Sunday, May 31, 2009

Simple Pleasures in Loreto, Mexico

Life doesn’t get much better than a quiet day in Loreto, where you can expect the unexpected. It’s been another bright and sunny week to enjoy the golf course and natural beauty that surrounds us. Taking time from work to hang out with friends is my favorite activity. No doubt this will be a reoccurring theme of my blog this summer.

I went fishing with Randolpho and his son Patrick with Capt. Chino. It was such an amazing day and Randolpho was really lucky … it’s all about luck and of course, Chino’s skill as a master captain. We saw hundreds of baby dolphins playing without a care; a pod of a 10 pilot whales, manta ray, flying fish, seals, sailfish jumping and most importantly, the big dorado. It is always amazing to watch as Chino sees a sailfish or dorado miles off in the distance, turns the boat in full circle, baits the hook and casts the line right to the fish. Then watch as they bite within seconds!

Norma has a new Spa located on the main road just before leaving town towards the highway. This was my first time and definitely will become a regular ritual to even further relax me. What a life I have!! Here the receptionist and me are below the large Loreto Spa sign, so you know what to look for. She is English speaking and it’s easy to make an appointment by calling 613 135 0455.

The BEST way to end a busy week such as I have, is to go with a friend to Norma’s Salon and have a pedicure. We brought chilled wine, sat in massage chairs, caught up on the week’s Loreto news, while we were pampered for an hour. Lulu was terrific and the massage chairs were an added bonus.

We had a tour of the Spa afterwards and were very impressed with what Loreto now offers. They offer the usual treatments of manicure, facials, massages, nice bathrooms with showers for men and women (separate of course). The equipment is new and they even have an Exfoliating Body Scrub and Vichy Shower Treatment Room. If you have never had this, it is a wonderful way to get rid of all dust and dirt that seems to permeate our skin living in Loreto, while offering a completely tranquilizing experience.

Soon to be open is a whirl pool room which can be reserved for private groups to relax after their treatments, or for couples to enjoy some romantic time alone. I think this is the birthday party place for grown ups with discriminating tastes. Celebrating a special event in Loreto? Call Norma’s and be ready to be pampered. Call me if you need friends!

Contrary to popular belief, I do work full time in managing a real estate company in Loreto. On Saturday morning, I took Ariel Klein and Drew McNabb on a realtor tour to view some spectacular beachfront property south of Loreto. Although Ariel and Drew specialize in Loreto Bay, it is always good to see the comparables and realize that $600,000 can buy you 4 acres with 400 ft of sandy beach next to the Villa Group Ensenada Blanca project. Feel free to contact arielk@loretobay.com or drew@doradoloreto.com for more information.

All work and no play make us very dull. Loreto is all about relationships and we often take the time to mix business with pleasure. We drove off the beaten track and ended up at Pt. Escondido and Puerto Bello Restaurant. We shared a Chef’s Salad and large pizza with pepperoni, sausage and olives. It was ample and delicious. The service was quick, but we slowed things down with a few cervezas. Prices were reasonable, and view outstanding. Highly recommended!

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay watching the crews clean the nearby yachts, we all of sudden heard Carlos Santana’s music full blast. The rhythm brings back good memories and a smile to my face. Pedro feels it too and comes over to dance with me. So spontaneously and naturally, we are doing the salsa in the middle of the day for no reason other than we can. That is Living La Vida Loca!

Have a great week!

Miss Nellie
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