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onsitereview The Softer Side of Baja Villa del Palmar brings luxury to a mellow Mexico gem. donna ray W hile overseeing development of three Villa Group resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Owen Perry stumbled upon Loreto during a Baja weekend getaway. The company’s owner was smitten right off the bat. “My wife and I really enjoyed the old town feel,” says Perry. “The water and the islands were just amazing. When we found secluded Danzante Bay, we realized this would be a great place for our clients to experience. And that was the genesis of creating Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto.” After a 25-minute ride from Loreto International Airport (LTO), arriving at the resort is akin to discovering an oasis. Gazing from the large terrace off the reception area, it’s obvious why Perry was so inspired by the Sea of Cortez setting. The view is downright intoxicating, sweeping from the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains backdrop toward five islands that seem to float on azure water. The design makes certain guests never forget where they are. All 181 air-conditioned deluxe studios, and 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom 42 august 2013 42-43 MX Loreto.indd 42 M A R C H 2 0 13 Both photos: The resort offers expansive views of the natural surroundings, as well as ample opportunity to relax. suites are decked out with large private balconies for soaking in the dramatic scenery. Elegantly furnished, suites are all about comfort with a living room, dining area, full kitchen, washer/dryer and whirlpool tub. Deluxe Suites are outfitted with kitchenettes. Villa Group prides itself on clever touches like room access from a tiny device embedded in each guests’ wristband. Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout common areas keeps everyone connected. When its time to chill, guests find five turtlethemed pools, the 39,000-sq.ft. Sabilla Spa & Wellness Center, and shaded loungers on the beach. While it doesn’t cater to the reveler mindset, the vibe is anything but dull. Days spice up with bartending classes, Spanish lessons, beach volleyball and aquaerobics. No doubt the hottest ticket is the tequila-fueled margarita race where thirsty competitors pedal a stationary bike with blender attached to see who can mix up the iconic concoction fastest. And Thursday through Saturday, a 2-minute shuttle ride takes 7/23/13 7:53 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2013

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Dan Hotels, Israel
Tour Talk: Jacada Travel
Avalon Expression
Cruising the Rivers of Southeast Asia
Girls & Guys Getaways in Las Vegas
Kimpton Takes Center Stage in San Francisco
South Africa: Bicycles, Horses & Wonderful Experiences
A French Twosome with SLH
Bogota, Colombia
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Westin Grand Cayman
Grand Case Beach Club, St. Martin
Aruba Marriott Resort

Recommend August 2013