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Inside Kim Kardashian’s favourite Mexican getaway destination


Just a stones-throw over the Mexican border from southern California sits Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit – convenient escape destinations for the Los Angeles elite.

Offering up supreme tropical vistas and five-star resorts, the likes of Kim Kardashian, Kellan Lutz, Halle Berry and Jason Derulo have been known to hop across to Mexico‘s Pacific-side – choosing this over the wilder east coast.

Kim’s favourite spot can be found at the incredible W Hotel, Punta de Mita.

Not too far far away: A stones-throw over the Mexican border from southern California sits Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit – convenient escape destinations for the Los Angeles elite

This place screams hip, trendy, and modernist; a perfect, cut-off branch of the exclusive W family.

It’s colourful, bold, and full of life, boasting uniquely-decorated rooms with silver bedheads and bright, contemporary bathrooms, often leading out to private terraces and pools, with either ocean or jungle views.

The beach is something else. Approached by a mosaic, sparkling blue walkway, you’ll storm across the crystalline pool and towards the horizon.

Dotted along the pool’s WET deck are private sun beds, with a beach bar just feet away, offering cabanas along the pure sands and a ceviche class at the Chevychería, should you wish to get stuck in with the local culture.

Drawing the A-list: Offering up supreme tropical vistas and five-star resorts, the likes of Kim Kardashian [pictured], Kellan Lutz, Halle Berry and Jason Derulo have been known to hop across to Mexico's Pacific-side - choosing this over the wilder east coast

Drawing the A-list: Offering up supreme tropical vistas and five-star resorts, the likes of Kim Kardashian [pictured], Kellan Lutz, Halle Berry and Jason Derulo have been known to hop across to Mexico’s Pacific-side – choosing this over the wilder east coast

Kim's favourite spot: The incredible W Hotel, Punta de Mita screams hip, trendy, and modernist; a perfect, cut-off branch of the exclusive W family

Kim’s favourite spot: The incredible W Hotel, Punta de Mita screams hip, trendy, and modernist; a perfect, cut-off branch of the exclusive W family

Colourful, bold, and full of life: The hotel boasts uniquely-decorated rooms with silver bedheads and bright, contemporary bathrooms

Colourful, bold, and full of life: The hotel boasts uniquely-decorated rooms with silver bedheads and bright, contemporary bathrooms

The W brings the tropics to the coast for its guests, in the form of the rainforest-like AWAY Spa. 

Disappearing off to enjoy treatments here – such as hydrotherapy, massages or skin remedies – is surreal. Once away from the already-quiet main hotel, you’ll be encompassed in true peacefulness, save for the dripping of the spa waters and the breeze through the swaying lush foliage.

While many spas will offer the chance to re-center body and spirit, this one truly does the job.

Lush: The rooms often lead out to private terraces and pools, with either ocean or jungle views

Lush: The rooms often lead out to private terraces and pools, with either ocean or jungle views

Something else: The beach is approached by a mosaic, sparkling blue walkway, on which you'll storm across the crystalline pool and towards the horizon

Something else: The beach is approached by a mosaic, sparkling blue walkway, on which you’ll storm across the crystalline pool and towards the horizon

Sustenance is just as rewarding at The W: There are six dining venues, including the exclusive Mesa 1 located on a private island

Delicious: You'll feast on a seven-course tasting menu prepared by a private chef (think king crab tartar and lobster cannelloni) sourced from the local surrounds

Sustenance is just as rewarding at The W: There are six dining venues, including the exclusive Mesa 1 located on a private island 

Sustenance is just as rewarding at The W: there are six dining venues, including the exclusive Mesa 1 located on a private island. This is an experience to behold. You’ll dine in the centre of a spring-fed lake, accessible only via steppingstones that pop from the waters and vanish after guests have taken their seats.

You’ll feast on a seven-course tasting menu prepared by a private chef (think king crab tartar and lobster cannelloni) sourced from the local surrounds, sat at a Parota tree trunk, under the dancing flames of tiki torches and firepits.

Also on site is the Venazú eatery, offering Mexican cuisine, Living Room serving up smaller plates at your bequest, day or night, and pan-Asian Spice Market for a mergence of Eastern delicaies. 

