Every inch of Punta Mita Mexico is meant to elicit awe and delight. The resort is located on a 1,500-acre enclave, on a private peninsula just north of Puerto Vallarta. If that is not enough, it is surrounded by nine-and-a-half miles of coastline.
The community, nestled along the northern tip of Banderas Bay and hidden behind a massive gate, appears as if from nowhere and feels as if one has entered Shangri-La, the earthly paradise of legend. Except it is so very real (and yet so unreal at the same time).
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Beyond the gates, there are multimillion-dollar villas and luxury residences, along with rental homes and condos, sitting on the beach with views of the Pacific Ocean. The community contains five tropical beach clubs including a new surf club. There are two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses. The development has a full-service marina with an outdoor pavilion and a PBI tennis center. And then there is the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita.
The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico
One of only two resorts within the idyllic community, the Forbes Five Star Award winner used its time during the COVID-19 pandemic wisely, completing a sweeping multi-million renovation to the entire 52-acre property. Today, fully operational, it boasts re-imagined casita-style guest rooms, private villas, beach homes, and residences. A free-form infinity-edge pool with a sprawling deck and cabana space provides ocean views.
In addition to its sprawling beaches, outdoor fitness programs, the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, and children’s activities deliver plenty of planned excitement. While the serpentine jungle-entrenched lazy river and expansive Apuane Spa provide plenty of opportunity for relaxation. The spa delivers lauded epicurean offerings, notably Bahia by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval.
To me, there are two things that really set the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita apart from any opulent tropical destination I’ve ever experienced: all of the experiences available to guests and the magnificent rooms.
Four Seasons Take Your Time
The sheer amount of thought that has gone into helping guests effortlessly take advantage of every single second on the property is probably the biggest wow for me on the property. While visiting, I—a micromanaging planner who thinks I can curate adventure better than pretty much anyone else—found myself letting go for what feels like the first time since high school, allowing the on-site wizards to work their vacation magic. A key reason, according to Miguel Peregrina, the public relations and marketing communications director at the resort, is a challenge the Resort team accepted from Four Seasons leadership a few years back.
“The leadership on a global level challenged its resorts worldwide to create what we now call Four Seasons Take Your Time. The program called for us to develop three things for guests: an experience that could be enjoyed in one minute, an experience that could be enjoyed in one hour, and an experience that could be enjoyed in one day,” said Peregrina.
The result, said Peregrina, was a series of offerings unique to the resort.
The One Minute and One Hour Experiences
“We launched a mobile churro cart to give guests a taste, quite literally, of our culture that could be enjoyed in one minute,” said Peregrina. “For the hour, we enhanced our traditional tequila tasting program to offer a tequila blending experience wherein guests sip, swirl and savor the main four types of tequila but also have the chance to make their own, bottle it, and register it. They not only take home a custom bottle, but the resort keeps a record of each individual’s recipe so it can be replicated and enjoyed whenever they choose. A bonus: each program is hosted by our gregarious, hilarious, historian and tequila lover Enrique Alejos, our culture concierge.”
The One Day Experience
Finally, for the full-day experience, the resort turned to its award-winning executive chef and avid sea forager Jorge González, who developed From Sea to Table. The experience takes full advantage of the vast ocean resources in Punta Mita, Mexico.
The day-long adventure whisks guests on a private, well-appointed fishing boat for a day of deep-sea fishing and foraging with naturalists and González. Guests learn how to catch the seasonal bounty of the Pacific including tuna, red snapper, mahi-mahi, and more. Guests then take part in a full culinary course on cleaning, cutting, and cooking seafood. They then sit down to a private, multi-course dinner with the choicest catches of the day.
All pretty cool, right? Welp, they didn’t stop there.
Beyond Take Your Time
The resort goes beyond the Take Your Time experiences. These experiences are narrowly focused on offering guests a secluded beachfront paradise in which to discover new passions, reconnect with one other, and harness the spirit of authentic Mexican culture and personalized service. On top of the challenge programs, there is a seemingly endless list of enhancements available for any level of room or package booked.
