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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
California
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“Awesomely liad back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

Villa del Palmar in Loreto was a great experience. This was my first time with a resort experience and I can say that the staff there in Loreto made it a great one! In the U.S.A. it is rare to find staff that are so eager to help customers while also treating them as friends.
From the moment we checked in, we were greeted and made to feel at home. Throughout our stay, Denisse, Alejandro, Alma, and Elisabeth in the lobby were very helpful with all the questions we had. They were also eager to engage us in conversation which made us feel even more at home. The bellboy Cruz was also extremely helpful and give us some tips for our first trip into town and even helped us get onto your shuttle which we didn’t yet know about.

The facilities are very nice and modern. Our apartment was great and had a perfect ocean view. We also had a nice mountain view on the side where we could see the sun and moon rise. Everything was very well maintained and you could tell all the staff take part in ensuring the facility was in great shape.

The resort is located about a 25 minute drive (definitely seems further though if you obey the speed limits…we quickly learned to drive like the locals!) and is very secluded. I would recommend Villa Del Palmar in Loreto to anyone who wants to relax by the beach and pool and have a laid back experience. Loreto is a small town (roughly 10K people) and is not your Puerto Vallarta or Cabo party-harty, spring break town. It is very peaceful and safe, laid back town and we never felt uneasy about walking around the town, even at night. If you’re looking to party hard this is not the place for you. But if you are looking to explore the marine sanctuary, whale watch, do some world class fishing, participate in outdoor actives such as kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, hiking, etc. then this is a great place to enjoy these all.

We were very happy with the kayaking rentals and the crystal clear waters around the resort. The kayak rental staff was very helpful to point out where we could see the best marine life and at what time of day (early morning when the water is perfectly mirror still!). While we didn’t see any whales or whale sharks, we did see an abundance of marine life and it really made us wish we had booked some snorkeling or diving tours. We were so impressed with the Sea of Cortez that we may come back in the winter to see the whales!

One thing to watch out on the beach is for sting rays. There are signs warning you, but I read the Spanish sign first and was confused because the Spanish translation said to watch out for mantarays, while the English said stingrays…I was confused because I wasn’t sure if I would potentially be in pain or if I was just supposed to watch out not to step on fish! I learned quickly the English was right when I saw them and their little stingers in the water near the cliffs. Fortunatly, we didn’t seem to see any near the beach.

We were lucky enough to buy the all-inclusive package for most of the stay, which meant we spent a lot of time at the two restaurants, Casa Mia, The Market, and of course the pool bar. The food and drinks were well worth it! The hostesses, servers, and captains were so polite and helpful. I’ve never experienced this type of service in any restaurant in the U.S.A. We became quick friends with this staff and were very pleased that we were able to be served and interact with many of the same people throughout meals. Please acknowledge Kenia, Agustin, Itzelt, Julio, Diego, Gerardo, Luciano, Gabriel, Mario, and Raul for their exceptional service and hospitality! Please give extra credit to “doctor” Augustin and Gabriel for their efforts to make me feel better when I got heat sick one of the hottest days we were there – I truly felt well cared for!

All the other staff members we interacted with, from the maids who made up our room and all the other maintenance workers we ran into throughout the resort, all always had a smile on their face and a friendly hello. Even Enrique, whose hard work all day around the pool in the 105F hot sun always had a smile and a joke for us; this man is one diligent hard worker!

We also enjoyed participating in the laid back actives that were offered at the resort. We got to learn how to make Tiramisu with the executive chef, wine taste, watch everyone else do aqua-arobics in the pool while we drank margaritas, see live shows put on by the staff at dinner, and gaze at stars and learn about them. Since you are in such a secluded area, you really can see millions of stars (I’ve never seen so many in my life!). The exceptional staff Jasmin, Angie, Carlos, and Erick were so enthusiastic about getting you to participate in all the resort activities (but also understood if you didn’t want to); you could really feel they genuinely wanted you to be part of the fun and get to know you!

