The Ultimate Babymoon Destination: Villa del Palmar

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Mexico, Products & Places, Reviews | 0 comments

View from our Balcony

With our first child on the way in a few months, my wife (easily) convinced me to pack our bags for one last vacation with just the two of us. Soon enough it’ll be all about diapers and car seats, but for now, we wanted tropical and decided that Cabo San Lucas was the perfect quick escape to paradise.

Evening on the Beach

Now well into my 30’s, it’s clear that what I’m looking for in a Mexico beach vacation getaway has matured right along with me. I still want the fun and sun, but I can safely leave the late night whistle blowing bartenders and crash-pad hotel experiences to those more equipped to handle it. These days, I desire a nice hotel with great amenities, good food choices and a beachside location that’s conducive for both daytime activities and nighttime peace and quiet. The Villa del Palmar resort turned out to be exactly what I was looking for.

Poolside at Villa del Palmar

Cabo San Lucas and Villa del Palmar are about a 30-40 minute drive from the Los Cabos Airport. My wife and I were there during the July shoulder season and got a great rental car rate. Shuttle bus service can easily be arranged as well. The hotel turned out to have a great location. It was close enough for a 15 minute beach walk to the marina and downtown, but far enough away that noise, party-goers weren’t a problem. It’s also safe to say that the hotel has one of the best views in town, looking directly across the bay to the famous Cabo Land’s End Arch and Lover’s Beach. Our 6th story room location was ideal for watching the jet skiers, parasailers and families out enjoying the warm ocean water.

Our Balcony

One-Bedroom Suite

Fulfilling a big time check mark on my needs list, the room at Villa Del Palmar was outstanding. Every unit at the resort comes with a fully equipped kitchenette and full size refrigerator. Trish and I found this great for scrambled egg breakfasts in the morning, and snack time between lunch and dinner. There’s a great onsite market with decent prices where we bought enough produce for homemade salsa and guacamole. The hotel offers Junior villas, and 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or 3-bedroom suites. You can accommodate whatever your group size may be. Our 1-bedroom suite felt absolutely huge, with comfy king size bed, pull out couch in the living room, 2 full bathrooms and the kitchenette/breakfast nook.

Villa del Palmar Bedroom

A Yankeerinha, special Arnold Palmer and Super Burrito

Villa del Parmar provides room and dining combination options that can help spruce up your vacation experience or, depending on how big your appetite really is, even potentially save you some money. There is a bed & breakfast option and a truly all-inclusive option that includes all meals and drinks. We’ve done this option before at other resorts and found them to be a pretty good deal. Sometimes it’s just great to have one less thing to think about while on vacation. Hungry? Go get a snack. Want a beer? Head to one of several bars onsite. Either way, just flash them your wristband and you’re good to go. At Villa del Palmar we noticed that the beachside Bella California restaurant was always busy and had a view that stretches for miles. The Tortuga’s sports bar had great pub grub and snack food. They also made us some of the best cold drinks to escape the heat when we weren’t in the pool. Pregnant Trish had the kids’ version while I went with the higher octane adult beverages.

The Bob Marley found at the Tortuga Sports Bar

Villa del Palmar offers plenty of onsite options and amenities, meaning it’s up to you to decide how active you want to be while away from home. Trish and I opted to spend most of our time lounging at the adults only pool reading books, listening to music and day dreaming. We did notice that there were plenty of games and activities going on at the main pool, and I may have “mistakenly” ended up in line for the killer whale water slide once or twice.

Villa del Palmar Pool and Whale Slide

Desert Spa Specialty Products

For those inclined, there’s also a huge fitness center, a Paradise Activity Club for kids, an arcade, as well as a very popular ice cream shop perfect for after dinner strolls on the beach. I’d also be remiss to not mention the outstanding 3-story spa facilities onsite. While Trish was getting her pedicure and mini-facial treatment, I was alternating between hot tub, steam room, dry sauna and ice cold plunge pool. Another indulgent fact we learned is that the Desert Spa uses products specially crafted for their spa. All the ingredients are found in the region (cactus, coconut, melon etc.)

Two of the three plunge pools at the Desert Spa at Villa del Palmar

Trish happy after a facial and pedicure

I’m happy to say that we probably squeezed as much rest and relaxing into our trip as humanly possible. When we really set our minds to it, Trish and I seem to really excel at doing nothing while on vacation. They say time flies when you’re having fun and thus our few days at Villa Del Palmar came and went far too quickly.

For more information on Villa del Palmar check out their website here, follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. 

Our accommodations at the Villa del Palmar were provided in order to do this review, but the opinions expressed above are, as always, our own. 

 

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