We review the best luxury hotels on Riviera Nayarit; Casa Velas, Conrad, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Nayarit, Hotel Cinco, Imanta Resort, Marival Armony Resort, Riviera Nayarit, Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium, St. Regis and W.
Riviera Nayarit boasts more than 200 miles of sun-kissed beaches and offers a backdrop of the majestic Sierra Madre mountains. It is one of the only places in the world where you can find all four groups of mangroves; White, Red, Black, and Buttonwood.
Riviera Nayarit is Mexico’s next major ‘it’ destination and the best luxury hotels in Riviera Nayarit are Four Seasons Resort, Casa Velas, Conrad Punta de Mita, Hotel Cinco, Imanta Resort, Marival Armony Resort and Suites Punta Mita, Punta Mita, Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium, St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, and W Punta de Mita.
Riviera Nayarit lies on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, an area filled with natural beauty. The resorts are unlike any other, offering privacy, luxury, and pure serenity. The weather is perfect, with low 80s in the daytime and low 70s in the evening. Beautiful scenery and natural wildlife are just some of the things you will come across when you visit the Mexican Pacific.
Direct flights from New York to Punta de Mita take 6 hours. You fly into Puerto Vallarta. Thomson Airways fly direct to Puerto Vallarta from the UK with a flight time of around 15 hours. You can also fly indirectly with KLM, Aeromexico, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, and Air France, British Airways, Aer Lingus, US Airways, and Air Canada.
Wherever you decide to stay, in Riviera Nayarit, or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, and more.
Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
The best hotels on Riviera Nayarit are listed below:
1. Four Seasons Resort Punta de Mita
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is one of Mexico’s most luxurious resorts. Located in the Riviera Nayarit, about 45 minutes north of Puerta Vallarta, this hotel sits on Bahia de Banderas, one of the world’s largest natural bays.
Between the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains and the pristine white coral shores of the Pacific, this luxurious resort offers an unprecedented level of privacy, elegance, and personalized service. Built to preserve and blend with the natural environment, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico is a golfer’s paradise. Its championship golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and features a par-three natural island green.
173 ocean-view guest rooms include 30 suites and most of these suites include private plunge pools. Even the standard rooms are very special here and are ideal for both families and couples seeking a romantic escape. These traditional Mexican Casitas come with inviting sitting areas and furnished private terraces that either overlooks the ocean or the lush tropical gardens.
Enjoy some of the best snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and whale-watching on the planet, along with a fitness center and full spa, a tennis center equipped for night play, an infinity-edge pool, an adult pool with luxury private cabanas, and a fabulous lazy river pool. The Kids for All Seasons program will take care of your kids plus the 3,700 square foot event facilities are ideal for garden and beach events.
We like the golf carts that ferry guests around the sprawling property, and the Shack Bar, which is really a wooden shack on Las Cuevas Beach. It makes the perfect spot to fall in love after a stroll on a beach and is the perfect place for a sunset margarita.
Wherever you are in the world, Four Seasons hotels are consistently one of the best hotels in that city or resort. Because they don’t have a Four Seasons loyalty program, you will never be able to book a free stay by racking up and redeeming points, or by collecting points on your credit card and spending them on a Four Seasons hotel stay. It can’t be done. But you can get discounts at Four Seasons hotels and benefit from special rewards at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.
2. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
For a little taste of paradise, and being totally spoilt while you’re there, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
on Riviera Nayarit is tucked away on one of the world’s most alluring beaches. This five-star luxury resort is surrounded by stunning tropical landscaped grounds that also house two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses and tennis courts.
There is a luxe Remède Spa and a choice of restaurants. There are three pools, all are infinity pools and offer something quite unique; be it a beach-side location, a family-friendly approach, or the exact opposite, the adults-only pool; take your pick. There’s a variety of beaches too; A quiet adults-only area offers some peace and quiet or for adrenaline overload why not try the main beach and take part in some water-sports.