Our week stay at the Villa del Palmar in Loreto was a truly great experience. While the resort setting, facilities and rooms are very nice, it was the staff that made the stay exceptional. I really look forward to going back some day!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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We are owners with the Villa Group, Universal Vacation Club. We bought on Ebay for a song, and ownerships are even less expensive now with the economy in the tank people will pay you to take their ownership. That said, if you own one of these secondary market ownerships it is a pretty good deal to stay at a 4-5 star resort like this for basically the cost of the maintenance fee. I was afraid that we might have difficulty getting in but that was not at all the case. We were traveling as a family of 5 plus a friend. We used our ownership to get a 1 bedroom and studio each for 2 weeks, which at this resort translates to a 2 bedroom unit. It was lovely and well appointed, we were thrilled with our accommodations but found it a bit tight for space because either our friend or the 3 kids had to sleep on the sofabed.

At first glance everything seemed too beautiful and perfect to be real. The suite was large and seemed well stocked (at first) with linens and dishes.

We upgraded our ownership and as a courtesy were upgraded to a 3 bedroom penthouse suite. Wow. If one reads the resort website you would believe that the penthouses offer upgraded appliances and other amenities. This is not the case at all. The suite was nearly identical to the 2 bedroom we had before but offered a balcony 2-3 times as large, a hot tub on the balcony, and jetted jacuzzi tubs in both the studio lockoff and the main 2 bedroom unit. The appliances were otherwise the same somewhat low end Bosch we found in the other unit.

Location: I agree with others that the resort is a good distance from town and anything much of interest. The Villa Group bought most of the acreage on this entire bay of Escondido Blanca. There was some unrest at first with the residents of the local village because the first thing the group did was to erect a secured gatehouse to make accessing the beach difficult for local residents. Beaches are public in Mexico, at least to the high tide line, and they tried to make the residents believe they could no longer access what they took for granted. There was some problem and the police came to settle it a while back. The resort still has a rock wall between the village and the 'resort' beach access, but that could be legally challenged. Be sensitive to the fact that most of these small village inhabitants are uneducated, illiterate, and may not even speak Spanish. It is very easy for a large resort to move in and bully them.

We rented a car from Alamo for $500/two weeks including the mandatory liability insurance. I am glad that we did. Otherwise it would have been a nightmare to get shuttle rides and make our other obligations in town.

Get groceries in town if you can, prices are double to triple out at the resort. Groceries in town are more expensive than expected as it is. The remote location of Loreto and inaccessibility to farm areas means that produce is limited and rather scurvy looking for a high price at all of the markets. We shopped around without much success.

Rooms are stocked with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, and bath gel daily. You may want to consider leaving yours at home and just using the ones supplied by the resort to scoot through with carryon bags at the airport. A single use pod of coffee is stocked and some salt and pepper as well.

Keys are RFID bracelets. A little ugly but very convenient. You never have to worry about losing your key card or carrying money. Everything can be charged to your room easily, but be sure to get the A or B right on your suite if it applies. All units have ocean views from the deck, which is nice. Beautiful sunsets. At night you see the most magnificent star display.

The kitchen is stocked with plenty of plates of assorted sizes as well as a selection of 3 types of wine glasses (6 each). However, there are only 6 forks, 6 giant spoons, 6 butter knives, and 6 tiny teaspoons. For a three bedroom unit sleeping up to 8 people this is a problem and we often had to raid the studio kitchenette for additional items. There is a crappy drip coffee pot, 2 slice toaster, great blender, and a single ice cube tray in the freezer. Don't even bother with the ones integrated in the fridge system, they stink. The website says that the rooms have a convection oven, this is not the case. There is a microwave oven that might function as an oven too, but we couldn't make it work as anything but a microwave. The sink has no disposal, so watch your food debris. Just to add a little extra frustration, the dishes must be washed before they are put into the dishwasher. The crappy Bosch dishwasher does not have an integrated disposal grinder (or it doesn't work). We had 9 maintenance calls to repair our dishwasher after it kept giving us an E-24 error. The drain was plugged. They swapped out the dishwasher 4 times even after we looked up the code and told them that the issue was a plugged drain (in English and in Spanish). They snaked our drain twice. The fridge is average size for Mexico, small by American standards. Turn the temp down in the freezer if you want to actually have ice this century. The combo washer/dryer is practically worthless. The room has a little pamphlet with instructions for using the appliances but doesn't actually tell you how to operate them. Think like a German and you should be fine. For the rest of us, it isn't that intuitive. Following the directions they gave us resulted in clothes that looked dirtier than when they went in and were wrinkled. Turn on the washer for at least 50 minutes, hit the button that looks like a shirt for stain removal and the one next to it as well to get hot water. A cycle takes 3 hours to wash and expect about 1 hour to dry to damp your load. Remove from washer and then hang to dry completely. You will never get clothes dry in that thing and they will look like they were wadded up in a bag for 2 years.

