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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.
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Word on beach is that there is no swine flu in Riviera Nayarit. Instead, pricey luxury golfing packages are spreading quickly through the stretch of Mexican paradise.
To reassure the traveling public, Dr. Omar Reynozo Gallegos, the Minister of Health for the state of Nayarit and Dr. José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, National Secretary of Health of Mexico have reported no cases in the state.
“As Riviera Nayarit is Mexico’s newest destination, and has undergone incredible growth since its inception almost two years ago, we are pleased that travelers can still visit the region with a sense of security that the H1N1 Virus has not been spread here,” said Marc Murphy, Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Thus, the rabid spread of golf packages through the Pacific region is one strategy being utilized to replace fear with golf fanaticism.
Finally! Britney Spears has decided to leave the beleaguered West Hollywood hotel, The Mondrian, alone for a while.
Spears and her crew jetted down to the Four Seasons in Punta Mita, just outside of Puerto Vallarta. The place has everything Brit Brit could want: beach front property (to show off her thong), a spa (for touch-ups on her new hair extensions) and a $12,000 a night private villa with its own infinity pool.
If you're not Britney Spears, you can get a regular ole room/casita for around $600 a night.
· Britney Spears Shows Mexico Her Backside [The Gossip Girls]
· How much more celebrity vomit can the Mondrian take? [HotelChatter]
It was a close call between this video and the other one he sent from the Villa Premiere in Puerto Vallarta. Of course, we don't expect everyone to upload a video for Killer View these days. For instance, this view from the St. Regis Bora Bora also made us hot.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. This week's special edition of Killer View: LIVE has been brought to you by Hotel Maven Tim Leffel who's checking out the hotel scene in Mexico.
Casa Las Brisas, in the Punta de Mita area of Mexico, north of Puerto Vallarta, is 7-room boutique hotel on the beach, and a place where your cares quickly melt away. It happens to have quite the killer view, so here's a zen-like movie of the view from the penthouse suite over the pool. Just waves crashing on the shore in the early morning light. The sunset from here isn't too shabby either.
This small hotel, built and run by a hotel architect who knew what he was doing, prices rooms on an all-inclusive plan, so guests can simply chuck their valuables in the room safe and then just ask for whatever they want during the stay. In fact, whenever you want something, a person always seems to materialize at your side to fetch it. Cocktails are poured with premium liquor, the rotating menu is top-notch, and baskets of sunscreen are even placed at the feet of the cushioned lounge chairs facing the ocean.
All the rooms are furnished a bit differently, with plenty of artwork and personal touches, but all have a balcony with a view and a long list of amenities. In a few rooms it's possible to look out at the water from the open shower--without being seen.
The dramtic beach here is close to deserted most of the time and during the right time of year it's possible to see whales and dolphins cruising by. Casa Las Brisas is only a few minutes away from the sprawling Four Seasons Punta Mita, but it's world's away in terms of attitude and price. For boutique hotel lovers who appreciate meeting other guests and having a strong sense of place, this is an excellent choice near Puerto Vallarta.
· Puerto Vallarta Hotel Reviews [HotelChatter]