Are your ready for a little creative crème with your morning Mexican coffee? Today we are adding another installment to our Crème de Mexico series. Yes, it is entirely appropriate to do the happy dance . . . assuming you remain fully clothed, of course. This is a family blog site, after all.
Just as Cancun has the Riviera Maya (or Mayan Rivera, as you prefer) to its south, Puerto Vallarta has the Riviera Nayarit (or Nuevo Vallarta, as you prefer) to its north. As is the case with Cancun, you fly into the respective region’s main airport, in this case Puerto Vallarta, to reach the bordering destination. If that explanation isn’t clear on the first read, try another Mexican coffee with a small shot of tequilla and I am sure it will become instantly lucid.
The Riviera Nayarit is one of Mexico’s most exciting emerging destinations worthy of its own full exploration. Perhaps I can spare you a little time in trying to ferret out the top five resort options for your first, or next, visit as the case may be. My list is both authoritative and definitive (or at least it seems so to me after following my own advice in the preceding paragraph). So what are the top five resorts in the Riviera Nayarit?
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
I think I see a pattern emerging here. This property’s equally sultry sister, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, made my Crème list for the Mayan Riviera area a few weeks back. (See a list of all the previous Crème posts at the end of this particular masterpiece.)
This incredible resort is the only all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Pacific to be awarded Five Diamonds by AAA . . . a feat almost as impressive as the laminated balsa wood award I received recently for the most inscrutable travel blog in cyberspace.)
I have mentioned frequently on this blog that I place a personal premium on pampering. Thus, to qualify as a leading resort, it simply must have a leading spa. This one does . . . literally. It is home to a Leading Spa of the World! Condé Nast Magazine, whose exacting standards in such matters almost rival my own, recognized them as a “Most Excellent Spa Hotel.” If you long to be caressed and mollycoddled by the best (and what self-respecting bon vivant doesn’t), make the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit your next stop.
The St. Regis Punta Mita
The next two resorts on my list already have an esteemed place on the virtual bookshelf of this blog. In each case, you need merely to don your cybersuit and transport over to the following link to read all about my recent visit to this incredible place: The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort: Seriously Secure!
Follow this link to read about another great spa, the Remède Spa, sumptuous dining options and another of my favorite topics, world-class golf courses. This property is about as posh as it gets.
Marival Residences Luxury Resort
There is so much to love about the Marival Residences Luxury Resort starting with the fact that, while most all resorts have beaches (beach resorts anyway), the Marival Residences have their own exclusive VIP Beach Club. Picture yourself relaxing in one of these beach chairs pictured below. Find yourself coveting a quesadilla? Craving a cold Corona to quietly quaff? Before that thought is fully formed, an attentive (and apparently psychic) waiter is delivering your preferred refreshment.
As a matter of fact, I love this place so much that, a while back, I took my entire extended family on a multi-generational experience of the first magnitude. Naturally, as a compulsive chronicler, I wrote a couple of blog posts about the experience. They were called Bridging The Generations Down Mexico Way and Build A Travel Bridge To Somewhere. Read those two posts and not only will you learn a great deal of helpful information about this unique resort but you will undoubtedly learn way more than you ever cared to know about me and my progeny!
Four Seasons Punta Mita
Take a look at this picture because it represents the most difficult decision you will have to make all week at Four Seasons Punta Mita. “That hammock looks so inviting but is it really worth the energy to get up out of this chair to walk the three steps over there and lie in it? Oh well, I do have the rest of the afternoon to decide.”
As relaxing as that sounds, let’s be honest. It might be a little risky for some of us Type A’s to try and decompress all at once. I personally would be afraid of contracting the psychological equivalent of the bends. We titans of industry require a little activity before we start the unwinding process.
So is there anything to do at the Four Seasons? Nothing . . . unless you want to count, as they do ” . . .some of the best snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, surfing and golf in the world.” I range between a novice and a non-participant in the first four activities in the list but I am a self-designated expert when it comes to quality of golf venues. I would give the Pacifico course, with its world famous third hole called “The Tail Of The Whale” (click on the picture for the full effect), six stars out of a possible five. I am throwing in the extra star for the incomparable service rendered from the time you enter the pro shop until your golf shoes are handed back to you at the end of the round looking better than when you bought them!
If you rightly equate the Four Seasons brand with delivering guest experiences “beyond compare”, a visit to the Four Seasons Punta Mita should only burnish the brand’s already stellar reputation.
Villa La Estancia
When you vacation at a deluxe resort, you expect dining options commensurate with all the other lavish amenities. This is one area where this property shines. La Parrilla Restaurant is the casual, poolside option when you are craving a mid-day wrap or a bracing Mexican ceviche. La Casona, the Mexican steakhouse with its selection of Kobe beef, offers a choice of either indoor or outdoor dining.
Regardless of the number of guests in your party, the Villa La Estancia has a room category to fit your need. They have deluxe superior rooms; one, two and three bedroom suites and even Penthouse Suites.
You need not take my word on this property. Just take a look these intelligent young people who are obviously head over heals (or would it be heels over head) in love with this property.
Having just read this exquisitely written synopsis of the best of Riviera Nayarit, I have total confidence you are clamoring to read the other posts in this series. If so, you have only to follow the links below for more rip-roaring good fun.
Crème de Los Cabos: The Top Five Resorts
Crème de Cancun: The Top Five Resorts
Crème de Riviera Maya: The Top Five (or so) Resorts
I would love to hear your opinion on these two questions. Which of the four Mexico destinations that I have treated so far is your favorite: Los Cabos, Cancun, Riviera Maya or Riviera Nayarit? Also, which of the twenty plus resorts we have highlighted is your personal choice? The best answer will be awarded a free lifetime subscription to Travel By Terry (my lifetime, not yours!).