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This custom designed home in the heart of Loreto Bay is a few steps from the sandy beaches and the newly redesigned golf course. The 2400 sq ft house is spacious inside and out with three Master bedrooms (each with ensuite), two private courtyards and expansive decks on both the second and third levels that overlook the ocean, mountains and golf course. Each of the gardens and decks have comfortable furnishings for enjoying outdoor meals and a cool margarita under sunny or starry skies. As the house has several indoor and outdoor living spaces and an open concept plan for the kitchen/dining/family room, it would be appropriate for multiple families or couples.
The decor and furnishings are well appointed and comfortable. Granite countertops and decorative Mexican tiles adorn the two kitchens, the 3.5 bathrooms, the courtyards and seating niches. An airy brick bovedo arches over the entrance hall. There are soft leather love seats and mission style chairs and cool tiles floors with handmade rugs in front of the fireplace. Original artwork hangs in the living room and bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms are distinctively decorated and feature mesquite armoirs and side tables. Two bedrooms overlook the lushly vegetated tropical garden , and the third bedroom overlooks the private hot tub courtyard.
Step out the front courtyard gate and down the the cobbled walk 90 feet to the beach. From there, one can walk for miles adjacent to the gentle rolling surf, or swim/snorkel to Punto Nopolo, a rock outcrop surrounded by some of the brightest and most interesting array of tropical fish. An 8 minute walk leads to the Inn of Loreto Bay, and the pools, hot tubs, restaurants, and activities that can be found there.
In the other direction is the David Duvall and Tom Weber designed golf course, recently redesigned to take better advantage of the remarkable views and waterfront greens. The monthly rate for unlimited golf is so low that it pays even if you only stay for a week.
The Loreto area, which is the kayak centre of Mexico, offers much for the water sport enthusiast, including whale watching (blue whales and large schools of dolphins), great snorkeling, sailing and fishing. Within Loreto itself are a variety of dining options; cafes, restaurants, bars, and street side vendors. You can also buy groceries in town and do your own cooking and entertaining.
While Loreto is in a desert region, it has a more temperate climate with weather suited for golfing, mountain biking and hiking most of the year. Loreto also has many, many sunny days just for lying by the community pool or reading within your own private courtyard.
One of our favorite family memories is having the windows to the bedrooms open at night, the stars brightly shining above, and the sound of the waves lulling us to sleep. If there is a better place for a vacation, let me know, and I'll trade you a week at our place for a week at yours, just to see if I am right about the specialness of Loreto.
Keywords: Custom Home, Beach access, Casa, Villa, 3 storey, artists' home, baja villa,
Peter and Barbara Ambery and their co-owners, Doug and Cathie Makaroff live in Victoria BC, Canada. Peter and Barbara have spent many vacation trips in Mexico because of the warmth and the friendly people. Doug and Cathie (and three kids) love to travel to Loreto because of the great hiking, snorkeling and sailing. This home was custom designed by our good friend Douglas Campbell, (who has a house close by) and was the first house in all of Loreto Bay to be contructed of 'Perform Wall'. You will notice the massively deep walls which are very effective as passive heating and cooling. We also wanted a home that would meet our needs for family holidays and get aways.
Peter Ambery purchased this house in 2009
We chose Loreto Bay for it's wild beauty, the daily access to both the mountains and ocean, and the developer's commitment to sustainable development. The house is a unique expression of hand made colonial Mexico patterns and materials, as well as the modern, open concept that creates a luxurious sense of spacious living.
As well, both families love spending time in a Latin culture, that respects time together, family traditions, and slowing down.
The house is beautifully appointed, artful, with a sense of living in the environment, due to the indoor/outdoor options. We find that it is a great place to entertain, or just chill.
It is very close to the sea and at night we open the windows, watch the incredibly clear stars while listening to the lapping of the waves. For those of us from the north, that is a true retreat.
My wife and I stayed in Loreto Bay for a week over our Christmas breaks from work. This spacious home in a quiet, picturesque village exceeded our expectations in every way. The home was comfortable and had inviting indoor and outdoor spaces for eating meals, reading and relaxing.
