By Kim Padgett
Paradise in the Pacific
Punta de Mita’s W Hotel is a welcome addition to the luxury scene
This bohemian chic hotspot hidden in the lush jungle on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is garnering mucho attention for its luxury accommodations. It’s quickly becoming the prime destination for weddings, commitment ceremonies and honeymoons. Located 25 miles from the international airport in Puerto Vallarta, and a two-hour plane ride from Texas, The W in Punta de Mita, reflects the surrounding culture and incorporates images of traditional Mexican celebrations and the Huichol people (indigenous people of Nayarit). Opened in 2016, it was built around nature–incorporating the ancient fig trees and natural springs– which were not disturbed during construction.
Upon arrival, guests are whisked throughout the property via a fleet of colorful TukTuks. Or they can choose to scoot their way around on the throw-back Razors located around each corner. With 119 guest villas, the custom headboards and repurposed vintage photographs of Mexican historical figures, such as Frida Kahlo, by Revolución Del Sueño, adorn each room. The majority of the property’s art and décor is provided by local nearby Sayulita artisans. With a dedicated on-site full time wedding “guru,” all special event planning can be handled at the property, from floral to table assignments to live music. Pre-wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and cocktails parties can be hosted in one of the private dining rooms at the several restaurants, under the stars in a tented party palace, or poolside. Event menus are custom designed and range from self-serve casual buffets to sit down multi-course plated meals. The most popular wedding and commitment ceremony sight is the breathtaking Huichol Sunway – a tiled pathway that leads from the hotel lobby to the ocean. The pathway is a representation of the Huichol life journey, “highlighting the traditional images of the ups and downs of life, with the goal to achieve spiritual ascension over the ocean at the end of the path.” Ceremonies can also be accommodated on the beach, the WET deck poolside, or surrounding the property’s spring-fed, man-made picturesque lake.
While in Mexico for the nuptials, guests can be treated to a whale-watching excursion, surf school, shopping the boutiques in the nearby Sayulita, unique spa services at the hotel’s Away Spa, or a day trip into the Jungle. What the hotel deems as a “surf beat, tribal heat,” the W will not disappoint those looking for a destination that is a true reflection of colorful Mexico and its culture. All of this is supported by the W brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever service philosophy, the trademark service providing guests whatever they want, whenever they want it.
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