Danzante Bay and Villa Del Palmar Are Exquisite
Located in a quiet, pristine cove on the eastern shore of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, the Villa del Parmar Beach Resort and Spa provides a stunning meeting of earth and sea. Flanked by the rugged Sierra de La Giganta Mountains and the Sea of Cortez, it occupies a sprawling stretch of quiet beaches, scenic vistas, and astounding natural habitat.
Opened in 2011 the resort has slowly and gently been developed to take advantage of it’s beautiful setting without an overwhelming imposition on the land. The Villa del Palmar is the civilized alternative to the raucous resorts further down the Baja in Cabo San Lucas.
TPC Danzante Bay
Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto, is home to TPC Danzante Bay, a Rees Jones designed golf course that sprawls across a site that varies from ocean front valley floor to jagged mountains to narrow peninsula.
The first phase of the golf course opened in April 2016 with 11 ocean -facing holes situated near the resort’s hotel. The remaining seven holes, etched into the floor of a canyon marked by jagged cliffs, opened in December 2017. The 7,237 yard, par 72 course offers magnificent views of Danzante Bay and the Sea of Cortez to the east. The majestic Sierra de la Giganta mountain range rises to the west.
“Most of the world’s most popular golf courses that have stood the test of time were built
slowly,” Jones explained. “Golf holes aren’t really designed and built from a plan you feel
them in the land. This land is so good it tells us what to do. The holes fit the land naturally.”
“This is a golf course that both avid and casual golfers will want to travel to play, enjoy, and experience,” said Jones, who noted that with its multiple sets of forward tees, the layout is playable by any caliber golfer. “The golf course has open entrances, pockets, and sandy areas to capture the ball and keep it from going into the desert. We’ve kept the green contours mild so that the putting surfaces are manageable in the wind. People will want to play this course over and over again because the conditions change with the wind.”
The course builds steadily up into the hills until you reach the par 3-17th hole. As you come over the rise behind the 16th green you are presented with the stunning view of the tee boxes hanging off the cliffside and the green located down on a precipice jutting out into the Sea of Cortez. It may seem like blasphemy to golf course architecture aficionados but the 17th at TPC Danzante Bay ranks right up there with the 7th hole at Pebble Beach and the 16th at Cypress Point as one of the most spectacular par 3s in the world. Between the elevation drop and the onshore wind, good luck pulling the right club with the 17th playing 178 yards from the back tee.
As outstanding as the golf course is at Villa del Parmar it is rivaled and possibly outdone by many of the other amenities at the resort.
First of all the owners fully understand that they are stewards of this beautiful property and are taking extraordinary measures to keep it that way. “Maintaining unspoiled views, crystal clear waters, and a rich environment is a vital piece of who we are,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group Resorts. “We are proud of the many eco-friendly practices we’ve implemented at Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa at the Islands of Loreto. We are dedicated to doing our part to preserve the area’s natural beauty and cultural history by minimizing our environmental footprint as much as possible.”
The resort’s environmentally friendly initiatives range from solar panel lined roofs that collect and store power from the area’s more than 300 sunny days each year, greatly reducing the resort’s energy needs. A seawater purification system collects and purifies water from the Sea of Cortez for use throughout the hotel. Low intensity, energy efficient lighting resort wide, including solar lamps in all the walkways.
Facing the resort in the Sea of Cortez is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Bay of Loreto National Park covering 2,065 square kilometers (797 square miles) and includes the islands of Danzante, Del Carmen, Monserrat, Santa Catalina, and Cornado which are preserved and accessible for viewing by boat from the resort. This area is also a unique world fishery with over 900 species of fish.
Swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and hiking are complimentary while fishing excursions, boat rides to the Islands of Loreto, snorkeling, mountain biking, ATV tours, horseback riding, and town of Loreto tours (mission, marina, cave drawings, shops) are available for a fee. There are also extensive children’s activities.
Lodging at the resort are 188 suites ranging from one bedroom units to the 5,000 square foot Presidential Suite, many with views of the bay.
Named one of Mexico’s Best Spas by SpaFinder, Sabila Spa offers an extraordinary spa
experience in a 39,000 square foot facility within the resort. The spa menu is inspired
from the soothing plant and herb extracts native to the Baja California area, pampering the body and sending the spirit soaring. A complete fitness center is available
adjacent to the spa.
The food options are varied and outstanding. Each resort restaurant creates sensations for every palate. Using the freshest of ingredients, the cuisine celebrates all that is good in world class cuisine.
Danzante, the resort’s fine dining steakhouse and seafood restaurant with a Mexican flair, presents an amazing culinary experience. Devoted to fusion cuisine made with seafood, fresh fish, and fine cuts of meat, the flavors of the world mix together in a
Casa Mia is a poolside restaurant featuring stunning views of the Sea of Cortez and Sierra de la Giganta mountains that offers everything from brick oven pizzas to tacos, sandwiches, salads, and more.
The Market is a causal buffet style eatery where the Mediterranean meets America meets Mexico. Guests can choose from a huge range of options including International a la carte items. The restaurant offers both inside air conditioned and al fresco seating.
Villa del Palmar is accessible from Loreto International Airport (LTO) with flights to Loreto on Alaska Airlines from Los Angeles, California (LAX) and from Calgary, Alberta on Westjet. The resort is 20 miles south of Loreto with a shuttle bus available.
The Villa del Palmar and TPC Danzante Bay are at this point essentially undiscovered jewels. We highly recommend visiting before that changes (villadelpalmarloreto.com).