Sunday, November 29, 2009


The new SANTA FE HOTEL opened last week, just 18 months after they started construction. As you enter town it is the largest newest building next to Domingo’s Steak House. The SANTA FE HOTEL offers 120 rooms, free parking, wireless internet, deli style internet café, ATM machine, large self service laundry facilities, and a huge wall of coolers for beer and wine.

The inside courtyard pool is very lovely offering Jacuzzi and lounging areas protected from the wind. This hotel will soon be a favorite among the fishermen and off road racing groups, as there is so much space both in the rooms and the facilities.

All rooms are Suites that are nicely appointed with one or two double beds. Included in each room is a kitchenette, with microwave, blender, coffee maker and toaster; dining table, TV, in room safe large enough for a laptop computer and nice bathrooms with showers. All rooms have sliding glass doors for added light and great for families and groups as many of the rooms have adjoining doors.

The rates are very reasonable and start from $56 USD for a suite with one double bed; and only $63 USD for a much larger room with two double beds. Prices are based on double occupancy. This is the headquarters of the Villa Group Ensenada Blanca Project, and they will be offering many great promotions for dinners and activities to further enhance your stay in Loreto. For more information visit or call 011 52 613 134 0400.

Fernando Pelayo is the General Manger from their Cabo division and looking forward to welcoming many guests and providing first rate customer service, offered at only a few hotels in the area. Many may remember Pablo from the Mediterano Restaurant and he is with Hotel Security. They ensure that your cars and valuables are looked after, and that only guests are roaming around the hotel.

Their internet café, deli and market should be open December 15, 2009, and this will be open to the general public. I am looking forward to seeing what types of sandwiches and salads they will be offering as any selection will be more variety than our current choices. Loreto has come a long way in three years and we welcome change.

A little hidden secret not known by many is the MUY MUY Café on Benito Jueves next to the Corn Tortilla Shop. Jose is the owner and baker, and has been in business for almost two years now serving fresh baked muffins and yes … real donuts! He makes apple fritters, bear claws, and several different glazes on his donuts including chocolate. He even has donut holes which are a great treat for the kids, or a nice light tidbit for those of us watching our calorie intake.

Many of my friends were not even aware that you could get fresh donuts in town. Drop by and say hello to Jose and support another entrepreneur trying to stay alive during these slow times. His shop is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 11 am; and again from 12 noon to 2 pm. He is closed Saturday and Sunday. A dozen glazed donuts are 85 pesos and a nice surprise for your neighbors and friends while they are hot and fresh.

The biggest event of the week was Dali Deli’s grand opening of their Wine Room. Most everyone knows about Dali Deli located on Benito Jueves who have been offering specialty items and meats to keep us ex-pats happy for the past 3 years. Beatrice was at the door greeting customers, including Glen Mickowski who just sailed into town with his wife Joyce, for a few days to stock up for their next adventure.

It was a fabulous turnout and packed with friends all dressed up Loreto style to mingle and socialize, and enjoy the many different wines offered. Dali Deli will be the second distributorship for Los Cabos Wine Importers in Baja and everyone is excited about this new venture.

Juan Manuel Solis, is the Sommelier and Importer based in Cabo San Lucas. Juan Manuel has been working with the Villa Group in Cabo for many years, and now with their new Santa Fe Hotel, as well as the beautiful new La Mision Hotel, feels that this partnership with Dali Deli will be a win/win for all local residents and visitors.

Owner Jose Luis was running around attending to all the details and everything was perfect. Chef Felipe catered the appetizers and is quickly becoming known as the In Home Chef at Loreto Bay. His website is and I have been told that he will come to your home and cook dinner parties for 8 to 10 people, or cater large parties. Many cases of wine were sold this evening and it was a very successful fun event.

Pedro Lopez of Porto Bello Restaurant was sampling many new wines to consider stocking for his 2 locations. Pedro asked me to let you know that his airport restaurant is now only open on the days of the flights … Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 4 pm. Otherwise, you can visit him 7 days a week at the Puerto Escondido Porto Bello Restaurant from noon to 8 pm.

Build it and they will come … we in Loreto are ready and waiting!