Travel Experience Written by Annette White
If warm-water beaches, a secluded resort along the Sea of Cortez, world-class golf fit for the pros and margaritas o’plenty is your idea of a great getaway, then Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a bucket-list-worthy hotel resort not to miss. Tucked away along the sea of Baja California’s eastern coast in a little place called Loreto—a Mexican town you probably have never heard of—is a travel destination that dreamy vacations are made of.
This resort has it all. It’s easy to get to and it’s beautiful (palm trees galore!), plus there are tons of amenities, and activities to keep you as busy or as relaxed as you want to be. Just don’t miss the LED paddleboards for a killer night-ride along the sea’s edge!
About Loreto in Baja California, Mexico
The little Mexican town of Loreto is a don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it kind of place, so make sure to keep your eyes wide open! Just a one-and-a-half-hour flight from LAX will bring you to this petite city with a population of barely 20,000, yet don’t let the size fool you, the things to do in Loreto has something for everyone‘s bucket list.
If you’re a historical buff, there are museums and missions (including the first one of the California’s!). If leisurely exploring is more your thing, spend an afternoon shopping the artisan markets for colorful ceramics, walking the water lined Malecon, and eating traditional Mexican food at the local cafes. Maybe you’re more into nature and adventure? Then it just can’t get better than hiking, kayaking in the Sea of Cortez, exploring the UNESCO protected islands of Loreto, bird watching, and even whale watching. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it in Loreto.
There are five—yes, FIVE— outdoor pools that are creatively designed to look like a sea turtle. It’s up to you which one you will choose for the afternoon. Possibly it’ll be spent in the giant over-sized hot tub with a cocktail in hand or splashing around in the shallow children’s pool? It’s up to you!
Just know that there always seems to be something entertaining going on by the pool, whether it be a fun game of bingo, a friendly volleyball tournament or some water aerobics. So, join in or just watch from the comfort of your lounge chair.
With over 39,000 square feet of pure relaxation, the Sabila Spa is truly a world-class experience. The spa’s traditional healing treatments combined with modern techniques offer an unparalleled experience.
With over 40 different services available, like the Aromatic Sea of Cortez Mud Wrap and Chocolate Mint Body Scrub, you won’t leave disappointed. I had one of the best massages of my life there!
The Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto has three different restaurants to choose from, plus The Clubhouse at TPC Danzante Bay golf course. The Market is a laid-back buffet-style eatery that blends the flavors of Mediterranean, Mexican, and American. It’s perfect for a quick breakfast before hitting the golf course (don’t miss trying their traditional Mexican pastries!) or after a long day by the pool.
If you are looking for an order-at-the-table choice that’s still casual, Casa Mia is a Mexican restaurant by day and Italian themed restaurant by night. I can vouch for the nachos as I ate them almost every afternoon and the lasagna in the evenings is not only delicious but big enough for two!
For a high-end dining experience, get all dolled up and head over to the low-lit Danzante restaurant where steak and fish is their focus. You won’t be disappointed with the amaranto and apple crusted seared tuna with sweet soy sauce appetizer or the creative fusion of lamb chop in mint and habanero pepper sauce entree. But, whatever you do, don’t miss ordering the flaming Mexican coffee that is prepared tableside and comes with a mesmerizing show. Have your cameras ready!
Whether you are looking for a relaxing trip to the beach, a golf retreat, a spa getaway, or an adventure in Mexico, there is something at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto for you.
Resort Credit for Covid-19 Testing
Considering the recent COVID19 testing requirements imposed by various countries, including the United States and Canada, we are committed to ensuring your vacations can continue worry-free. You are part of our family, and here at The Villa Group, there is nothing more important.
Delivering extraordinary vacation experiences is our business. To make your vacation experience seamless, The Villa Group has coordinated offering discounted antigen and PCR testing at each of our resorts for visitors whose home countries require a negative testing result. Discounted pricing is estimated to be around $30.00 USD for antigen and $150.00 USD for PCR. Members who obtain their test will be provided a $30.00 USD resort credit per tested person, per stay, through March 31, 2021. Please inquire with the resort for discounted PCR test rates as these vary by location. Click here for more details regarding Covid-19 Testing. Click here for our sanitization protocols, and learn how we are doing our part to ensure you can continue vacationing safely at each of our Villa Group resorts.