We booked Villa del Palmar Loreto having stayed at the sister property in Cabo. It is a nice place! Even though we booked a studio, we got a very large corner one-bedroom upgrade without asking, with a nice view of the sea and the pool. There are 6 swimming pools: in addition to the large pool, there is one for elite only (never saw anyone in it), a toddler pool, two plunge pools, and a large hot tub. The hot tub was hands down the most favorite place for the small number guests staying at the hotel during the week we were there. All the comments about a lot of attention and great service are very true. The reason guests flocked to the hot tub was that it was quite cool. We had two relatively hot days (around 90 at the highest), which were wonderful, and other days were pleasant but cool and windy. One night we were woken up by what sounded like a storm, and as we came out on the balcony to look, the palm trees were practically lying sideways. The wind abated by the sunrise, but still our island hopping trip was canceled two days in a row, we couldn't rent kayaks because the sea was too choppy, etc. Blame it on the weather!
We didn't use the spa (next time!) and spent the time working hard entertaining our eight-year-old as there is really not a lot to do. We, adults, loved it, but our next trip would probably be back to Cabo! Still we went hiking on a beautiful well-marked trail that starts right by the side of the hotel, went kayaking, took a shuttle to the town of Loreto and back, and went whale watching. Luckily, our son met a little group of kids of similar age (there were all of 6 kids at the hotel at the time) and we could sit back with our pina coladas as the kids played together in the pool.
What we loved: the view, the deep blue color of the Sea of Cortez, wading into the bay, hiking and exploring rocky little beaches. There were so few people around, every time we went out on a hike or a walk on the beach or kaykaing, we were completely alone. It was a strange feeling, beautiful but eerie. The large hottub was a blessing for the small group of kids otherwise they wouldn't have been able to keep warm in the big pool. No one complained, quite the opposite, a few guests smiled and commented something positive, which we appreciated. We have to commend the staff: Roberto at the pool was friendly and attentive, Luiz in the lobby was very accommodating and went above and beyond his duty answering our questions and helping out. Fausto, the guide on the whale watching tour, was very informative and funny. The whale watching did turn out to be the highlight of our trip, as this was the time when whales travel to Baja California with their young and dozens of them frolic around your boat, some swimming up close as they get curious. My husband and son did end up touching a whale, a wondrous experience!
We apreciated the evening shows the staff put up, working very hard, despite quite the limited audience as the cool weather drove guests indoors. We loved the stars on display every evening.
The food at the Market restaurant just kept getting better, breakfast was wonderful (loved the pastries baked on premises!) and the evening buffets, all was fresh and there were many choices. As our child is an extremely picky eater, his meal was prepared and brought from Casa Mia separately on a daily basis, with a smile and a flourish. Guillermo, the head waiter at the restaurant treated us as if we were his friends. All in all, everyone was very accommodating.
What we didn't like: the weather was a little too cool for our typical "tropical" vacation. As all activities got canceled due to the wind, there was a point when we just felt bored as there was nothing to do but go back to the hottub. It got to be a little slow for us. Had we known our booked activities would be canceled we would have arranged something in town, but there wasn't much chance to plan ahead.
Would we return: yes, maybe in a few years time, when hopefully there is more going on. And definitely later in the year, such as in April.
- 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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