Internet: The resort is implementing wireless internet but it isn't up and running yet everywhere. If you are dying for internet then be sure to ask at the front desk for a wireless router. They brought one to our room and that improved life. However, it is one DSL line for the entire resort, so things are just slow and won't load. Don't try to upload pictures or much data, you'll overload the system. We brought our ROKU to watch movies but streaming was poor during heavy internet use times. Once this resort is full to capacity you won't be able to get it to do much other than email.

Beach: The beach is a tranquil bay without waves of any kind. The shore is sandy and shallow for a long distance. We were at least 200 ft out before it was chest deep. Use caution in all areas for crab, stingrays, and pufferfish. The stingrays mate in the shallows and will sting if molested. Simply shuffle your feet to avoid a nasty sting much like a bee sting. They don't want to bother you any more than you want to bother them. If swimming, kick your feet at the sand before you plant them just in case.

The beach is mostly sand but you will see lots of life even in the sandy areas. Sea pens, crab, pufferfish, stingrays, schools of fish, and more pass through. One morning we witnessed a school of fish fly out of the water when pursued by a yellowtail. It came within 4 feet of the water edge.

The prettiest white sand beaches are only accessible by boat. You can sign up with Wild Loreto in the lobby for an island hopping day for about $35/person which includes some food. Watch for 2 for 1 coupons and other promotions in the lobby or at the events around the resort. You can also catch fishing or tour pangas out of the marina in town and may even be able to walk to Escondido Blanca around the other side of the bay and inquire with someone there for a ride at a much lower cost. Take a lunch and lots of water with you. No running water on the islands. Some of the beaches have pit toilets.

For snorkelers, look toward the rocks on the southeast side of the bay. There are lovely little hiding spots for marine life. I spent 2 hours one evening snorkeling around the point and enjoying the beautiful tablet shelves of life between the point and the next beach. Be careful near the rocky overhangs, the depth changes quickly and it is easy to be fenced in and washed against the coral (can cause some nasty abrasions). Also watch out for rockfish. I saw 3 of them in less than 4 feet of water. One sat next to some rocks and looked exactly like a rock in 1 ft of water. Do not touch these fish! They have poisonous barbs. Use great care to not touch one by mistake too.

For kayakers, we went out one morning for a lovely paddle around the point and to the islet near the point. Only 2.5 km to Danzante, it makes for a lovely couple of hours to paddle around the island. While out in the deeper water we saw a bunch of dolphins and a manta ray stream across the water.

Sailboats often anchor off the shore for a picturesque sunset.

Marine Park: The resort is situated on the edge of the marine park. Technically you need a pink bracelet ($27 Pesos, about $2.15 USD) per day per person on you at all times if you are in the water or on the beaches of the marine park. It is a $1000 USD fine or thereabouts, so get a bracelet and help support the marine park. I never saw anyone enforcing this, but you certainly don't want to be caught off guard.

