During our visit to Loreto last April, George and I noticed some impressive construction along the Malecon that we thought were condos. Not so. Thanks to e-mails from our future neighbors Michael and Terri McMahon and Penny Davis, we learned today that it will be a lovely and very elegant hotel - La Mision.
According to the hotel's Web site - http://lamisionloreto-px.trvlclick.com/ - the facility is set to open in November and will feature 70 "sumptuous" rooms including two three-bedroom penthouse suites, three two-bedroom suites, and 65 deluxe standard rooms. Oddly, though, there is no mention that the rooms overlooking the Malecon will have a wonderful view of the Sea of Cortes, Loreto's most famous attribute. However, there is mention of many other amenties including at least two restaurants and a spa.
If the hotel lives up to the description and photos on the Web site, it will certainly be the most elegant place to stay in Loreto.
The news is good for a variety of reasons not least of which is that a hotel of this calibre is bound to heighten interest in Loreto thereby increasing demand for airline service to the area. Being named a hot spot with some of the world's sexiest beaches doesn't hurt in that effort either.
The only sour note in all this news is that Loreto is bound to change as more people discover what those of us who have bought in Loreto Bay already know: Loreto is quite simply a place of incomparable beauty and serenity. Here's hoping that never changes.