Villa Santa Cruz

Small, Intimate Wedding on Spectacular Supermoon Eve at Villa Santa Cruz

Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Congratulations to Sara & Tim who tied the knot on a gorgeous Cinco de Mayo night at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico.  With an intimate guest list of just immediate family and close friends, their wedding ceremony and celebration was personal yet understated with elegant details.

They stood beneath a rustic palo de arco wedding trellis draped in gauzy white curtains to exchange vows while the surf gently rolled in behind them.



After their officiant/best man, Nick, announced that they were husband and wife, a lively troop of mariachis serenaded the couple under the Palapa and then led the wedding party up to the Villa's Roof Terrace for cocktails and appetizers.



The Villa was beautifully decorated by Barb & Jan of Pueblo Magico Weddings, with green succulents, driftwood and bold proteas (the bride specially requested this flower).



The cupcake table - delicious german chocolate, carrot cake and coconut lime cupcakes prepared by caterer, Catherine Edwards.



After cocktails on the roof, everyone headed downstairs for a sunset champagne toast.



At sunset, the supermoon rose over the mountains...



...and the sunset glowed, turning the sky pink.



Sara & Tim stole a dance under the beautiful canopy of lights.



What an elegant wedding!  We are thrilled to continue to host Sara & Tim this week for their honeymoon.  We wish them the best in their new life together.

Villa Santa Cruz Showcased as Top 10 Desert Getaway by Outside Online

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, is featured on OutsideOnline.com as one of the Top Ten Desert Getaways in the world.  Coming in at #4, we are thrilled to represent Todos Santos, Baja Sur on a list that includes locations in the United States, Chile, Bolivia & Namibia.  

The write-up in Outside Online highlights the eco-friendly nature of the Villa (solar electricity, organic vegetable garden) and wonderfully describes the guest experience at Villa Santa Cruz.  Here are a few of our favs:
  • It is an ideal spot for surfers with walk-off access to nearby breaks - right "out the front door and a five minute walk down the beach surfers can head to La Pastora, with its giant breaks and minimal crowds."  
  • It also highlights the amazing whale watching opportunities from the Villa - "Later in the season - from November to April - guests can watch migrating humpback whales from the rooftop terrace."  
Check out the link for the complete article and share it with your friends on Facebook & Twitter!

Neil Patrick Harris Officiates Wedding at Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos

Monday, April 30, 2012

Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach in Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico was proud to have hosted the beautiful wedding of Emma Bates & Joshua Zar on Saturday, April 28, 2012, with celebrity officiant Neil Patrick Harris.  NPH shared his love of Villa Santa Cruz by sending out this tweet to his 3.2 million Twitter followers:

@ActuallyNPH - And here's a view from the rooftop of the Villa where the wedding was held. villasantacruzbaja.com.  Thanks Matt & Jessica!  pic.twitter.com/b1PmTvEs  



Check out the lovely write-up and photos on the infamous, Pink is the New Blog, in which blogger Trent Vanegas describes the Villa as "one of the most beautiful estates I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing."  Don't forget to visit his follow up blog post that has another great photo of the newlyweds with NPH.

Here are more details and photos of the beautiful wedding:

Under a canopy of papel picado streamers and a bamboo chuppah decorated with flowing white fabric, the couple exchanged vows while their friends and family cheered them on.



After NPH declared that Emma & Josh were now husband and wife, mariachis poured on to the balconies overlooking the back lawn and congratulated the couple with lively Mexican music.

The couple headed inside for another kiss...

The guests then found their way up to the Roof Terrace and out to the Pool for delicious cocktails and appetizers.

The weather turned a little cool, so the party moved inside for dinner and toasts.  The beautiful candles around the fountain, gas lamps, and calla lily centerpieces made for a warm and cozy evening.

After dinner, the party moved outside under a canopy of lights to dance the night away.  The evening was capped off with the release of Chinese Wish Lanterns from the Villa's Beach.  We wish Emma & Josh the best in their new life together!

sherman silber commented on 01-May-2012 06:35 PM
dear josh and emma, i am so very sorry that i got that emergency dental abscess and could not go to the wedding. i was halfway there when i realized that i just had to go back to st louis and have my abscessed drained by an oral surgeon. but i rejoice
for you, and just wish i could have shared this great moment with you. uncle sherman

US State Department Recognizes Safety of Baja Sur - Finally!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The US State Department has finally recognized what we have known for a long time - that Todos Santos is one of the safest regions in North America.  When you visit Villa Santa Cruz, Todos Santos Hotel on the Beach, you will relish the privacy and seclusion of the Villa, enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean and leave your cares the moment you walk through our grand front entryway.  Although the State Department may be late with its recognition of the safety of the area, we are so glad it is finally sending the right message about Baja Sur!