Activities by Wild Loreto: Wild Loreto is in bed with the resort and seems to have some sort of dysfunctional symbiotic relationship with them. They are the only game at the resort for off-site activities unless you make arrangements in town. David is the divemaster, and I am not sure his experience level to be honest. I get the feeling that this is the type of operation that would take you out without a full Open Water certification. That is fine, if you know what you're doing, but SCUBA is dangerous and deserves adequate respect. Do your homework and make sure you are comfortable before you go out. The costs are in line with other dive operators in town. We dove with Baja Outpost and I wouldn't go with anyone else personally because of the commitment to safety and the personal attention of the operation. At the Members Cocktail party on Wed nights Wild Loreto gives out 2 for 1 and other discount activity coupons. They also give a 25% discount on all activities booked in your first 24 hours of arrival. If you go to the timeshare presentation then you can ask for a credit with Wild Loreto for $100 plus kayaks for an hour for the whole party in your room. If you're going to one of those presentations make sure you get enough to make it worth your while. I talked to many satisfied and happy guests with the fishing ($270 USD per day ---David told me per person, but I heard from others that is for the whole boat), excursions, and more.

David also seems to run the little beach palapa restaurant Il Santuario, or at least he was helping out when I was down there. The food was very good and prices reasonable for resort prices. Cleanliness was adequate, selection poor, and no prices anywhere so the bill was a bit of a surprise.

Market Restaurant: Good to excellent quality food at exorbitant prices. We decided to get something to eat one night because we were too lazy to cook. Yikes. I thought we were going to the lower end restaurant but it looks like since this is the soft open phase the restaurant just stays at high prices all of the time. $20 per plate for pasta, $65 for a seafood plate for 2 people, and $12 mixed drinks. It was a $200 USD dinner bill for 5 alcoholic drinks, 2 half orders of pasta, a seafood plate, 2 dinners, and an appetizer. There were 2-3 waiters hanging over us the whole time we ate, handing you a tissue before you knew you needed to sneeze. That isn't the type of dining experience I want, nor the price point I was looking for with 3 kids. Next time I would eat in the bar and have overpriced (but less expensive) fish tacos or drive into town.

Store: Yes, there is a store on site. Prices are grossly inflated. A bottle of Coppertone kids 50 spf sunscreen was 331 pesos--$25.50. It is convenient though. Although the posted times are 9am to 6 pm it usually closes a few minutes early and opens a bit late. If you really need something though we found out you can go to the front desk and ask someone to escort you to the store. You buy what you need and then they can bill your room in the morning. Few prices are posted on items so you need to wait until it is rung up to know how much things are. That is typical of most of the stores in Loreto. We bought a candy bar, 3 packs of corn nuts, a bottle of water, and some other little thing and I think it was like 74 pesos, so about the same as a 7-11 at home.

Golf: What a fiasco. Golf at VDP is free right now. Just grab your clubs and a lot of balls. Just kidding, but you might be better off doing that than trying to play at the Inn at Loreto Bay. Although you see it driving to VDP and it looks beautiful, looks are deceiving. The Inn at LB is an abandoned resort development that the developer quit half way through. They got some of the condos and fractionals sold and the golf course finished. The restaurant, if it ever was open, now appears that some sort of riot was held there. The clubhouse is remote, unmarked, and rarely staffed. Nobody responded to calls from the concierge to play. Finally we just drove over there. We drove around, and around, and around, and around before we finally happened upon the clubhouse. It was closed and nobody there. We went to the hotel and finally found someone to open the clubhouse for us. They wanted to charge $95 per person for cart and clubs even though there is a $85 'special' for food, beverages, cart, clubs, and course. Since the restaurant is closed they wouldn't honor the special and wanted to charge more for less service. My husband held his ground and refused to pay more for less service, but was unable to negotiate away from the $85 special. Without water or snacks it was impossible to finish the whole 18 holes. There are no options that we saw for food or beverages in the area. We gave up and went back to the clubhouse. Nobody was there and a sign read "return at 6:00". We just abandoned the clubs there and called it a day. Such a waste. On Alaska Air I saw ads for this place under 3 different names and around town. It is a catch 22 to sell if you don't have services and no services to sell.

Activities Center Staff: These are the most wonderful folks organizing and working hard each and every day to ensure a wonderful stay for you and your family. They have daily activities organized and set everything up whether or not someone comes to participate. I can't believe how incredibly hard they work all of the time. In the morning there is a sporty activity at 8 or 9 am with things like a yoga stretch or kayak lesson. The main activities then get started around noon with things like a kitchen tour (I didn't get to go but I hear it is a must do!), tequila tasting, cooking lesson, wine tasting, games, tournaments, and more. Every evening there is something more to do, usually around 6-9pm. Some are show performances by the staff like Mexican night, but others are movie night, karaoke, or Xbox tournament.

