Carretera Punta de Mita Sayulita Km 2, Litibu, Nayarit, 63734, Mexico
One beach north of Casa de Mita and the Punta Mita Pacifico Beach Club, this sparkling, well-designed luxury resort is a great addition to the upscale Riviera Nayarit coast.
Like the waters lapping the shore on this stretch of sand north of the Punta de Mita Peninsula, this Conrad resort's delights reveal themselves in waves. With architecture and interior design meant to impress on a grand scale, while still minding the little details, the wow factor starts in the lobby and extends until your feet are in the ocean a couple hundred meters away.
Someone greeted me by name as we pulled up and started unloading the luggage, then another person handed us a cool towel. Before I had handed over my ID and credit card at reception, we had cool coconut and mezcal cocktails in hand. I could tell already that this stay at Conrad Punta de Mita Resort was going to be one to remember.
It's worth spending a few minutes taking it all in before diving further into the resort because the lobby itself is a thing of wonder. Filled with designer furniture, well-placed lighting, and Mexican art objects both historic and modern, it's one of the most striking in the whole Puerto Vallarta and Nayarit region.
You will have a few reasons to return later though if you get whisked off to your room in this main building or by golf cart to one of the others. There's an attractive Colibri Roasting Company coffee and sweets shop that also sells artisanal chocolate and Mexican liquors. You can try a variety of the latter by setting up your own small group tasting event in the Agave Studio room. (The top choice is a tasting with five spirits and five small food plates.) There's also an indoor-outdoor restaurant here and, on the other side, a lobby bar with its own sizable terrace looking across a reflecting pool and extensive lawns toward the ocean.
In between are a series of three free-form, attractive swimming pools to appeal to all tastes. Adults get their own two and those feel big enough to host a full resort on their own. One is ringed with cabanas, shaded lounge chairs, and built-in loungers partially submerged in the water. Many of the guests were loving the water hammocks they could jump onto to float around and relax. A neighboring pool has more of the same plus a swim-up bar. There's also a hot tub whirlpool that can host a small crowd.
Nearby is a swimming pool for families and the kids will be perfectly happy being confined to this one: it has its own water slide and the adjoining restaurant serves lots of child-friendly fare they can eat there or poolside. Parents can still lounge in the sun and keep the drinks flowing though. Families will also love the kids' club with available babysitting for a fee and a huge game room complex for the older ones.
Staffers can arrange a long list of off-site activities like sailing or fishing, or you can stay on site and enjoy watersport rentals, an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman, and a well-equipped fitness center. The two-mile-long beach is great for strolls at sunset and there are serviced lounge chairs on it during the day.
The spa here will be the most impressive in the region once the new vegetation fills out as the extensive outdoor area will be a natural wonderland of vines growing over twisted branches and bamboo, with treatment rooms between pools and relaxation areas. There are cabanas for singles and others for couples, some with their own private shower and outdoor whirlpool.
Take your time picking out a room at Conrad Punta de Mita because there are 20 room categories in all, including one designed for wheelchair accessibility and one category for the hearing-impaired. They go from a partial ocean view standard king—which still rings in at 650 square feet—up to several oceanfront suites with three times as much space and panoramic views of the long and gorgeous beach. The largest suite comes in at 3,250 square feet, larger than the average American home.
I got to experience a king ocean view suite, which was certainly one of the most impressive rooms I've been in on the Nayarit coast. That suite is far from a one-off here though: the corner suites of the five free-standing buildings by the ocean all several of these with separate living room, huge bath with double vanities, oversized shower, and soaking tub, then a corner bedroom that looks out at the water. The real jaw-dropping part though is the wraparound terrace or patio, featuring a table and four chairs, two cushioned lounge chairs, and your own plunge pool. These suites are as large as some of the million-dollar condos for sale in this part of Mexico but have a view from the plunge pool that would be hard for anyone to top.
Since this is a new build, you won't be searching hard for outlets, the Wi-Fi works well, and the suites have large TVs in both rooms. Even the lowest-category rooms here have capsule expresso machines, hot pots for tea, rain showers, gorgeous hardwood desks and chairs, and a sofa. There's ample closet space and every room has some kind of furnished terrace or balcony.
Suites have an L-shaped sofa in blue and white, modern paintings or local Huichol art, and other colorful accents. Some of the largest suites have an oversized terrace with hammock and outdoor living room in addition to some kind of pool.
Because of a wedding event going on during my visit, I didn't get to try the Mezquite Restaurant, but I could tell the location would make it magical for eating seafood on the beach with a glass of wine while watching the sun go down. The varied menu includes octopus carnitas, lobster tinga, or quinoa salad, but also grilled fish, shrimp tacos, and a two-pound tomahawk steak if you're really feeling ravenous. There's a beach bar next to it that epitomizes what you probably see in your head when someone says "bar on the beach"—but with lots of high-end spirits and Mexican craft beer available.
The main restaurant is Arbol, located off the lobby and serving all three meals. We had a romantic dinner here with cocktails while the sky was turning orange and the tabletop lanterns came on. We started with a beet and orange salad plus fried quesadillas that were like empanadas. Then we moved on to a full grilled fish because, hey, we were right next to the ocean. The menu has plenty of surprises though, like lobster tamales, Vallodolid-style turkey, San Blas garlic shrimp, and a Mexican mushroom risotto.
The poolside Paleta restaurant open for lunch serves a variety of healthy and not-so-healthy items, including its namesake Mexican frozen fruit treats on a stick. There are salads, ceviche, and poke bowls...or hot dogs, pizzas, and chicken nuggets.
A few of the restaurant staffers were still finding their feet when I visited, a bit overwhelmed by the onslaught of vaccinated Americans after so many months of scarce check-ins, but most have trained at other high-end resorts in the region and were ready to hit the ground running. Like the immature palm trees by the beach, the friendly crew here will be rooted and well-seasoned by the time most visitors arrive.
My main quibble is one that unfortunately applies to nearly every resort on this Mexican coast: sustainability is an afterthought at best. It's nearly impossible to get a drink of water without it coming in a throwaway plastic bottle and despite this being a brand-new resort with plenty of land, they apparently didn't think to install a water filtration system, grow some food on site, or install solar panels. It feels very retro in that respect.
This Conrad resort, which didn't fully open until 2021 because of myriad pandemic restrictions, competes well with the Punta Mita luxury resorts St. Regis and Four Seasons. (You can't call this one "Conrad Punta Mita" because it's outside the gate: you have to get the "de" in there.) It's also suited to younger travelers with children who can't stay at the adult-focused W Hotel on the other side of the peninsula. It attracts a Team Hilton crowd at accessible room and meal rates, while still offering splashed-out rooms, a great spa, and a long list of amenities for luxury travelers.
Web Address: Conrad Punta de Mita at Hilton.com
Total Number of Rooms: 324
Published rates: $595 to $6,150 double with taxes, including valet parking
Review and photos by Timothy Scott.