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It Was The Slide at El Dorado Golf and Beach Club That Turned Tom Brady On

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  Site Where: KM 21 Carretera Transpenisular, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
May 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we were stumped on where Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen were staying in Los Cabos, Mexico. We had thought it might have been the posh One & Only Palmilla yet we checked and the resort doesn't have a water slide.

But thanks to commenter Matt Foley we learned that Tom's bum was being tickled by the water slide at El Dorado Golf and Beach Club, a celeb favorite for a private (ok, somewhat private) getaway. The golf course also has a full bar every three holes at no extra charge. Tequila!

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Which Celeb Love Nest Would You Rather: Scarlett Johansson's Or The Bieber's?

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carreterra Transpeninsular, San Jose de Cabo, Baja California, Mexico, 23400
March 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

The pool at Las Ventanas. We declare it #winning.

The question that we’re chewing over as we chew over our oatmeal this morning: if you were embarking on a new affair with a sexy celeb, where would you take them for a night of passion?

In the red corner, we have Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez who, it turns out, spent the night before the Oscars shacked up with the cougars in a penthouse suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach at Dana Point.

And in the blue are Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn who, Perez Hilton revealed yesterday, swept into Cabo for a one nighter at Las Ventanas al Paraiso on Tuesday. A spy reported that the pair were:

At the resort's spa bar, drinking margaritas, talking, smoking and nibbling on ceviche. When they finished, they left quietly and casually, but also hand in hand!

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Spend Your Valentine's Day Scoping Out Celebs at the One&Only Palmilla

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  Site Where: KM 7 5 Carre Transpeninsula, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
February 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every Valentine's Day, we're inundated with crazy hotel packages that would require a Real Housewives-sized budget (and aren't all that inventive). So this week, we're taking a look at affordable, but fun deals that us regular folks would book.

You know what's romantic? Somewhere warm with no snow, like Los Cabos. If you're looking to plan a special Valentine's Day getaway with your honey, you might want to show you care by upping sticks to celeb favorite One&Only Palmilla.

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Opening A Window Into Las Ventanas Al Paraiso

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carreterra Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico, 23400
October 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve already told you about some of our favorite amenities at Cabo’s Las Ventanas al Paraiso, including their famous sorbet-scooping pool butlers, in-room aromatherapy, and the after-dinner bath experience, and we brought you an exclusive interview with their on-staff Director of Romance.

Today, we’re going to take you inside one of their Ocean View Terrace Junior Suites with this exclusive video walk-through and photo gallery.

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Las Ventanas Al Paraiso's Director of Romance Sets the Mood

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Carreterra Transpeninsular, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico, 23400
October 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos has come up with some pretty awesome amenities over time—pool butlers who will bring you iPods and “Hot Type” books and afternoon sorbet; aromatherapy, after-dinner bath, and bed sheet menus for the guest suites; sewing kits that have been personalized to the palette of your wardrobe; a tequila welcome platter with various gourmet salts; protected sea turtle release; and, of course, our favorite: a Director of Romance on staff. File that under Cool Hotel Jobs.

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Invent 'The World's Most Awesome Hotel Job' and Win Two Trips to Marquis Los Cabos Resort

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  Site Where: Carr Transpeninsular Km 21 5, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
March 2, 2010 at 12:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

After the contest, this Casita could be meticulously attended by the resort's new Casita Feng Shui Enhancer.

There's been a lot of talk lately about folks wanting to work in hotels but even if you aren't a gold medal Olympian, you can still find a hotel job that suits you. Namely, because you're the one who invented it.

The all-suite The Marquis Los Cabos Resort in Mexico has kicked off a fun new contest via its Facebook page, asking folks to submit their suggestions for "The World's Most Awesome Hotel Job." Coconut keeper, whale spotter, towel fluffer, margarita taster, massage tester, all of those would work.

Contest participants need to upload a one-minute video to the hotel's Facebook page detailing their "most awesome hotel job" suggestion. The catch is that the job description has to be beneficial to the resort's guests.

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Jennifer Aniston Was Well-Protected at The One and Only Palmilla

Where: KM 7 5 Carre Transpeninsula, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
February 12, 2010 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hitting up the the One and Only Palmilla and worried that paparazzi might be trying to snap pictures of you and your friends (including Gerard Butler) celebrating your 41st birthday in bikinis?

Well if you're Jennifer Aniston, then you have nothing to worry about--the resort will pull out all the stops to ensure your privacy is safe.

SF Gate reports:

In an agreed TV interview with reporter Billy Bush, the actress pointed out the paparazzi boats out at sea, full of snappers who tried to get saucy shots of the star.

But resort staff, police and the local coast guard went beyond the call of duty to make sure the trip was a relaxing one.

She explains, "Our gang ... has been holding up these mirrors ... to sort of disrupt their photographs ... I think any guest who comes here would hope to have a little privacy. I think it's very nice."

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Score Tory Burch Outfits to Wear on Your One&Only Palmilla Vacay

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  Site Where: Km. 7.5, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
June 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Stella went to go get her groove back, she jetted to a luxe-ish resort and dressed herself in cute linen-y, breezy outfits to look the part of upscale vacationer without a care in the world, looking gorgeous effortlessly. And while Stella went to go grab her lost groove in Montego Bay, we'd be down for hitting up a resort in North America — and One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos appeals to the Stella in us.

Here's why: 'cause we could win ourselves a Tory Burch wardrobe to wear while we're down there. Oh, and we can win a trip down there for free along with the Tory duds.

