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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Villa del Palmar Loreto Beach Villa

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto invited me down to experience what it is really like to go glamping in Baja. And yes, it is  really THAT good.

I just had one of the best getaways.

With my passport in hand, I ran sprinted through LAX practically hurdling ropes and gates like a mad woman with only moments to spare. I had a direct flight to Loreto B.C.S. (LTO) and it was going to leave with or without me and my luggage. During my solo marathon, I came to terms with the fact my bags were now flying stand-by, but I was determined to get on that plane. I wanted go to Mexico. I NEEDED to go to Mexico. 

Villa del Palmar Island of Loreto

Mexico, I am in you.

Those who follow me on Instagram and Facebook saw I made it. So did my bags. You also saw my incredible photographs of my time in paradise. I knew a few months in advance that I was headed to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto invited me to experience what it’s really like to go “glamping” in Baja, Mexico. And yes, it is really THAT great., but I purposely limited my online research prior. I hadn’t visited the country in years and typically, I like to leave my expectations at home and experience the innocent wonder as it unfolds. And I’m so glad I did. No website, reviews, stories or photos can truly capture the essence of this resort. There’s something so magical and peaceful that just cannot be put into words. It’s the land of wishes and shooting stars. 

Do not disturb: I’m on Mexico time.

siesta |sēˈestə|noun – an afternoon rest or nap, especially one taken during the hottest hours of the day in a hot climate.

Villa del Palmar Island of Loreto

I have never been so relaxed on a vacation before. The air, the breeze, the view of the Sea of Cortéz, sunrises and sunsets – it’s impossible not to want to do everything and nothing at the same time. Sure there is snorkeling, boating, yoga, clam diving and tours of Loreto, but there are also plush cabanas, all-inclusive cocktails and the spa (Oh, Manuel, you have the hands of an angel.) Make sure to find Oscar and ask him for a lesson and tasting in tequila. He will introduce to you the proper way to drink tequila the way you appreciate fine wines. 

PHOTOS: JetSet Mom Visits Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto 

And if you have the chance to take a boat tour with Frank and Daniel – don’t think twice – just do it. Not only is it a blast, and a wonderful way to spend the day, but these two are so much fun to be around. You can’t help to laugh the whole time. Just hold on to your hat and sunnies because these two make the boat fly. 

Frank + Daniel

Love you like XO, Baja.

The small fishing town of Loreto B.C.S., Mexico. I really can’t recall a more special place. It’s a feeling. I’m on a perpetual quest to find peaceful places and I swear Loreto could be my Heaven on Earth – it was silent. I know this world is big, but walking off the dock into this small town, you were welcomed by a warm breeze and could hear a pin drop.

Town of Loreto Biker Bar

Time stood still and beauty reigns supreme. The trees that lined the cobble stone streets were carefully manicured into perfect arches protecting the homes and storefronts from the sun, while restaurants proudly displayed signs declaring “You catch it, we’ll cook it!”

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And the Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó founded in 1697 was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to have been able to visit and say a few prayers. 

Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó

Forward my mail. I’ll be at Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto

What about the accommodations? Clean, spacious and affordably luxurious. Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a perfect spot for not only couples, but families looking to explore Baja in comfort while having fun. The property offers a wide range of deluxe rooms, one- and two-bedroom suites, penthouse and the pièce de résistance: the Danzante Bungalow.

TIP: The mornings are rather spectacular, so try not to sleep in very late. 

Stephanie, a.k.a. Sunshine, from TravelBreak.net recently wrote about the people and how wonderful they are. Oscar (my tequila connoisseur,) is just one of the many that made my experience so grand. It’s important to note Samuel, Zayra, Noelle, Sixto, Mario, Miguel, Ruben (and his sidekick,) German and Guilliermo as well. The entire team had such a profound impact on my getaway that it will be impossible not to revisit them as soon as possible.

Now, let’s talk about Alfonso Peregrina, Executive Chef. Oh, Alfonso. He made me so happy. Not only did he prepare one of the most delicious dishes I have ever tried at Danzante, but I enjoyed talking food and hearing about his culinary visions so much. His plates were carefully executed, and the layers of flavors burst especially when fresh local seafood and ingredients  were used. His personal on-site garden plays an intricate part in the selections like the Shrimp Tiradito served with tamarin chutney that I loved so much. Bite for bite I wish this dish never ended. So clean, and seasoned to perfection – my only regret is not ordering one (or 12) more time before I returned to the states. 

