Villa del Palmar is a short drive from the small town of Loreto, Mexico, an environmentally conscious town just a two hour flight from Los Angeles. The area is rich with both history (having been founded in 1697) and bio-diversity. The Bay of Loreto was named a World Heritage site for its National Marine Park in 1996, and the area is known for its safety. Villa del Palmar emerges from 4,000 acres of desert, and it’s designed to blend in with the mountains surrounding it.
Each of the 181 rooms have oversized balconies, ranging from deluxe studios to two- and four-bedroom suites that feature gorgeous views of the Sea of Cortez and the neighboring Isla Danzante. Because of its remote location, the Palmar wanted to respect the beauty of the area and leave as little footprint as possible. The resort itself is painted to mimic the red rocks of the surrounding terrain. The roofs are lined with solar panels that collect and store power from the nearly 365 days a year gorgeous sunny days. Instead of building a disruptive pipeline to the town to pump in water, Palmar features its own seawater recycling system, which purifies water from the adjacent Sea of Cortez on site, for guest and system use. Grey water recycling helps to irrigate the chilis, produce and herbs growing in the gardens on the property, which are used in the three restaurants.
Palmar was created to give guests a separation from the outside world, a place to disconnect from their cell phones and computers, and to reconnect with nature and each other. The four relaxing solar heated pools and Jacuzzi also double as a heat harvester for the resort’s hot water supply. Hammocks, lounge chairs and kayaks are available to take in or explore the beautiful untouched bay surrounding the resort. More active guests can hike the surrounding trails, or take one of the many excursions to the 17th Century St. Javier Jesuit Mission, or a small boat to the uninhabited Coronado Island, where dolphins, seals and blue footed boobies can be spotted along the way.
Guests of the Villa del Palmar should expect a vacation of total tranquility; an eco-friendly luxury experience that provides a break from the outside world, set on a fantastically untouched landscape, and staffed by an impeccable and friendly crew that want their guests to enjoy the beauty of the Loreto Islands.
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