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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 July 17, 2012

nice bay, setting. 3ft pool no swim up bar. timeshare sales to all. guests, not a good deal. a few flights in from L.A.. promise of future flights, not likely. Why? beautiful place with nothing to do. not financially feasable for airlines. so when they tell you more flights are coming.? yea, whatever. go to cabo.

Room Tip: stay at hotel Santa Fe. owned by villa group. In town, better experience. $499 pes0s a night. Locall...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Pete L
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We just returned from a week at VDP and I have to say it was one of the best weeks we have had in a long time. The property is beautiful and clean, everyone is very friendly and the food is spectacular. From the first moment of our arrival it was magical. Alejandro met us at the desk and worked with us to meet our every need. We were upgraded to the 3 bedroom suite that had a private hot tub with an awesome view...who can ask for more. There were six of us on this trip and we all had a great time. Our teenagers kept busy with activities from Wild Loreto and we enjoyed peace and quiet by the pool. In addition our youngest is severely delayed and has health issues and everyone we met with on the staff greeted her and were extremely helpful. There is really something special about this place. If you are looking for a nice quiet experience with good food, great activities and relaxation this is the place to go.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view and soft pillows.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Laurie P
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Just returned last week from a week's stay at VDP at Loreto. We truly enjoyed our visit here & plan to return in the spring. If you enjoy beautiful scenery, peace & quiet & good service, this is the place for you to relax & unwind. If you are looking for lots of nightlife & partying-look elsewhere. VDP is new & only booked at 30-40% capacity. It's being built in phases as more timeshares are sold. Be aware that the golf course has not been built yet- we heard that there are plans to begin construction on 9 holes this next year. There is a beautiful course about 15 miles away where you can play.
The view from the hotel is gorgeous- the water with the islands in the background, make for beautiful photos. Since the resort is 25 miles from the actual town, you truly feel "away from it all". If you want to go into town, the resort provides daily shuttle service.
The activities desk in the lobby is run by Wild Loreto, an adventure & tour company. They have island-hopping tours, snorkeling, diving, sunset cruises, hiking & mission tours. Their staff are all very friendly & the tours are reasonably-priced. Our favorite tour was the Coronado Island snorkeling tour. The beach there is amazing-postcard worthy. One piece of advice- we took diving boots & always wore them on the beach to protect our feet & ankles from rocks & from stingrays. A hotel guest was stung by a stingray on the same beach during our stay. We were so glad we had them. Water shoes are good too, but do not protect your ankles. You may also book your tours in advance from the Wild Loreto web site. Our favorite guide was Said- very good!

Wild Loreto also provides the paddle boards & kayaks for the resort guests, although their rental area is a little walk down the beach. Do not forget to get your "pink bracelet" any time you are going to be in the water at the beaches. This area is in a protected national park & the bracelets are required. You can buy them at the tour desk in the lobby or at the rental shack.
There is also a little bar there called the Santuario-basically a little shack, but they serve good drinks & fresh chocolate clams ( caught less than 100 yards away) and other snacks. See my picture.

The food at the resort was very good-the chef trained in Italy. The gnocchi & ravioli were fabulous. There is an option to include "all-inclusive food & drink" for your stay. We did this 4 days. Be aware that if you choose this, you must do at least 3 consecutive days at a minimum, so plan your tours accordingly. If you plan to have alcoholic drinks during your stay & eat at the resort- all inclusive is definitely worth it. Don't take a lot of dressy clothes- the restaurants are pretty casual. The steakhouse is not open yet but I would guess it might be a little dressier when it does open. Right now you can eat at the bar area-very good food or the Market restaurant- also very good. The breakfast buffet is wonderful.

One underrated feature of the resort is the spa-it is 33,000 sq ft & is amazing! Very nice details, serene & great staff. I heard nothing but positive comments from everyone I spoke to about their experience there. All guests have free access to the hot tubs, steam rooms & mineral baths daily. The prices are comparable to US spa prices or less.

There is a little store there on site that carries snacks & necessities- they always close early, so don't push the time.

The majority of the guests congregate at the pool & bar every day. That is where we met a lot of new friends from all over. There are really 4 pools & a huge hot tub, built in the shape of a sea turtle, surrounded by chairs. There is not a swim up bar, but there is a portable bar set up at the pool every day with wait service or you can go up the bar for a table & the ocean-view.

