Loreto Baja Golf Resort & Spa
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We’re headed north again on our way to San Ignacio Lagoon where the grey whales come to have their babies. We’ve got two nights before we’re expected at whale camp and we decided to get as far as Loreto on the first leg. It’s on the Sea of Cortez side of the Baja and is quite beautiful. We weren’t sure where we going …
More than slightly disappointed by Loreto's lacklustre town centre and inaccessible, rocky beaches, we decided to push on in the dark to the Bahia de Concepcion (Bay of Conception - speaking of babies ;)
But we'll always remember Loreto for the panoramic views as you descend the mountains and the breathtaking sight of the red moon rising over the ocean just after sunset.
Let your imagination run with that ...
... from a bacterial infection encountered 3 years ago, so I started treating it as our good Dr. Gutiérrez in P.V. prescribed at that time: I took 1000 mg of Cipro and started drinking as much fluids as possible, especially electrolytes. Meanwhile Andrew made the decision to raise the anchor at first light (06:30) and head straight up to Puerto Escondido where I could see a doctor in Loreto.
Puerto Escondido is 39 nm, about 8 hours from Los ...
... tomorrow morning and a panga must be hired to take the crew ten miles across Magdalena Bay where the Grace O'Malley should be waiting... or not.
Nightime finds Paul and Tom in the open air bar engaged in a game of werdball and polishing off every partial bottle of exotic spirits the bar has left. This is a Mecca for whalewatchers January through March but it's the off season now. At ...
... To help supplement her diet, we just bought a new fishing rod and reel. A friend of ours took us out for some bottom fishing lessons a few days ago and within about an hour we reeled in a nice collection of triggerfish, hog fish, and a grouper. Therefore, the spear gun might get a little rest as we try our luck with the dinghy fishing. The water has been on average at least 5 degrees colder than the same time period last year. ...
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A beautiful setting
We stayed at Camino Real for 4 nights in March. The hotel is beautiful, including rooms, pool area and grounds. The food on the whole was ok.
We had a meal plan which included breakfast (buffet), lunch (at snack bar) and dinner in the dining room and local drinks. I got really sick for 2 days from food or drink so we didn't really get our money's worth on the meal plan. The area around the hotel was great for wildlife (birds, fish etc.). Kayaking, snorkeling and sailing are included with your room. There weren't many guests, so this was a very quiet relaxing vacation (except for being sick).
Planning a return stay
We stayed at the Camino Real in the Fall of 2002. Off season, so pretty quiet. There were some issues-- similar to what we encounter throughout Mexico. Questions about the validity of our credit card. Questions about how long we were staying. Basically, we felt that it was a very nice hotel in an undeveloped area trying just a bit too hard to be a luxury resort. They are best when they play to their strength. Good food. Lovely setting. We're planning a return visit this spring. We also prefer to go without meal plans. The food is very good, but the town of Loreto is charming and has a couple of very good restaurants to try.
One of the only true 5 star Resorts in Loreto
If you're looking for a "Cabo" experience or should I say a 5 star resort experience in Loreto - this is the place to stay! We visited the area just recently (first week of Sept 2003) and ended up staying at a 2-3 star hotel in Loreto until we found this place and then promptly moved! Its a "real" resort with mult. restaurants - all good, great service - quickest room service I've ever experienced in Mexico OR the states, and boasts truly beautiful views from all rooms. We had the standard Jr. Suite and it was lovely with a beautiful bath. Their beach is steps away from the pool, lots of Palapa's to keep out of the sun, and free kayak use. Also the crescent shaped beach provided great snorkeling! Tons of sargent majors and king angels, without having to go out to the islands! Only drawback we found was it is about 15 minutes from town (cab was $15) but really one trip to "town" is plenty to buy souvenirs, tour the Mission, etc.. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat!
