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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Punta de Mita
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Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2006

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful stay at Four Seasons Punta Mita and it was fabulous. The property was gorgeous, infinity pool was beautiful, beach was clean (hardly any bugs as mentioned in earlier reviews) and the service was top notch. There were some bees by the pool but it wasn't annoying. They bring you water pool and beach side every 45 mins or so, so you don't get thirsty. I found drink and food service pool and beach side to be prompt. The food was wonderful and I consider myself a foodie so I have pretty high standards (I was nervous about it based on earlier reviews however I was very pleased). The mexican and asian buffets at ketsi were dellicious (fresh sashimi at asian, ceviche station at mexican). Great ceviche at Ketsi and at pool!! We ate at Ketsi, Tail of the Whale and Aramara and enjoyed them all. It is worth it to bring your own wine. The corking fee was $35. Our room was cleaned promptlly each day. It was steamy hot when we arrived and then we did have some rain but that cooled the place off a bit. Spa services at Apunane were wonderful and I also recommend the tequila massage - very different. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2006

My wife and I looked forward to our honeymoon almost as much as we did our wedding. The Four Seasons Punta Mita did not let us down.

A rep from the hotel was waiting for us as soon as we arrived at the airport, with a driver to take us to the hotel. Excellent service. Our driver stopped at a local Corona depot so that we could stock up on beer and beverages for our room .

The hotel is breathtaking from the instant you arrive until the moment you depart. The grounds are beautiful and the main building/lobby is very inviting. Upon arrival we were greeted by numerous people, given fresh juices, cold towels, and checked in very quickly. I never even received the key to our room because we were escorted by a bellman by golfcart. He opened our room for us, placed our drinks in a larger cooler filled with ice, and even took a bottle of champagne that was waiting for us down to the main pool so we could enjoy it outside.

Our room was an oceanview casita. It had an amazing view with sunsets everynight. A great patio for breakfast or dinner through room service. The room service is amazing, as they deliver the food very promptly, and set up a table with table cloths, full china and glassware. It is like eating in a private dining room.

The food in all restaurants was fantastic. The formal dining room had impeccable service, while the casual restaurant Ketsi had a great breakfast. We never ate the full buffet for breakfast as it was just way too much food. The choice was huge. Theme nights were fun at both restuarants, but the food service at the beach or any of the pools were great. The ceviche was amazing, burgers believe it or not were great, and all the mexican dishes were very tasty.

We spent most of our time at the main pool since it wasn't very crowded. Hands down, the nicest pool I have ever experienced. The view is priceless. The service around the pool is a level of pampering that will blow you away. People giving out water every 10 minutes, free snacks or treats every hour, including the famous haagen-daz at 3pm. The staff will say no to nothing. They even clean your sunglasses for you and spritz your face with cold evian water.

We went into the village at Punta Mita once for seafood and it was great. El Dorado was very simple, but much less expensive than a meal at the Four Seasons. Nice for a change. We also went into Puerto Vallarta for one night. It was fun, but while there you really wish you were still being pampered back at the four seasons.

A majority of the staff knew our names from the instant we arrived, and the fact that it was our honeymoon. We were treated like royalty and were given several ammenties while there. 10 days felt like a longtime to go for but we could have stayed forever, and it was worth every single penny.

You will not be dissapointed with a vacation here.

  • Liked — The high-quality of service and top notch food and drink.
  • Disliked — Having to leave.
  • Tips/Secrets — Get drinks for your room on the way to the resort, and don't hold back while you are there. Enjoy everything!
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2006

Was there 6 years ago when it opened & not much has changed except improvements. Clearly went at a time of year when humdity was just awful but if you're not doing too much it's easy to bear.

Had some issues upon arrival (requested a sedan or suburban specifically & no van but van was at airport but 10 miniutes later we were in a suburban), delays at check-in (they must have had a lot of late check-outs) but front desk provided comped lunch & comped massage for husband and I as we were running way past 3PM & I was cranky from long day AND we ended up with a room upgrade. After the first day's problems, everything was great. Mananger found us at dinner to insure we were fine & happy.

Staff all around hotel was excellent. Food at all restaurants was superb. Adult pool is lovely but after spending the first morning there we realized we'd take our chances with babies & kids in exchange for that wonderful ocean view and sound of the waves & views of the iguanas.

I read many negative or picky reviews here & almost felt like we were at different hotels.

