“My husband and I have celebrated our anniversary for the past seven or so years in Cabo (with one exception when went to Bora Bora). We have always stayed at the One & Only Palmilla, which has continued to surprise us with their attention to detail. Since we could only go for the long weekend this year, we decided to try Capella Pedregal.
“The entrance is magical: guests walk through a tunnel carved into a mountain, which is complete with chandeliers. We stayed in one of the Estrella suites (per Indagare’s recommendation) and left feeling these are the best rooms at the hotel. They are situated in the corners on the top floors so have numerous windows and the most privacy (the beach front casitas are not private at all: everyone that walks along the beach peers into them). In addition, most of the walkways through the resort lead in front of rooms. The Estrella suites however, are on the top floor and the layout provides for privacy. The only drawback to this suite is the view is over all the other casitas’ rooftops of the casitas.
“One lovely feature was the fire pit at the edge of the plunge pool. Because nights were cool, the fire pit allowed us to sit on the deck in the lounge chairs and gaze at the stars. The setting of the hotel is beautiful and unique, as it is on the Pacific Ocean side on the beach, to the west of the famous rock formations.
“The staff was very friendly and the service was great. Upon arrival, after being handed a margarita, we were introduced to our “personal assistant”. I imagined this was Capella’s equivalent to the butlers at Palmilla, but in reality they are just concierges that you would go see at the desk if you need something. They do not offer to unpack your suitcase, check-in with you throughout your stay, or deliver evening amenities as they do at Palmilla. We had pre-arranged a few reservations prior to arriving and when we arrived we were told that the Capella boat we had reserved for a morning was not available. They tried to find alternatives, but couldn’t find a comparable boat, so we opted out of the excursion.
“A highlight was dining at the cliffside El Fallon seafood restaurant at the resort. It has the most beautiful setting and guests should be sure to make reservations far in advance.
“The spa was very pretty and the locker rooms have a hot tub, steam room, sauna and even an ice room. We had two couples massages. The workout facility is also very nice, but we were disappointed that Capella doesn’t offer any complimentary workout classes.
“The demographic of other guests was not what I had expected—most of the guests were in their 50s and 60s and some had high school or college-aged kids with them.
“All in all, I cannot say anything really negative about Capella, and we are glad we experienced it, but Palmilla really stands out with its attention to details. Palmilla was always planning special anniversary surprises through out our stay, for example remembering our favorite drink and welcoming us at our room door with these, automatically putting us on late checkout to linger until we had to go to the airport, creating unique experiences ‘not on the concierge’s menu’. We drove up to Rancho Pescadero, a great place with a cool hip vibe. They have a basket of cowboy hats for guests lounging by the pool, bikes for guests to explore the property and the rooms are very nice (in a minimal kind of way) and they offer yoga every morning to their guests. The only bummer is that kids under 18 are not allowed, which is unfortunate as if would be the perfect family spot in Cabo.”
Read Indagare’s review of Capella Pedregal.
Read Indagare’s review of One & Only Palmilla.
Read about an Indagare staffer’s experience at Rancho Pescadero.