Aero California cancelled our flight
Aero California cancelled out flight out of Loreto after a grueling wait in an overheated waiting area at the Loreto Airport. We were put up at the Camino Real and they were caught with an unexpected influx of over 125 instant guests. The room that we were given had not been used for a long time and the air conditioning was not able to keep up with the heat load in the walls of the room. The result was a most unconfortable night in the room. The services at the hotel are superb and the staff very attentive. This is an all inclusive resort so all the meals and the beverages are included in the room rate. The only strange part of the room was that the shower head and the enclosure in the shower put water all over the bathroom. I don't know who designed the bathroom but it was impossible to prevent water from getting out of the shower area into the floor and w.c. area of the bathroom. The manager Erik Van Der Kaaig was very attentive to the guests needs. The hotel was only 30% occupied until our arrival and this influx was handled well by the hotel. Rumor is that deals can be made on the posted room rates due to the vacancy rate.
I've stayed at this hotel a total of three times now and fel like an accurate review is in order. As a group, we always stayed at the Eden, but because of there closing, we opted for the El Camino. The first time we stayed there, the service, food and accomadations were excellant. We planned another fishing excursion and stayed at the El Camino once again. This time the service and food were so so. I just returned yesterday and wanted to give an accurate description. The service, except a few exceptionally friendly people, was terrible. We had 11 rooms total and at least 1/3 had shower, air conditioning or bathroom problems. We opted for the non-inclusive because we like to eat in town as there are a few good restaurants one of which is the infamous El Neato. We did purchase some drinks at the bar and ate some of the food ( A huge mistake ) as 13 of the 19 people got terrible stomach cramps and diarrea. The pool bar closes early and the golf couse at best is a farm yard except for a few good holes. Why would we return? Well, I've played the couse the first year only and the hotel took a terrible slide downhill each time. I will never stay there again. We booked our reservations before the Eden ( now the Whale Inn ) reopened. The hotel is on the beach ( but it's not the only one ) is a five star ( really? ). There are other places to stay in the Loreto. I can't recommend the Whale Inn as I've yet to stay there after the reopen, but have stayed there 4 years and was never dissapointed. The fishing can be superb and the relaxing can be even better. Do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere.
Bad, Bad, Bad
Stayed at the Camino Real Loreto from May 1-4, 2003. We accepted the American Plan (CAP) for USD 40.- plus 10% service plus 12% taxes per person. Signed a paper that all national, alcoholic and non alcoholic were included. Big surprise, the waiters had no idea what an american plan was. The national drinks were limited to the worst brands, even so there are very good tequilas like Don Julio and Centenario, they were excluded from the american plan (nobody told us till the day we made the check-out) The food is poor, at lunch time only burgers, tacos and sincronizadas. The "camarones" were excludes (what else).For USD 200/Nite we had the Master Suite with a Jacuzzi on the terrace, you couldnt use the Jacuzzi because only brown water eas available, even though maintenance tried hard...! We got USD 50.- off/nite. At the check out they presented us a bill for USD 300.- for alcoholic, national beverages which were not included in the american plan. I talked to the mangement, showed them the paper i signes were it says "all national alcoholic" were included. They took the USD 300. off my bill. If you go, be carefull... I wont go back..
From the moment I walk into the main lobby of the hotel, my breath was taken away with the view of the Sea of Cortez! This is not a luxury hotel...this is where you go to be at peace and (corny as it sounds) "one with nature". It is not "roughing it" by any means, but is not the Ritz. The staff goes out of their way to please you and sometimes they have to make up for a mistake, but no worries...life is too short to be bothered by simple set backs that help you enjoy the scenery a little longer! Although no one wants to see Loreto turn into Cabo, Cancun or even Rosarito, the nice thing was that we were one of very few at the hotel. But, I do believe if there were more people there we would have had the same excellent attention. The room was awesome (we had the suite with the jacuzzi on the terrace)! Loreto is an incredible town, small and quaint, the food is some of the best I've had, the people are happy to see you, the golf course...oh my God, the diving is unlike any I've ever done, fishing is world class..ll this in a tiny town. I can't say enough! I can say we've been back to the hotel several times and have told many of our friends and family about it...they've gone and loved it too! Feel free to write and ask questions...I am a Loreto pro now.