The staff also oversees the game room, which can be rented for $10US per hour or $50 to access for the whole week. There are a couple of Wii consoles and Xbox consoles for lots of indoor non-sun fun. Ask at the front desk and they will call a staff member in to supervise the room.

The best activity for kids, by far, is Kids Club. Right now during the soft open this is a free service, but I am guessing that as soon as the resort has more done they will charge for this. Kids can visit starting at 9:30ish and then can either be picked up at 1 pm for lunch or the staff will take the kids to lunch and charge your room for their bill. You must pick them up by 5:30pm, and they do all kids of fun things like Wii, painting, crafts, pinatas, shell necklaces, walk on the beach, swim, or games. Yazmin, Angie, and Eric are wonderful with the kids but let them get away with a bit to be nice. Our kids adored these awesome young people and had so much fun hanging out there with them. It was a great way for the adults to do other activities like golf without worrying about the kids.

The spa on site is amazing. What they don't tell you unless you ask is that all guests, for now, are allowed to use the wet areas at no charge. Just go in and ask to use them. They will have you fill out a health form and take you up to get a locker. One word of advice, ahem, swimsuit. It is not a nude spa as I thought, it turns out. *blush* Aloe Vera therapy bath is lovely for skin with too much sun exposure. 3 hot tubs of varying temperatures, a cold tub, sauna, and lovely areas for resting. Worth an hour or two to rest and relax. The spa services were average cost, about the same as a higher end place at home. Services were adequate to good, the staff was wonderful. Open 9-6

Gym: Who goes to the gym? Evidently a few people on vacation do this. The gym is adequate but not exceptional. Decent equipment but limited. Only 2 recumbent bikes and no upright. a couple of ellipticals and treadmills as well as weights. Open 7am to 9 pm

Tennis: On the roof? Are you kidding me? In 85-120F heat? No way. DIdn't even go up to see it except when we walked by.

Hiking: Lots of trails around the resort and it would be difficult to get lost due to excellent terrain visibility. Biggest worries are snakes, scorpions, exposure, and dehydration. Take lots of water and wear sunscreen.

Parking: Limited to underground parking for guests. The staff insists that they will park your car. This was irritating since we were back and forth to town a lot for diving. They give you a giant card to retrieve your keys but half the time can't find your keys because their organization system is to throw all of the keys and tags into a lockbox and then scrounge for them when they need them. The cards kept falling off and we kept misplacing this giant card so we finally just started asking for a certain key on our keychain and that helped. The valet staff is also the busboy staff so they can be quite busy at 2:30-4pm with check in guests. They were always kind, polite, and fast. When we returned from town with a trunk of groceries they were quick to grab a cart and help us to our room. Cruz, Ivan, and Carlos were wonderful and took excellent care of us.

There is a lot of security staff for a remote location like this. People in uniforms walk around the beach, pool, and grounds all day long with clipboards writing things down. It was a little creepy. The gate to get into the resort is staffed by limited English speakers. At first it was a hassle every time, but they got to know us and we just lifted our bracelets to be let in and out. Some staff would stop us to ask if we were coming back and what time or how many are in the car. I thought that was odd.

Don't drive the highway at night if you can avoid it. The cows and goats that roam the range land around the resort like to cross the highway or lie on the highway to sleep as the road radiates heat. It is very easy to come around a blind curve and hit a sleeping or crossing cow. Be very careful and reduce speed. Also, the speed limit should be a Gringo Limit. Only new arrivals follow it. The highway is 40-80 km per hour for the 38 km to the resort. We pretty much pegged the speedometer at 100-120 for the drive every day. The gravel road signage says 2 km to resort from the highway. Don't believe it. It might be 2 km to the gate, but it is another 4 km from the gate to the actual resort. We measured. Speed limit is 20 km but it is rare to obey it, we went 50 most of the time. Lots of washboard areas, so use caution.

