After being closed for better than seven months for repairs and renovations following the extensive damages suffered as a result of Hurricane Odile, iconic local ultra-luxury resort One&Only Palmilla is set to make its triumphant return on April 20, with refurbished rooms and a predictably posh list of upgrades and all-new amenities.
“We are so thrilled to be welcoming back guests to One&Only Palmilla, a legendary resort in México,” said Mark DeCocinis, President and Chief Operating Officer of One&Only Resorts. “We are bringing the resort back, better than ever before with a number of new enhancements.”
Each of One&Only Palmilla’s 173 oceanfront guest rooms and suites have been redesigned with new furnishings, fabrics and color schemes; with a complete makeover of the rooms in the classic Tres Palmas wing. The resort’s exclusive Villa Cortez—a four-bedroom beachside residence, complete with private pool, beach access, gardens, expansive entertainment areas, a 12-seat private screening room, study and staff quarters—has also been completely restyled.
Additional upgrades and enhancements include a new steakhouse, SEARED, from celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, new beach cabanas and adult outdoor lounging areas, and a new One&Only Spa and Fitness Center with enhanced beauty services.
Private butlers, the Huichol Indian salute with which all guests are greeted, and other signature touches will, thankfully, remain as before.
The upgrades are a much needed facelift for the 220-acre grand-dame resort that has been the cynosure of high-end hospitality in the San José del Cabo area for close to 60 years. Originally founded in 1956, the property has evolved over the years, from the fly-in fishing resort of original owner Rod Rodriguez, to its most recent incarnation— Palmilla received the One&Only imprimatur in —as a vacation haven for celebrities and captains of industry. One&Only Palmilla was among the properties most affected by Hurricane Odile, the Category 3 storm that devastated Los Cabos when it made landfall with wind speeds of up to 165 miles per hour the night of September 14, 2014.
Already renowned, along with The Resort at Pedregal, as Los Cabos’ premier resort for first-class dining experiences, One&Only Palmilla has taken advantage of its time off to rework some of its signature restaurant concepts, and of course to add it latest offering from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Appropriately named SEARED by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the new restaurant will showcase a selection of fine steaks, as well as chops and the freshest Pacific seafood amid a décor marked by original Mexican accents, from tawny marble and amber chandeliers to Aztec geometric marble floors.
Adjacent to SEARED, Suviche restaurant has a whole new look as well, with a back-lit alabaster bar and dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of the Sea of Cortez. The cuisine at Suviche is also managed by Vongerichten, who has brought in masterful Chef Yoshiaki Akaike from Japan to wow guests with his expertise in sushi and sashimi.
Local and guest favorite Agua by Larbi, from Chef Larbi Dahrouch, has also been reimagined visually with an earth-to-sea tone scheme by New York’s David Mexico Design Group. The chef will continue to offer his own unique take on Baja Med cuisine, however, with the menu shifting seasonally, and occasionally daily depending on the fresh catch and produce available from the organic garden. And fresh, hand-made tortillas, authentic moles and signature guacamoles and ceviches will continue to be a major part of the interactive tableside dining experience.
The renovation and realignment of spaces in the One&Only Spa underscores the commitment to wellness that is a central feature of One&Only Palmilla. The 22,000-square-foot spa and fitness facilities will offer extensive in and outdoor spaces for calm and seclusion. Signature treatments are set within a series of 13 private treatment villas, each located within its own secluded landscaped courtyard, and many complete with plunge pool, rain showers and swinging day beds.
Salon services have also been given a complete makeover, with the most notable change being the opening of the OBO Salon by Jonathan & George. One&Only created this brand-new beauty salon concept and partnered with Beverly Hills celebrity stylists Jonathan Antin and Amanda George to open their first offsite venture.
Barber&Blade, meanwhile, is being introduced as One&Only Palmilla’s exclusive new men’s salon. A dedicated team of grooming experts will offer male guests the chance to unwind and indulge in a series of shaving, grooming and barber shop treatments, as well as pampering treatments for the face and scalp.
The state-of-the-art Fitness Center will also be back and better than ever, with a myriad of group and individual classes on tap for all fitness levels, ranging from yoga and transformational breathing to nutrition and personal training. And outdoor activities such as Sunrise Yoga and Beach Boot Camp will allow guests to experience the healing powers of Baja Sur’s sea air and sunshine.
Want to get a closer look at the new and improved One&Only Palmilla? Guests can enjoy two complimentary nights when booking seven nights or more; or, for those looking for a shorter stay, one complimentary night is available when staying four or more. For reservations or additional information, visit oneandonlyresorts.com.