Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto Honored as One of ‘Top 25 Hotels in Mexico’ by TripAdvisor

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Resort Earns Spot as the Very Best of Travel, Based on Traveler Reviews on World’s Largest Travel Site

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto has earned the coveted 2015 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award after being voted one of the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico.

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is honored and excited to be recognized by TripAdvisor as a Top Hotel throughout Mexico. --Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts and Baja’s first million-star resort, today announced that it has earned the coveted 2015 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award after being voted one of the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico.

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto came in at 16 out of 25 top luxury hotels in Mexico, as based on millions of reviews and opinions collected by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

“This is one of the nicest places we have stayed,” said reviewer Debra P. of Prince Albert, Canada. “The main reason this resort really impressed us was the warmth and hospitality of the staff. They were all wonderful!”

The 13th annual awards showcase 8,151 winning properties worldwide, covering eight regions around the globe. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value, while taking into account the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and opinions and traveler ratings specific to each award category.

“Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is honored and excited to be recognized by TripAdvisor as a Top Hotel throughout Mexico,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group. “Hospitality and excellence in service are vital to the fabric of how we deliver the best vacation possible to our guests, and this award is especially significant because it is based on traveler reviews.”

The 2015 Traveler’s Choice Award is not the first time Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto has been recognized by TripAdvisor. Last year marked the third year in a row that the resort received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, which is bestowed to the top 10 percent of businesses and an elite group of resorts, representing the upper echelon of hospitality businesses worldwide. The prestigious award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

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.

In addition, the New York Times listed 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. The resort’s 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center also earned accolades, coming in at number six on Spafinder’s Top 10 list of spas to visit in Mexico, in 2013.

Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto is a luxury 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 spacious rooms, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, five swimming pools, a 39,000-square foot Sabila Spa, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round. The upcoming 7,400-yard Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay golf course will offer a challenging, yet friendly course that works with the natural beauty and serenity of the surrounding environment. Opening in October 2015, the golf course will also include a clubhouse, driving range and putting green as well as beachfront holes.

Travelers can take a short nonstop flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines to the Islands of Loreto, or from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, with a new nonstop service beginning on February 14, 2015.

For resort reservations or additional information, please contact the resort at reservaciones.vdpl(at)vgloreto(dot)com or call 800.790.4187. To learn more about Villa del Palmar, visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com.

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 luxury destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). Flanked by the rugged Sierra de la Giganta range, the Villa del Palmar is the first and only resort to occupy one of the Gulf of California's last virgin coastlines. The resort features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with terraces and stunning ocean and mountain views, three restaurants offering gourmet dining, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square-foot Sabila Spa and Wellness Center, two tennis courts, beautiful beaches, a private beachfront Danzante Bungalow and a mild and warm climate year-round. The 7,400-yard Rees Jones-designed Danzante Bay golf course opening October 2015 will offer a challenging, yet friendly course that works with the natural beauty and serenity of the surrounding environment.

Guests can enjoy PADI-certified SCUBA diving lessons and snorkeling tours in the protected indigo waters that explorer Jacques Cousteau once dubbed the “Aquarium of the World.” Outdoor adventurers can also experience tours of the nearby Coronado, Danzante and Del Carmen Islands atop an inflatable APEX boat, as well as swimming, world-class fishing aboard the “Mad Dash” tournament boat, 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. Travelers can take a short flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines or from Calgary, Canada aboard WestJet, Canada’s most-preferred airline, to the Islands of Loreto.

For additional information on events, amenities, or availability call 800.790.4187 or visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings by finding us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/villadelpalmarattheislandsofloreto) or Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter as @VilladelPalmarL

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book 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 that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 315 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 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, August 2014
**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q3 2014; does not include traffic to daodao.com

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