We enjoyed exploring the area on foot, by kayak (the water boasting abundant sea life), and by taxi to Loreto. The restaurants we tried had excellent food and service and reasonable prices. It was exactly what we needed after a long stretch of work.
We are planning to return, to luxuriate there selfishly by ourselves again, or invite friends/family to join us since the house can easily accommodate a larger group.
The six people in our party agree that Loreto Bay is a development designed and run by geniuses. The garden paths delighted us everywhere we went, and everyone was friendly. We spent hours at each of the pools and the beach. We appreciated the kayaks provided by the homeowners and we rented SUPs from Jorge near the resort, where he gave thorough instruction for our first SUP experience. My husband and I had a blast with Joel on the ATV tour, which was a highlight of this trip. This is neither our first, nor our last trip to sweet Loreto.
We had friendly, responsive service from Dawn and Chris, the property managers. Dawn greeted me at the casa when I arrived and pointed out her favorite restaurants on a list. As we settled in, we noticed a musty smell that was particularly strong in one of the bedrooms. We called and Chris came over promptly and used an ionizing air cleaning machine, which helped, but did not eliminate the odor completely. Perhaps this was a result of a hurricane prior to our arrival, but I have been in Loreto post-hurricane and other houses I know didn't have musty odors.
All rooms were spacious and the beds were comfortable. The bedding was a bit worn, and the comforter was picked up for cleaning promptly per my request. The bathrooms had a modern feel; ours had one glass door for the shower and a second glass door for the toilet. It seems rather fussy of me, but I longed for Mexican tile surrounding the mirror and hand-painted sinks. However, towels were plush and plentiful and the shower had lovely blue tile.
The kitchen had plenty of room for group-cooking efforts, nice wood cabinetry and granite. Cookware and dish-wares were not fancy; we bought more drinking glasses and two or three more serving bowls would have been nice. Chris found a replacement blender for us, which we really appreciated.
Two of the men in our group went fishing with a local friend and they brought in a load of pargo and trigger fish, which we turned into a feast with groceries from El Pescadoro market in Loreto. The grill was a pleasure to use and the nearby benches on the upstairs patio were comfortable (although hot in the afternoon sun). The benches were particularly nice in the mornings; I sat on one most mornings with coffee and a book as the sun rose.
There was no bad seat at the viewing tower table; everyone had an eyeful of jagged Sierra mountains or ocean blue. Thank you for sharing this Loreto Bay Home.
My husband and I spent 2 weeks at this villa in May as a late honeymoon. The accommodation was perfect, though larger than needed for just the two of us. The well-appointed kitchen had everything we needed for our stay and the large bedroom and adjoining bathroom were delightful. We loved the outdoor spaces; particularly the spacious rooftop seating and cooking areas. The palapa was perfect for enjoying a glass of wine at the end of the day and we were treated to countless sunrises and sunsets from it's high vantage point.... we even enjoyed a rare lightening storm over the ocean one morning.
Nopolo is a lovely "village"; very clean and safe. The ocean is lovely and clear and we enjoyed many hours snorkeling and kayaking. We also rented a paddleboard from a rental hut on the beach and spent a few hours paddling around the bay. We spent a day hiking at nearby Tabor Canyon, which was a bit too hot for our liking, and also drove out to San Javier Mission. Unfortunately, we didn't arrive until late in the afternoon and found the church locked and the town practically abandoned. If you decide to do either of these activities, we recommend going early in the morning.
The highlight of our trip was chartering a boat to nearby Coronodo Island, which has great snorkeling and lovely white sand beaches. If we ever went back again, we would plan our trip in March/April, at the height of whale watching season, as we just missed this in May.
Although there are very few restaurants in the Nopolo area, we looked forward every day to our specialty coffee at El Corazon cafe. They serve delicious breakfasts and also have an impressive lunch menu. Raul, the barista, was fantastic and always made us feel welcome and special. The food was amazing and very reasonably priced. We also enjoyed a couple of light dinners at the Wine Cellar restaurant, though it has quite a limited menu. One really needs to drive to Loreto to enjoy a dinner out.