Every night there is an activity for the guests-sometimes it's a little show or it might be star-gazing, karaoke, movie or Wii game contest. We were there over 4th of July & the staff put on a great little Broadway show that we really enjoyed.

One of the major weaknesses is the resort web site- it does not fully convey the activities available & what is actually open so far at the resort. Do NOT try to get information about resort from the welcome person that calls you from San Diego (to set up your time share tour) They have not visited the resort & gave me inaccurate information. Call the resort directly-they are very helpful.

Side note- ask for a different pillow if you find yours too plump! Sounds silly, but their pillows are huge!!! They did bring me a down one when I called to ask.

All in all, even though the property & staff are new & some kinks still being worked out, we felt really pampered & well taken care of. The staff are friendly & eager to please. We did not have any stomach issues but met a few people who did; however, they had eaten in town. Just have to use common sense & bring medicine in case of problems. There is a doctor available & he took very good care of the people who needed it.

We definitely recommend VDP are looking forward to returning in the spring for the whale watching season.

Room Tip: all rooms have a great view & wonderful balconies. Higher rooms get more breeze on balconies.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank kellithetaz
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

From the perspective of a husband, father, and individual Villa De Palmar Loreto (VDPL) fulfilled all my needs. My girls (ages 6 and 8) were happy. Kids club gave the service and kindness my younger daughter needed. Yazmin and Angie are supportive, Great Job!!!!! My wife enjoyed the water aerobic class led by Sexy Angie, watch out! She also enjoyed the Food served by Roberto their led chef who is fun and charming and Ceaser. I enjoyed going calming with Roberto. He is one cool cat. Watch out single ladies! There staff provides great shows and events every night. As a family, we enjoyed spending time together. VDPL provided the amazing environment and happiness we needed. It is a magical place filled with natures balance. Remember to gaze at the stars by the fire pits.
As for me, I was adventurous every morning. I went inshore fishing, snorkling, kayaking, calming, and was very successful. You may not believe but I caught a Dorado by hand (Thats right I am the man!). I learned to kayak, fish from a kayak, snorkel and go calming. I recommend having you fish cooked at El Santario by Ceaser. Ceaser was awesome.. I enjoyed his company and his cooking. Ask for him tell him Javier Garcia the fisherman said so. I do not want to forget Shary. She handles the tours in the hotel. She was great help and a great dancer.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We just came back from the VDP Loreto and it was awesome! That whole area is world call beautiful! It is remote! But gorgeous! The Bay in front of the resort is about 3 feet of water deep for over 100 yards. The kayaking around the place was awesome! The water out beyond the bay is like glass. (But only until 2pm). We say all kinds of fish while snorkeling! The concierge told us that in February there are hundreds and hundreds and whales there. So we'll be going back. The terrain around the resort is awesome too! Very beautiful! But what always makes or breaks a vacations can be the staff. And the staff there was very very friendly. The town of Loreto itself is a 30 minute drive. A free shuttle leaves 3 times per day from the resort. It's a really pretty drive most of the way. And the town and quaint and cute and although it's a smaller town, there's some good restaurants there. Anyway, we'll go back. We can't wait until there is a golf course there and there terrain there should make for a world class golf course.

Room Tip: I didn't like the pillows.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Cabogolfbum
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

My wife and I ventured down to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto on a promotion getaway. We have stayed at VDP properties before and have been pleased with the resorts…and for the most part VDP Loreto ranks up there with the other resorts. But keep in mind since this is a brand new resort, there are still a few areas that need improvement or are not ready. As explained to us, the resort is in a “soft opening” or translation….not everything is open and the kinks are being worked out.

So let’s start off with location – the resort is located 15 miles south of the town of Loreto all by itself except for a small fishing village. If you want seclusion, privacy, and beautiful views of the Baja Desert meeting the Sea of Cortez…you have come to the right place. If you are looking for night life and a plethora of restaurants, bars, clubs, and parties … Loreto is not it and certainly not at VDP. You should rather go to Cabo or Cancun. For us, the location in the bay was perfect.