Food was great & we are to a degree Foodies. We went on meal plan which made things easier. All inclusive except for drinks, lobster & dinner on beach. Otherwise you could order anything & as much as you wanted each meal. Breakfast was split between room service & Ketsi where we usually had buffet. Better sleection at Ketsi & could also order ala carte.

Lunch except for first day (at Ketsi) was poolside. Great ceviches & burgers.

Dinner every night at Aramara where food & service was excellent. Tastng meuu changed nightly & regular menu was great.

Housekeeping - both daytime & turndown - was prompt & fastidious.

Poolside treats every 30 minutes or so. Pool attendants pleasant & always asking if you needed anything. Complimentary sunscreens.

Bottled water when ever you needed it. Free Internet access on 3 PC's in Business Center.

We left premises one night only with another couple we met so we split a car rental & went into PV & had a great dinner at Cafe des Artistes.

Got a copy of our bill night before check-out & there were some wring charges but they were immediately corrected.

Additional gratuities over 10% service charges had to be pushed into staff's hands. Housekeeping even left tips in our room.

Minor construction going on for new restaurant on beach & by adult pool for new conods.

Yes it's expensive but it is a FS. Will definitely return & hope the PM area does not get too over-developed.

Stayed August 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2006

This was our family's first trip to Mexico and our expectations were extremely high for the Four Seasons--we've stayed at many of their properties & as usual, they did not disappoint us at all. This review will be lengthy since I read every single review posted on this web site & there were just so many more questions I had upon our arrival that I'm sure others will too.

TRANSPORTATION--highly recommend going through the resort for this. You will get hustled, big time, by all the cabbies etc and the lines at the rent a car places were jammed!! There were two women who met us once we cleared customs with a "Four Seasons" sign & passed us to our driver who loaded our bags into the a/c van; also had cold waters & cold towels for us too. The return trip was also arranged by resort. VERY EASY!!
It takes about 45-50 minutes to get from the airport to the resort. The first half of the drive is not that pretty but once you make the turn, the second half of the drive is mountainous, you can see the ocean & quite a bit of development going on.

THE RESORT--BREATH TAKING!!! From the moment we walked in I didn't want to leave and we hadn't even seen our room or the beach yet. One of the managers, Rebecca, greeted us as we got out of the van--greeted our daughter & friend by name (they were thrilled). We were escorted to the check in desk, the girls were given treat bags, & we were given their delicious hibiscuis juice. Our room wasn't quite ready so Roberto (loved him!!), our golf cart driver, gave us a great tour of the property--pointing out all the highlights for adults & the kids (ours were 8 years old) The Four Seasons has done a great job on the lay-out of the property-there is something for everyone here whether you're a couple or a family with young kids or teens
And everything is separated just so--meaning, if you don't want to see kids, you don't have to.

THE ROOM--we booked the "one bedroom superior beachfront suite w/ the plunge pool. It's in the Rana bldg. and if you like the beach, this is the room for you!! You have a large living room w/ a bathroom (one sink, one walk in shower, w/c), pull out sofa bed, nice size table with chairs, mini bar area w/ counter space,armoire w/ tv/vcr, cd player, 2 additional chairs, small closet & desk & doors leading out to the patio
The bedroom can be closed off with sliding/louvered doors for privacy--king size bed, armoire w/ tv/dvd player, chair & ottoman, another chest for storage, large walk in closet, bathroom w/ soaking tub (not jacuzzi) walk in shower, double vanity, private w/c & doors leading out to the patio
The patio is huge, slightly covered, plenty of shade, table w/ four chairs to eat at, two chaise lounge chairs, & the plunge pool which was large enough for 4-5 people to sit comfortably & it's deep--probably up to mid stomach for adults. There's a hand-held shower too to rinse off in as you come up from the beach. JUST BE CAREFUL--the tile floor outside gets slick when it gets wet!
You step off the patio, walk through a nice grassy area (@10ft & then you're on the beach--it was amazing!

Our bldg. also had a washer/dryer set with detergent available--it was great not to come home with dirty gym clothes.

**Only one problem w/room--the a/c on the bedroom side never really worked that great but the a/c on the other side kept us comfortable. They sent maintenance twice but it just never worked (made a horrible noise that you definitely didn't want to listen to at night so we just turned it off) They (Gil--so nice--did send a bottle of wine & cheese tray one night, then a tray of truffles on another as an apology.

There is construction going on at the resort--a new restaurant on the Las Cuevas Beach & many private residences so make sure you ask when making reservations if you'll be near any of this--I can see how that would be annoying--but our bldg.& plenty of others are fine!

