I have to preface this with the fact that I don't know how much everything we did would have cost if I didn't have a pre-paid all inclusive trip. But the property, though not completely finished yet, is gorgeous.
ROOMS: We had the most basic room on the 7th (highest) floor with a view of the pools, bar, sea and mountainous backdrop. Our room came equipped with a fully stocked kitchen, small stove, microwave and mini fridge which would have come in very useful had we not been all inclusive. The rest of the room was much like a regular hotel room except for the giant balcony. It was a little strange that there was a window cut out between our room's balcony and the room next door. When someone from next door sat outside we could see and hear everything they were doing.
FOOD: The first night we ate at The Market which is their "Italian" restaurant. Nobody liked what we ate. We got spinach ravioli which was under-cooked and near flavorless. My husband got a t-bone steak which looked more like a Salisbury steak and our other friend got a cold, under-cooked, wet spaghetti carbonara. Not only was the food upsetting, the service was extremely slow. We decided to give it another try later which ended up much better but still took over three hours to eat dinner which we were fine with since we didn't have any plans and like long meals occasionally. One stand out dish was an appetizer which was basically a deep fried ham and cheese sandwich. Casa Mia is their bar restaurant open for lunch and dinner. We opted for this restaurant much more. They had delicious wood fired pizzas and great steak fajitas. The bartenders, Alberto and Alejandro, made our vacation amazing. They were extremely friendly, fast and enjoyed chatting with us and experimenting with new drinks.
ACTIVITIES: Included with our all inclusive was one hour per day of either paddle boarding, kayaking or snorkeling. We opted for paddle boarding one day and saw some blow fish and sting rays right near the resort. We also made plans to go into town (about a 35 minute shuttle ride on their free shuttle that runs 3 times a day). There was a small shopping street for souvenirs and we made plans to catch a boat to Coronado Island through the Villa's rep in the city. He was great in setting us up with taxis to the pier and back to where the shuttle let us off. He also gave us soda, beer and water with some ham sandwiches and chips for lunch. Our boat captain was a lot of fun as well. He drove us right up to a huge pod of dolphins and a bluff with tons of Sea Lions. He even offered to take us fishing the next day for $10 each. Next time we'll have to do that! We kept hearing stories of how great the fishing was and how you can pay a little extra for the boat captain to hook bait, clean and fillet the fish for you. We also went horseback riding along the beach at the Villa which didn't last too long since the beach was too wet and we didn't get to trot. Later in the week week we got massages which were really good and I'd recommend. The massage room right now is just in a suite room until the spa gets finished but I'm sure the spa will be gorgeous when complete. The Villa also had activities scheduled through them every day such as Aquarobics, cooking classes, karaoke, dancing, etc. They reminded me of the cruise boat activities so I would attend with that kind of mentality.
TIME SHARE: We were harassed a little bit about attending a time share talk for a free VIP breakfast and one hour kayak rental (which was already included in our package anyhow). We kept avoiding the talk since some of us had recent bad experiences with time share sales pitches and a couple of us weren't old enough according to the qualifications. We definitely would have been pitched to if we were offered an upgrade on our room which we learned later that could have been a possibility if we asked. Another couple said they went on the tour and it was interesting but took 3.5 hours instead of the 90 minutes they suggested.
- 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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