If virtual learning can be done from anywhere, why not do it from the beach? With so many parents working remotely and kids doing school online, it’s no surprise that one of the biggest trends we’re seeing in the travel industry right now is the “workcation” or “schoolcation.” We recently had a fantastic stay at Four Seasons Punta Mita and got to try out their schoolcation offerings. Many thanks to the property for hosting us!
How About a Schoolcation?
The new schoolcation program at Four Seasons Punta Mita supports learning remotely with a new world-schooling program that features a tech hotline, study buddy program and art, culture, history and after-school sports classes to encourage educational learning through travel. The property can even arrange for study buddies to help kids with homework. And if you need more extensive support, private tutoring can be arranged as well.
Though our girls aren’t doing virtual learning (we’ve begun homeschooling this year), we still gave the study cabanas a test drive. Not only do they come with Wi-Fi, TV monitors, headphones, and portable chargers, but a “Screen Doctor” can sanitize devices for you, and provide lap pads so you can work more comfortably.
If you want to enhance your kids’ learning even more, take advantage of the fantastic Knowledge for All Seasons programs at the property. Kids can learn about Mexico’s culture, history, language and natural surroundings through a variety of unique experiences.
The baby sea turtle release is one of the experiences we tried. The fees for this sea turtle release are donated to local hatcheries so that for every one turtle we release on the property, the hatcheries release 10! So this program has really helped to repopulate the endangered species in this area.
We also did a sea foraging experience that was fantastic. We learned how to find edible things all around the beach, and explored the nearby caves that are home to small bats. We collected a ton of sea snails (not sure if this is the technical term, but it’s what we’re going with), and the chef later turned them into a delicious stew that we enjoyed later that afternoon by the pool!
Covid-19 Safety Protocol
Four Seasons is one of the brands leading the hospitality industry right now in keeping its guests, residents and employees safe. They teamed up with researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine International to create a Covid-19 safety program called Lead With Care.⠀
During our stay at Four Seasons Punta Mita, we got to see some of the changes for ourselves, like distancing in restaurants and other common areas, contactless housekeeping, and in-room safety kits. But there are plenty of changes that are behind the scenes, such as new employee training programs, additional food handling protocols, and enhancements to ventilation systems and other back-of-the-house operations. They’ve also beefed up the Four Seasons app to allow guests to handle most transactions in a contactless way, including checking in, checking out, requesting luggage pickup, airport transfers, and more. All of this made for an experience that made us feel really safe!⠀
We stayed in adjoining ocean casitas, one king and one double. These are a great choice for families. The decor blends modern design with traditional Mexican crafts, with lots of natural materials like wood and copper to add warmth.
Our balconies had gorgeous views not just of the coastline, but also of this bronze sculpture “Rompiendo estructuras” by Guadalajara artist Lizette Aguilar. One thing I love about Four Seasons Punta Mita is the abundance of sculptures throughout the property. Most are done by artists local to Mexico or those who have spent a significant amount of time in the country.
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi
As you might imagine, the food at Four Seasons Punta Mita is very well done. We enjoyed both breakfast and dinner at Dos Catrinas, the casual eatery. And be sure not to miss dinner at Bahia, the beachfront restaurant known for its great grill menu. All the grilled fish was fantastic of course, but the sweet pea risotto was also a standout.
The signature dining experience at the property is Dinner on the Rock. This is one of the most memorable meals we’ve ever had. As we watched the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, we enjoyed an amazing 4-course private dinner. The service was so attentive, the food was incredible and of course, those views were absolutely spectacular! After dinner, they built a fire for us so that we could make s’mores, and laid out blankets and pillows so we could gaze at the stars.
If your family is looking for a resort to try a schoolcation or workcation, Four Seasons Punta Mita is a great choice. From the natural beauty of the scenery to educational experiences for kids, from the great service to the amazing amenities, the whole family will find something to love here.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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