Trip Report: Puerto Vallarta 2014 (part 4) St. Regis Punta Mita

 

Index

Puerto Vallarta (part 1) American Airlines & American Eagle MKE-DFW-PVR
Puerto Vallarta (part 2) The Centurion Lounge Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
Puerto Vallarta (part 3) Sheraton Bunganvillas Resort and Conference Center
Puerto Vallarta (part 4) St. Regis Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 5) Marine Safari
Puerto Vallarta (part 6) Street scenes of Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita
Puerto Vallarta (part 7) The food scene
Puerto Vallarta (part 8) American Airlines economy PVR-DFW-ORD
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St. Regis Punta Mita

We were very fortunate to spend 5 nights at the St. Regis Punta Mita! This property is more than amazing and we were very impressed! I am going to showcase a lot of pictures in this post (that’s your warning) that will hopefully give you a feel for being at the property.  The St. Regis Punta Mita is now instantly one of my favorite properties and just a few days ago they were named the number one resort in all of Mexico and the number eight resort in the world by Tripadvisor.com and I can certainly see why! You can see their list here.

On arrival we were greeted by the bellmen and checkin staff that are outside the arrival area.  They immediately offered us tea or a margarita (guess which one we chose).  The margarita was just what the doctor ordered! They confirmed our names and walked us into an arrival or lobby area and offered us a seat on one of their couches and let us enjoy our drinks while they got all of our paperwork in order.  They confirmed our reservation and payment details and we met our butler and he then walked us to our room which was not far from the arrival area.  We were not upgraded as gold members but this was certainly not a garden view room in my opinion either.

Our butler went over all the details in the room and asked if we wanted a NY times or a USA Today delivered in the mornings. I chose not to get a paper but if you stay here I would advise to get a paper because they also give you a daily activity paper which I then had to ask for separately to know what was going on around the property.  The room was very nicely appointed!  I was not disappointed at all with this standard room.  The rooms are typically all casita style with 4 units to a casita.  We had a ground level room which offers the benefit of an additional outdoor shower. On the flip side the the upper units have a better view of course. So its a matter of personal preference if you want the additional space and shower or the higher view.

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St. Regis entrance

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View from our patio

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Bedroom

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Bedroom

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Desk and TV

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Spacious closet

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Bathroom

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Bathroom

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Water closet

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Indoor shower

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Remede amenities as usual in St. Regis hotels

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Tub directly behind the shower

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View from the shower

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Outdoor shower

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Outdoor shower

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Bathtub

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Double sinks and TV

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Entrance

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wife after the 2nd margarita 🙂

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Sunset from our room

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Sunset from our room

Walkthrough of our room below:

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More statue art

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Altamira lobby

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Altamira lobby

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The concierge and checkout desk

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Punta Mita real estate office

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Altamira lobby-view out to the resort

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Sunset from the lobby

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Us in the Altamira lobby

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St. Regis transportation

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Directional markers

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No more margaritas for you

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View up to the Altamira lobby

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Extremely quiet adult only pool

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Adult pool

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Lower portion of the adult pool

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Adult pool

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Hot tub

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First nights sunset

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Our casita-our room is the one on the bottom left

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Our nightly visitor outside our room

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Room key-our room was 3101

Most all of the above photos were taken on our first night.  When we got back to the room we passed out and woke up around 11pm where I ordered room service for dinner then ate and went back to sleep. The next day we were excited to relax and see the rest of the property.  I called for two toothbrushes and a razor as I never like to drag my personal toothbrush around for some reason. We freshened up and went to  Las Marietas for breakfast.  I found it very convenient that they serve breakfast until 11:30am as we arrived close to 11am for breakfast.

