Reborn Iconic Los Cabos Resort Raises the Bar for Baja Peninsula Ultra-Luxury
Long known as one of the world’s most exclusive ultra-luxury resorts, the iconic One&Only Palmilla resort will re-open on 20 April 2015. One&Only Palmilla will welcome guests back to a resort that is better than ever with a number of new elements including the new steakhouse, SEARED by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, completely refurbished guest rooms and suites, new adult outdoor lounging areas and a new One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre. Past guests of the resort will find what they have come to love about it, but will also discover some new experiences. Most importantly, One&Only Palmilla will continue to deliver the incredible warm and genuine service that guests love.
“We are so thrilled to be welcoming back guests to One&Only Palmilla, a legendary resort in Mexico,” said Mark DeCocinis, President/Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “We are bringing the resort back, better than ever before with a number of new enhancements. With our incredible team, we will continue the generosity of spirit that One&Only Palmilla has been known for.”
One&Only Palmilla is set to become the dining destination in Cabo. Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings his internationally renowned signature culinary style to a brand-new steakhouse at One&Only Palmilla, SEARED by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, showcasing a selection of the finest steaks–displayed in a glass-walled curing room, as well as chops and the freshest Pacific seafood. The décor at the steakhouse by Jeffrey Beers International offers smart and comfortable elegance accented by original Mexican techniques, with tawny marble, amber chandeliers, and Aztec geometric marble floors. Guests may also dine al fresco on the restaurant’s new expansive ocean-facing terrace.
Adjacent to SEARED, Suviche restaurant has a whole new look with a back-lit alabaster bar, and offers dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of the Sea of Cortez. Here too the cuisine is choreographed by Jean-Georges, who selected the masterful Chef Yoshiaki Akaike from Japan to delight guests with his expertise in sushi and sashimi. A sushi bar will allow 12 guests to closely watch the craft of the expert chefs.
Guests are invited to enjoy the One&Only Lounge, adjacent to Suviche, and select from a vast array of cocktails, including an extensive selection of Mexico’s finest tequila and mezcal. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular vistas of the sunsets, as guests can lounge on low couches before or after dinner, whilst listening to nightly live entertainment, enhancing the vibrant ambiance every evening.
At the popular local and guest favourite, Agua by Larbi, the large and airy space has been newly redesigned with an earth-to-sea tone design scheme by David Mexico. Chef Larbi Dahrouch and his team will welcome guests throughout the day to enjoy the farm-to-table dining, offering authentic Mexican cuisine with some Mediterranean influences. The menu will change seasonally, with some menu items changing daily, depending on the fresh catch and produce available from the organic garden. Interactive dining will be showcased here, including fresh, hand-made tortillas, authentic moles and signature guacamole and ceviche made tableside.
A protégé of the late 3-Michelin-star-chef Jean-Louis Palladin, Dahrouch’s travels throughout Mexico in search of regional flavours have enabled him to provide One&Only Palmilla guests with unique dishes that are authentically Mexican. The open kitchen allows guests to observe his team’s techniques, whilst the restaurant’s wine cellar contains the world’s largest selection of Mexican wines, as well as wines from around the world. Agua by Larbi also offers guests a wealth of beverage options from the dedicated tequila and mezcal trolley, which introduces guests to the distinctive Mexican spirits, from the blanco, reposado and anejo varieties of tequila to the unique and lesser-known mezcal. The restaurant’s al fresco dining space leads down to a series of unique pods with tile-topped oval tables surrounded by stone and cushioned banquettes that perch on the cliff’s edge, affording diners an uninterrupted view of the Sea of Cortez—one of these, Larbi’s Table, seats 15, and is ideal for celebrations.
The resort’s central terrace leads guests to the casual outdoor Breeze Café, which overlooks one of the resort’s two free-form pools, framed by the vista of the Pacific Ocean. Breeze offers guests a variety of options for the perfect breakfast, a light lunch of salads and Mexican delicacies and all-day snacks showcasing fresh and organic produce.