Lovely place, hotel needs improvement
I stayed in the Camino Real Loreto from December 23-29.
The place where the hotel is located is very nice, by the beach, by the desert and by the golf course.
It is an excellent location to get away and relax, the beach is nice, but December is kind of cool, and at least to my test the waters are cool, even though it looks like a great place to swim in the warmer months.
As the hotel was opened in February, 2002, I have the impression it still has to catch up to the Camino Real level.
Ocupation was low during that week.
Restaurant service is something to improve, the staff is unexperienced and most likely has not received training, what bothered me is that several waiters gladly assist but things fall through the crackks, and therefore the service is inefficient. maybe if only one waiter would be assigned per table, efficiency would improve.
Also, I did not like the fact that when ordering something the service was low and upon asking waiters or the restaurant supervisor, they would not offer an explanation or status.
Unfortunately the hotel does not provide voice mail, and my mother did not receive messages from another family member calling long distance, that is definetely something awful and has to be taken care of.
Also the reservations were not ready as we ordered, but since the occupation was low, we had another room,
I would rate the location excellent, but the service must improve.
Go anywhere else
Spent our 20th anniversary here in May, 02. We were promised that all water sports would be included along with all meals, domestic drinks, mini bar, etc. First off, there were no water sports included, and the price of rentals was astronomical. Second, we recieved a bill for over $100 when we left for the mini-bar, and to top it off, I just got charged a second time on my credit card for rooms. I am in the process of disputing this now. What a joke.
Camino Real Loreto Baja
We took very relaxing 4 night vacation to the Camino Real Loreto Baja in April 2002, and I'd thought I'd briefly share our experience since internet information on this spectacular hotel is sparse at best. While the hotel is not a true all-inclusive, it does have a drinks/meal/taxes/tips plan.
The hotel just opened on Feb 15, 2002 and is located on a great stretch of beach south of Loreto in Baja (at the end of the beach South of the Solare). There's a lot of info on the internet about Loreto - just do some Google searching - so I won't go into much detail about Loreto, and the hotel does have a website.
The flight from LAX to Loreto on Aero California was uneventful. For aging DC9's the planes looked great inside - certainly more legroom than Delta or United, and free beer. We were met at the airport by the ground transportation company (C&C) after playing "red light green light" in customs (we got green!) and whisked to the hotel, about a 10 minute drive tops.
The hotel is beautiful. Of course everything is brand new and the staff wants to make everything right for their guests. The food is outstanding - nuff said - and they don't skimp on the tequila in the margaritas!
There's much to do right at the resort. It sits very close to the golf course which is never crowded and from what I hear the green fees cheap. There's a water sports center with a hobie and several kayaks but we never did check that out. The beach has many palapas to sit under if you've had enough sun, there's pretty good snorkeling off the point in front of the hotel, and of course the pool (with swim-up bar) is always inviting (although the hot-tub was broke when we were there). I shot hoops daily and they also have volleyballs and soccer balls for use. The lounge chairs at the beach and pool have very comfortable cushions on them and it's easy to fall asleep. We also hiked to the top of the hill for some great views of the resort, Nopolo, and the coast.
We went into Loreto one day and really liked it. About $14USD for a taxi into town. It is a small town and unlike many other Mexican vacation destinations we've been to there were no aggressive timeshare or trinket salespeople. Fishing and eco-tours (e.g. kayaking) are still the main draw to Loreto.
We were supposed to go to the Solare back in September - but after rescheduling 3 times (9/11, Hurricane Julliette, and the Solare closing) we ended up at the Camino Real. While the Camino Real does not have the activities or CO beach that the Solare had, and it is not adults-only, it is newer and on a better stretch of beach
There were only about 12 people at the hotel - so while nobody I spoke with wants Loreto to become a Cancun or Cabo, they do need a little more traffic than what they have now. The only real issue is transportation to Loreto - as of May '02 there are only a few flights per week on Aero California from LAX, and one on Aero Litoral daily but it stops and the times are not that great.
Feel free to email with questions to firstname.lastname@example.org - I only check this account once a week or so though.