My girlfriend and I just got back from a 6 day/5 night stay at the St. Regis Punta Mita - just north of Peurto Vallarta. Let me start by saying that it was an amazing experience on every level. But, I must note that we were there two weeks after it opened and were 2 of only 20 guests (more likely 15).
That in and of itself made for an amazing experience. Everyone was eager to please and the staff to guest ratio had to be at least 10:1 during this time. An unheard of luxury that is not likely to be the case for long.
The Staff: Like all St Regis, the staff was exceptional on every level. From the greeters and desk staff to the pool butlers and restaurant servers, everyone was very attune to what the St Regis experience is and what it's guests expect of it. Gorge at the front desk, Jean Pierre in Carolina, Javier in Carolina, and Carlos at the Pool are big stand outs when it comes to service and doing anything it takes to make your stay enjoyable - many of them were at the Four Seasons prior.
The Pools: The pools are fantastic on every level. There are three pool - all of which were deserted while we were there. So, we had our choice to ourselves for the duration of the stay. The Beach Club pool is fantastic and provides wonderful views out to the ocean and beyond. Each pool is surrounded by padded chairs with full towel and attendant service. The only recommendation would be the addition of some type of splint or roll to place under your legs while lounging.
The Beach: There is a nice stretch of beach directly in front of the hotel that is equipped with a number of lounge chairs. The beach is quite large and allows for privacy for a party of any size. You will have no problem staking out your own space and settling in. The view is quite serene. As for swimming in the ocean, it is possible, but limited to two sand-bottom patches out front of the hotel - the rocks and depth of water make swimming elsewhere difficult.
The Rooms: The rooms are beautiful and quite spacious. We had an Ocean View Junior Suite. The rooms are equipped with every amenity you could ask for. The bathrooms are fantastic - separate shower, soaking tub, and a back patio with an outdoor shower. While the outdoor shower is nice, it could have benefited from a rain shower head as well - rather they were typical shower heads. Note that an ocean view room will give you an ocean view, but you will likely be looking at it over one of the three courtyards (each manicured and housing one of the resort pools). The only rooms that provide "all I see is ocean" views are those listed as beach front. One of the interesting elements of the St Regis is the butler service - they provide both complimentary packing and unpacking service (something we took advantage of and thoroughly enjoyed), turn down service, and general room service. While I have always enjoyed this amenity at each St Regis that I have stayed, I have always found it to be a bit overstated and underwhelming - often times they check you in the room, but rarely do you hear from them again - even after rather large tips. At Punta Mita, our butler had some flubs, but out did himself with complimentary champage, and some beautiful flower art one night at turn-down. Key Point - no room is more than 100 yards from the beach - amazing!!!
The Restaurants: Carolina is the fine dining establishment for the hotel and is gorgeous. The design of the space is uber-chic and comparable to any NY/LA restaurant. The service is fantastic. The food is good and reflective of an establishment that has just recently opened. I believe they are still working on some of the details, but we enjoyed dinner at Carolina twice felt it to be a great resort dining experience. Sea Breeze is the other upscale restaurant on the property and we typically had lunch here - the food is very inventive, incredibly tasty, and well done.
Four Seasons vs St Regis - we had dinner at the Four Seasons and took an hour tour of the property with a member of their staff - so, we have a good sense for the place. Here it is, the Four Seasons is beautiful, very beautiful as it has had 9 years to mature. It has lots of great activities and amenities - more than the St Regis as it has 60 more rooms and a higher occupancy rate at this point - ie. A Cuban Band in the bar each night, beaches filled with Kayaks and Snorkeling Gear, Rec Room for Kids, etc. So, if you are a family, the Four Seasons may be a good choice for you. But, the rooms can be very far from the beach (like a 6 minute walk), the kids can rbe found running rampant in the resort (as they often do in FS family resorts), and the rooms do not even hold a candle to those at the St Regis - not even close - no where near - they are 8 years old compared to brand new! If you are a couple, a family that likes quite, if you prefer a bit more sophistication, then the St Regis is probably the better choice. It is worth a trip down to the FS for dinner though - they are quite mature and the food is quite good.
Overall, the St Regis is great. It has amazing potential. It needs some time to develop and for the grounds to mature, but as far as new resorts go - it's top notch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amongst one of the world's most alluring beaches, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort features 120 exquisite accommodations, thoughtful amenities, and spectacular grounds. The Resort offers an experience that transcends ordinary travel, immersing guests in unsurpassed luxury. ... more less
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