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Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Loreto
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Portland, Oregon
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63 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“A way to totally relax...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

as of October 2011 it is still under construction but what is there is beautiful. It is a place to totally relax. If you are into the Cabo scene you will find this place too quiet and too far away from town to walk, but if you are tired of the wild nights, constant harassment of timeshare and beach peddlers attacking you, you will love this place. The staff are wonderful and many live nearby and will welcome you to their home for fresh clams or tortillas! The people in the town of Loreto are welcoming and friendly.

I think it is sad that they have so much development planned for this area, being that it is a nature reserve, but that will take years to realize so enjoy the peace and quite while you can. I cannot wait to go back and use the spa facilities...

Room Tip: Almost all the rooms have a great view of the pool and beach
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2011

We celebrated our 25th anniversay at the Villa Del Palmar Loreto, Mexico October 21 to October 28, 2011.via direct non stop service from L.A. friday to friday.
Marielia was instrumental assigning a ground floor room for us close to the restauants and beach as well as Ler Medina. Both were exceptionally professional.
We are time share owners and were pleased with their soft opening continuation.
The one bedroom suites are of course luxurious. I also appreciated managements decision to limit the number of guests during the soft start opening while the the details are refined.
Our room was needing some completion with the spa tub, which was attended to promptly.
This is a smaller luxury hotel, secluded along one of the protected Loreto Marine bays.
which to us VDP time share owners represents a guarantee that the beach bay will not be comprimised, protecting the small stingrays, sea turtles and other marine life. I will say that this is not a Cabo San Lucas envirionment.
The spa is under construction, but one could request a message and other services.
Bicycles are available, several trails leading to view the sea of cortez offer additional recreation as well as kayaks, snorkeling gear for rent. There are several snorkeling trips, etc that are conveniently docked in the bay, so one does not have to travel to Loreto (45 minutes) away. Also in the bay, Chocolate Clams are plentiful, some of our new friends collected bags and prepared in their suites. The staff offered to prepare also. Each afternoon the tide recessed so one could walk over to other beaches to see the bright pink, red and gray hermit crabs. Pelicans offer amusement "fishing" Another treat was viewing a palomino with four white stockings appear above one of the beaches grazing. One day on the beach three wild horses decided to say hello, but were promptly ran off by the security guards. We were not quick enough to enjoy observing a sea turtle that had layed its eggs on the beach, but most of the guests were able to view.,
We opted for the all inclusive meal plan which is $84.00 U.s. per person daily. We are from St Louis and found all of the meals and beverages comparable in price at VDP Loreto.
With the exchange rate of $13 pesos to $1.00 U.S., one might be better off not using the all inclusive plan...but if you enjoy wine with dinner and a few adult beverages in the afternoon, the all inclusive plan pays for itself, we opted adding an additional 15% gratiuty.
There are only two restaurants open currently. The market which serves breakfast until noon and reopens at 6:00 for fine dining.
Breakfast was a buffet two mornings offering omelettes, the remaining mornings ala carte. All of our breakfasts were cooked and served very well.
The Casa Mia is an open air beach front restaurant serving wood fired pizza's, fabulous shrimp coctails, real tacos, great hamburgers and Lobster nachos, etc. Chef Julio came to all of the tables and personally expressed his gratitude for us enjoying lunch.
The Market reopens at 6:00 pm serving fresh fish, lobster, which we had three times, fabulous lasagna and desserts...we had ice cream every night with a prailine tuille cup drizzled with caramel and raspberry sauces. We are foodies and more than recommend eating at the restrauants. Some of the guests opted to eat in Loreto, but most of the people we met returned to the VDP for meals.
The staff provides entertainment some nights, dancing, improvising, etc., but the most important comment on the shows are that each person truly enjoys interacting with the guests.
this is not broadway, but enjoyable.
Now for the staff which VDP management obvisously excels hiriing.
Ernesto, maite d'i or el capitan professional, always smiling greated us each morning, afternoon, evening.
Juan Gabriel, Omar, Jorge and the exceptional young man who served us our last night, were all over the top professional, always happy and made us feel geuinely appreciated as guests.
The Service from the time we arrived to leaving, we were treated like royalty.
Now, several of us jokingly said that we would write unflattering reviews because we do not want this spoiled...do not want this area to become a Cabo San Lucas, not that this is bad, but this area is truly a very laid back, Spa like retreat especially good for small children and families. the spa will be finished. if you go, be ready to RELAX...this is what we loved about it.
And also if you go and see the palimino raise a toast Viva El Loreto Bay Cabello..we will definely return.

