RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO
Situated on the northernmost part of the Mexican Riviera coastline, the Riviera Nayarit begins at Nuevo Vallarta and extends almost 200 miles north along the coast to historic old San Blas. It is framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains and includes serene beaches on spectacular Banderas Bay.
The region includes ultra-luxurious destinations as well as others that are quaint, traditional, and less expensive--including idyllic seaside villages that remain unspoiled. This diversity sets the area apart. You’ll find five diamond resorts as well as cozy inns and boutique hotels, and golf courses as well as treks on mules and whale-watching.
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The resort towns of Punta Mita and Sayulita attract celebrities and are surrounded by the Pacific on three sides and renowned for luxury and protected natural wonders. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is a prime example of the luxury resorts found here. This spectacular 177-room resort on Banderas Bay is separated from the main road by two gates. It stretches over 400 beachfront acres, and includes a Jack Nicklaus golf course with the world’s only island golf hole--known as The Tail of the Whale. It also features excellent snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing. The warm staff are quick with a smile and happy to answer questions. In fact, this resort reputedly has the highest guest and employee satisfaction of all the Four Seasons. It also features the first woman sommelier in Mexico.
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Each guest room includes a spacious bathroom with deep soaking tub and a furnished terrace or balcony. Guests have a choice of A.C. or a ceiling fan and can leave balcony doors open to the sounds of the surf and morning birdsong. One-bedroom suites have a private outdoor plunge pool. Though it is easy to walk the main area of the resort, it is handy to take the complimentary golf cart transportation when you are in a hurry or in the hinterlands. Sprinkled in the various beach areas are a gelato shop, a pool where the waiters hop in the pool to serve drinks, and a bar with swings for adults.
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|view from guest room at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
But children are not overlooked. Kids have their own pool, and teens have an indoor-outdoor area composed of trendy repurposed containers with graffiti on the gates and a “no adults allowed” lounge area. Adults can enjoy free Tequila tastings. Workshops include learning how to make the colorful beaded artwork of the local Huichol Indians and helping to release baby sea turtle hatchlings on the beach to begin their crawl to the ocean (more than 3½ million turtles are released in this area every year). Meeting spaces include the Tuturi Room, which features ocean-facing windows and an adjacent Takua Terrace.
|teen hangout at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
|chef prepares fresh coconut drink at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
The full-service Apuane Spa features changing rooms for men and women, plus hot and cold pools, therapeutic ice fountains and cold showers, eucalyptus steam rooms and saunas, and luxurious changing areas with full amenities. Facilities other than treatments are available complimentary to guests. A separate state-of-the-art fitness center is adjacent. Additional facilities include 10 tennis courts and a Lazy River.
|relaxation room at Apuane Spa at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
|iced wash cloths and cucumber slices at Apuane Spa at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
The three restaurants each have ocean views. The open-air, thatched palapa-topped Ketsi restaurant is a special delight at breakfast. You can hear the surf as you drink delicious Mexican hot chocolate and fresh green juice.
|exterior of Ketsi restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
|omelette station at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
|fresh fruit station at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
Bahía is nestled among giant manzanilla trees on the resort’s Las Cuevas beach. This contemporary seafood-centric beachfront grill and restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere with a sleek contemporary Mexican design. At the adults-only Tamai Pool, the Sushi Bar offers a variety of refreshing cocktails, fresh sushi, caviar, tapas, and salads to be enjoyed poolside. New throughout the resort’s restaurants is a dedicated effort to prepare interesting vegan menu options.
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|chef presents whole fish at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico|
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