- Location: Nayarit, Mexico
- Rooms: 200+
- Courses: Two
- Amenities: Three restaurants / spa / tennis / beach cabanas / pool / fitness center
- Also good for: Best for Luxury
6 things you need to know
- Best time to go: Year-round.
- Daily stay-and-plays start at: $600
- Golf experience: Two Jack Nicklaus gems, each with a personality and flair of their own.
- Best non-golf amenity: The infinity- edged Nuna Pool is arguably one of the best places on earth to watch the sun go down.
- While you're there: Charter a 55-foot yacht to enjoy the ultimate fishing, snorkeling and diving experience.
- Insider tip: If you haven’t had a beachside massage, you haven’t known true bliss.
About an hour north of lively Puerto Vallarta lies the Riviera Nayarit, a 200-mile stretch of rugged, white-sand coastland that’s home to some of Mexico’s most diverse and beautiful destinations. The Punta Mita Resort, home to both a Four Seasons and a St. Regis, is situated within a 400-acre nature preserve on a private peninsula overlooking Bahía de Banderas, in an area that feels lush and tropical without feeling claustrophobic. The golf, all 37 holes, traverses the area, with numerous lakes and bunkers flanking what are regarded as some of Jack Nicklaus’s most dramatic green complexes. The resort’s original course, Pacifico, is an 18-hole sprawler with stunning views and eight oceanside holes. The newer Bahia course is a fun, slightly more playable design with views of Banderas Bay. The showstopper though, and the reason the two-course complex has 37 holes, is the extra hole named “Hole 3B,” the only au natural island green anywhere on earth. You can sometimes walk to it during low tide, or otherwise take an amphibious golf cart when the tide is up.
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