A True Getaway at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto


Here’s the worst thing about Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto: it’s hard for you to get there.  From the US, there’s only one flight to Loreto each day: a short trip from LAX.

Here’s the best thing about Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto: it’s hard for everyone else to get there.

If you want to truly unplug and get lost in one of the most beautiful, peaceful environments on Earth, make Loreto your next destination.

“The Resort is Full?”

When we arrived at Villa del Palmar, I was immediately struck by the serenity.  Lauren and I toured the resort and walked around the pools and down to the beach.  We saw other vacationers, but it felt like we had the place to ourselves. 

That night at dinner, we learned that the resort was at capacity.  Over the next few days, I looked for any sign of crowding and could find none.  From the restaurants to the pools to the activities, we never lost the sense that everything was there just for us.

Activities for Everyone

The water is the heart of Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.  The resort makes great use of the bay of calm, blue water with paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, and plenty of beach chairs for those seeking a less active vacation.

If you prefer land-based activities, they have those, too.  In addition to ATV tours, there’s a massive hiking trail that circles the golf course and goes high into the mountains.  Get up early to be rewarded by breathtaking views of the sunrise.

For those that want to be pampered, Villa del Palmar has a massive spa with all manner of treatments.

Connecting with Nature

The unquestioned highlight of our trip to Loreto was our boat ride into the bay.  Our guide, Paul, drove us to White Rock then to the island you see above.  After a short hike to soak in the views, we went snorkeling.  Paul’s knowledge of the area was on full display as he showed us various corals and fish, including a Pufferfish.

After the snorkeling, we were supposed to head back for lunch, but Paul had received a tip.  He took us further out to sea where we got the once-in-a-lifetime experience of boating alongside a super pod of White Sided Dolphins.  There were hundreds of dolphins visible all around the boat, which Paul said indicated a pod that numbered in the thousands.  As if the experience needed more, a pair of Humpback Whales – a mother and child – were swimming with the super pod.  Finally, on the way back in, we came across a small pod of Bottlenose Dolphins that put on a show for us, often jumping out of the water in perfectly synchronized pairs.

Yoga for Golfers…and Everyone Else

If you get to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto soon, you can get limbered up with their in house yogi, Emily McMichael (check her out on Instagram HERE).  In addition to teaching yoga classes on the beach, Emily has a Yoga for Golf program that she offers on the driving range.

TPC Danzante Bay

Of course, this being Plugged In Golf, we can’t ignore TPC Danzante Bay.  You can get the full story on TPC Danzante Bay HERE, but here are the Clif Notes.  It’s gorgeous beyond belief, and, just like the resort, you’ll feel like you have the course to yourself.   The conditions are immaculate, and the layout is one you’ll enjoy playing daily throughout your stay.

Don’t Wait, Go

Whether you’re looking for nature, golf, solitude, or activities you can enjoy with your family, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a wonderful choice.  We saw everything from solo travelers to large families, and everyone was having a great time enjoying the wide variety of activities in a truly beautiful setting.

Matt Saternus
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