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A Haven of Luxury and Coastal Charm

Terraced along the sun-kissed shores of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, just minutes from vibrant Cabo San Lucas, Palmilla emerges as a captivating destination that seamlessly weaves together opulence, natural beauty, and a rich cultural heritage. We invite you on an enticing journey to explore Palmilla's history, pristine beaches, resorts, the allure of a luxury lifestyle, and the charm of resort-style living in luxury villas and vacation rentals. Welcome to Palmilla - where paradise meets sophistication. 

Unravel Palmilla's charms at Del Mar Los Cabos, where nature's paradise meets refinement and embraces the splendors of luxury living along the enchanting shores of Baja California Sur. Let us plan your journey to Palmilla today and unlock the delights of this coastal gem. 

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A History of Luxury & the Future of Sustainability in Los Cabos

A Legacy of Elegance

The roots of Los Cabos run deep, and the Palmilla peninsula, near San Jose del Cabo, has always held a prominent position, literally and figuratively. Its location along the coast offers expansive views of the Sea of Cortez from Punta Gorda in the east to the Pacific Ocean and Land's End in the west.  

Palmilla's recent history dates back to the 1950s, when it first captured the imagination of visionary developers. The Hotel Palmilla was commissioned by Abelardo Rodriguez, the son of Mexico's president then, and his American actress wife, Lucille Bremer, in 1954. They had previously built the 10,000-acre Rancho Las Cruces resort in 1948, along the Sea of Cortez outside La Paz, which still invites visitors today. When the Hotel Palmilla officially welcomed guests in 1956, reaching the property was possible only by boat or plane, adding exclusivity that attracted Mexican and American celebrities seeking a private escape from the public eye. Renowned personalities such as Lucille Ball and John Wayne were among the esteemed guests of that era. Over the years, the once 15-room hideaway with a private airstrip, restaurant, and chapel, has undergone remarkable expansion, now boasting nearly 200 rooms and easy accessibility.

The Vision

Over a quarter of a century ago, two close friends and astute business partners, Ken Schnitzer and Ron Hatfield, embarked on a transformative journey. Their odyssey began amidst the pristine landscapes of Cabo San Lucas, where they ventured along the scenic Corridor to indulge in a round of golf at the legendary Palmilla Resort. Amidst the azure beauty of their surroundings, a spark of inspiration ignited within them, kindling their passion for Palmilla and the enchanting beachfront properties it offered. 

With unwavering determination, Ken and Ron acquired a small parcel of this idyllic coastal terrain, enlisting the visionary builder and architect Luis Cano to bring their dreams to life. What initially began as a modest undertaking soon blossomed into a visionary reality. The construction of six luxurious villas was initiated, a daring venture that sought to test the waters of the high-end real estate market in Los Cabos. 

These ambitious endeavors were underpinned by a harmonious fusion of American engineering prowess and the artistry of Mexican craftsmanship. Their success was as inevitable as remarkable, with each villa finding eager buyers even before completion. However, it was not some grand scheme that guided the evolution of their vision; instead, it was the resounding success of their initial project. 

 Those times were both challenging and exhilarating for Ken and Ron. Undeterred by conventional limitations, they continued to acquire and develop land in places others deemed inhospitable. They recognized that crafting Villas Del Mar would necessitate monumental planning and ingenious engineering to overcome the formidable geological obstacles that lay before them. 

Today, with more than 240 homes standing tall and future development plans firmly in place, what stands before us is nothing short of a landmark. It is a community nestled into the bosom of a mountainside, offering breathtaking ocean vistas that are unparalleled in their grandeur. Above the tranquil waters of the Sea of Cortez and beneath the azure embrace of the desert skies lies an unexpected haven.  

This is where two visionaries joined forces, their aspirations intertwined to create something far greater than the sum of its parts, something beyond their individual imaginations. Villas Del Mar is a testament to the audacious spirit of these two entrepreneurial souls who dared to defy the odds and conquer mountains to realize their dream. This dream has culminated in the creation of the most exquisite residential community in all of Mexico. 