A beautiful renovation and realignment of the spaces in the One&Only Spa and Fitness Centre underscores the dedication to wellness that is a central feature of One&Only Palmilla. The 22,000-square-foot spa offers extensive space both outdoor and indoor, providing guests with a sense of calm and seclusion. Signature treatments take place within a series of 13 private treatment villas, each set within its own secluded landscaped courtyard, many complete with plunge pool, rain showers and swinging day beds. A tranquil lunch or fresh juice in the spa’s Yoga Garden is another delight for visitors.
The latest innovation at One&Only Palmilla is the OBO Salon by Jonathan & George. One&Only created this brand-new beauty salon concept and partnered with Beverly Hills celebrity stylists Jonathan Antin and Amanda George to open their first offsite venture. One&Only Beauty introduces signature “unplug without being undone” hair and beauty treatments to Los Cabos – perfect for the needs and tempo of a tropical beach vacation: guests may opt for formal appointments or a quick drop-in for a pre-dinner touch-up. The OBO Salon has created a series of styles designed to reflect the personality of each of the world’s One&Only resorts and it will also cater to every beauty need of the dozens of weddings and milestone celebrations hosted annually at the resort.
Not to forget the men, Barber&Blade is being introduced as One&Only Palmilla’s exclusive new men’s salon. A dedicated team of grooming experts will offer male guests the chance to unwind and indulge in a series of shaving, grooming and barber shop treatments, as well as pampering for the face and scalp.
Guests of the One&Only Spa can also choose from a wide variety of exclusive treatments for the feet, hands and nails at the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio, designed by internationally renowned French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez, including a series of signature “Duo” treatments that feature two therapists in synchronized motion. And as part of the expanded One&Only Spa, the new Juice Bar offers guests a wide selection of freshly pressed natural juices to improve health and wellbeing.
The state-of-the-art Fitness Center welcomes guests to continue—or begin— healthy lifestyle pursuits, equipped with an integrated collection of TechnogymÒ cardio, strength and functional equipment, which offers the best in design, biomechanical engineering and interactive technology. A myriad of group and individual classes are on offer for all fitness levels, ranging from yoga and transformational breathing to nutrition and personal training, while outdoor activities such as Sunrise Yoga and Beach Boot Camp allow guests to breathe in the healing powers of Baja’s sea air and sunshine. The entire workout space has been reoriented to enable those using the equipment to enjoy the extraordinary views of the resort’s gardens and ocean beyond.
Rooms and Suites
Each of One&Only Palmilla’s 173 oceanfront guest rooms and suites have been enhanced, with new furnishings, fabrics and color schemes, plus a complete makeover of the rooms in the classic Tres Palmas wing. As always, to underscore One&Only Palmilla’s unique atmosphere, every single guest is served by a butler whose role is to cater to each guest’s comfort, need and whim. The resort’s exclusive Villa Cortez – a four-bedroom beachside residence, complete with private pool, beach access, gardens, lavish entertainment areas, a 12-seat private screening room, study and staff quarters – has also been completely restyled.
As the iconic luxury retreat in the destination of Los Cabos with a brand-new renovation, One&Only Palmilla is unrivalled in its suite of offerings: world-renowned service from a beloved family of genuinely warm, welcoming staff; wide variety of fine-dining options and authentic, immersive culinary experiences; unparalleled family offerings and KidsOnly programming; the only swimmable resort beach in the destination, complete with brand-new beach cabanas; a vastly expanded spa, wellness, fitness and beauty program; and numerous watersports and active excursions. All of this offered within the resort’s verdant oasis on its own peninsula overlooking the dramatic coastline of the Sea of Cortez—and One&Only Palmilla is second to none.
Be one of the first to experience the return of this legendary resort; guests can enjoy 2 nights complimentary when booking 7 nights or for those looking for a shorter stay, guests can enjoy a complimentary night when staying 4 nights. For more information, please visit oneandonlyresorts.com.