There are 120 rooms, suites, and villas to choose from at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. All offer either ocean or garden views, a private terrace with an outdoor shower, and all the usual amenities including a spacious bathroom, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, minibar, robe, and slippers, etc. The Luxury One and Two-Bedroom Villas get our vote as they are directly on the beach and include a private pool and jacuzzi as well as a kitchen. Not only is the beach location enviable, but the private pool has to be the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day.
3. Imanta Resort Punta de Mita
Half a mile of private, sugar-white-sand beach is reason enough to stay at Imanta Resort Punta de Mita, tucked within a lush, 250-acre tropical jungle reserve north of Puerto Vallarta on Riviera Nayarit.
This environmentally conscious resort features ten amazing one-bedroom Casas (suites), ranging from 1,900 to 2,500 square feet, and two stunning, three-bedroom Casonas (villas). All include the most modern amenities, from cable television and iPod docks to indoor/outdoor showers, and most feature individual infinity swimming pools. Also available is a gym, unique yoga locations, a jungle spa, two restaurants, and adventure guides.
At Imanta, savor locally sourced vegetables from organic gardens, fish caught each morning in front of the hotel or by nearby fishermen, premium meats, and exotic indigenous fruits. Located under a gorgeous grass palapa on the private beach, Catch of the Day is our favorite restaurant and the perfect place to lunch with your toes in the sand. Featuring the freshest locally caught fish and authentic Mexican dishes, Catch of the Day also offers a full bar.
The bars here and their beautiful beach palapa offer the prettiest place in Imanta to enjoy some of the most famous sunsets on earth.
4. W Punta de Mita
The W Punta de Mita is a Rewards Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy hotel and is perched on the ocean in the heart of one of Mexico’s most gorgeous beaches on Riviera Nayarit. The hotel is part of the multi-use oceanfront development, Los Veneros, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
W Punta de Mita brings a playfully stylish addition to this Mexican hot spot. 119 stylishly designed guest villas include one 4,460ft2 Extreme Wow Suite, inspired by the Mexican flag. All villas and suites feature artisanal Mexican tiled floors and headboards fashioned from either surfboards or punctured tin, replicating the design found in local churches. A cluster of casitas called Ocean Escape Villas resembles a pre-Hispanic fishing village of the past. Meanwhile, Jungle Escape Villas feature private balconies allowing for intimate views of the surrounding natural beauty, including the bright red trunks of the papelillo trees and hanging vines of the forest.
5. Hotel Cinco
On the Pacific coast of central Mexico, directly on the white sand beach, is Hotel Cinco
. In the town of Punta Mita on Riviera Nayarit, this hotel offers guests luxury accommodations with a relaxing beach atmosphere. The rooms are ultra-modern, in an open loft-type style. Vibrant colors contrast with dark woods and marble floors. This is a place to laze on your balcony and watch the sunrise over the Pacific.
6. The Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium
The Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium by Palladium is located an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta on Riviera Nayarit. These suites occupy a lush patch of manicured jungle overlooking a private white sand beach a few miles inside the point at Punta Mita.
This adults-only hideaway offers a memorable vacation spot within a larger, busy, all-inclusive resort. The 100 Royal Suites section has its own buildings, lobby, outdoor pool with grass palapas for shade, and beach, but everything else is shared with the Palladium and its 400 rooms. The Royal Suites Punta Mita by Palladium offers soaking tubs on balconies overlooking the ocean and a peaceful beach getaway.
7. Conrad Punta de Mita
Conrad Punta de Mita is also situated within what is being called ‘Mexico’s next major ‘it’ destination’, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. Conrad Punta de Mita is located in the same private development as the Litibu Golf Course, offering guests an 18-hole golf experience designed by Greg Norman.
The thoughtfully designed Conrad Punta de Mita offers travelers an authentic, tranquil respite. Situated among the area’s serene natural landscapes and aquamarine waters, and drawing influence from Mexico’s rich history and unique culture, indigenous artwork integrates with exceptional amenities to create a sense of barefoot resort elegance.
