THE PROPERTY: Nestled in a nature preserve right on Bahia de Banderas, Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita and its array of Mexicanmodern guestrooms and suites take full advantage of its secluded coastal setting. Private terraces and an open lobby allow guests to rejoice in this Pacifi c jewel.
THE GREENS: Outstanding options here feature plenty of oceanside holes with views of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Bahia Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus creation, is a 7,035-yard, 18-hole layout with ocean and bay views from every hole, Bermuda fairways, water features and Miniverde greens built to USGA standards. One of players’ favorite holes here is just steps away from the famous El Faro surfi ng area. The 7,014- yard championship Pacifi co Golf Course, another Nicklaus design, is laid out over 200 acres. The standout here is the “Tail of the Whale,” otherwise known as hole 3b. This is a natural island, so golfers need to drive the ball across the ocean and reach the hole at low tide or on an amphibious golf cart.
THE AMENITIES: The private yacht, Apuana Spa, surf lessons and Tamai pool complex with private cabanas keep adults busy, while children live it up with complimentary supervised activities, games room and a lazy river.
THE SCENE: Along with its beautiful setting, the elegant resort celebrates its heritage in its architecture, dining options and activities menu. Its in-house Cultural Center has art, artifacts and an educational program highlighting Huichol crafts, Mexican cooking and more.
THE RATES: Starting at $450 per night.
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