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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 896 Reviews
5 days Vacation in December
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the best hotel. Highly recommend. Hi Quality services on everywhere . Very good golf course just few minutes drive from the hotel. Unique beach just steps from the rooms and much, much more. Approximately close to the City ( about 25 min drive) and same distance to airport. Very professional hotel staff , excellent food.

Perfection for a price
Reviewed 3 days ago

The One and only Palmilla was extraordinary in every wayGreat beach, rooms, service and food. All the restaurants were good, but Seared was perfection.If you can afford it (and that’s a big “if,” the prices are shocking) there is no reason to consider anywhere else.

Very Good.....
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a nice resort for a sun and beach vacation. This was our first visit to Baja Sur. We do travel a bit, and try to visit an ocean resort once a year--usually an oceanfront resort (e.g. Four Seasons) in Hawaii, Southeast Asia, Oz, or the Caribbean. Check in was partly at the front desk and partly at the room. We did not get a tour of the property.

Our bookings are usually with the American Express Platinum Fine Resorts. We did not use the early check in or late check out. We did Not get a room upgrade even though the hotel was at low occupancy. That said, our ocean front view room was adequate for our needs. The room has a small walk out patio, I used it for drying our swim suits and also our water gear. The king bed and pillows were very comfortable, the showers had good water pressure, the provided soaps and lotions were adequate. Bath robes, slipper and towel were provided. Hairdryer was good. Bottled water was always available (did have to call the butler once to replenish). Room service is twice daily--they do put in new sheets (once daily) and towels (twice a day)-- for the environmentalists--there is no option to reuse towels or bed sheets--an option the hotel may want to add. Rooms have shared butlers--we did use ours sparingly as we spent most of our time outside of the room within the resort, the butlers were helpful in general.

We visited in early December and the hotel was decorated for the holiday season. It was very pretty at night with lights in the palm trees, etc. Do walk around this large resort, worth seeing the chapel and the two beaches. They have hammocks that are great for lounging in. We did use the concierge to book a cruise at Cabos San Lucas to visit Land's End (Sea Arch), and restaurant recommendations--Mario, the concierge was very helpful.

The resort's strong point were the pool and ocean amenities: Pool attendants were prompt and very efficient. They provided towels, head and hip pillows and umbrellas for your beach or pool lounge chair. Chilled bottled water in an ice bucket is complementary. As for the beach, there are sailing hobbies, paddle boards and snorkeling gear that is provided. During peak hours (9 to 3) there is a life guard/attendant) as well. The snorkeling in Pamilla beach / Pellican bay is very good--lots of fish to see--go earlier in the morning to see schools of Black Butterfly fish and also lots of puffers, wrasses, angels, and parrot fish as well. Coral reef is depleting. I snorkeled there three time during our stay. The waves can be strong so you do have to be an OK swimmer. We often swam in the family pool which was usually a lot bigger, roomier, and emptier than the adult pool (only useful for soaking and drinking). We went at low season so expect them to be busier later in December. They had nice hot tubs in both pools.

We used the gym twice, they had attendants, 8 treadmills and 4 to 5 ellipticals, Kinesis weight training and free weights, bosu(s), and a separate smaller room for mat / floor exercises. Bottled water and towel are provided but no disposable earphones (as some other resorts provide). We took one yoga class--30 min which was good. Please note that the schedule they have on the website was not the same as the real schedule, I arrived one morning for a 8am class and was informed that they had just switched the classes to 7am. As with other amenities and events at this resort, they do not often tell you, and you have to ask first to be sure; don't be shy.

The hotel plan we booked included breakfast and we ate twice in Breeze and three times in Agua--The menus were very similar, Agua was the nicer restaurant and service also better, Agua provided a nice slice of cut papaya with each breakfast which was a nice touch. One thing to note for diners: Both Breeze and Agua had a Continental and Full Breakfast options: you can reduce the cost of the meal if you use that option--the server does not explain that to you, and you do have to ask them for the details. We had dinner once in Breeze and once in Agua--the meal at Agua was very good but as other reviewers noted--their prices were a bit on the high side. If you want an oceanside, night dining experience, it would be worth it. We ate several times outside the resort--it was a $20 cab ride to San Jose and a $40 cab ride to Los Cabos and both had good restaurants (ask the concierge).

In summary, this is a very good resort--- worth a One, and Only experience.

Fantastic
Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband & I stayed at the One&Only for part of our honeymoon and it was honestly one of the best experiences we've ever had.This was our first time staying at a One&Only and it definitely won't be the last. No complaints about anything whatsoever! We stayed in a lovely large room with an Infiniti pool overlooking the beautiful beach. Room was immaculate & the butlers were super nice. Turn down service was great; they would set up the room with flower petals & treats, a very nice touch. The whole staff was very attentive and accommodating. We even had the doctor come see my husband and he was cured & feeling better within 20 minutes. Doctor was very professional & helped my husband so much! The food was so so good, even the breakfasts were so delicious & we are hard to please when it comes to food. Suviche was especially amazing, the best sushi we've ever had. Just spectacular. The grounds were beautiful & so well kept. We didn't want to leave! It was not a busy time of the year to go so it really was very private & most days we had the beach to ourselves. Even saw whales from our terrace! I could not say enough great things about this beautiful place. We will definitely be back!

No where better for engagement
Reviewed 1 week ago

My fiance had given me this trip for my birthday so it proved a complete surprise that it also was site of our engagement. It is a first class hotel at which one is made to feel special among all the other "special" people. The staff couldn't be better including our "butler" Marguerite who anticipated our wants, threw in many special touches and made all our arrangements. This site has a beautiful chapel for a wedding as well with beautiful tropical grounds, beach, pools and multiple restaurants. There is no real need to ever leave.