New Awards for Four Cabo Favorites

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The Villa Group is proud to announce that four of their restaurants in Cabo San Lucas have been honored with Wine Spectator’s 2016 Award of Excellence. Neptune and El Patron at Villa del Arco, Bella California at Villa del Palmar and La Casona at Villa La Estancia each received recognition from the well-known organization for their extensive list of wines that are both varied in selection and appropriate to the cuisine served at each establishment.

To qualify for an award, restaurants must present a wine list that includes accurate information for wine lovers, detailing vintages and appellations, in addition to producer names. The Award of Excellence, which was bestowed upon 2,414 winners around the world were recognized because of their unique wine list which serves to appease even the most discerning of wine connoisseurs. The management and staff of each of the Villa Group restaurants couldn’t be more thrilled at the receipt of such a prestigious award and are committed to ensuring that their wine selection and dedicated services continues to satisfy guests for years to come.

Picking the Package That is Right for You at Villa del Palmar Flamingos

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Guests looking for the ultimate way to make their vacation in Riviera Nayarit extra special, need look no further than the four unique specials being offered by Villa del Palmar Flamingos. The Villa Group and the utlra-fun resort, located in beautiful Riviera Nayarit overlooking the Bay of Banderas, have created a tempting array of vacation packages for families, lovers, golf enthusiasts and those simply looking to relax.

The all inclusive resort in Mexico has a Family Package that is perfect for families of all sizes. The vacation bundle includes a one-bedroom suite, tickets to the resort’s theme nights, complimentary welcome cocktails, afternoon snacks and a large pizza each day of the stay.  In addition, children under the age of 12 stay and eat free when accompanied by a paying adult (one child per paying adult) and they have unlimited access to the resort’s high-energy activities and superb facilities.  Taking the whole family on vacation just got a whole lot more affordable.

For lovers looking for the ultimate escape, Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Riviera Nayarit has the idyllic Romance Getaway package to ensure magical moments are made throughout their stay. The package includes a Luxury suite (Junior Suite), a courtesy drink per person, a bottle of exquisite Champaign, chocolate-covered strawberries served in the privacy of their suite, a 50 minute massage for two at the fabulous Tatewari Spa and a breakfast buffet to be served in the resort’s restaurant or a la carte through room service.  In addition, lovers can embrace the romance that permeates the air by taking romantic strolls along the expanses of endless beach, canoodling in the hammock poolside or overlooking the stunning views of azure waters, or by visiting the romantic downtown area of Puerto Vallarta, which resides nearby.

Golfers visiting Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit can take full advantage of the Golf Vacation Package created by The Villa Group and Villa del Palmar to ensure that lovers of the sport make the most of their time in the popular golf region of Mexico.  Those opting for this package can enjoy the luxury of a Junior Suite, a courtesy welcome cocktail upon arrival, a daily breakfast buffet to get energized for the day and two days of sensational golf on one of the most competitive greens in the area.  Golfers will also have access to a shared golf cart and a driving range to complete the ultimate round of golf in Riviera Nayarit.

Rounding out the myriad of sensational vacation packages offered at Villa del Palmar Flamingos is one dedicated to pure relaxation and bliss for the mind, body and soul. Guests opting for the Spa Package can revel in the relaxing ambiance of the Tatewari Spa, which invites guests to not only a relaxing 50 minute massage for two, but full access to the spa’s luxurious hydrotherapy circuit for every day of their stay.  In addition, the Spa Package includes a fresh fruit plate delivered to the room daily and a welcome cocktail upon arrival.  Choosing the perfect package for your travel needs has never been more rewarding.

Villa del Palmar or Villa del Arco, Which One is Right for You?

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The Villa Group Beach Resorts & Spas has two scintillating options for guests looking to vacation in Cabo San Lucas.  The sister resorts, Villa del Palmar and Villa del Arco, both located on the soft sands of El Medano Beach, offer incredible vacation experiences at an all inclusive resort in Cabo. They each astonish guests with world class facilities, exceptional hospitality and a wealth of activities for guests of all ages, but which resort is right for you and your travel companions? The answer might be harder than you think.

Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas is a family friendly resort overlooking the iconic corner of Land’s End and the El Arco rock formation. Situated within walking distance from downtown Cabo, it offers a wealth of opportunities for relaxing in the sun, playing in the water and simply enjoying life day after day. The resort’s 465 Junior, One, Two and Presidential Three Bedroom Suites provide ample spaces for privacy and restful nights, while the two pools, one with a water slide, state-of-the-art fitness center and supreme activities club make for endless fun during the day. Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas has four delicious restaurants to choose from, which include the Sports Bar, Tortugas Terraza, Taco Bar and Bella California. In addition, there is the Palmita market for all your shopping needs, the Ice Cream Corner for a refreshing mid-day snack and the indulgent Desert Spa, which offers a wealth of sensational spa treatments for guests of all ages.

Villa del Arco Cabo San Lucas offers a distinct experience being that it is a boutique-style resort that is home to only 223 Deluxe Rooms and suites. The colorful décor and sensational comforts will have you and your entire family wishing you never had to leave.  The smaller, yet equally entertaining resort, features a fantastic array of sun-filled activities, opportunities for immense relaxation and even more fine-dining than you could have imagined. Villa del Arco boasts a full-scale pirate ship in the middle of the main pool, four scrumptious dining options and the same great services available at the Desert Spa. In addition, guests choosing Villa del Arco will have access to all the facilities of Villa del Palmar, which sits just next door. The breathtaking views, high-energy entertainment and impeccable service are definitively raising the bar on vacations in Cabo.

When choosing between the two all inclusive resorts, there is a lot to consider. But that doesn’t mean that either is lacking in any way. The Villa Group prides itself on offering guests the ultimate vacation experience and their mission hasn’t fallen short at these two stunning resorts. You’ll find so many options at each that choosing will be the only thing difficult about vacationing in Cabo.

Villa del Palmar Helps You Get Married Legally in Cancun

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Villa del Palmar Cancun is listening to their guests who have repeatedly inquired about how to get married legally in Mexico. The five-star resort, located on the Caribbean coast has made it easier than ever for brides and grooms to make their vows legally binding by providing everything they need right on the resort’s grounds. Now, those opting for a destination wedding in Cancun can rest assured that their wedding day will go off without a hitch.

The stunning resort, which is a popular destination wedding venue for lovers around the world, is going above and beyond the call of duty by providing all the necessary elements couples need to make their marriage legal in Mexico.  Many have forgone their dream wedding because paperwork and blood tests can be overwhelming, but with the help of the dedicated team at Villa del Palmar, newlyweds won’t have to stress the small stuff. The all inclusive resort in Cancun has decided to set up an onsite laboratory to make getting the necessary blood work done easier than ever. Before guests would have to set aside valuable travel time to head into town to meet with doctors and complete laboratory testing, but now they never have to leave the resort, making the requirement less stressful and less time consuming.

In addition, the professional team of wedding planners dedicates their time to ensuring couples have all the necessary documents before they arrive at the world class resort, making the paperwork process a simple step on the road to marriage bliss. When choosing Villa del Palmar for their destination wedding, guests will receive guidance throughout the process of making their marriage legal in Mexico, which includes filling out the paperwork and communicating with the appropriate officials.

As with everything thing they do, Villa del Palmar has taken guest satisfaction and customer service to extraordinary heights.  The process of getting married legally in Mexico has been made exceptionally easy for brides and grooms wishing to complete their wedding desires in one incredible destination. While it does require couples to be onsite at least three days prior to the wedding day, it is the best option for those looking to make their marriage legal in Cancun.  For more information, contact the resort at 1 877 845 3795 or visit their website at http://www.villagroupresorts.com/resorts/villa-del-palmar-cancun/weddings

