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“A True Oasis in Baja” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto

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Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Carretera Transpeninsular km 84 | Ensenada Blanca, Loreto 23880 , Mexico   |  
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Los Angeles, California
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“A True Oasis in Baja”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Were went to Loreto on a hotel site inspection. It was quite a long (but scenic) from the airport (about 50 minutes). You pull off Hwy 1 onto a dirt road and after about 10 minutes of a bumpy rise, arrive at paradise. On it's own little bay, surrounded by cactus-covered mountains, the resort is in a beautiful setting. At check-in we got a complimentary shoulder massage, which made me want to get to the large and beautiful spa on the premises. On a TV screen at the front desk was a welcome message with our name.

Our room was a suite overlooking the ocean (I believe all rooms face the ocean). It was spacious, nicely furnished, and came with a very well equipped kitchen and dining area. The bedroom bath boasted a double tub (wish it had jets, though), 2 sinks, and shower. There was a large flat screen TV in living and bedroom. The patio had a table and chairs as well as lounge chairs. Everything was VERY comfortable.

There are all kinds of activities that can be booked, like whale watching, kayaking, paddle boarding, tours, and more. We opted to relax and stay by the pools (there were several), beach and outdoor bar and restaurant. One day we hiked the trail directly from the hotel. We managed to do about 4 miles around loops and steps - with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez as well as the inlet where we were. We were accompanied by thousands of yellow and brown butterflies.

The hotel has three shuttles a day into Loreto. We took the 6 PM one and had dinner in town, then took the 9 PM one back. I would have liked to have the option of a mid-afternoon shuttle to town (the other one is at 1 PM) so we could have more time to walk around and have a leisurely dinner.

The Market Restaurant and the outdoor bar/pizza restaurant (they have a brick oven) were both fine. Breakfasts were VERY good and dinners were good. I was disappointed that clams were not available. The restaurants work together, and when I wanted to sit inside (it was a very chilly wind) the Market restaurant but have pizza, they were happy to bring it for me from the other restaurant. They also did a very nice job splitting meals - they did it in the kitchen, and the portions were ample and we were not charged extra for this service.

The staff was wonderful. Everyone speaks English (actually I would have liked a little more Spanish!) and they bend over backwards to make you comfortable. Everyone works together, which I really like.

This resort is remote, so if you want to be near town this is not for you. It's great for a get-away and for relaxing or trying some new activity. There are plenty of things going on all the time - even in the off-season when we were there, to keep one occupied. Or, just sit on the patio and relax, taking in the wonderful view.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reno
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12 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

5 days recently and it was a mixed bag of really, really good things and some not so good. We've stayed at two other Villa Group resorts so we had an expectation coming in and we weren't visually disappointed. Same basic footprint and the typical terrific upkeep and landscaping surrounded by great views of the mountains and beautiful beach frontage. Easy prompt check-in, which makes sense as there were only 50 or so guests in occupancy.
The room was an enigma for us. We booked a king but received two queens, which are really fulls not queens. We were later told by a salesperson that guests have to specify at check-in which is something I've never heard of in decades of travel and years in the hotel industry. Lighting was truly puzzling. One lamp, bedside in the entire room. A desk, but no lamp? Why? The sliding door to a huge patio didn't seal tightly and as such the wind was cacophonous at night, as was the noise from the adjoining rooms.
We paid for the Ultra All-Inclusive and were disappointed when the contract listing of what was "included" was not the same as was provided to us when we booked. The Danzante restaurant, and Angus cuts of beef were mysteriously now not part of the package. I have both copies of the contract but let it go in the interest of simply enjoying our time. Interestingly, we spoke with another couple who'd been told the golf course was finished when they booked, only to find that there hasn't been a shovel to hit the ground yet. None too happy about it I night add.
The food we had at Casa Mia and The Market was very good, at all three meal times. Great sandwiches, salads, and The Clams Loreto are fantastic. Moreover, the service was exceptional, at the pool bar, and at the two restaurants. Friendly, prompt, and our waiters grew to know our names just a day or two in. Despite tips being included with the UAI, we tipped everyone in addition to that to recognize their attentiveness.
We partook of the kayaking on day two, but were denied any further access to the kayaks despite, once again, this being part of the package. The excuse from the Wild Loreto spokesperson was "choppy water" which was simply not the case. Again, we let it go and enjoyed our time poolside, and hiking etc.
Staff activities were fun, the shows very tongue in cheek and entertaining, and we particularly found the kitchen tour, which included the maze-like inner workings of the hotel, to be very interesting. The level of cleanliness behind the scenes is extraordinary. We did find it strange that there isn't a pub or casual restaurant with some level of entertainment/tv/pool table, something that is INDOORS. There is simply no respite from the weather, and should you find it too cold (as we did one day), or too hot you'll be fairly well stuck to your room, with no WiFi I might add.
The spa is very nice, and the fitness facility first-rate with excellent equipment and a great view.

