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Nayarit Flaunts Luxury Resorts and Experiential Experiences

Located on the sun-drenched Pacific coast of Mexico,

north of Puerto Vallarta, the state of Nayarit is on the rise. With new offerings of upscale resorts surrounded by tropical forests and jungle-covered mountains, the state flaunts 200 miles of unblemished coastline. Its spellbinding tropical location caters to discerning U.S. and Canadian travelers.


Luxurious Hideaways

Lifestyle travelers seeking pampered properties can choose from a sumptuous collection of four—and five-star resorts. On the greatest hits list, beyond the stalwart Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, which focuses on sustainability with its sea turtle release program and sunset champagne ritual, is the recently renovated St. Regis Punta Mita Resort.


The contemporary Conrad Punta de Mita is located in the gated community of Litibu, set on a mile of white sand beach. Its signature Codex Restaurant was mentioned as one of the top 250 restaurants in the Mexico Gastronomic Guide and is one of nine designated in the region.


The luxury all-inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit houses the 16,000-square-foot SE Spa. The intimate 11-room Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita is one of five stylish Relais & Chateaux properties tucked on a jungle-beach setting between Punta de Mita and the chic surf town of Sayulita.


Susurros del Corazon, an Auberge Resort, is located in the sleepy fishing village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Its calm waves are perfect for family vacations. The resort is also ideal for winter whale watching and boat rides to the hidden beach of the protected Marieta Marine Reserve.


The king of the jungle is the 105 free-standing guest villas One and Only Mandarina. Located 40 minutes north of Punta Mita on a Blue Flag awarded beach near the enclave of Lo de Marcos, where lush palms greet the sea, freestyle villas with private plunge pools facing sweeping ocean panoramas provide a chic clandestine stay. The Knot ranks the property as one of the most astounding treehouse resorts. Mexican celebrity chef Enrique Olivera found the perfect idyllic rainforest space for his third restaurant, Carano.


Luxury lifestyle brand Rosewood will open the long-anticipated Rosewood Mandarina, its fourth hotel in Mexico, on the same stretch of sand as the hidden One and Only.


New Lodgings

New properties will be built upon the nearly 28,000 rooms in almost 790 hotels to accommodate the expected tourism boom. New lodgings with openings in 2023 and 2024 include high-end brands Four Seasons Autograph Collection, Mexican hotelier Vidanta, Fairmont, Rosewood, Omni, Westin, and a new offering by Marriott.


Fine Dining

From fish tacos to gourmet meals, the hidden oasis of Punta Mita maintains some of the tastiest offerings in Nayarit. Celebrated star chef Thierry Blouet, the acclaimed owner of Cafe des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, dazzles with his farm-to-table, fresh, organic ingredients at his gourmand restaurant and casual atmosphere Tuna Blanca.


Beyond the Beach

Meanwhile, luxury travelers seek exclusivity and want to delve into local culture. Covid has taught many travelers to take a carpe diem approach to get the most out of every journey through meaningful cultural experiences. Even the most extravagant travelers are taking a new approach to premium, including “experiential” offerings focusing on culture and encounters with inhabitants.


Pueblo Magicos

Mexico is more than just a beach destination. In recent years, Mexico has been promoting its rich interiors and magical towns. Akin to Unesco World Heritage sites, Mexico has its own tourism program called Pueblo Magicos, recognizing unique towns for their significance in history, culture, gastronomy, architecture, and art. Nayarit has nine such esteemed enclaves, the most of any state in Mexico.


With an infrastructure including a new international airport to be completed later this year, new, faster toll road highways in place, and more in the works, travel and tourism campaigns have expanded beyond promoting Nayarit’s idyllic beaches, showcasing the colonial port town of San Blas, Islas Marias, an ex-prison colony off the coast of San Blas in the Pacific, now a treasured tourist attraction, and inland hidden gems tucked in mountains and valleys most accessible under a two-hour drive.

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