These upscale enclaves overlook some of Mexico's finest beaches
At the northern cusp of the Bay of Banderas, a teardrop-shaped headland meets the blue Pacific. Ringed by surf-washed rock promontories and warm sand beaches, it is an oasis of scenic tranquility that is far removed from the everyday, yet just a short drive from the civilized comforts of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. This is Punta Mita, one of the most desirable addresses in all of Mexico. Only a lucky few can call this place home, but visitors are always welcome, and can stay in style in a pair of luxurious resorts located on prime pieces of beachfront.
Four Seasons Punta Mita
Punta Mita’s original luxury retreat delivers a perfect blend of nature and nurture. The resort sits on a bluff above the area’s finest sandy beach, and both rooms and common areas are designed to complement and usher in the big views of sea and sky. Buildings nestle comfortable into lush landscaping, giving the entire property a relaxed, causal feel that reflects the warmth and charm of the local culture.
The property is family friendly, with youth-oriented amenities such as a lazy river, kids’ club and special menus. Adult offerings include a full-service spa, fine dining options; a 55-foot charter yacht, bedside yoga, a well-equipped fitness club and direct access to Punta Mita’s signature Jack Nicklaus designed golf courses.
Especially memorable is the infinity pool, which sits cliffside above the waves. An additional signature experience at the Four Seasons encourages guests to join the resort’s chef beachside when local fishermen land to offload their morning catch. Participants can pick out the seafood offering of their choice, discuss how it should be prepared, and later enjoy a personally crafted lunch or dinner. It is personal touches such as this that keep guests coming back year after year.
St. Regis Punta Mita
Immaculate is the first word that comes to mind when you survey the landscaped grounds of the St. Regis from the open-air lobby. Twin rows of manicured palms flank an infinity fountain pool that leads the eye towards the blue waters of the Pacific. Quiet pathways lead through 22-acres of lush lawns and perfectly groomed landscaping to small clusters of casitas and suites, each situated to take advantages of sea breezes and ocean views.
Rooms blend modern amenities with traditional Mediterranean and Mexican accents such as polished clay floors, handcrafted tiles and natural wood furniture, along with relaxing outdoor showers. All the amenities one would expect from the region’s premier luxury destination are in evidence, from world-class golf and spa services to the area’s premier dining experience.
A trio of spectacular pools overlooks a private white-sand beach and a collection of small islands. During winter months, whales can often be seen breaching just offshore. The St. Regis is noted for its high levels of service, which includes dedicated butler service for each group of casitas. Between the butlers, wait staff and concierge desk; the staff can fulfill almost any guest request with elegant efficiency.