Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
At a Glance
Exclusive hideaway with excellent children's and teens' club
Suites with Mexican accents and stunning sea views
Five tennis courts and 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus
4 dining options including Mexican Agua by Larbi & new Steakhouse SEARED by Jean-George
Destination One&Only Spa, chic Beverly Hills based OBO Salon and Barber & Blade for men
Take a hummer ride into the desert or explore the ocean on the resort's 43-foot Azimut yacht
Best time to Visit
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Baja California is a rare destination that offers a great getaway year long. Peak time for travel is when weather is temperate in the low 20ºc range and whale watching opportunities are at their best (late-November to April). This also includes the festive vacation and New Year period. Cool temperatures are ideal for desert adventures and hiking and boating for wildlife viewing and island exploration. Summer (April to September) can be hot and humid but the beaches are less crowded. Summer waters are ideal for snorkeling and diving. Hurricanes are much less common than in the Caribbean, but it is something to be aware of for September and October travel which is considered low season.
Baja is blessed with two marine life rich oceans; the Sea of Cortez to the east has a warmer sea temperature than the more exposed than the Pacific Ocean to the west. In the summer the breeze coming from the Pacific is a blessing. For surfing, waves break on the eastern side of the peninsula March to October and on the Pacific west November to March. The most popular summer breaks start in San Jose and extend up to the Eastern Cape making Los Cabos an excellent base. In the winter the best breaks are south of Todos Santos at Cerritos Beach.
To start planning your vacation to One&Only Palmilla
The One&Only Palmilla is a luxurious and exclusive resort with excellent children's and teens' facilities located on Los Cabos on the tip of Baja California in Mexico where azure Pacific Ocean meets stark desert landscapes.
One&Only Palmilla is an exclusive resort, long frequented by Hollywood's a-list, offering a superb beach front location on the outskirts of Cabo San Jose. Its white stucco walls and red-tile roofs are set among stunning gardens and fountains with swaying palms that lead down to a dramatic shoreline.
The guest rooms and suites are exquisitely furnished with handcrafted Mexican accents and have either a patio or balcony, all with breathtaking views of the ocean. They also offer a 24-hour butler service to see to your every need and the list of complimentary room amenities is nothing short of heaven. Despite having 174 rooms, the resort is spread out enough that guests feel a sense of seclusion and privacy.
The colorfully decorated outdoor lounge area offers an ideal place to relax at sunset and the award winning spa features 13 private treatment villas providing the perfect indoor/outdoor setting for guests to enjoy a spa regime in complete tranquillity. The restaurants are spectacular with delicious food, outstanding service and memorable views.
If you're looking for adventure, the Sea of Cortez is best explored on the resort's 43-foot Palmilla yacht, or head out on specialist whale watching excursions (November-April) or deep-sea game fishing trips. On land it is possible to enjoy championship golf, 4x4 excursions into the desert, horse-riding, authentic cooking sessions at mountain ranches or aerial tours of the dramatic coastline.
One & Only Palmilla offers 174 guest rooms, all with ocean or beach front views. Tasteful in every detail and appointed with modern amenities, guest rooms are sensuously elegant and comfortably spacious. Featuring handcrafted Mexican accents, each guest room faces towards the sea, offering expansive views of the Pacific Ocean or Sea of Cortez from a private patio or balcony.
|Ocean Front King/Queen Room||
The Ocean Front Rooms come complete with a marble bathroom including a rain shower. These rooms extend onto a private terrace with daybed. They are available with one King-size bed or two Queen size beds. Shared butler service is also available.
|Premier Room Ocean Front||
Great location overlooking the Bay of San Jose. Each room comes equipped with a spacious lounge area and outdoor terrace. The large marble bathroom is equipped with a rain shower and twin vanity. These rooms are available with on King-size bed or two Queen-size beds. There is also a shared butler service.
|Junior Suite-Ocean View Terrace||
Great location with views of the Sea of Cortez. Each suite features a spacious sitting area, terrace and daybed. The marble bathroom comes equipped with a pebbled rain shower and sculpted tub. Available with one King-Size bed.
