A luxurious escape at The Resort at Pedregal

HOOD: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
VIBE: Mexicana resort with Style
PROPERTY SIZE: 24 mountainside and pristine oceanfront acres
ROOM STYLE: Stylish, functional and spacious
WE LOVE: The plunge pool on your private terrace, the fabulous spa and the Watermelon Mojitos!
INSIDER TIP: Don’t fill up at lunch, complimentary guacamole, pico de gallo and homemade chips are delivered to your room with Coronitas each afternoon

WORDS BY: Anthony Goldman

A week prior to check-in, Ricardo, our personal concierge contacted us via email, offering to book our restaurants, touring and anything else we desired. Ricardo became our personal assistant and our itinerary was send to us before we left home. Nice.

You enter The Resort at Pedregal through a tunnel. It reminds me of a pre-ride experience at a theme-park – an escape from what is outside – and a re-birth as you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our welcome chilled Margaritas set the tone for a great stay at one of the best resorts we have visited.

The hotel is ‘carved’ into the mountain, facing the Pacific Ocean. Different lounging/pool areas and accommodation towers give the impression that there are only a handful of people at the Resort. I’m told the hotel is at 70% occupancy during our low-season stay. You feel secluded from the hustle of Cabo.

The room was spacious with all the amenities, including a full bottle of Tequila. The bathrooms are very large with a wonderful bath and a shower-space big enough for 5 people (a Fiesta!). The terrace with plunge pool adds to your sense space. Complimentary wifi and a daily delivery of Guacamole, Salsa and 2 Coronitas (mini-me Corona beer) are wonderful touches.

We ate dinner at el Farralon (meaning  “a rock that comes out of the ocean”), tucked into the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sipping our Champagne from the newly opened Champagne Bar, we listen to the cracking of waves onto the rocks below. This is a great steak and seafood restaurant, and by Los Cabos standards, not too expensive. 

Our ceviche and soup as starters were tasty, followed by perfect grilled fish. It would be remiss of me not to mention the chocolate doughnuts with a raspberry dipping sauce for dessert.

My wife disappeared for a couple of hours to the Luna y Mar Spa, only to return to announce she “had been to heaven and back”. We have visited numerous spas in Asia. This Spa is wonderful, so I was told. Her massage hit the mark and the surroundings were calm and stimulating. A subsequently inspected the Spa – the Mexicana atmosphere is truly special.

The service here is very good. The staff know what they are doing and clearly have had time to undertake extra training whilst closed last year due to Hurricane Odile. The resort looks brand-new, despite open for six years.

Our visit to Los Cabos was short & sweet. The hotel staff happy that the tourists have returned and ready to support their number one economic lifeline, tourism. Be prepared to spend 99% of your time within the resorts. There are limited incentives to leave your resort – but I suppose, why would you want to leave?

AMENITIES: (book with us for)

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • For guests in the hotel, complimentary full breakfast daily in Don Manuel’s, two per bedroom (including all suites)
  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Uber-Mexican Style at the One&Only Palmilla

HOOD: Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
VIBE: Serene with a twist of energy and fun
PROPERTY SIZE: 173 guestrooms
ROOM STYLE: Elegant with Mexican accents
WE LOVE: the service standards, the Mexican flavours including the coconut margaritas!
WORDS BY: Anthony Goldman

From the moment we drove into the porte-cochère, we know we were in for a special experience. Our welcome playful popsicles set the tone for this luxurious Mexican sojourn in this exclusive hideaway. 

Our room was spacious and had all the amenities one would expect at one of the world’s top resort locations. Very tasteful with Mexican old-style accents and handicrafts scattered throughout. One feels an interior decorator had the time of their life when commissioning the rooms. All guest rooms here have views towards the sea, offering wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez from a private balcony.

Our personal butler welcomed us to the resort, complete with tequila, fresh fruit and evening canapés delivered to the room.  He was always there to assist with reservations, tour arrangements and anything else that tickles your fancy.

The food here was excellent. We ate at Agua by Larbi which features the renowned Mexican cuisine of the award-winning Executive Chef Larbi Dahrouch. A blend of Mexican and Moroccan flavours provide a party for your taste buds.

The signature guacamole and hummus washed down with a chilled coconut margarita is a must!

The refresh after Hurricane Odile in 2014 destroyed parts of the hotel and allowed One&Only Palmilla to welcome guests back to a resort with a number of new elements, including the new steakhouse, SEARED created in collaboration with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, completely refurbished guest rooms and suites, and new outdoor lounging areas with panoramic ocean views.

The service was outstanding, complete with pool butlers, refreshing our iced water and facial spray. If you’re looking for a special experience, only 2.5 hours flight from LAX, consider One&Only Palmilla. Your little Mexico experience as close to home as you can get.

AMENITIES: (book with us for)

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • 30 minute Virtuoso Exclusive Spa Experiences per booking (One per person)
  • A set of Aromatherapy Candles (His & Hers)
  • Early check-in/late check-out – subject to availability