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Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Loreto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 1, 2012

Just spent the last week in March at this resort with the family and it was an overall outstanding experience. Great staff, excellent food, beautiful scenery and much to do. Hiking, kayaks paddle boards, new gym/spa and whale watching kept everyone busy.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Just concluding a two week stay at the new Villa del Palmar outside of Loreto, Mexico. What an excellent resort for those seeking the beauty and solitude of Baha. The accommodations were spacious and relaxing. The staff is well trained and the focus is responding to the needs of the guests and insuring that their vacation expectations are well met. Bar and food service was excellent and enjoyable meals were had at their Market Restaurant.

A great place to enjoy the beauty and simplicity of Baha without the clamor of Cabo.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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10  Thank Skyhawk123
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We spent a week at Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto in February, and found it to be just what we were looking for. We wanted to just "kick back" and relax and this is the perfect place for that. We had been going to Cabo San Lucas for nine or ten years and found the increasing traffic and development not to our liking. This resort is isolated, to be sure, but that just added to its charm, in our opinion. The staff was very friendly and obliging and the activities that we arranged through their in-house activity center, Wild Loreto, were wonderful. We enjoyed hiking in the area around the resort, walking the beach and visiting Loreto. The drive (via free shuttle) into the town of Loreto is a bit long (45 minutes), but definitely worth it. The town is quiet but charming and has numerous restaurants and cafes, which we enjoyed visiting on those nights when we didn't dine at the resort or cook in our room. We can't wait to return next year!

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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13  Thank Deb B
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We just finished a week-long stay. Overall, it was a great experience. We arranged shuttle service through the resort and it worked out smoothly when we arrived at the airport. You can save some money by arranging your own taxi...the resort shuttle is more than$50 dollars. When checking in, the resort provided a complimentary, 5-minute massage...very nice after a few hours of flying! We had a one-bedroom suite and it was very spacious with a huge balcony. We recommend a high floor in bldg 2 as it had a great view of the pool area and ocean. We looked at a room in bldg 4 but felt it was too remote. We also looked at a studio but didn't like the layout. It looked and felt confining. The rooms come with a 4-cup pack of coffee for the coffee maker in the room but we recommend you bring or purchase coffee before arriving since the small store of the first floor doesn't carry ground coffee and ordering it from the hotel is a ridiculous $4 US dollars. The room was very clean but the bed was a bit uncomfortable with strange sheets and pillows that are too big. About the food, we loved Casa Mia, the outdoor bar. Their tacos were amazing. Alejandro and Julio (head waiter, in case we have his name incorrect) were wonderful. Alejandro made us special cocktails that included mango and papaya martinis. We also loved the pool bartender who made us a great drink called the "dirty monkey." The restaurant, "The Market" was not our favorite. We thought the atmosphere was too stuffy...we do recommend the tortilla soup, Veracruz fish and the Mexican breakfast. The fruit cocktail and fruit plate were terrific. The Market also held a theme event nightly. We think they could cut this down to a couple of nights a week but it is generally not our scene. We also experienced an annoying amount of flies while sitting outdoors in the restaurant or pool area. We loved the gym and wet area of the spa. Both are very well done. We also loved the short hiking trails that you can access behind the spa. The resort offers a free shuttle to Loreto, a few times a day which is great. We didn't need a car. The town of Loreto didn't feel overrun with tourists. It was small but nice and we discovered Loreto Isla..a small restaurant with the best, freshest fish. We also found the very best guacamole at Palapays. For water, the resort purifies it but we recommend buying bottled water. I left my three swim suits at home but was saved by the good selection of bikinis in the resort's market. We were celebrating our 1-year anniversary and found the resort and. Loreto very romantic. It is a quiet, relaxing spot.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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16  Thank Shannonmyers69
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Villa Del Palmar Loreto is a beautiful resort. The staff is friendly, helpful, polite. They bend over backwards to make your stay a pleasant one. This is a relatively new resort in the Villa Group's fleet, and there is not much guest traffic here yet, so if quiet and laid back is what you're looking for, this is the place. They offer a free shuttle into the town or Loreto 3 times a day, and a convenient airport shuttle as well. If you want a beautiful place to stay in Loreto, this is the place!

Room Tip: All of the rooms face the ocean and are beautifully appointed.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank Carrie K
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

This resort, the fourth we have visited in the Villa Group, is our favorite. The accommodations exceed the Villa Groups high standards and the new spa is wonderful. The location is remote but there is a shuttle between the resort and Loreto three times daily. This resort isn't for someone who wants the nightlife and activities of Cabo, but it is a wonderful experience. The sports activities include snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and hiking right at the resort. For someone used to seeing a few stars because of ambient light and pollution, the night time sky is amazing. However, the most amazing thing about the resort is the staff. Without fail, the staff seemed to really care if we were enjoying our stay, and went out of their way to accommodate our requests. We will definitely be returning to this resort.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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17  Thank Bonnie D
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

This new resort offers just about everything and is in an extremely tranquil, calm water bay about 30 minutes away from town. We love it because it's truly a fabulous get away - but what really makes it are the incredible staff. Everyone is extremely helpful, all speak English (for gringos like me - that's a big deal!), and went out of their way to make our stay spectacular!
We have to go back because there was so much to do, that we ran out of time. Cave paintings, missions (from the Camino Real), the islands and fishing or scuba diving, clam bakes, kayaking, and the spa which had just opened so we didn't have a chance to get a treatment but toured it and it's gorgeous!

Room Tip: Everything looks to the ocean, but stay near an elevator because there's only one.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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12  Thank jredwood
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Loreto
#1 Family Hotel in Loreto
#1 Spa Hotel in Loreto
#3 Romantic Hotel in Loreto
Price Range: $269 - $822 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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