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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.

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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.

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.

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