Mexico’s west coast boasts miles of virgin beach, which travels along to Puerto Vallarta, 15 minutes away from Punta de Mita.

Paradise found: The W brings the tropics to the coast

Silence: The rainforest-like AWAY Spa is encompassed in true peacefulness, save for the dripping of the spa waters and the breeze through the swaying lush foliage

Bringing the tropics to the coast: Silence: The rainforest-like AWAY Spa is encompassed in true peacefulness, save for the dripping of the spa waters and the breeze through the swaying lush foliage

Surf's up! Mexico's west coast boasts miles of virgin beach, which travels along to Puerto Vallarta, 15 minutes away from Punta de Mita

Surf’s up! Mexico’s west coast boasts miles of virgin beach, which travels along to Puerto Vallarta, 15 minutes away from Punta de Mita

Here, you'll find the Marriott resort and spa: The hotel is less tucked away, but removed enough from the buzz of Puerto Vallarta with its vibrant nightlife, array of restaurants, romantic spots and plethora of charisma

Here, you’ll find the Marriott resort and spa: The hotel is less tucked away, but removed enough from the buzz of Puerto Vallarta with its vibrant nightlife, array of restaurants, romantic spots and plethora of charisma

Here, you’ll find the Marriott resort and spa – less tucked away, but removed enough from the buzz of Puerto Vallarta with its vibrant nightlife, array of restaurants, romantic spots and plethora of charisma.

Boasting a prime beachfront location, you’ll find an infinity pool, a swim-up bar and a series of eateries. The hotel also offers their own Tequila Casamagna.

This hotel supports a turtle conservation scheme, and lucky guests visiting at the right times of the year might even get to watch babies being sent into the wilds of the oceans. 

The Marriot is a prime escape if you’re looking to either hide away on site, or venture out to the nearby Malecon Puerto Vallarta and Galeria Vallarta mall, as well as other exciting spots in the area.

Riviera Nayarit is dotted with dozens of seaside coastal towns and pueblos boasting lush rugged mountain peaks, nature sanctuaries, golden sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxurious resorts.

Prime beachfront location: You'll find an infinity pool, a swim-up bar and a series of eateries. The hotel also offers their own Tequila Casamagna

Prime beachfront location: You’ll find an infinity pool, a swim-up bar and a series of eateries. The hotel also offers their own Tequila Casamagna

Sayulita – a nearby town – offers galleries, displaying the artistry of local talent, handcraft activities (create your own God´s Eye!), take a surfing class with the Lunazul school or catch a bite at Don Pedros restaurant.

Also close by is the Refugio del Mar – a boutique hotel with a Melrose Place vibe to it, for an even more intimate stay – in Bucerias.

Other activities include a visit to the Planeta Cacao – where you’ll learn all about making chocolate and be able to visit the stunning tropical surrounds – and the gay beach club and adult-only hotel, Manta Mar.

This place is buzzing, flocked to by the local LGBTQ community who enjoy watching the breathtaking sunsets from the poolside.

Puerto Vallarta also has its famed ‘Romantic Zone’ – where a great night out is just waiting to be had.

Jewel in the crown: La Capella is a rooftop restaurant offering views of the rustic old town, the watery horizon, and the remarkable Guadalupe Church

Going swimmingly: There is also gay beach club and adult-only hotel, Manta Mar

Jewel in the crown: La Capella [L] is a rooftop restaurant offering views of the rustic old town, the watery horizon, and the remarkable Guadalupe Church. There is also gay beach club and adult-only hotel, Manta Mar [R]

This spot is bursting with LGBTQ-owned bars and proves a memorable night out with its various nightclubs, go-go dancers and cheap drinks – all injected with an authentic Mexican twist. 

Other eateries in the area include the incredible La Leche – a restaurant doused solely in pure white paint, leaving the diner with a visually cleansed palette in order to experience a heightened taste from the menu.

And perhaps the utter jewel in the crown of this region is La Capella. This rooftop restaurant offers views of the rustic old town, the watery horizon, and the remarkable Guadalupe Church.

The regal interior opens out onto balconies, with fountains pouring here and there and ferns dripping from the statement architecture. The menu is rich, the wine list is decadent and with candlelight and string music thrown in, you’ll be uttering ‘eso es amore’ before you know it. 



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