February 1, 2016 12:05 am

“Maintaining unspoiled views, crystal clear waters and a rich environment is a vital piece of who we are,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group. “We are proud of the many eco-friendly practices we’ve implemented at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. We are dedicated to doing our part to preserve the area’s natural beauty and cultural history by minimizing our environmental footprint as much as possible.” Opening in February 2016, the Danzante Golf Course is being designed to work with the natural beauty and serenity of its surrounding environment. Where possible, plants that must be removed during the construction of the course are being transplanted and relocated throughout the golf course to maintain native landscaping. Those plants that are unable to be transplanted are being used as compost and reintroduced to the area’s soil. In addition, the resort is opting for organic fertilizers instead of hazardous chemicals, as well as maintaining the course with treated water and the use of solar energy for water heating needs, in order to protect the natural environment. Guests who visit Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto are awestruck by the natural beauty of the region, which includes the majestic Sierra de la Giganta mountain range and indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez. The resort’s location within the world’s second largest protected National Marine Park helps limit the size and power of boats that traverse its waters, keeping pollution from watercraft to a minimum, meanwhile protecting the area’s abundant marine life. Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto has worked closely to preserve indigenous flora and fauna in the region with the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), which is the federal agency responsible for promoting the protection, restoration and conservation of ecosystems, natural resources, environmental goods and services in Mexico. As for other ways in which Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto goes green, its solar-panel-lined roofs collect and store power from the area’s more than 300 sunny days each year, greatly reducing the resort’s energy needs. The resort also uses a seawater purification system that collects and purifies water from the Sea of Cortez for use throughout the hotel. The system mitigated the need to create a 30-mile water pipeline from the town of Loreto to Danzante Bay. In addition, the resort created a greywater recycling program, which helps conserve water and aids irrigation on the property, as well as recycles aluminum, glass and plastic. Other sustainable efforts include the Villa del Palmar at the Island’s of Loreto’s maintenance of its own vegetable and herb garden, which are used in gourmet meals at its three restaurant – The Market Restaurant, Casa Mia and the fine-dining Danzante Restaurant – for a farm-to-table experience. Baja has much to offer beyond the popular destination of Los Cabos. Venture further north  on this magical peninsula and  discover the untouched  natural wonderland of the Islands of Loreto.*]]>