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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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Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Loreto
Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Amazing R & R”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

A first visit which will have to be repeated! This is the place for anyone wanting relaxation and tranquility, immaculate, large and comfortable rooms, the convenience of a well equipped kitchen, lovely landscaping and flowers all around, palm trees swaying gently in the ever present breeze. Hotel staff always ready to help with a smile and going the extra mile to make you feel as comfortable as if you were in your own home. Hard to find any flaw over the duration of our one week stay! Our sincere thanks to the entire staff. I especially have to thank Miguel Contreras who went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable. He is probably the friendliest front desk manager of any hotel I've ever stayed at.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Corona, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We just returned from a fantastic long weekend at Villa del Palmar Loreto at Dazante Bay. We have vacationed in Cabo San Lucas 2x in the past and for us the Loreto area is truly Baja’s best. Absolutely, beautiful scenery. The Sea of Cortez/Golf of Mexico is pristine, clear and very rich with Marine Life. The Islands are Bird Sanctuaries and there is good snorkeling with lots of fish. The beaches on Coronado Island are amazing. Fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Loreto town is clean, quaint and very friendly with a pretty Sea Front Malecon. Several neat looking restaurants and cute hotels. The locals are so welcoming and friendly and you truly feel like they are happy that you came to visit. The small airport is very modern, clean, and efficient and the new terminal is only 3 years old. Great nonstop flights from LAX on Alaska Airlines.

Now to Villa del Palmar. Beautiful hotel in a natural stunning location. On its own Bay – Dazante Bay a 40 minute drive from Loreto. You reach the hotel on a well graded dirt road which we were told will be paved within the next year. For us the dirt road actually added the feeling of getting away from it all and thought it was fun. We booked our transfer through the Hotel and were picked up in a nice Shuttle Bus from the Airport. The return transfer was with another couple in a luxury SUV. On arrival we were greeted with welcome cocktail and check-in was very friendly and quick. All the employees at the resort are so friendly and service is perfect. We booked the Deluxe Suite and since I had asked in advance to be on a high floor with good Bay Views we got Suite #3630B in Building 3 on the 6th (top) floor which was a perfect location. The views were so beautiful from our Suite. You could be in bed and see the whole bay, islands and mountains and you even could see it from the bathroom. The beds are very comfortable with good pillows. Overall the whole suite was very nice. We had a large terrace with 2 very comfortable padded lounges. We also had a well stocked Kitchenette which was nice to have. Good Flat Screen TV. The only negatives where that the Deluxe Suite is the lock-off unit of the 1 Bedroom Suite and there is a connecting Door in your room that has no insulation whatsoever. You can hear every little noise from next door. For example our neighbors got up early at 6:00 AM and we could hear them prepare their coffee in the kitchen and it sounded like they were in our room. I am sure they could hear us the same way. No privacy….! A big pet peeve for us. We wish they would come up with some solution to this issue. Now if you are in a 1 Bedroom Unit this is probably not so bad because you will only have this connecting door in your Living Room/Kitchen area and the bedroom will be private and most likely quiet. The other thing was there is no table and chairs for eating. We would have liked at least a small table with 2 chairs in the room or at least on the terrace so you could have your breakfast or other little meals there since our suite had the kitchenette. Otherwise we really loved this resort. Beautiful pools that look like turtles from above. 3 nice restaurants, Bars by the pool and also down at the pretty beach. Every evening they have some different entertainment at the Market Restaurants. We had fun at the Mexican Night with Buffet one night. The outdoor Mia Casa Restaurant even has a wood oven and in the evening they have good pizza and the famous Loreto Chocolate Clams. All our meals were really good and so was breakfast. We really liked our time at the beach because it felt so pristine. With Pelicans all around us fishing while we were in the ocean with them. The ocean is crystal clear and a very nice temperature this time of year. We were told it only rains every 3-4 years here. Very comfortable dry climate with temps in the high 90’s. There are lots of padded lounges at the beach and umbrellas unlimited towels everywhere and good beach bar service. Same around the pools. Lots of padded lounges, lots of fresh towels. You never have to worry about not finding a spot. We really liked the well groomed hiking trails that take you up into the hills and there was a cute little nightclub in a Palapa Structure high up above the resort with amazing views. They take you there from the Lobby in shuttles. We walked back to the resort on a full moon night. Really nice. It’s part of the resort. There is also a market that has everything needed from sunscreen, to milk and t-shirts. Sure more expensive than a market in town but very convenient. There are free shuttles 3x per day that take you to Loreto town (40 minute drive) You are not stuck at the resort. And the Spa looked really nice as well but we did not have time for that on our short trip. We did the Wild Loreto Boat/Snorkeling Tour to Coronado Island and highly recommend it. This was a great day out in the Sea of Cortez, good snorkeling and time on a very beautiful pristine white sand beach with the most amazing water. Lots of interesting birds and friendly Pelicans that followed us around. Our guide Ramses was great and very knowledgeable about fauna, flora and sea life. We had such a great day! We did not want to come home, leave those amazing views and laid-back friendly ambiance. We are already talking about a future trip to Villa del Palmar in a year or so and we will spend a whole week next time. And we would probably rent a car so we can explore more. It felt very save in the whole Loreto area and the roads are just fine.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Although it was a rocky road to get there it was worth every minute.
The rooms have a nice big terrace with incredible views of mountains meeting the sea and far away lights which are Loreto Bay's and a fully equipped kitchenette.
Big laid back pools if you're not interested in wadding in the lake-like Sea of Cortez and activities during the day and night entertained us all. Hope to go back soon.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Loreto, BCS
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Where should I start, as soon as you step foot on the resort you get pampered . Excellent wonderful people from the manager "Ler Medina" to the bell boy and valley "Edgar", I truly highly recommend the resort Villa del palmar! The pools are awesome beautiful, I personally loved the Pool bar lol , Those Cadillac margaritas are delicious. One of many activities we truly enjoyed was painting our own souvenirs . Women go crazy over that stuff. lol. My 8 year old and my wife totally enjoyed the aqua aerobics , the food ,kayaking the gym, the gorgeous view from our room . Enjoying the sun set behind the mountains and seeing this all reflected on the ocean the peace and quite, the whole stay experience is breath taking so worth it , wonderful trails to go hiking ahhhh god please I want to go back!!! Looking forward to next year when they have the golf curse up and running !!!!!!!!!!!11