|Palmilla Junior Suite-Ocean Front||
Spacious suite set over 79 square meters and a separate lounge area and private terrace with daybed. The luxurious marble bathroom features a rain shower and these suites are available with one King-size bed or two Queen size-beds.
|Junior Suite-Ocean Front with Plunge Pool||
These junior suites have large ocean front patios with a private plunge pool and day bed and panoramic sea views. The marble bathroom comes equipped with a sculptured bathtub with rain shower. Suite is available with one King size bed and shared butler service.
|Suite-Ocean Front, One Bedroom||
These suites offer superb sea views and a spacious living area with a wet bar and private terrace and day bed. These suites come with one King-size bed and a spacious marble bathroom.
|Premier Suite-Ocean Front, One Bedroom||
These suites feature a separate bedroom, lounge and dining area with sliding glass doors they leas onto a private patio with a daybed, dining table and sun lounges. The luxurious marble bathroom is equipped with a separate rain shower and bath tub. The suite is available with one king-size bed.
|Grand Suite-Ocean Front, One Bedroom||
This spacious suite is set over 1400 square feet and has scenic views with a generous living area and terrace with a private day bed. The marble bathroom has a rain shower and sculpted bed.
|Grand Suite-Ocean Front, One Bedroom & Pool||
These suites located in Casa Gardenia are 130 square meters and offer great scenic views and boast a spacious beach front patio with private plunge pool and daybed. They are available with one King-size bed and personal butler service.
|Casita Junior Suite-Ocean Front & Pool||
These luxurious suites come complete with a private infinity pool, spacious sitting area and pool terrace with day bed. They have a spacious marble bathroom with a rain shower and over-sized bathtub. The suites are available with one King size bed and shared butler service.
|Casita One Bedroom Suite-Ocean Front & Pool||
These suites come equipped with a beach front infinity pool and Jacuzzi and boast a secluded setting. Each room of the suite has great sea views, pool terrace, daybed, and pool lounges and alfresco dining area. There is a spacious bedroom and living area and luxurious marble shower with rain shower.
|One&Only Casita Suite-Ocean Front & Pool||
This suite located in Casa Playa has a private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor living area complete with daybed and pool lounges. This Casita Suite also has a luxurious marble bathroom, and spacious bedroom with one King-size bed and a dedicated butler service.
Located on its own private beach this spacious four bedroom villa covers more 10,000 square feet. This residence also comes equipped with a private screening theater, state of the art gym, leather panelled home office, kitchen, infinity pool, outdoor rain shower and luxurious spa.
Spread over 14,000 square feet, Villa One offers 4 bedrooms and spectacular views over the Sea of Cortez from floor to ceiling glass panel doors. It has a large glass-sided infinity edge pool to make the most of its stunning location and an open display kitchen and outdoor fire pit allowing ample space for entertaining. Other facilities include an in-home spa, BBQ facilities, surround sound audio system and a state of the art screening room seating 12.
Children are welcome to stay at the resort and they are well looked after at One&Only Pamilla. There is a "Kids Only" fully supervised program of activities for children ages 4 to 11 years, including games, golf, tennis, and cooking classes to keep the younger ones entertained. The complimentary KidsOnly Club is managed by staff trained to the highest standard and there is also the option of professional baby-sitting and nanny services. For teens there is also a fantastic program open all year long for ages 12- 17 years. This includes Ping-pong, surfing, water activities and more.
The facilities at One&Only Palmilla are second to none. Guests can enjoy two tennis courts, two infinity edge swimming pools, a spa, air-conditioned massage pavilion, fitness center, hair and nail salon, designer fashion boutique, yoga garden, beach, Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, library, restaurants and bars.
Dining at One & Only Palmilla is an experience within itself. Agua Restaurant serves the famed 'Mexiterranean' cuisine of the award wining chef Larbi Dahrouch. Seared Restaurant is headed by Michelin starred Jean-Georges Vongerichten who creates wonderful Euro-Asia dishes using Mexican ingredients. Suviche served a superb selection of fresh sushi and ceviches and Breeze Cafe is the ideal place for a light lunch or snack. In Herb Garden, a state of the art outdoor kitchen, up to twelve guests can enjoy cooking demonstrations with a focus on fresh produce and delicious Mexican cuisine.