One thing we wished we knew beforehand is that a rental car is an absolute a necessity when staying in Nopolo. The town has very few amenities and one needs to go to Loreto for groceries and other supplies. We had assumed that we would be able to ride our bikes to town; however, we soon discovered that this was not possible. The highway between Nopolo and Loreto has no shoulder and it is a main thoroughfare for transport trucks. There is also no bus between the two towns and a round trip taxi ride is $40 Canadian.
What a lovely place to relax and enjoy the company of family & friends! The villa is fantastic as others have already mentioned the layout. The surrounding area has a great golf course,excellent restaurants and charming locals. I would be more than willing to revisit this area again.It has its own security for those who worry about such things.
We have just returned from 10 beautiful days in Loreto. We stayed at this property with two other couples. The accommodation was perfect for sharing as we each had a bedroom with adjoining full bathroom. The large kitchen, dining area and living room provided ample space for us to enjoy. The outdoor spaces had beautiful views and additional eating and lounging areas. The quiet corners with gardens and sitting areas provided private spaces to sit and read or meditate.
The complex has everything one could ask for. Two swimming pools, restaurants, shops and very friendly people. Roaming through the walkways is a botanical delight.
Loreto provides an authentic Mexican experience with a unique blend of urban/rural living. The areas has something for everyone. Hiking, kayaking, swimming, exploring or just relaxing, enjoying the warmth of the sun and reading a good book.
This was truly an enjoyable vacation and one we would love to do again.
Our family of five adults and one child stayed in this lovely home through the weeks of Christmas and New Years. The house was wonderful. It is stylishly and comfortably furnished. There's a large screen TV with a good movie selection (a couple of kid movies but mostly adult selections). It has a beautiful spacious rooftop deck on the second level for lounging and BBQs. The third floor upper deck has great views. There's a large hot tub that our daughter loved using as a swimming pool. The beach is just steps away. It's very nice for walking and admiring as you sit on one of the nearby hotel's lounge chairs. However, it's not great for sand play as the sand is more a mix of dirt and large grains than the fine sand that makes for great sandcastles. The ocean water in winter is quite cool but it was lovely to dip your feet in. The community of Loreto Bay is for the most part very quiet (we had some rather loud neighbors in the house with the pool behind us for part of our stay but we tend to be early to bed and to rise). Even during the busy holiday period, Loreto Bay never felt crowded. We always felt safe. There are facilities for golf and tennis nearby, both in need of a little TLC, but the back nine was spectacular for its views and the course wasn't crowded at all. The house has bikes and kayaks. We didn't use the kayaks but the community is a great place to ride a bicycle. Within walking distance there are a couple of very nice (although pricey by Mexican standards) restaurants and a great cafe with espresso drinks. There was internet available at the nearby community center and some of the restaurants. I would definitely recommend renting a car at least for a few days. All of the shopping is in the town of Loreto and there are some wonderful excursions. Our favorites: Juncalito Beach, Restaurante El Picazon, boat trip to Isla Coronado and drive to Mission San Javier. In sum: a wonderful place to spend the holidays!
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Water based sports can be arranged through the Inn at Loreto Bay, including sport fishing, sailing, whale watching in the Loreto National Marine Park. Our favorite activities include hiking to Primer Agua to see the lush Oasis with dozens of lemon, grapefruit and other citrus trees, and numerous pools and streams in the desert. Be sure to see the pre-historic rock painting on the way to Primer Agua.
The San Javier Mission is also a must see with massive traditional stone construction for the Mission buildings.
South of Loreto is the beautiful Porto Escondido, a hidden harbour for yachts and other craft. Also, a great place to hire excellent fishing guides.
Within Loreto itself, 6 miles to the north, there are numerous wonderful museums, restaurants, cafes, and bars. You will enjoy your stay all the more if you allow yourself to slow down to the tempo of the area. It truly is paradise.