We have all heard of Necker Island, the famed Richard Branson home and getaway that has attracted a slew of celebrities. The private island is a frequent bolt-hole for the likes of Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Pamela Anderson and Steven Spielberg. Branson first purchased the island in 1978 and it opened as a luxury retreat available for private hire in 1984. Necker Island is now part of Virgin Limited Edition, Richard’s portfolio of unique retreats. So if you really want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous there is no better hideaway retreat.
Or is there?
The One&Only Los Cabos is full of celebrities across its network of hotels. They are getaways where famous company is not so hard to find and beach residences provide some much-needed rest and relaxation.
To spice things up, you may even want to check in under a pseudonym a la ‘Cherry Cola’ as Weeds and Red star Mary Louise Parker did when she stayed at the Four Seasons Nevis.
If you are looking for something special you can’t go past One&Only Resorts. They’re appropriately named. This hotel has more celebrities per square inch than any other. Its close proximity to Los Angeles has attracted Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Kate Beckinsale, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Tom Cruise, Celine Dion, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Gere. Now there’s a dinner conversation.
This is one stunning hotel.
TheOne&Only Palmilla lies where the ocean greets the desert and Pacific waters merge with the Sea of Cortes. Where warm waters break gently onto soft sandy beaches. Where gray whales can be seen rising majestically offshore. Where exhilaration and serenity thrive in blissful harmony.
It is a place of rediscovery… of the joy of life, the magic of moonlight, the pure pleasure of sun and surf, music and laughter. It is a place that rekindles the spirit and sense of wellbeing.
One&Only Palmilla is located on the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula between the towns of San Jose Del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, within a region known simply as Los Cabos. Set alongside one of the few swimmable beaches in the region, One&Only Palmilla encompasses 250 acres of a 900-acre, master-planned community that includes private residences and a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.
The climate is tropical, with sunny skies and cool evenings during winter, and spurts of rainfall in late summer. Currency is the Mexican Peso; major credit cards and US dollars are accepted. The official language is Spanish and English is commonly spoken.
Accommodations are presented in single-storey and three-storey buildings, or ‘casas’, encircling the resort grounds along the peninsula’s edge. Perched above the beach, all 173 casually elegant rooms, suites and villas offer 24-hour butler service and a patio or balcony facing out towards the sea, allowing optimum privacy and unobstructed scenic views.
If you have the cash, splash it on Villa Cortez.
A one of a kind masterpiece which captures the true feeling of coastal luxury living. Located in a secluded area on the south side of the resort directly on the beach, Villa Cortez features traditional hacienda interiors with stone patterned floors; Venetian plaster and hand carved wood beam ceilings. Included with the four bedrooms are private spa facilities; 12-person private screening theatre; infinity-edge pool and Jacuzzi; full exterior and interior kitchen facilities along with outdoor fire pits. Guests find inspiration in the villa’s leather paneled home office; full gym; outdoor rain shower; and comfortable live-in butler facilities. Two bedrooms featuring king-sized beds and two with two queen-sized beds per room.
The One&Only chain also has presence in Dubai, Maldives, Mauritius, Bahamas and South Africa.
If you want to go celebrity spotting in Los Cabos you may also want to check out the Las Ventanas al Parasio where Barbra Streisand, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams and Kevin Costner have been heard to stay, or the Marquis Los Cabos Reforma which has played host to Spike Lee, Magic Johnson, David Hasselhoff and Natasha Henstridge.
One you may not have heard of is Parrot Cay, an award-winning Turks and Caicos luxury resort set on its own private island. With 1,000 unspoilt acres and mile-long beach, you’ll discover foot-in-the-sand luxury. All rooms, suites and beach villas have soothing interiors along with COMO’s service ethic, holistic therapies, yoga, diving and world class cuisine.
If you are so inclined, you might like to purchase yourself a villa; an acre-and-a-half of oceanfront land, protected by lush, native vegetation and the rise of the dunes.
Light-filled interior living spaces open directly onto an expansive hardwood deck, flowing into an infinity-edge pool and then right down to the powdery white-sand beach — always reflecting the highest standards of contemporary Caribbean living.
Excerpted from an article originally published in the Sep/Oct 2013 issue of Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine. If you are a subscriber to Think & Grow Rich Inc. magazine, you will receive this article in your Sep/Oct 2013 issue of TGR. If you are not a subscriber, click here to subscribe.