ByCasey Hatfield and Avery Stone on November 04, 2015
Our picks for the 13 best resorts to book in the country right now.
One & Only Palmilla, Los Cabos
One & Only Palmilla was built in the 1950s as a luxury escape for the son of the President of Mexico, and was at one time accessible only by private plane or boat. While it has grown to 173 rooms, the space still feels intimate and exclusive with Spanish Colonial buildings tucked in among lush grounds with swaying palms and birds of paradise. After receiving extensive damage from Hurricane Odile in September of 2014, the resort took the devastation as an opportunity to renovate the entire property. (Many of it's neighbors did too, inspiring a major comeback in Cabo.) They reopened in April 2015, and in addition to the same top-notch service (welcome tequila, personal butler service), guests can now enjoy adults-only outdoor lounge areas, a new 22,000-square-foot spa with private treatment villas, a men’s salon, and the steakhouse SEARED—a restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten with a glass-walled meat cellar showcasing different cuts from around the world. Every room at the One & Only Palmilla is ocean-facing, but the best place to take in the setting may be the palapa-topped bar and restaurant, Agua by Larbi, with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez. Rooms from $555; 800-637-2226; oneandonlyresorts.com. —Casey Hatfield