Check in was a breeze and the Room’s Manager remembered us from when he worked at VDP Flamingos – which came in handy and here is why. For our promotion, we were originally booked into one of their Deluxe Ocean Suites above the lobby. My wife and I spent a total of 30 seconds in the room before we decided a week in this room was not going to cut it. This particular room was just a basic, small hotel room with two queen sized beds and a very small kitchenette. It felt like a cave. We have stayed in much better rooms in the same class at other resorts. So down to the lobby we trekked with bell hop in tow….found our old friend and were able to upgrade to a One-Bedroom Suite with a king sized bed, living room, large balcony, full kitchen, two full bathrooms – master bathroom had a large jacuzzi bath tub, washer & dryer, Etc. Now we were happy!! My recommendation is always strive for the 1 bedroom suite if there are two of you.

Presentation – We took the presentation and quite honestly this was one of the better ones in the industry we have taken. Bill showed us around the property, recognized that we were not interested in purchasing since we already have a timeshare and after 90 minutes we were done. No high pressure sales pitch, not being held hostage for hours on end, did not have to speak with three other “managers” before we were set free.

Pools and beach – We spent most of our time on the beach or in the water diving. Probably one of the better beaches we have been too – uncrowned, no vendors, accessible and swimmable water. We recommend wearing water shoes. Do take note that the Jelly Fish do sting and are present from late June through early fall. Take a walk down to the beach shack for water activities and some great fresh seafood.

As for the pools, there are six of them in a turtle configuration. No slides for the kiddies, which is kind of nice. We felt we have seen and swam in much nicer pools at other resorts. The pools felt as if they were more designed for children than for adults. There are no swim-up pool bars on the property.

Gym and Spa – Do not miss this … really you’ll be sorry. If you feel overly stuffed from the dinner the night before go work out, play tennis, and then take some time for yourself in the hydro baths and showers.

Food and beverage – In the current state of “soft opening”, there are only really 1.5 restaurants. Good mixture of food. We were pleased since they are not officially opened. The options will expand as the resort grows.

All inclusive – You do have the option for either part of your stay or all of it. We chose all of our stay and were pleased. Our alcohol consumption alone paid off. Even though “tips” were part of the AI package, we normally tipped 10% or the tax for good service.

Service – Everyone at the property is eager to please and they do it well. They will know you and you will get to know them….you can tell they have a passion for their jobs. Two areas of improvement, we really did not have any beach service or pool service from the bar. We had to go up and order our drinks & food each time we wanted something. My suggestion is that they put a direct phone line from the beach to the bar. And lastly, for some reason VDP did not build a swim up bar at the main pool…so there is no sitting in the water under the hot Baja sun sipping a cool margarita. IMHO I think this was a major oversight!!

Activities – VDP does have an in-house (free) activities and Wild Loreto (on site concession) for paid excursions. See my review on Wild Loreto as we spent three days diving with them.

Long range plans for VDP – In our presentation we learned that there will be an 18 hole golf course, private residents located on the hill, accommodations on the beach and a beach club. My wife and I feel that this may spoil the beauty of the area…so if you like a secluded, quite resort on the water… go now before it becomes built up.

Over all, my wife and I give VDP Loreto 3.5 stars…not quite worthy of 4 stars just yet, but no doubt it will be five stars when everything is up to speed.

Room Tip: try and get a one bedroom suite...not all rooms face have an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank SpazCat
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Spent 1 week at the new resort in Loreto on the beach. The service was amazing, the grounds were beautiful and the water was just wonderful. We were staying in a basic room as we were staying there on a promotional offer. Our room was quiet large with a lovely kitchen area and a huge deck with a beautiful view of the pool and bay. The staff was some of the most helpful and friendly staff we've encountered in a resort setting. There were lots of free activities and lots of fun tours to purchase. The only two drawbacks were the 45 minute (free) shuttle ride into town 3 times a day and the limited dining options at the resort.

Room Tip: It appeared that all the rooms are good. Everyone we talked to while we were there were happy with t...
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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
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#1 Spa Hotel in Loreto
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Loreto
#1 Family Hotel in Loreto
#3 Romantic Hotel in Loreto
Price Range: $207 - $947 (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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