A One&Only property voted best in its class by Condé Nast Traveler
Palmilla, five minutes west of San José Del Cabo, was the site of the first of the 135 holes Jack Nicklaus has contributed to Los Cabos. The golf course was built neighboring the Palmilla Hotel, a legendary resort created in 1956 by Don Abelardo Rodriguez, son of the President of Mexico. Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, Lucille Ball, and Bing Crosby, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower came for the privacy and deep-sea fishing. In 2004, the resort became a One&Only property, which Condé Nast Traveler readers wasted no time in voting best in its class. Within the 1,000-acre development, there are now a dozen high-end communities featuring individual family homes, custom home sites, beachfront villas, and luxurious town houses (starting at around $500,000). Those communities include Oasis Palmilla—a 240-acre gated enclave created by Del Mar Development offering 40 one-acre+ homesites where owners may design their own authentic hacienda with Tuscan-style architecture surrounded by the golf course, lush gardens and natural desert landscape. Residents have use of Del Mar Development’s private beach club, Club Ninety-Six, a 50-foot catamaran and an exclusive fitness center with spa. Owners also have access to the One&Only’s five restaurants, bars, spa, tennis courts, and other amenities such as one of the coast’s few swimmable beaches. Local activities include seasonal whale-watching tours, deep-sea fishing excursions, and 4×4 trips into the Baja desert. Las Tiendas de Palmilla, a high-end shopping and dining center, is also part of the development.