by Jo Barrett
Imagine taking a short two-hour flight from Houston and finding yourself in one of the most enchanting resort developments of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. With activities ranging from high-end golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, surfing, fishing, yacht charters, rare bird and whale watching, Punta Mita is the new “It Destination” for Texans seeking a relaxing vacation home with all the amenities and none of the hassle.
Known primarily for its Four Seasons resort and private villas– the first Four Seasons unveiled in Mexico-Punta Mita is becoming much more than a vacation getaway. The area, encompassing ten miles of Pacific Coast, is now a significant resort community, offering a range of homes to suit nearly every budget.
Prices in certain communities start around $400,000 and go up to $25 million for the most exclusive oceanfront homes. Non-qualified financing on a range of products with 30% down means that the resort development is appealing to a broad range of potential buyers, and is selling out fast.
According to Gary Pepin, Vice President of Sales for Punta Mita Properties, private single-family villas that would cost over five million dollars in Los Cabos, Hawaii and the Bahamas can be purchased for significantly less than half in Punta Mita.
“The value for dollar is significant for American homebuyers seeking a 2nd, 3rd or 4th vacation home. And since Punta Mita is so convenient to Texas, the opportunities make sense.”
Residential options at Punta Mita range from Mexican-designed luxury condominiums and villas to exclusive private homes and estates.
For Texans looking for an ease-free vacation getaway, the Four Seasons resort, private residence club, and private villas offers several restaurants, top notch service from experienced hotel personnel, a sexy stretch of white sand beach, and some of the best cuisine in the area. For weddings or honeymoons, ask the concierge to arrange a sunset cocktail on top of “The Rock.”
The Four Seasons has a great fitness center, a large freeform pool, as well as an adult pool complex. Don’t miss the bento box sushi at the adult pool bar.
A beach sports center offers kayaks for guests, snorkeling equipment, and anything else you need, including complimentary bottled water, sunscreen, books, newspapers and magazines for all your beach reading.
Punta Mita’s newest resort is the St. Regis, styled around the concept of “barefoot elegance.” The guest rooms feel like a luxury private oasis, as each one boasts its own terrace, Remede bath amenities, and both indoor and outdoor showers. The bathrooms are opulent, as is the décor. The setting is both serene and dynamic. Wireless Internet is actually strong enough throughout the entire property so that you can Google to your heart’s desire while sitting in a beachside lounge chair with a laptop – making it effortless for guests who need to combine both work and play.
The St. Regis offers the newest spa in the area, and romantic guest rooms that you won’t want to leave. Don’t miss the chef’s five course tasting menu at Carolina, or the fresh catch of the day at Sea breeze. Special Mexican wines to try include small vintners that cannot be found in Texas, such as the red wine named Jala.
Puerto Vallarta is a short hop away, as is the neighboring arts community of Sayulita.
Punta Mita is fast becoming one of the world’s most famous golf destinations, and was recently voted the #1 Golf Resort in North America by readers of “Conde Nast.” The newly opened Bahia course, compliments the famed Pacifico course-both Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses, including Punta Mita’s most original landmark, the “Tail of the Whale,” the world’s only natural island green.