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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

4.5 out of 5.0

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This is our 3rd visit & it gets better each time. The resort is 30 mins south of Loreto. They own all of the surrounding property so no hassles from aggrivating souvenir salespeople on the beach. Plenty of activities from SUP to kayaking, hiking, snorkling, fishing, scuba, and a 1st class TPC golf course - Danzante Bay. If want a secluded vacation with good food, great service, nice facilities, a great spa, this is IT. Ee loved it so much we upgraded our timeshare which gives us so many options. Check it out.

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at The Islands of Loreto Loreto Stayed here for a week as a couple in April and would comment as follows: Location: Beautiful setting in a large sheltered bay, but it's remote - Loreto is 30kms to the north and there is nothing else around. Accommodation: Our suite was very spacious, clean and well appointed with a huge wrap-around balcony - a third of which was wasted space. However, building has been constructed cheaply with little or no sound insulation between the floors and with a central open space for stairways and elevator shaft and so any noise is excessively amplified. The HVAC and mechanicals (refrigerator, jacuzzi) are also very noisy. The safe didn't work and despite reporting it at least 4 times it still wasn't attended to. Much better to say that they couldn't deal with it than ignoring the problem. Food quality: The food at the Danzante restaurant (for which there is a $20 dollar cover charge per person) was very good. The Casa Mia is an open-plan facility serving mainly Italian style food - pizza's and pasta are prepared fresh but everything is drowned in too much cheese or sauce or both. The Market is buffet style fare, which was pleasant enough but I raised serious food hygiene concerns here with the F&B manager. His response was that they needed more staff training - but hold on a mo' - this was basic food hygiene practice that was being disregarded so why are they letting someone cook in the first place that doesn't know the basics? Serious flaw. If this was a mainstream restaurant it would be closed down by the Authorities. Drinks: Premium drinks are excluded from the all-inclusive package and oddly there is no separate cocktail bar or lounge even though there is plenty of space available. All the restaurants have bar facilities (as does the pool and beach) but if you want a pre-dinner drink to watch the sunset or an after dinner digestif away from the smell of food then then there is nowhere to go. Service: As expected, all the front line staff were excellent - special mention to Gabriel, Christian and Cesar in Danzante's, to Edgar, Roberto and Benjamin in Casa, to Manuel in the Market and to Manny and his team around the pool who work their butts off providing excellent service. Management on the other hand were largely invisible - I never saw anyone in Authority greeting guests or asking how their stay was going. Facilities: The spa is very nice and there are paddle boards and kayaks for the bay area. The beach is safe to walk on but you will need shoes or trainers. There are hiking trails around the property of varying lengths. The golf course looks very nice but at over $200 per person there was no one using it - I only saw 2 couples playing golf during the whole week. Maybe if they offered an introductory first round for $75 then they'd get some income flowing and people would then pay the $200 for subsequent rounds. Overall: This is a time share resort where the first phase only has been completed. The rest of the bay is a construction site and will remain so for the long term. This poses two fundamental problems - do you want to spend your vacation on a construction site with the attendant problems of noise and dust and secondly when will it all be completed, if ever, assuming they don't run out of money first as commonly happens with developments of this nature. This resort has the potential to be a top notch facility but is sadly lacking in the important distinguishing features. If you want to experience first class all inclusive's then try Secrets Golf Resort at San Jose del Cabo or Pueblo Bonita Pacifica at Cabo San Lucas. This resort simply does not deliver anywhere near its competitors.

Beautiful resort with its own little cove on the Sea of Cortez. Rooms were spacious, upscale and clean. Our room had a huge balcony that wrapped all the way around. Room also had a kitchenette which would be nice for an extended stay.

Great views, people and a very relaxing time. You can golf at a top rated golf course, play putt putt, atving, fishing, hiking, or just relax by the pool or beach. There is a great spa and wellness center. The staff are top notch.

This was our first time at any Villa Pal Mar resort. The resort was first class when it came to facilities, location, amenities, and service. It was so quite and relaxing. There were enough activities if you wanted to stay active. We had a car, so it was easy to go to downtown Loreto and the marina. The food and drink were excellent. The service was outstanding as most resorts in Mexico.