US State Department Recognizes Safety of La Paz and South Baja

For the First Time, New Travel Notices for Mexico Specifically Separate La Paz and Other Regions, Confirming It as One of the Safest Cities in North America
La Paz

La Paz

LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, Mexico– In a significant move that recognizes the safety of La Paz and Baja California Sur, the U.S. State Department’s latest 2012 travel update states no security concerns for the region. For the first time, the regular update includes “no advisory” in effect for La Paz and the entire South Baja region. The move reaffirms the reputation of La Paz as the city of peace and abundance on the Sea of Cortez, and one of the safest places in the world to live in and visit.

“We applaud the U.S. State Department for recognizing what every visitor to La Paz experiences here: That it is a beautiful, peaceful city, and – along with the entire South Baja region – it is an entirely secure and rewarding place for vacations, for owning a second home, or for retirement,” said Agustin Olachea, President of La Paz Tourism Board, and spokesperson for the La Paz Developers Tourism Council. “Travelers can feel confident coming here, knowing that the peace that one quietly encounters in La Paz extends directly from the abundant ocean life and cultural richness that sets La Paz apart from any place on the planet.”

The report marks the first time that the State Department has broken down its Mexico travel update into specific populated areas and regions. According to an unnamed State Department source, the “granularized” report was compiled at the request of American business groups interested in employee security. It was not done to appease various boosters of Mexican tourism. Previous to this report, the US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs issued travel warnings to larger, more general areas for Americans visiting Mexico. The result was confusion, with some tourists curtailing plans for visiting Mexico in spite of huge areas of the country unaffected by recent drug-related violence.

The safety of Baja Sur in particular was also underscored by the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other international leaders at last month’s G20 Foreign Ministers Summit in Los Cabos.


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Todos Santos Artist Studio Tour

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our pueblo of Todos Santos, a bohemian artist community, was in true form on Sunday, February 12 when over 30 local artists opened their studio doors and welcomed in the public for the 3rd Annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour.  From Villa Santa Cruz, Todos Santos Hotel, we headed into town and started the tour at the neighborhood café, Cafelix, to receive our self-guided tour map and official red wristband.  We also browsed Cafelix’s Visions Gallery which had on display one work from each artist on the Studio Tour.  As novice art enthusiasts (notice the emphasis!), we set out on the tour, looking forward to chatting with the artists and learning about their craft.

We headed up the main drag and stopped in at the Galeria de Todos Santos to visit with artists Michael Cope and Erick Ochoa.  Their studio, an outdoor garden space draped in weather-resistant tarps, let in natural sunlight and a soft breeze while beautifully exhibiting their large oil works.  (They also have an Asian inspired restaurant, Michael's at the Gallery, on Friday & Saturday nights).

We then stopped at Diane Knight’s Purple Door Studio and enjoyed her work – lovely paintings inspired by life in Mexico.

At Tori Sepulveda’s studio, we were hypnotized by her paintings of strong women and horses. 

Next door, we visited with Nanette Hayles and ogled her vibrant mosaics and discussed her emotionally charged pieces that depict the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy.

Jill Logan’s lovely garden studio displayed her colorful and sensual landscapes, broken tile murals and bold abstracts.

As we headed back towards La Pastora Beach to Villa Santa Cruz, we stopped at the Studio of Gloria Santoyo Ruenitz.  She explained how she combines encaustic,  found objects and photography into her works.

Our last stop was to see Jan Marie Sessler, whose serene abstracts featuring ocean colors and found materials were calming.

We were proud to have supported the artist community of Todos Santos during the Studio Tour.  We are continually impressed by the ingenuity and beauty in the works they create.  Our sincere thanks to the artists for sharing your spaces with us!

Yacht Charter in La Paz with Baja.com - Beauty in our Backyard

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thanks to our friends at Baja.com - a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel advice on Baja California, Mexico - we spent the day aboard a spectacular yacht in the Sea of Cortez, explored the beautiful Balandra Beach and swam with whale sharks.  While our guests at Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, are usually quite content enjoying the Villa and Todos Santos, this day trip to La Paz is a "must do" for any guest of Villa Santa Cruz and any traveler to Baja Sur.

