by Courtney Elko
The artwork, design and cool vibes are the first thing you notice upon entering the W Punta de Mita, which opened in 2016. There is always chill music playing everywhere within the resort and the chic ambience does not come off pretentious at all. It’s a fun and welcoming vibe for sure. Even the staff have cool titles here (i.e. the valet department is called Wheels).
Every piece of artwork or mosaic tile has a meaning behind it. The Huichol culture and Native American people who first came to Riviera Nayarit are represented throughout the resort and in much of the artwork. Your teens will love the many “Instagram-able” opportunities found throughout the resort, your little kids will have a blast at the kids’ club and the whole family will love spending time together at the pool, beach or taking a surf or paddle boarding lesson right onsite.
The fabulous artwork and cool design continue to the guestrooms; in fact, the intention of the design is to make you feel like nature is taking over the resort. There are ocean and jungle views from many of the rooms. The onsite restaurants feature excellent, international fare and while the W is not an all-inclusive resort, it offers numerous amenities.
Our Editor Loves
- Instagram-worthy hotel
- Beachfront location
- Scooters to glide around the resort
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 119 guestrooms and suites and they are filled with modern, unique and colorful dÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â©cor touches. Each room features a mini-bar filled with snacks and beverages for an additional fee. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available. Cribs, rollaway beds and connecting rooms are available upon request.
The large and spacious guestrooms (jungle or ocean views) feature two doubles or one king bed, a Smart TV with Netflix streaming, iPod dock, coffeemaker and a large balcony with rocking chairs. The oceanview guestrooms feature day beds on the terrace. The open-concept bathroom features both a standup shower and a tub.
The oceanfront suites are better for couples, as they feature a king bed and can accommodate two people.
I visited with my husband for a friend’s wedding. The rooms are nestled into the hillside, making the experience feel very natural. The grounds are beautiful and the service was exceptional. It’s a trendy spot and you can find both relaxation and an upbeat vibe if you are looking for it. The food was also delicious. I highly recommend this hotel for a couples getaway or trip with friends.
My wife and I just got back from a five day trip to the W Punta de Mita. Overall, it was a good experience and we would recommend this resort to friends. The resort itself is stunning, the beach is great, and the staff is incredibly friendly. There are just a few quirky things about this hotel that people need to understand.
First, this resort definitely caters to a younger crowd and has a bit of a party vibe to it. We used Marriott suite awards nights and were upgraded to a haven suite with a private plunge pool. It was large, funky room. It had interesting design choices, but not a lot of privacy or storage space. Directly in front of our room were the adult pool and cabanas. There was a group each day really enjoying the party in their cabana that brought their own personal sound system. They listened to their own music (house, club) which made it really hard to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Second, the food at the resort was good, if over priced. We ate at all the restaurants on the property, and maybe our favorite was just room service in our room. The odd thing was breakfast. As a Titanium Elite member with Marriott, I would have expected the buffet to be included. Instead, we got coffee, fruit, and bread. My wife had to pay a la carte for eggs every morning.
We decided me might be a little old for the W these days. Next trip, we might check out the St Regis instead.
The resort-style pool is surrounded by lounge chairs, umbrellas, chair swings and cabana-style beds. There are a few submerged lounge chairs within the pool as well. Pool towels are provided, but there are no lifeguards. Restrooms are situated near the pool and beach as well.
The beach is situated only steps away from the pool and offers even more lounge chairs and umbrellas and cabana-beds. Keep your eyes peeled for whales if you're visiting between December and March -- it's common to see them breach the water over and over again!
Situated a bit further down the beach is a more private area, where there are private cabanas that can be rented. These cabanas include a flat-screen television, lounge chairs and a couch, and a private bathroom with a shower. These cabanas are great if you want to create a home base while your family is at the beach.
Families can also test their skills in the water by enjoying some time with Wave, the onsite surf, kayak and paddle boarding school. Lessons start on the beach, and then you head to the water with the experience instructors.
The supervised kids' club, for ages 4 to 11, is just as cool as the resort itself. It's bright and colorful, air-conditioned and features kid-sized furniture. Kids will love doing arts and crafts or cooking classes, going on treasure hunts and playing outside in the small grassy area. Every day has a different theme and some nights feature a movie night. The club is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closes one hour for lunch. Lunch is not provided.
