The One&Only Palmilla: Journese Curators Celebration in Los Cabos
Every year, Laura Allen, my friend and fellow travel agent, and I take a honeymoon together. In the past we’ve been to French Polynesia, St. Barth’s, and Anguilla. When I received an invitation to the Journese Curators Celebration, held this year in Cabo, I couldn’t think of a better traveling companion to enjoy the romance of the Baja at some of the world’s top resorts. This is especially great timing as it’ll be the last honeymoon we take before Laura takes a real honeymoon after her marriage to Jonathan Epstein in December (anyone who books the UK & Ireland through me has the pleasure of working with his company, Celebrated Experiences).
Naturally, when traveling to these destinations as two young, single women, sometimes we receive some strange comments and questions. Like yesterday, after the guy beside us had been asking questions about Laura’s wedding and our profession, he stood up at the end of the flight and announced, “Congratulations to you both, and congratulations on your marriage!” which sounded a little too much like we were set to marry one another.
I’m thrilled to be a part of this particular trip as it’s one of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. Every year, Journese – one of my partner companies – invites their top 25 producers to an all-expenses paid trip. In the past, it’s been called the Mahalo celebration and has always been held in Hawaii. For the first time ever, they’ve moved outside of Hawaii and rebranded the weekend as the Curators Celebration. When I found out it would be held at the One&Only in Cabo, I worked relentlessly to meet the sales goals and snag an invitation.
Now that I’m here, I’m happy to say it was worth the hard work.
As our private SUV transfer pulled up to the One&Only, I was already taken aback by how lush and beautiful the grounds were. I had been expecting a sparser, more desert-like landscape, but not here. Everything is perfectly manicured and I’m receiving my typical horticulture lessons as Laura walks around and points out what each plant is.
When we stepped into the lobby we were greeted with frozen coconut popsicles. Resorts take note: while any amenity upon arrival is welcome, all you really have to do to steal my heart is give me sweets.
Something happened in those first few moments at the property…I fell in love a little. The One&Only had me at hello.
Once in our room, it kept getting better and better. We’re sharing an immaculate suite with some of the most gorgeous decor I’ve seen. I sound like a broken record in my blog, but I love a hotel that has a sense of place, and the One&Only has more than just that. They’ve managed to capture the culture of the Baja Peninsula, put a luxury spin on it, and splash it on the walls, engrave it in the tiles, and weave it into every fabric of the furniture.
Because of the rough waters, most of Cabo’s beaches aren’t swimmable. The One&Only is the only luxury resort in the area with a swimmable beach (pictured below) but the others that surround the property are too rough. I actually love these waves – you can hear them crashing for miles away. Lucky for us, our suite is only steps away from the ocean, but it does mean that no matter what room you book at the One&Only, you’ll hear that unforgettable sound of the waves crashing against the shoreline.
To kick off the Curators Celebration, Journese hosted a private dinner on Pelican Beach, where we were joined by members of the Journese and One&Only team. I received such a big surprise when a woman walked up to me and introduced herself as Tanya, the reservations agent I’ve been working with for the past few years in the business! When travel consultants find a res agent we love, a friendship easily grows but it’s so rare that you get to meet them in person. We had an Oprah moment. I had no idea she would be on the trip, such a great surprise!
The private beach dinner was top notch – the One&Only pulled out all the stops with the gorgeous tablescapes, a tequila presentation, fire dancers, and some delicious food.
At the tequila presentation, Laura and I tried the local Sal de Gusano with our Mezcal…literally translated, sal del gusano means worm salt. And that’s what it was, a salt made entirely of dried, crushed worms. As I’m trying this I think to myself, self, remember what happened the last time you were in Mexico? Maybe lay off the strange delicacies…
But, all was fine and the entire meal was delicious. This morning I’m watching the sun rise from my balcony, listening to those crashing waves as some sort of horrifically large birds swarm overhead. I’m already loving Cabo and haven’t even seen the extent of it – off on a city tour today, along with a site inspection and dinner at Las Ventanas this evening!
Interested in your own trip to the One&Only Palmilla? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!