Looking for a vacation spot in Mexico with amazing amenities, top notch service, and stunning location? You’re in luck! The Royal Suites Punta de Mita in Riviera Nayarit near Puerto Vallarta offers such world class service, you’ll feel like royalty! See how the combination of this adults only resort and its sister family resort, the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa will spoil you so much, you’ll swear you were a king or a queen!
Remember the song “Royals” by Lorde? The singer wants to be a queen, but can’t seem to get there. You may not attain official royal status, but you will sure FEEL like royalty at the Royal Suites Punta de Mita in the Riviera Nayarit region of Mexico. Located adjacent to the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa and not far from Puerto Vallarta, this adults-only suites complex will spoil you with butler service, 24 hour room service, exclusive dining and private pool. Find out about my Queen Bee treatment as I ventured there for a solo trip that pampered this mama in every way!
Be a Royal at the Royal Suites Punta de Mita
The resort is comprised of two properties: the Grand Palladium Vallarta and the adults only Royal Suites Punta de Mita. This set of resorts would be ideal for a family vacation, reunion, destination wedding, or a romantic getaway. However, my experience was as a solo traveler on a “working” vacation. We had just gotten home from a weeklong family road trip, so let’s just say that this mama was ready for some play and pampering.
I’ve been to many resorts in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, St. Croix, St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, and Grand Cayman. But Mexico, I had been dissing you for too long. With only a port stop in Cozumel to my name, it was time I upped my Mexican travel game. Boy, did I ever luck out with the Royal Suites Punta de Mita and the Grand Palladium Vallarta. Located on Banderas Bay (Bahia de Banderas) about 30 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, the Royal Suites and Grand Palladium Vallarta combined have 529 suites, 4 pools, 6 restaurants, 9 bars, and one magnificent beach.
What Kings and Queens Are Treated to at Royal Suites
Royal Suites guests are the beneficiaries of use of all the amenities at both properties. You will enjoy a private adults only pool, access to the exclusive Punta de Mita restaurant and 2 bars. Here’s what awaits you…
So you’re sold on the setting, right? Here are the “royal reasons” why I wanted to decree the Royal Suites Punta de Mita one of my favorite destinations:
- Butler Service. While the laundry list of perks at Royal Suites is long, I must say my favorites were butler service, 24 hour room service, and pillow menu to choose the best pillow for you as if you were a Prince or Princess. My butler Christian helped me get acclimated to this royal treatment by introducing me to the Suite Life:
- Sparkling water. My favorite pool was the saltwater pool on the beach. Think tidal pool that’s naturally formed with a wall ledge you can walk along. It doesn’t get any better than this. Imagine yourself in this pool with a drink in your hand and waves lapping at your feet. Pure bliss!
- Surf’s Up! Water sports, including surf lessons, are included in your stay. Hardcore surfers and newbies line up to catch the waves along the killer surf break just offshore at the resort.
So I didn’t try the surfing, but I did venture out on the water in a Hobie Cat with my fellow Castaways and a guide named Oberon who said we could call him “Castaway.” Fittingly, we had enjoyed tropical drinks just prior that resembled “Wilson.” (Let me tell you, there’s something fun and whimsical about a fruity drink served in a pineapple or coconut. It tastes that much better!) We didn’t take our “Wilson” with us in the Hobie Cat, but we made it over the surf break and didn’t overturn a la Castaway.
- Foodie Paradise. Royalty always eats well, and that is the case at Royal Suite Punta de Mita and the Grand Palladium Vallarta. The beauty of being a Royal Suites guest is that you can ask your butler to make dining reservations for you! After sampling the Punta de Mita restaurant for Royal Suites guests, I can say that this was a step up for all-inclusive. Dishes were made to order by Executive Chef Pablo Gomez, who has Michelin stars! I noshed on sesame encrusted avocado, eggs benedict for breakfast and seared Ahi tuna. All were exceptional. And then there was the bacon. Ahh, so good, I had to learn how to say I love bacon in Spanish: “Me encanta el tocino!”
Other standouts for dinner were Viva Mexico and Portofino (Mediterranean). At Viva Mexico, we feasted on some sublime spicy salsa before digging into a divine avocado appetizer that could have been my entree.
Tip: Choose to eat on the Viva Mexico terrace and take in the stunning sunset over margaritas. And you must have the tableside guacamole. When Anna walked up to make guacamole for us tableside, I couldn’t wait!
