Where Tradition Meets the Pacific
by Dylan Nugent
As guests arrive at the 22 acre property, discreet representatives lead the way into the open air lobby area, highlighted by traditional antique furniture usually found in classic European hotels. Within moments, guests are offered a cool drink and suddenly the magnificent Bahía de Banderas comes into view. This initial introduction to the property sets the tone for the stylish setting and the quality service that embodies the St. Regis Punta Mita.
The 89 guest rooms and 31 suites have been designed as individual casitas, strategically situated throughout 22 acres of waterfront land and adjacent to three exceptional golf courses. The spacious guest rooms feature private terraces, while large bathrooms extend out into a private outdoor shower area allowing a unique outdoor experience. In-room amenities include the latest technology from flat-screen televisions and high speed Internet to plentiful luxurious bath products and loofahs.
Exceptional service is delivered to guests through the signature butler service, which includes assistance packing your bags to drawing a perfect bath. Tradition certainly seems to be a keyword for this unique property. For example, every Friday evening there is a cocktail reception that features a unique sabrage tradition – the age old method of opening a Champagne bottle with the swing of a saber. The property also features a special tea service, up to snuff with the proper offerings served in London.
The layout of the property keeps in mind all types of guests. The expansive resort features a children's program and separate pool for kids, making it an ideal destination for vacationing families, as well as couples looking for a quiet getaway (there is also an adults-only pool area featuring luxurious cabanas). The poolside restaurant and bar, Las Marietas, offers a fine Mexican-style breakfast and lunch, but the true culinary draw here are the two other exquisite restaurants overlooking the pool and ocean. The executive chef masterfully combines local produce with a Mediterranean flair at the resort's signature restaurant, Carolina, and adds a stylish Californian element at the Sea Breeze Beach Club.