Groceries: El Pescador is about the only game in town, but there is a little grocery on Escuela street and about Misioneros that has some decent produce. Sunday is the farmer's market, that would be the best bet for fresh stuff, but we were never back early enough from diving to make it there.

Specialty groceries: Deli on Benito Juarez I think, might be Dali Deli or something like that. Has things you might need from home, Prime quality meats, and other hard to find ingredients.

Fresh Fish: The best place to buy fish is Davis Pescaderia on Davis st. On the east side as you head north on Davis. We bought 3 kilos of Jurel (Yellowtail) that was out of this world good. Filleted already, 220 pesos. That works out to $2.50 per pound. OMG, this was the best. We glazed it with some soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic and the other 1.5 pounds we used for ceviche. The sign out front will tell you what they have that day.

Smoked Fish: Heading North on Davis you will see a white fence to your left with lions on it. Turn right onto that road and at the second house on your left you might just make out the brick smoker beyond the cars. Stop in and ask for smoked fish, pescado ahumado. We bought a kilo of smoked marlin for 100 pesos that was to die for good.

Fishing, snorkeling, or diving supplies: Best place in town is just up from the deli on B. Juarez. Blue sign. Decent prices and great help if you need it. Marine store has just about everything you need.

Pharmacy: Best place for pharmacy is the one across from El Pescador, the main one in town.

Liquors: El Cactus has the best prices around and most selection. 155 pesos for a 950 ml bottle of El Jimador tequila. It was 390 pesos at the resort and 220 at El Pescador.

Tortillas: Buy fresh! Most of the tortillerias are on B. Juarez. We tried several and found subtle differences between them. No matter, they were all leaps and bounds better than home! 54 pesos bought a kilo of corn, a kilo of flour, and a pack of whole wheat.

I like the review that Rosalyn wrote, she was on the money for lots of things. I never made it to downtown touristy Loreto, Nopolo, or anywhere else. I spent my vacation out diving for 7 of the 14 days. It was amazing.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

My husband and I booked a 3 night stay at the new Villa Del Palmar Loreto. I'll start by saying that the resort itself is very nice and the staff are also very accomodating and kind. I would highly recommend if you plan to stay more than 3 nights that you stop in town at a grocery store and pick up supplies becuase once you are at the resort the only way to town is a free shuttle that runs every 3 hours and a cab ride to town would cost about $60. The little market at the resort closes at 6pm every evening so make sure you have what you need before that time. We spend a lot of time in Cabo, everything is close there are great restaurants within walking distance of any resort, a Walmart, Costco etc. I guess I'm a little spoiled by the convieince and not really all that good at just sitting around the resort doing nothing for 3 full days. We did take the shuttle into Loreto, the ride was about 45 mins on a 2 lane highway, I highly suggest that you go early and get back before dark. The ride back to the resort at 9pm was SCARY to say the least...there is no shoulder on the highway and big rigs whiz by so close and fast that one small move would send you off the highway into a ditch! One last thing, I have very blonde hair and after the first day in the pool my hair turned neon green, I have never in my life had that happen to my hair. I went to the front desk to let them know that they might need to check the chlorine levels in the pool and they really didnt seem to care...all in all, I'm glad we went but I would never go back again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

Just spent a week at Villa Del Palmar Lorteto and can't wait to go back. The resort is very secluded in a desert oasis, with the most beautiful bay. When we arrived we were greeted by Alejandro and Carlos, who took care of all of our needs. The one-bedroom was very spacious, great appliances and decor, with an amazing balcony. We spent a lot of time at Casa Mia, the restaurant/bar that overlooks the bay. David and Roberto introduced us to some amazing cocktails and I now have a new favorite (tequila with sangrita). The Food & Beverage Director, Angel Ruiz, was always around ensuring all our needs were being exceeded. We spent a day at the beautiful spa and had an amazing couples massage. We also spent a day fishing with Wild Loreto and all caught our limit. The owner of the beachside bar at Wild Loreto filleted the fish right there and made us delicious ceviche. Overall, we fell in love with this spectacular resort, and all the people who went out of their way to make our vacation unforgettable! We are now proud owner of VDP Loreto and look forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

,Spend my 60th birthday here. Enjoyed it tremendously. My brother was here the week before and we crossed path Saturday evening, upon our arrival. He had prepped the very friendly staff and that night at dinner I was sung to twice. My brother left that Sunday but for most of the remaining week the staff recognized me as having a birthday. I say that is good communications.

