Just returned last week from a week's stay at VDP at Loreto. We truly enjoyed our visit here & plan to return in the spring. If you enjoy beautiful scenery, peace & quiet & good service, this is the place for you to relax & unwind. If you are looking for lots of nightlife & partying-look elsewhere. VDP is new & only booked at 30-40% capacity. It's being built in phases as more timeshares are sold. Be aware that the golf course has not been built yet- we heard that there are plans to begin construction on 9 holes this next year. There is a beautiful course about 15 miles away where you can play.
The view from the hotel is gorgeous- the water with the islands in the background, make for beautiful photos. Since the resort is 25 miles from the actual town, you truly feel "away from it all". If you want to go into town, the resort provides daily shuttle service.
The activities desk in the lobby is run by Wild Loreto, an adventure & tour company. They have island-hopping tours, snorkeling, diving, sunset cruises, hiking & mission tours. Their staff are all very friendly & the tours are reasonably-priced. Our favorite tour was the Coronado Island snorkeling tour. The beach there is amazing-postcard worthy. One piece of advice- we took diving boots & always wore them on the beach to protect our feet & ankles from rocks & from stingrays. A hotel guest was stung by a stingray on the same beach during our stay. We were so glad we had them. Water shoes are good too, but do not protect your ankles. You may also book your tours in advance from the Wild Loreto web site. Our favorite guide was Said- very good!
Wild Loreto also provides the paddle boards & kayaks for the resort guests, although their rental area is a little walk down the beach. Do not forget to get your "pink bracelet" any time you are going to be in the water at the beaches. This area is in a protected national park & the bracelets are required. You can buy them at the tour desk in the lobby or at the rental shack.
There is also a little bar there called the Santuario-basically a little shack, but they serve good drinks & fresh chocolate clams ( caught less than 100 yards away) and other snacks. See my picture.
The food at the resort was very good-the chef trained in Italy. The gnocchi & ravioli were fabulous. There is an option to include "all-inclusive food & drink" for your stay. We did this 4 days. Be aware that if you choose this, you must do at least 3 consecutive days at a minimum, so plan your tours accordingly. If you plan to have alcoholic drinks during your stay & eat at the resort- all inclusive is definitely worth it. Don't take a lot of dressy clothes- the restaurants are pretty casual. The steakhouse is not open yet but I would guess it might be a little dressier when it does open. Right now you can eat at the bar area-very good food or the Market restaurant- also very good. The breakfast buffet is wonderful.
One underrated feature of the resort is the spa-it is 33,000 sq ft & is amazing! Very nice details, serene & great staff. I heard nothing but positive comments from everyone I spoke to about their experience there. All guests have free access to the hot tubs, steam rooms & mineral baths daily. The prices are comparable to US spa prices or less.
There is a little store there on site that carries snacks & necessities- they always close early, so don't push the time.
The majority of the guests congregate at the pool & bar every day. That is where we met a lot of new friends from all over. There are really 4 pools & a huge hot tub, built in the shape of a sea turtle, surrounded by chairs. There is not a swim up bar, but there is a portable bar set up at the pool every day with wait service or you can go up the bar for a table & the ocean-view.
Every night there is an activity for the guests-sometimes it's a little show or it might be star-gazing, karaoke, movie or Wii game contest. We were there over 4th of July & the staff put on a great little Broadway show that we really enjoyed.
One of the major weaknesses is the resort web site- it does not fully convey the activities available & what is actually open so far at the resort. Do NOT try to get information about resort from the welcome person that calls you from San Diego (to set up your time share tour) They have not visited the resort & gave me inaccurate information. Call the resort directly-they are very helpful.
Side note- ask for a different pillow if you find yours too plump! Sounds silly, but their pillows are huge!!! They did bring me a down one when I called to ask.
All in all, even though the property & staff are new & some kinks still being worked out, we felt really pampered & well taken care of. The staff are friendly & eager to please. We did not have any stomach issues but met a few people who did; however, they had eaten in town. Just have to use common sense & bring medicine in case of problems. There is a doctor available & he took very good care of the people who needed it.
We definitely recommend VDP are looking forward to returning in the spring for the whale watching season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you're seeking a place that defines luxury, look no further than the Villa Group Resort's newest shining-star resort in this amazing Baja village. The hotel epitomizes luxury within a small town while also offering complete privacy and every modern touch. The perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families.The resort features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty. Boasting three restaurants and 20,000 square feet of turtle-shaped pools, Villa Del Palmar is minutes away from Downtown Islands of Loreto, extraordinary beaches, and world class golf courses.Our restaurants are not limited to just extraordinary Mexican food; featuring restaurants that serve delicious steaks to fine Italian food that tempts every palate. You can even cook up dinner your own room in the private "gourmet chef's kitchen". Naturally, all the amenities that guests of the Villa Group Resorts have come to expect are here too. Send your wife to the spa to enjoy a signature Islands of Loreto-massage, or join your children on an outdoor sports-fishing adventure. Whatever you're in the mood for, it is here waiting for you. See, although Islands of Loreto was actually the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula, it will be the last place you'll ever want to leave. ... more less
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