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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 867 Reviews
6th visit, and definitely not our last
Reviewed 16 hours ago

As the title says, this was our 6th visit since we first came for our 10 year anniversary trip in 2007. Eleven years and 6 visits later, and we can honestly say the quality has never dipped, the resort is even more beautiful, and every trip is memorable. We keep coming back because we know we are always guaranteed great service, drinks, food and experiences.

Last year, we "cheated" on Palmilla and took a 20 year anniversary trip to a luxury resort on a private island in the Caribbean. It was much closer to home and easier to get to. Nothing wrong with the place, but the entire time we were there, my husband and I just kept saying to each other "but it's just not One & Only Palmilla"! We are so attached to this place despite the long haul from the East Coast.

My husband did his usual couple of rounds of golf, which he always enjoys. I had a bum knee so instead of tennis, I decided to take a golf lesson. I am a complete novice. The new golf pro, Jaron, was great. He was patient and I had a lot of fun for someone who knew absolutely nothing beforehand. I highly recommend it as a great way to enjoy a different part of the property. I wish I had taken a 2nd lesson.

The service was over the top great as always. Ulysses our butler unpacked our suitcases (first time we ever asked for this and LOVED it!) and tended to our every need. We were offered a different room upon check-in because we were looking for something a little more off the beaten path. They are all there to make it the best possible experience for you.

We never leave the property in our usual 4 day stays. The food options are great. This time we did the moonlight dinner at Aqua off the ocean, and it was really lovely. It was slightly chilly, and of course, out of nowhere, I was offered a shawl. We don't necessarily do 4 large dinners. 2 of the nights we sit in the various bars / lounges and order just drinks and appetizers, which is often plenty. The food portions are always generous at lunch and all meals. It's one way we save a bit of $ on the high prices. We do always say, though, that we have never had a bad drink or dish at Palmilla. It is always worth the money.

As always, we were sad to leave. The beauty of this place is indescribable. Every time we come back, we notice other minor details that come together to provide guests with such an aesthetic experience. It is definitely our "happy place" as a couple, and we are always planning our return trip as soon as we can justify the costs again!

a dream
Reviewed 1 day ago

what a gorgeous property & what an out of this world service / oh and the breakfast was an absolute treat ❤️Enjoyed the gym services, the private beach & the impeccable grounds/ lounged by the hammock area & visited the gorgeous church on the property.

Words cannot give justice to how good this hotel is!
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow! We have just had the pleasure of staying at the O&O Palmilla for 5 days. It was simply awesome. We went for my 40th birthday which I was pleasantly reminded of by nearly every staff member when we were there! We stayed in a beautiful, authentically decorated suite with its own plunge pool and great views of the Sea of Cortez. The room was excellent with great facilities and we stayed quite close to the adult pool so we were close to everything in the resort. We had a resort car pick us up from the airport which was an oasis of calm following the gauntlet run to the meeting point where we met the calming faces and demeanour of the O&O staff - this theme continued for the next 5 days! Our arrival was brilliant, when you arrive here the staff philosophy is that you are on vacation and you are not to do anything mundane or tiring (unless you really want to!). The butler offered to unpack our suitcases following showing us around the resort on one of the little golf buggies. We settled into our plunge pool and the view only to move when entirely necessary or hungry! Victor our butler suggest we try Agua and booked us a table for that evening. We had a table out by the cliff edge, the meal was great and once again the service exceptional. Breakfast each day was enjoyed on our terrace, brought over to us by the butler and his army of friendly staff. He would then check with us when it was ok for the housekeeper to come in and agree a time for this. We would then walk over to the beach where there were yet more friendly staff who would attend to anything you wanted. The beach is beautiful with rocks that the powerful waves crash into creating a relaxing soundtrack to the day - it is not the best swimming beach I've been too and would definately not let my kids play in the ocean here as the currents are very strong.
I have been lucky to travel all around the world and have always thought no one did service like the upscale South East Asian Hotels but the O&O in Palmilla have proved me wrong. Little touches like being handed a towel as you exit the pool make this one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had. Our butler was called Victor and he worked alongside Lorenzo and Moises. These guys were exceptional, we were trying to buy our kids a "chicarito" Mexico shirt and these guys scoured all over for one but we came up blank. They took it upon themselves to get some resort caps embroiled with the names of our kids, "chicarito" and the Mexican flag - genuinely lovely and thoughtful and totally above and beyond the call. This is what to O&O is all about and the staff are so genuine it is great. I witnessed people leaving giving hugs to the staff as they left and this is what this place is about.
On my birthday itself I was touched by the cake that was presented to me by the staff which was coincidentally my favourite cake ever - my wife had not requested any of these things they simply happened to her amazement.

There is no escaping that it is a big treat to stay here and some of the prices are eye wateringly expensive but in life there is saying that you get what you pay for and if what you want is to live like a king / princess / rock star then this is the place to get it. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or are on honeymoon then treat yourself, you only live once and come stay in paradise for a few days! The resort is located close to the towns of San Jose & San Lucas so you can easily head out to other local great restaurants to balance the books and enjoy the local area too.

Heaven on earth!
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful week at the Palmilla. We have stayed at several luxury hotels/resorts but this surpassed them all! Great service and friendly staff! Amazing food! The infinity pool next to Agua is breathtaking and great for families. The beach is lovely but the waters is wavy with a strong undercurrent so non-swimmers need to be careful. Will be saving up for our next trip!!

Legendary Living!
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I spent five glorious days at the end of September at this tropical paradise and enjoyed every second! I had done copious amounts of research in the months prior to booking and decided to incorporate every indulgence at our disposal while there.
What was touted as the “ultimate” experience in luxury, certainly did not disappoint! From the beautiful grounds, sumptuous smells (burning incense) and incredibly happy, helpful staff, to the sense of serenity and peacefulness that fills the air, this is truly a top notch experience. The attention to detail was impeccable and there was never a want or a desire that wasn’t met.
As far as dining, we decided to spend all of our time at the four restaurants on property to ensure we experienced each of them during our visit. Seared and Seviche were by far the most memorable. While Seared was upward of $1,000, we knew what we were in for prior to arrival, having done my research. There would most certainly be sticker shock had I not reviewed the menus prior. We set up private dining at The Pointe which was a stunning view and had attentive service, but the menu left a bit to be desired. For over $800, of which all was food with the exception of two glasses of wine, we were disappointed with the selections.
Our suite was authentic and perfectly appointed. We ordered room service for daily breakfast and ate on the beautifully appointed terrace. Both pools were a relaxing delight with cold waters and facial mist promptly refilled throughout the day. The spa was so wonderful that I went two days in a row to visit Daniela. Again, the attention to detail was unparalleled.
If you want to experience serenity, positivity and life’s finest indulgences amongst the most engaged employees you will ever have the opportunity to meet, there is no better place to go!
The only downfall I have found thereafter is that nothing compares, so you must lower your expectations elsewhere so you’re not disappointed. We typically travel 5 star properties and as recent as this past weekend in Boston, the bar is set well above what we could ever experience at other properties. We are already planning our return visit to this perfect gem next year!