W Punta de Mita
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Beautiful, lots of green area, unique design, cute and stylish room. Good for young couples. Although the property only has one pool, it keeps a cool vibe. The hotel has its own beach in front. It is not white sand cancun beach but it is beautiful and calm, and has good waves good for surfing.
The service was exceptional, the grounds were spectacular, the staff did everything to make our trip easy and enjoyable, and the spa was wonderful! I don't have enough good things to say about the experience!
This is the best Hotel if you are looking for a retreat with unique and authentic experiences, along with fun, very characteristic of the W Hotels Brand! Loved the Hotel, the staff and the food! Ceviche at the beach is a must!!
W Punta De Mita is about a 40 minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta along the coast. It is a very secluded hotel on the beach surrounded by the jungle. This is not a high rise hotel, instead each room (jungle view, ocean view, lake view or ocean front) has its own front door off a pathway around the grounds. The Wonderful & Spectacular rooms have a private courtyard between the front door & room, which is a slider with no lock so don’t be surprised (didn’t look at Jungle room but expect it’s the same). The rooms are secure with the front door & back slider having a lock. The Ocean Front Haven & Oasis suites are on the beach/ocean front with a deck & private plunge pools. Our recommendation is to splurge for an impressive suite if you can or upgrade if you are a SPG gold/platinum member & it’s available at checkin, if not book the Wonderful room which has a higher view of the ocean than the Spectacular room which is on the lake that is for aesthetics only (the rooms themselves are identical). The hotel & rooms are vibrantly decorated in beautiful, colorful Mexican Huichol motif. The hotel is small, more like a boutique hotel, so high season may feel crowded as there is only 1 pool (the Wet Deck, but a 2nd pool is being built this year), there are quite a few lounge chairs/umbrellas available around the pool & there are cabana’s for rent. There are several restaurant options on site; the lobby bar; a breakfast/lunch/dinner restaurant with good food, a specialty dinner restaurant, a raw bar on the beach, room service & pool service. There is a pool side DJ several times a week. Don’t forget to bring tip money for the WhatEver/WhenEver team that delivers items requested to your room (ice, towels etc), the golf cart drivers, the bellmen & housekeeping staff, everyone goes out of their way for you!
We were at the W as part of a group of 120. This was an awards trip for our company and brought people in from around the world. The hotel did a fantastic job with all of our group events- beautiful dinners on the beach, themed awards night dinners, etc. We had a jungle room which was clean, modern, and very comfortable. The food overall was excellent- from breakfast all the way to the big banquet dinners. The beach area was simple but nice- the water was a little rough for some. The pool area is small and the water was very warm which made it not as refreshing as we would have liked. The one complaint is that there isn't much to do late at night- there is a lobby bar but it wasn't that great and there were no other nightlife options. That may not matter to some but just to be aware.