Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Located in Loreto, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is by the ocean and within the region of Ensenada Blanca and Our Lady of Loreto Mission. This 4.5-star resort is within the region of Civic Square.
Make yourself at home in one of the 181 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Rooms have private furnished balconies. LCD televisions are provided for your entertainment. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can get some exercise with a round of golf or enjoy a lazy day at the private beach. Additional features at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
All-inclusive rates are available at this resort. Meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments are included in all-inclusive rates. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held on select days. Relax with a refreshing drink at a beach bar, a poolside bar, or one of 3 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free valet parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
This resort probably has the best views in all of Mexico. Absolutely stunning. Our 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom suite on the 6th floor had a view of the entire bay and the suite itself was beautiful. Service at the resort is fantastic, from the front desk, to housekeeping to the wait staff. But there is much lacking. If you don't play golf, you may want to go somewhere else. There is NOTHING to do nearby. You can take the shuttle to and from town, but they drop you off almost a mile from the quaint town square and mission and if you don't like to walk in the heat, you might want to skip the trip. And if you're not a fan of amusement park rides, you might not want to take the shuttle anyhow. The drivers drive FAST over bumpy, curvy roads. But the views along the way almost make it worth it.
The restaurants: The Market restaurant is the only one of the three on-site restaurants that serves breakfast and they have a great breakfast buffet. They also have theme nights with shows that also serve a buffet. The show are all pretty much the same, just different names and costumes. But they all involve dancing and are fun to watch. But if you are not on all-inclusive, some of those nights are $52 per person.
Casa Mia is a casual Italian restaurant. The food is good and we had the Filet of beef with gorgonzola a couple of times, as well as the ravioli and stuffed clams. All were very good...
So, let's move on to the Danzante restaurant: If you're on all-inclusive, it's an extra $20 per person to eat there. Which I wouldn't mind except some of the meals are exactly what you can get at Casa Mia without the extra charge!! My husband ordered a rib-eye and we were told they were out of it but could see if they could get one from Casa Mia. Yes, they could...and we paid more for it. My surf and turf was almost inedible. Lobster and filet of beef in a vanilla and grapefruit sauce. Uhm, no. The filet was raw, the lobster overcooked and the sauce was just weird. All you can taste is the vanilla. The decor is lovely. The chairs are a joke. Oversized barrel armchairs that you slide backwards in. The servers actually come and place huge pillow behind your back so you can reach the table. But then the arms of the chair which are high, keep your elbows up while you cut your food. Awkward.
And watch out for the timeshare salespeople. We are already Villa del Palmar owners, but decided to go to the meeting because we hadn't been to one in quite a while and the woman in charge of setting up your presentation said that people who were already owners would hear all about updates to the resorts and that we could leave at any time after the 90 minutes. We were also told we would get a $435 resort credit to use any way we liked, as well as use of kayaks and paddleboards all day every day (which was included in our all-inclusive, so no benefit there). Who can turn down $435? WE SHOULD HAVE. The night before the presentation, we got a call saying the $435 was a mistake and that it was really $235. Ok, we'll still go, we said...we still wanted to hear about resort updates. So we went and heard NOTHING about resort updates. We got a hard sell, high pressure saleswoman who promised us everything but the gates of heaven if we increased our membership for a mere $144,000 US dollars. By the end of her "presentation", that number had fallen to $10,000 and she said she'd pay $1000 of it herself. Seriously? And when it was all over, we saw a manager who brought us a certificate for $135. WHAT? We went from $435 to $235 to $135? They did correct it, but only after a half hour of waiting for them to figure something out. It wasn't about the money. We don't need the money. It was the principle of it. We felt like we'd been jerked around and lied to. We spent 4 hours trying to get info we wanted and didn't get our questions answered at all.
In the end, it was a nice vacation, nothing special other than the views, and when we checked out, our $235 had NOT been applied. You have to ASK for it! Why isn't it in their computer system. Another couple we met there were asked to pay an extra $2000 because of a mix-up. That, too, was straightened out, but it's not the high note we all would like to end our vacations on!
