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The Wow effect!!

Perfect, perfect, perfect: location, concept and service. I was out of town when the W Punta de Mita hosted their inauguration party (heard fabulous stories!) But I finally had the chance to visit in person. After conducting innumerable site inspections throughout Mexico, they were beginning to feel all the same. But yesterday I was thrilled to visit this incredible property for 350 fortunate guests.

To begin with the location is incredible: the site is nestled into the cliffs between Punta de Mita and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in the Riviera Nayarit. From the old coastal highway, all one can see is an impressive gated entry to Los Veneros and a W sign that hints at the clever artistry that lies hidden within. (Federico Vargas designed the iconic W sign for this location)

You wind down a lush, jungle canopy to the entrance. Leave your car behind and jump on a e-Tuk Limo

and cruise down to the lobby where your senses are overwhelmed at the property´s overall concept: modern architecture, whimsical furniture and totally cool Huichol decorations lead you to Pacific white beaches. Nothing repeats itself yet everything blends perfectly. While I was sipping on a much needed espresso in the Living Room, I glanced upwards to see a massive unique chandelier that somehow inexplicably matched in a non-matchy way the straw lampshades in the bar area. The rooms and suites are uncommon as well. Each designed with absolute privacy in mind, they are bathed in sunlight, colorful decorations and oversized tvs. And, the Wow Pool Villa just in front of the ocean makes you want to throw a beach party: with your personal DJ and chill with your friends for days on end.

The vibe throughout the resort is completely laid back inviting guests to truly relax. Even the hanging furniture is not only fun but comfy.

Eat ceviche out of the back of a 57 Chevy and then grab a bike and ride the nature trails. Go crazy and pretend you are a fashion model walking over the pool’s huichol run-way. You can't have enough fun.

Mauricio the tour & travel manager half jokingly assured me their spa was the very best in the Bay of Banderas. True to his word, the spa is breathtaking. It has a distinct a cenote cave feeling about it. You circle downward, first stopping for a pedicure, retreat inward to multi-tempered agua therapy rooms and on to bliss in the soothing massage rooms later you can rest outside in dipping ponds visited by local exotic birds.

As at all Ws the service and customer care are paramount in a unfussy manner. My requests were met with many smiling faces. We arrived too early in the morning to try the Spice Market restaurant. So I am looking forward to returning for dinner prepared by executive chef Ismael Gonzalez where the inspiration is Asian street food.

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