We attended the required sales presentation which was what you'd expect. Very high-pressure, but our presenter didn't seem to understand the product and thus neither did we at the end.

The housekeeping was unobtrusive and excellent, and we saw the General Manager a number of times during our stay, working alongside his staff and clearly tending to business. Special thanks are in order to some of the staff that were especially excellent: Gualberto, Abraham, Luis, and Julio were terrific waiter/bartenders and extremely helpful and friendly. Alejandro, the Front Desk Manager, was excellent, and Raffi, Ivis, and Ceci were outstanding.

Overall, we'd go back but we'll give them some time to work out some of the kinks.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

From the moment we arrived, we were swept away by the magic of this very special place. The tranquility of the beautiful locale, matched with exceptional service and consistent quality throughout the resort and amenities, left us relaxed, pampered and so very satisfied. Nearby Loreto was interesting, but one never need leave the property to have an exceptional vacation.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

This place out-performed and exceeded every expectation we had. The property is beautiful. The guest accommodations are very spacious and comfortable. Housekeeping was exceptional. The staff was superlative in every way. They make it their personal mission to make sure you are happy, comfortable and having a good time. The food and beverage was excellent. The wait staff were attentive beyond the norm. The activities staff is friendly, fun, and of course very entertaining.
The setting is extraordinary. Every room has a view. The magic of the Sea of Cortez is incomparable. This was an exceptional value and an experience that will be cherished.
We'll be back for sure!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This is one of the newest of the Villa del Palmar resorts, open for about a year and a half. The facility is still partially under construction, but the finished part is beautiful. The rooms are larger than their other resorts and very nicely appointed. Only two restaurants were open, but the food was excellent. The Palmita market was a bit light on inventory, but was sufficient for our one week stay. We did the all inclusive (meals, drinks, entertainment) for three of the 7 days, but could easily have done as well paying for these on an as you go basis. The resort is very remote, an hour or so out of the small town of Loreto, but VdP provides three free van trips per day into town, which made visiting the town easy and inexpensive. There are supermarkets in town to stock up supplies if you need to and the pricing is very modest. The people of Loreto are friendly to a fault and the town has an interesting and lengthy history being the capital of all of the Californias for many years. Wild Loreto, the adventure service, is excellent. Great staff, nice tours and trips available. We did some SCUBA diving, but were surprised at how cold the water is (20C), so we ended abandoning our light wet suits and obtained some heavier ones from the dive service. They use pangas (small outboard motor boats) for the diving, but the dive guide and boat operators were great. Overall the staff at the resort was the best we have experienced in our 6 years of ownership with VdP. If you are looking for a first class experience with a quiet, relaxed atmosphere, and no high pressure sales people at the airport, this is it. Enjoy!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sixto N, Gerente at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Dear Michael P.

Thank you for staying with us at Villa del Palmar Loreto. We appreciate your comments regarding your stay. They are important to us in our continuous efforts to exceed our guest’s expectations.

We want to let you know that we just opened a third restaurant, the Danzante Restaurant .Our Steakhouse and Seafood with Mexican Fusion.

I shared you our new restaurant Schedule:

* Market Restaurant
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lunch:11:00 a.m. to 18:00 p.m.
Dinner: 18:00 to 22:30

* Casa Mía Restaurant
Lunch & Dinner
Opens from 11:00 a.m. to 22:30 p.m.

* Danzante Restaurant
Opens from Wednesday to Saturday
From 18:00 to 22:00

We are looking forward to have you back in the resort.

