Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Review

Loreto is a sleepy sea side town, tucked away on the Baja Coast of Mexico. It is a land that is foreign filled with desert cacti as the sky meets the ocean on the horizon. And on that pristine coast, sits a beautiful resort, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, that I was lucky enough to stay at for their Celebrity Chef Week in March.

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Just a two-hour flight from LA with an abundance of activities for the mind, body and soul, this is a place you’ll never want to leave. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is about a 30-45 min ride from the local airport, away from town. This makes it a perfect destination for those who want luxury and relaxation in one place, never really needing to leave for anything. If you want to get away from it all while enjoying amazing views and relaxing in the sun, this is the place for you!

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Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto

If you’re seeking a place that defines luxury and true relaxation, look no further than Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. With its beautiful private beaches, scenic views that take your breath away, rich history and astounding natural habitat, it is the perfect getaway for families, friends, couples, honeymooners, and golfers.

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First things first, the hotel is so well laid out that even if it were to capacity you would never feel it!  Set within Danzante Bay and the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez once dubbed “The Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau, the resort offers 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty. With 3 amazing restaurants to choose from and 5 pools you never feel crowded.

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Every room has an amazing view of the property, the golf course, or both! The oversized balconies invite you to spend time outside enjoying the view which is exactly what I did every day when I came back to my room. Though I loved the patio and its cotton candy skies, the best part of the room is the bathtub! I am a big bathtub fan after having worked at LUSH. It takes a lot to impress me, but this bathtub did just that.

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Villa del Palmar features three outstanding restaurants, each with its own specialty. There is so much to pick from that you won’t have a problem picking something you like. I am a huge fan of the pool side tacos I had for lunch one day at Casa Mia.

If you are one of those weirdos who likes to do excursive while you are on vacation like Tim, the resort has five swimming pools, tennis courts along with the highly acclaimed Danzante Bay Golf Course, recently unveiled by master architect Rees Jones. Add in the miles of hiking trails, kayaks, paddle boarding, and sport fishing, and relaxation can turn into activity.

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One of the coolest parts of the whole resort is how conscious of their environmental footprint they are! Because of how far from town they are, there is a water treatment facility on property and all the soaps/shampoos in the rooms are biodegradable. As an environmentalist I feel that more often than not, green practices are forgotten in the name of luxury. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto completly dismisses that notion and proves that you can have both. Their landscaping is a perfect example of that environmentality. All over the resort you will find native plants, including agave, that need little water and the desert feel is left untouched with exposed sand beds.

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The property also is home to a 39,000-square-foot luxury spa for those looking to take their relaxation up to the next level. Offering all the services you would expect at some of the world’s top luxury spas, Sabila does not disappoint! Not only is it a gorgeous spa, it is serene and the staff is wonderful. Be warned, it is so amazing you will not want to leave!

“At Sabila Spa, we encourage guests to nurture harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another,” said Claudine Riemer, director of the resort’s Sabila Spa and Wellness Center. “The Wellness Week Retreat at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto embodies an organic healing process for the mind, body and soul.”

The hotel also offers a variety of daily activities to chose from. You will find Aquaerobics and beach volleyball as well as kayaking and SUP intro classes on the daily itinerary, so make sure you plan your day accordingly.

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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto was kind enough to host a group of bloggers during their Celebrity Chef week in March. Special thanks to Villa del Palmar for arranging my stay at the Loreto property. It was a great time and gave me so many great ideas for things to do in Loreto! This in no way shaped my opinion.

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