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!

SUP Yoga is Making Waves at Villa del Palmar Cancun

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Villa del Palmar Cancun offers guests the best of two fitness routines in one energizing and entertaining session of SUP Yoga.  The staff of the family-friendly resort knows how popular Yoga and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) have become in recent years, so they decided to take the entertaining fitness routines a step further by combining them into one incredible summer activity.  (more…)

Kids in Paradise Activities Club at Villa del Palmar Cabo

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Why not head out on a summer vacation that will be as rewarding for your children as it is for you? At Villa del Palmar Cabo San Lucas, kids are the guests of honor and parents have the time of their life.  The family-friendly resort in Cabo offers a wealth of entertaining activities for travelers of all ages, starting with the little ones who can reap the benefits of the Kids in Paradise Activities Club, which keeps them entertained morning, noon and night.

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Basking in the Glory of Mother Nature at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

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Emerging as one of Mexico’s most sought-after vacation destinations is Loreto, a quaint village off the coast of the Sea of Cortez. This awe-inspiring destination, which is home to Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, is an eco-friendly site where visitors can engage in a myriad of activities that allow them to embrace the best of Mother Nature.  (more…)

10th Bahia de Banderas International Marlin and Tuna Fishing Tournament

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Riviera Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas are getting ready for the 10th annual Bahia de Banderas International Marlin and Tuna Fishing Tournament, which is set to take place from the 14th to the 16th of July 2016. The fishing tournament in Riviera Nayarit, which brings out some of the greatest fishermen in the region and the world, is a highlight on the fishing radar on the Pacific coast of Mexico. (more…)

Glamping at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto defines luxury, so it should come as no surprise that the stunning beachfront resort in Mexico has turned everything including camping into a glamorous affair.  When vacationing at the million-star resort, guests can choose to go glamping by reserving the Danzante Bungalow for the ultimate camping experience.  (more…)