One&Only Palmilla is an extremely attractive, tropical resort, located on the Cabo San Lucas coastline. The property conveys both a traditional style in its rooms and building exteriors, and a sleek sophistication in high-end design within its dining facilities.
This is a large resort, with 174 rooms and suites. The gardens and grounds are beautiful, with everything freshly manicured and lushly landscaped. Unlike most of the other resorts in the area which employ a desert style that’s consistent with the surrounding dry landscape, the One&Only provides a contrast. It’s designed in the traditional, Mexican hacienda style, with lots of white plaster walls and archways along with extensive landscaping.
Every room in the hotel faces the water and the resort has a swimmable beach, a rarity for resorts in the Cabo San Lucas area. All rooms come with butler service and villas come with a dedicated butler. This service was a nice feature as it allowed me to get straight into vacation mode and, importantly, removed the dreaded repacking drudgery at the holiday’s end.
Dining venues at the resort are a highlight. From the requisite Jean-Georges steakhouse to an interesting Mexican-Moroccan all-day restaurant, each is chic and sophisticated in design. Service levels were very good, with only a few misses, and the food quality ranged from spectacularly delicious to spectacularly ordinary.
In general, service at the resort is excellent. Everyone is friendly and accommodating, with numerous members of staff available at every one of the property’s venues. More than 900 people work here, so it’s easy to understand why you’ll leave here feeling you’ve been well and truly spoiled.
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