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We're Spilling Tea on Hidden Luxury: Imanta Resort, Punta Mita

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  Site Where: Montenahuac Lote , Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico, 63734
November 13, 2012 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Although most folks think of the Four Seasons or the St. Regis when talking about the tony Punta Mita development north of Puerto Vallarta, there’s a hidden gem of a resort called Imanta just minutes up the coast. Concealed among jungly hillsides that cascade toward the Pacific, it also blends a rustic-chic aesthetic with all the comforts of a luxury resort.

Imanta is a private property accessed by a two-mile-long private driveway that snakes through 250 acres of mountainous jungle to an open-air reception area where guests are greeted personally and shown to their accommodations called casas.

Let's take a look inside:

The resort has just 11 individual villas ranging from one-bedroom suites to three-bedroom casonas (larger casas), each set off semi-privately along flagstone-paved paths overhung by trees and flora, most of them with direct ocean views and their own private plunge pools.

The buildings are constructed from local pink sandstone with an eye toward Aztec architecture, and incorporate elements like rough-hewn wooden desks and tables that call to mind the driftwood that washes up on the beach below. Linens on the king-size beds are a simple white-on-white, and rooms also contain indoor daybeds that can be converted into sleeping beds. The enormous bathrooms are bookended by windows overlooking the surrounding jungle, with deep soaking tubs, dual vanities across from one another adorned with orchid plants, separate walk-in showers with local jojoba bath products, and a WC. Each also has its own private sun terrace with a king-size daybed and a small sundeck with two lounge chairs. Most have private infinity-edge oversize plunge pools as well.

What To Do?
The short answer is: nothing.

Though there’s free high-speed WiFi and satellite TV, the point of Imanta is to disconnect and relax, and they make it easy.

Guests who need something to do can choose from a variety of activities during the day, from jungle hikes, eco-treks, horseback riding and ziplining to surfing, fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and golfing at a nearby Greg Norman championship golf course, plus private yoga classes and spa treatments. All are a la carte, though the non-motorized water activities are free down at the private beach. The surf here is strong, though, so many guests just grab one of the large canopied daybeds and spend the day lazing in the shade. There is also a small dining palapa here where the resort serves a small lunch menu including ceviche made from local seafood, salads and sandwiches.

La Cocina
Guests take their breakfast at Tukipa, the main building, and in the evenings, they tend to congregate back here, but up at the top of the building’s Observatory tower for specialty cucumber margaritas while watching the sunset before going back downstairs to have dinner on the outdoor dining deck overlooking the ocean and hillsides or in the small indoor dining room. The chef prepares a daily changing menu of items prepared from locally sourced organic produce and fresh-caught fish. It can get a bit overcomplicated, so your best bet is to ask for a piece of fresh fish simply grilled and the vegetables of the day. The chef is also available to cook privately for guests in the two large casonas.

The entire Imanta experience is one of unhurried luxury, where someone is always on hand to fulfill a request. Since it opened two years ago, it’s already become a celebrity favorite with visiting Hollywood A-listers, and yet somehow it’s managed to remain under the radar, so don’t worry about it getting overrun just yet.

Cautionary Note: Though the semi-paved pathways that snake between buildings and down to the beach are part of the resort’s charm, guests with mobility concerns might have some issues that can be resolved by reserving a casona closer to the main building.

Rates in November-December start at $800 a night for Jungle Casas.

Disclosure: Eric Rosen was a guest of Imanta, but all opinions expressed are entirely his own.

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