One & Only Palmilla: 5-Star Luxury in Los Cabos
The Mexican coasts offer many paradisiacal places, with long beaches of delicate and pale sand and views of the Sea of Cortez and the North Pacific Ocean.
However, few places offer a true experience of luxury, rest and entertainment for the senses. One & Only Palmilla is one of these few: an oasis of tranquillity and variety of 5-star service where you can enjoy the privileged environment that the peninsula of Baja California Sur offers in the municipality of Los Cabos, on one of a select number of swimmable beaches in the region.
The history of One & Only Palmilla goes back to 1956, when Don Abelardo Rodríguez, the son of President Abelardo Rodríguez Luján, built a luxurious 15-room resort in the area, intimate and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the region. Being only accessible by private yacht or plane, Don Rodríguez hosted illustrious guests such as John Wayne, Lucille Ball and the former President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Currently, the resort has numerous rooms, suites, chalets and villas where guests can enjoy their stay in the way most suited to their tastes, that celebrities including Cindy Crawford, John Travolta or Steven Tyler have enjoyed.
The range of amenities and options that guests can enjoy is impressive: spas, beauty salons, fitness and a wellness centre, and a 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, as well as various aquatic activities.
The municipality of Los Cabos is renowned for the vigour and impetus of its beaches, and the surroundings allow to enjoy diving, swimming, kayaking and surfing: the new One & Only Palmilla programme, Art of Luxury Surfing, invites participants to take classes with famous surfers like Tatiana Weston-Webb.
Although the variety of services and entertainment is unique, the expertise and luxurious experience of One & Only Palmilla is truly revealed within its restaurants. The jewel of the crown is SEARED, managed and led by the two Michelin-star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Agua by Larbi, with the renowned chef Larbi Dahrouch at the helm.
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CGI: Driving local solutions with global expertise
Embrace digital transformation and infuse it with a spirit of agility, is the message to the public sector from Aleta Jeffress, CGI Senior Vice President Consulting Services.
“We partner with clients to drive value and innovation,” said Jeffress who has been working with the US City of Mesa, AZ on their digital journey for their local citizens.
Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. It is insights-driven and outcomes-based to help accelerate return on investments. CGI operates across 21 industries in 400 locations and provides scalable and sustainable services that are informed globally and delivered locally.
“We have expertise in developing and executing strategies to help companies transform their IT to align with the business through cloud strategies, application rationalization, modernization and outsourcing,” said Jeffress speaking from the Denver CGI offices.
“Digital change can be exhausting, but take the opportunity to embrace it and look for new opportunities,” said Jeffress who pointed out projects should have a sense of agility and specific focus on the end-user.
“This can be a big culture change for some clients but by making sure your implementations are not a big bang theory but you can take smaller chunks which you’re able to do over and over again as it's just going to continue to evolve,” she said.
Informed globally and delivered locally
Commenting on CGI’s partnership with the City of Mesa, Jeffress said: “We are providing a solution that has a lower cost of ownership and helps them streamline business processes and helps increase efficiency.
“The City sought a single source of truth for their ERP business processes. With CGI Advantage, they found a partner in their digital transformation journey with a configurable, unified solution that supports their HR, financial management, and performance budgeting business processes.
“With CGI Advantage, the City is working with a single source of truth that lowers total cost of ownership, streamlines business processes, and increases efficiency - additional benefits include:
• A decrease in customizations and staffing requirements resulting in faster upgrade cycles.
• Empowering HR resources to focus on strategic efforts by removing the need for manual and duplicate data entry.
• Increased accuracy with reporting.
• Process improvements shifting from customized or paper-based processes to automated processes.
• Increased pay transparency and accuracy by leveraging process improvements and configurable support
A trusted partner
“CGI is a company that focuses very intently and very intentionally on delivery - that is something that really sets us apart,” said Jeffress.
“We have an internal process where we meet with clients twice a year to ask a specific set of questions. How our clients answer those questions allows us to be sure we are aligned and can be a trusted partner with all of our clients.”
“As an international company, we can provide key resources when our clients need it in a very timely manner,” she said.
Reflecting on the challenges posed by COVID-19 Jeffress said there had been a true evolution in technology services.