A month or so ago my husband and I, probably like many of you, realized that we hadn’t been on a “real” vacation in almost two years! So we decided to plan something quickly and chose the Punta Mita Four Seasons.
While researching on the plane I read that the region of Punta Mita has long been known as a place of spiritual retreat and renewal for the local Native Huichol Indians. And Punta Mita’s name originates from the Aztec word “Mictlan,” which translates to “gateway to paradise.”
The spiritual feel of Punta Mita, tied in with it’s geography and location, was the highlight of my trip! From the vibrancy and movement of the ocean to the intentional placement of art and sculpture around the property, I felt pulled into another world – and I didn’t want to leave!
Here are some of the things I enjoyed the most during our stay:
1. The unique lounge areas inspire quiet time and relaxation.
According to our local driver, the resort is built on sacred ground. It feels like the designers took that seriously when choosing the seating and lounging areas on the property.
Dotted along the shoreline are multiple “structures” that inspire relaxation and quiet time. Like the one featured in the photo, the beds have curtains to adjust for privacy and sun exposure.
Do you sometimes want to experience the joy of traveling without a schedule? You can’t tell from this photo, but the continual sound of the waves, along with the breeze, can lull you into a trance-like state, and you can easily spend an entire day relaxing, reading, and basically doing nothing here. (My version of paradise.)
2. The excursion to the Marietas Islands nearby.
On the morning of our first full day, we took a tour of the islands near Punta Mita. The tour guide and captain were professional and knowledgeable. The ride to the islands was only around 20 minutes.
On the way, we stopped to see a pod of dolphins swimming and playing in the water near the boat. Our guide, Leo, told us that during whale season it’s not uncommon to see whales breaching and swimming near the boat.
When we arrived at the islands, I was struck by the volcanic-like appearance. The contrast of the islands with the blue sky and the blue water was truly awesome. On our trip, we swam with our guide through a narrow channel and into a “hidden beach” of turquoise water and white sand. After that, we snorkeled with him along the edge of the island and saw a multitude of fish.
Back on the boat, Leo pulled out a laminated paper and pointed out all of the fish we saw along the way. I could tell he is very proud of these protected islands, and we were grateful for the opportunity to check them out.
Look here to learn more about the Marietas Islands.
3. The sculptures and art at the Punta Mita Four Seasons add to the zen feel.
During check-in, you can’t miss the Las Gigantas sculptures created by locally-born sculptor/painter Adolfo Riestra. They are massive and very impressive!
But what makes this resort unique are the various sculptures that dot the property all around. The sculptures, paintings, and more are made by Mexican artists, some with ties to nearby Puerto Vallarta.
I discovered on the way back (ugh!) that there is an app that you can use to accompany you on a walking tour of the art on the property. The tour describes 31 pieces along the route. Don’t miss this!
4. The ocean and the beach are the stars of the show.
I’ve never seen the Pacific Ocean more wild and gorgeous. There is a constant breeze that lulled me to sleep every day. Four Seasons Punta Mita is a beach resort where the beach, sand, breeze, and views are the main attraction.
The coastline changes throughout the property. Some areas have large rocks and boulders, and others have soft white sand. You can find views, sandcastles, and everything in between along this beach.
We couldn’t believe the difference in the temperature when heading to the main infinity pool versus down on the beach. If the weather is hot, as it was for us, make sure you experience laying out on the beach chairs and experience the relaxing ocean breeze.
There are surfers and paddleboarders out playing in the water all day. You can also rent paddleboards right off the shore, but it’s recommended that you go early in the day (before 9 am) as the waves seem to be calmer then.
The water is warm and clear. We enjoyed swimming and playing in the waves.
5. The terrace connected to our room was exceptional.
We stayed in an oceanfront casita. The room itself was very comfortable and well-appointed. But what made this room truly incredible was the terrace.
Double sliding doors open to a sunny deck with views of the white sand and ocean. We had breakfast on the terrace every morning and that was a highlight of the trip.
6. The light and refreshing drinks – especially the Skinny Pina Colada
I wouldn’t usually write about something like this – but this drink is so good. I even asked for the recipe, and a server gave it to me:
Just mix together:
2 ounces of Malibu Rum
9 ounces of coconut water
add a thin slice of pineapple
Try it! I will be making this all summer. You won’t be disappointed.
7. The Tibetan bowl sound healing session at the Punta Mita Four Seasons spa.
I didn’t know exactly what to expect here, but this ceremony was something else! My husband and I went together into a treatment room. The therapist had us lying down on the massage table face up. Then, she then covered our eyes with a cloth and told us to take a few deep breaths.
After, she began a chakra balancing ceremony that lasted almost an hour. She aligned the singing bowls with various chakras during this meditation. The combination of the vibration from the singing bowls with silent meditation put me into a completely relaxed state.
As you can probably tell, I highly recommend this treatment!
8. The sunsets in Punta Mita are spectacular.
I took this photo at Bahia, our favorite restaurant at the resort. The restaurant sits down below the others and brings you closer to the sound of the waves. We went two nights, and both nights a live performer played the guitar, which added to the ambiance.
We live in LA and are used to big, beautiful sunsets, but the sunsets here are different. It feels like you are up close and center, watching a grand performance. The sky lights up in a bold, orange glow and quietly closes down to reveal a sky full of stars.
In summary, there is so much to say about the Four Seasons Punta Mita, and I could go on and on. It’s more than a hotel; it’s an experience. If you allow the natural elements to pull you in, you may never want to leave!
Have you been there? Do you have any thoughts on the region? Let me know! I would love to hear from you.
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