Why Four Seasons Punta Mita Should be Your Family’s Next Getaway

When it comes to family-friendly luxury hotels, it’s hard to beat the Four Seasons. From their “Kids for All Seasons” club, to their welcoming approach toward every member of your crew, the Four Seasons does it right! On our family’s recent vacation to Punta de Mita, Mexico, we found the Four Seasons Punta Mita to be right up there with the best of them. Here’s why.

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Amenities Just for Kids

Nothing says “welcome” like a freshly baked cookie with your name written across it. There’s no doubt that kids feel welcomed at Four Seasons Punta Mita. Our boys loved the welcome bags on arrival, being greeted by name and the cookies too. Guest rooms are stocked with kid-sized bath robes and kid-friendly bath amenities. Kids for All Seasons is a great activity-based club that offers many choices throughout the day where parents can choose to join in the fun or drop their kids off for a few hours. We also liked that each restaurant or pool-side restaurant offered children and teen menus in addition to adult menus.

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One of several pools. Photo: Dianne Sivulka

Unique Treats

Our family loved spending an afternoon at the lazy river that felt like it meandered through the jungle. The resort also seemed to have unexpected surprises around every corner. On our second day we discovered the quaint little gelato shop located down a jungle pathway, right on the beach next to the surf shack. We also enjoyed complimentary treats at the pool like a shave ice cart.

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Nunutzi Game Room. Photo: Dianne Sivulka

A Place to Cool Off

Nunutzi (the Huichol word for child) is a 2,400 square foot facility perfect for cooling off and getting out of the sun. This indoor game room, was a big hit with my boys and many other kids at the resort. A special Minecraft room, xBox, Wii, classic arcade games, Kinect sensor, billiards, ping pong, air hockey, and a theater gave kids (and their parents too) a fun and air-conditioned place to hang out. It was also a popular spot in the evenings after dinner. The boys just loved it!

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One of two beaches. Photo: Dianne Sivulka

Amazing Beaches and Unique Spots to Lounge

Four Seasons Punta Mita has two outstanding beaches to enjoy. We found one better for snorkeling and volleyball and the other better for playing in the surf. Both had unique spots for lounging and we made sure we picked a different spot each day. At the end of the week, we couldn’t decide if we liked the swinging nests best or the elevated forts.

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Turtle Release Program. Photo: Dianne Sivulka

Turtle Release Program

Turtle conservation and release Programs exist throughout the world, but are often difficult to participate in due to availability and seasonal opportunities. I was pleased to find out upon our arrival that the Four Seasons Punta Mita has teamed up with a local conservation program called Red Tortuguera. Their efforts, along with others, have brought the Olive Ridley sea turtle off the endangered list. Guests are invited to first participate in a 45-minute class that is informational and entertaining for all age groups. Everyone enjoyed watching a tub full of freshly hatched turtles. While we learned about their life cycle, migrations and more, we also had the pleasure of watching these cute little turtles up close. We learned how to carefully hold them and how we would release them once at the shoreline. Then we all went down to the beach for the release. Each person was invited to participate in the turtle release. As the sun was setting and they each made their way to the water, we were amazed to think that these same little turtles will return in about 15 years to lay nests of their own. If you’re interested in participating in this program, inquire about its availability when you make your reservation. Sea turtles tend to lay eggs from July to January, and so this is not available year round.

Insider Tips:

1. The Turtle Release program was the highlight of our stay and since it is not available year round, I recommend inquiring about its availability when making your reservation.

2. You can save a couple hundred dollars by renting a car from Puerto Vallarta and driving yourself to the Four Seasons. Valet parking is complimentary and it will give you flexibility to visit nearby towns like Sayulita and Nuevo Vallarta.

3. Like all Four Seasons, this resort has everything to make your stay with your family the best vacation ever. If you’re traveling with little ones, request to have your guest room stocked with a portable crib, a high-chair, stroller, step stool and baby bathtub. They can even arrange babysitting services with advance notice.

Getting to Four Seasons Punta Mita

Puerto Vallarta is the closest airport to Four Seasons Punta Mita and just a quick 2.5 hour flight from Southern California. From the airport, the resort is an easy 45 minute drive and you can arrange for Four Seasons to pick you up. We chose to rent our own car so we could also explore some of the local areas like the quaint nearby town of Sauylita. If you’re looking for a luxurious resort and outstanding kid-friendly fun, in a tropical setting and just a short flight from Southern California, look no further than the Four Seasons Punta Mita. You’ll be glad you did.

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About Dianne Sivulka

Dianne Sivulka is a former teacher who became a stay-at-home mom and homeschooler. Today she and her husband are traveling near and far with their boys every chance they get. She writes about educational travel tips at ourEDventures. Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest.

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