The One&Only Palmilla: Ace in the Hole
While the Cabo beach house rentals may be luxurious enough and offer all the amenities a vacation seeker could want…. Yes, there’s more. The One&Only Palmilla, a Kerzner International resort, is just a two-minute jaunt away via each villa’s dedicated golf cart but a world away in sumptuous possibilities, each with its own set of bragging rights.
The resort is a fave for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston who often brings along A-list friends (Courteney Cox, Jimmy Kimmel, Jason Bateman, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have been sited at the One & Only Palmilla resort). More recently, War Dogs star Miles Teller was seen celebrating his 33rd birthday with wife Keleigh Sperry on the resort’s pristine beach.
But Hollywood has been finding the resort to be a worthy escape destination since the mid 1950s, when it was a 15-room luxury hideaway for the rich and famous as the very first resort in Los Cabos — and only accessible by yacht in those years.
Still an oasis of privacy and refined relaxation opportunities, Elegant Mexico’s villa guests are not waved away at these gates. Rather, they are welcomed with booking privileges, signing privileges and lounging rights along with other guests of the resort. And amenities are plentiful and in-demand at One&Only Palmilla.
Go for the Golf
The famous Palmilla Golf Club is a stunning 27-hole course with ocean views and three different nines. The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf destination was recognized by Golf Digest as one of Mexico’s best courses, drawing in international players who are looking for spectacular scenery on their rounds.
Players can tee off on three different types: orange rough; white sand terrain (perfect if your game isn’t so good) or black greens – these being considered as advanced level layouts since they require more strategy than just driving balls into holes at high speeds like most other places. Palmilla’s Mountain and Arroyo nines is known to be the first course in the region to integrate and optimize the region’s mountain, desert and ocean ecosystem.
The hardest things about a vacation in Cabo is choosing amid the many things to do: whale watching, surfing lessons, yachting, snorkeling and beaches for calm, peace, refreshment and meditation. And Only Palmilla resort offers these experiences to guests, seamless and hassle-free.
Discover the Sea of Cortez
A luxurious ocean-ready yacht awaits to whisk guests away into the blue. Chart wild whales as they roam just off the resort’s coast, or fish for big game in perfect weather with incredible Los Cabos scenery while cruising around these beautiful waters.
Baja on Horseback
In search of a new adventure? Take on the untamed backcountry on horseback. Unleash your inner vaquero as you journey into Baja’s cinematic foothills and beaches where horses gallop across the sands.
Surf the Baja
The “Art of Luxury Surfing” is a new experience at One&Only Palmilla that will have you surfing the perfect Baja break and bonding with legends.
Learn to cook like a pro at One&Only Palmilla. The resort’s Herb Garden is the perfect place to start that journey and explore local herbs such as cilantro or epazote while learning what chiles are best suited for which dishes (habaneros are most common).
Also test your knowledge of tequila here. Join One&Only Palmilla’s master mixologists on a fascinating journey into what goes into creating and aging this spirit and how to tell the difference between types of tequila, brewing practices and regions.
For repasts simple and exquisite, One&Only Palmilla offers four dining venues, but only one – Seared is managed by legendary Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The restaurant showcases what marvels can be mastered with surf and turf, whether Hamachi sashimi or beef carpaccio with truffle fritters, all complemented by a collection of rare and rousing wines.
Agua is a clifftop restaurant overlooking the Sea of Cortez and is as romantic as it gets for guests seeking to woo and celebrate each other. But Agua is also open for breakfast and lunch and offering local fresh ingredients with local sensibilities in creative, new-fangled presentations.
Nightly music and the inviting Agua Bar make this spot a must in the evenings, with hand crafted cocktails and local spirits against the riveting ocean views.
Experience authentic Mexican rituals and wellness therapies at One&Only Palmilla. World-class face and body treatments await in the resort’s stunning private spa. Signature treatments are offered within 13 private treatment villas, all surrounded by tropical gardens with plunge pools, rain showers, outdoor pavilions and swinging day beds. A juice bar in the Wellness Garden encourage guests to make the most of their restorative time.
Among the options find the Temazcal Ritual that is a total body experience involving drumming, chanting and intense perspiring that some describe as akin to being reborn. The traditional healing experience begins with a cleansing ritual pairing aromatic copal incense with herb and flower infused waters to ease the mind. A deep body massage using an array of traditional healing tools and stretching techniques that promote a deep state of relaxation and renewal.
Elegant Mexico guests need never be bored or without an exciting activity to consider. Whether it is beachcombing on soft white sand, setting off for adventures on both land and sea, golfing challenging holes by a stunning backdrop, finding one’s self in the breath and music of shamanic chanting or enjoying the meal of a lifetime, One&Only Palmilla can be an exclusive part of that experience, whatever the choice.
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