While there are quite a few resorts north of Puerto Vallarta that have “Punta de Mita” in their name, only two of them are actually inside the manned gates of the upscale Punta Mita development of hundreds of prime acres. It’s where some of Mexico’s most exclusive villas are located and where you can play two of the best golf courses on the Pacific Coast outside of Baja. One of the two luxury hotels you can stay in there is The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.
The Four Seasons opened at the very end of the last century, when only a few homes were dotted around the area and only one of the golf courses was finished. By the time the St. Regis Punta Mita came along, the exclusive gated community was much further along and word was getting out. We reviewed the property soon after it opened and then updated it once along the way many years ago, but it was time to return and see how it was coming along.
There have been a few tweaks, upgrades, and renovations along the way, but the elements that made this St. Regis such a special luxury enclave in the first place are still in place. It’s on a gorgeous stretch of ocean facing an offshore island, there are three beautiful infinity pools facing the sea, and all the rooms in this Mediterranean-style resort have a sizable furnished balcony or terrace to enjoy. Take a tour of the grounds and one of the rooms here in our St. Regis Punta Mita video tour:
This resort spreads out along the water and has a beach to itself, but it is compact enough to get around on foot. This is especially easy if you’re staying at one of the beachfront villas with its own plunge pool and kitchen. When it’s time to venture out, you just go left, right, or up the hill to have a choice of four restaurants. Those range from a beachfront toes-in-the-sand place where the bar is in a boat to high-end Carolina, the only AAA 5-diamond restaurant on the peninsula.
The only place that’s more than a two- or three-minute walk is the Remede Spa, which will certainly reward you for the stroll.
While there’s a family pool here (the largest one) and activities for the kids, this St. Regis seems to get a higher percentage of couples and adult groups than most of the others in this region, apart from the adults-only W Punta de Mita. It’s a romantic spot that hosts many celebratory occasions and the staffers have a long list of ways you can create a memorable vacation for two.
There’s no category of rooms here that’s cramped or has a lack of amenities. Most of the bathrooms have two showers–one outdoors–and a big soaking tub, in a room with two sinks where you won’t be bumping into each other. There’s plenty of open space in the tiled bedroom area too, plus a wide array of items like a minibar, coffee maker, robes, and ample closet area.
One unique aspect here is the dedicated butler program, where one person is your main contact throughout the stay, taking care of all your needs. Sure, sometimes there will be a butler #2 when the first gets a day off, but either way you’re communicating through WhatsApp to get what you need to make your stay wonderful.
St. Regis is part of the Marriott family, so you can earn or cash in loyalty points here, a big advantage for business travelers who have elite status. As a guest here, you have access to the golf courses and tennis center facilities in the complex, both off-limits to the general public.
See our full review of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Riviera Nayarit.