THE BEACHES--Las Cuevas is fairly deserted due to the construction of the new restaurant but it's supposed to be done by December; Las Manzanillas is where everyone is hanging out-it was crowded-- but not too horrible--I've seen worse--plenty of snorkeling equip, boogie boards, kayaks, sailboats, buckets, shovels--all included which is nice--we've been to other places where they charge for all these things it's ridiculous. The water is not as pretty as it is in the Carribbean or on the Gulf but it's still nice. Never a shortage of towels at any time of the day!!!!

THE SERVICE--definitely brought their "A" game for our visit--housekeeping was timely & 2x daily--had a button fall off a pair of pants & they were brought back later that day fixed!!; wait staff at family pool was a little slow--there's more people here, I think, but hey, just relax, it'll get there!!; wait staff at beach was good--yea Miguel!! & the staff at Tamai pool was exquisite! Everyone is so friendly here & really glad you're there--unlike some places in the Carribbean. Seek out Patricia at the concierge desk--she's lovely & handled all of our requests via telephone & email before our arrival. Marguerita & Stefano were extremely helpful too. Love the Spanish language too-you find yourself remembering all those words & conjugations from high school & they staff loves it when you try out your "espanol" on them

THE FOOD--I don't know what everyone is complaining about--no it's not "per se" or Nobu but what we had was great. We ate room service alot because our room was so fabulous. In fact, we did room service for breakfast every morning--there is a buffet at Ketsi that looked good but we didn't go. We had everything from pancakes, french toast, waffles, bagels (really pretty decent too) eggs, bacon, juice, coffee. We had lunch at Ketsi on arrival day & had great guac, salads, fish tacos--girls had chicken fingers & fries--great. The hamburgers at this place are awesome--don't miss--you can get them via room service, on the beach, by the pools--get a small side of guac to go on it
The ceviche is fab--careful--I like mine on spicy side, asked for it that way and wow, it was almost too spicy!! Just get a side of fresh jalapenos so you can add as needed. After ordering it a few times, I decided I liked only the shrimp in it (the fish was a bit too fishy for my taste)--they'll fix it any way you want--just ask

Try a Mango Mojito or a frozen bellini--fab especially if you don't like tequila.

We ate at Aramara one night--it's fine--not sure it's worth packing those long pants for the husband & closed toe shoes just to eat here but it was fine. We tried to eat outside but had to move inside due to the mosquitos--NOTE--THERE ARE ALOT OF BUGS IN MEXICO!! Just get used to it--if you don't like bugs, this is not the place for you; in fact, don't come to Florida either cuz we have bugs here too! Around sunset & a few hours after that, the mosquitos are bad--rooms do have spray for you. You will see tiny "carpenter" ants (that's what we call them) in your bathroom but they don't bite--you can't get rid of them so just deal with them--it's the beach. One thing I was surprised about were the bees. Now, we never got stung but they are everywhere--especially by the bars & pools & on the beach--definitely seem to be attracted to food & sweet drinks so if you are terrified or deathly allergic to bees, I probably wouldn't go here. (I didn't ask but maybe they're seasonal)

The romantic dinner on the beach or on the rock--DON'T MISS THIS!!!!!!! Book this when you book your room cuz this does fill up. Yes--it's quite expensive but worth every dollar! The rock was booked so we did the beach--thought we had missed out-- but the beach was wonderful. Your server & assistant (ours was Alejandro--he was great) will escort you down a path they've made for you with woven mats & candles lining it to your private table on the beach (the Las Muuesertas Beach where our room just happened to be) & lit torches. They will greet you with champagne & a small tapa just to get you started. When you make your reservation, they will give you a menu to choose your four course meal--all choices were great!! We had the shrimp tempura & chilled papaya lobster ravioli for apps, the clam chowder & spinach salad next, the grilled lobster & beef tenderloin for entrees, & the coconut creme brulee & soft Mexican chocolate cake for desert. The sunset was breathtaking & could not have been more romantic. Once it's dark, they light a bonfire & set up beach chairs for you--at this point, we had to get the girls cuz it was so perfect & we had to include them in the next ritual--they called the game room for us, had a golf cart go get them, they were brought to us & then we were given a plate of marshmellows on sticks and the four of us sat around the fire roasting them--it was a huge hit with the girls!! (and for us too!!)