The development of Palmilla has been an artful process that aims to preserve the region's pristine natural beauty while creating an oasis of luxury with Playa Palmilla as the focal point. The developers over the years - Rod Rodriguez, Bud Parr, and Ron Hatfield, among others, carefully designed the resort, villas, and vacation rentals to blend seamlessly with the coastal landscape, highlighting an elegant fusion of contemporary architecture and traditional Mexican aesthetics. The result is a harmonious environment that embraces both the coastal charm and a refined sense of opulence. 

Pristine Beaches: Nature's Masterpiece

Palmilla Beach is a testament to nature's brilliance, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in an aquatic wonderland. The beaches along the Sea of Cortez boast soft sands, gentle waves, and striking vistas that evoke a sense of tranquility and relaxation. Snorkelers and scuba divers will delight in the vibrant marine life and coral reefs, while water sports enthusiasts can partake in paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet-skiing adventures. Palmilla beaches have it all, whether you seek adventurous pursuits or quiet moments of serenity. 

The public Palmilla Beach, or Playa Palmilla, is one of the most reputable beaches in Los Cabos. One of the few swimmable beaches in Los Cabos, it is blue-flag certified, showing that it is clean and full of services for everyone to enjoy. Palmilla Beach Cabo hosts sporting events like the Ironman of Los Cabos and has also seen the faces of many celebrities visiting the renowned luxury hotel and developments on the peninsula. 

At Del Mar Los Cabos, we can arrange your stay in paradise so you can enjoy all the land and sea experiences you can imagine.

Golf: World-Class Links

The Palmilla Golf Club course was Latin America's first signature golf course and was designed by the man himself, Jack Nicklaus. This also marked the grandeur of Palmilla within Los Cabos. Today, Cabo is well known for its golfing assets for all skill levels, but Palmilla, Don Koll, and Jack Nicklaus started this tradition. This golf course is also getting a revamp with privatization, open to only 250 residents of Palmilla, and a new clubhouse building with event lawns, a restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool, locker rooms, and more facilities.

Resorts: A Tapestry of Luxury

Palmilla resorts are beacons of luxury and world-class hospitality, each offering a distinct experience for the discerning traveler. Don Koll's 1986 purchase of the Palmilla Beach Resort and all the land started developing the area as we know it today. The renowned One&Only, synonymous with lavishness and indulgence, inaugurated the Hotel Palmilla into its luxury collection in 2004. The resort boasts opulent suites, private villas with a sparkling pool, and unparalleled views of the azure Sea of Cortez. Luxuriate in the award-winning spa, indulge at any of the four fine dining restaurants on the property, and unwind on private beaches, setting the stage for an unforgettable escape. 

Esteemed resort-style living in Palmilla at Del Mar Los Cabos embraces the essence of personalized luxury. These paradises offer bespoke experiences where every desire is anticipated and catered to with meticulous attention to detail. 

Palmilla has a promising future. While the late 20th century saw the residential expansion of the area in the hands of foreign investors, the story comes full circle with a new developer from Mexico taking over the final stage of development of Palmilla. The last chapter is now closing; few opportunities remain to be one of the founding owners of Palmilla, the most sought-after master-planned development in Los Cabos. More developments and advancements are still coming up, and more than 300 million dollars are being invested into this community; Palmilla will become the grandest development with the richest history. 

Luxury Lifestyle in Mexico: A Harmonious Fusion

Palmilla epitomizes the luxury lifestyle in Mexico and worldwide, where sophistication harmonizes with warm hospitality and cultural richness. Explore the region's gastronomic delights, where traditional Mexican flavors blend seamlessly with international cuisine. Savor fresh seafood delicacies and indulge in artisanal tequilas and mezcal, offering a delectable journey for the palate. Four gourmet restaurants are at the One&Only Palmilla, and other epicurean options are at the Shoppes at Palmilla. 

The luxury lifestyle extends beyond culinary experiences, embracing health and wellness and the local culture. Immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene, explore local boutiques for artisanal crafts, join traditional festivities that celebrate the region's heritage, or take in a round of golf, an energizing tennis match, or rejuvenate at a world-class spa. Palmilla invites you to embrace the harmony of luxury living and cultural immersion. 

