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Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico Day 3

Ahhh…day 3 in paradise at the Villa del Palmar. This day was so much fun and jam packed with activities! The beauty of this resort is that they have so many things you can do if you want to or you can just relax! Relaxing always sounds good to me but then I end up doing something. I love to explore and try new things!

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The perfect way to start this beautiful morning was with a guided hike. Carlos was so knowledgable about the geography, ecology and vegetation. He even taught us some survival skills!

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Photo by James Tiffany Photography
After the hike we met with Ivan, the Villa del Palmar Healer who is part of the Wellness Program. We did a sun salutation with him on the beach and he blessed each of us. It was a really beautiful and spiritual moment and one of my favorite parts of the trip. Ivan had great energy and the whole experience was really grounding.

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The afternoon was spent boating and snorkling around the gorgeous islands of Loreto. The landscape was unlike anything I had ever seen with cactus growing on mountains beside crystal blue water. Again, I felt like I was dreaming.

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Those 2 little snorkel heads are me and my friend Luci!

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After boating I took a very educational class on tequila, taught by the in house sommelier, and even got certified! I learned that Jose Cuervo is only good for cleaning toilets ūüėČ and I do like the taste of tequila, I just had to taste a bunch to find the right one!

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Our final evening included a “Fiesta Mexicana” dinner buffet at The Market Restaurant and a cultural show. I think my girl Kitty can totally rock a sombrero!

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The next morning I paddle boarded at 7am and absorbed all of the peace and beauty of the early morning on the Sea of Cortez before packing my bags to head home.

The town of Loreto and the Villa del Palmar dazzled me with its beauty and warm hospitality. This trip will forever fuel my spirit and warm my heart. I will definitely be back one day but in the meantime I will continue to be inspired by my experiences and the memories created there!

The Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto is offering my readers a rate of $119 USD per night in a Deluxe Studio suite, plus taxes & gratuities. You can book your getaway now for travel through April 30, 2016. Terms & conditions apply. Blackout dates apply. Book your stay through reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com. Please reference code FAMNOV15 to receive this special rate.

 

Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico Day 2

I woke up with the sun on my first morning at Villa del Palmar and still thought I was dreaming. The only thing missing was my husband who I will definitely bring next time! I felt well rested and refreshed, ready for a fun day filled with adventures!

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The morning began with this decadent breakfast spread!

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After breakfast we took a tour of the property. This is the Danzante Bungalow. It is at Danzante Bay on the outer edge of the resorts property and is an 800 square foot yurt! It is totally private with its own jacuzzi on the deck right on the sand! How romantic! I would love to stay there and sip champagne in the jacuzzi under the stars!

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This was an interesting and important part of the tour because it is part of the desalinization system which is the process of removing dissolved salts from water, thus producing fresh water from seawater. A big concern when traveling to Mexico is always the water. At Villa del Palmar all the water is drinkable because of this system! It was impressive. They really care about the environment and do a lot to give back to their local community.

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I loved spending time at the Sabila Spa. It was absolutely gorgeous and soooo relaxing. I had a wonderful mini massage and then spent time hopping around from the jacuzzi to sauna to steam to cold water plunge. They also offer yoga, meditation, juice therapy and have a new wellness program.

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The afternoon was spent taking a scenic 50 min. shuttle ride along the coast into the quaint little downtown area of Loreto. There is shopping in Handcraft Alley, great food/drinks and historic buildings like the church and Mission. Carlos from Villa del Palmar was our guide and really gave us a lot of historical information about the town as well as the best spot for chocolate clams and jalape√Īo margaritas!

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When we returned from town we had a magical meal at Danzante, the fine dining restaurant at Villa del Palmar. My photos don’t do it justice because of the soft, dim lighting but trust me, it was delicious!

More adventures from this trip coming soon!

 

Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico Day 1

Sunny beaches, snorkeling, hiking, yoga on the beach, paddle boarding, kayaking, amazing food and drinks, an award winning spa and much, much more all nestled into a beautiful cove on the Sea of Cortez? YES PLEASE!!!

Last month I had the pleasure of spending a few days at the fabulous Villa del Palmar resort in Loreto, Mexico. Just a quick 2 hour flight from LAX on Alaska Airlines, Loreto is on the Baja Peninsula and is a sister city to Hermosa Beach, California. Upon arrival I was greeted by a friendly staff member from Villa del Palmar who was ready to shuttle me 30 minutes away to paradise. My group grabbed margaritas to go and we hit the road. Between the gorgeous drive along the rustic coastline and the drink, I was in full relaxation mode when we arrived at the resort. Set on hundreds of acres, the Villa del Palmar is called the only “Million Star Resort” because at night the sky comes alive with millions of stars. It is spectacular!

From the moment I arrived I felt like I was dreaming. The beautifully groomed grounds, friendly smiles from all of the staff members, warm salty air, spacious room, gorgeous pools and fabulous food…could it get any better? Every moment of everyday spent at Villa del Palmar was magical!

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The Villa del Palmar Loreto

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The little bar in the airport makes legit margaritas (no need to worry about the ice!) and you can take them on the shuttle to the resort!

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Check-in was a breeze and my room was gorgeous. I had a giant jacuzzi tub and a  huge balcony that faced the ocean. I was seriously ready to move in! They pulled out all the stops to make me feel special and right at home.

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After checking in I headed straight to lunch which was absolutely fabulous. Everything was super fresh and delicious. I was in foodie heaven! I just want to note that someone in my group was vegan and the resort staff never missed a beat. They completely catered to her dietary restrictions and made her delicious alternatives to suit her needs.

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The room key was a resort wrist band which I thought was really cool and convenient. I never had to worry about losing it. Brilliant!

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The sunsets from my balcony were spectacular!

