The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
What We Love
- Unbeatable ocean views from the two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses
- Little ones receive special treatment, from pint-sized robes to special dining
- You can bring Fido, as long as he weighs 18 pounds or less
What To Know
- WiFi is available in the rooms for $19 per day
- Children must be eight or older to participate in scuba dives
- Spa cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
These just might be the swankiest surf-friendly digs around, tucked amid two golf courses and lushly landscaped grounds on the Riviera Nayarit. Rooms and suites start at a massive 600 square feet with natural wood ceilings, marble and terra-cotta-tiled floors and glass doors opening onto garden- or ocean-view terraces (some with their own pool and Jacuzzi). The barefoot elegance feels inviting and is ideal for families. There are three infinity pools on-site with butlers to deliver a St. Regis-signature Bloody Mary or arrange for snorkeling tours should the azure-blue Banderas Bay inspire you. After taking the whole family on a PADI-certified diving tour, kids will enjoy the discovery walks at the children’s club, while parents can learn how to mix up their own creative libations in a cocktail class. Active types can swing from two Jack Nicklaus-designed, 18-hole courses, or play a round on the palm-fringed tennis court, while those in need of a break can lounge in the relaxation garden at the 10,000-square-foot spa. At sundown, the terrace at Carolina, one of three on-site restaurants, is the place to be — the Caribbean lobster with fennel mousseline is a must.
In the Area
World-class surfing, intimate fishing villages and Aztec ruins draw beach bums and seclusion seekers to Nayarit’s pristine Pacific coastline. A quick boat ride away from the resort will lead you to the Marietas Islands on the north end of Banderas Bay, where huge marine and bird sanctuaries are flanked by rocky caverns and archways. Rent a board through Mictlan Surf to hit the waves in nearby Punta de Mita. Traveling between December and April? Book a tour to see the great humpback whales that flock to the bay each year for mating season. Land-dwellers can explore the Sierra Madres on horseback or visit the manmade island village of Mexcaltitán, believed to be an ancestral homeland of the Aztecs.
How to Get There
We just returned home from our seventh stay at the St Regis Punta Mita. We love the hotel - the beautiful grounds, kind employees and fantastic service keep us returning to this special resort. A review is long overdue as we have never taken the time to write one.
Everyone at St. Regis Punt Mita is extremely professional and friendly. On this trip, the following people really went out of their way to make our visit special. Carlos and Christian, our butlers, both provided excellent service and went above and beyond to make sure we were happy and well taken care of during our stay. We enjoyed meeting Vanessa on this trip. She is so friendly! Oscar was our server at Sea Breeze on Friday evening. He was absolutely excellent. We usually don’t do big meals during our stay because we tend to enjoy cocktails and then a late dinner in our room. However, the offerings at Sea Breeze this trip looked wonderful and we seriously considered breaking tradition to enjoy the new menu. It was great to see our old friends Jose and Humberto. We have seen both of them many times over the years and they are always extremely friendly and helpful. Caesar took care of us at the adult pool on our last day. We spent the whole day at the pool and he was quick to help with shade, many drinks and lunch. We had a great day!
This time we splurged with points/$$ and got a larger suite with an ocean view. All of the rooms/suites we have had over the years have been well appointed and beautiful. I think next time we will return to an ocean front room, especially now that these rooms seem to have a reserved area on the beach. This would have been great for us to have at night, as we enjoy sitting out and enjoying the many stars. One complaint is that cocktail service on the beach ends at 7:00 pm. Although the service staff, especially our butler, would be willing to go out of their way to accommodate us, it would be nice if there were regular service.
Don’t miss the buffet breakfast at Sea Breeze. It is absolutely delicious and a beautiful way to start the day. A huge selection of items and we enjoyed the “special” Mexican offering each day.
We enjoyed the spa again this trip. The massages are always great and the facilities are tranquil and beautiful.
We did notice some subtle changes now that the property is owned by Marriott. The charming sun/moon system at the entry of the room is now gone and replaced with boring cards on the door knobs. In addition, we felt there was definitely more of a push for “upsell/add-on” at the spa than past visits. Definitely seemed like small “corporate rules” type additions/changes had been made throughout the property. Hopefully, they will continue to be small because the friendly, very professional but easy going nature of the hotel has made it such a special place for us for many years. Hope to be able to return again in December!
The resort is located in a stunning private extremely safe gated development in Punta Mira just next to the Fours Seasons and the W Hotel. It has a professional golf course and bicycle route inside the resort.
Facilities are extremely well kept and all the staff I must say are very helpful always.
There's a wide range variety of restaurants and terraces to get nibbles and proper formal dishes.
I think one of the best assets of this resort is the pools and gardens definitely.
I strongly recommend getting sea proof shoes as all the shoreline has small rocks that could be hurtful when walking into the sea.
The St. Regis Punta Mita is sure to please. The outdoor shower and beautiful casita type accommodations have a person wanting to remain at the resort. The service is fantastic. Everything you want from a luxury resort is located within this fantastic destination.
I can’t wait to return.