- Spa-ah! When thinking of the royal treatment, I’m certain that SPA comes to mind. My favorite spa treatment has to be a massage. Well, Royal Suites and Grand Palladium Vallarta have you covered with the Zentropía Palladium Spa & Wellness for rejuvenation, reflection, and relaxation. Guests can relax in a dry or wet sauna, vapor bath, eco-meditative cold bath or Jacuzzi. Believe me, that cold bath will wake you up for sure! I loved every minute of my Zentropia massage after a day touring the resort. It’s a rough day at the office when you “have” to check out the spa for research purposes. Just so you know, spa treatments are extra, but after trying surf lessons or sailing, your muscles may thank you for the VIP treatment.
Mezcal, Mudding, Monkeys, and Mariachi
I discovered that the M in Mexico also stands for mezcal, mudding, monkeys, and mariachi.
- Mezcal: On our first night, we enjoyed a delicious tequila and mezcal tasting courtesy of our new friend and bartender Miguel. Mezcal is a smokier, earthier liquor that has become wildly popular. What distinguishes mezcal are the areas it is produced in, the fact it can be made from more varieties of agave, and the production process used is an underground baking process that imparts the smoky flavor. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the mezcal as a shot, I could see how it could make my margaritas really sing.
- Mudding: As much as I adored the resort, I am also so thankful that we ventured off property for an ATV adventure at Vista Paraiso. Since it had rained overnight, we were warned we were going to get muddy. Slight understatement! Our excursion had us riding in a brand of ATVs called Razers RZR for a tour around the Higuera Blanca hills towards Sayulita through dirt roads, jungle trails, and incredible scenic views. We even stopped and our guides picked us fresh mangoes. I had a surreal moment as we passed through a village and locals were walking and going through their ordinary routines as we vroomed past. Here I am doing something so outside my zone and here they were going about their normal day. I didn’t mind the mud–actually, it was like harnessing your inner child and saying, “Be Messy. It’s OK!” But if mud is not your thing, there are certainly other great activities abound around Puerto Vallarta.
- Monkeys (and more): The Grand Palladium Vallarta has its own mini-zoo complete with monkeys, flamingos, iguanas, and ostriches. And with a botanical garden surrounding the zoo, families can spend time out of the sun and feel like they’ve entered a tropical oasis. While the zoo was getting upgraded during our visit, you can tell it is a source of pride for the resort. I loved hearing about how the kids’ programs offer story time in the botanical garden and incorporate the local flora and fauna into their days with educational activities that create an appreciation for nature.
- Mariachi: Entertainment ranges from nightly shows to disco to a festival on the Main Plaza with Mariachi. I adored hearing the musicians and looking at the amazing merchandise. It was an exuberant, infectious atmosphere. Since the staff also pull double duty as the performers in the varied shows at the Sunset Theater, it stands to reason that you won’t be having Broadway caliber or Disney entertainment. So keep that in mind and adjust your expectations.
- Sayulita: I could write a book about the popular bohemian surf town of Sayulita. It had such a cool relaxed vibe and a mix of locals and tourists, yet never felt touristy. The food is exceptional, the beach stunning, and the variety of artisans’ crafts and wares for sale are eyecatching. My eyes are still saturated with the colors from Sayulita. It’s a Crayola dream!
By the time we finished our ATV experience and returned to Sayulita, we were all starving. Our main objective: tacos! Fortunately, we chose an excellent restaurant in BarraCuda that combined fresh seafood and quality ingredients for the best tacos and tostadas around. I loved mine with octopus, tuna, and scallops accompanied by a margarita. Maybe it was because I was hungry, or the fact that I love restaurants with open air seating, or the gorgeous beach within eyesight–I simply adored the moment.
That’s what I loved about Mexico: the sense of vitality, the colors and their vibrancy. Everything I saw made me feel so alive and the friendliness of the people reinforced my love of this location. Yet another plus in the column for Royal Suites and the Grand Palladium Vallarta to have such a gem a few miles away.
And the final royal reason to stay at the Royal Suites and Grand Palladium Vallarta is also the biggest one:
- Super Staff. The motto “mi casa es su casa” (my house is your house) is embodied by the staff. They make you feel so welcome from the very start as though you are guests in their home. From Miguel in the Hemingway Bar teaching us about tequila or making us after dinner gin and tonics to Daniel the assistant manager of the Grand Palladium Vallarta recommending ATVs and Mexican wine and cracking us up with jokes and his joie de vivre to Edith, the Royal Suites manager who spent countless hours sharing about the resort and making sure our expectations were being exceeded. They all were an absolute delight and made it even that much harder to leave and say goodbye. I wanted to instead say, “Au revoir” because it means “I will see you again.”
So au revoir, Royal Suites Punta de Mita. See you soon, newfound friends. Can’t wait to come back with family and friends and pamper them with the royal treatment!