Have you heard of Loreto, Mexico and the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto? When travelers think of an unforgettable Mexican vacation, some destinations are obvious, such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. But those seeking a less touristy location should consider the historic town of Loreto, located at the start of the famous El Camino Real in Baja California, in addition to neighboring luxury resorts, like Villa del Palmar at the islands of Loreto. See why this phenomenal all inclusive resort is truly a hidden treasure in paradise.
About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Km. 84 Calle Carretera Transpeninsular
Ensenada Blanca, 23880 Loreto, B.C.S., Mexico
Located just 26 miles south of Loreto,Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is part of a collection of nine luxury resorts in Mexico that are managed by the Villa Group Beach Resorts and Spas. Founded in 1984 the Villa Group Beach Resorts and Spas is one of the largest privately owned hotel, resort and real estate development companies in Mexico. Each of the all-inclusive resorts offers world class spa services, several vacation packages and timeshare opportunities.
Opened in 2011, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto in Baja California is a fabulous all-suites resort that encompasses 10,000 acres along the eastern edge of Baja California Sur. The resort’s primary features are spacious and finely furnished accommodations, multiple dining options, five swimming pools, an enormous spa facility, one of the finest golf courses in Mexico and world class service and hospitality.
Bounded by the Sea of Cortez and the majestic Sierra de la Giganta Mountains, the resort also resides along a section of Loreto Bay National Marine Park, an important sanctuary for marine life that covers more than a half million acres and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five islands are within the National Park – Isla Danzante, Isla Carmen, Isla Coronados, Isla Monserrate and Isla Santa Catalina.
Founded in 1697, Loreto was the first Spanish colonial settlement and a capital of the New Viceroyalty of New Spain in Baja California. Originally known as the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó (Loreto Mission), it is the first stop of the famous El Camino Real that stretches more than 1200 miles to San Francisco, California. Today, Loreto is a resort town, with friendly locals, exceptional local cuisine, great shopping and water recreation like deep sea fishing, kayaking, snorkeling and whale watching. The original mission completed in 1744 is still located in central Loreto.
How To Get To Villa Del Palmar Loreto
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto golf resort is located along a private cove approximately 24 miles from Loreto International Airport. Travelers arriving at the airport can pick up a taxi, car rental or ride a shuttle arranged through Villa del Palmar Loreto. Employees from shuttle companies will be waiting outside from the airport main entrance to direct travelers to the shuttle area. Estimated time to reach Villa del Palmar Loreto is less than 40 minutes.
Daily flights are available on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Loreto International Airport (LTO). Flight time from LAX to LTO is 90 minutes. Additional flights are also available from other cities in Mexico like Guadalajara, San José del Cabo and Tijuana, in addition to a seasonal service from Calgary, Alberta Canada.
The Baja California resort offers several different types of rooms along with options to purchase a flight package and all-inclusive plans. Rooms range from the 645 square foot Deluxe Suite to the massive, 5,000 square foot Presidential Four Bedroom Penthouse. Each of the rooms come equipped with several modern conveniences, like air conditioning, satellite TV, kitchenettes or fully equipped kitchens and terraces or balconies with views of either the ocean, the mountains or golf course. Travelers can also choose Premium Floor Suites, with exclusive amenities like a guaranteed ocean view, a mini-bar that’s stocked daily and access to the Elite Lounge and access to the Hydrotherapy circuit at Sabila Spa. Additional specials are also available, including golf or spa packages. One-bedroom suites and larger rooms also come equipped with a washer/dryer, dining room tables. and separate living area.
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto offers multiple dining options, including restaurants and bars and poolside, as well as items from an onsite supermarket. Danzante, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant is the resort’s signature dining experience, with a moderate dress code. Among delicious entrees available from talented Chef Gerado Garcia Martinez are Danzante Fish Filet, Shrimp Carousel, Surf and Turf and steak options like Braised Brisket, New York Angus and Rib Eye Angus. Other onsite restaurants are more casual yet with equally superb cuisine, such as at Casa Mia and Mexican Corner. Also at the TPC Danzante Bay is fine dining with a casual approach at the Clubhouse.
TPC Danzante Bay is unquestionably one of the finest golf courses in Mexico and the only TPC course in the entire country. With spectacular views of the Gulf of California and Baja California coastline, Danzante Bay is an 18-hole, par-72 course with a maximum length of 7,237 yards. The award-winning course was designed by Rees Jones, the son of the famed golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., but also a renowned designer in his own right. Although the course is relatively new, it has already received industry recognition like Best of 2018: Mexico from Golf Advisor and Editor’s Choice Awards for “Best in Travel 2018” from Golf Digest. This year, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto was also named one of the Golf Top 100 Resorts in North America by Golf Magazine.
Hotel and golf packages may be booked directly through the Danzante Bay website as well as the Villa del Palmar website.
Villa del Palmar’s award-winning Sabila Spa and Wellness Center offers an impressive collection of spa treatments and areas of relaxation. The entire facility covers 39,000 square feet and also includes spa tubs, a cold water plunge and sauna. Among the luxury spa treatments available are Classic Swedish Massage, Wine Therapy, Hot Candle Ritual and the Sabila Spa Signature Golf Massage, an 80-minute session featuring deep tissue massage techniques specifically designed for golfers. The Wellness Center also includes a spacious fitness center featuring state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment.
In addition to championship caliber golf, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto offers several other onsite activities and amenities. This includes five swimming pools, tennis courts, arcade and Kid’s Club. Guests also have access to the resort’s private beach. Ongoing beach and pool activities are also offered, as well as non-motorized water activities like kayaking, snorkeling and Paddleboarding. Other activities that can be arranged, like mountain hiking, climbing, camping
The resort offers a number of guest services and amenities, including a 24-hour front desk, onsite medical services, daily housekeeping, currency exchange, babysitting and a shuttle service to and from the historic town of Loreto. Guest services can also arrange boat trips to some of the breathtaking islands in Loreto Bay.
With spectacular ocean views, Villa del Palmar at the Island of Loreto can be an extraordinary wedding or honeymoon destination. The resort offers several options for both weddings and honeymoons as well as packages for bachelor and bachelorette parties. A sample wedding package may include a personal wedding coordinator, special wedding gifts, discounts on spa treatments and a beachside wedding.
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is proud to host several special events during the year as well as celebrity chefs, fitness professionals and more. Upcoming special events are High Street Band – A Week of Music & Fun November 3-10 and November Baja Fest November 18-23.
About The Author
Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who has covered national/international travel for CBS Local and all things San Francisco for CBS San Francisco. He is a Media Fellow of Stanford University and a member of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
Randy is also a veteran of the United States Army, having served stateside and in Germany. He is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County, California.