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Undiscovered Riviera Nayarit

June 29, 2011 By: Joe Pike Travel Agent



Master bedroom
Master bedroom at one of La Tranquila’s exclusive private residences is typical of the resort’s fashionable decor.


In the last three years or so, it seems as though more and more agents are becoming familiar with the luxury, family and couples destination that is Rivera Nayarit. But when I ask them to name some resorts there, it’s always either The Four Seasons or the St. Regis in Punta Mita.

Travel Agent decided to step in and get a rundown of some other notable properties, mostly vacation residences and condominiums that have, or are planning to, set up shop in this ever-growing destination.

Destination Refresher

Riviera Nayarit offers over 200 miles of undeveloped beach and nature. Investors are attracted to its combination of natural beauty, safety and accessibility to top gateways through Puerto Vallarta International Airport, just 10 minutes from the start of Riviera Nayarit.

Agent Advice

“We seem to be sending [to Riviera Nayarit] couples, families, and multigenerational family groups that are looking for nicer/newer properties at value pricing,” says Mark Toren, vice president of sales for TripGuy Travel, an online agency that operates as a host for 30 independent contractors. “There are a limited number of adults-only properties, so we don’t send many honeymooners. Some of our most popular properties are the Marival Residences & World Spa, which is meeting a huge need for a nice, multi-bedroom, all-inclusive resort; the Riu Palace Pacifico—less expensive than the similar Riu Palaces in Mexico but just as nice; and the Vallarta Palace—guests are attracted to the amazing room credit promotion and excellent facility.”


Mayan Resorts continues to expand its Nuevo Vallarta property with the Grand Luxxe in 2010 and its new golf course and luxurious Grand Bliss Resort this year, as well as other properties. Other small properties, such as Imanta, Taheima and Marival Residences & World Spa, stayed on target with their 2010 openings. Also, in the new development of NAUI on the beaches of famous Destiladeras, the first hotel named Tau is scheduled to open its first phase in December.

The Hotels

Here’s an updated look at the resorts that have recently opened or are planning to do so:

The first tower at La Tranquila consists of 169 exclusive private residences. The resort will be a fitting addition to the fashionable Litibu area near Punta Mita. Among guest amenities are golf privileges at a Greg Norman-designed course, the full service La Tranquila Spa Club, gourmet dining, pre-arrival provisioning of accommodations and a full complement of resort services. The second phase of construction, which was completed in December 2010, added 72 suites. The final set of 71 suites will be ready in December this year. For rental pool information, agents should contact General Manager Abel Santos (011-52-329-298-4222, [email protected]). 


Marival Residences & World Spa
Marival Residences & World Spa has 171 fully equipped luxury suites.


Marival Residences & World Spa has 171 fully equipped luxury suites with one to four bedrooms. There is a private beach club, a restaurant specializing in global cuisine, wine bar, sky bar and snack bar, as well as two additional restaurants in the development’s commercial complex. The Marival World Spa serves up treatments from eight of the world’s distinct cultures, which are re-created in a relaxing environment. Each is isolated in separate quarters complete with the unique characteristics of the spa experience from its region of origin, including Thailand, Russia, Italy, Japan and Turkey, to name a few. Agents should contact Director of Sales Bea Barbero (011-52-322-226-9740, [email protected]) for details.

Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa is a 400-unit resort with 135 luxury two-bedroom condo suites that have state-of-the-art information technology, wireless communications, complete kitchen and dining facilities and other amenities. It opened in September 2010. There are two gourmet restaurants and a full spa and wellness center. Guests will also have access to the Paradise Village Golf & Country Club. Operated as a Deluxe Collection member of  Worldhotels, Taheima nestles in Nuevo Vallarta, less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta International Airport. For more information, agents should contact Olivier Coupat (011-52-322-176-0200, [email protected]). 


Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa
Taheima Wellness Resort & Spa offers 135 luxury two-bedroom condo suites.


Imanta Punta de Mita is a cliff-side property on a 250-acre private reserve overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It opened in February 2010.

Architecturally inspired by the beauty of the coastline and the rich cultural heritage of the area, Imanta Punta de Mita consists of Casas and Casonas with impressive ocean and jungle views as well as private swimming pools and outdoor living areas.

Five free-standing, one-bedroom Casas have living areas, indoor/outdoor showers, pools and terraces. Additionally, guests may choose from the two-bedroom Casonas; there are two of these and both come with a full kitchen, living room, dining room, pool and terrace. Agents should contact Sales Director Armando Mendiola (011-52-329-298-4200, [email protected]) with queries.

Tau Nahui is a vacation ownership resort set within a lifestyle community covering 2,100 acres along three miles of beachfront. The resort has 168 units in configurations of two-bedroom lock-offs. Community amenities at Nahui will include a village, Beach Club, David Fleming golf course, hiking trails and oceanfront water sports center. The initial phase of 70 two-bedroom units will be completed by year-end, and the second and final phase by late 2012. Within the Nahui complex, guests can also find a golf course, a running and mountain bike circuit, a small village with restaurants, bars, art galleries, shopping and an amphitheater for outdoor events and concerts. The new Marina Riviera Nayarit is only 3.5 miles away, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Agents should contact Abel Villa Sanchez (011-52-329-291-70110), director of sales, for more information.

Haixa, made of full ownership and residential condominium units, is in the majestic hills of Litibu on the blue Pacific. The resort aims to combine luxury with the natural splendor of a unique tropical setting. The luxury condos are between the Greg Norman golf course and the white sand of the Pacific. Whether your clients are on a quest for golfing greatness, soaking up the Royal treatment at the Sanctuary Spa, or in search of the perfect wave, agents should consider Haixa.

Luxurious one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses are available in the condominium. The living/dining area is surrounded by expansive wraparound balconies with floor-to-ceiling doors that recess completely to allow impressive vistas of the ocean. The modern furniture, appliances and details are perfect complements to the surrounding beauty. There are two pools in the complex, the Natural Lagoon and the Grand Pool. The Sanctuary Spa is a separate village of healing, exercises and luxury treatments. Guests can try the temezcal experience by taking a traditional huichol steam bath in a round adobe retreat. Agents should contact General Manager Miguel Neves de Carvalho at 011-52-329-298-4000 with questions.


Imanta Punta de Mita’s Casas
Imanta Punta de Mita’s Casas afford ocean and jungle views.


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By Joe Pike | June 29, 2011
Travel Agent reveals some of the unknown gems of Mexico's "other Riviera." As more and more agents are becoming familiar with the luxury, family and couples destination that is Rivera Nayarit, Travel Agent decided to step in and get a rundown of some of its notable properties, mostly vacation residences and condominiums that have, or are planning to, set up shop in this ever-growing destination.