Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Partners with Pleasant Holidays to Offer Guests an Incredible Baja Experience

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Travel Company Begins Promoting Packages Immediately

Set in a truly magical place, this family-friendly resort offers travelers an unforgettable vacation experience. - Jack E. Richards, President and CEO, Pleasant Holidays

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts, today announced its partnership with Pleasant Holidays, one of the largest providers of vacation packages in the United States. The travel company began promoting special four-night packages at the resort earlier this week.

Pleasant Holidays guests can now experience the best of the Islands of Loreto and Villa del Palmar, including taking in unprecedented views through the resort’s new collection of glass-bottomed kayaks. These excursions give guests an amazing glimpse into what Jacques Cousteau referred to as “the world’s aquarium.” Guests also can enjoy half- or full-day tours on Mad Dash, the resort’s new sportfishing boat; take SCUBA lessons, or enjoy pampering at the resort’s luxurious Sabila Spa.

“We are pleased to offer Villa Del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto,” said Jack E. Richards, President and CEO of Pleasant Holidays. “Set in a truly magical place, this family-friendly resort offers travelers an unforgettable vacation experience.”

Just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles, both Alaska Airlines and Aeromexico offer convenient service to Loreto.

“Having Pleasant Holidays as a partner to introduce guests to the Baja and at the Islands of Loreto is fantastic,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group. “Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto provides the perfect mix of beauty, serenity, culture and unparalleled sporting opportunities. We look forward to sharing those experiences with Pleasant Holidays guests in the months and years to come.”

The resort’s culinary program features the talents of renowned Executive Chef Roberto Cardazzo. Guests who fish aboard Mad Dash can savor their catch by bringing it back to the resort where Chef Cardazzo will prepare it for that evening’s dinner. Cardazzo has been known to go diving for fresh clams to prepare one of the region’s signature dishes, “Chocolate Clams” (which refers to the color of the clam, not the flavor).

With more than 100 miles of coastline, 300 sunny days a year and year-round surface temperatures averaging in the 80s, the Islands of Loreto is an unsung paradise. Located on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula on the Sea of Cortez, the area is known for its quiet beaches, scenic vistas, rich history and astounding natural habitats.

The region appeals to adventurous travelers, offering SCUBA diving, snorkeling, hiking, and mountain biking. It is equally popular with travelers looking for a relaxed pace with all the options and amenities they have come to expect from a vacation in Mexico.

ABOUT PLEASANT HOLIDAYS
Pleasant Holidays is one of the leading travel companies to the Caribbean; Costa Rica; Europe; Hawaii; Mexico; Tahiti, Fiji and Cook Islands; U.S. Cities and cruise vacations, serving more than 10 million travelers since 1959. The company provides vacation packages through its portfolio of four brands: Pleasant Holidays, Journese℠, Pleasant Activities℠ and Air By Pleasant. PleasantActivities.com offers hundreds of the most popular tours and activities for vacations to Mexico, as well as Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and Australia.

The company has long-term partnerships with the world’s leading airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines and travel agencies. Pleasant Holidays has received numerous travel industry awards for excellence including “Best Tour Operator Hawaii” for seven consecutive years, “Best Tour Operator Mexico” and “Best Tour Operator Providing the Best Travel Agency Support.”

ABOUT VILLA DEL PALMAR AT THE ISLANDS OF LORETO
Baja’s First Million Star Resort
Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a self-contained destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square feet Spa, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round. The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands, horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto chef prepare it for you), paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking. With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children.

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