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One and Only Spa at Palmilla

One and Only Spa at Palmilla

Unlike like man, not all spas are created equal.

Take, for example, One&Only Spa at Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico. This is the one instance where I can easily say, believe everything you have read about this resort. It is beyond amazing. Beautiful. Luxurious. Exclusive. The spa lived up to my expectations and more.

I have travelled quite extensively, and am what you may call, a Spa Junkie. Even if I’m not getting a treatment, I still check out the spa. I could sit in a steam room for 20 minutes at a time. I’m not joking. I love the instant calm I feel once I open the door and step into to a world of tranquility and slam it shut on the chaos and noise of my everyday life. Ah…the aromas, the trance like music, the soft spoken therapists. I love to see which spas provide the best amenities, the best tea, who has the best facial products and shower gel. It’s all in the details.

My two favorite spas in the world up to this point have been the Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, in Maui, Hawaii, and the Spa at the Regent, which is now the Four Seasons Chaing Mai, Thailand. The amenities at the Grand Wailea blew me away because I was at an impressionable spa-age. It was my first time seeing and experiencing anything like the Grand Wailea, and nothing after that met my expectations until we traveled to Thailand on our honeymoon. Then, the Regent Chaing Mai bumped it right out of first position. What the Regent had that the Grand Wailea didn’t was its location; smack dab in the middle of the Ayurvedic nation. They had the spa thing down. Private, open spaces. Romantic outdoor showers. Bowls of lotus flowers for me to gaze into while I was stomach down on the massage table. Fresh ginger tea to sip. Since then, I’ve explored and enjoyed different world class spas, but none of them had even come close to gunning for top dog until I splurged on myself and booked a 2-hour treatment while visiting the One&Only Spa at Palmilla.

A menu is available for anything you could ever imagine wanting or needing in a spa treatment. Yes, it will be pricey, but consider saving that money you would be using negotiating with the street vendors for tchotchke souveniers, and I booked the 2 hour 10 minute Holistic Obsidian Stone Experience. It had everything I look for in my kind of treatment: body scrub, massage, mini facial, scalp massage with hot stones and aromatherapy. If you can’t find the perfect “off the rack” treatment, just speak with the Spa Concierge and they will customize an experience just for you. Massage appointments are also available beach or pool-side, and you also have the option of going solo or with your significant other.

The spa itself seems quite understated upon walking in. I was expecting the grandeur of the Grand Wailea, but didn’t get it. At first I was a bit nervous I might be disappointed. There were two small outdoor plunge pools, a steam room, sauna, and a tiny little waiting area. But as they whisked me away, behind a heavy, wooden door, I found myself walking into my own private paradise. A secluded villa with an outdoor bed, shower and bath greeted me as the therapist lead me into a glass room with two massage tables where I began my treatments.  The entire time I was in a euphoric state, just long enough to relax my body and mind, and get re-energized for the rest of my stay.

Yup. I can confidently report that The Spa at the Regent Chaing Mai has some tough competition.  One&Only Spa at Palmilla is a close contender for that numero uno spot.

Where is your favorite spa destination?

– Stefanie

Director of Events + Social Media, Stefanie Van Aken, navigates the glitz and glamour of the best Las Vegas guest lists in search of the latest & greatest places to eat, stay and play. Twitter: @RockStarMomLV

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  1. Did you stay at the One&Only at Pamilla too? I’ve wanted to vacation there since seeing it years ago on some reality TV show. Looks heavenly!

    I’m a total spa junkie too. I adore all the same things. Spa trips are fun with girlfriends but honestly I’ll go by myself any day.

    Next summer we’re staying at the Grand Wailea so I’ll be certain to book at appointment there at your recommendation. If you’re ever in Southern California I suggest the spa at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach or Pacific Waters at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach!

  2. I did! The whole experience was fabulous! Keep it on your travel list for sure.

  3. There is no place I would rather be than at One&Only Palmilla right now. *sigh*

  4. When I saw the words “Spa Grande at the Grand Wailea, in Maui, Hawaii” you brought me back to one of the best spa experiences I have ever had. Thank you!

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