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August 12, 2008updated Feb 11, 2013

Riviera Nayarit Ramps Up Luxury Development

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

RIVIERA NAYARIT, Mexico – Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s fastest growing
new tourism destination is having no trouble living up to its newfound
reputation as one of the most sought after luxury vacation spots in
Mexico. With major international brands as well as trusted, high-end
domestic companies investing heavily in the region, the national and
regional government is providing strong support, environment
protection and investment, including ambitious infrastructure
projects. The destination partnership, plus the region’s perfect
setting on the Pacific Ocean, incredible beaches and breathtaking
natural beauty, is getting the attention of world travelers.

Among the latest developments happening in Riviera Nayarit:

Riviera Nayarit is building a new, comprehensive highway system.
Construction has begun on a major, multi-million dollar road building
project designed to provide modern infrastructure to strengthen the
region’s tourism industry. Involving nine road segments between Tepic
and Bucerias as well as viaducts and 40 bridges, the system will
positively impact at least 44 high-level tourism developments,
including six golf courses and four marinas. According to Ney Gonzalez
Sanchez, governor of the state of Nayarit, the first segment of
highway will be built between Tepic and San Blas, a stretch of 21
miles that will shorten driving time to about 20 minutes.

The St. Regis brand adds to the luxury reputation of Riviera Nayarit.
The St. Regis Punta Mita is scheduled to open October 2008 and will
feature magnificently appointed 120 guest rooms and suites which
include 89 Casita rooms with beach views, 70 with king beds, 19 with
two queen beds, 10 Junior Suites, 16 Deluxe Suites, three Deluxe
One-Bedroom Suites, one Luxury Two Bedroom Suite and one Presidential
Suite. The resort will also feature a 10,000 square foot Remede spa
and 3,200 square feet of meeting and function space, making the resort
ideal for all kinds of special events. The resort also will feature
Punta Mita’s second Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course with greens
meandering through the resort grounds, two pools and three
full-service restaurants as well as all the signature services for
which the St. Regis brand is renowned worldwide, including its
acclaimed butler service.

Riu Palace Pacifico is on schedule to open in October 2008. Riu
Resorts’ third hotel in Riviera Nayarit will offer magnificent
architecture, elegant furnishings, 445 Junior Suites and Jacuzzi
Suites plus all of the facilities and services of a world-class
resort. These include a spa and fitness center, special activities for
adults and children, a variety of excellent dining venues and 24 hour
food and beverage service. The Riu Palace Pacifico is located on
beautiful Flamingos Beach, just nine miles away from the Puerto
Vallarta International Airport.

Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta will open in October of this year.
Perfectly located on Riviera Nayarit’s magnificent Banderas Bay, this
229-room resort will feature one of the most beautiful, untouched
beaches in the region, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and
the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Villa la Estancia Beach Resort & Spa opened its doors in 2008 and
features 245 spacious suites. The one-, two- and three bedroom units
are all stylishly decorated with marble floors, granite countertops,
whirlpool tubs, walk-in shower and balconies. The Villa la Estancia
also offers a 17,000 square foot Tatewari Spa offering signature
treatments covering massages, facials, hydrotherapies, body scrubs,
wraps as well as salon services. Other amenities include a
state-of-the-art fitness center, two championship tennis courts and
Kids Club. The Villa la Estancia is part of the Villa Group which owns
the adjacent Villa del Palmar.

Secrets Punta de Mita Resort & Spa, opening in late 2009, will become
the first Secrets property in the Riviera Nayarit region. Set against
a backdrop of white-sand beaches, natural islands and the turquoise
Pacific Ocean, the luxury 437-room resort will be located in the
Litibu area. Guests will enjoy the new Greg Norman designed 18 hole
golf course as well as an on-site dolphinarium.

Leading Spanish hotel company, Iberostar plans to have its first hotel
in Riviera Nayarit open in 2009. The Iberostar hotel complex will be
developed on the beach in Litibu near the new 18 hole Greg Norman
designed golf course. It will provide 456 guest rooms, all with
ocean views, including 168 King Suites; 168 Double Suites; and 120
junior suites.

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Mii Amo Punta Mita will open in 2010 as the first destination spa in
the 1,500-acre master-planned Punta Mita resort community. Enchantment
Group, a spa and resort development and management company, has
planned a boutique hotel with 30 guest room, destination spa and 25
residential condominiums.

About Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit is Mexico’s newest travel destination stretching along
100 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by spectacular mountains to
the north of renowned Puerto Vallarta. Mostly undeveloped, the
destination extends from the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta to the
historic, colonial town of San Blas, including exclusive Punta Mita
and the spectacular Banderas Bay. The region features luxury resorts
and eco-tourism boutique hotels, world-renowned surfing, four
professional golf courses, rare native wildlife including sea turtles
and tropical birds, mountain and island adventures, shopping for local
artwork and traditional Huichol handicrafts, charming fishing towns
and miles of serene beaches.

For more information, visit:
www.RivieraNayarit.com

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