My Wife, daughter, and I recently stayed at the Villa del Palmar Loreto. It is one of the most quite and relaxing resort we have ever stayed at. One of the reasons is its isolation. There is nothing around the resort for miles. We did not take the All-Inclusive package due to the high daily cost, but did eat a few times at the resort and was pleased with the quality. We had two rooms reserved, a 2 bedroom and a 1 bedroom. The front desk supervisor said he had gotten us rooms next to each other, but when we arrived at the rooms they were 4 stories apart. It was fine as our daughter is an adult, but then after we unpacked another person came by the room to ask if we wanted to move. At that point we said no, our current room would be fine. Our two rooms were outstanding and very enjoyable. The resort is fairly new and seems to have a few minor challenges. The request for two wake-up calls never happened. The phone system has a problem in that when you receive a call it rings, but no one is on the other end. We also experienced problems when calling our daughters room, and when she tried to call us. Finally, we had a challenge setting up tours. We purchased tours and when we went to confirm them the staff could not fine them. They eventually did locate our reservations, so all was fine. The beach is ok....not at all great. Not much sand, but does have rocks. A plus is that the cove is very shallow, great for small kids, but is a challenge at low tide when you have to walk and wade through shallow water about 100 yards to get to your fishing or tour boat. What can I say about the staff "OUTSTANDING!!". Some of the best in the industry. Always helpful and pleasant. All in all a really nice trip. We would not hesitate to visit Villa del Palmar Loreto again in the future.

We are Villa group timeshare members. We have been to Mexico over 20 times to various different locations. This was our first time staying in the Loreto though. It was a very beautiful resort. I'm going to try to hit a few of the points that I haven't noticed on other reviews, as well as some that have been mentioned. Pros It is a very beautiful and clean resort. The food and drinks are good and plentiful ! The staff are amazing!! Everyone of them!!! The service is awesome. It was very busy the first half of our stay. It was spring break and there were tons of families with children. Our pool waiters were amazing but were working their butts off trying to keep up with taking care of everybody. I don't think I would come at this time of year again just because of the fact that it was so busy. Our pool waiter for most of our stay was Roberto and he was amazing !! We also had Jesus one day and he was awesome too! My husband and brother-in-law were having birthdays while we were there and they set us up a special birthday dinner at the Danzante restaurant which was great. All of the service at every restaurant, bar, pool area and beach was amazing. The concierges were also amazing. They helped us several times but one day I got stung by a bee and my arm swelled Up really bad. Each day it just kept getting worse so we went to talk to Janine and Ester and they were sweet enough to set up for one of their drivers to go into town and pick me up some special cream for it!! We really loved how you could just walk out forever on the beach and snorkel. We took the paddle boards and kayaks out several times. It was amazing. We booked some tours through the resort. We booked a fishing trip. We also did the nighttime LED paddle boarding tour with Carlos. It was amazing. We paddled out around the point and back and then in the cove looked for fish and all of us sat in a group while Carlos told us all about the stars. It's so dark there at night because there's nothing around so you could see so many different things that you don't see at home. Carlos was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed it. The last tour we booked was the snorkeling tour to Danzante island. We were lucky enough to get Ramses as our tour guide. He was absolutely amazing. On our way to the island we came across a whale and her baby. Ramses asked us if we wanted to follow them for a while so we did. It was so amazing and they got really close to us. At one point The baby swam under our boat! Then we came across some dolphins. They were so cool. Ramses asked if we wanted to see them jump so he drove the boat in circles and the Dolphins just kept jumping our wake!! At one point there was five of them right in a line. It was so awesome! Then he took us around the island and told us all about it. He was so knowledgeable about the island. After that we snorkeled. It was great. We have been on several tours all throughout Mexico and this has to be one of my favorite !!! Cons The flight is expensive and there's only one option coming from the US so hopefully they change that soon. I'm thinking it might be because of the weather but there are a lot of bees and flies. Because of the way this resort is set up there are not as many oceanview rooms as in the typical Villa properties. They did give us an upgrade to a one bedroom but it was on the ground level. We were sad that we couldn't get an ocean view room but in the end decided we liked being on the ground floor because of the convenience. They did offer to move us halfway through our stay but you could only see a tiny piece of the ocean so we decided to stay where we were. The bees are terrible on the ground floor though. My sister was on the fourth floor and they didn't have any bugs or bees at all on their balcony. This is one of the biggest cons for me. This is a cash free resort so everything gets charged to your room. When we went to check out our bill was a lot more than we thought it was going to be. We wouldn't normally question this but it was a couple hundred dollars difference. When we got checking into it it's because even though it's part of the resort they charge different exchange rates for the restaurants, Palmita market, and the tours. The biggest thing is the tours. We booked the fishing trip which was supposed to be $224 and at checkout they tried to charge us $309. This was also true for the other tours. So what we had to do is go back to the tour desk and get a receipt that showed how many US dollars the tours costed then take it to the front desk. So when booking these make sure that you get a receipt and have them hand write the amount in US dollars. All in all this was a wonderful trip and we really enjoyed it here!! We will definitely be coming back. Don't forget to tip! The staff work hard and they deserve it!!