All 324 guest rooms and suites boast views of the Pacific Ocean, with suites offering large patios, plunge pools, freestanding soaking tubs, and outdoor showers.
Amenities include three pools, each with its own purpose. Guests looking to indulge in R&R can lounge poolside with a cocktail at the adult pool, while the more active can swim laps in the activity pool.
Kids can bask under the Punta de Mita sun in the family pool, with a game room and kids’ club rounding out activities for young explorers to connect with each other and the world around them.
Four restaurants and three bar concepts offer menus and spaces that pay tribute to age-old techniques and flavors of the local culture, including an intimate mezcal and tequila barrel tasting room, and a joyous lobby bar, Tuki, which borrows its name from the Huichol word for ‘temple.’
The Conrad SPA offers a refuge with a unique indoor/outdoor design and traditional temazcal spread across 10,000 square feet. Seven cocoon treatment cabanas are nestled among the vegetation and connected by an inspiring tunnel of plants and flowers. In addition, the fitness center offerings include an outdoor lawn for yoga and stretching.
With swaying palm trees and sweeping ocean views, this resort offers a vacation to remember.
8. Casa Velas
An hours drive from Punta Mita, you will find Casa Velas, a luxurious vacation resort located in Puerto Vallarta on Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Surrounded by the beautiful Marina Vallarta Golf Club, Casa Velas is a tranquil oasis that combines passionate service and a romantic coastal ambiance.
Just seconds from the beach and minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, this spectacular resort is also within walking distance of Puerto Vallarta’s sophisticated 500-slip marina and 15 minutes from the charming city center with its famous mile-long boardwalk, El Malecón.
80 plush suites are exquisitely furnished and decorated with textures and colors inspired by traditional Mexican design. With a magnificent tropical view and breathtaking sunset, Casa Velas is a perfect place for a romantic escape or tranquil getaway. It offers beautiful luxury suites, a private ocean club, delectable dining, stylish meeting, and event space and shuttle service to Marina Vallarta Golf Club.
9. Marival Armony Resort and Suites Punta Mita
Marival Armony Resort and Suites Punta Mita is surrounded by palm trees on a white-sand beach along Banderas Bay on Riviera Nayarit. This relaxed all-inclusive resort is 20 km from Flamingos Golf and 34 km from Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport.
Colorful rooms all have balconies and overlook the jungle and the largest suites have 3-bedrooms with living and dining areas, sofabeds, and bay views. This is an all-inclusive resort so meals and drinks are included, served in 3 restaurants and 4 bars. There are also 5 outdoor pools and 5 hot tubs, plus a spa, a kids’ club, and gym.
10. Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Nayarit
No words can truly describe Trel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Nayarit. One must experience it to believe it’s true beauty. Take your vacation to another level when you stay at this relaxing and luxurious resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Heaven on Earth is the perfect way to describe this incredible resort. You will experience the utmost relaxation when you spend your time here. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is the only all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Pacific to be awarded Five Diamonds by the AAA.
Discover Mexican Contemporary design when you stay at this resort on Riviera Nayarit. Enjoy luxury accommodations that feature interior Jacuzzis, outdoor Jacuzzis, panoramic ocean views, grand family dining areas, and much more.
Winner of the Condé Nast “Most Excellent Spa Hotel” Award, the world-class spa at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit combines an extensive hydrotherapy area with a unique menu of over 60 healing spa rituals and ceremonies inspired by the natural beauty and harmony of Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
Activities on offer at this resort include whale watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, golfing, and more! Go on a romantic escape either for your wedding or your honeymoon! Weddings and honeymoons at Grand Velas are enchanting and unforgettable. Enjoy life and vacation to this beautiful resort by yourself, with friends, with loved ones, or with your family. Whether you are looking for an adventure or just looking to relax on the beach, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is the place to be.
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