The pops of bright color in the guest rooms and public areas that manage to seem chic and traditional at the same time
The full-service, 4,000-square-foot spa, with rooms that overlook the lake
Every room has a private patio or balcony
The sunbed-like lounges in the “Living Room,” a cocktail bar that encourages serious relaxation
What To Know
It can be hard to escape from the ubiquitous DJs in the public areas
Families traveling with kids might feel that the hotel is more oriented towards couples and groups
“Ocean View” rooms are a good bit further from the ocean than the “Ocean Front” rooms
Parking on site
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The ultra-modern W Hotels vibe meets Mexican culture in this Pacific-facing resort in the celeb-heavy surf town of Los Veneros
This W is the latest resort in an area that’s becoming trendier by the day—and not just for surf bums and typical hippie set, but for the rich and famous who love the gorgeous beaches and isolated feel of Punta de Mita. This pad has plenty that appeals, especially the infusion of sexed-up Mexican colors and images, plus a soupçon of surfer chic that creates a gorgeous and modern aesthetic. The rooms follow the W pattern with comfy, oversized beds, a minimal amount of furniture, and smooth surfaces and clean lines. By the pool, there are full-sized, canopied daybeds ideal for lazing the day away, although some guests might find the DJs that spin all day long on Saturdays slightly less than relaxing. Though the vibe here is predominantly young and hip, the stunning beach and oceanfront infinity pool will appeal to all.
In the Area
Although the hotel offers transport to nearby landmarks, guests may need to hire a car if they want to do any exploring outside the resort. It’s a 50-minute drive to Puerto Vallarta, which will probably be on top of most guests’ destination lists: the colonial streets, lined with shops and restaurants, are lively and worth visiting. More active pastimes—sailing, snorkeling, hiking, jungle tours—are also popular nearby attractions, or you can stroll around the local seaside villages and shop for the brightly colored crafts produced by the Huihcol people, one of Mexico’s indigenous groups. Check out San Sebastián, a former mining enclave up a mountain near Puerto Vallarta, for a fabulous example of a ghost town, or head to the northern part of Banderas Bay to take an excursion to the Marietas Islands, where you can scout for exotic birds and fish.