Upon its completion, Palmilla will feature more than 900 high-end properties and all the amenities today's luxury travelers and homeowners desire. Today, Palmilla comprises 15 subdivisions. Villas Del Mar is the most prominent luxury lifestyle resort gated community, and Palmilla Del Mar is the last chapter in this master-planned development. 

Palmilla is now investing in sustainability by trying to achieve water independence. A desalinization plant is underway for Villas del Mar, and another plant for Palmilla del Mar is already planned for the new development. While the sea breezes keep everything fresh, all homes enjoy air conditioning, and upgrades are in progress for solar energy efficiency.

Palmilla is a captivating fusion of luxury and seaside Mexican charm. Its local history and development highlight a deep appreciation for the region's native beauty, while the luxurious Palmilla beach resort and beautiful homes exemplify the art of hospitality. The immaculate Palmilla beaches offer a plethora of aquatic adventures and serene moments. 

Palmilla embodies the luxury lifestyle in Mexico, seamlessly blending sophistication, cultural richness, and warm hospitality. For those seeking the perfect vacation escape or resort-style living, luxury villas and vacation rentals provide comfort and exclusivity, complete with personalized services and amenities. 

  • Palmilla in the Past

    The Hotel Palmilla opened in 1956 as an exclusive getaway for the rich and famous. Now, much grander, it remains an elite vacation destination.

  • Palmilla Penninsula Today

    Over 240 villas with stunning views of the Sea of Cortez grace the mountainsides of the Palmilla Peninsula.

  • Ron & Ken

    A Palmilla legacy built upon the firm foundation of a great friendship. Ron and Ken worked tirelessly for many years to see their vision come to life, from a quick golf getaway to a luxury community without equal.

  • Palmilla Del Mar

    Palmilla Del Mar is the last chapter in the development of this iconic area. The newest community focuses on the serenity of the desert landscape and the strong relationship between man and nature.

  • Playa Palmilla

    Playa Palmilla offers a tranquil retreat on the shores of San Jose del Cabo, where you can indulge in a variety of activities. Enjoy sun-drenched days lounging on pristine sands or take a refreshing dip in the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez. The beach is also a hotspot for snorkeling, where you can explore vibrant marine life beneath the surface. Playa Palmilla offers a slice of paradise for all types of vacationers.

  • Blue Flag Beaches

    Blue Flag beaches are coastal destinations that have earned international recognition for their pristine beauty and exceptional environmental standards. These beaches are exemplars of sustainable tourism. To earn the prestigious Blue Flag designation, these seaside gems must meet rigorous criteria, including water quality, environmental management, safety, and accessibility.

Resort-style living in Luxury Villas and Vacation Rentals

For those seeking a home-away-from-home experience, luxury villas and vacation rentals in Palmilla offer an exquisite alternative. These exclusive properties for sale or rent blend the comfort of a private residence with the amenities and services of a five-star resort. Del Mar Destinations curates a selection of vacation rentals that feature expansive living spaces, private pools, and breathtaking views of the ocean, golf course, or Sierra de la Laguna mountains. 

Resort-style living extends to personalized concierge services, ensuring that every aspect of your stay is tailored to perfection. Enjoy access to private beaches, golf courses, spa facilities, and distinguished dining, all within the confines of your own luxurious retreat. 

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Palmilla offers a unique combination of amenities for residents to choose from, depending on how much they want to get involved, from the exclusive members-only Club 96 beach club to the Club Espiritu Wellness Center to the Palmilla Golf Club, which is building a new clubhouse with fitness facilities, restaurants, locker rooms, event lawns, and a restaurant. There are also tennis and racquet sports facilities like those at Club Espiritu, Arroyo Club, and The Club at Palmilla Dunes, a shopping center with galleries, fashion, interior decoration, concept stores, jewelry, and six restaurants (a total of 12 in all Palmilla by including four at the One&Only, two more at Palmilla Dunes). All this is under the great concept of a golf cart lifestyle community where all is just a golf cart distance away. 

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