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The Art of Unplugging
Nothing Says Bienvenidos Like Artisanal Tequilas
Agua Bar
A Relic from the 1950s
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The Art of Unplugging
Nothing Says Bienvenidos Like Artisanal Tequilas
Agua Bar
A Relic from the 1950s
One & Only Palmilla
One & Only Palmilla is among a handful of luxury resorts that travelers can choose from in Baja California Sur's Los Cabos region, but its history may be the most interesting. Built in 1956, the hotel's construction was commissioned by Abelardo Rodriguez, the son of Mexico’s president at that time. When it opened to guests, the property was accessible only by boat or plane, lending it an exclusive air that was highly appealing to Mexican and American celebrities seeking refuge from the limelight. Famous guests of the era included Lucille Ball and John Wayne. Since then, the 15-room hideaway has expanded exponentially; it now boasts nearly 200 rooms and is accessible by car, thanks to the Carretera Transpeninsular. It still retains its luxurious air and continues to draw famous guests—as well as the merely well-off—looking for relaxing vacations in a gorgeous area where the mountains, desert, and sea meet. Each one of the resort's large rooms faces either the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortéz, and all are decorated with traditional Mexican handicrafts.
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Neighborhood Vibe
One & Only Palmilla is located in the Los Cabos region of Baja California Sur, where desert, mountain, and sea create a unique climate and abundant opportunities for outdoor activities. The hotel sits right on a private beach, with plenty of sun, sand, and sea exposure. San José del Cabo is the closest town, just a few minutes off property, and that's where guests head when they want to re-immerse themselves in civilization. San José del Cabo has plenty of boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants to explore. For excursions, tours, and other activities—including golfing, sailing, and deep-sea fishing or diving—hotel concierge staff can help guests consider their options and book trips on land or on sea.
Need to Know
Rooms: 173 rooms; from $765.
Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining:Guests rave about the dining options at One & Only Palmilla, which include Market, a restaurant by world-famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Market's menu is “Euro-Asian,” and the restaurant claims to have Mexico's most complete wine list. Other dining options include Agua by Larbi, billed as a “Mexiterranean” restaurant; Suviche, a sushi and ceviche spot, also by Vongerichten; and Breeze Café, an outdoor terrace café offering light lunches and snacks.
Spa and gym details: The hotel's spa features ingredients grown in the Baja California region, including rosemary and basil, and treatments can be administered inside or outside. Services are available for couples and for expectant mothers. The hotel's wellness center features Technogym equipment. Staff will be happy to set up personal training for guests, which can include outdoor exercise activities such as “beach boot camp” or a kayak-based cardio workout. Other specialized training and class sessions include a boxing-based workout and private yoga and Pilates.
Insider Tips
Who it's for: Travelers who want a view of the water from luxurious rooms.
Our favorite rooms: The Villa Cortéz is a splurge, but a memorable one. More than 10,000 square feet of living space were constructed and decorated to evoke a traditional Mexican hacienda. The villa also has its own 12-person screening theater, gym and infinity pool, and private beach and fire pit.
Sail away:For an ultra-special experience, guests can book the hotel's private yacht for a Sea of Cortéz or Pacific Ocean excursion. This is particularly recommended during the winter, when gray whales migrate from Alaska to give birth in the warm waters around Los Cabos.
The Art of Unplugging
I rarely unplug from email and leave behind my "to-do" list. I've traveled the world, and seen my share of gorgeous beaches, so I get that it's tough to leave it all behind. That said, One&Only Palmilla is an absolutely idyllic place to chill. With an abundance of secret hideaways, amazingly attentive service, and no detail overlooked, unwinding becomes effortless here. Of course, there's still plenty to do, if you're so inclined — hiking waterfalls and canyons, diving, fishing. And then there are some of my favorite activities — dining at Market (Jean-Georges’s restaurant), soaking up a bit of spa time, and keeping my margarita fresh! AFAR Travel Advisory Council member Malaka Hilton has put together a package that includes a complimentary fourth night, resort and spa credit, and complimentary chauffeured airport transfers. Rates from $2,352 per couple when you travel October 13-26, 2014. Book now!
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Nothing Says Bienvenidos Like Artisanal Tequilas
What a thoughtful and fun welcome amenity! One&Only Palmilla consistently adds touches that complement your stay with the touch and feel of authentic Mexico. The resort's collection of Artisanal Tequilas, as well as Mezcal, can be sampled in-depth. A large collection of local wine, with authentic personality and full of flavor and quality have been produced in the region's vineyards in the recent years. Guided by our team of expert and passionate Sommeliers, discover these wines in your stay at One&Only Palmila. Mexican wine Pairings are available at Agua Restaurant in any of your meals or if you prefer a private tasting for you and your party can be organized.
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Agua Bar
There's something magical about the way the mammoth, brightly colored Moroccan light fixtures dance in the breeze overhead as you sit at the Agua Bar. Add to that the marinated olives, chunks of parmesan cheese, and tangy margaritas and you've got a winning recipe for kicking off your evening. Be sure to stay for dinner and request moonlight seating for one of the most romantic meals of your life. Each booth provides a front-row seat facing the coastline of San Jose del Cabo. If it's chilly, blankets are available upon request.
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A Relic from the 1950s
We found this on the grounds of One&Only Palmilla. I was surprised to learn that the church stems from the 1950s and was here since the property was first being developed. Great care was taken to preserve it amid all the development.
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