Diving in Loreto: A Villa del Palmar Specialty

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It should come as no surprise that the Islands of Loreto, a destination once called the aquarium of the world by renowned explorer Jacques Cousteau, is the idyllic place for a vacation dedicated to diving. The calm waters, complex network of underwater structures and wealth of diversified marine life make Danzante Bay and the Islands of Loreto the ultimate diver’s playground. With over 465 square miles of sea expanse to explore and more than 5,000 species of aquatic animals living in the area, there is more than enough to keep scuba divers busy for days at a time. Whether exploring the five breathtaking islands, discovering the wonders of the United Nation’s Protected Marine Park, or simply relaxing after a day on the water at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, you and your dive companions will have the time of your life.

Visitors to Villa del Palmar, a million-star resort, can expect exceptional dive conditions given that the waters of Danzante Bay are protected from the strong currents that can sometimes make the underwater sport daunting. Their location, in a small inlet of the Sea of Cortez, is home to a myriad of colorful fish, varied marine life and the pods of whales that visit the area during the winter months each year. Divers are guaranteed to encounter an astounding underwater world that is just begging to be explored. The various dive sites, including Isla del Carmen, Danzante Island, Coronado Island, Piedra Blanca and more, each offer a unique dive experience and safe dive conditions.

Isla del Carmen is probably the most popular of all the sites near Loreto due to the unique coral reef that blankets the region and its shallow depth, which makes it ideal for all levels of divers and even snorkelers who aren’t ready to test their underwater skills. The site, donned with a massive shipwreck turned coral reef, offers a stunning look into the intricate network of marine life and the beauty that lies beneath the surface of Danzante Bay.

Danzante Island is another of the top dive sites surrounding the Islands of Loreto, which is known for its amazing underwater structures that leave divers awestruck. The location features stair-stepped walls and exquisite rock formations, in addition to deep canyons and tiny crevices that astonish divers with new surprises at every turn.  Divers will find themselves surrounded by eels, octopi and immense amounts of coral that make the rock structures their home.

Guests staying at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto can take advantage of the luxurious resort’s distinct location, which sits overlooking the bay and all its glory. Scuba diving trips leave daily and the expert staff at Villa del Palmar can help you prepare for what will be an epic adventure. The stunning location is among the top dive sites in Mexico and those who decide to vacation in Loreto, wont be disappointed.

Meet the Chef – Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

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It is hard to visit Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto without feeling an overwhelming sense of satisfaction each day of your stay. The stunning natural beauty that permeates the region is intoxicating, the immaculate all inclusive resort in Mexico is the epitome of style and luxury and the food is out of this world.  It is with great pride that the chefs of the resort’s three restaurants, The Market, Casa Mia and Danzante Fine Dining, prepare their menus, each one bringing a wealth of talent and a plethora of techniques to the table.  Gerardo García Martínez, the resort’s Sous Chef, is among the culinary greats and his repertoire of gourmet secrets is simply delicious.

 

Chef Gerardo began his career at Casa de Campo, a well-known hotel and restaurant in Mexico City.  It is there where he perfected his techniques, learned more than a few tricks of the trade from master chefs, such as Thierry Dufour and Olivier Lombart, and earned a reputation as one of the most respected chefs in Mexico. The culinary talent he possesses today is a direct result of the collaboration and experiences he garnered so early on in his career.

 

Since then Chef Gerardo García Martínez has left a mark on the culinary world, taking on the role of executive chef, kitchen manager and kitchen supervisor in various restaurants throughout the nation. His delicious mixture of traditional and modern cuisine has been satisfying the most discerning of palates for quite some time and his reputation as both a perfectionist and kind individual has made him one of the favorites at Villa del Palmar.  Since his move to The Villa Group, working as the Sous Chef at the “million-star” resort in Loreto, Chef Gerardo has been delighting guests with his unique twist on traditional Mexican cuisine.

Travel Tips to Make Your Stay at Villa del Palmar Cancun Sensational

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When heading out on a vacation for the first time or for the hundredth, it is important to be prepared.  There are plenty of philosophies on packing the perfect bag, on staying safe and on making the most of your time in paradise, but when traveling to Cancun, México, there are a few things you shouldn’t forget.

