(16 October 2018) - Long recognised as one of the world’s most exclusive resorts, the iconic One&Only Palmilla is the ultimate playground for adventure and discovery, offering an array of diverse and engaging experiences for guests. From the introduction of ancient ritual healing practices and private art classes, to sea safari tours and surf workshops, the resort has a plethora of active and cultural pursuits to entice every type of traveller.
Set amongst the stunning natural geography of the Baja Peninsula alongside the Sea of Cortez, One&Only Palmilla offers extraordinary views of the Los Cabos landscape and beachfront access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the entire region. The resort is the perfect place to experience this magnificent coastline, by sailing the Sea of Cortez on board a luxury Edmiston yacht or enjoying the seasonal whale watching spectacle from the resort’s grounds. Guests can stay active and learn from the best with private surfing and golf lessons held in partnership with TropicSurf and RoboGolfPro®, or unwind with traditional healing rituals at the One&Only Spa, for a unique wellness experience. Food lovers can immerse themselves in Mexican dining and discover the local cuisine with a cooking class led by the resort’s Chef Larbi, plus try some of the best tequilas found in the Baja region over an expert-led tasting session. All of this is accompanied by some of the most luxurious accommodations in the country and warm, gracious Mexican hospitality.
DISCOVER DEEP-SEA EXCURSIONS
The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, is the youngest sea on earth (at a mere five thousand years old), and one of the most desirable destinations for wildlife spotting, fishing, yachting and sailing. Offering all of these experiences, and much more, One&Only Palmilla is the ultimate destination to explore this fascinating coastline.
Seasonal whale watching - Los Cabos is blessed every year from January to March with the arrival of grey whales migrating from Alaska during the winter months to the warm waters of the Baja Peninsula. Whales may be spotted all along the coast, with many sightings taking place right from One&Only Palmilla’s grounds. From the comfort of the resort, guests can make use of the binoculars that are offered in-room to take a closer look. Staff blow a conch shell whenever a whale is spotted, and at the dining venue Breeze, a small handwoven whale is also placed on tables to alert guests about their possible presence.
Exclusive private yacht adventure - The glistening stretch of waters from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific are some of the most bio-diverse in the world, and One&Only Palmilla has partnered with Edmiston to offer a fleet of vessels that provide the highest level of comfort and service. Available exclusively to resort guests, these range from swift fishing boats to day cruisers suited for water sports, and exceptionally luxurious yachts designed to entertain. Luxury sea experiences include the ‘Land’s End Excursion’ which passes the famous rock formation, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez and the ‘Sea of Cortez Sunset Cruise’, where guests can admire the sky over a memorable dinner served onboard.
EXPLORE THE BAJA PENINSULA
When not indulging in the serenity of the pool, relaxing in the spa or strolling the beautiful gardens, guests of One&Only Palmilla can enjoy a diverse range of exclusive activities that the resort and its surrounding area has to offer, led by the best in their field.
Spark your creativity with a private art class or art walk – Adults and children can nourish their creative spirit with an art class at the Art Lab, overlooking the Vista Pool lawn and Sea of Cortez, or privately in their guest room, suite or villa. Each class is led by a local Artist in Residence who teaches different techniques from sculpture to mixed media, collage, gold leaf or watercolour.
Guests can further broaden their artistic horizons by taking part in the popular Art Walk around the nearby San Jose del Cabo. Every Thursday from 5pm - 9pm, the main street of the idyllic town is pedestrianized so that tourists and locals can explore the colourful streets, visit various art galleries, and experience special events such as new exhibit launches, with opportunities to ‘Meet the Artist’.
Explore the ‘real Baja’ on a jeep adventure - Discover the heart of Baja California Sur and its amazing rugged landscape on a journey into the heart of the UNESCO biosphere reserve, known as ‘Sierra de la Laguna’. Led by an experienced professional guide, this Jeep Adventure will uncover a different side to the region, encountering deep canyons, impressive scenery and lush flora and fauna which provide the backdrop to this varied landscape.
