Punta de Mita
Mexico’s Cultural Paradise
Southern California travelers love Mexico because they can leave LAX by 9:00 AM and be relaxing on a white-sand beach, cocktail in hand by 1:00 PM. Most head for well-known tourist destinations, but for an authentic, off-the-beaten-path cultural experience, Riviera Nayarit is the place to visit.
Stretching across 192 miles the Pacific coastline, Riviera Nayarit is encased by the Sierra Madre Mountains and incorporates the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, Punta Mita, and the surfing village of Sayulita. It consists of 12 beautiful beaches, including the longest beach in Mexico.
While each region has its own cultural flavor, they all offer a wide range of recreation options. There are fishing villages to visit, miles of beautiful beaches, whale watching, zip lining, surfing, authentic cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe.
The Dolphin Adventure Center in Vallarta features a sea lion program where visitors can swim with dolphins and learn more about them. San Blas, rich in history, is the port from which the Spanish priest Junípero Serra, Father President of the California missions, departed for California.
Sayulita’s beaches are considered a surfer’s wonderland. This quaint town is also a favorite hangout for shoppers, with its boutiques, beachfront restaurants, cafes, bars and local relics. Recognized as a bohemian art colony, it’s also the home of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditions, which is located inside the Tanana Gallery. Here, travelers can learn more about the Huichol community and its rich history.
Punta de Mita is the hospitality hot shot of the region and where the new W Punta de Mita is proudly located. This is home base for travelers seeking to explore the Riviera Nayarit region but who require a luxurious resort experience.
Guests are greeted by a “Camino Huichol” walkway made of more than 700,000 mosaic tiles that extends from the lobby to the ocean. This posh getaway pays tribute to the Huichol natives with authentic artifacts that garnish the expansive property. Luchador wrestling masks, painted skulls and witty quotes are featured throughout, while the bold colors and patterns reinforce the Mexican fiesta motif. Art flanks the property at every turn.
There are three murals painted by Mexican graffiti artist Nacho Bernal throughout the property, a 9-foot Huichol statue at the entrance and six private WET Deck cabanas decorated with images of mermaids.
The unique room accommodations maintain the creative décor with zarape blankets and Huichol art. There are 119 guest villas consisting of colorful furnishings, surfing-inspired artwork, Mexican tiled floors and beds with headboards created from either surfboards or punctured tin. The Escape Villas, Ocean View Villas, Oceanfront Suites and an “E-Wow” Oceanfront Oasis Suite, are all adorned for a traveler’s ultimate comfort and in celebration of the region’s cultural roots.
Dining options on the property also reflect the local culture with delicious menus to satisfy every palate.
Inspired by the street markets Jean-Georges experienced while traveling in Southeast Asia, Spice Market features Pan-Asian dishes served family-style. Menu includes Pork Belly Bao Buns, Spicy Chicken Samosas and housemade ginger ice cream. Open for dinner nightly.
A 1950’s 3800 Chevy truck converted into a beachside ceviche bar echoes the local beach culture. Craft beers and cocktails made with Mezcal and organic local produce complement made-to-order ceviches and it’s a great spot to catch a glimpse of the stunning sunset. Serves lunch daily.
This authentic Mexican restaurant serves a lucsious breakfast buffet complete with local staples such as mini quesadillas and chilaquiles. The a la carte dinner menu includes chile relleno and pizza topped with cochinita pibil. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
This individual table is located on its own private island with sweeping oceanfront views, offering just one daily seating for an ultra-intimate chef’s dinner. It’s the perfect place to pop the question or get the party started with up to twelve of your closest friends.
The resort’s WET Deck features a popular fare such as burgers, tacos and guacamole. Open for lunch and snacks daily.
W Punta de Mita features an array of services to help guests get the most out of their vacation at play as well as at rest. The AWAY Spa with outdoor Relaxation Deck offers an array of luxurious amenities and the best facials and massages one could hope for. The WAVE Surf Shop provides surf lessons, ocean excursions, and water sport rentals. There’s a WET Deck with DJ & private cabana rentals, the FIT state-of-the-art fitness facility and a 24/7 Whatever, Whenever concierge service.
W Punta de Mita provides an unforgettable break to visitors of the Riviera Nayarit region. It’s the ideal balance travelers seek: And abundance of recreation experiences, a surrounding filled with innovation and imagination, and easy, laid-back comfort. All this at just a hop, skip and quick jump from L.A.
Mexico’s Cultural Paradise
by Monique Reidy
Km 8.5 Carretera Punta de Mita, Desarrollo Costa
Banderas, 63734 Punta de Mita, Nay., Mexico
+52 329 226 8333
+52 329 226 8359
3625 East Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 230
Westlake Village, CA, 91362
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