The One&Only Spa at Palmilla offers thirteen private treatment villas and an extensive list of treatments delivered by ESPA-trained spa professional who use natural products to make you feel and look good.
One & Only Palmilla offers a wealth of activities including golf, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, diving, seasonal whale-watching from November to April, tennis and adventure tours into the Baja desert. Or why not visit San Jose del Cabo, located just 10 minutes away by car. This charming, laid-back and authentic Mexican town offers a variety of shops featuring local artisans’ handmade arts and crafts, silver and clothing, as well as numerous restaurants and art galleries.
Bryony Butler (Staff)
The One&Only is a tropical oasis nestled between San Jose Del Cabo and the corridor of hotels leading to Cabo San Lucas. Once home to the president of the state of Baja, the extensive grounds have had over 70 years to mature making this one of the greenest and lushest gardens in Los Cabos. All rooms have full ocean views and even the lead in will easily accommodate a small family with a comfy sofa bed and full size king beds. For families looking for more space there are lots of connecting options, or for the ultimate family getaway the villas are spectacular, with private infinity pools over looking the sea of Cortez. Every detail has been meticulously thought through, from the multiple factors of sun cream dotted around the resort to the miniature childrens sun-beds over looking the family pool.
The One & Only lives up to its name in every respect, however the biggest asset has to be the outstanding service, the staff are a credit to the hotel and go above and beyond in every respect to service guests needs. With a ratio of over 5 staff per guest nothing is too much trouble. Furthermore this is one of the few hotels in the area with a swimmable beach, complimentary activities include paddle boards, hobby cats, kayaks and snorkeling equipment perfect for enjoying the extensive marine life on your very own doorstep. The One & Only really is the perfect choice for both families and couples.
Jules Maury (Staff)
From the moment you enter through the wrought iron gates the beautiful estate of Paraiso you feel lost in an oasis of palms, bougainvillea, frangipani, hibiscus and stunning vivid gardens. The low slung hacienda style Suites with Mexican accents and stunning sea views are the perfect place to enjoy your vacation. Over 800 staff discreetly tend to your every need and children will love the activities, the relaxed kids club which organizes activities for children from 4 11 years of age, various dining options and the beach and space that the resort offers for families. There is a slightly more private side to the hotel for couples with some adult restaurant and pool options and their Ocean Front One Bedroom Casita Suites with pools and hot tubs are truly spectacular. Infinity pools blending with azure sea and sleeping at night to the waves stealing onto the shore was a true joy. 4 Tennis courts, Yoga, their own yacht, golf and a magnificent Spa all make this resort a joy to spend time in. The footprint is huge and the hotel spills gently through stunning gardens and palms giving the white hacienda style buildings a real feeling of place. Everywhere you go smiling staff seem to materialize beside you asking if you need anything. Whether you dine at Aqua, Seared, Suviche, Breeze or a private cooking lesson in the herb garden the choices are endless and the views a stunning backdrop to the delicious food. The One & Only Palmilla is perfectly located to explore the area of Cabo San Jose, Cabos San Lucas or Todos Santos and the hotel can recommend excellent local restaurants if you would like to eat out for a change of scene in local Cabo San Jose.
Keen to explore further afield and learn a bit about the Mexican culture and history? Let us organize a day of adventure to La Paz and the legendary island of Espiritu Santos in the Sea of Cortez. Our naturalist guide (as well as a fabulous historian, naturalist, geographical expert, marine specialist passionate about responsible and sustainable tourism as well as being a mine of local knowledge) will tailor make your day of discovery and adventure which I assure you will be one of the highlights of the trip.
Maudie Tomlinson (Staff)
The One&Only Palmilla is nestled on a private stretch of ocean at the end of the exclusive Palmilla estate. Enter through the resort gates and the hotel's grounds are green and lush, filled with swaying palms, birds of paradise and other tropical fruits and flowers. This lushness contrasts with the mountains and rocky coves of the Pacific Ocean to feel like you've arrived at a true oasis. While the One&Only might be a larger resort of 173 guestrooms, it genuinely doesn't feel like a large resort and this is partly because of the clever way in which it is laid out (you cannot get lost) and the warm and attentive staff who greet you wherever you may go.
