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“Reflections of a Curmudgeonly New Englander...”
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Villa Santa Cruz
Ranked #1 of 16 Todos Santos B&B and Inns
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Jacskon, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
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“Reflections of a Curmudgeonly New Englander...”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

My pasty, New England skin doesn’t agree with warm, cloudless beaches. The sun burns, the sand is itchy and the jellyfish love to sting me.

So when my old college roommate and best friend announced that he was getting married in Baja, I feigned excitement. Oh, and in addition to being best man he informed me that I was also going to be presiding over their beachfront ceremony at some villa they had rented…

“Oh man, that’s, like uh, great…” I replied, mentally stocking up on SPF50 sunscreen…

Fast-forward to meeting my friend at the airport. We grab the rental car and, with “Exile on Main Street” blaring from the stereo, begin the trip to Villa Santa Cruz.

At first glance it’s… well…impressive… Not in the Palace of Versailles sense, but the place exudes a homey extravagance that immediately appealed to my New Hampshire sensibilities. Over the course of the next few days Villa Santa Cruz was our home. Somewhere between late-night drinks on the rooftop bar to gorging on ceviche in the Palapas, I started thinking that maybe I was wrong about this whole beach thing. Then we went surfing…then fishing…somewhere in here we ate carnitas in Todos Santos…more ceviche…a meal at Hotel California…swimming in pool…the ceremony…another fantastic meal… sky lanterns and a bonfire on the beach…

…man, I could get used to this…

Eventually it was time to go. Driving back to the airport I reflected on my time at Villa Santa Cruz. I’d acquired a sunburn, several hangovers, fantastic memories as well as a newfound appreciation for warm, sunny climates…

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Great property, amazing hosts and a perfect place to get away. Wish we had more time to relax there! Felt like a home where we had our own space, but had matt and jessica there anytime we needed something.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 June 2014

This is one of our favorite boutique hotels of all time and we are definitely planning to go back to this beautiful villa. Villa Santa Cruz is a luxurious eco friendly boutique hotel located 10 minutes from Todos Santos. The owners are absolutely wonderful and they welcome you with real margaritas, that they make for you with freshly squeezed lemons, oranges and a special aged tequila stored in barrels. The rooms are beautifully decorated with a local Mexican flare and the balconies overlook the property and the sea. You can go for walks on the beach, relax at the pool, chill in a hammock, walk around the beautiful property, or take a nap at the second floor of the tiki hut overlooking the pacific ocean. The owners can also arrange massages or cooking classes at the villa. In the morning, you get coffee or tea delivered to your room, and you can just relax and sip your tea or coffee enjoying your own balcony views. Breakfast was included and it was excellent with freshly squeezed orange juice!!!. At night you can just stare at the stars while you are in the jacuzzi or enjoying the fire pit at the top of the villa. Just wonderful!!!. This is a perfect place to relax and also perfect for family or for a romantic getaway. Todos Santos it is only a 10 min drive from the property so you can head there for lunch or dinner. But once you are in this property it is so lovely that you want to spend most of your time here. We look forward to coming back to this place!!!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We got married over Memorial Day weekend at Villa Santa Cruz. From the time we checked in on Thursday until our departure on Tuesday, we were smiling from ear to ear. As mentioned by nearly every other reviewer, the Villa is a magical and unique place. Jessica and Matt do an extraordinary job in creating a beautiful haven on the Pacific Ocean and in providing great service. Our wedding weekend was simply amazing. While every vendor, hotel and restaurant in Todos Santos also did a wonderful job, the wedding itself at Villa Santa Cruz was truly beautiful and flawless. Jessica made sure the event itself flowed through the evening with our 100 guests, and Matt greeted us the morning after everyone left with a delicious breakfast. The two of them are a great team. We look forward to returning to the Villa for years to come.

--Lauren and Michael

Room Tip: The Agave room has a beautiful view. There is nothing like falling asleep to the sounds of the Paci...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Renton, Washington
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Villa Santa Cuz in Todos Santos, "pueblo magico" was the setting for our son's wedding. Thank you Jessica for making their dream become a reality. The villa and pool was beautifully decorated, the secluded beach for their vows was unbelievable, and food was fantastic. Fun was had by all guests and traveling to Todos Santos was easy and safe. A magical wedding weekend was had by all. Thank you, Mary A.

Room Tip: All rooms in villa are outstanding. Four corners and 2 of them face the Pacific
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This villa is just beautiful and magical. It is a very personal experience you won't find in any luxury hotel. Jessica and Mat are great hosts living next door on this beautiful property. You are so close to nature here....just make sure you have a car, otherwise very isolated. Pool, jacuzzi, beach palapa, gardens, peace and quiet. The beach is quite dangerous though, but great for walking. ( even naked if you want, there is nobody around:)
I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Missoula, Montana
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This place is simply amazing and so special. We first visited Villa Santa Cruz two years ago and returned again in April specifically to stay here. Jessica and Matt are the most gracious, welcoming people, and it's amazing how their kindness and hospitality truly enhanced our stay. Their casual yet amazingly attentive service couldn't be more fitting. It's as though you're walking into your own home, but everything is beautiful, and you're in Mexico, and there's a pristine beach in your backyard, and every little detail is taken care of before you think of it.

The place itself is beautiful. So beautiful. In the main space is a huge fountain where a turtle named Owen lives. The ground level doors can remain open or closed, and when open, the entire space becomes an open air breezeway, making it feel as though you are living right on the beach. The second story has four rooms, all immaculate and vibrant with colors. Every room is unique and has its own private bath and patio. The third story of the villa is designed as a rooftop patio, including a sand-lit fireplace, places to sunbath and a stunning view. Other amenities include a pool, which is always the perfect temperature, and a palapa on the beach, perfect for reading, lounging or sipping a margarita. You're a short drive from town, where there are ample restaurants, shops and little boutiques. However, the town of Todos Santos is certainly not touristy, but feels very authentic with many locals kind enough to speak English.

Again, this place is simply amazing. We even hope to book our wedding at Villa Santa Cruz so we can invite all our family and friends to share in this experience with us. Enough great things cannot be said about it's beauty, attention to detail, and the lovely people who help to make your stay more than perfect.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Villa Santa Cruz
Address: Camino a las Playitas | La Pastora, Todos Santos 23300, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Baja California > Baja California Sur > Todos Santos
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Todos Santos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Santa Cruz 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A simply fabulous retreat. This spectacular hacienda-style beach front villa evokes the feel of authentic Mexico. Set on 20 acres with expansive beach front, it is an ideal getaway for rest and relaxation. All four bedrooms have their own en suite bathroom, balcony, and ocean view. Enormous pool, jacuzzi, and swim up bar. Spacious roof terrace for whale watching and romantic sunsets. Perfect for weddings. ... more   less 
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