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By Chris Boyle

Villas Del Mar at Palmilla is Mexico’s most exclusive resort community featuring a collection of private ocean-view villas nestled along a secluded stretch of pristine, white-sand beach.

Setting Villas Del Mar apart from any resort experience is its unique combination of five-star resort services and the luxury of an exclusive private villa. Guests enjoy a full-time private butler and private chef ensuring each visit exceeds expectations and is completely hassle-free. Villas Del Mar has become a getaway for many high-profile guests looking for the privacy and anonymity that cannot be found at a more traditional resort. All of Villas Del Mar’s guests are treated with the care and discretion necessary to serve the world’s most discerning travelers from the entertainment industry to royalty and Fortune 500 CEOs. Guests enjoy access to the private beach club and private fitness club as well as the restaurants, spa and golf course at the neighboring One&Only Palmilla hotel.



  • Square footage: 5,200, plus 2,200 of outdoor space
  • Nightly rate: From $4,500 to $6,000

Number of rooms in suite: Seven

Number of entrances to suite: Two

Number of baths: Five and one half-bath

Suite style: Los Cabos Mexican style, by Aida and Kelley Balke of Balke & Associates

Key selling points: Step onto the white-sand beach right from this five-bedroom beachfront residence that features a private infinity-edged pool and spa. Three master suites offer stunning ocean views and large balconies. With custom interior design and careful attention to detail, the home features authentic Mexican artwork and styling, fresco wall painting, vaulted ceilings, custom decorative tile and specialty lighting that all add great visual interest to the residence. Includes private butler, private chef for breakfast and lunch, daily housekeeping, golf cart and access to two private clubs.

Number of suites: 40


Villas Del Mar offers an in-suite spa program, plus massage services available at Club Espiritu, the private fitness club. Guests also have access to the Spa at One&Only Palmilla.


Club Ninety Six: Enjoy gourmet dining on the elegant candlelit terrace or casual and authentic Mexican cuisine at the poolside Bar & Grill.

Bar & Lounge at Club Ninety Six: Casual, elegant private bar and lounge with flat-screen TVs and relaxed dining.

Manager Tez Abbott



Palmilla Golf Club, Jack Nicklaus Signature Course: Rated one of the top 100 by Great Golf Resorts of the World, this course offers 27 holes, including the Arroyo Nine, Mountain Nine and the new Ocean Nine, where every hole has stunning views of the Sea of Cortez.

The course is known for its gentle slopes, wide fairways and large but challenging greens. Jack Nicklaus described his creative process as “designing mountains by the sea.” Par: 72



Guests can explore the Sea of Cortez on the Club Ninety Six 50-foot catamaran available for charter, which offers four staterooms and sunbathing on the onboard trampoline and aft deck.

The Club Ninety Six Activities & Adventures program offers beach activities, most of which are complimentary, plus equipment rental and day trip excursions. Special children’s activities are held during holiday weeks. Guests will also have access to Club Espiritu, the brand new 10,000-square-foot private fitness club, exclusive to Villas Del Mar homeowners and rental guests. Facilities include a Pilates studio, spinning studio, lap pool, yoga pavilion, personalized fitness training, steam room, sauna, massage and facial services. State-of-the-art fitness equipment is easy for novice users yet advanced enough to meet the requirements of professional athletes.

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