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A truly fantastic property; the renovated One&Only Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico

All rooms at One&Only Palmilla have ocean views. You'll also find a lovely mix of modern and traditional Mexican design, with plenty of splashes of colour.

All rooms at One&Only Palmilla have ocean views. You’ll also find a lovely mix of modern and traditional Mexican design, with plenty of splashes of colour.


My recent stay at One&Only Palmilla was my first-ever trip to the Cabo San Lucas area of Mexico. And it was my first-ever exposure to the One&Only Resort brand.
I hope it won’t be the last for either.
It was just three nights, but I have to say I was HUGELY impressed by what I saw and felt (and ate and drank) during my stay last week. The only resorts I’d been to in Mexico prior to this trip were in the Cancun/Riviera Maya area, so that was my frame of reference. No offence to that area, as I love the beaches and the Mayan ruins, but the Cabo San Lucas area is so much more striking.
One fellow I chatted with during my stay said he moved to the area with his kids from Cancun a few years ago. He said their biggest reaction was the size of the mountains.
Even a studied geographic nerd like myself was surprised to see the mountains as high and rugged as they are in the Cabo San Lucas area. I hadn’t thought about it, I guess, but they’re quite imposing. Not as high as Palm Springs, but kinda similar looking. And it makes for a very impressive show when you see the dry rocks and mountains plunging down to the deep blue-green sea. Which might be why folks such as George Clooney have built homes in the area.
Take a trip on The One and Only Palmilla's private yacht for a great view of the famous Cabo San Lucas coastline.

Take a trip on One&Only Palmilla’s private yacht for a great view of the famous Cabo San Lucas coastline.


Mind you, staying at a place like One&Only puts you in a good enough frame of mind that you’d probably enjoy Toronto in a January deep freeze. The rooms (all with ocean views) are exquisitely furnished in a casual but elegant Mexican style, the grounds are immaculate and lushly landscaped, the beach is wonderful (if a bit rough at times) and the food and drink are as good as any resort I’ve ever been to. Rather than go on and on about the place, I’m posting a series of photographs from the resort, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Odile last fall but was given a massive facelift and reopened just recently.
By the way, they also have some deals in place at the moment, including a package where you stay four nights and pay for three and another where you stay seven nights and pay for just five.
Here are some pictures to whet your appetite a little more….
Sunrises are particularly glorious down at the beach in front  of One&Only Palmilla resort.

Sunrises are particularly glorious down at the beach in front of One&Only Palmilla resort.


You'll find tons of natural beauty all around you at One&Only Palmilla.

You’ll find tons of natural beauty all around you at One&Only Palmilla.


Weddings are, understandably, a huge part of the attraction at One&Only Palmilla. It's romance with a capital R.

Weddings are, understandably, a huge part of the attraction at One&Only Palmilla. It’s romance with a capital R.


I loved my breakfasts at One&Only Palmilla. Here I have scrambled eggs with tasty, dried Sonoran beef as well as peppers and onions. Yum.

I loved my breakfasts at One&Only Palmilla. Here I have scrambled eggs with tasty, dried Sonoran beef as well as peppers and onions. Yum.


Guests at One&Only Palmilla get a small jar of specially made tequila in their room. Purely for emergencies, of course.

Guests at One&Only Palmilla get a small jar of specially made tequila in their room. Purely for emergencies, of course.


The spa at One&Only Palmilla is quiet and elegant, with a wide variety of treatments and a serene relaxation area.

The spa at One&Only Palmilla is quiet and elegant, with a wide variety of treatments and a serene relaxation area.


You can't beat the beef at Seared, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant at One&Only Palmilla.

You can’t beat the beef at Seared, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant at One&Only Palmilla.


Sunset is a spectacular time to enjoy the seaside ambience at One&Only Palmilla.

Sunset is a spectacular time to enjoy the seaside ambience at One&Only Palmilla.


A glass of Veuve Clicquot is just the thing as you rest up on the sun deck while cruising the ocean in One&Only Palmilla's private, 95-foot yacht.

A glass of Veuve Clicquot is just the thing as you rest up on the sun deck while cruising the ocean in One&Only Palmilla’s private, 95-foot yacht.


Priscilla the tortoise is a key staff member at One&Only Palmilla. Definitely a big attraction for the kids.

Priscilla the tortoise is a key staff member at One&Only Palmilla. Definitely a big attraction for the kids.


The flowers and gardens at The One and Only Palmilla are truly stunning.

The flowers and gardens at One&Only Palmilla are truly stunning.


One&Only Palmilla can set you up with a visit to a wonderful local farm and restaurant called Los Tamarindos, where you can make a meal or bottle your own salad dressing.

One&Only Palmilla can set you up with a visit to a wonderful local farm and restaurant called Los Tamarindos, where you can make a meal or bottle your own salad dressing.


Activities at One&Only Palmilla include stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, snorkelling and more.

Activities at One&Only Palmilla include stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, fishing, snorkelling and more.


The swimming pools at One&Only Palmilla feature sparkling, underwater tiles that shimmer as you swim along. Awesome views, too.

The swimming pools at One&Only Palmilla feature sparkling, underwater tiles that shimmer as you swim along. Awesome views, too.

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