As I see the cold starting to arrive up north I can’t help myself but send this message out to my friends reminding them of what is surely one of the best Winter Escapes there is around – southeast of Cabo (and just north of Puerto Vallarta on the Mexican mainland) lies Riviera Nayarit and the AAA Five-Diamond St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. With its coastal setting, white sand beaches, and two Jack Nicklaus Signature courses, the St. Regis is the ultimate winter getaway. Both of its courses, Pacifico and Bahia, are first-rate, but it’s the former (a 19-hole wonder with its beloved three-par “Tale of the Whale” that sits on a natural island) that is truly an absolute must-play. Home of the celebrated Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic – the fourth installment of which is set for April 3-6, 2014, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is also the only place where one can schedule a three-day golf clinic with PGA Tour pro Corey Pavin that’s dedicated to improving every facet of your game.
While Punta Mita is a true golfer’s paradise, there is so much more to explore and entertain those of all ages. Relax under the sun at one of its three infinity pools (one of which is exclusive to adults), or enjoy everything from fresh local seafood to imported Angus beef, all while admiring the spectacular ocean views at one of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s three premiere gourmet restaurants, including the signature AAA Five-Diamond Carolina. Relax while savoring one of the resort’s extensive selections of tequilas, enjoy refreshing cocktails and music during the daily Sunset Sessions at Marietas Beach, or indulge in the Altamira Lobby Bar’s weekly sunset Champagne Ritual. And if you need to slip away from the kids, the resort’s La Tortuga Children’s club will entertain the younger set with sandcastle building and Spanish lessons, while teens have a variety of daily activities to keep occupied while you hit the links or the luxurious 10,000 square-foot Remède Spa.
If you feel like whale watching, or simply exploring Pacific coastline, charter the Signature St. Regis Yacht with its professional chef and bleeding-edge technology. Try paddle-boarding lessons, swim with the dolphins, or explore Banderas Bay on a guided snorkeling or scuba-diving tour. And if you feel like it’s too hard to believe, Punta Mita is also home to many luxury beachfront residences.
So this winter while most of America languishes in the cold, don’t fret, just grab your clubs and head south to warmer weather, constant sunshine, and some of the finest golfing, and resorts, in the world. As General Manager of this wonderful property rest assured you will be well taken care of.