The Samurai - what a beauty!

Arriving bright and early to the La Paz marina after an hour drive from Todos Santos, we were welcomed by Kenny Busick, the owner and captain of our vessel for the day, The One Baja's 56' Samurai Luxury Yacht.  Over piping hot coffee and breakfast on board, we met up with the Baja.com team and other Baja "ambassadors" with whom we would spend the day.  The impressive list of locals included Tim Means, a passionate Baja conservationist and owner of the outdoor adventure company, Baja Expeditions, Roy Stock - Principal of Wide Open Baja, an off road touring company, James Curtis - Owner of the Cortez Club, the best diving and watersports center in La Paz, who regaled us with amazing tales of personal encounters with whales and dolphins in the Sea of Cortez, and Restaurateurs Miguel Ochoa (Hotel Casa Tota and La Santena Restaurant & Bar), Geoffrey Lujan (Las Tres Virgines Restaurant in La Paz) and Rafael Rodriguez (Salsipuedes Bar & Restaurant in La Paz) and more!

Once we settled in on the yacht, we were soon heading north through the La Paz Bay.  With the morning sun on our shoulders, it was a beautiful sight watching the coast from the sea.  Within minutes, the crew on the top deck spotted a friendly whale shark near our boat.  Jim Pickell, the CEO of Baja.com, was the only one brave enough to jump in and get up close and personal with him.

Whale Shark Mouth

Jim with the Whale Shark

We made our way to Balandra Beach, one of the most breath taking stretches in all of Baja Sur.  With crystal clear water, powder white sand and gently lapping waves, an afternoon here is one spent in paradise.  Captain Kenny anchored the boat in the bay and let us explore.

Beautiful Balandra Beach

Kayaking around Balandra

Balandra's Famous Mushroom Rock

Docking back at the Marina, we were sad to say good-bye to all our new friends and to such a great day out on the water.  We'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone at Baja.com for such a fun day.  We look forward to sending our Villa Santa Cruz guests out for the same adventure!

General Information:

Location.  La Paz is located approximately one hour northeast of Todos Santos by car.  With a completed four-lane highway, the drive is easy and quick.  The Samurai is located here.

About the Samurai.  The Samurai is a luxury yacht for cruising, fishing and family fun.  It is a luxurious, smooth riding stable platform that offers a 20 knot cruise, great for sport fishing and perfect for multi-island exploration or long range voyages, manufactured by Ronin Shipbuilding in Puerto Rico.  She is completely self-sufficient with two generators, four air conditioners, 800 per day fresh water maker, three private staterooms, two private heads, complete chef's galley, two custom BBQ's, main dining room and underwater lights for night time fishing action.

Charter Includes.  They typical day includes full breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as beer and wine. Guests can take the dinghy to explore beaches, snorkel, kayak, dive, fish, paddleboard and more.

Cost.  The cost varies with the number of people, itinerary and menu, but is usually around $3,000 USD/day (plus 10-20% tip).  Overnight trips are quoted upon request.

Reservations.  Reservations can be made through Samurai's listing on Baja.com.


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Food & Wine Pairing Event Wildly Successful - Benefited Todos Santos Orphanage

Thursday, December 22, 2011
On Monday evening, December 19, Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, hosted a lovely Food & Wine Pairing Event to benefit the Hogar del Nino, the orphanage in Todos Santos. From the sales of dinner tickets, silent auction items, raffle tickets and individual donations, the evening raised an astounding $7,000 USD that will be put to great use at the Hogar. We are grateful for the efforts of dedicated event coordinators, Nancy Naigle, Nancy Serfas, and Lisa Welsch, who put together such an elegant and successful evening.

Seventy guests arrived at 5:30pm and were welcomed with fresh sangria and bruschetta, lovingly donated by Chef Sergio of La Casita Tapas & Wine Bar, who also catered the dinner. Serenaded by the sweet voice of Tracy Durland, guests mingled on the back patio while bidding on silent auction items and watching the sunset. 

