Hotel at a Glance: 4.5-Star Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Explorer Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez “the world’s aquarium” for its abundance of marine life, including sea lions, sea turtles, dolphins, and a kaleidoscopic assortment of tropical fish. You'll have a front-row seat to this underwater paradise at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, located on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, as it sits on the edge of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park.
- The chef fishes for your dinner: Executive Chef Robert Cardazzo goes diving for chocolate clams, which he then cooks and serves at Danzante Restaurant & Bar.
- Villa suites feature private terraces or balconies with views of the Sea of Cortez.
- Sabila Spa: Enjoy decadent treatments such as a cucumber mini facial or a chocolate-mint body scrub.
- Sportfishing: Angle for yellowtail, grouper, and roosterfish during a guided excursion on the Sea of Cortez.
Loreto, Mexico: Quiet Village with Spanish Mission Heritage and Year-Round Sportfishing
In 1697, Loreto became the first European settlement on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. A church built that same year still stands on a cobblestone street in the town center today. For all its historical importance, however, Loreto has remained relatively obscure—Frommer’s calls it one of Baja’s best-kept secrets. And due to its location on the Sea of Cortez, the town and its offshore islands are better known for their excellent watersports opportunities. Anglers hook big-game fish year round, kayakers paddle through coves and hidden lagoons, and scuba divers swim with sea turtles and dolphins in the coral reefs surrounding Isla Coronado. Standup paddleboarding is also popular—USA Today named Loreto 1 of the top 10 places in the world to try the sport.
Between December and March, Loreto is a stop for thousands of migrating whales. You can spot up to eight species on whale-watching tours, including orca, humpback, pilot, and blue whales. For those looking to relax, this quiet fishing village offers organic spas, delicious fresh-fish taco stands, and hundreds of miles of pristine beaches.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Loreto International Airport (LTO) is about 28 miles from the property. A shuttle service is available for $25.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? Groupon covers two guests. $50 per night for additional guests 12 or older; $25 per night for kids 4-11 years old.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Timeshares are common in Mexico and so are the sales pitches that accompany them. You may be asked at hotel check-in if you are interested in attending sales presentation. If you don’t want to attend, simply decline and you won’t be approached again. If you decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? There are no resort credits included for this Groupon.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? Reservations and dress code are required at Danzante Restaurant & Bar.