Nature Lover’s Paradise
If your clients enjoy nature, this region of Mexico is the place to be. Migrating humpback whales pass through the Bay of Banderas from December through March, while July begins the nesting season for sea turtles. The Sierra Madre offers hiking, horseback riding and the ever-popular zip lining through the dense jungle canopy. Water sports are endless with sailing, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, all available from nearby tours operators who have set up shop in the area. The largest operator, Vallarta Adventures (www.vallarta-adventures.com), is able to provide all types of excursions. Visitors to the region should be sure to pass by the smaller resort town of San Francisco (San Pancho to the locals) where they can take in a polo match at La Patrona Polo club, and Sayulita where local artisans sell their crafts along the streets, while surfers take to the waves.
Rooms with a View
Accommodations range from family all-inclusive resorts to romantic hideaways. If you’re looking for a last minute Valentine booking, the Grand Velas Resort (www.vallarta.grandvelas.com), an all-inclusive AAA-5 Diamond resort is offering a “Four-Night Romance Package” starting at $381 per person per night. Guests will arrive to sparkling wine and relax with a $150 credit towards a 50-minute couple’s massage in the Spa; breakfast in bed and a private four-course dinner on the beach from the resort’s gourmet chef are included. The resort has award winning restaurants and infinity pools that go on for well, infinity. If your clients are looking to try their first all-inclusive, this is the place!
The Marival Residences and World Spa (www.marivalresidences.com) has a variety of accommodations including their 2-bedroom, ocean-view residence, upstaged only by the rooftop private plunge pool, ideal for watching the last of the sun’s rays sink into the Pacific. The Residences offer both all-inclusive and a la carte accommodation options.
The newly opened Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta (www.hardrockhotels.com/vallarta) is an all-inclusive hotel with 348 stylish and trendy guestrooms, four indulgent restaurants, a multitude of bars, lounge areas, their famous Rock Spa and two swimming pools .For any clients who can’t seem to break free from their Rock ‘n Roll days, or for those who love music, it’s the perfect place to stay and soak in not only the sun but the Rock memorabilia-filled walls of the hotel or take in a live rock show on the beautifully manicured grounds. It’s situated on a magnificent and pristine stretch of beach and has a young, hip vibe.
On the northern tip of the Bay of Banderas in Punta De Mita, visitors will find the incomparable Four Seasons Punta Mita (www.fourseasons.com/puntamita). Hosting a Jack Nicklaus golf course and the world’s only natural island green, this property is everything one would expect from a Four Seasons resort.
The seas offer mahi-mahi, sea bass, oysters and shrimp. Local dishes include a variety of ceviches and pescado sarandeado (barbecued fish). In addition to the local cuisine, there are exceptional upscale restaurants and for clients who like to attend food festivals, there’s a great one in Nayarit each November. The gourmet food festival (www.festivalgourmet.com) headed by Chef Blouet attracts internationally known, award winning chefs into the region to prepare specialty dishes at local restaurants.
For more information visit www.rivieranayarit.com or www.visitmexico.com