THE POOLS--the adult pool, Tamai, is wonderful--best service at the resort & there are private cabanas you can reserve for the day--they come with tv, ipod, interenet access, shade, privacy--but it's very hot at this pool--not much breeze like you'll get on the beach or at the family pools--that's why it was nice to have the cabana so you could get in the shade if you needed to--champange & caviar late in the day at Tamai; the water temp was a bit warm but not horrible.
the family pool--lots of kids but what a view & breeze--hourly treats (most of the time) & the 3:00pm Haagen Daaz ice cream at the pools & at the beach was a favorite; replacing their facial spritz with Evian--hopefully should have this corrected soon--the ones they were trying out just didn't work--something wrong with the sprayer on the bottle

THE ACTIVITIES--did some but not all--this is a very relaxing place & for us, we had no desire to take a shuttle into Puerta Vallarta (which again, is about 50 minutes away) to eat or shop. Once we got to the resort, we stayed!!
**the sea lion snorkel--this was awesome--only 6 people can go and you walk right off the Las Cuevas Beach & they bring the sea lion over in a boat. You put your fins, mask & snorkel on--walk into the water, swim out just a bit and have about 1 hour in the water with the sea lion--the girls wanted to do it again, of course. I think they only do this on Saturdays
**golf--no, my husband didn't play but the course looks beautiful and he really regrets missing this--next time for sure!!
**spa--did the couples massage--wonderful!! have a menu of specialty baths they will draw for you in your room--just don't wait too late, spa attendants go home at 9:00pm
**fitness center--good & busy--attendant comes around with cold towels too-
**the private yacht--this was a splurge but boy was it amazing. We did the sunset cruise--probably would recommend the day trip because it's the same price & you get more time (not sure why this is) Ricardo & Rafael were the best--if you do the sunset, make sure you have a big lunch cuz they just give you tapas--they did do a birthday cake for our daughter's friend & had pb& j's at our request too. The sunset was beautiful, got a great tour of the area. Book this early too if you're interested cuz, believe it or not, it books up fast!
**the game room--couldn't get the kids out of here--never had to use a babysitter cuz they were in here the whole time--they felt they were a little "old" for the Kids For All Seasons progam--bad experience on the Disney Cruise for them, I think, but they loved the game room and the attendants there were great
**pottery on the beach--girls came back every day with another piece they painted--be careful--the paint doesn't come out of clothes & there is a charge (@15 a piece so put a limit on your kids if you need to) but it was probalby less expensive than a babysitter!
**the march of the hermit crabs--OK, so this isn't an official hotel activity but that's what we dubbed it when we were sitting on our patio the first day, @ sunset, & we noticed that the ground was "moving"--then you see thousands of hermit crabs making their way from the bushes out onto the beach--the kids thought this was awesome

In closing--this is truly one of the best vacations we've ever had!! Yes, it's very expensive so just know that going in and don't look at the prices. Just sign it to your room and enjoy yourself. It's completely relaxing but there's plenty to do if you want. Just remember that the sun doesn't come up until later than what we're used too so everything is just done "much later". Try not to schedule yourself too much. I hesitate writing anything good about Punta Mita because that will just make it harder to get a room when I want. Punta Mita is all about the "yes". In fact, the only time I remember being told "No" was when I asked if there was availability for Christmas. December-March is their "High Season" and extremely busy according to staffers. I find that interesting, though, because I heard one of the managers say that they were completely full while we were there and it just never seemed "that crowded". This Four Seasons property is a gem--it's a small resort with much to offer. We've already booked our return trip for next year--I just wish it was sooner!

Stayed August 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2006

This resort is truly lovely, and for just about anywhere else, the service would blow you away. But when you’re staying at the Four Seasons and paying astronomical prices, you expect perfection. This place almost got it right, but not quite. Here’s my nit picking:

Housekeeping-- We checked in at 3 pm and I reminded them about my daughter’s roll-a-way bed. Only after three phone calls did the bed finally arrive at 9:45 pm. General housekeeping is slow, too. One day our first of two cleanings didn’t come until 4:30 pm, and that was after two phone calls asking for service. They did seem to do better as the days went on, I have to admit. Maybe they were short-staffed?

Pool service-- Food service at the main pool is incredibly slow, or as another guest joked with me, “You have to order your lunch at breakfast time and your breakfast the night before.” We gave up on ordering anything there after 45 minutes of getting ignored one afternoon. The service at the adult pool, on the other hand, is fast and efficient. So is that on the beach.

