PUERTO VALLARTA--A handful of major developments taking shape in
this Pacific Coast resort will bring new property options into the
lineup in 1999.
At least three projects are under construction: a Four Seasons
resort, a Viva Resorts property and a Velas Vallarta resort.
The first property expected to open will be Four Seasons Punta
Mita, set to debut early next year. The 100-room luxury resort will
be situated at the tip of the Punta de Mita peninsula,
approximately 40 minutes by car from Puerto Vallarta's airport. The
long stretch of land is bordered by Banderas Bay and the ocean, and
is home to small fishing towns, casual Mexican eateries and a few
Four Seasons Punta Mita will be a low-rise property designed to
blend with the natural environment and the architectural style of
the region. The property will feature 79 guest rooms and 21 suites,
housed in tile-roofed, Mexican-style casitas of one, two and three
One of the recreational highlights of the property will be a
Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course. The 18-hole course
will feature seven holes along the ocean, and offer an ocean-side
club house. The golf course is expected to open to the public
before the end of 1998.
Other recreational options will include a tennis center with
four courts, a swimming pool and whirlpool, watersports and a
nature center offering programs that spotlight the whales, dolphins
and sea turtles of the area. The property also will have a fitness
center and spa.
Dining venues will include a main restaurant and a terrace,
where local specialties, seafood and international dishes will be
served, as well as a poolside bar serving lunch.
Meeting facilities will include a ballroom and three meeting
Four Seasons Punta Mita will be the firm's first Mexico
Phone: (800) 332-3442.
Viva Resorts, which operates two Mexico properties in the
Riviera Maya region south of Cancun, also is expanding into Puerto
Vallarta. Work currently is under way on Club Viva Vallarta, which
is scheduled to open in the fall of 1999.
The four-star resort will be situated on 15 acres of land in the
Costa Banderas development of Nuevo Vallarta, located 20 miles from
downtown Puerto Vallarta. The inclusive resort will follow the same
concept as the other Viva properties, featuring international
accents on food and service, and a European ambience also
reflecting the Puerto Vallarta region.
Club Viva Vallarta will contain 400 guest rooms, three
restaurants and bars, three tennis courts, a fitness center, a
scuba diving center, watersports and a disco.
Phone: (800) 898-9968 or (800) 74-CHARMS.
Velas Vallarta Grand Suite Resort, a family-owned and managed
property in Puerto Vallarta, also is expanding with the addition of
a second property. The new hotel will be an upscale oceanfront
property located in the master-planned resort complex of Nuevo
Tentatively called Velas Vallarta II, the property will feature
360 suites. A Mexican flavor in architecture and atmosphere will
prevail at the property, with it being designed by Elias and Elias
of Mexico, the same architectural firm that has developed the
Quinta Real properties.
The resort is expected to open by November 1999.
Phone: (800) VELAS-PV.