Room Tip: Rooms on the 5th floor are the best FYI they have excellent Jacuzzi in the room ohhhh Yeaaahh
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Spring Valley, CA
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

From the moment we caught sight of the resort and entered the lobby the relaxation began. First a ritual hand washing, then a short-but-sweet chair massage and a nice cold drink. The location is breath-taking. The scrubbed hills melt into the beautiful water. The view of pelicans feeding, sail boats at moor, and sharp rising islands are enhanced by the sound of, yes - quiet. Chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, snorkels and a dandy bar await on the beach while the multiple pools, restaurants, spa, store, and another couple of dandy bars await at the resort. Inviting hammocks are suspended between the two.

The staff is friendly and happy to help make your vacation a great experience. The activities and tour teams provide great shows and services. The food is very delicious and the chefs make the most of the seasonal fish. Temps for our trip in early June were 91-94 with humidity of 46%. Very comfortable for beach and pool time.

If you are looking for a frenzy of activity options, shopping galore, and stuff to keep your teenager occupied, this is not the place to go. It is a 40 min ride from the charming but sleepy town of Loreto - partially on dirt road. But if you enjoy the outdoors, want to see a little of the amazing sites of this this part of Mexico, and enjoy talking to the locals and folks from other parts of North America between relaxing, great meals and such, then this is for you. Our first visit was lovely and we hope to visit again.

Room Tip: Our view of the pools and water was fantastic - 5th floor directly over the lobby. But the bright mo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I cannot express how amazing this resort is .
I would like to thank the manager Aler ,the courteous employees Edgar,Miguel ,housekeeping,receptionists,pool staff & mini mart staff!
From the professional,friendly,attentive staff to the beautiful rooms,mixers,clean(they think of everything here),location & gorgeous beaches!
Its simply breathtaking! Honestly!no
I was here 7 days . My husband,daughter 4yr old,nephew 7 yr old ,brother & sister in law.
The first day I couldn't get enough of the view,the accommodations,they make your life on vacation literally like u r a royal member.
You could go for a beautiful hike,go to their amazing GYM,bike riding,swim in their crystal clear private beach,kayak, swim in their gorgeous pools,or simply relax in their Jacuzzi!
& the food,OMG! They have 3 restaurants, pool & room service that is soo convenient!
You could just relax trust me they got it all covered,safety is something u don't worrie at all either!
Go online & trust me,they don't lie & their pictures fall short of how beautiful this place is!
I could only sudgest 1 thing,please pave the road! Other than that ,above and beyond my expectations !
Cant wait to come back !
From the bottom of my heart,thank you VDP Loreto for giving us lifelong memories I will never forget!
I assure u will not regret 1 penny ! Well worth it.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Second time in a year and it will be a third come this Oct when we all come back. Started with four of us, then eight of us and this Oct will be twelve of us. What an incredible experience! I have to tell you about a few people that you have to ask for when you come here, and you will come here! Manuel is the first person you need to ask for he is the best server I've ever had and I travel all over the world the nicest person you will ever meet.
Second is the dive Master Wade, whom I had the pleasure diving with a long with my wife and childre; Wade has a gift of calmness that can tame a Gorilla. Along with his unbelievable personality should be given the world to do as he pleases. Fantastic experience! Third is excecutive Chef Roberto, he has personally prepared two dinner for me my family and freinds and it will not be the last. I meet many people in my life and don't say this about to many people I think of Roberto as a friend thanks for a masterful dinner and company last night. All of the Villa Del Palmar staff thank you and see you this October.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Loreto
#1 Spa Hotel in Loreto
#3 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*
Number of rooms: 181
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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