Ahhhhh . . . the picture above beautifully captures the essence of a fabulous trip I recently took to a spectacular resort in Baja, Mexico and am beyond excited to tell you all about it! Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a luxurious resort located on the Sea of Cortez, just off the eastern coast of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico overlooking Danzante Island.
One of the best things about this hidden gem of a resort is that it is an easy breezy 2 hour flight from LA! Who knew that such a phenomenal paradise was so close and accessible to LA, Love It!
Upon arrival at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, I could tell immediately that this was going to be a pretty special place. Gorgeous views of the pool and ocean, super friendly accommodating staff, a lovely aromatic ritual hand washing, a chair massage and delicious cocktails were among my first impressions of this resort. Things were definitely off to an amazing start!
I was also lucky enough to be in the company of a fabulous, fun, smart and dynamic group of influential bloggers on this FAM trip
After we were checked in and pampered a little, it was time to enjoy our first meal at Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto and it was nothing short of spectacular. I was immediately smitten with one of the unique delicacies of the area: CHOCOLATE CLAMS!! OMG! They are fresh, sweet, bright clams caught right in the ocean off the resort and they are to-die-for! The clams were baked with cheese and garlic and they were so good I had seconds and thirds. I’m a seafood lover but have never had chocolate calms before, what a treat (I also enjoyed them au natural aka raw too & they were equally as yummy!) We also enjoyed deelish guacamole and the first of many artisanal freshly made cocktails – I’m drinking a slightly spicy cucumber margarita here, cheers!
After my belly was happy, I headed up to my fabulous deluxe ocean view one bedroom suite with an amazing view of the resort and ocean
I absolutely loved my VIP welcome amenities in the room like the beautiful personalized ‘Welcome Mrs. Romy‘ rice/bean/berry greeting on my bed, the gourmet chocolates and the creative animal towel creations – everyday after my room was cleaned I was greeted by a different handmade towel animal, so clever!
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is set on almost 5000 acres, with 181 beautifully appointed rooms, 3 wonderful restaurants, 5 swimming pools, a 39,000-square-foot luxury spa, beautiful beaches, tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, glass-bottomed kayaks, sport fishing, and a soon-to-open Rees Jones-designed golf course. I absolutely loved the keyless room entry with this chipped bracelet, so easy and stress-free
When we toured the property, we also got an up close and personal look at the fabulous newest edition to the resort, the Danzante Bungalow. This swoon worthy 800 square-foot private beachfront villa is located at the edge of resort on the beach facing Danzante Bay. It’s the resorts version of glamping with a master bedroom, private terrace, and butler service. This has honeymoon written all over it!
One of the first aspects of Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto that struck me as different then other luxury resorts that I have visited was the stellar hospitality and service I received during my vacation at this resort. It was so much more than the top-notch-service you often get at luxury resorts – it was the genuine passion, enthusiasm and pride the staff took in their work at this resort. It didn’t matter if it was the most senior staff member or a junior, everyone seemed so happy and appreciative to be working here and throughout my visit this struck as something special and unique.
This discerning foodie in me was also very impressed by the delicious, inspired, gourmet and gorgeous food that I ate at while vacationing at this resort. The plating and presentation was always beautiful and the food was tasty, fresh, regional and creative.
Of course this beauty maven was delighted to checkout the resort’s signature luxury Sabila Spa and Wellness Center. The spa is incredibly spacious and absolutely beautiful inside with baths, showers, sauna, steam and stunning views of the mountains surrounding the resort. I had a delight skillful massage while I was there, and left the spa feeling utterly relaxed.
One of the highlights of this trip was the indelible boat trip to Del Carmen Islands and then to the town of Loreto. This is where I got a birds eye view of the magnificent natural beauty surrounding this area. We spent a nice amount of time cruising around the pristine aqua turquoise waters of the Del Carmen Islands, it was so beautiful! I LOVED seeing the contrast of the ocean next to the desert terrain of mountains and cactus, so unusual. We docked at one the islands for lunch and fabulous snorkeling and then we took the boat to the town of Loreto. While in route, we literally came across thousands of dolphins swimming and playing in the ocean, it was one of those moments I will never forget (a picture just doesn’t do it justice!) Oh yeah, we also came across a friendly shark or two 🙂
We docked at the charming throwback fishing town of Loreto and had an opportunity to walk around and explore the sites. The highlight of the town was visiting the beautiful Mission de Loreto, a historic church that was built in 1697.
The next day we woke up early to beat the heat and explore more of this beautiful property. The grounds of Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto are vast and spectacular and we were lucky enough to go on a stunning hike that allowed us to see the island from a different vantage point – the views speak for themselves
Our group became rather smitten with the creative and yummy cocktails that we were served throughout our trip, so the ever accommodating staff were kind enough to arrange a private Tequila Tasting Class followed by a Cocktail Making Class so that we could leave the resort armed and properly educated about tequila (it must be made of & say 100% Agave on the label!) as well as some yummy cocktail recipes that we could make at home.
During the cocktail class, the spicy cucumber jalapeno margarita was a favorite!
Another incredibly special thing that we got to experience at the was the Luminaires by Loreto: Light a Wish program. The resort has partnered with Make-a-Wish Mexico to provide funding for one child’s wish per month. Basically, how it works is it that once a week, guests and staff gather together to celebrate the wonderful moments in their lives by writing their thoughts on a luminaire floating lantern and then they light it and release it into the sky. As these luminaires float symbolically into the sky together, these wishes are shared with the world and serve as emblems of hope for good things to come. It was a beautiful and touching experience.
Our last night in Loreto was a lively and fun Fiesta Mexicana that was filled with all the beauty of Mexican culture including a delicious Mexican food buffet, tequila shots, colorful performances, ritual dances, uplifting music and even a pinata. It was an evening fun filled evening and the perfect way to put a close on our amazing FAM trip.
And as the sun set on beautiful Danzante Bay out in front of the Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, our amazing four days of adventure, fun and nirvana came to a close. Leaving us with amazing memories and a desire to come back again very soon!
Disclosure: I was invited on a four day all expenses paid trip to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto for editorial consideration, however all opinions and Viva La Mexico attitude are my own.