The property here is so beautiful and the views are amazing. Looking out at Danzante Island from your balcony or just sitting on the beach is so calming. I have been taking out the kayak everyday and beaching it in different spots to go snorkeling, lots of beautiful marine life to see. Will be taking a boat out to the islands tomorrow to go snorkeling also. We did the ATV tour yesterday with Robert & Jony and it was a blast. Not only was it a long tour riding inland and then to the beaches in several areas where I just wanted to stay all day they were very informative. We learned a lot of history and then stopped at a little town to make flour tortillas with Maria who is called Grandma of the town because she had lived there her whole life. It was great to see the simplicity and knowledge on how they utilize things since they have only had running water and electricity for only 7 years. Thank you Mr. Perry for making that happen for them. It is so great to see that family and celebrating life is so important to them. I also want to thank Jorge for taking such good care of us at the beach and pool area. He is so friendly and sweet. I learned a lot about Loreto from him, I enjoyed all of his stories. I do not play golf but I took a tour of the golf course and it is amazing. They told us it just got TPC certificate or approved and I can see why. I will definitely to coming back here.

We have nothing but good things to say about this resort and staff. The resort is gorgeous and the rooms are light, bright, and clean. The beach was lovely and the water was calm. I kayaked and paddleboarded for the first time and had so much fun! We did the Island tour, which I highly recommend. Ask for Rammses- he was an amazing tour guide. No one felt like snorkeling as it was a bit chilly that day so he took us on a hike on Danzante Island and told us so much history. He was the Best! We also did the ATV tour which was an absolute blast with Robert and Jony and when we return, we will do this one again. Roberto at the activities desk gave us great recommendations. The resort is nestled in a beautiful bay about 40 minutes from town. We were craving peace and tranquility and that is what we found here. No jet skis, no parasailing, no beach vendors, no techno music all day long at the pool. It was heavenly. The food was pretty good. We enjoyed Casa Mia the most because Marco was there. He always made sure everything was just perfect. I can't wait to return. This place is an absolute gem.

This was the most amazing vacation. We were treated like kings and queens during our entire stay.All the staff we encountered were amazing and truly wanted our stay to be the best. Everything from the pools, to the beach, the restaurants, the entertainment and the amazing spa was exceptional. Did I mention the sunrises, sunsets, stargazing, fun and relaxation? This place has it all..you can stay busy or just sit back and experience total relaxation. I would love to give a personal shout out to some employees that made our stay amazing. Look them up if you get a chance to visit. Antonio, Adela, Ruth, Abigail, Irene, Rosie and Diana made the spa the best experience! Can't wait to go back. Gererdo , manager at the Casa Mia Restaurant made our stay the best! Made us the most amazing dinner to celebrate our anniversary! Service with a sincere smile! Eduardo who does the towels at the pool is the most gentle and helpful person. Jerero who manages the lobby goes over and above to be helpful. Carmen, hostess at the restaurants is the sweetest! It was fun helping her to learn English and she was helping us with our Spanish! Ela was also great! Cristal who works in the lobby made our stay exceptional.......... can't wait to go back and see her again! Eduardo and Duvil who do the activites and shows at night were more than fun... gotta love their energy...and their salsa dancing! Manny and Roberto who served us at the pool were so much fun and always kept us fed and hydrated.... best guys ever!! David who serves at the beach was awesome as well! We went scuba diving and had the best trip with Christian Braian teaching us how and Jorge and Antonio keeping us safe! we got to experience the amazing whales as a bonus! Abraham, Luis and Marcel were excellent waiters at the Market Restaurant and Marcos was exceptional at the Casa Mia. You really have to go experience this place for yourselves... I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

Carretera Transpeninsular, Km. 84 Loreto BCS

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto places you next to Ensenada Blanca and within a few miles (5 km) of other popular attractions like Ligui Beach. This 181-room, 4.5-star resort welcomes business and leisure travelers with 5 outdoor pools, a private beach, and a golf course. On the waterfront, the resort is also close to Danzante Bay Golf Course.


Dining

There are ample dining options with 3 onsite restaurants, including The Market Restaurant, which specializes in international cuisine. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, get a quick pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, and mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception. Start each morning with buffet breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 11:30 AM.


Rooms

The 181 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchenettes and furnished balconies or patios. Guests can expect 42-inch LED TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and pillow menus, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Other standard amenities include iPod docks, minibars, and coffee makers.


Property features

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto features a private beach, a golf course, and a full-service spa. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 28 per person one way. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include 5 outdoor pools, a nightclub, and a children's pool.

Room options

Suite, 1 Bedroom

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 2 Bedrooms

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Ambassador Penthouse

King 1 | Sleeps 6

Suite, 3 Bedrooms

King 2 | Sleeps 8

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1285 reviews