By Vy Tran
Located on the Riviera Nayarit, the W Punta De Mita is a tropical getaway to Mexico’s Pacific Coast that celebrates the region’s historic culture. This colorful hotel was a joint collaboration with Oakland-based design studio Mister Important Design, ASET/AOMA, and Starwood’s own award-winning design team.
The design of the W Punta De Mita was inspired by the area’s surf culture and native history. Throughout the hotel, you’ll find traditional patterns of the Huichol people (the indigenous people of Nayarit), Mexican tiled floors, woven furniture, decorative motifs found on everything from the screens to the tuktuk carts, and figurines on the walls and tables.
Instead of a traditional hotel lobby, the hotel embraces an open concept living room that leads to a central bar and is surrounded by indoor lounge spaces where guests can enjoy signature cocktails and the resident DJ.
The blue and green Camino Huichol guides guests from the living room to the outdoor pool, bar, lounge area and, of course, that beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean.
The hotel consists of 119 guest villas and suites that have been decorated with a Mexican touch. Indicative of the active lifestyle of the area, the headboards are made from surfboards, or punctured tin by local artists. Wall decals, throw pillows and accent furniture add a playful touch.
The hotel offers five different dining spaces: Mesa 1, an exclusive private dining on an island in the middle of the lake; the Spice Market Beach, the onsite restaurant catering Pan-Asian cuisine with a tropical twist by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; the Chevricheria, the beach-front 1950s Chevrolet truck serving signature ceviche and craft beers; the Venazu, a casual restaurant serving traditional Mexican food; and the WET Deck which serves cocktails and bites by the pool.
The living room bar is adorned by a chandelier made with nearly 500 hanging LED lights and hand-crafted bead strands.
What: W Punta De Mita
Where: Km 8.5 Carretera Punta de Mita, Desarrollo Costa Banderas, 63734 Punta de Mita, MX-NAY, Mexico
How much? Prices start at approximately $261 per night
Highlights: This modern hotel is a tropical getaway that’s playful, colorful, and respectful of the local region and landscape.
Design draw: The interior design was inspired by two parts: indigenous culture of the area and the active surf lifestyle.
Book it: Visit W Punta De Mita