Alegria Villas

Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico Book from Book from £102 per night

Three rustic, delightful thatch-roofed villas for 2-6, overlooking a shimmering lagoon and the Pacific; plus six suites in nearby Todos Santos for 2-4
Privacy, serenity and an ocean view, a mile from arty Todos Santos. At the end of a dusty track, a short walk from the spectacular lagoon and long pristine beach of La Poza, is a trio of adjacent villas whose comforts are considerable and whose lovely high palapa thatch ceilings keep you cool. And if you can't resist the bohemian charm of Todos Santos itself, there are six suites in the centre to choose from.

Wander the sands, dip your toes in the waves - the current's too strong for swimming - or sit back on your patio with a nice cool beer and listen to the abundant wildlife. La Poza is a wonder of nature: not just dolphins and whales but also frigatebirds, osprey, turtles and exotic vegetation play against that limpid lagoon, those white sands and the sunsets of pink and gold. The villas are rather lovely too, their expressive adobe walls hugging the gated hillside. You get cathedral ceilings and comfortable double beds. Villa Adobe is large, Villa Palma gets good views, and both have patios for dining al fresco. Beside them lies spacious Casa del Lago, a former artist's studio with two bedrooms over two storeys, plus terraces and a private dock with a canoe. No wonder they call it Alegria - Spanish for 'joy'.

Highs

  • Location, location, location! Choose between nature and town settings
  • The adobe and palm-thatch architecture is charming
  • The thoughtful staff are efficient and delightful
  • The villas are close to the delights of historic Todos Santos, which is brimming with galleries, arty shops and places to eat; the suites are in amongst the action
  • You're serenaded by crickets and birds, and fall asleep to the sound of the sea

Lows

  • It's a very bumpy ride from town on a long dusty track
  • The villas are set close together - though that's a plus if you're renting with friends
  • There's no pool, but at some times of the year you can swim in the freshwater lagoon
  • There's no TV or music player (but there is WiFi)

Best time to go

High season is November to April, when the heat, humidity and chance of storms are lowest. Because they're so close to the beach, the villas benefit from cooling ocean breezes for most of the year. July and August are extremely hot; September and October are susceptible to hurricanes and downpours.

Our top tips

During high season (December to April), yoga and meditation classes are held daily in town. There's also a day spa offering all sorts of body wraps and scrubs.

Great for...

Beach
Cheap & Chic
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Beach Villas and Town Suites
  • 3 villas and 6 suites
  • Self-catering only
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Maid Service
Room:

Rooms

The three villas have lovely, lofty palm-woven ceilings, earthy-pink adobe walls, and a mixture of modern and artisan furniture.

The two smaller villas snuggle up to each other and are ideal for two parties holidaying together. However, they face different ways, so you get privacy too. Villa Adobe has one large bedroom with a kingsize muslin-draped bed, plus a daybed in the living room - perfect for two, comfortable for three. A sliding door in the bedroom opens to a small terrace for that lagoon view. Villa Palma offers a separate sleeping alcove with a kingsize bed, and a living room with a sofa, a table, and leather and rattan bucket chairs.

Largest of all is Casa del Lago, boasting 1500 sq.ft of terraces, and nearly twice that amount of space inside. The lower floor has a living room with fireplace, a dining area, a kitchen, a guest bathroom and a studio/office; alongside is the master suite, with its own living area, fireplace, bathroom and wide views towards the lagoon. The floor above has a very large terrace with sitting areas, a dining area and partial shade. The second bedroom suite has a glassed sleeping alcove overlooking the ocean and lagoon, and a bathroom.

All six suites (sleeping 2-4) in Todos Santos town centre are spacious, with whimsical hand-crafted elements on adobe walls and Bajan architecture. Tortuga has two queensize beds in one bedroom; the others have one kingsize bed. All have decorative murals, as well as balconies. The suites may be in the midst of the town's creative hub, but tree trunk, sea turtle and shell embellishments bring the lagoon's essence to Todos Santos in an instant.