 

1.      Sun Protection: There are a few essentials one shouldn’t leave behind when packing their bags for sunny Cancun. In order to make your trip to the popular destination in Mexico a total success, you need to be prepared to be out in the sun. A good sunscreen, a quality pair of sunglasses and a comfortable hat are among the most important elements you’ll need. When choosing your sunscreen, make sure it is biodegradable so that when your snorkeling off shore you’ll keep from damaging the delicate coral reefs that lie just below the surface of the water. When picking your hat, you’ll want to ensure that it provides sufficient coverage but also that it doesn’t fly off when taking the ferry to Isla Mujeres, which sits right in front of Villa del Palmar Cancun, or when visiting places like Chichen Itza, where the wind is known to blow a bit stronger.  You’ll be able to find these items around town and even at the Palmita Market on the resort grounds, but they tend to be a bit pricier and the selection isn’t as varied.

 

2.      Making the Most of Your Money: It couldn’t be a better time to finally take the vacation you’ve been talking about for so long.  At the current moment, the U.S and Canadian Dollars are soaring far above the Mexican Peso, giving you more spending power than ever before. What used to be a ratio of 10:1 has now become close to double that, with one U.S dollar equaling over 18 pesos as of June 25th, 2016.  There are plenty of places around town to exchange your money, including at the Villa del Palmar Cancun resort, but your best bet is to pull money out of a Bank ATM once you arrive or to exchange a few dollars before you come down.  Most places will also receive credit or debit cards, but don’t plan on easily exchanging traveler’s checks, as it is a lengthy and arduous process.  If you plan on visiting any of the local shops or taking a taxi, you’ll need cash on hand.

 

3.      Plan Ahead: While planning ahead can take some of the spontaneity out of your trip, it is a great way to ensure that you and your travel companions make the most of your time in Paradise.  There is so much to do and see in Cancun and along the Caribbean coast of Mexico that you’ll easily fill up a two week vacation, so its important to at least have an idea of the things you don’t want to miss.  There are a myriad of must see archeological sites, such as Coba and Chichen Itza, in addition to the mystical wonders of the Grand Cenote and the other cenotes around town.  You might want to check out Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, all destinations within driving distance from Villa del Palmar Cancun or you may even fancy a week-long stint of relaxing poolside at the fabulous all-inclusive resort in Cancun. Whatever you have in mind, you’ll be sure to enjoy it all with a little bit of pre-planning.

 

4.      Safety: There is no place in the world that is 100% safe 100% of the time, but if you play your cards right and don’t go looking for trouble, you’re likely to have a sensational time in Cancun, much like millions of other people who visit the popular tourist destination every year. Of course there are a few things to take into consideration when traveling to a foreign country such as not flashing your money around, not heading off the beaten path on your own and being aware of your surroundings and belongings when outside the comfort of the trusted resort, however it must be said that the people of Cancun and the surrounding areas are genuinely nice people who enjoy showing off the best of their land, culture and traditions. They are happy to be of help and they often can show you the best way to make the most of your vacation in Cancun.

The Perfect Destination Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

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Cabo San Lucas is the perfect place for the wedding of your dreams.  The sweeping vistas of azure waters, unique desert landscape and endless days of sunshine make it one of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the world and the stunning collection of luxury resorts owned by The Villa Group make choosing Cabo San Lucas more rewarding than ever.  When deciding upon Villa del Palmar or Villa del Arco, you’ll find a wealth of reasons to feel ultimate satisfaction.

The two sister resorts, located on the soft sands of El Médano Beach, offer the expert services of a professional wedding coordinator, sensational packages that are suited to meet all your needs and an exclusive locale that overlooks the world famous El Arco rock formation and Land’s End.  Each resort is designed to accentuate the natural beauty that abounds in Los Cabos, making it the idyllic locale for a romantic wedding on the beach.

