The Inn at Loreto Bay opened in Loreto, Nopolo, yesterday without much fanfare or fuss. I believe only the Snack Shack is open at this time and there will be 30 hotel rooms available in October. The pools are filled with water and the lounge chairs available for use of Loreto Bay homeowners and guests.
It was great to drop by and see a few familiar faces of our waiters and friends. This group of diehard homeowners who braved the summer heat and lack of restaurant, gift shop or amenities, were out to share a meal and some laughs. We toasted to each other and all our friends for good times ahead.
People have wondered Where In the World Is Nellie as I vacated my Loreto office earlier this year and been taking a well deserved rest since the media frenzy of Swine Flu destroyed our tourism. I will be opening my new office in the Loreto Plaza in the next few weeks and more to come about that later.
In the meantime, Alan Axelrod and Michael Bartlett were in here last week and I am reserving one of their commercial spaces on the paseo in Loreto Bay for our Baja BOSS Property Management and Dorado Properties Loreto Real Estate businesses. It was a coincidence that we happen to be discussing this in my old malecon office which is now a quaint little breakfast and lunch spot! Great food, low prices, friendly service. Check it out!
There is still much positive energy and good news in this tranquil little town. The Villa Group’s new Santa Fe Hotel is nearing completion next to Domingo’s Steak House at the entrance to Loreto and scheduled to open in November. It will be their business hotel for guests interested in their newest resort Villa Del Palmar Loreto located 30 minutes south of Loreto in Ensenada Blanca.
The Villa Group, with its solid reputation for delivering vacation experiences to its thousands of clients in several Mexican destinations describes its newest resort the Villa Del Palmar Loreto as follows:
Loreto: Untouched. Unspoiled. Unbelievable.
You may have seen the color aqua before. But never like this.
The water is untouched. This earth is unspoiled. And this aqua is uncommonly brilliant. Bay of Loreto is one of the few remaining places on earth worthy of its most common description, pristine. The bay is blessed with enormous amounts of natural beauty, yet is is largely undeveloped. It seems the world is just now discovering how magical this setting really is. In the distance, the five islands that float on the horizon of the Sea of Cortez have formed an ecological barrier creating an underwater concentration of every spectacular sea animal one can imagine. And with the mountains reaching into the brilliant, sun-soaked skies, it is not only hard to believe it is real, it is nearly impossible to endure the moments before you arrive.
I completely agree as the magic of Ensenada Blanca takes my breath away each time I visit, and I get swept up to think "YES, I want a vacation place here". The Villa Group concept is a simple one. Build a resort of uncommon beauty and world class luxury on Mexico’s most dramatic beachside locations. Their master plan for Loreto will feature 1,800 acres of remarkable beauty, including restaurants, a Rees Jones golf course, up-scale timeshares, various ownerships, and grand hotels.
My friend and Loreto Bay neighbor, Brant Roshinsky is the Sales Manager for the Villa Group. Brant gave me a personal tour of the development this week and I was awed by the progress as they only seemed to break ground late last year. The site is very secure and access is only provided by invitation.
There are 3 large buildings under construction at the same time including Building 4 and 7 which are residential time share units and the Commercial Building that will house 41,000 sq ft of spas, retail shops and restaurants. They have a viewing platform which shows the views from a first floor unit and I can only imagine how spectacular the 5th floor would be!!
The master plan includes 165 time share units similar to the luxurious quality of the Estancia in Cabo San Lucas. I have stayed often at the Villa Del Palmar, Villa Del Arco, and Villa La Estancia and each new resort property is better than the last. I appreciate the tasteful furnishings, large open spaces, natural stone floors and countertops. There are plenty of large windows everywhere to enjoy the breathtaking view.
The Villa Group is offering some fabulous preconstruction incentives at this time which make it very attractive to get in early to enjoy the amenities and benefits that will be available as early as next year. Even for those local Loreto homeowners, this is a great place to have a unit for your extra guests or romantic weekend getaways. Brant tells me that they will allow owners to covert their full value into fractional ownership or custom golf course lots in the future when those become available.
The Villa Group has 25 years experience building resort properties in Mexico, and this project is fully funded. There is no risk involved in buying here. I was impressed by the clean and expansive worker housing and food service on site. They have their own construction company and cement batch plant.
The first floor you see is the underground parking and they are already working on the second floor of the buildings. Breaking ground and putting in the mechanical infrastructure is always the most time consuming and I am excited to see the progress from here on in.
Brant is a fellow Canadian and very friendly. If you see him by the Community Pool, say hello and tell him Nellie says hi! For more information on the Villa Group visit www.villagroupresorts.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week!