May 3 – 8, 2007 was our second visit to the Four Seasons Punta Mita. We think the service is what makes the difference at this resort. This resort is the most prestigious resort in the area, and attracts the best local staff. We thought the staff were just a notch better than FS Hualalai (2006) and a whole lot better than FS Great Exuma (2005).
So, here’s what I think you might want to know about this resort:
With all the new development in the area, it’s still 45-minutes from the airport. And, if you want to go to Puerto Vallarta for shopping & dining, it’s at least 1-hour away.
Suggested guest room accommodations:
Before I mention room types, I need to tell you about the resort’s layout. The resort is spread out, so you will be doing a lot of walking. The resort’s bell staff will drive you to, and pick you up from, your guest room at any time. If you like an easy walk to the resort’s lobby for complimentary morning coffee, to the main Nuna pool, to the beaches, and to the restaurants, then request accommodations in buildings Tortuga, Flor, Caracola, or Mariposa. Otherwise, plan on walking quite a bit.
In our opinion, Premium Ocean View Casitas provide a partial view, not a full view, but will connect you to the sounds and sights of the Pacific Ocean. Oceanfront casitas provide a full view, but not direct access to the beach. Only Beachfront casitas provide a full view and easy access to the beach. Because the resort’s beautiful landscaping has filled in over the past 9 years, Ocean View rooms may not provide enough view to meet your expectations. I’m sure the suites are fabulous, and if price is no object, in order to maximize your time at this beautiful resort, then by all means book a suite.
Bahia, located on the beach, open for lunch and dinner, was a new addition for our second stay, and became our favorite for lunch. We enjoyed the lobster Cobb salad and the steak sandwich (see my pics). It’s shady, peaceful, relaxing, right on the beach, and the service and food were perfect every time. You should plan on spending $35 - $40 p.p. inclusive for a cocktail and sandwich or salad. Bahia also has a bar where you can sample some of the resort’s fine tequilas.
Ketsi, located by the main Nuna pool, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner is the resort’s primary casual dining restaurant. It has the typical Four Seasons big breakfast buffet with the omelette station. Or, you can order off the menu. You should plan on spending $30 - $40 p.p. inclusive for both breakfast and lunch.
Aramara, open for dinner, is the resort’s fine dining restaurant. It has a Chino Latino menu theme, and before wine, plan on spending $75 - $100 p.p. inclusive on 4-courses.
The hotel lobby provides some seating and beverage service. We enjoy cocktails at sunset from the lobby.
Beaches and pools:
You have two beaches and three pools to enjoy. New to our second visit was a circular pool that surrounds the newest guest room building, called Oasis. It has a current Jacuzzi flow system, so you sit in an inter-tube and float around the building in about 8-miuntes. It has a bar, and will soon have food service. Older kids, or adults who like to act like kids, love this pool, and it was a great idea because the Oasis building is quite a distance from the resort’s lobby. So, it adds a positive amenity feature to a negative guest room location. Smart move.
We think the Nuna Pool (main pool) is the most beautiful Four Seasons pool that we’ve seen. We like it better than the Four Seasons Great Exuma, Hualalai, Costa Rica, and Manele Bay.
The Tamai Pool (quiet pool) has no view of the ocean. Architecturally, it’s interesting, and you might want to rent a private cabana for the day. I think they’re $250/day high season. They’re equipped with a seating area, plasma TV, iPod docking station, Internet access, the works… (see pic). You can have your massage therapy there, instead of at the spa, along with food and beverage service.
Spa & Fitness Center:
The fitness center is not as nice as Hualalai, but very well equipped. It also offers complimentary morning coffee. We recommend that you sign up for a yoga class on the Rock. At the spa, indulge yourself with the signature Punta Mita 80-minute massage. Download the spa menu from the website. It’s all good.
It’s a 5-minute shuttle ride from the resort over to the golf course. It never seems busy, it’s a friendly course, picturesque, well maintained, and the third hole, par 3 “tail of the whale” is fun to play during low tide. The pro shop stocks a good amount of resort logo and golf apparel. The staff is terrific. There is a casual restaurant & bar over there as well.
Shopping and Dining in Puerto Vallarta:
The Four Seasons has a daily shuttle departing at 10:00AM and returns at 4:00PM, or 6:00PM to 12:00AM, to take you into Vallarta for shopping and lunch or dinner. Our recommendations for dining, from this trip, and from September 2006, in Puerto Vallarta are:
1. Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café is located a few blocks from the beach in downtown Vallarta. I’ve posted a separate review just for this restaurant. It’s an Austrian/German restaurant in Mexico. Go figure. It’s superb, and I wish we could take it home to Dallas. The menu is huge, and the service and food quality was excellent. Appetizers are $9 - $12, entrees are $18 to $25, and desserts are $7. Great food. Great Value. Great fun. It’s the first restaurant that we’ll return to on our next visit to Vallarta.
2. Café des Artistes, is also located just a couple of blocks off the beach, from the sea horse statue. It’s a beautiful restaurant, serving mostly French cuisine, and we thought our dinner was very good.
3. Vista Grill is located high above the city and has an incredible view. Steaks and seafood dominate the menu, and most every table has a great view of the sparkling city below.
4. La Palapa is located right on the beach, and serves a big selection seafood and some steaks. The service here is excellent and it’s fun to be there at sunset.
I hope that you have found this review helpful.
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- Also Known As:
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- Four Seasons Punta Mita Hotel Punta De Mita
- Four Seasons Punta De Mita
- Punta De Mita Four Seasons