Set the scene: Like stepping into a dark tunnel and emerging into paradise, the entrance to Conrad Punta de Mita impresses with sweeping views of its dreamy, palm-studded coastline. The property’s main breakfast lobby and restaurant, Arbol, opens onto the heart of the resort, a child-friendly area and an adult-only pool area on the right side in the middle and connected by a central pool to overflow, where patrons are dressed in oversized hats, sunglasses and chic swimsuits hanging off to the side, drink in hand, to watch the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing onto the beach.
The backstory: Located on a mile of white-sand beach, Conrad Punta de Mita slipped under the radar when it first opened, mostly due to timing. One of the main luxury brands of the Hilton hotel group, it began welcoming guests in September 2020. Now it is slowly gaining momentum as frequent travelers to other Mexican beach areas, e.g. Los Cabos or Oaxaca, are eager to find a new destination to explore. Contemporary and fresh in design, the resort is subtly inspired by local Huichol culture, with integrated motifs such as the ojo de dios (a kite-like symbol of protection that translates to the Eye of God) and peyote cactus incorporated effortlessly into nearly every space of the property.
The rooms: Rooms are split between two areas: the main building, which looks down the center of the resort toward the beach, and five separate (and smaller) buildings facing the beach. While the oversized penthouses are found in the main structure and are ideal for families or groups, by far the resort’s most sought-after rooms are the beachfront suites. a patio with lounge chairs and a private plunge pool.
Food and drink: The resort has four restaurants in total, each with varying degrees of formality. Breakfast items like chilaquiles and eggs served with handmade tortillas are served near the lobby of the bright and airy indoor-outdoor restaurant Arbol. Meanwhile, at the poolside Paleta option, it’s all about light snacks and drinks; think burgers, ceviche and poke bowls. Mezquite is the property’s casual beachfront restaurant, offering wood-fired and seafood-based cuisine; all meals end with sweet treats like *silky charcoal paletas—*or popsicles. Of all the resort’s restaurants, Codex is the most upscale — think lightly smoked Pacific oysters, crispy soft-shell crab served with a hint of mole, and buttery tuna tartare with creamed avocado. . There’s also the lobby bar, Tuki, and the cafe, Colibri, named after the area’s hummingbirds and offering freshly baked pastries and espressos.
The spa: Guests can take their spa experience to the next level by reserving one of the property’s outdoor thatched domes for their treatment. The constructions – and the overall mysticism of the spa, with its incorporation of native products such as indigenous jackfruit and copal-infused clay – draw inspiration from the ancient Huichol culture of Mexico, which still thrives on the Riviera today. Nayarit. While all guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool after their treatment, the domes built for two come with their own private pools. There is also a temezcal on site, where, upon request, a Huichol shaman from the local community leads a four-part sweat cleansing ritual that is invoked through meditation, chanting, and the herbal vapor produced by pouring water on heated stones placed in the stone. central pit of the dome.
The neighborhood/area: Located in Riviera Nayarit, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sierra Madre Mountains, Conrad Punta de Mita is surrounded by towering palm trees in the gated community of Litibú. When guests stay here, they have access to top-notch golf courses, clay tennis courts, and six miles of expansive golden beach. Although the areas appear similar, Punta de Mita is separate from Punta Mita, an exclusive enclave of the peninsula dotted with popular resorts such as Four Seasons and St. Regis that sits opposite, at the northern end of the peninsula. on Banderas Bay.
The service: Service is as expected of a leading Hilton brand, with every guest’s wishes and desires met with ease and pleasure.
For families: Conrad Punta de Mita is unique in that it caters to adults and families effortlessly, primarily due to the property’s thoughtful layout. The resort is split down the middle when it comes to child-friendly areas. Looking towards the ocean, the right side of the property is adult-only, with a sequestered swimming area providing privacy ideal for couples. The left side of the property, on the other hand, is home to the resort’s poolside cafe, Paleta. Popular among families, the area is adjacent to a kid-friendly pool filled with a chic waterslide and kiddy pool with water fountains. There’s also a kids’ club that offers arts and crafts lessons inspired by the Huichol culture.
Accessibility: Almost the entire resort is equipped to ADA standards with plenty of ramps, elevators, and wheelchair accessible rooms available.
Anything else to mention? Although Punta de Mita enjoys sunny days about 90% of the year, in case it rains, adults will love the chill-out room next to the kids’ club. There is a pool table and table football, among other games. There’s also the Agave Studio, where the in-house mixologist guides guests through a tasting of several Mexican spirits, including sotol, tequila, mezcal, and raicilla.