Evenings at Villa del Palmar can be as quiet or as lively as you want. If dinner and a show is your thing they’ve got you covered. If you want to sing karaoke till your hearts content, you can. Is dancing the night away your jam? There is a disco up on the hill with a shuttle to take there. Want to sit around a fire pit with a glass of wine, no problem. Take an evening soak in the giant jacuzzi, a romantic walk on the beach under the stars, or just have a quiet night in… whatever your heart desires, there is something for everyone at Villa del Palmar Loreto.

More adventures from this trip coming soon!

 

Friday Faves

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Good morning from Mexico!!! I am exploring¬†the beautiful¬†Villa del Palmar¬†resort in the quaint little town of Loreto¬†and¬†I can’t wait to tell you all about when I return!! In the meantime, November is here which means the holiday season is about to be in full swing! There are a ton of fun things to do starting today so don’t get left behind! Have a magical weekend!

See
* Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior starts Thursday Nov. 12th and one of the contestants is 17 year old Matt Sarafa from Manhattan Beach, CA! Watch a sneak preview here.

* Fashionista Superhero Comics? Yes please! Checkout Chapters 1-5 here!

* On Nov 7th at 10pm at The Ace Hotel LA  catch Ira Glass doing Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. It looks quirky and amazing. Just what you would expect from Ira.

* You can spend An Evening with David Spade at The Bootleg on Sunday Nov.8th. I have always loved him and find him hilarious.

* There is a tribute to George Carlin going on at The Grammy Museum until March 31st 2016. That place is so much fun! I highly recommend it.

Shop
* CMC Sample Sale every Friday from Nov. 6th-Dec. 18th (except Nov. 27th). Get your shop on!

* Each year, dreams are made and soon-to-be-international-pop-stars are discovered on the Citadel Outlets stage during the center’s Annual Tree Lighting Concert. The free family-friendly event runs from 4PM-7PM on Saturday, Nov. 7, leading up to the grand finale lighting of the World’s Tallest Live-Cut Tree. This year’s concert will be co-headlined by Sabrina Carpenter and Laura Marano, joined by opening act Madison Beer.

* Freshly Picked is having a warehouse sale Sat. Nov. 7th from 10-12pm in Lake Forest. Definitely worth The drive!

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* The Big Sur Foragers Festival is going on January 15th-17th 2016 and looks awesome!

Try
* L’Anza Combing Cream is the perfect blowout cream for thick, frizzy hair. This cream leaves the hair shiny, smooth and frizz free!

* Miracle Skin Transformer Night Treatment is a really wonderful night cream that almost acts like an overnight mask. It hydrates, resurfaces, and smoothes with minimal fragrance and is under $100. I have loved everything I have tried from this brand.

* RxQ Vitamins were developed in San Pedro, CA which is near me in Long Beach and has highly polluted air due to it being the home of the LA port. I can’t see any effects from taking these but I feel good thinking that they could be helping to reduce the effects of ozone pollution on my lungs and body health.

* Colon Cleanse Tea by Teami purifies the body from the inside out, cleansing the organs and clearing the digestive track of toxins. Teami is a Florida based company and their teas taste amazing and are free of gluten, dairy,sugar and GMO’s!

 

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

Last month I had a long time client/friend get married on Waikiki Beach in Oahu and we had the pleasure of spending a week on this beautiful island at The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and it was absolutely fabulous! The lobby was gorgeous, the customer service was top notch, and we were within walking distance of everything. Our room was absolutely amazing with an ocean facing window and ocean view balcony. We spent a lot of time out there. It was paradise!

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The stunning view from our balcony. It doesn’t get much better then this! We actually ordered food to go from Arancino di Mare¬†¬†on our first night and had a romantic dinner under the stars.

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I loved waking up to a view of the ocean every morning. It felt like a dream!

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The bathroom was spacious and modern with plenty of room for me and the hubs to get ready at the same time. We need this set up at home!

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A “Welcome Mai Tai” and shrimp cocktail at the poolside lounge The Moana Terrace¬†was the perfect way to start our trip!

IMG_3250DK‚ÄôS Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth with cilantro, Thai basil and mild jalape√Īos at Sansei was my favorite meal of the trip! How decadent can you get?!

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The Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Carpacciov Garnished with cilantro & chopped peanuts in a Thai chili vinaigrette at Sansei was so fresh and delicious I could of eaten the whole plate myself!

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Beach wedding ready! I am wearing my favorite summer dress by Geisha Designs.

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We rented a jeep for a day for around $100 at the Enterprise that is located in the hotel and gave ourselves a tour of the island. Our first stop was The Dole Plantation. I was obsessed with getting pineapple ice cream and doing the garden maze. It was a complete zoo of tourists but the ice cream was well worth it! Our next stop was the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Haleiwa and it did not disappoint. If you like shrimp, garlic and getting messy you are in for a treat. By the time I was done my hands were covered in sauce and I was thrilled to see a giant outdoor sink. With our bellies full of shrimp deliciousness we headed down the road to Waimea Valley where we took a beautiful 1/2 mile walk through the Botanical Gardens to the majestic Waimea Falls where you can swim. It was magical. On the way in/out there is a cafe that serves snacks, beer and wine as well as a gift shop. There is nothing like a cold beer and a little shopping on a hot afternoon!

All in all I found this island to be magical. It dazzled me with its beauty and its wonderful people. I will definitely be back one day. There is still more to eat and see like Pearl Harbor and the Doris Duke house. In the meantime I will just close my eyes and go to my “happy place” on the balcony at The Waikiki Beach Marriott over looking the ocean and try to keep the Aloha spirit alive!

Need help finding the best deals and booking your next trip? My brother and travel agent extraordinaire Derek Albinson can hook it up!

 

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