Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto in Baja, Mexico

By Erika Veduccio July 18, 2018

Traveling has always been a passion of mine.  Visiting new places, experiencing new food and meeting new people sum up my favorite things to do.  Last on the list would be spending time with family.  When presented with the opportunity to visit Villa Del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto in Baja California Sur, I was ecstatic.  Sharing my passions with my 16 year old daughter was a dream come true.

Escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and her “two brothers” replaced with 4 days of Mother Daughter vacation was exactly what my Teen daughter and I needed. I had no idea how incredible this experience would actually be.  

Located only a 90 minute plane ride from San Diego or Tijuana airport, this resort is an easy and affordable flight from Coastal North County San Diego.  The resort itself is only 30 miles south of the Loreto Airport.  Travel is easy and with a family, in my opinion THIS is a bonus in addition to the destination.

Villa del Palmar on the Islands of Loreto is nestled in Danzante Bay, on the Sea of Cortez.  The water is all shades of blues and houses one of the biggest protective Marine life park in the world.  There are no tourist attractions and you very rarely even see a motor boat or commercial anything.  The resort is peaceful and yet bountiful. The resort has 3 restaurants, Casa Mia - a casual poolside restaurant, The Marketplace - buffet style dining and Danzante - an upscale seafood and steak house.  

Our Mother Daughter getaway highlight was the time we spent at the Sabila Spa. The Spa is state of the art facility,   The Spa is serenely decorated.  The have a vast menu of services.  We both received massages. Our treatments were everything I expected and more.  our massages were followed by the hydrotherapy 10 Station experience.  Ending the treatments soaking in an Aloe bath was the perfect ending to a tranquil few hours at the Spa.  Spending time together, enjoying these treatments was very special for us.  Being relaxed, sharing conversations is rare in today’s life.  We relished in our talks and had time to discuss many things outside of the normal everyday “talk”.  This time was precious and cherished.

 The Golf course at Danzante Bay overlooks the  5 Islands of Loreto; Del Carmen, Danzante, Coronado, Catalina and Monserrat. 

Danzante Island, located across from Danzante Island. Carlos, the experience manager, says that the locals named the Island, Danzante because they held ceremonial dances on the island.  Danzante means like a dancer.  

There is a 360’ view boasts incredible views.  The contrast between the brown (the mountains) the green (the lush paspalum grass and the blue (the breathtaking sea of Cortes).  Danzante bay Golf course is named after Danzante.

Golf course has a unique contrast between ocean and desert.  The course is watered everyday and meticulously taken care of. The greens are vibrant and appealing to the eye.  The course is quiet and the perfect backdrop for guests looking to play a round of 18.  Not only does the course have a sport course, perfect for beginners and families.  It also has a Practice area: putting, chipping, driving range.

The food at The Villa del Palmar was delicious.  My daughter and I could not get over how fresh every piece of fish tasted.  You could taste that it was caught daily.  Each evening for dinner we went to a live show.  Our first night, we went to a Beach Party, located on the white sands of the resort.  It was authentic fun coupled with delicious buffet with something for every palette.  Our favorite was the Loreto clams, caught daily and served in a variety of ways.  The fun didn’t stop with the food.  There was an “entertainment crew” danced and played games with the both the kids and the adults, getting the whole family involved.  My teen daughter and I enjoyed laughing and dancing something out of comfort zone.  We enjoyed dancing together and it was heartfelt how this activity really brought us together.

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Family Activities include Hiking, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Fishing and 6 Pools.  The pools individually form a large turtle formation that you can see from your room’s balcony.

Our favorite activity by far was the Snorkeling and Boat Tour.  We set out with a group of 10 of us.  Our tour guide, Jorge was a local who had been working in Danzante Bay for over 22 years.  He was proud of his knowledge and our mackids couldn’t get enough. Jorge was knowledgeable and educated us about all the protected marine wildlife both in the Ocean and on land.  He was honored and eager to show us all the sea life as we snorkeled.  We saw sea cucumbers, purple starfish, held a puffed fish(courtesy of Jorge) and a rainbow of various fish.  My daughter and I experienced snorkeling for the first time together in an ocean, free of technology and distractions. These experiences of wonder and astonishment bonded us in a way that we haven’t experienced since she was little.  The boat tour was about four hours and a unique education in the local marine life. It was fun and another moment my daughter and I shared, an experience of a lifetime.

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Villas Del Palmar has many activities and opportunities to experience its natural playground.  There’s 5 hiking trails all varying in ability. The Beach set along Danzante Bay offers an array of water activities. They have Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Fishing and Snorkeling.

For the families who want to relax, there are several lawn chairs on beach, both in and out of the water. 

Loreto is different from any Mexican City. It is unique and untouched from the commercialism of most resort destinations.  There is hardly any motorsports, no flashy lights. The resort is quiet and bountiful.  There is the opportunity to relax and unwind. If you choose to active, the choices are unlimited.  Getting to Loreto is easy from San Diego.  This will not be our last trip to the Villa Del Palmar on the Islands of Loreto in Baja California Sur. 

The resort is the perfect destination for families looking to find relaxation and time to reconnect.  Guess we will have to bring the whole family next time (boys included)!

This is a sponsored feature written by me on behalf of Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto. The opinions and text are my own.

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