Room Tip: The east side rooms near the restaurants and pool area are very nice...stay away from the west side...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

This resort is not quite ready for prime time usage. It is a beautiful resort in a georgous setting, but for now that's about where it ends. It's very isolated even for non-parting types like myself. Right now the restaurant options are very limited. They say they have 3 on the website, they have 2 and actually it's really like one because they aren't open at the same times. Most menu items were not that great. The only dinner options are rather expensive.
I don't think the management has quite figured out that maybe they should be doing some things to compensate the guests for unfinished conditions they are experiencing at full price....
However some of the staff are trying very hard to make the place
go...Bryan the activities director is great. The wait staff tries but need some coaching.
Overall I would not recommend going to this resort for at least a year or so.....

  • Stayed October 2011
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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

This resort has many kinks to work out, but they did a great job hiring staff. Bryan, Victoria, Cesar, Roberto and Augustin are all fantastic (plus many others).Thanks to all of you for making our vacation fun and memorable!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

I was with Krapegirl who wrote a not so nice review about VDP Loreto. This resort is 45 minutes from the small town of Loreto, and if you don't rent a car, you are dependent on the three times per day shuttle that VDP offers free of charge (be sure to sign up - a taxi is $25 per person). We did have a really nice view from our room and the employees were, although many not trained, very nice. They are under construction, the spa is not finished, there were not many people there and they want to charge you for everything. When we asked about where the hike was, everyone said they did not know and pointed to the activities desk. Basically, everyone knew where the trail was but they wanted to charge you for a guide - on a two mile hike. Really. (We found the trail ourselves) The timeshare staff were really nice until you made it clear you would not go to the '90 minute member update session' which we have been to numerous times and don't want to go on again. We don't care what they offer us.
The resort does have potential, the pool area is beautiful with much attention to detail, fire pits and great star gazing. The nightly entertainment was not in harmony with the natural environment, and frankly strange. On the other hand, Wild Loreto, the adventure service that works with VDP was fantastic! Alan and David were our guides and both are great guys.
We have been to Villa Del Arco in Cabo many times and were looking forward to the same top notch service that we experience when we go there. This resort, being so far out and proclaiming to be a five star resort, has a long ways to go before we would consider coming back.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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somerset,wi
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

The resort is very nice, has lots to finish yet. Service was slow but food was excellent. They try real hard to keep you entertained in the evenings with the shows, but they started later then planned every night, so go a little later if that is what you are going for. I do think that they should supply shuttles for members instead of making you pay to and from airport as we already pay for expensive dues. It is 45 minutes from town so if you are not into be isolated it is not where you want to go, but if you want peace and quiet, it definitely is your cup of tea. Hot tubs need to be turned up a notch or two as it was barely warm. Give them some time to work out the bugs and it will probably be a great resort, still secluded though. Need coffee cups in the room.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2011

We found a deal on LivingSocial for 5 nights and decided to go. Our adult son went with us as we had a 1 bedroom suite which was fantastic. There was a mistake on their LivingSocial deal that said the charge for an extra person was $117 when it meant $117 per night. When we arrived, the manager, after reviewing the coupon, agreed with our interpretation we were not charged for each night which was very much appreciated. The property is beautiful and the setting spectacular. It is 40 minutes from the town of Loreto, but they do provide a free shuttle daily, although it only runs a couple of times a day. After finding out it would cost us $150 for the airport shuttle, we opted to rent a car at the airport. There is free parking at the resort, so although it cost us slightly more (would depend on type of car and we did take Mexican insurance) we had the freedom of being able to explore the area. Our concierge, Lynne, was wonderful and gracious and always greeted us with a smile. We can't say enough about the friendly staff. First of all, you must remember you are in Mexico and the culture is very laid back compared to the US, even for a So. Californian. Don't expect immediate turn around unless you specifically ask for it. Casa Mia, the outside bar and cafe, was great! Cesar, Jorge, Roberto, Christian and everyone else made us feel welcome and special. When we asked for some special food preparation, they obliged is possible. Be aware that the restaurant, for dinner, has an Italian chef. The food was very good and different each night. However, we were expecting some traditional Baja or Mexican cuisine, which we love, and it wasn't on the menu. They did say it was coming and we did get it at Casa Mia. The staff puts on a mini-show nightly and they were great fun. Victoria should be on the big stage somewhere! A beautiful and talented woman. There are various excursions available. We took a snorkeling trip on a catamaran that picked us up on the resorts private beach. The water was crystal clear and body temperature. Roberto, our guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a fabulous 4 hour trip. As others have said, this is the soft opening of a beautiful resort. They are still working out some things and much of the staff is in training, so you need to be considerate as they all try their very best. There were only about 40 people during our week there, but is was before the "season". We will be watching to see how the property does in the next couple of years and would go back. The only reasons for the 4 instead of 5 star rating is the charge for airport transportation.

Room Tip: All the rooms are new and beautifully appointed and have a sea view and balcony. The studios, we we...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto
Address: Carretera Transpeninsular km 84 | Ensenada Blanca, Loreto 23880, Mexico
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Loreto
#1 Family Hotel in Loreto
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Loreto
#3 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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