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St. Regis toiletries

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Las Marietas inside seating

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More inside seating

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Fruit plate

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Eggs-Mexican style

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My wife just had some scrambles eggs

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Breakfast pastries

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Las Marietas outside seating

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Las Marietas bar

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Hot tub near family pool

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The ocean front 2-3 bedroom suites

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Very nice private pool and hot tub

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Third pool

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Pool and beach

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Family pool

After breakfast it was time to hit the beach! We laid out most of the day from about noon till 5pm or so.  We ordered a few drinks which were very tasty and also had some chips and guacamole for a mid afternoon snack.  Everyday at 2pm they offered an activity at the bar so on this day we participated in the mojito making class!  The beach is amazing but do know that it is very rock in many areas but it is not hard to find a few sweet spots on the beach where its not as rocky.

Service on the beach is good. Service at the “Mita Mary” boat bar and Las Marietas is memorable! My favorite staff member was Arturo! Arturo was meant to work in the service industry.  The GENUINE smile that he had every time he saw us was infectious. He was great and one of the reasons we have such a high opinion of this property.

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Beach

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Small island just off the beach

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Towel station

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One of each please!

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First pina coloda of the trip!

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Snack time!

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My wife making her mojito

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My turn

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Arturo!

Another day we started with a workout and the gym is very nice.  It has all required equipment plus more.  The cardio equipment all had built in t.v.’s. and was in good shape generally.  I did notice they have a dehumidifier working in the gym and some of the older pieces had some rust which I assume is due to the tropical climate. There is a towel at every piece of cardio equipment and plenty of water and fruit provided in the gym as well.

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The St. Regis Punta Mita gym

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Plenty of equipment

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The locker rooms

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Locker room in the gym

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Bikes for spinning in a separate room

Another morning we tried the buffet for breakfast which was great! Very good selection with American and Mexican items! It was about 800 peso’s for 2 breakfast buffets.

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Part of the buffet

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Two of my favorite foods are crepes and tamales!

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One more breakfast plate from the buffet

Later for lunch we ate at Mita Marys on the beach at St. Regis.  We loved the shrimp tacos and chips and salsa there!  This is such a nice chill spot to eat right on the beach with good seafood on offer.

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Mita Mary bar

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Mita Mary menu

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Bloody Mary’s and chips to start

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Fish taco’s

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Amazing shrimp taco’s

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Hard to beat shrimp taco’s and a Pacifico on the beach

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Jumbo shrimp

Later in the afternoon we went for a walk to the small island just off shore.  This island is only accessible in low tide if you want to walk out to it.
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walking out to the island

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The cross at the top

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View out from the top

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My wife on the island with St. Regis in the background

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A whale in the distance, great spot for whale watching!

There is also an top notch golf course at the St. Regis! So if you enjoy a round of golf you should certainly bring your clubs or you can rent some at the club house. We got to see the signature hole 3b, “The tail of the whale”!  What a great hole and it looks intimidating and a lot of fun! During the morning hours when the tide is high this hole is not playable as you cannot get out to the green. The picture below is in the afternoon when the tide has subsided quite a bit. My wife and I are not huge golfers so we passed on playing a round.

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Tail of the Whale

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Maybe a five or four iron?

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Jack Nicklaus designed course

Later we ate at Sea Breeze for dinner which was very good.  The drinks were absolutely amazing! We were blown away by a few of the specialty cocktails so make sure you try the Mexican lullaby, the butler and the pineapple ginger crush.
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The butler

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My appetizer

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My wife’s appetizer

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Tuna tartar

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Flank steak for my wife

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Sea Breeze burger (comes with shrimp on the burger=amazing)

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On a different evening we ate dinner on the beach for the Mexican barbecue! This is a family style dinner with many of the other resort guests. It was $75 per person for all you can eat and drink. The servers come around with platters every so often with different entree options like chorizo and chicken. There are also some side dishes on the table to pass.  I must admit I had a bit too much to drink and got to talking about miles and points but talked to some great people from Atlanta, Chicago and even the young couple from NY that I scared off!

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Sunset before the barbecue

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This was a rehearsal dinner for a wedding but the set up is pretty much identical to the barbecue dinner

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We closed the barbecue! I guess its not all you can drink! Down to the last six of us and the staff cleared the table.

