Over the past couple of years, Irek and I have traveled a fair bit, and have had the pleasure of visiting many beautiful hotels around the world. Most recently, we spent a few magical nights at One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. We’ve been to Mexico a few times now, but never to the Pacific side, only the Caribbean, so we really didn’t know what to expect. To say that Cabo took our breath away would be an understatement; it’s truly something else. The first night we arrived, we were both speechless and fully prepared to soak in every moment of our time at One&Only.
This hotel is without a doubt the most beautiful I’ve ever visited. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, but it also has a very intimate, romantic vibe (1200 candles are lit every night all around the property!). It’s located on The Baja Peninsula, and has views of both the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean. The hotel was built in 1956 by Don Abelardo Rodriguez, the son of the president, and started out as a 15 room luxury hideaway. It’s since become a travel destination for many celebrities and political figures, as the exclusivity of the property has been well preserved.
I’ve never had a more enjoyable check-in than at One&Only Palmilla. First off, the path leading down to the hotel is absolutely breathtaking in itself, surrounded by lush gardens and the most beautiful palm trees we’ve seen. We were quickly (& efficiently!) escorted to our room to enjoy some tequila made specifically for One&Only, with our lovely butler Carlos, while getting acquainted with our room. We then attended a beautiful art event showcasing Jane Waterous’ stunning collection titled “Gatherings”. It was a fantastic first impression and really set the mood for our entire stay. Thanks to Carlos, Alex, and the lovely staff for the very warm welcome!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you’d know I’m a sucker for nature, lush greenery, and beautiful views… Hence why I fell in love with One&Only Palmilla so quickly! Everywhere you walk is more beautiful than the next. And when I first laid eyes on the beach and the surrounding rock formations, my jaw dropped. It felt like a dream, and it’s not often I’m left speechless. One&Only is one of those places you really have to experience for yourself, with your own eyes; I just hope the pictures will do it justice. 😉
Oh Mayra, what can I say? My standards of what a truly great massage should be, have forever been raised. I do enjoy a good massage here and there, but I’m no connoisseur by any means… And I don’t usually find myself thinking during my treatment, “I hope this never ends”! Generally 60 minutes is perfect for me, and I’m good to go. But this was not the case at One&Only… I found myself wishing for it never to end! Mayra, my masseuse, was incredible. Irek said the same about his experience and we’re already dreaming of our next treatment at One&Only!
Lastly, I have to touch on the cuisine, because it was incredible! Our first night we had the most beautiful dining experience at Agua by Larbi, sitting cliffside with the moon shining bright above us. The Chef presented us with a fantastic menu inclusive of a variety of different plant-based dishes, all of which were a 10/10! We loved everything about the food (and the service!). Our dietary preferences were met with ease and we couldn’t have been more pleased.
A huge thank you to One&Only Palmilla for hosting us. We have such fond memories and plan to visit often! We also can’t wait to start exploring the other One&Only’s of the world…
Thanks so much for reading, sending love and light.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson