Just steps from the Mexican border from Southern California are Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit – convenient getaway destinations for the Los Angeles elite.
The likes of Kim Kardashian, Kellan Lutz, Halle Berry and Jason Derulo are known to have the most tropical vistas and five-star resorts, and to jump to the Pacific side in Mexico – choosing this over the wilder East Coast.
Kim’s favorite spot can be found at the incredible W Hotel, Punta de Mita.
Not too far away: Just steps from the Mexican border from Southern California are Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit – convenient getaway destinations for Los Angeles’ elite
This place screams hip, trendy and modernist; a perfect, cut-off branch of the exclusive W family.
It is colourful, bold and full of life, with uniquely decorated rooms with silver bed heads and bright, modern bathrooms, often opening onto private terraces and pools, with ocean or jungle views.
The beach is something else. Approached by a mosaic, sparkling blue walkway, storm over the crystal clear pool to the horizon.
Scattered around the pool’s WET deck are private sunbeds, with a beach bar just steps away, with cabanas lining the pristine sands and a ceviche lesson at the Chevychería should you wish to delve into the local culture.
Making the A-list: Offering sublime tropical vistas and five-star resorts, such as Kim Kardashian [pictured]Kellan Lutz, Halle Berry and Jason Derulo are known for crossing over to the Pacific side of Mexico – this is what they choose over the wild east coast
Kim’s favorite spot: The incredible W Hotel, Punta de Mita, screams hip, trendy and modernist; a perfect cut off branch of the exclusive W family
Colourful, bold and full of life, the hotel features uniquely decorated rooms with silver headboards and bright, modern bathrooms
The W brings the tropics to the coast for its guests with the rainforest-like AWAY Spa.
Disappearing here to enjoy treatments – such as hydrotherapy, massages or skin remedies – is surreal. Once away from the already quiet main hotel, you are surrounded by true tranquility, apart from the trickling of the spa water and the breeze through the swaying lush foliage.
While many spas offer the chance to: review body and mind, this one really does its job.
Lush: Rooms often open onto private terraces and pools, with ocean or jungle views
Something different: the beach is approached by a mosaic, sparkling blue walkway, on which you dash over the crystal clear pool to the horizon
Maintenance is just as rewarding at The W: there are six dining options, including the exclusive Mesa 1 on a private island
livelihood is just as rewarding at The W: there are six dining options, including the exclusive Mesa 1 on a private island. This is an experience to watch. You dine in the middle of a lake fed by a spring, accessible only by stepping stones that jump out of the water and disappear after the guests are seated.
You’ll feast on a seven-course tasting menu prepared by a private chef (think king crab tartare and lobster cannelloni) native to the local area, sitting on a Parota log, beneath the dancing flames of tiki torches and fire pits.
Also on site is the Venazú Eatery, which serves Mexican fare, the Living Room which serves smaller plates on your bequest day and night, and the Pan-Asian Spice Market for a combination of oriental delicacies.
The west coast of Mexico has miles of pristine beach, which continues to Puerto Vallarta, 15 minutes from Punta de Mita.
Bringing the tropics to the coast: Silence: The rainforest-like AWAY Spa is surrounded by true tranquility, apart from the trickling of the spa water and the breeze through the swaying lush foliage
Surf’s Up! The west coast of Mexico has miles of pristine beach, which continues to Puerto Vallarta, 15 minutes from Punta de Mita
This is where the Marriott resort and spa is located: the hotel is less tucked away, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta with its vibrant nightlife, array of restaurants, romantic spots and abundance of charisma
Here you will find the Marriott resort and spa – less tucked away, but far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta with its vibrant nightlife, many restaurants, romantic spots and an abundance of charisma.
With a prime beachfront location, you’ll find an infinity pool, swim-up bar and a range of dining options. The hotel also offers their own Tequila Casamagna.
This hotel supports a turtle conservation program, and lucky guests who visit at the right times of the year can even watch babies being sent into the wilds of the oceans.
The Marriot is an excellent escape if you want to hide on the spot, or head to the nearby Malecon Puerto Vallarta Mall and Galeria Vallarta, as well as other exciting spots in the area.
Riviera Nayarit is dotted with dozens of seaside seaside towns and pueblos with lush rugged peaks, nature reserves, golden sands, palm-fringed beaches and luxury resorts.
Prime beach location: you’ll find an infinity pool, swim-up bar and a range of dining options. The hotel also offers their own Tequila Casamagna
Sayulita – a nearby town – offers galleries, showcasing the artistry of local talent, craft activities (create your own God’s Eye!), take a surf lesson at the Lunazul school or grab a bite to eat at Don Pedros restaurant.
Also close by is the Refugio del Mar – a boutique hotel with a Melrose Place atmosphere, for an even more intimate stay – in Bucerias.
Other activities include a visit to the Planeta Cacao – where you can learn all about chocolate making and visit the beautiful tropical environment – and the gay beach club and adults-only hotel, Manta Mar.
This place is buzzing, frequented by the local LGBTQ community who enjoy watching the breathtaking sunsets from the pool.
Puerto Vallarta also has its famous ‘Romantic Zone’ – where a great night out is waiting to be experienced.
Jewel in the crown: La Capella [L] is a rooftop restaurant overlooking the rustic old town, the watery horizon, and the remarkable Guadalupe Church. There is also a gay beach club and an adults only hotel, Manta Mar [R]
Bursting with LGBTQ bars, this place proves to be a memorable night out with its various nightclubs, go-go dancers and cheap drinks – all injected with an authentic Mexican twist.
Other dining options in the area include the incredible La Leche – a restaurant topped solely with pure white paint, giving diners a visually cleansed palette to experience a heightened taste of the menu.
And perhaps the ultimate jewel in this region’s crown is La Capella. This rooftop restaurant offers views of the rustic old town, the watery horizon, and the remarkable Guadalupe Church.
The royal interior opens out to balconies, dotted with fountains and ferns dripping from the striking architecture. The menu is rich, the wine list is decadent and with candlelight and string music thrown in, you’ll be yelling ‘eso es amore’ before you know it.