Group Activities for Every Interest
There is an almost endless list of group offerings directly on or just outside of Punta Mita, Mexico. You can rent kayaks, bodyboards, and fishing equipment. There's plenty of snorkeling and water aerobics offerings along with sea foraging demonstrations and nature walks. You might want to book a guided hike to nearby ruins or join an indigenous nature program.
Prefer to explore the local culture? You can find plenty of that at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. Maybe you want to try salsa dancing or make kites. You can join Spanish or art classes—for both children and adults. There are great cultural workshops and stargazing. If you want to enjoy the culinary riches, you might opt for tequila or chocolate (or xocolatl) tastings.
Over the Top Personalized Experiences
For those seeking something a little more intimate and exclusive, there are also a la carte enhancements. These special events and programs, ranging in cost from less than $100 to several thousand dollars (though in pesos when down south) will likely check off a few items on anyone’s bucket list. Among the most impressive: Apuane Nights and the Octopus Catch and Cook.
Apuane Nights is for couples. The package closes down the spa one evening for the ultimate intimate date night. The experience begins with a ritual using Copal, which is native frankincense with healing benefits. Next is a signature couples massage. This is followed by private use of the award-winning hydrotherapy circuit. The circuit includes whirlpools, steam and sauna rooms, and plunge pools. Champagne and fruit round out the night. Private dinner service may be arranged for an added charge.
Exotic Adventure at Punta Mita Mexico
The Octopus Catch and Cook is limited to six participants that are SCUBA certified. Guests get a spearfishing lesson before taking a private guided tour of octopus nesting areas with the resort’s executive chef, Jorge González. From there, guests will SCUBA dive and catch live octopuses, bringing them back onshore for a cooking demonstration and great small bites.
Four Seasons Seaside Escapes
Now for that second big wow for me—the rooms. But you can't even really call the larger-than-life accommodations on the property merely rooms.
“During the renovation, it was important to us to capture the spirit of the property as well as the cultural heritage of Mexico while giving guests ample space to take everything in,” said Peregrina. “The panoramas alone called for sprawling accommodations at every level.”
And they are indeed sprawling.
Exploring the “Standard” Rooms
The standard rooms, referred to as casitas, offer nearly 700 feet of space, most with unobstructed ocean views or garden views angled to maximize one’s enjoyment of sunset. And it only gets better from there, starting with the plunge pool suites. Available as a one- or two-bedroom option, expect 1,625 to nearly 2,300-square-feet of indulgent, unabashed extravagance. The floor-to-ceiling glass doors in each room allow for the indoors to become the outdoors at the flick of a wrist. Every suite includes a glass bar with native garnishes and hand-selected local and international wines and spirits. The most impressive aspect of the plunge pool suites is the massive plunge pool. It is ideal for quick dips or luxuriating all day and night. The outdoor sitting area is bigger than many traditional backyards.
Oh, and those are just the casitas and suites. There’s more…
Oceanfront Residences at Punta Mita Mexico
On property, they also offer oceanfront residences and villas as well as full beach homes. Three- to five-bedroom options abound, each more spectacular than the next. It is as if Architectural Digest and Travel + Leisure had babies and raised them seaside for the fresh air.
Every single space is a bucket list item. This makes it hard to choose which to spotlight. But the 12,900-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath Cielo oceanfront villa, and the 13,336-square-foot five-bedroom, five-bathroom Sol oceanfront villa are particular favorites. Both options come with personal hosts and a concierge that handles everything from spa appointments to groceries. They also boast full private pools, with Cielo featuring a second pool off the master terrace and Sol equipped with outdoor showers. The residences sit atop a cliff, resulting in 260-degree-ocean views. But, they are safe for those of all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens and adults.
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any room type as each offers the opportunity to take your time, on your own time, while having the time of your life.
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