Learn the ‘Art of Luxury Surfing’ with TropicSurf - One&Only Palmilla has partnered with TropicSurf to bring guests expert instruction on the art of surfing along the stunning coastline of the Baja Peninsula. The ‘Art of Luxury Surfing’ programme welcomes guests of all surfing abilities, from novice riders seeking first-time lessons to advanced surfers looking to perfect their style. Guests can benefit from the resort’s full-time TropicSurf guide and their world-renowned coaching, combining local insight and surfing expertise to develop exciting surf experiences. The resort also regularly hosts visiting professional surfers who share their expertise with guest as part of the TropicSurf programme. With year-round warm waters and several diverse point breaks, plus one of the only swimmable beaches in the region, One&Only Palmilla is the perfect place to discover this one-of-a-kind surfing experience.
Master the perfect swing with a RoboGolfPro® lesson - Only a short drive from the resort, the Palmilla Golf Club has been rated as one of the Top 100 in the World by Great Golf Resorts of the World. Five sets of staggered tee boxes, four lakes and deep shifts in elevation ensure golfers of every skill level have a memorable and exciting game, learning various techniques to further craft their skills, from swing training to driving and putting optimisation. Guests can now also perfect their swing with the RoboGolfPro®, a revolutionary training aid that allows golfers to develop their skills by taking them through the correct movements with the help of video and mechanical training. As the first and only swing trainer that allows golfers to "feel" their ideal swing, the Palmilla Golf Club is the only location in Los Cabos that offers this innovative training.
UNRIVALLED CULINARY EXPERIENCES
One&Only Palmilla is home to the finest foodie experiences in all of Los Cabos, where guests can dine at a variety of stunning venues offering a range of cuisines, as well as learn from the best with expert led culinary masterclasses.
Tequila tasting masterclass - Learn how Mexico’s most distinguished and known beverage is created, from start to finish, followed by a guided tasting of some of the highest quality tequilas found in the Baja region, balanced with canapé pairings. Led by One&Only Palmilla’s mixologist and bar manager, Philippe Zaigue, guests will learn why this coveted king of drinks is so important to Mexican culture. Guests can partake in the two-hour tasting experience at the resort’s picturesque Agua Bar, One&Only Lounge or the Herb Garden.
Cooking class with Chef Larbi - Guests can expand their culinary horizons with an intimate cooking class led by Chef Larbi and his team at his celebrated restaurant, Agua by Larbi. Working alongside the celebrated chef, guests can learn about the techniques and flavours of Mexican cuisine as they prepare a delicious seafood meal, before savouring the results over lunch, paired with a glass of wine selected by the restaurant’s sommelier.
RELAX AND UNWIND WITH ANCIENT HEALING RITUALS AT THE ONE&ONLY SPA
For those seeking an authentic, cultural experience, One&Only Palmilla has introduced unique wellness rituals, created exclusively for the resort, drawing inspiration from the indigenous Mayan tribe of Sonora.
Temazcal - One&Only Palmilla’s newest wellness experience, Temazcal, is an ancient ritual healing practice shared by local indigenous people which has been passed down from one generation to another. Led by the resort’s resident shaman, Raúl Retana, this unique experience consists of a steam bath heated by volcanic rocks gathered locally from Baja and infused with blended desert herbs and handcrafted natural healing ingredients, designed to stimulate detoxification, heal the body and purify the mind.
Ancient Healing Treatment Consultation - This special treatment consists of a cleansing with sage smoke and herbs, combined with a deep tissue massage incorporating traditional indigenous medicine and alternative therapies to release emotions, balance energy centres, improve body alignment and neutralize the organ’s pH levels. The experience is available daily upon request.
Ancient Mexican Remedies - This healing begins with a purifying foot wash, followed by a sea salt exfoliation which eliminates surface impurities while releasing toxins to prepare the skin for an application of desert herbs which are applied to diminish puffiness, disinfect, and hydrate; resulting in softer skin. This is followed by a warm body wrap with medicinal, aromatic herbs and Aloe Vera. As the skin absorbs the herbs during the wrap, a gentle movement of hands is performed on the body to balance energy flow. The treatment concludes with a facial cleansing and moisturisation to restore a healthy radiant glow from head-to-toe. The experience is available daily upon request.
One&Only Palmilla is the ultimate playground for adventure and discovery, offering guests endless opportunities for immersive experiences and memorable encounters.