Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Honored with 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

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For the Second Year in a Row, Resort Earns Spot Among Top 10 Percent of Hospitality Businesses Listed on World’s Largest Travel Site

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Awarded 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We constantly strive for an unparalleled level of service and hospitality at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. - Owen Perry, owner and president, The Villa Group

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts, today announced that it has earned a 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award, marking the second year in a row the resort has received the accolade from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto joins the top 10 percent of businesses and an elite group of resorts listed on the website to receive the honor, representing the upper echelon of hospitality businesses worldwide.

Now in its third year, the prestigious award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the award range from one-room bed and breakfasts to 6,000-room hotels, from bakeries to Michelin star restaurants and hidden attractions to world-renowned parks and museums.

“Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is thrilled to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence once again this year,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group. “We consistently strive for an unparalleled level of service and hospitality at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, and this award speaks to that goal. We appreciate our guests for their continued positive reviews and feedback.”

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Villa del Palmar at the Islands maintains four-and-a-half stars out of five. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

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.

For more information about Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, or to book, contact your preferred travel professional, visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com or call 866.209.0726 from the U.S. or 855.440.5590 from Canada.

ABOUT VILLA DEL PALMAR AT THE ISLANDS OF LORETO
Baja’s First Million Star Resort

At Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, 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.

Website: http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com
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About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions covering more than 2.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, March 2013
**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, April 2013

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