THE PROPERTY: One of the premier luxury resorts in the world, One&Only Palmilla offers ocean views from all accommodations, ranging from luxurious guestrooms to pool casitas and the 4-bedroom Villa Cortez. One-bedroom suites come with customized iPods and laptops. There’s also butler service and celebration specialists to coordinate special occasions.
THE GREENS: The Golf Club at Palmilla features a Jack Nicklaus 27- hole beauty with daily trade winds, touted among the best in the world, and divided into the Ocean Nine, the Arroyo Nine and the Mountain Nine. The stunning course offers views of the Sea of Cortez from 12 of 27 holes, five sets of staggered tees and challenging shifts in elevation. This year, the Golf Club launched the first International PGA Tour Academy, where golfers of all abilities can perfect their game with personalized instruction, the latest golf technology—including V1 video analysis—and a customized Golf for Life program.
THE AMENITIES: Fine dining comes in the form of Market, by Michelinstarred chef Jean-Georges, and Agua by chef Larbi Dahrouch. The spa, inspired by the Baja landscape, features 13 spa villas. Guests can charter the One&Only yacht for a romantic sail, sign up for a Desert Adventure tour in a private Hummer, reserve a cove with a “floating bed” or go snorkeling or seasonal whale watching.
THE SCENE: You’ll be hobnobbing with celebrities hiding out from the paparazzi at the tennis courts and at the resort’s swimmable beach in an incomparable desert-meets-sea setting.
THE RATES: Starting from $585 per night.
THE GREENS: The resort’s dedicated golf concierge is easily available to book time at any of Los Cabos’ best courses. The Cabo Real Golf Course, just a couple of minutes away, is one of the top rated—a Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design that’s hosted PGA Senior Slams and is said to have the toughest front-nine in the region. Among the highlights: a sixth tee that’s 460 ft. above sea level, a 15th hole near the surf and superb ocean views from every single hole.
THE AMENITIES: Two swim-up bars and a pool concierge with iPods and magazines at the ready tend to sunbathers while the Cabo Kids program entertains the little ones with fun activities. Spa Oasis is the place to indulge after a day of golf, but there’s also yoga on the beach, tennis facilities and free access to the fitness center.
THE SCENE: The very splash- and swim-friendly beach is often the main event at this desert oasis that appeals to the beach-elegant crowd.
THE RATES: Rates starting from $149 per night. From May 1 to Sept. 31, all guests can enjoy Summer Cabo Fun, an added value offer that features marshmallow roasts, dive-in movies by the pool, cooking classes, yoga, children under 12 eating for free from the kids’ menu, and a $20 spa credit.