St. Regis Punta MitaWhen there is a notable new luxury hotel opening in Latin America, we try to get one of our correspondents in there to check it out. We recently posted a review of the brand new St. Regis Punta Mita resort, north of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

For many years the Four Seasons has had this beautiful peninsula to itself, but all along Punta de Mita was planned to be a multi-resort, golf, and real estate development project.

So what’s the difference in the two resorts? They can mainly be summed up as “kids” and “golf carts.” Upscale families love the Four Seasons and it shows. The resort had to build an adults-only pool (with no view of the sea) a few years back to appease couples trying to get away from the racket at the main pool. The kids’ club there is very popular. At the St. Regis, however, families aren’t the focus.

Also, you can get around this hotel fine on just your own two feet.

At 22 acres, the St. Regis is less sprawling than the Four Seasons, so you’re less likely to see golf carts whizzing around the property. This contributes to an atmosphere of appealing hushed elegance.

Don’t get me wrong: you are likely to have a lovely stay in this dramatic location no matter which of these two resorts you choose, assuming you’re prepared to drop most of your cash eating and drinking on site, far removed from Puerto Vallarta. But the key point is, now you can choose. Real the full review of St. Regis Punta Mita.