It may not happen as often as we like, but my husband and I do getaway from time to time. After the past year, we knew we needed a few days over the summer just to unwind and relax before the new school year started. We chose to vacation at the St. Regis, Punta Mita on a recommendation and couldn’t be happier with our choice.Punta Mita is a gated community that sits on a peninsula about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. In addition to the St. Regis, Punta Mita also houses the Four Seasons, two Jack Nicklaus golf courses and some high end condo developments.We decided to vacation here due to the easy three hour flight from the Bay Area. This allowed my husband and I to spend four full days without feeling rushed or jet-lagged.
We ended up booking our getaway through Costco and got a pretty good deal. Summer is actually the region’s summer “off season”, and prices are a fraction of what they would be other times of the year. Our package included the hour transfer to and from the airport which was actually quite nice since we found that transportation can get pricey. When we arrived at the St. Regis we were greeted with welcome margaritas and offered seats overlooking a beautiful view of the pacific ocean. This is where you are checked in. Here at the St. Regis even check-in is made to be relaxing.It wasn’t any time at all until we were shown to our room and introduced to our butler. Yes, you read that right, our Butler, who we would end up getting to know quite well by the end of our trip. He was never more than a text away and assisted us with everything from making reservations to helping my husband surprise me with a romantic evening. After having a butler, I am feeling a wee bit spoiled.
Our room was a good size with an ocean view and it was centrally located. Each room is beautifully designed and comes with a large balcony and a wonderful bathroom with a private outdoor shower…I am a sucker for outdoor showers!
The resort has 122 rooms spread out over 22 lush beachfront acres. Even though it was near capacity, the resort never felt crowded or congested. At times it felt as if we had the entire resort to ourselves.
There are three beautiful pool areas; one just for adults, (we love this since this was our kid-free vacation) the middle one felt to be more geared for kids, and the last pool over looked the ocean and Mita Mary’s Boat Bar and Bistro. We spent many a day lounging poolside sipping on Pina Colada’s and my husband’s new favorite drink, The Bandera, which is a flight of mezcal, lime juice, and Sangrita.
The resort has six restaurants on site and we were not disappointed with any of our meals. We journeyed off property a couple nights to experience other restaurants in the area. (check out my dining list below) One of our favorite restaurants was Carolina. Carolina is the resort’s Signature Restaurant and in my opinion is not to be missed. The AAA Five Diamond Award honored restaurant blends modern Mexican cuisine with unique flavors of the Riviera Nayarit. If you ever make it there be sure to try the Nixtamalized Beetroot with Sea Water Foam. It sounds funny, but trust me… you won’t regret it.
Well there it is, 4 days in paradise doing absolutely nothing and being spoiled rotten. This was one of our most relaxing vacations ever. One last thing I really want to mention is the St. Regis’s amazing staff. We felt the staff and service at this place was second to none. Everyone we came across was so genuinely kind and accommodating. The people here just added that extra ooomph that makes this place just that much more special.
A few other of our favorites restaurants:
Sufi – Just a golf cart ride away.
Si Senor– Right on the water in the town of Punta Mita.
Mita Mary’s Boat Bar and Bistro– It’s always fun to eat with your toes in the sand.
Seabreeze – My husband is still talking about the filet mignon he had there.
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I’m a Bay Area mom with midwestern roots. Born and raised in Indiana, I have always had an affinity for travel, adventure and the arts. Before my days of playdates and homework, I worked as a television host, reporter, producer, and actress in Los Angeles.