Would we go back? Doubtful but if we did it would be at a different time of year, when it's warmer and less windy. If you're looking for a nice beach vacation, do not go to Loreto in December! Nights and mornings were chilly and there was a lot of wind. Not nice ocean-y breezes, but cold wind.
If you're thinking of buying a timeshare, think twice.. My husband bought our timeshare 18 years ago from VDP, but we can't even give it away now (we've tried!) and we'd love to!
Nine of us arrived on the direct Alaska flight from LAX on a December Thursday to play golf and have some fun in the sun of Mexico.
First let me say that the resort is beautiful. The rooms all have patios and seem to have views, although the first and second floors may be obscured by landscaping foliage.
The staff are all friendly and gregarious, and they try their best to fulfill your every request. However, the VDP Resort’s computer and/or billing system is antiquated and hampers even the simplest transaction. They keep track of every charge by room number, but the staff (throughout the resort) have difficulty understanding English accented numbers and the need to charge more than one room for an activity leads to tremendous confusion. Also, no carbons or duplicates are provided to the guests, making it difficult to verify the charges on the final bill. We purchased a golf package that included golf OR spa each day of our stay, but each of our group found “double” charges that required removal from the final bill. (To the resorts credit, once brought to their attention, VDP was quick to remove the mistaken charges).
The December weather was chilly and/or breezy so we didn’t have an opportunity to try the beach or water activities. I’m not sure if wind is a constant here, but during hot weather it should provide some relief.
The spa is very nice and many of our group agreed that our messages were some of the best any of us had ever received. The hydro pools including an Epson salt bath, aloe bath and icy plunge shower were terrific.
The highlight of the resort is the Danzante TPC golf course. We all played twice and loved the course. Number 17 is one of the most spectacular looking holes of any course in the world.
Casa Mia restaurant is casual Italian at night and a little bit of everything including Mexican during the day. Quality, though not gourmet, is good, several of us ate salad greens without incident. Danzante Restaurant is casual chic with expensive upscale cuisine. We saved our Danzante dinner for our last evening farewell dinner. Everyone enjoyed their choices. My husband and I split the very delicious Ribeye steak.
One of our couples purchased a time share, so we may return as their guests.
Truly a gem on a unspoiled bay. The hotel is beautiful; the rooms large and modern with large balconies looking out to the bay and Islands. The golf course is not to be missed. I also used the spa water experience which was delightful.
You can stand 50 yards into the bay and still only be up to your knees and stand there and watch the cranes fly and land, the pelicans fish, and the dolphins play.
The restaurants (3) are very good and the beach party was great fun.
My partner and I visited Loreto this past week and had an excellent time. The hotel is very clean and the staff are very friendly. Food is great, and many options to choose from the menus offered at the 3 restaurants on the resort. We took a trip to the island of Coronado with Isa and Captain Misa. We seen dolphins, sea lions and had a great tour with them. They were so kind and knowledgeable of the area and safety conscience. If you’re staying at the hotel make sure you take this trip with them, they made my entire stay even more memorable with the experience we had with them! Thank you so much!!!
We have a timeshare and come here every thanksgiving with a big group of friends and always have the best time. The food is spectacular but what makes the whole trip is the staff! They become family and you get to know them as friends. We enjoy all the staff but would especially like to thank Jaffath,Jair,cristino,Hugo, tulio, Gabriel, dulce, Benito,Cesar, andie, Carlos golf Extrordinair Roberto and Manny by the pool, Ramon, Duvies, Sofia, Hugo, Carmen, Liz (dancers/entertainers) , Esther housekeeping-Juan boat driver on snorkel excursion very educational- best times-snorkel excursion was just the best and thank you Carlos for our sunset trip tradition. The meeting to upgrade is not a desirable way to spend your sacred hours on vacation but we understand it keeps the place going. It’s just a magical place and we are thankful for the beautiful memories.