Do it for the Gram! There are numerous Instagram-able spots and photo opportunities to be found throughout this resort. Guests are greeted in the lobby -- also known as the Living Room -- by one of the longest pieces of design at the resort. A colorful, blue mosaic tile piece (which appears illuminated at night) runs from the Living Room all the way out towards the ocean. There are more than 700,000 mosaic tiles in the piece and much of the symbols within have meaning like the "eye of good" that protects children. The mosaic runs up and down stairs, which represents the ups and downs of life and it ends toward the sunset, much like life ends. This piece is a prime example of the Huichol culture and is the literal centerpiece of the resort.
Teens will love taking photos along the mosaic. They will also find Instagram-able spots throughout the resort. There are giant murals on the walls, swings by the pool, and a giant Mexican cowboy statue at the hotel's entrance. The front of Chevycheria beach restaurant is an actual 1950s Chevy truck, too - talk about an amazing photo op! And these photo spots are in addition to the pools and beach.
The resort is a bit spread out. Guests are welcome to call for a golf cart to transport you around or hop on one of the Razor scooters that can be found positioned throughout the resort. Scoot to your destination and then leave the scooter in a bike rack for the next guest to use. Kids will love this amenity.
While this is not an all-inclusive resort, a variety of restaurants are onsite for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.
The bright, fiesta restaurant is the all-day dining option at the resort. There are colorful paper-mache masks on the wall, colorful pillows and couches and both indoor and outdoor seating. The breakfast menu includes both an a la carte and a buffet option and lunch and dinner feature things like tacos, fish and salads. The kids' menu includes things like pasta, chicken nuggets, pizza and salads. Highchairs are available. Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The pool and beach service from the Wet Deck offers guests custom cocktails and light fare from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This lunch spot is situated on the beach and features ceviche, light fare and craft beer and cocktails. A few tables in the sand surround the bar that has been crafted out of a 1950s Chevy truck.
Open for dinner only, this chic restaurant is modeled after the famed New York Spice Market. The indoor atmosphere gives off a cool nightclub vibe with couch seating, mirrors and deep colors, and the outdoor seating is more simple and beach chic. The Southeast Asian street food is served family style so everyone gets to try a bite.
The menu changes with the seasons; example items include chicken samosas, ginger fried rice, fish, mango salad, and pork belly. The desserts and custom-paired cocktails are also amazing. While there is not a specified kids' menu here, children can easily be accommodated. Spice Market is open from 7 to 11 p.m.
The private dining table is situated outside in a beautiful, quiet garden area that overlooks the fountains. There is only one seating a day and the table can fit up to 12 people. Mesa 1 offers a custom menu and is ideal for very special occasions.
Room service is available 24/7.
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All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
There is a small boutique which features clothing, souvenirs and toiletries in case you forgot something.
Pets are welcome to join their families at this resort and of course, they are treated exceptionally well.
The large fitness center is situated above the spa and features cardio and weight machines. There are televisions, gym towels and headphones for guest use. Yoga classes are available as well.
The Best Time to Visit
November through April is high season at this resort and July through October is often slower.
The Puerto Vallarta International Airport is located less than 40 minutes from the resort. Taxi services and rental cars are easily accessible at the airport.
The resort is spread out, but still easily walkable. The pool, beach and restaurants are only a short walk away from the guestrooms. But if you prefer wheels, you can hop on one of the Razor scooters that are situated around the resort to scoot around or call for a golf cart transport.
For Mom and Dad
The spa will have the adults relaxing instantly. There is a center nail and hair salon area, surrounded by a bar, that promotes talking and non-quiet time. Children are welcome here as long as they are accommodated by an adult. Head to the quiet area when it's time for relaxation and enjoy a variety of treatments as well as the outdoor, jungle spa pool. While you are relaxing in the pool area, make sure to admire the 300-year-old fig tree in the center, as the spa was built around this giant tree.
Living Room Bar
This bar, situated in the center of the Living Room, is open all day (11 a.m. to 2 a.m.), but it is a great before or after dinner drink spot, too.