When we travel we usually look for that feeling of being at home—only with all the luxuries and services of a hotel. Though we may at times travel to escape the day-to-day, it’s always nice to arrive at our hotel room and find ourselves in a great place to call home, even if just for just a few days.
The Riviera Nayarit offers a wonderful variety of accommodations, from small boutique hotels and luxury chain properties to the famous all-inclusive resorts, and everything from family hotels to eco-getaways. An important part of the destination’s offering, however, is that amazing feeling of being completely pampered with the best service possible.
This time around we’ve put together a list of places to stay that not only meet the highest standards of quality, but also have that elusive attribute that makes us still “feel at home.”
1 Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat
Mar al Cielo is a private beachfront refuge completely committed to protecting its gorgeous environment, located very close to the village of Lo de Marcos. It’s ideal for those looking for a vacation experience that’s very close to nature, but doesn’t lack in creature comforts. Mar al Cielo offers its guests specialty menus with traditional Mexican dishes with a fusion twist, created with fresh, organic ingredients from the establishment’s own garden. Besides the culinary experience, visitors can also enjoy birdwatching and boat tours of the vicinity.
2 Vallarta Gardens
Far from the madding crowd is a place where the waves of the Pacific lap at a golden beach, a place that offers the highest standards of quality and service: the exclusive and spectacular villas of Vallarta Gardens Resort & Spa, a boutique beach resort located at the entrance of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. The property offers three different concepts that are all fully furnished with high quality finishes. Its two semi-private beaches are spectacular, with breathtaking sunsets and a breakwater that creates a perfect natural pool brimming with crystal clear water.
3 Refugio del Mar
Refugio del Mar is made up of 15 grand luxury apartments, beautifully decorated and completely equipped for stays of anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, just a block from the beach. The complex is situated in the town of Bucerías on Banderas Bay by a clean and safe white sand beach. Seven of the rooms have a private balcony overlooking the street. There’s even a pool with incredible views on the rooftop of the first building, and the second building has a garden with a barbecue area and pool.
4 Garza Canela
Located in the historic Puerto de San Blas, the Garza Canela hotel is, as its literature says: “The perfect place to escape from your routine.” Chef Betty Vázquez, Culinary Ambassador of the Riviera Nayarit, owns the property along with her family, and together they offer their visitors a warm welcome that makes them feel right at home. They also offer incredible dishes created with the freshest seafood and local ingredients prepared with international techniques in their El Delfín restaurant. The Garza Canela has ample gardens and a children’s playground area for the kids, as well as a wading pool. It also has a chapel for religious ceremonies and, as if this weren’t enough, pets are very welcome!
5 Mesón de Mita
The Mesón de Mita hotel offers an ideal ambiance for relaxation and privacy, and the prices are very accessible to enjoy with your family, your friends or your loved one. It’s located in the tourist-restaurant zone known as El Anclote in Punta de Mita. The hotel has a beautiful view: an expanse of white-sand beach, the blue sea and the Islas Marietas in the distance. The beach is ideal for watersports, plus there’s the added pleasure of enjoying whale sightings during the months of November through March.
6 Casablanca Resort
There are few hotels in Rincón de Guayabitos that offer such a perfect balance of quality and price as the Casablanca Resort. This four-star property has 29 Junior Suites, nine Junior Suite Premium and seven Master Suites, all private, ample and well equipped with kitchenettes. Every room has its own balcony with beautiful views of the sea. The Casablanca Resort is located on the main street, just two and a half blocks from the main entrance to Rincón de Guayabitos.
7 Real Villas
The Hotel Real Villas is located in the residential zone of Rincón de Guayabitos. This five-star hotel puts on its very best every year to greet the hundreds of Canadians that come visit this corner of paradise. Their guests speak highly of the great service and the typical cuisine, as well as the Mexican culture and folklore. Real Villas offers a warm welcome in this tranquil spot, ideal for a relaxing and enjoyable time with family on one of the best beaches in the Heart of the Riviera Nayarit, just across from the Isla del Coral. National visitors will also find it’s very well priced.
8 Hotel and Bungalows Guayabitos
Located in the heart of Rincón de Guayabitos, the Hotel and Bungalows Guayabitos is a great place to enjoy the charms of this seaside village in the Riviera Nayarit. It was recently remodeled and is sporting a new and spectacular image. It’s known for its excellent service both by its national and international clients, but what really makes it stand out is the personalized and very professional service offered by its staff. It has two categories of rooms to please even the most demanding clients, be they a family, a couple or a group, for anywhere from two to four people. The Hotel and Bungalows Guayabitos is located on the Sol Nuevo Avenue just a few steps from the beach and a few yards from the main plaza and church.
9 Cabañas El Capitán
Located in Rincón de Guayabitos, the Cabañas El Capitán is a combination of hotel, bungalows and suites with fully equipped kitchens. Its design is a natural and semi-ecological concept, for those who seek a relaxing ambiance for their vacation. It has all the basic services, from air conditioners and fans to satellite TV with LCD screens, helping visitors to unwind, leave behind their routine and enjoy a different experience at one of the calmest beaches in the region with the most amazing sunsets.
10 Estancia San Carlos
A pioneer in its class, its architecture is colonial in tune with its surroundings, with comfortable, functional spaces for the enjoyment of the vacationing visitor. It has ample beachfront facilities, comfortable rooms and qualified personnel to guarantee each guest an incredible experience. Estancia San Carlos is different from other area hotels in Rincón de Guayabitos because it welcomes pets, so visitors can bring their “best friend” along. The hotel offers 68 double rooms, bungalows and junior suites, some with kitchenettes and all with air conditioning.
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