Every Friday the St. Regis also has a champaign ritual at about 6pm.  I wanted to check that out and enjoy some complimentary Veuve Clicquot!  I made sure to get up to the Altamira lobby early to get a good view of the ritual which consists of a St. Regis staffer sabering off the cork/neck of a bottle of champaign (ala Napolean Bonaparte). We showed up about 5:30pm and they offered us a complimentary margarita while we waited. Closer to 6pm there was 50+ plus people there waiting for the ritual to commence! We enjoyed our margarita and two glasses of Veuve while talking to a nice couple celebrating there 20 year anniversary.

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The setup

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About to saber the bottle

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The GM Carl Emberson having his turn to saber the bottle

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Pop!

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Yes please!

We also had dinner at the AAA 5 Diamond award rated Carolina’s restaurant!  This is fine dining at its best and is the closest thing to a Michelin star rated restaurant in Mexico in my opinion.

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Cocktails pre dinner at Sea Breeze

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Had to get my new hat in a shot

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Carolina’s appetizers

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Carolina’s appetizers

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Carolina’s entree’s

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Carolina’s entree’s

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Petite fours

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Carolina’s cocktail menu

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Menu

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Salud

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Table set up

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One of each bread

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Cucumber martini

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Tomato salad

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Shrimp roll

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Sea bass

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Lobster

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The tuna
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Dessert menu

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Dessert coffee preparation-Irish and Mexican coffee’s

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Nice touch

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Host desk

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One last shot before leaving

Service at Carolina’s was excellent as was the food! It is pricey with a few cocktails and tips you will run close to $300!

In conclusion we loved the St. Regis Punta Mita! Kudos to the GM and his staff they have done an excellent job of making the guest feel special and this is the best Starwood property I have stayed at to date and will be hard to top! We can’t wait to go back!

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This was my favorite hotel points redemption yet!!! We used 60,000 Starwood points for 5 nights. The St. Regis is a category six property which is typically 20,000 points per night however when you book any property for five nights you get the fifth night free. So this would normally require 80,000 points for the week BUT I was able to combine my Starwood gold member renewal gift on this redemption!  The gold renewal gift is a 25% discount on any points award up to a category six property. The requirements of being a Starwood gold member can be found here. If you do the math 25% of 80,000 is 20,000 thus we saved 20,000 Starwood points using the renewal gift (thanks Starwood!).

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Our email confirmation showing five nights and SPG Free Nights!

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My Starwood activity history showing the redemption, only 60,000 points

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Welcome email

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Here is the rate the day we booked using points! $3547.50 just for the room for 5 nights!

Breaking the math down further if you take $3574/60,000 points you get a redemption value of 1 Starwood point equalling $0.0595!!! So almost .06 cents a point!! A  more normal Starwood redemption might range from 1.5 cents to 3 cents so almost .06 cents is great.

If you wanted to try to book this resort for yourself you simply need two Starwood Preferred Guest Amex cards! The personal Amex SPG card and the business one.  Both cards offer 10,000 Starwood points after first purchase and 15,000 Starwood points after $5000 spent within 6 months. In total you would have 60,000 points after clearing the spending hurdles for both cards! If you have a spouse or significant other they can do the same thing for a grand total of 120,000 SPG points!

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4 thoughts on “Trip Report: Puerto Vallarta 2014 (part 4) St. Regis Punta Mita

  1. What a great write-up! We loved all of the great pictures and the write up of you and your wife’s adventure. So many wonderful pictures too – you are knocking it out of the park with your blog. Your blog is ideal for “those who love the finer things in life…but also enjoy a great deal.” Well done!

  2. Such a great post… We’re heading to this STR in a week, and I’ve been scouring for info. Your post had it all. Also – it’s hilarious. 🙂 Looks like you guys had a great time – We hope to follow suit!

    Beth + Raja

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