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One&Only Palmilla, San José del Cabo

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Baja California, Mexico, North America
Carretera Transpeninsular, Km. 7.5
San José del Cabo
Tel: 866 829 2977 (toll-free)
Tel: 52 624 146 7000's insider take:

Revered Spanish mission buildings, a hilltop wedding chapel, and white-sand beaches lend old-world Mexican elegance to the postmodern makeover of one of Cabo's iconic hotels. Guest rooms have thoughtful details like rain showers with towels of varying sizes (so you don't have to wrap your hair in an enormous bath sheet), hand-sculpted marble tubs, personalized minibars and intuitive butler service. If your private terrace with its unobstructed view of the cerulean sea doesn't lure you outside, a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course (hewn from a verdant mountain), an indoor-outdoor spa (composed of private villas), and a new shopping and dining plaza certainly will. Families gather around the meandering pool and manicured beach while couples go for the smaller infinity pool with a bar and fire pits. Dining options range from Jean-Georges Vongericthen's Asian-inspired Market to "Mexiterranean" dining at Agua on a windswept bluff overlooking the Sea of Cortez.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 94.5
  • Activities: 94.0
  • Design: 95.3
  • Food: 90.8
  • Location: 94.7
  • Rooms: 96.7
  • Service: 95.4
"Rooms are worth the price tag" at this hacienda property that's hosted John Wayne. Expect "lush landscaping," and "luxurious suites" with handcrafted furniture, travertine floors, and custom-painted tiles and sinks. Suviche incorporates local and Asian flavors in its Mexican seviches and sushi. Service is "beyond comparison." The kids' club sandbox was originally a pool; adults can take piñata-making and origami classes.

(173 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Skiing, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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