Some fun surprises:

If any of the classes or activities interest you at all, go. We got free servings of seviche and guacamole from the cooking classes and brought home some nice sculpture pieces my family made with the assistance of the staff artist. We took a hike up the hill to see archaeological ruins and our Four Seasons guide pulled out some chilled towels and Evian mist spray for us at the top. Unreal.

The resort allows a couple local jewelry makers to sell their beautiful, unique, and reasonably priced pieces on the beach. You can even charge it to your room. I took home some necklaces for myself and as gifts that exceeded anything I saw elsewhere, in both price and quality.

Some suggestions:

Bring along snacks from home to help counter the outrageous resort food prices. (Their food is good, just crazy expensive.) We also asked our Four Seasons airport driver to stop at a mini-mart en route where we purchased some beverages to enjoy in the room. He was happy to stop for us, but you may need a little Spanish to accomplish this feat.

As others say, eat in the little town of Punta de Mita. We had lobster for four at Tino’s and El Dorado for less than it cost for one to eat a nice dinner at the resort. Plus it’s fun to see a bit of the local culture and flavor beyond the gates of the resort. We ate raw salads and drank ice-filled beverages without any problem. The Four Seasons will drive you door to door in style to these restaurants for only $6.00, the only way to go during the hot summer season. The walk is longer than I would have thought, too, and we are walkers. Have the concierge make your reservations and you’ll get an oceanfront table at the restaurant and be treated like royalty.

Other notes:

The spa was nice but nothing unusual, and no views.

Internet service costs $20 a day if you bring your own computer. Otherwise, there are two free computers to use in the Cultural Center, but they are often occupied.

We got bumped up to a better view room in low season. I got the impression that they try to group you in buildings together with other families with small kids, or with teenagers (like us) or with just couples. It’s hard to complain about other people’s kids if you have them yourself. Actually, the room itself was incredibly quiet, but that may have something to do with the blasting air conditioner and dehumidifier—totally necessary in the summer months. Our dehumidifier collected about a bucket’s worth of water each day. We got used to the machine’s noise after a couple days and were grateful that it kept us comfortable.

Everywhere I’ve been in Mexico has a certain musty odor and the Four Seasons Punta Mita was no exception. The smell seems to permeate the very grounds and water of the country, so I don’t know if there’s anything they could even do about it. You do adjust to it after a while, even someone with a sensitive nose, like me.

Conclusion:

This is a lovely resort, great for families, on a beautiful beach with a friendly staff—and a few service quirks to resolve. If you want true perfection in an incredible, exotic location with impeccable service, go to the Four Seasons Papagayo Peninsula in Costa Rica instead.

  • Liked — The beaches
  • Disliked — Spotty service
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2006

This was our first trip to Mexico, and now having been to the Four Seasons Punta Mita, there is no other place my family would want to stay in Mexico.

Here are some highlights:
CASITAS - Very tastefully decorated, comfortable King-size bed and great pull out couch for our two kids. One con to our room was that it was not a Premium Ocean View. (unless you would think that half gardenview/construction and half ocean view is premium!) Do not book the Iguana casita's as they are next to the ongoing construction in the resort. I have to admit, I was very dissapointed with our room view.
AMENITIES - Outstanding! L'Occitane products in the casitas and suntan lotions (all SPFs) available to you at the beach and pools. Bottled water is also stocked in your room 2x daily.
HOUSEKEEPING - Very good, except they forgot once to stock enough towels for 4 guests, and also did not provide bath robes for our kids (one quick call fixed that!)
"CAR" service - FUN! Golf carts picked you up whenever and wherever you were
POOL & BEACH - Outstanding services! You just can't beat the cold towels, evian mist, fruit kebabs, juices, crudite, chocolate treat and Haagen Daaz ice cream. Make sure you stick around the beach or pool at 3pm to get the ice cream!! Also, water (bottled) is constantly served. The adult TAMAI pool is luxe, but a little boring. No ocean view. Great if you don't want to hear or even talk to people.
FOOD - Okay & pricey. If you are going to spend, make sure you visit Las Cuervas beach at 11.30am on Tues, Thr and Sat for the catch of the day. You can pick your fish for dinner. Otherwise, unless you appreciate some local dishes, it's alright. Kids buffet was limited after a while, but nevertheless, good. FYI - Ketsi is very low-key (wear your flip flops for dinner if you want), Aramara is higher-end, but my husband was able to wear his slides.
KIDS FOR ALL SEASON/GAMES ROOM - If you have kids, they will not be dissapointed with how Four Seasons caters to kids. The staff at the games room and KFAS are absolutely AMAZING! We were there on a good week as there were many kids and many birthday parties, which meant many pinatas filled with candy. Our children loved the craft activities that the main restaurant Ketsi had every night.
SPA and FITNESS - Fabulous. I did Yoga on La Rocca (a rock/cliff at the beach in the morning) The amenites at the fitness and spa are very luxurious.
OVERALL - Hotel hospitality and service was outstanding. Impecciable staff, from housekeeping to gardening. Everyone seemed to remember our names after one day. Amazing greeting, and orientation. When you are walking thru the resort and a golf cart is passing, they stop to make sure you pass them first. Very curteous and conscientious to the guests. My husband and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary (the resort did give us a great bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped-strawberries; kids got cookies with their names on them!), but we kept saying if we were honeymooning, we would have splurged for the private dinner at La Rocca to watch the sunset. It looked just beautiful. We also did the nature tours and hikes in and off the resort, which were great. The resort gave you an overview (attached to your door each morning) of the daily activities offered, so be sure to review that.

