Villa del Palmar a Condé Nast Traveler Pick

Villa del Palmar 17th Hole overlooking the Sea of Cortez (Image: TPC Danzante Bay)

TPC Danzante Bay’s signature par-3 17th overlooks the Sea of Cortez. (Image: TPC Danzante Bay)

Home to TPC Danzante Bay, a spectacular Rees Jones-designed course overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Mexico’s Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa has been selected one of the “Top Resorts in Western Mexico” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa has been named one of the “Top Resorts in Western Mexico” in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The luxury resort, which overlooks the Sea of Cortez on the eastern coast of the Baja Peninsula, sprawls across a starkly beautiful landscape in the shadow of the Sierra de la Giganta Mountain Range near the town of Loreto. Amenities include three restaurants, five swimming pools, the Sabila Spa, tennis courts, hiking trails, and sport fishing.

But the highlight for golfers is TPC Danzante Bay, a dramatic Rees Jones design that blends cameleon-like into the mountain setting. The first phase of the golf course opened in April 2016 with 11 ocean-facing holes situated near the resort’s hotel. The remaining seven holes, carved through the floor of a canyon marked by jagged cliffs, launched to acclaim in December 2017.

Along with quick shifts in terrain, golfers are confronted by swirling ocean winds that can influence shot values and strategy. More than anything, it is the wind, says Rees Jones, that makes Danzante Bay—which stretches to 7,237 from the tips—a challenging test of golf.

Absolutely unforgettable is Danzante Bay’s par-3 17th hole, which sits on a ledge looking east over the Sea of Cortez and down a cliff to a long and narrow peninsula green ringed by sand.

The property also features a spacious practice facility, including a dedicated short game area, as well as a nine-hole putting course inspired by the famed Himalayas putting course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Many resort guests arrive by flying into nearby Loreto International Airport from Los Angeles via a two-hour Alaska Airlines flight; and from Calgary, Alberta, on WestJet Airlines.

The resort was also recently named “Mexico & Central America’s Leading Resort for 2018” by the World Travel Awards, which celebrates excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

For its 31stannual awards, Condé Nast Traveler reviewed nearly 430,000 submissions from readers who shared their recent travel experiences of the world’s cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and airports. The full list is available here .

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa sits in the shadow of the Sierra de la Giganta Mountain Range. (Image: Villa del Palmar Beach Resort and Spa)

 

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