General Shrimp Tacos

 

Now the good stuff… 

You can experience paradise also.Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto loves The JetSet Family readers so much, they are extending a very special rate of $99/night (plus tax and service fee) for a Deluxe Suite through May 30, 2015 when using the PROMO CODE: CPRFAM 

Interested? Round trip, non-stop airfare to/from Loreto (LTO) and Los Angeles (LAX) averages  only $550 per person. Come February 2015, WestJet will offer direct non-stop flights from Calgary to Loreto, Mexico just in time for spring and summer breaks. 

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Nicole Standley

Founder + Creative Officer, Nicole Standley, shares her favorite trends in travel, food + wine, fashion, health, and fun on The JetSet Family and is a long time travel + lifestyle contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post, and Hilton Hotels. She is a brand ambassador for Netflix and O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been named Top Family Travel Blogger by Trip Advisor and Red Tricycle. Follow her on Instagram at: nicoleDstandley

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23 COMMENTS
  • mary November 24, 2014

    I really don’t like you right now. I would kill to be somewhere like that right now. It sounds like the perfect place to unwind and re-energize.

  • LaVonne November 24, 2014

    Now, this is a place that I’d love to visit next year for our annual family travel! $99 per night? That is such an amazing deal. We’d be flying out of Seattle, but that is awesome. I’d love a siesta at Villa del Palmar.

  • Kelly Hutchinson November 24, 2014

    That rate is crazy for such a lovely place to visit. I am itching to go now!

  • Travel Blogger November 24, 2014

    What a gorgeous place and there is so much to do! Definitely some place I would love to travel to.

  • Daisy November 24, 2014

    This looks like an amazing place to visit. I’d love to take my family.

  • Jai Merrill November 24, 2014

    Just beautiful. The “Turtle” designed swimming pool really adds to the look of the place.

  • Daisy November 24, 2014

    This looks like it would be an amazing trip. My hubby finally has some vacation time coming up and I’ll have to suggest this to him.

  • Jenn November 24, 2014

    I don;t know which one looks better that beautiful water or the food. Looks like a great place!

  • Heather November 24, 2014

    Oh it looks so beautiful and relaxing. I’ve been afraid to go to Mexico as of recent, but loved the Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco areas of Mexico. Nice rate too!!

  • Mistee Dawn November 25, 2014

    Oh wow. That place looks gorgeous. I have never been to Mexico. I hope to make it there one day.

  • Rosey November 25, 2014

    Wow, nice prices, excellent food, gorgeous scenery… Def. I can say, what’s not to love???

  • Coralie Seright November 26, 2014

    how much fun! I would love to visit there some day. It looks so beautiful and with great food!

  • Sue Reddel February 27, 2016

    I”ve been really craving a warm spot with ocean breezes, cool drinks and tasty food and it looks like Villa del Palmar might be a great solution. Terrific price for what looks like a wonderful destination.

  • Arzo Travels February 27, 2016

    Haha, I am happy you Mexico so much. Though it is a short flight from LAX – wish I were so close to Mexico (I am from Germany)

  • Traveling Rockhopper February 28, 2016

    That’s still on my list, and after reading your post, I hope it’ll happen sooner than later! 🙂

  • Stacey Valle February 28, 2016

    Aye! I’m jealous now, haha. I was just talking about it with my family, how I miss my motherland and really really want to explore more in Mexico! I’m hoping to travel around for about a month or two straight one day. I’m glad that you enjoyed your time there, I haven’t been to Baja yet! I went to D.F. (Mexico City), Guadalajara and some towns nearby since that’s where my family are currently living at. OH! I went to Cancun last spring as well! Beautiful as well there. 🙂 Enjoy Mexico!

  • Laura February 28, 2016

    This looks like a really beautiful place to relax for a bit and enjoy the surroundings. I’ve really enjoyed all of my trips to Mexico. It has so much to offer.

  • Meg Jerrard February 28, 2016

    Those views are incredible!!! Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto sounds like the perfect place. I’ll have to make a mental note that it’s worthwhile waking up for the mornings lol usually I enjoy a good sleep in, but I’ll happily jump out of bed to enjoy a spectacular morning 🙂

  • Mags February 28, 2016

    Wow that looks relaxing. I really need Mexico right now too. It’s been way too long!

  • Jennifer Melroy February 28, 2016

    I need my own personal tequila connoisseur, that would make life wonderful. I have flown many times without my bags. I have just accept that as part of flying.

  • Jenna February 28, 2016

    So glad you made the flight! Would have been a shame to miss any portion of this fantastic looking trip! I could really go for some sunshine right about now, so I’m definitely dreaming of visiting right now 🙂 Glad you were able to meet so many wonderful people–that always makes a trip so amazing and memorable!

  • Karla February 29, 2016

    The place, the deal and the discount… It makes me want to go right now. Too good to pass the chance

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