My husband and I stayed at the St Regis Punta Mita for six days and nights for our honeymoon. It is a beautiful property, with friendly staff and could not be more relaxing. We booked a King Garden view room last year with points when the resort was still a Category 7. As an Ambassador Elite, we took advantage of my suite night awards to upgrade us to an ocean view junior suite and the day of our arrival, we were upgraded again to the Ocean Front one bedroom suite with a Jacuzzi. The room was wonderful, with a large bathroom, complete with a huge bathtub, indoor and outdoor shower. In addition, there was a separate bedroom and living room area and we spent most of our time on our outdoor porch that had a table and lounge area complete with a fan. We also appreciated that we had two reserved loungers with an umbrella on the beach. We were secluded from the main beach area but a very short walk to the pools and bars.
There are three pools, one that was adults only and the others that allowed children. Even though we parked mostly outside our room, we found that there were always seats open both at the pool and the beachfront. The beach is very rocky and we did not swim in the ocean due to the amount of rocks. The pools were beautiful, clean and overlooked the ocean. Each one had multiple levels but the water was a little warm to cool off in. On Friday, when the resort was busier, someone walked around the beach/pool with little perks throughout the afternoon, including iced tea, popsicles and popcorn.
With my status, we received free breakfast every morning and we took advantage of the breakfast buffet most mornings. We loved all the fresh fruit as well as the daily rotating specialty stations with items like chile rellenos, quesadillas, and tacos. In addition, there is a happy hour daily from 5-6 with buy one get one on Margaritas, Beers, and Champagne. The drinks were overpriced but to be expected from a resort. Since we ate large breakfasts at the Seabreeze restaurant, we skipped lunch most days and enjoyed the resort restaurants most nights. They told us to make reservations but there was no need while we were there. The food was good, but the portions were small and prices were on the higher end. We also participated in the BBQ on Friday night which was fun and a good change of pace from the restaurants. We also went into town one night and took a taxi from the hotel and back for about $8 each way.
We participated in a massage on Thursday – where the spa’s promotion is a discounted 90 min massage. The Spa itself was beautiful and relaxing, with steam and sauna rooms plus scented showers and small pool area that are complimentary regardless of spa appointments. The massage was great, the only comment – which has happened at every massage I have been to – is that they really try to upsell you on extras (face masks, scented oils, etc).
Overall, we had the best time and would highly recommend the resort to others that love luxury and relaxation.
We just returned home from a wonderful 6 night stay at the St. Regis in Punta Mita. What a treat! We usually stay in mid range type accommodations so this was a big step up for us.
What we loved most was the wonderful, kind, very hard working and always accommodating staff. The grounds and rooms are breathtaking with lush landscaping everywhere. The highlight of our room was the outdoor shower! I don't think all rooms have this so we just got lucky when we upgraded to a junior suite. It was a great surprise. The resort is sprawling but it never felt busy or crowded. We had a room close to the Seabreeze restaurant and we were very close to the beach. The sunsets from the resort are not to be missed!!
We were a little disappointed in some of the restaurants but it could have been what we ordered. The food is also very expensive at the resort. I wanted to like Carolina so badly. The staff/views/ambience/service was incredible.They even made us a special dessert in celebration of our vow renewal. But for me, the food was very blah and very meat heavy. We did the 4 course tasting menu. Mita Mary fell flat for us as well. What was very enjoyable was the buffet breakfast which was made even better by the fact that we received it free due to our titanium status at Marriott. We were obsessed with the green juice offered at breakfast. We did enjoy appetizers at Seabreeze a couple of times as well. Our last night we ventured out of the resort into the town of Punta Mita and ate dinner there. It was delicious and we wished we had done this more. It's almost 2 miles from the St. Regis to the town of Punta Mita, so take that into consideration if you go there. My husband and I loved to walk there but you will be sweaty by the time you get there as it is very humid. You can get a ride from the resort for $8 USD one way. It's $16 on the return due to the fact that they have to drive to come get you and then return to the resort. The hotel has it's own transportation. Drivers are literally waiting for you anytime ( in very nice vehicles) if you should need a ride. You can also rent a golf cart. We saw lots of people doing this. I can't recall prices. One of the services at the St. Regis includes Butler service. They will arrange transportation for you and bring you coffee in the morning. They will also press items of clothing for you. There is a limit but it is generous. We used the service once and it was wonderful. You can call through the hotel phone or just text them which was really great. They were all extremely responsive and very quick to meet our requests.
Every now and then a staff member would come along on the beach with surprise treats like popsicles, virgin mojitos, fruit, etc. That was always a nice little surprise. There is full beach service as well. Ricardo is a very hard working gentleman who always set up a lovely spot for us wherever we wanted to be on the beach.
What I didn't care for was the spa staff coming out to the beach and what felt a bit like peddling their services. They were not pushy at all, but by day 3 we definitely knew where the spa was and how to book services if we should so desire.
The beach...Beautiful! But, it is rocky. If you wish to swim in the beach you will want to bring water shoes. There are a couple of good swimming spots-one is right in front of Mita Mary. The other is not actually at the resort but just north of it. If you walk north on the beach away from the resort there is a nice swimming spot near the Tail of the Whale hole on the golf course (that is really something to see in and of itself). Again, wear your water socks to get there because parts of the beach are very rocky.
The spa is beautiful. You can use the steam showers, plunge pool, jacuzzi for free. Regardless of whether you receive a spa service or not. They also have a different spa promotion every day.
My husband also surprised me with a vow renewal on the beach. He had frequent email correspondence with the concierge before we even arrived and they were very responsive. They also arranged for an officiant to be present at the vow renewal.
The only thing we feel the resort could improve on is the food. Otherwise, it is near perfection!