There is a central heart to the resort, where you'll find the concierge and reception, Breeze Restaurant for breakfast with an ocean view, a library lounge and signature restaurants Seared and Suviche and a pool reserved for adults. Stroll south from here and you'll find secluded single-level casita suites with plunge pools and terrace day beds overlooking the ocean ideal for couples; or stroll north and find family suites with lagoon pools, AGUA by Larbi restaurant, Kids Only Club and of course the beach with its beach club. This is one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo with cabanas and SUP, boogie boards, snorkels to borrow and Tropic surf school where you'll find surf pro Matt to help you ride the waves!
One&Only is a resort that can appeal to everyone due to its beautifully designed suites with Mexican accents, its hugely attentive and warm service and smiles and accommodation that can work for everyone. While One&Only will always appeal to families because of its incredible facilities but as we found, it also has huge appeal to adults traveling alone.
As a cure for a long flight, we booked into the award-winning spa and it doesn't get much better than this one. Aside from cool services like the OBO Salon from Los Angeles - the main Spa is ESPA with chic indoor and outdoor relaxation rooms and secluded treatment rooms dotted throughout tropical gardens so you can happily spend the day here. A 60-minute deep tissue massage was a dreamy way to unwind after a flight, followed by relaxing in the spas hot and cold plunge pools. The spa shop and the resort's boutique are also irresistibly beach chic. I would recommend you fly with an empty suitcase when you come!
Dining at the resort is also part of the One & Only experience; on night one we dined at AGUA by Larbi, savouring delicate tuna-sashimi wrapped in avocado like a sushi-roll without rice, fresh catch of the day the Parrot Fish and a dessert that looked almost too good to eat - a coconut ice-cream sculpted with a chocolate exterior to look like a fresh coconut just fallen from a tree. All this was paired with wines from Valle de Guadelupe in Baja Sur, where the sommelier matched his recommendations to our order. Set to be the new Sonoma Valley, we picked up tips on the best producers to look out for on the rest of our trip. Our favorite breakfast by the pool consisted of watermelon and ginger juice and tropical coconut and banana pastries. During dinner at Suviche we watched the chef prepare sashimi and California rolls to perfection in the open kitchen. Each evening there is live music in the restaurants; all original and creating a relaxed vacation ambience.
Service here is exemplary, with more staff on hand than is imaginable; nothing is too much trouble. Pre-dinner cocktails can be prepared from your private in-room bar, dinner can be organized in a private beach cove or a delicious picnic prepared for your day trip. After a day out with our guide snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo and helping to release baby turtles from the turtle sanctuary, being welcomed back to the resort in the evening felt like coming home which is always the sign of a great resort and the reason that Palmilla has so many return guests. We hope we'll return again soon!
One&Only Palmilla dazzles at the original location of the famous Palmilla Resort that hosted luminaries like Jean Harlow, Bing Crosby and Ernest Hemmingway back in the day and more recently Tom Cruise, Oprah and John Travolta. Visitors arrive to a compound built for privacy and with it incredible security gates that open to a promenade driveway of majestic king palms usually see from the window of the in-house Hummer.
The Spanish Colonial details of the historic resort have not been lost on ever-posh One&Only that uses sexy ad campaigns to attract the world's rich under-40 luminaries, through a triple arch porte-cochere leading to the main lobby. The hotel's original infinity edge pool also still exists, seen from the reception overlooking a private beach amongst waterfalls and swim-up bar that's thankfully for adults only.
Recognizable names seem to be a common theme at Palmilla, including its outpost of Market restaurant by Michelin stared chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten in his first foray south of the border. Vongerichten also oversees new Suviche Restaurant and Lounge that specializes in sushi and ceviches by Japan-plucked protegee Nobuo Iwaseya.
Birdwatching at the San Jose Estuary
Home to more than 100 bird species, the San Jose Estuary has plenty to offer budding ornithologists. Explore the 125 acres of protected area, binoculars in tow to make the most of this fantastic wildlife experience.