The deal: Every day, the resort is giving away a Tory Burch Summer Essential Kit with a beach towel, a cosmetics bag, a tote bag and flip flops; you can enter to win one of them every day until July 15th. You can enter that little giveaway here.

And when you enter to win the kit, you're automatically entered to win the Grand Prize: a $1200 Tory Burch Shopping Spree (which, let's be real, will probably only stretch as far as 2 or 3 outfits) and a Four-Night stay at the One&Only Palmilla — which includes roundtrip airfare for two, dinner for two at hotel's new Market by Jean-Georges and two massages during your stay.

Or you could just take the trip and gift the wardrobe money to us. We could use some new pairs of ballet flats and some breezy tunics.

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Easy Livin': Cabo Surf Hotel Has a Surf School On Site

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  Site Where: Playa Acapulquito Km 28, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
January 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you're a Mexico Virgin or not, the Cabo Surf Hotel in San Jose del Cabo sounds kind of awesome. And that's largely due to the Mike Doyle Surf School that's on site.

The school (and hotel) is right on Playa Acapulquito and manned by veteran surfer Mike Doyle. The surf lessons begin at $70 per person for group instruction and range from 1.5 to 2 hours. Private instruction is $95 per person. Those prices include board rentals, beach and water safety instructions, and rashguard use for the lessons.

Students are also asked to arrive 20-minutes early for the lesson to watch a 10-minute instructional video on surfing so you have some idea of what to expect when you hang 10.

Accommodations at the hotel are very chill and laid-back--remember this is a low-key beach hotel, not some five-star resort. Room categories range from a standard ocean room (two double beds) to a junior king villa. The rooms include free WiFi and in some of the larger ones, a kitchenette and jacuzzi. The hotel also has a spa, restaurant and pool on-site. Room rates start at around $265 a night.

Know of another hotel with a cool surfing package? Dish it out dude.

[Photo: Cabo Surf Hotel]

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Heidi and Spencer Get Married at One & Only Palmilla

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  Site Where: KM 7 5 CARR TRANSPENINSULAR, SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico, 23400
November 24, 2008 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today, Perez broke the news that Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag — that's the fameball couple from The Hills best described as the dude-bro with the flesh-colored beard and that girl from that Lauren Conrad doesn't like — have gotten married. Yes, Spencer apparently liked it enough to put a ring on it (and vice versa) and now they are wed.

Originally, the news hit the Internet that the nuptials had "just" gone down and the couple had eloped, but now we're hearing that the couple actually held the ceremony on November 20th and they were able to keep the wedding secret — to sell the magical photos to Us Weekly, it seems.

The couple just happened to be in Mexico at the One & Only Palmilla Resort outside of Cabo San Lucas when they decided, "on a whim," to commit to each other for life. According to Perez:

The ceremony was held on the beach. And, it wasn't planned [...] There were no family members present for the ceremony, which lasted only 15 minutes.

Speidi joins the ranks of several significantly less annoying celeb couples to have their wedding festivities at the One & Only: Eli Manning got hitched here in April and Christina Aguilera chose the resort to host her bachelorette party before she married her hubby.

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One & Only Palmilla for 30 Percent Off

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  Site Where: KM 7 5 Carr Transpeninsula, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
November 13, 2008 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Room Rate Drop Watch where we chronicle the plummeting prices at hotels that once commanded top dollar rates. These are often found in big cities with seemingly more hotel rooms than visitors like Las Vegas. But sometimes you can get lucky in the city of your choice. Seen a room rate drop so low you wanna tell us about it? Do it here.

The other week we asked you all if you were staying in hotels any more as the layoffs increase and the budgets decrease.

Today, someone wrote in that the luxe hotels in places like Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and other luxurious destinations are not decreasing their prices. This is true but these types of hotels are starting to put out some offers. Like this Winter Breaks one from the One & Only Palmilla in San Jose del Cabo.

Stay for a minimum of three nights and receive 30% savings when you book your reservation before November 30, 2008. Complimentary continental breakfast daily and round-trip airport transfers included. Offer valid for stays between November 30 - December 19, 2008

Room rates are going at $650 for an oceanfront room during this period so the deal brings the rate down to $455. Not bad. Of course, it's not great either. We'd like that room rate to come down at least a $100 more, but we'll keep an eye on it.

[Photo: renz13]

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Room With a Killer View: The New But Already Popular Cabo Azul Resort

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  Site Where: Desarrollo Cabo Azul, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, 23400
September 4, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are suckers for a room with a killer view.  We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.

This is probably a first for us: a resort that is still under construction is capable of producing a killer view like this one. The Cabo Azul Resort & Spa in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, is not quite finished but you can already stay in rooms that have summer-lovin' views over the palm trees, pool and that very cool gazebo in the middle.

Apparently it's not just us that have decided so fast that the Cabo Azul is worth taking note of. It's getting awards left, right and center: for example, in the Hospitality Design Awards, the resort's Paz Spa was the winner of the most beautiful spa in the world award and Condé Nast Traveler has added Cabo Azul to the 2008 Hot List Hotels.

Despite the whispers that construction is still being finalized, those who've already checked it out say that the construction work is kind of "tucked away" and the resort is already fully functioning. But they still have opening rate specials like a Couples Getaway for $950 for four nights (the fourth night is free). Presumably it pays to ask where the construction's going on though so you can get a room with a view like this but without a sound like a building site.