The resort’s professional and dedicated team of event planners has come up with a variety of destination wedding packages for couple’s with exquisite taste.  Each package, adaptable for small groups to grandiose affairs, allows guests to choose the amenities and services that suit their wedding dreams.  In addition, couples reserving ten rooms or more for a minimum of three nights at either Villa del Palmar or Villa del Arco, will receive a free wedding package, which includes all the essentials for the perfect destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas.

Whether keeping it small or pulling out all the stops, The Villa Group has just what you and your future spouse need.  Choose from an array of romantic experiences, such as breakfast in bed, candle-lit dinner for two on the beach, couple’s spa treatments, and more to start off the pre-wedding celebrations. Wow your guests with a musical trio that plays during the reception, gorgeous fresh flowers both in the bouquet and draped around the canopy where you’ll tie the knot and a talented photographer who will capture all the best moments so you can relive the experience time and time again.

In addition to the spectacular wedding packages available at Villa del Palmar and Villa del Arco Cabo San Lucas, the city itself is the perfect destination for the wedding of your dreams.  Not only will the picturesque backdrops of the Sea of Cortez and Los Cabos set the tone for a truly romantic affair, but your guests will find endless amounts of entertainment both at the resort and in downtown Cabo, which is just minutes away.  Invite your loved ones to escape to one of Mexico’s most beloved gems.

The Ultimate Tatewari Spa Experience at Villa del Palmar Flamingos

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Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Riviera Nayarit is inviting guests to the ultimate spa experience at the resort’s indulgent Tatewari Spa. For those looking for their next wellness travel destination, a scintillating spa vacation or simply a chance to experience the latest trends in health and wellness, Villa del Palmar and the Tatewari Spa have just what you’re looking for. The world-class spa, which welcomes guests to a “holiday for the body and rest for the soul,” has amplified their sensational spa menu, bringing in a wealth of innovative treatments and relaxing therapies to help guests rediscover the delight that comes with taking care of your health, well-being and beauty.

Guests of the award-winning resort can indulge in the splendor of the Tatewari Spa by choosing from among the relaxing, therapeutic and rejuvenating massages, facials and beauty treatments. The list of choices includes a variety of traditional massages, such as a Swedish, Deep Tissue and Reflexology, in addition to a few house specialties, such as the Rain of Scents Massage. This soothing therapy, which is available in either a 50 or 80-minute session, utilizes a combination of essential oils and a unique stress reducing massage technique to help improve the immune system and promote the physical and mental release of tension.

Those looking to refresh their appearance can choose from a number of rejuvenating facials meant to nourish the skin and erase fine lines. The Seaweed, Lavender and Propolis Facial, a signature service available only at the Tatewari Spa, sooths the redness and sensitivity of skin by applying a mixture of hydrating seaweed and lavender to reduce fine lines and renew damaged cells. The Cure Seaweed and Caviar facial is another great way to look and feel your best. This anti-aging treatment works with the natural ingredients of papaya, pineapple, seaweed and caviar to moisturize and renew the skin’s delicate cells, giving guests a refreshing look and rejuvenated feeling.

At the Tatewari Spa at Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Riviera Nayarit, the ultimate experience awaits as guests are invited to indulge in both the calming nature of their therapy session and the therapeutic Signature Water Ritual, which comes free with any service. This hydrothermal circuit, which includes an array of water experiences, is meant to activate your metabolism and relax your mind, body and spirit, leaving you in the idyllic state to begin your chosen therapy. Through the use of a pressure shower, immersion fountain, sauna, steam room, waterfall and more, you will be swept away on a journey designed to help you revitalize, rejuvenate and relax.

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2016

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We couldn’t be more proud to announce that two of our resorts, Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Riviera Nayarit and Villa del Arco in Cabo San Lucas have been honored with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2016.  The award is bestowed upon the hotels and resorts who consistently receive stellar reviews on the popular travel site, and for that we thank each and every one of you who has taken the time to review our resorts.  We are grateful for your continued support and positive feedback!