Have you heard of Loreto and the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto? When travelers think of a Mexican vacation, some destinations are obvious, such as Cabo San Lucas and Cancun. But if you’re looking for a less touristy location, consider the historic town of Loreto. In fact, this historic town is the start of El Camino Real that extends into California. However, if you travel a bit further south, you’ll arrive at the Villa del Palmar at the islands of Loreto. A winner of the Best Hotels of the World award, see why this world class all inclusive resort is worth a visit..

Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto, Baja California Mexico
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto (credit: Randy Yagi)

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
(800) 790-4187

Located 26 miles south of Loreto ,Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is managed by Villa Group Beach Resorts and Spas. Founded in 1984, the company is one of the largest privately owned hotel, resort and real estate development companies in Mexico. Each of the all-inclusive resorts offer world class spa services, several vacation packages and timeshare opportunities.

About Villa del Mar

Opened in 2011, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto in Baja California is a fabulous all-suites resort. It encompasses 10,000 acres along the eastern edge of Baja California Sur. The resort’s primary features are spacious and finely furnished accommodations and multiple dining options. Additionally on site are five swimming pools, an enormous spa facility and one of the finest golf courses in Mexico. Villa del Palmar is further acclaimed for its world class service and hospitality.

Villa del Palmar Location

Bounded by the Sea of Cortez and the majestic Sierra de la Giganta Mountains, the resort resides along Loreto Bay National Marine Park. The park is an important sanctuary for marine life covering more than a half million acres. Moreover it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five islands are within the National Park – Isla Danzante, Isla Carmen, Isla Coronados, Isla Monserrate and Isla Santa Catalina.

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About Loreto

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, extending over 1200 miles to San Francisco.

Loreto Today

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 was completed in 1744 is in central Loreto.

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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. After you arrive at the airport, you 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. They will direct you to the shuttle area. Estimated time to reach Villa del Palmar Loreto is less than 40 minutes.

Flights to Loreto

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 Loreto, Mexico resort offers several different types of rooms along with flight package options and all-inclusive plans. Rooms range from the 645 square foot Deluxe Suite to the massive, 5,000 square foot Presidential Penthouse. Each room come equipped with several modern conveniences, like air conditioning and satellite TV. You’ll also have a kitchenette or fully equipped kitchens, along with a terrace or balcony. From your room, you will have views of either the ocean, mountains or golf course.

Rooms Choices

You can also choose Premium Floor Suites, with exclusive amenities like a guaranteed ocean views and a mini-bar that’s stocked daily. If that’s not all, you’ll have 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 and separate living area.

A beautiful vegetarian lunch with purple vegetables at Casa Mia Restaurant
Casa Mia Restaurant (credit: Randy Yagi)


Villa del Palmar resort at the Islands of Loreto offers multiple dining options. For instance, there are upscale restaurants and bars, as well as dining at poolside. Danzante, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant is the resort’s signature dining experience. Among delicious entrees available from  Chef Gerado Garcia Martinez are Danzante Fish Filet and Shrimp Carousel. You should also consider the Surf and Turf. Additional steak options include Braised Brisket and Rib Eye Angus.

Additional Dining

Other resort restaurants are more casual yet with equally superb cuisine. For instance, there are Casa Mia and Mexican Corner. Also at TPC Danzante Bay, you can order gourmet meals with a casual approach at the Clubhouse.

 Golf At TPC Danzante Bay

TPC Danzante Bay is one of the finest golf courses in Mexico. In fact, it is the only TPC course in all of the 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. Don’t forget to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings while on the course.

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Sabila Spa

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 an Sabila Spa Signature Golf Massage. The Wellness Center also includes a spacious fitness center featuring state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment.

Onsite Activities

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 Villa del Palmar beach. Ongoing beach and pool activities are also offered, as well as non-motorized water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and paddle boarding. Other activities that can be arranged, like mountain hiking and rockclimbing.

Guests Services

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.

Loreto, Mexico Wedding Planning

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. Additionally, the resort can make arrangements 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.

Special Events

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. Check with the official website to see the list of upcoming events.

About The Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS Local from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including CBS New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS Radio, Engadget and Radio.com.

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