Your Travel Center Hosted a VIP FAM Trip to Loreto Mexico hosted by The Villa Del Palmar at the Islands in Loreto from June 26-29th
Photos of the resort
Photos of Loreto, Mexico
Agents attending were a mix of IC’s, Partner Agencies MVT and YTC office employeesand Management.
- Robin Sanchez
- Patty Eriksson
- Mary Emrich
- Judi Walker
- Jane Scarcello
- Roselie Kellogg
- Brandon Perkins
- Jill Robbins
- Csilla Takas
- Karen Ensign
Loreto in the Sea of Cortez
Alaska Airlines flew us non-stop from Los Angeles to Loreto and the flight was on time and very pleasurable. Free drinks were served on this two hour flight which truly surprised me.
The flight was very smooth and upon arrival in Loreto we were greeted by our tour guide who took our bags and loaded them on the van right outside the terminal and drove us to The Villa Del Palmar Resort about a 45 minute drive from the airport. This property is set on 1800 acres all suite resort with excellent service, style and warm hospitality. Upon arrival our group was greeted with cold towels, and refreshments to cool us down.
The highlight of the trip was when I was escorted to my one-bedroom suite fully equipped with full kitchen, sunken Jacuzzi tub, two full showers and washer and dryer and full sea and pool view on my double balcony. All meals were included with full open bar. The presentation of the meal was totally relaxing and unrushed. The meals were hosted by the main managers of the hotel and they were very informative of all the hotel has to offer.
Sightseeing was also provided to our group each day and two hotel inspections. We did a boat excursion to the outer islands of Loreto with excellent snorkeling on the reefs.
To my amazement a free 25 minute spa treatment was given to each of us in their fully equipped fitness center/full –service health spa. I took advantage of that amenity on the last day before we were driven back to the airport at 11:00a.m for our non-stop flight back to Los Angeles on Alaska Airlines. I would highly recommend this property to families looking for simple relaxation and to men who like a fishing weekend get-a-way.
Villa Del Palmar and Loreto, Mexico
The resort at Villa Del Palmar is far enough from the town of Loreto. To be remote, but amazingly all-encompassing for most needs. Upon arrival. To the resort their skilled staff caters to all needs starting with settling in to your. Massive 1 bedroom suite (1,300 sq. ft.)!
Then on to spa, food and activities.The variety of activities is what makes the resort appropriate for all types of vacationers – Sun worshipers can soak up the sun in 1 of 5 pools; active vacationers can kayak, paddle board, fish, hike, Snorkel or scuba right from the property. In the near future, guests will be able to golf next to the property.
Did I mention disco? – about a 4 minute drive from the main building is and intimate dance facility with private DJ. Then, and only, then if your energy is abundant, you can take 1 of 3 scheduled complimentary shuttles into the town of Loreto for the authentic Mexican fishing village experience and shopping.
The Alaska/Horizon flight LAX to Loreto is about 2 hrs, and it’s good thing because the lavatory is so small it does not have a sink but the two in a row seats on both sides of aircraft is nice.
The Villa Del Palmar resort was really lovely, we had one bedroom suites that were spacious, very nice furnishings, full kitchen for those not on the meal plan or just handy if you wanted to keep snacks, beverages etc. combined clothes washer & dryer, Jacuzzi bathtub, Rain Showers. Awesome View.
It’s located about 30 minutes outside of town, they offer a shuttle and car rental on the property, however if you are a hiker or water/beach person you could easily stay at the resort for a few days without going into town.
The town is very, very clean and feels like Mexico rather than an extension of the U.S. no McDonalds or fast food places, not too populated and lots of activities to choose from, fishing, snorkeling, horseback riding and more. I will have no problem recommending the destination or the resort. Hope to get myself sometime.
Loreto was a very interesting area to visit. The highlight is certainly being out on the water in the Sea of Cortez – which Jacques Cousteau calls the World’s Aquarium. Having dolphins swim along with our boat was very exciting. This area appeals to divers, snorkelers, fishermen, and anyone wanting to see all the sea life.
The desert terrain was also a highlight for me. The dramatic hills and cacti were beautiful and made a dramatic backdrop for the Villa del Palmar resort. The resort was great – rooms were huge and comfortable. Service was very good, and friendly. Only drawback is the remote location – not for everyone. But it is perfect for people wanting to relax and stay mostly at the location. I would go back.
Thanks for this opportunity. I enjoyed it.
-Mary Emrich, CTC
Loreto Fam, Jun 26-29, 2013
Loreto as a destination, advantage for travelers:
• Short flight from LAX, 2.30 hours
• Modern airport, Customs a breeze, unless you get stuck behind someone with a problem. There is only one machine to x-ray luggage and only one Customs official to process travelers through, but as there is only one flight arriving at a time, and not many flights arriving at all, no problema!
• Quiet, laid-back, safe, clean
• Beautiful desert scenery
• Absence of “big box” American stores, no American fast-food restaurants, it feels authentic and foreign, which is how a trip to Mexico should feel
• Reasonable prices in local stores for food and gifts
• 18-hole golf course available at Nopolo
• Great for fishing, whale watching (in season), hiking and getting off the grid!
• Cultural experiences at the missions of Loreto and San Javier; cave paintings near Loreto; proximity to the capital of La Paz for travelers with a rental car
Loreto as a destination, drawbacks for travelers:
• The same things that give Loreto its charm may be a drawback for some travelers. Clients expecting the nightlife and high energy of Cabo, Cancun and PV will find little of this in Loreto.
• Travelers expecting white sand beaches may be disappointed. Beaches in Loreto proper and on the mainland are mostly dark sand and/or pebbles. Guests must travel to the islands of Loreto for white sand beaches.
Villa del Palmar, advantages for travelers:
• New resort, 3 dining options plus room service, beautiful and spacious rooms, nice spa, plenty of non-motorized water-sport options offered in the bay, video and game arcade for kids, disco for adults (open Thurs-Sat only in season), fitness center, business center, tour desk, concierge services, mini-market with food supplies and gifts, transportation services
• Rees Jones-designed golf course to open in 2014 with 9 holes. Completion of full 18-hole course TBA
• Hiking trails on property, great views of the surrounding area. As a weekly hiker, I appreciated this!
Villa del Palmar, disadvantages for travelers:
• The 45-minute drive to the town of Loreto may be a drawback for some travelers, especially fishermen who want to get out at first light, or guests who want to dine in town or shop for the day
• The large main pool is too shallow and therefore not refreshing for people who need to escape the heat. This is a minor complaint, but when it’s 100 degrees outside, guests want a comfortable pool, and the Villa del Palmar may not be able to offer that in the heat of high summer.
• Entrance to the property from the highway is very unimpressive at this point. I’m sure this will change after the golf course is completed, but the sooner VDP can pave the road, do some landscaping on the entrance road, and get rid of the construction equipment that’s very visible on the drive in, the better!
• At a resort of this caliber, a nicer store with local jewelry, pottery, clothing, etc is warranted. The mini-mart is well-stocked with food items for guests with families and kids, but an upscale boutique (or 2 or 3) would be welcome.