Features include:

  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Oven
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

All 3 villas have kitchens for self-catering. All the suites are self-catered, but have no cooking facilities - just a Nespresso machine and a fridge. Those in Villa Adobe and Villa Palma are equipped with a fridge, an oven and a 4-ring hob. Other gadgets include a smoothie-maker, a coffee machine and a water dispenser. Adobe's kitchen opens to a large dining terrace, Palma's to a beautiful thatch-shaded patio with spectacular views of the lagoon and ocean, leading to a patch of private garden. Casa del Lago's kitchen includes a full stainless steel stove with an oven, a dishwasher and a fridge. All kitchens are fully stocked with dishes, glasses, pots and pans.

If you love fish, it doesn't get fresher than straight from the local boats. Between 1pm and 3pm the fishermen return in their panga boats to Punta Lobos, a beach a couple of kilometres out of town, with the catch of the day.

As for eating out, you're spoiled for choice: Todos Santos is blessed with an unusual number of good places to eat. For tacos, burritos and papas rellenas (stuffed potatoes) try the taco stand at the end of Calle Juarez. For sandwiches, soups, an assortment of Mexican dishes, breads, muffins, cakes and great coffee there's Caffe Todos Santos (calle Centenario 33). For excellent food and wines in a lovely garden setting try Las Casitas on Calle Juarez; or for the most popular food in town head to La Esquina Cafe, which has excellent homemade fare, a lively atmosphere and is a hit among locals.

Features include:

  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander round the cobbled streets of Todos Santos, once a sugarcane village, now a delightful small town brimming with history and creativity. Shoppers will find both high-end galleries and arts and crafts shops; for local hand-crafted cookware from the Baja Mountains, seek out the small pottery shop next to the Catalina bookshop
  • This is a wildlife paradise (85 species of bird), alive with coots, pelicans, herons, grebes, egrets, cactus wrens, frigates, dolphins and whales - watch them from the salt- and freshwater lagoon on La Poza beach, a flip-flop away, or from the comfort of your lounger on your thatched terrace
  • Sunbathe and dream on the secluded Playa la Cachora (the Pacific waves pack a punch so it's unsuitable for swimming most of the year). Or drive south to the lovely beach at La Palma, which has safe swimming and is approached through a palm grove
  • Go surfing: great waves are to be found in nearby Los Cerritos, San Pedrito and La Pastora - all legendary surfing sites. The beach for beginners is Los Cerritos, which has a surf camp on-site, while serious surfers head for San Pedrito (rocky bottom but mega waves)
  • Limited nightlife can also be found nearby: La Garra restaurant has entertainment and dancing at the weekends; on Saturdays, rock classics are played by Flashback at Hotel California (which also does pretty decent food). Otherwise the place more or less closes down after 9pm (roosters apart!). If you love to party, head for the salsa clubs of La Paz, which is an hour north on a good road
  • Go hiking: there are wonderful ocean trails at Punto Lobos and La Palma. A great excursion is the hike to Puerticitos, a spectacular hidden deep-water cove south of Punto Lobos. For those who like mountain hikes, the trek up the Sierra de la Laguna is quite an adventure

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Whale watching
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are welcome, but baby cots and nursery furniture are not provided, and parents of infants or small children will need to provide mattress protection. Families should book either Villa Adobe, which has space for 3 using the daybed in the sitting room; or Casa del Lago, which has 2 bedrooms with kingsize beds, as well as an additional single bed in the upstairs bedroom, sleeping a total of 5. As the lagoon is deep in places and is unguarded, keep a close eye on little ones.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Kid Friendly:

Location

The villas are 1.5km from the historic town of Todos Santos, on the Pacific coast of the Baja California peninsula, and about 100km north of Los Cabos. The suites are in the centre of Todos Santos itself.

By Air
La Paz (80km away) is the nearest airport and is served by flights from Mexico City and some US airports. Los Cabos International (120km away) has more services, with links to many Mexican and North American cities.

By Car
Most visitors rent a car and drive to Todos Santos. From Los Cabos it's a drive of 70 minutes on the new toll road; from La Paz it's an hour - see our car rental recommendations.

By Bus
If you don't want to rent a car, Baja Eco Tours offers regular shuttle services from La Paz airport and San Jose del Cabos airport to Todos Santos, and Las Aguilas bus lines run north and south almost every hour. You can take a shuttle or a taxi from the airports to the bus depots.

Detailed directions are provided when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • La Paz General Manuel Márquez De León International 80.0 km LAP
  • Los Cabos International 120.0 km SJD

Other:

  • Beach 0.2 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

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