  


After dark, it was time for dinner. Chef Sergio prepared an exquisite five course menu that was enhanced by the wine pairings selected by Mac Sutton of La Bodega de Todos Santos. Here’s a look at the delicious menu:

Salad of Organic Greens, Roquefort Cheese, Pears, Walnuts and Mandarin Vinaigrette
20120 LA Cetto Sierra Blanca Sauvignon Blanc

Shrimp with Tricolor Pasta and Jalapeno Cream Sauce
2009 Vinas Pyoan Paulina (46% Merlot, 46% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Syrah)

Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce
2010 La Bodega de Todos Santos Prologo (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Syrah)

Prime Ribeye with Red Wine Shallot Sauce
2009 Calixa (80% Cabernet, 20% Syrah)

Chocolate Mousse Cake with Passion Fruit and Berry Sauces
Santo Tomas Tipo Oporto

Throughout the meal, guests learned about the activities and needs of the Hogar. The directors of the orphanage, Joel & Alicia Hernandez, gave a heartfelt thanks to everyone in attendance and to the event coordinators and volunteers who work diligently to ensure that the Hogar has what it needs to care for its 20 children. Lisa Welsch, who founded the Lunch program at the Hogar, explained that she organizes volunteers to cook weekly meals for the children. Nancy Serfas encouraged everyone to visit padrinoproject.com to sign up to make automatic monthly donations to the Hogar to ensure its basic necessities are met.

Event Coordinator, Lisa Welsch, with Hogar directors, Alicia & Joel Hernandez

We were honored to host such a loving evening that benefited a charity that deserves so much. We look forward to next year!

Winos take Delight! - Baja Wine Shop in Todos Santos

Friday, December 09, 2011
Tired of wines from the same old regions? Craving something new? Head over to the wine shop in Todos Santos, La Bodega, to taste wines from the Baja California Wine Region. Stocking exclusively Baja wine from smaller vineyards and wineries, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your wine palette and have a little fun too! The owner and wine connoisseur, Mac Sutton, will pour you a glass to taste, teach you about Mexican winemaking and tell stories of his experiences in the Baja wineries.

Don’t miss Monday and Wednesday evenings at La Bodega. Monday is “Flight Night” and is a great time to sample featured wines and listen to the funky blues band, Ben & the Men. Monday nights, 5-8pm. 

Wednesday night is “Big Red Wednesday” where Mac sells boldly structured red wines by the glass, paired with Dona Guillermina’s delicious tamales. Tolin serenades the evening with his beautiful guitar music. Wednesday nights, 5-7pm.



Located on Calle Hidalgo, between Juarez and Militar (stand in front of the Tecolote Bookstore and walk straight down the street). Open Monday, 5-8pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 7pm.  Find La Bodega on Facebook.

Fun Beach Wedding Inspiration Photo Shoot by Chris Plus Lynn Photographers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Villa Santa Cruz, Boutique Hotel on the Beach, is the perfect backdrop for a hacienda-style wedding.  Todos Santos based photographers, Chris+Lynn, captured the true essence of the Villa with a beachy, cowboy inspired wedding shoot.  Read the excerpt below from their blog and then click the link to see all the fun photos!


"We love shooting in Mexico, and we love exploring new venues. So we were super-excited to discover what must be one of the most romantic boutique hotels in Baja, just a few minutes down the road from us! Our neighbors, and good friends Jessica & Mateo, designed, decorated, and run Villa Santa Cruz, a one-of-a-kind Todos Santos Hotel.

Imagine driving down a dusty dirt road, past acres of palm groves, deserted ranches, ancient cacti, and the odd cow, only to come to a golden hacienda set right on the beach. Guests convinced they must have been . . ."  

Click here to jump to their blog to read on and see all the AMAZING photos!

Food & Wine Pairing Charity Event on December 19, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On the evening of December 19, 2011, we will proudly host a Food & Wine Pairing Event at Villa Santa Cruz to benefit one of Todos Santos' most important charities, Hogar Del Nino (orphanage). This special evening, limited to 60 guests, promises to be a gastronomic experience! Chef Sergio of La Casita Tapas & Wine Bar will prepare five amazing food courses, each to be paired with specially selected Baja wines. The evening will include music, a small silent auction of select items and a cash raffle. All net proceeds go directly to the Hogar for support of basic needs such as food, clothing, transportation and utilities. 

Don't hesitate to reserve your ticket - the evening is almost sold out!

Event tickets are $75 USD (or $1,000 pesos) and raffle tickets are $50 pesos each. All ticket purchases include a ticket for a 50/50 cash raffle. 50/50 raffle tickets are available to those not attending the event, as well. 

Please contact the following ladies for more information:  

Nancy Serfas - nancyserfas@aol.com

Lisa Welsch - lwelsch@cbriveras.com 

Sylvia St Clair - sylviainbaja@gmail.com

Nancy Naigle - nnaigle@att.net