LOVE FOUR Seasons Punta Mita, and will go back!!!

  • Liked — beach and pool service
  • Disliked — casita view
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2006

What a wonderful place! We just returned from a week at the FS Punta Mita with our two children (7 & 10), and had a wonderful time. For those seeking a beautiful location, top-tier service, and warm and friendly people, this is a great choice.

Location: The only place we've ever been that we thought was prettier was Hawaii. This is a close second. Verdant mountains coming down to blue ocean with rocky points and sandy beaches in the coves. Very pretty! Punta (de) Mita is the up-and-coming resort destination in Mexico. In addition to the FS resort and its amenities, there are private villas, some upscale condos, with two more golf courses and two more luxury hotels (St. Regis and Rosewood) planned. The entire area is enclosed in a "compound" that requires permission to enter.

Food: Despite the often-dire warnings about food on this website, I found the food here to be quite good, if expensive. The prices are comparable to Hawaii prices, but I thought the quality and quantity of food were both well superior to Hawaii resorts. The cuisine is generally a fusion of Mexican tastes and asian and other influences. The seafood (involved in many of the dishes at all restaurants) was very good and fresh. I found a number of wonderful choices at all restaurants at all meals. That said, we did have a rental car and went off-property for dinner four of the seven nights. In the village of Punta de Mita, we really enjoyed Tino's (wonderful lobster and shrimp, Spanish Coffee) and Margarita's (lobster). We also enjoyed a trip to Sayulita, located approx. 20 minutes north of the resort (btw, the road up that way IS paved, despite reports to the contrary), where we ate at Don Pedro's (upscale Italian-tinged).

Service: Top-tier. Just what we have come to expect from our other stays at FS properties. The staff is warm, friendly, well-trained and eager to please. There are a number of "extras" that are offered around the resort (drinks/snacks/ice cream at the pool, water, game room, Kids for all Seasons) that help take any "edge" off the cost. Service was equally good at all restaurants, at the pools, at the desk and concierge and at the porte cochere. It's great to have folks call you by name by the 2nd day! Room service was prompt and efficient and maids were always willing to work around our irregular schedules.

Facilities: Rooms are large and spacious. We had a King room and the kids slept on the pull-out sofa. Still plenty of room. Nicely appointed. Pools are lovely, with special emphasis on the main pool with its infinity edge overlooking the ocean. I could have stayed in that spot for days! Grounds are very pretty. Smaller beach to the north of "the Rock" is much cleaner, with almost no seaweed. Water was clear as of yesterday. Snorkeling was decent right off the beach. Spa was good, but nothing spectacular.

Environs: Puerto Vallarta is a typical tropical tourist town. If you looked past the language, it could have been located in dozens of places around the world. The view, however, is great. The Bahia de Banderas is beautiful. Shopping in PV is okay, but again very much like most touristy tropical spots. Went snorkelling one day at Las Marietas islands; well worth the trip!

Suggestions: I would rent a car if you are there for more than four days and/or want variety. Go swimming with the dolphins; fabulous! Go to PV and soak up the local scene. Go to Sayulita. Eat lobster at one of the Punta de Mita beachfront palapa restaurants. Relax and have another margarita!

  • Liked — Service and views
  • Disliked — Main pool needs a bit of repair work, nothing big.
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Address: Bahia de Banderas, Punta de Mita 63734, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Nayarit > Riviera Nayarit > Punta de Mita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita 5*
Number of rooms: 140
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