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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 823 Reviews
Beautiful with incredible service
Reviewed 23 hours ago

The resort and service were incredible. I have been hearing about this place for quite sometime and I can understand why. My only notes are that the room's decor was not as thoughtful as some other hotels in the area at this price point, and the prices at the Aqua restaurant were insane. I am willing to pay a lot for something with special ingredients or for something high quality but the items on the menu did not seem to fit the bill. $30 for tortilla soup and $70 for pasta and sausage. How is that ok? I understand the cost of everything else-- the service at this hotel was so incredibly above and beyond. Overall, I am very happy with our stay here. If you want to be treated incredibly well and enjoy beautiful amenities, this hotel is one of the best!

Our first One & Only Experience
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a kid-free, trip to relax and have some quality time together. As it was the start of off-season, we found the place quiet and easy to get dinner reservations and great seating by the pool. All-in-all, we truly had a wonderful time and found everyone pleasant, helpful and attentive.

If you're going for the first time, you need to know that food and drinks are very expensive and they significantly mark up their bottles of wine. We spent at least $150 per person for dinners. The spa and other services were on par for a resort of this caliber. We found the food very good and it always came hot and cooked as we requested.

We only had two disappointments. The first was telling the hostess at the restaurant and our butler that we wanted to eat at the Japanese restaurant on Tuesday, our final night. When Tuesday came, it was closed. The other was purchasing a tequila set like those found in the room. It was all wrapped up and when we got home, the lids didn't fit together at all. Still, these are pretty small issues and I consider them high street problems.

We will certainly return. We fished out of Cabo Marina, golfed, use the spa and workout room and relaxed by the pool. A perfect get-a-way.

If you want luxury, service and great food, go to Palmilla. Immediately!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have nothing but rave reviews. Absolutely no negative feedback. It was an amazing 7 days in pure paradise.

Room. We opted for the Junior Casita Suite. It was spacious and very well appointed. We normally opt for a more modern look but this place, the entire place, is just beautiful. Furniture, linens, bathroom, all of it. It was simply amazing. The private outdoor space offered a perfect sanctuary and we often opted to hang out there all day as opposed to going to the pool. The temperature on our private infinity pool was perfect and it was spotless. We soaked in this pool for hours and just stared out to the beautiful beach. There was maybe 500 feet of distance between the edge of our pool and the ocean. Breathtaking.

Grounds and facilities. It was a lush, tropical paradise. Period. It seems that every plant, every blade of grass, was pruned perfectly. Both the adult pool and the family pool were super clean and very well maintained. The Spa was exactly what you would expect from a resort of this caliber. We opted for the 2-hour couples treatment in the couples’ suite at the spa, complete with a totally private outdoor space. The entire experience was just perfect. And the treatments were top notch.

Service. Every single member of the staff was incredibly friendly and went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable. These people work incredibly hard and are outstanding representatives of the company they work for. Every single one of them. Whatever you want or need, they will make it magically appear in front of your eyes.

Food. The pool side restaurant, Seared, and Agua all served great food. Every meal, even a casual lunch by the pool, was executed with 5-star care. One thing, the corn ravioli appetizer at Seared is one of the best things that I’ve ever had anywhere. Also, the drinks were amazing and high quality.

We've stayed at a number of resorts of this type. Palmilla exceeds them all.

Our Family trip.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time and enjoyed the resort as well as the service.
The rooms are comfortable, views are beautiful and the service is perfect.
Staff makes you welcomed and are always ready to help.
Looking forward to our next trip.

Girls Weekend in Cabo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a return guest of the One & Only Palmilla I was very excited to share the splendor and beauty of this resort.

From the moment our party arrived the staff greeted each of us, given a cold handmade popsicle and guided us to our adjoining Spanish influenced comfortably appointed rooms.

We planned to try dinner at each spot on property and ventured out for an evening of dancing and dinner at the harbor.

The hotel has very safe drivers, I highly recommend Hugo to drive you and advise on what to see and where to eat.

I give 5 stars to the staff around the resort, the pool attendants, the butlers and the food and beverage director especially.

Another huge thank you to the brave lifeguard who saved my friend from 10 ft waves after misjudging the current. He also risked it again for her hat, which she lost while being rescued.

Thank you for all the amazing staff at the One and Only!

My only complaint is the staff in reservations should be kinder to guests who need help with the rooms, reservation extensions and late check outs. There’s nothing worse than spending 20k on a few days and being treated like you aren’t welcome once check out day arrives.