Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
What We Love
- Join the resort’s chefs as local fishermen bring in the day’s catch and pick what you want for dinner
- Spa treatments including the Pearl Wrap end with a white pearl emulsion that leaves you glowing
- Learn about (and taste!) tequila during casual afternoon classes in the gourmet store
What To Know
- The resort’s restaurants are expensive; the tiny town of Punta de Mita nearby has great seafood restaurants at a fraction of the cost
- This is a family-friendly resort, so there are plenty of tykes running around. Adults can take refuge at the quiet pool, though
- If you want a prime ocean view, you’ll have to pony up for a Premium Room category
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Luxe jungle lodge meets Mexican hacienda. This resort sprawls across dozens of verdant clifftop acres along the azure Pacific coast. The lobby is all classic Mexican Riviera, with a high thatch roof and open floor plan that ushers guests to the sweeping ocean views from reception. Golf carts whisk visitors through the lush grounds from public areas — including a main pool, a bungalow-surrounded adult pool, and the family-friendly lazy river — to the panoply of accommodations, which are grouped in a few towers or in low-slung casitas with a few rooms or suites in each. The pathways are clearly marked, and a friendly staff member is always in sight.
Bed & Bath
Rooms are spacious but spare — this is a beach resort, after all — so it’s marble tile instead of plush shag, though there is plenty of space for a breakfast table armchair for indoor relaxing, and the patios and balconies are equipped with tables and chairs as well as hammocks in some categories. Furniture is simple and a tad plain, made of dark wood with taupe accents, and the beds are dressed simply in white with colorful runners. All-tile bathrooms include double vanities, separate showers and what can only be described as truncated tubs for when you want a scrub but not a long soak. All are stocked with verbena-scented L’Occitane products.
The resort’s three restaurants include Ketsi, for simple all-day alfresco meals under a thatched palapa, and Aramara, for higher-end Asian-inspired cuisine in the main building. The standout, however, is Ricardo Sandoval’s beachfront seafood eatery, Bahia, where you can join the chef to meet the fisherman who catch the specimens on the menu on certain mornings and pick your own dinner. The main pool is kiddie heaven, with tons of seating and sweeping ocean views, while the two beaches on either side tend to be a bit quieter (borrow a free kayak and see if you can spot the sea turtles who hang out in the bay). The adult pool is quiet and calm, and a cabana rental comes with periodic snacks and mini spa treatments. The spa offers locally inspired treatments including the Pearl Wrap, with a hydrating black pearl facial, and the signature Punta Mita massage, which uses indigenous sage oil and tequila. It’s intoxicatingly relaxing.
In the Area
Get off the reservation — and we don’t mean just spending an afternoon playing the Jack Nicklaus golf course on the Punta Mita grounds. The area is filled with cute towns such as Punta de Mita, which is right outside the gates, and where a row of restaurants prepare huge, fresh seafood platters that will have you drooling. Local skippers can take you out to coastal island preserves to see humpback whales and other marine creatures. The nearby former hippie haven of Sayulita is still one of the coast’s prime surf spots, and though touristy, nearby Nuevo Vallarta has plenty of restaurants and shops for when you need a change of scenery but don’t want to drive all the way into the city.
How to Get There
I loved this hotel, and we had a wonderful time. The staff was over the top, they were so accommodating, friendly, happy, ready to please, and there were so many, that we never had to look for anyone, they were so attentive and hard working, it was excellent. The restaurants had amazing food, from the sandwiches on the beach, to the dinners at the restaurants, everything was excellent. Also the spa was wonderful, the massages, the staff, just a-one the whole time. I would definitely recommend this place, and I would love to go back. Very safe, bug free, a small oasis on the ocean that is beautiful, relaxing, and top of the line.
Our third visit and fantastic as the previous two. No fake politeness and service here, ever. Every single staff person we had contact with had the absolutely genuine desire to do their best for our comfort, and, when thanked, a genuine "Our Pleasure" response.
The tiny issues that came up were immediately taken care of. We received followup visits by the supervisors, managers and even one of the directors. Adriana Cruz, one of the bar supervisors, considered it an absolute disaster when we mentioned that a particular vodka wasn't available at one of the restaurant bars, but available at the pool bar. That vodka was then made available everywhere immediately.
The local catch of the day on display at the beach, I was looking for lobster for my wife, but the exec. chef mentioned that it wasn't in season. Well, when we went to dinner that evening, the restaurant chef came to us to let us know that they were able to find two lobsters for us! I've never experienced the out-of-the-way personalized effort like this before, anywhere.
Its they way the staff is treated by management that's the head of this very healthy fish. Multiple daily extra "our pleasure" effort experiences. FS Corporate: I suggest you take a one week training refresher at Punta Mita and bring this infectious genuine "our pleasure" desire to some of the other FS properties we've visited.
To the FS Punta Mita staff: See you all next year, thank you all for making this last visit so special. Stephen Spencer.
Amazing hotel with astonishing views, nice swimming pool and beaches, warm waters and breathtaking sunsets, which we could enjoy from the pool in our room (room 900). There were many nice surprises from the moment we arrived until we left. Cute things for the kids in the room, beautiful decorated cookies with their names, daily fresh fruits and very attentive staff. The slow river is fun and nice and the shaded water gives us a break from the very hot sun.
We did have a problem as very noisy upstairs neighbors partied at 2 am and threw all lot os cigarette ashes and butts on our balcony. I understand such things are sometimes out of the hotel’s control and that rude and impolite people can be seen anywhere, so, in my opinion, what is important is how the problems are handled, and they took care of it from the moment we called to complain, and made up for the inconvenience and stress we had.
We also enjoyed the activities by the beach, I have just one minor suggestion, for the staff there to offer help when they see a mom with 2 small kids (3 and 4) trying to carry a buggy board, snorkeling gear, fins, and life vests to the beach ;-).
The food is quite pricy considering it is in Mexico, but probably not outrageous for US standards.
We hope to return to this wonderful place again!