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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
When I was offered the opportunity to travel to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, I must admit… I had to use Google to find out where it is located within Mexico. (Click here to read my Guide to Loreto Mexico.)
I have done east coast, east coast island, and mainland Mexico so the chance to share my experience from my visit to the Baja Sur California area was an easy Y-E-S.
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About Villa del Palmar:
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 features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty.
Boasting both stunning ocean and mountain views, three outstanding restaurants, five 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, Villa del Palmar has something for everyone.
Below is a quick overview of an outline with links to more in-depth articles about my dining and outdoor experiences.
If you have any questions, please let me know as I would love to help you determine if Villa del Palmar should be your next vacation destination.
Click here to view current deals for Villa del Palmar through Trip Advisor and while you are there you can read reviews from other guests.
Arrival to Loreto and Villa del Palmar
After clearing immigration services we gathered in the shuttle to Villa del Palmar at the airport, which is about a half an hour drive south to the resort.
I am not sure if all shuttle drivers will stop at a gorgeous vantage point but ours did and it was a hint that our stay was going to be a picturesque photo journey.
Once our shuttle arrived our luggage was tagged and moved to our rooms while we were greeted on the lobby terrace with a customary “hand washing” and refreshments for our group to get to know one another.
Casa Mia Restaurant at Villa del Palmar
Lunch at Casa Mia, which the gang said served AMAZING shrimp tacos (I am allergic to seafood to I had to take their word for it.) A few days later we went back and shrimp tacos were the top choice for everyone.
My personal favorite was the fresh guacamole and pico de gallo served with toasty hot tortilla chips.
There were several folks in our group with dietary restrictions and the kitchen didn’t have problems finding something tasty to serve those of us with seafood allergies, vegetarian diets, and a gluten-free diet.
The Casa Mia restaurant is open daily from 11 AM to 10:30 PM and located right in front of the Sea of Cortez.
Enjoy beautiful mountain and ocean scenery while sipping on a cocktail or having a succulent meal at Casa Mia. This picturesque eatery offers everything from wood oven pizzas, to fantastic tacos, sandwiches, salads and more.
Villa del Palmar at Loreto Rooms
Excited to see our rooms, we headed off to find out our “home” for the next few days and opened our doors to find breathtaking views from our overly spacious balconies.
The Market at Villa del Palmar
A buffet breakfast and dinner is served each day at The Market and when you visit be sure to try BOTH versions of the chilaquiles at breakfast.
The Mediterranean meets America meets Mexico in this causal buffet-style eatery, where visitors can choose from a huge range of menu options.
International a la carte items are also featured.
The restaurant offers both inside air-conditioned and al fresco seating.
Casual dining breakfast is available from 7 AM to 12 PM, lunch from 12:30 PM to 3 PM, and dinner from 6 PM to 10:30 PM.
The Market is located on the main level near the pool.
Danzante Restaurant at Villa del Palmar
Our group toured the Danzante Restaurant to view their awesome open kitchen to their fully stocked bar with cigars. The special event that we attended for Chef Week was hosted at the restaurant. Overized chairs and low lighting make this an intimate dining experience.
Danzante Restaurant is open Sunday through Friday from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
Reservations are required at this fine dining steakhouse and seafood restaurant.
With a Mexican flare, Danzante Restaurant & Bar offers a classic atmosphere and an amazing culinary experience. Devoted to fusion cuisine made with seafood, fresh fish and fine cuts of meat, the flavors of the world mix together in a dazzling array at Danzante.
The restaurant also offers a large selection of Mexican wines, and the adjoining bar also features a large variety of cigars for guests to choose from.
Special Events at Villa del Palmar
Since we were at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto during one of their “special event weeks” with a focus of “Chef Week” they started the theme with a culinary delight for dinner, which continued throughout our stay for each meal.
If you are thinking about Villa del Palmar, reach out to them to see what special events they may have planned as may change your timing for your stay.
Outdoor Activities in Loreto Mexico
If you are an outdoor enthusiast you will find everything from basking on the beach to paddleboarding to hiking to golf to fishing. WHEW! And guess what… there is more than that do to while you are there.
Click here to read my Guide to Loreto Mexico to view suggested outdoor activities.
Stephanie and Jaci went fishing for dinner (if you catch it, the kitchen will cook it for you!), a few folks tried their hand at paddleboarding, and I decided to catch a few rays by the pool.
We started our next morning with a hike and then spent the day on a boat searching for birds, whales, dolphins, and other marine life. If you go on a morning hike, be sure to check to see if Carlos is available to go with you to share his “best survival tips in the desert.”
I have been to a lot of spa and Sabila Spa BLEW ME AWAY!
Over 39,000 square feet offering an incredibly peaceful mountain view and has fully-equipped wet areas with soothing sauna, relaxing spa tubs, cold water plunge and many other high-quality areas.
Danzante Bay Golf Course
The Danzante Bay Golf Course will maximize the magnificent views of both Danzante Bay and the Sea of Cortez to the east and the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range to the west.
The Danzante Bay Golf Course is currently under construction with eleven holes completed and the remaining holes are scheduled to be completed in mid-2017.