One&Only Palmilla welcomes guests back to a resort that is better than ever with a number of new elements, including the new steakhouse, SEARED created in collaboration with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, completely refurbished guest rooms and suites, new adult outdoor lounging areas with panoramic ocean views and a new One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre.
Don Abelardo Rodriguez, the pioneer of tourism development in Los Cabos and son of General Abelardo Rodriguez, interim president of Mexico, founded Palmilla in 1956 with 15 guestrooms. Early guests had to arrive by private plane or yacht and the intimate resort quickly became a favorite among celebrities and dignitaries such as John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Dustin Hoffman, Ernest Hemingway and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
By 1984, the property had been expanded to 53 guestrooms, with another 18 added shortly thereafter. In 1993, the Palmilla Golf Club, the first signature Jack Nicklaus golf course in Mexico, opened at Palmilla and, in 1996, the property was again expanded to 115 rooms.
Palmilla closed in April 2003 for an extensive rebuilding and expansion project that brings the resort’s total guest accommodations to 172, 61 guestrooms, 91 junior suites and 20 one-bedroom suites, all incredibly spacious and each with magnificent views of the Sea of Cortéz.
The architect for the rebuilding project was Hill Glazier Architects, founded in 1980 and noted for its work on hundreds of high-level hospitality projects in over 25 countries, including One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas.
Paul Duesing Partners was the interior design firm for the project and oversaw the interior design of the guest rooms and suites, as well as the public areas and spa. The architectural interior design firm is known for its work on such hotels as Claridges in London, Zimbali Forest Lodge in South Africa, Los Cabos’ Las Ventanas al Paraiso, and Sun City Hotel and Casino in Sun City, South Africa.
The renewed One&Only Palmilla resort maintains the classic Mexican ambiance which has made it a favorite among an international ‘who’s who’ since its original opening in 1956, while expanding and recreating the legendary property for a new generation of travelers.
The resort features 173 spacious rooms and suites, each luxuriously appointed including our new Pool Casita Junior Suites with ocean front infinity pool, Master Pool Suite with surrounded infinity pool, whirlpool and entertaining open terrace, Villa Cortez, a four-bedroom sophisticated and meticulously designed residence featuring media room, gym and spa suite for the ultimate luxury and privacy all offering magnificent views of the Sea of Cortez, dine with Re-known Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first West Coast outpost featuring an innovative dining concept or at “Agua” serving a richly flavorful hybrid of Mediterranean fare with native Mexican influences dubbed “Mexiterranean” you can also relax at the indoor/outdoor One&Only Spa by ESPA, two pools including a children’s swimming and activity area, a new Executive Conference Center, and the property’s renowned Chapel, which makes One&Only Palmilla a favorite for weddings. The resort also boasts the 27-hole Palmilla Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Accommodations: 173 elegant accommodations, including one Four Bedroom Villa. 1,780-square foot Beach Front Pool Master Suite and Terrace Junior Suites, at 750 square feet, are among the largest of any resort. All accommodations, including the bathrooms in most suites, offer magnificent views of the sea.
Amenities: In addition to world-class golf and exceptional accommodations all with ocean views, including 173 suites and Villa Cortez a Four-Bedroom Villa, One & Only Palmilla offers fine dining in three of its restaurants, including Agua, offering Mexican-Mediterranean Cuisine. There is also a new One&Only Spa by ESPA inspired by the Baja landscape and featuring 13 private spa villas, watsu pool and yoga garden and a , a new Executive Conference Center, and the property’s renowned Chapel, which makes One&Only Palmilla a favorite for weddings. Standard amenities include: Flat-screen satellite TV with DVD/CD player and Bose system surround sound. State-of-the-art voice and data lines, wire less system throughout the property, writing desk, Mini-bar and separate seating area. Services provided for all rooms and suites include: Personal butler service, twice daily maid service, welcome tequila beverage and fresh fruit of your choice, delivered daily.
Rates: From $555 during summer to $6010 One&Only Suite and $15,500 Villa per night in winter. Rates are in U.S. dollars based on per room, per night, single or double occupancy and do not include 19% tax and 15% service charge. Maximum occupancy per room is 3 adults and 1 child ages 11 and under. Extra person rate: $75 per person, per night ages 12 and older. Children under 12 years old are complimentary. Rates subject to change without notice. Major holiday restrictions apply. Call for details. Book nightly rooms online using the reservation link or call and speak to a representative about a custom package.
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Accommodations & Spa
172 elegant accommodations, including 61 spacious guestrooms, 91 junior suites and 20 one-bedroom suites. New 1,400-square foot one-bedroom suites and new junior suites, at 750 square feet, are among the largest of any resort. All accommodations, including the bathrooms in most suites, offer magnificent views of the sea.
One&Only Palmilla offers the One&Only Spa with 13 private treatment villas – for either one or two people – allowing guests to enjoy their spa regime in complete sanctuary, whether for a few hours or a half-day. Each villa features a private, air-conditioned pavilion that opens onto a landscaped open-air garden. The six deluxe villas offer an outdoor shower, bathtub and thatch-roofed daybed, perfect for relaxing in between or after treatments. The entire spa is designed in a traditional Mexican style in keeping with the resort.
Guests can choose from a comprehensive menu of treatments representing a blend of Mexican, Asian and global accents with many of the therapies based on the ancient beauty, healing and rejuvenation secrets of several Asian cultures. Every detail is an important part of the experience and every sense is indulged, from the rituals that accompany each treatment to the exclusive products using the finest indigenous ingredients, from cactus to lime to Mexican spices.