We asked Carla Drake, Guest Service Manager at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Resort. Punta Mita offers the perfect ocean-side retreat, with miles of beautiful Pacific beaches, whale watching, restorative Spa treatments, championship golf, and superb culinary and cultural experiences.
The Jack Nicklaus–designed Pacifico golf course at Punta Mita has something you won’t find at any of the thousands of other courses in the world—an offshore natural island green. Set on a rocky atoll in the Pacific Ocean, 199 yards from shore, the par-3 is known as the Tail of the Whale, or hole 3B. Due to the difficulty, Nicklaus built 19 holes to offer an alternative, 3A. A second Nicklaus course, Bahia, has just opened, and both are exclusively for Resort guests and residents.
Made with the agave plant, tequila has mystique and unmistakable appeal, and at the Resort you can explore its many varieties. An on-staff tequila sommelier is there to take you through the aromas, tastings and varieties of any of the more than 125 different varieties available at the Resort. To learn about the history and lore of Mexico’s signature drink and to develop your palate for this fiery spirit, take in a tequila tasting at the Resort’s Cultural Concierge.
The coast around the Resort is in the very heart of the migration route for humpback whales—so many and so close that they can easily be viewed from shore between December and April. To get up close and personal, several companies, including Punta Mita Expeditions, offer daily three-hour whale-watching cruises in season.
Spa al Fresco
Life in Punta Mita revolves around the water, as does the Resort’s elaborate Apuane Spa, which translates to “healing waters.” The Resort also has three totally separate and complete satellite outdoor Spa locations. One is set at the beach, one at the pool and one in a lush tropical garden, each allowing for a private spa escape under the bright blue Mexican skies.