Cabo Pulmo Snorkelling Expedition
Experience breathtaking desert landscapes while heading into an unknown Baja California on your way to one of the most important marine parks in the Sea of Cortez, where you'll snorkel on coral reefs and in the crystal clear bay of Cabo Pulmo!
Chileno Bay Snorkelling
One of Los Cabos' few swimmable beaches, Chileno Bay's crystal clear waters make for some great snorkeling and the powdery white sand the perfect spot for sunbathing. Don your fins and head out with a naturalist guide to encounter colorful marine life.
Diving Cabo Pulmo
Declared a marine reserve in 1995, Cabo Pulmo is a prime spot at the tip of Baja California for diving, getting up close to a spectacularly colorful array of marine life. Every season offers something unique and it's suitable for all experience levels.
Diving Isla Espiritu Santo
Diving in the Sea of Cortez is truly rewarding regardless of how experienced you are. Explore the wildlife rich waters that surround La Paz and the Espiritu Santo Islands and get up close to sea lions, manta rays, whale sharks and a huge variety of fish!
Espiritu Santo Expedition
Few marine areas in the world compare with the biological richness found in the Sea of Cortez. Isla Espiritu Santo is a UNESCO heritage site, where you can swim with sea lions, spot blue footed boobie birds and snorkel or dive with giant whale sharks.
Full-day Private Yacht Charter in Los Cabos
Cruise around the Los Cabos coastline on your own luxury private yacht charter, allowing you be as relaxed or as active as you like. This full-day charter includes all meals, drinks and activities.
Hiking Sierra de la Laguna
Get-off-the-beaten-path to navigate spectacular canyons of Sierra de la Laguna. Your guide will introduce you to the landscapes and history of Baja; after your hike meet local ranchers for a hands-on cooking class or simply enjoy lunch cooked for you.
Humpback Whale Watching Cabo San Lucas
Cabo is "the place" for humpback whale watching as the whales travel into the Sea of Cortez from December to April. Experience an action-packed Zodiac whale-watching tour, in addition to Humpbacks you might spot grey whales, dolphins and even orcas!
Jeep Adventure to Mountain Villages
Get off the beaten track with this adventure into the mountains of Baja for a truly unique experience, off-roading along dusty desert tracks to reach local villages where you have the opportunity to visit schools and interact with the locals.
Los Cabos ATV adventure
Thrill-seekers will love this ATV adventure across the Migriño sand dunes, speeding through desert scenery with the Pacific waves crashing alongside you. Experience lasts for approximately 3 hours.
Outback and camel safari Los Cabos
Take to the beach on the One&Only's well-trained camels and explore the rugged Pacific coastline on this private experience, taking you to unspoiled ranches and along the water's edge.
San Jose del Cabo Art Walk
Wind your way through the colorful back streets of San Jose del Cabo as galleries open their doors to tourists and art lovers for a fantastic cultural extravaganza. Grab a glass of local wine as you stroll and admire works by renowned local artists.
Stargazing Los Cabos
With little light pollution and ink black skies, Los Cabos is a great destination for stargazing. Allow yourself to be dazzled by the star-filled night as expert guides help to point out the constellations and tell stories of the history of the stars.
The Todos Santos Experience
Experience the 'magical town' of Todos Santos like a local. Our guide will introduce you to the history of this celebrated town, rich in art, music and delicious Baja cuisine including local specialties from fresh fish tacos to aged tequilas!
Turtle release experience in Los Cabos
Get involved with the conservation efforts to preserve the sea turtle species in Los Cabos; learn about the habitats and about the turtles themselves before assisting with their release into the waters to ensure they reach safety.
Ziplining Los Cabos
Soar over Baja California on this exhilarating zip lining adventure, reaching speeds of up to 60mph. Feel your heart pounding as you zoom from verdant lands to stark desert in this beautiful protected part of Los Cabos.
Location & directions
Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
One&Only Palmilla is located at the southernmost point of Baja California along the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez within the Los Cabos Corridor, a 21-mile stretch between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.