Unique resorts, stunning beaches, scrumptious food, sultry nightlife, and engrossing culture.
We just returned from three weeks of enjoying the fabulous Mexican Pacific Coast. First confession...we ate and drank too much, but it was impossible to resist. The variety of market fresh seafood and Mexican cuisine was a feast for all your senses. And you can pick your style - fine dining, casually elegant, a table on the beach or perched on a terrace above crashing waves. Family style streetside places like Mary's in Sayulita were also a highlight, along with homemade tamales and quesadillas for breakfast at the Conrad in Punta Mita, and tequila and mezcal tastings at a beachside bar. We should add that we ran into a lot of talented bartenders, who not only introduced us to some artesian tequilas, but were wizards at making delicious and potent craft cocktails.
Catching rays was on the agenda most days, poolside at the Four Seasons in Punta Mita, at the Conrad, at Las Ventanas on the Sea of Cortez, and the Waldorf on the Pacific. And yes, all these resorts had amazing beaches too, some where you could swim, body surf, boogie board, or take out a long board. Snorkeling and fishing and diving were options as well. Or just doing nothing can become an art form, though that could be interrupted by a massage. Want something more active...no problem, hiking, biking, eco-excursions, four-wheeling and other adventure activities were always available.
We started our trip by flying into Puerto Vallarta, meeting our private driver, and checking in to Villa Amor in Sayulita. This is a laid-back surfing fishing beachside village set on an idyllic bay with a vibe that is both tranquilo and vibrant. If you're looking for action, never a dull moment there on the main beach or around the plaza. Nightlife rocks with live bands and Latin Dancing and too many good restaurants to count so we'll just mention a few of our favorites - Don Pedro's, Emiliano's, Barracuda, La Rustica, El Itacate, and Marcolino. And that will just get you started.
Then on to Punta Mita, where we stayed at the casually elegant Four Seasons, and Hilton's new Conrad Resort. The Four Seasons is hard to beat for the highest level of service and personal attention to detail. World-class dining, dream beaches, water yoga, and nightly Cuban salsa band were some of the highlights. At the Conrad, a beautifully designed resort featured a maze of pools leading to a spectacular beach. Super body-surfing, best beach bar you can imagine, wild natural coastline, superb spa, and ideal for families.
Finally, Land's End beckoned. Our stay at Las Ventanas was perfect, just too short. Idyllic Sea of Cortez beach setting, relaxed pool scene with over the top service, extraordinary fine dining, and room service breakfast on our private terrace each morning. Rounding it our was a stay at the Waldorf Los Cabos Pedregal. Mesmerizing location on the Pacific side beach accompanied by the sounds of incessant rolling waves. Beautiful poolside breakfasts, all suites with plunge pools and ocean views, and Kim's birthday dinner at El Farallon. This restaurant is a must; set into the cliff above the crashing waves, amazing champagne terrace and bar, and serving the best in fresh seafood. It was definitely hard to finally say adios. Email us (Stephen and Kim) to start planning your personalized trip.
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Stephen and Kim Vletas