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The One & Only Palmilla
Unparalleled Tranquil Luxury
Single story and three story “casas” reflect the gracious style of “old Mexico” in an idyllic setting

Tropical gardens abound at Palmilla and the shade of the tall trees provide an oasis for relaxation

Gracious, warm, and exceptional service
Private gardens surround each of the massage pavilions at the One & Only Spa
The resort is perched overlooking the dramatic coastline

By Dolly Murphy
Photography by David Lewis Taylor

It’s not surprising that One & Only Palmilla has garnered so many prestigious awards, including Conde Nast Traveler “Best Latin America Resort” and Travel & Leisure (Latin America) “Best Resort in Mexico.” However, to analyze the exceptional aura that makes this resort such an alluring destination would be a case study in itself.

Outpacing the expectations of the most demanding VIPs, the One & Only excels at creating a casual, chic enclave for each of their guests. This tropically landscaped paradise is situated at the southernmost tip of Baja California, Mexico, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean.

Captivating vistas of the wide beach and the azure waters can be enjoyed from either of the two large multi-tiered edgeless pools or the children’s pool. Equally mesmerizing are the views from the 172 guestrooms and suites, each of which has an oversized balcony or terrace, and is appointed with a posh daybed. When Diego Abelardo Rodriguez built the son of the President of Mexico, it in 1956, the 15-room luxury hideaway was accessible only by yacht or private plane. It welcomed such notable figures as then-President Eisenhower and many Hollywood luminaries.

Some of the unique services that can be enjoyed here at Palmilla include a poolside foot massage, sunglass cleaning, the availability of personal media devices such as iPods for use throughout the resort, in-room aromatherapy, a welcoming tequila, daily fresh fruit and cocktail snacks.

The generous amenities include twice-daily maid service, nightly turndown service, the use of Bose audio systems, and a dedicated 24-hour butler assigned to each room. The charming ambience and decor throughout the resort is pure “old Mexico”. Whitewashed “casas” and guestrooms are decorated by local craftsmen using traditional methods and styles. Perhaps one of the secrets of success at One & Only Palmilla is the blend of traditional Mexican hospitality with modern luxury.

At the One & Only Spa, luxurious private therapies and spa services are performed in enclosed private treatment villas. Guests are welcomed with a foot massage and then offered the opportunity to relax after their treatment in the sanctuary of the villa's private tropical garden. An array of exceptional spa treatments is offered, many of which feature indigenous ingredients in the products that are used. Many activities can be arranged from the resort. The Palmilla Golf Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus is regarded as Mexico's premiere golf destinations.

Dining at Palmilla is a cosmopolitan affair befitting Hollywood jet setters, international connoisseurs and young lovers. Celebrity chef Charlie Trotter’s inventive cuisine has made him internationally famous. At the One & Only Palmilla, his signature restaurant “C” offers his culinary creations that change daily to reflect the region’s freshest offerings. The magical décor by Adam D. Tihany, designer of Jean Georges and Le Cirque 2000 in New York, Spago in Las Vegas and many other notable restaurants worldwide, seems to glow in the evenings and is as fascinating as the food is divine.

At the equally magical indoor/outdoor restaurant “Agua”, the tropical breezes, “Mexiterranean” cuisine, serenading musicians and moonlight over the water provide a romantic setting for casual gourmet dining. A row of richly tiled and festively appointed private dining tables line the edge of the bluff and offers guests an incomparable romantic setting for a special evening. Should they be overwhelmed by the romantic setting, the One & Only Palmilla's historical whitewashed chapel, perched above the resort and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, offers an idyllic setting for a wedding.

Throughout the resort, the staff welcomes guests with a hand raised and placed over their heart. This simple, warm and traditional greeting sets the tone of the exceptional service that make One & Only Palmilla a standout.

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