Abelardo Rodriguez, the pioneer of tourism development in Los Cabos, founded Palmilla in 1956 with 15 guestrooms. Early guests had to arrive by private plane or yacht – the intimate resort quickly became a favorite among celebrities and dignitaries such as John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Dustin Hoffman, Ernest Hemingway and President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In 1993, the Palmilla Golf Club became the first signature Jack Nicklaus golf course to open in Mexico. Palmilla closed in April 2003 for an extensive rebuilding and expansion project that brings the resort’s total guest accommodations to 173; subsequently, the hotel was transformed by South African entrepreneur Sol Kerzner into the world-class resort it is now.
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