Warm Regards!
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Key word is relax--and you can do this while laying out on the beach, venturing out in a kayak, taking a refreshing swim, trying your hand at snorkeling, pabbleboarding or digging for clams, all from the Resort's El Santuario Beach Club, where use of all non-motorized sports are included. The spa is 'world class' and it's use is intended for the entire family--so if you visit with your children, there are special spa treatments for them to experience also. Food and Beverage Director,Angel Ruiz, doesn't miss a beat with his International gourmet choices being served at the 3 different restaurants, bars, buffets, and pool-side. At Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, the presentation, quality of food, the service (atentive English speaking staff) are all excellent. Enjoy!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

If you are looking for a first-rate resort to relax in an isolated location, the Villa del Palmer at Loreto may be your ticket. This new resort is located on the Sea of Cortez about half-way up the Baja Peninsula. Horizon airline (part of Alaska airlines) flies a prop jet into Loreto from Los Angeles. It is then about a 40 min shuttle (prearrange with the resort, about $25 per person each way) from the airport to the resort. The resort runs a free shuttle into the town of Loreto three times a day (45 min each way).
My wife and I had a one bedroom unit that was huge – about 950 square feet. The balcony, with a nice view of the sea and the swimming pools, could have accommodated a party for 20 people. We mostly eat in our unit, and the kitchen was well stocked including Bosch appliances (full refrigerator, cooktop, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer). The main bedroom had a king size bed and huge Jacuzzi tub in addition to the shower. There was a second bathroom with shower off the living room for anyone using the hide-a-bed. Daily maid service was provided. There is a main pool with several smaller ones including a child’s area with geysers and a large jetted hot tub that could accommodate 20-30 adults. Being a new resort, occupancy was low, so there was no problem in getting pool lounges. There were even a couple of hammocks and two fire pits near the beach. Although there were lounges with umbrellas on the beach, these were rarely used. The beach is OK at high tide but somewhat muddy at low tide. I went snorkeling by the peninsula rocks to the right and saw quite a few fish. There is an activity desk that can arrange a rental car or a number of activities (kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, etc.). The spa was wonderful with free use of many facilities (e.g., sauna, steam room) and the gym is sufficiently equipped.
We only ate a few times in the restaurant – only one restaurant, with a reasonable menu, is currently open plus a snack shop with burgers, pizza, tacos, etc. Prices for main courses ranged around $10-$20. There was an all-inclusive option for about $89 per person per day. The mini market had soft drinks/beer/wine, chips, snacks, and eggs (bought individually – great for omelets). We took the shuttle into town to get our main groceries. The shuttle drops you off at the Santa Fe hotel, and it is a 10-15 min walk to the El Pescador market. Although the largest market in Loreto, it was limited in selection (e.g. no fish), but we found enough to get by for the week. Contrary to an earlier report, they now accept credit cards. There is a fish market close to the police station. We didn’t really explore Loreto, so I can’t comment about it. Some guests took the evening shuttle (left resort at 6 pm, returned from the Sante Fe at 9 pm) into Loreto for dinner.
This is NOT the place to come to party, but the staff are truly exceptional in making your stay enjoyable. They even put on a show/skit most evenings at the restaurant that is fun. The Villas group has big plans for this new resort – expansion of accommodations including condos, an 18 hole golf course and several more restaurants. Given its secluded location, I wouldn’t hold my breath. However, at present it is a GREAT place to bring a couple good books and relax!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa At The Islands Of Loreto Hotel
Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa At The Islands Of Loreto Hotel Loreto
Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort And Spa At The Islands Of Loreto
Address: Carretera Transpeninsular km 84 | Ensenada Blanca, Loreto 23880 , Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Loreto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Loreto
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Loreto
#4 Romantic Hotel in Loreto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you're seeking a place that defines luxury, look no further than the Villa Group Resort's newest shining-star resort in this amazing Baja village. The hotel epitomizes luxury within a small town while also offering complete privacy and every modern touch. The perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families.The resort features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty. Boasting three restaurants and 20,000 square feet of turtle-shaped pools, Villa Del Palmar is minutes away from Downtown Islands of Loreto, extraordinary beaches, and world class golf courses.Our restaurants are not limited to just extraordinary Mexican food; featuring restaurants that serve delicious steaks to fine Italian food that tempts every palate. You can even cook up dinner your own room in the private "gourmet chef's kitchen". Naturally, all the amenities that guests of the Villa Group Resorts have come to expect are here too. Send your wife to the spa to enjoy a signature Islands of Loreto-massage, or join your children on an outdoor sports-fishing adventure. Whatever you're in the mood for, it is here waiting for you. See, although Islands of Loreto was actually the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula, it will be the last place you'll ever want to leave. ... more   less 
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