A Mexican beachside treasure
89 Rooms / 31 Suites
Checking into The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort doesn’t really feel like a traditional check-in process at your everyday hotel. First of all, when you arrive at the beachfront property, you’ll be offered a margarita before being ushered (you’ll probably walk about 10 steps) by the friendly hotel staff to the outdoor patio area of Altamira lobby. It is there that you’ll check in while overlooking pristine views of the Pacific Ocean.
The 120-room resort sits on 22 acres of lush greenery. Although many people visit The St. Regis Punta Mita for its two Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses — Pacifico (19 holes) and Bahia (18 holes), others come for beach activities (stand-up paddleboarding and kayak lessons) and luxe accommodations (all rooms have private terraces, outdoor garden showers, marble bathroom flooring and Remède bathroom amenities).
Start your day off with a little downward-facing dog at the resort’s Areca pool (the resort has three infinity pools — this one is for adults only) or sign up for the three-hour Marine Safari where you’ll meet your tour guide on the beach before jetting off via boat to the Marieta Islands to do some snorkeling and spot the blue-footed booby birds, which can only be seen in western Mexico and on the Galapagos Islands.
When you get back to land, you’ll probably want to eat at one of the luxury hotel’s three main restaurants: Carolina, Las Marietas and Sea Breeze. Meals at Las Marietas and Sea Breeze come with a healthy amenity of tortilla chips and three dipping sauces (green tomato, red tomato and habanero chili) so be sure to save some room for the main meal. Fill up on ceviche, the traditional tortilla soup or flour quesadillas with mushroom or huitlacoche (a type of corn fungus).
After your meal, you’ll be ready for a bath and perhaps a nap afterward. Let your St. Regis butler prepare your tub water before you settle into the hotel brand’s specially formulated cozy bed mattress. And when you wake up, head to Altamira lobby for the evening’s champagne ritual. Observe a bottle of bubbly being sliced open with a saber sword while the sunset serves as your backdrop.