Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Checking In: The Four Seasons Punta Mita - Mexico

Looking for a hot + sunny getaway? I was lucky to visit The Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico this past November and it IS glorious.

Getting There - Direct flights to Gustavo Diaz Ordaz airport in Puerto Vallarta are available from Canada via Air Canada or WestJet. When I arrived, an air-conditioned SUV fully loaded with cold scented towels and bottled water transported me 45 minutes away to the lovely town of Punta Mita. Just make sure to arrange ground transport ahead of time.

Upon arrival, I was greeted with more cold towels, an icy fruit smoothie and a mango margarita - hellooooo heaven! The hotel features 141 guestrooms, each with a balcony or terrace and 32 suites that feature a private plunge pool to cool off after lounging in the hot Mexican sun. 

Pool Life – If your vacation goal is to lie next to the ocean and not move, then you’ll want to park yourself next to the infinity edge pool and soothe your soul with striking views of the Pacific Ocean. Too hot? Pool attendants swing by on the regular with ice towels, cooling facial spray and snacks. Make sure to keep on the lookout for the all-natural organic snow cone cart with flavours like coconut, guava, tamarind and hibiscus.

Make the drinks come to you. Remember the not moving part? The drink cart rolls around every once in awhile and the bartender brings the bar to your lounge chair. No – this is not a dream! He or she will mix up anything from margaritas, Caipirinhas or mojitos – there’s no menu, just ask for whatever you want. If you’re in the pool and your drink is empty, have the amphibious Nuna Pool server jump on in and deliver it to you.

The Lazy River - When things got a bit TOO hot, I took a whirl around the resort's lazy river. The pool is mostly shaded and it is a great place to cool off in the middle of the afternoon.
For those traveling with children, the resort’s Kids for All Seasons is a day camp hosted free-of-charge by the resort with a variety of indoor/outdoor activities for the kiddos. You’ll never hear, “I’m bored” again. It’s an amazing value when you think of the cost of what camp actually costs or the price of a week-long baby-sitter.
One of the most memorable family-style meals during my trip was at Bahia. This beachfront restaurant by Richard Sandoval is named for the Spanish word for “bay,” and features views of the Bay of Banderas. A large grill at the heart of the open kitchen cooks up fresh fish, shrimp, ribs and steak with house made marinades. Our group also went crazy for the fried calamari and the macaroni & cheese side. It's the perfect place for a nice light, grilled meal. But as you can tell from my pictures above - we went the more indulgent route.

My absolute favourite restaurant at the resort had to be Aramara – serving contemporary Asian fusion cuisine. We ordered the new-style sashimi for a taste of some of the freshest fish on the planet. For something a little more unique,  we ordered the Hot Rock which you use to cook thinly sliced steak tableside.
Get on a Yacht! - For those looking for a more 'enhanced' boating experience - the Four Seasons Punta Mita has its own luxury yacht available for charter. Cruise along the Pacific waves with 10 of your friends in this sleek 55-foot 'suite on a boat' with three staterooms and three bathrooms! Each six-hour charter comes catered with snacks and Four Seasons crew members so you can expect the same level of impeccable service on the seas. A sunset charter is also available after 5 pm.

If your brain is asking for more luxury + more Mexico, do check out the Four Seasons Punta Mita. It's ranked as one of the top 2 resorts in Mexico by Travel + Leisure magazine (2012) and named one of the "World's Best Places to Stay" by Conde Nast Traveler (2013). It's the perfect place for a romantic getaway, but also a fun place for kids and you rarely run into such a great hybird.

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