and staff deserves it!! However below is an explanation why I did not.

Our room was stunning to the very last detail not to mention the bathroom. Large balcony/terrace overlooking the ocean. Exceptional service, no one is in your face however they are there when needed.
Mature foliage throughout property grounds, oh we just did not want to leave.
There are two pools with one being a family pool and the other adults only.

There are few restaurants of which Aqua by Larbi has stunning views and excellent service. Breakfast menu is fantastic along with very delicious dishes and presentation. Dinner menu could use some improvements however this is my opinion, as my husband loved it. There is a live music in the evening which makes it a prefect atmosphere.

We have also dinned at the Breeze by the adult’s pool and I must say the service is not nearly as good as at Aqua by Larbi or through the rest of the resort.

Our two miner complaints are: the bar staff at the pool does not know how to make ‘virgin’ cocktails… shouldn’t the bartender be able to replicate most of the specialty drinks without alcohol? Each time I have ask for a mocktail I received a lemonade.

The second complaint was on our last day at the resort. There was a large group that have arrived mid-day not sure if this was an ….. wedding or birthday party, anyhow they were loud, obnoxious, with a ‘boombox’, had no regards to all the other guests that till that moment were enjoying quiet atmosphere, reading, and just relaxing. To the extent that they brought food to the pool and were eating being in the pool. This was just revolting. And pool staff did not know how to address this, so they did nothing even after other guests were complaining. Practically they made the other guests to leave. I am sorry but this should not be allowed in a 5-star resort.

So, word of caution if you are looking to relax go during the week – Mon or Sun till Thursday and avoid weekends! Maybe even check prior making reservation if there are any groups in house, and their purpose and background.

Babymoon at One&only Palmilla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The resort is beyond amazing.

My husband and i spent 5 days of our summer holiday in August 2019 at the hotel. From the minute we arrived until we checked out we were very well taken of. From the management to our butler all our requests were attended too. I was 7 months pregnant at that time and they provided me with everything that would comfort me in and outside the room. Spa service was great too! Breakfast option was big! Everything that you would crave is an option that you would choose from. Variety of cuisines to chose from when dining. We would definitely go back to One&only Palmilla!

Thanks again for your great hospitality!

Amazing property
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best hotels I have ever stayed at!
Stayed here for our honeymoon and were upgraded to a ocean view suite on arrival. The rooms are exceptional and have some great personal touches - tequila, butler service, local daily snacks etc.
Ate in all restaurants and the food was top quality. Very expensive food and wine but given the location and quality, it is worth it.
Service round the pool is excellent - attendants will make up your sun bed (including leg pillow) and bring water and cooling face spray.
Property is very well maintained as you would expect.
Will definitely be back!