We had a one bedroom with a full kitchen although we did not use much. We went the all inclusive route. This for us was a good deal and service by the pool is always welcomed. As one in our party had to sleep on the sofa sleeper efforts were made to make it more comfortable and save backs.

The area is one of quiet and remoteness which is what I enjoyed most. The ocean is calm and great for a kayak trip. There are stingrays the sleep on the ocean floor so be sure to shuffle your feet.

The staff was always helpful and most spoke English to so degree, others as fluently as I.

I would definitely staff again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

We just got back from a weeks vacation at Villa del Palmar in Loreto. What a great place! I highly recommend them! My family had a wonderful time. The rooms were exceptional, the service was great and we fell in love with the little town of Loreto! This is a new resort but will only get better each year! We will be coming back for sure.

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

We had a pleasant stay, but I thought this may help folks that need to hear where this place needs improvement. First off as for Loreto there is one flight in and one flight out daily via a Horizon Airlines Q400 from LAX. The town of Loreto is approximately 10,000 people and they are all very nice people (you feel safe in town). The Villa Del Palmar is located 38km/s from town (on a dirt road). Yes it is secluded. If your looking for a quick trip to do something else or parasailing on the beach or golf or anything other than grabbing a hotel shuttle into town then this place is not for you. It's not kid friendly and teenagers or people in their early twenties will be easily bored if your not a pool lounger. The shuttles run daily and seating is limited so be sure to sign up early to save your seat. Careful the 9am van has one seat taken up by the daily bread run. The bread had shotgun in the van one day we rode along. The resort is not finished and there is quite a bit of construction still occuring, but somewhat hidden from guests. The golf course is no where near started from what I can tell. Don't even try to golf - it is logistically a nightmare to get in a round. (HINT - Wild Loreto pull together a golf package! Leave at 8am - tee off at 9 - lunch - return to hotel by 2pm.) There seems to be high staff turn over as they simply get bored and move back to Cabo or other places they moved in from (Quite a few admitted to this). The resort keeps them in a little hotel on a cliff and I'm sure they just get tired of being in the middle of nowhere and move back home. With that said they don't seem very streamlined and come off a bit disjointed (like new employees). They don't seem to understand that some rooms have an 'A' and a 'B' so when they ask for your room number they just jot down the number without the trailing letter. If you selected all inclusive this is not such a big deal, but if you have someone in 'A' tipping heavily at the pool and you find out AFTER you got home that the resort put their tips on your bill and you were in 'B' it's not a pleasant experience. Yes we checked out and the bill we received at checkout did not match what they charged me after I left. I'm certain the 'A' people declined charges and we got stuck with them after they checked out. Since I will never go back to this place again I just let it go and didn't dispute the charges. All in all it's a very nice place and is clean and the food is good (Although they only have one restaurant and a beach bar). Expect a nice, quiet, secluded, somewhat kid free, vacation in the desert. This is a time share facility! Lots of folks here lured in on time share demonstrations. We were just there for vacation, but still got hassled for a time share demo. The sunsets are beautiful, but if your looking for a vacation full of activities this is not the place. Skip the breakfast buffet. They will let you order fresh off the menu (not public knowledge - that isn't advertised) Also the fish taco hut up the beach is the hidden treasure here. YUM! Avoid Alaska Airlines vacations! They completely screwed this up and didn't have our reservation. It wasn't handled well by AA at all and we received a slap in the face when we complained about their mishandling of our reservation. Hands down the best thing to do is go snorkeling with Said from Wild Loreto adventures.

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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 On the Beach Hotel in Loreto
#1 Spa Hotel in Loreto
#1 Family 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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