Four Seasons resort slated to open July 1

PUNTA MITA -- Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open its second Mexico property July 1. The Four Seasons Punta Mita will be located on a secluded peninsula northwest of Puerto Vallarta. Four Seasons is the first major hotel firm to develop on this long stretch of land, which is bordered by Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The upscale property will be the first resort in Mexico for the firm, which also operates an upscale hotel in Mexico City.

Four Seasons Punta Mita will be situated in the 1,000-acre, master-planned Punta Mita Resort project, which also will include a championship golf course and a 90-unit vacation ownership development. The 140-room resort was developed with an eye on environmental preservation and was designed to reflect the natural attributes and culture of the region, according to the firm. In keeping with the architecture of the area, the resort will feature buildings with no more than three floors.

The property will contain 113 guest rooms and 27 suites housed in 13 Mexican-style casitas with tile roofs. Each guest unit aims to reflect the ambience of a luxurious Mexican home with a full lineup of modern conveniences, Four Seasons said. Features will include balconies or terraces with full ocean views; oversize bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate glass-enclosed showers; bathrobes, and outlets for computers and fax machines. Most of the suites, which will have one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations, will feature private plunge pools.

A championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus will be available exclusively for guests. The 7,003-yard layout, set on 200 acres of rolling hills, will offer eight oceanside holes as well as an optional par-three 19th hole with an island green. The facility also will have a clubhouse with a pro shop and dining venue, and a PGA golf professional will be available for private instruction and clinics.

For tennis enthusiasts, Four Seasons Punta Mita will offer a center equipped with four lighted courts. Water sports options will include snorkeling, sailing and scuba diving, and deep-sea- fishing excursions also will be available.

An on-site cultural center will provide tours for visitors interested in the area's ancient Huichol history. Nature viewing will be a prime recreational option, as the region is home to a variety of indigenous birds and other wildlife. Seasonal activities will include watching the annual migration of the California gray whales from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California and observing the nesting and hatching phases of the four types of marine turtles in Banderas Bay.

Among the other on-site facilities will be a pool and an open-air, thatched-roof palapa with hammocks. The property also will have a spa and fitness center featuring an exercise room, sauna and steam rooms, whirlpools, and massage, skin care and beauty treatments.

The two dining venues will be the Aramara Restaurant, specializing in Mexican cuisine and seafood, and Ketsi, a casual poolside restaurant and bar with live music. The property will be equipped to handle group functions, with a 2,600-square-foot ballroom accommodating up to 225 people and three smaller meeting rooms accommodating up to 36 people each.

Nightly room rates start at $350, based on double occupancy. The property is a 30-minute drive from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Four Seasons Punta Mita
Phone: (800) 332-3442

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