Thursday, April 18, 2019

Eco-friendly luxury hotels in Riviera Nayarit offer inspired Earth Day getaways

Eco-friendly luxury hotels in Riviera Nayarit offer inspired Earth Day getaways 

As Earth Day approaches, Riviera Nayarit is highlighting several resorts that are committed to protecting the region’s natural environment year-round. Located on the pacific west coast of Mexico, Riviera Nayarit is home to world-class luxury resorts, boutique hotels, eco-tourism inns and everything in between. While every property is different, each is aligned with the destination’s commitment to sustainability. 

Beyond resort-specific green initiatives, Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations are constructed according to rigorous environmental protection requirements that ensure the maintenance of the natural environment. Properties regularly update their offerings to align with sustainability efforts, for example, many of the area's hotels & restaurants have replaced plastic straws with straws made from avocado pits. Check out below a list of other creative ways that these hotels are leading by putting their best green foot forward year-round:

Imanta Resorts - Located by the Sierra de Vallejo Biosphere Reserve, Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita was built after 15 years of detailed monitoring of the local ecosystem. For example, the property is situated at a purposeful distance from the ocean to allow baby sea turtles to hatch and travel freely and many of the materials used for its interiors, exteriors, and even the stone bath at the spa, were sourced on property. It features energy-saving and resource-wise systems, such as “green” roofs on the buildings and systems that improve water quality and reduce noise and air pollution. Moreover, 70 percent of the property’s staff hails from a nearby village, thereby ensuring professional opportunities for the community and the preservation of the property’s authentic appeal. 

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit - Overlooking a pristine sandy beach and breathtaking Banderas Bay, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit peacefully coexists with its natural surroundings thanks to a number of environmentally responsible initiatives. From biodegradable cleaning products to solar water heating, recycling, meticulous beach cleanup, composting and donations to local organizations, the resort is an example of green hospitality at its finest. Specifically, the property has solar panels that take advantage of the area's warm climate to help pre-heat water; thanks to year-round sunny days, the water arrives hot to the tanks, saving about 45% of the gas normally used. Additionally, the resort has a detailed waste separation strategy for organic and inorganic waste. Inorganic trash is separated according to type, including plastic, glass (separated by color), cardboard and paper. The resort has an area set aside for composting certain organic waste; it is mixed with soil to create compost, a natural fertilizer used to nourish the gardens and lawns.  

  Four Seasons Punta Mita – Uniquely located within a 400-acre nature reserve on a private   peninsula overlooking Banderas Bay, Four Seasons Punta Mita operates under a strict set of    initiatives that promote green hospitality. For example, it features a residual water treatment plant that generates clean water ideal for watering the property’s iconic gardens. Most recently, Four Seasons Punta Mita invested in new A/C and pumping equipment throughout the property, including Magnetic Levitation Chillers, thus reducing energy usage as all equipment starts are gradual and according to all needs. The high-end hotel only owns LED lamps and all public areas, such as parking lots and service areas, have energy saving solar lamps. Lastly, the Four Seasons is also accommodating for guests traveling in electric cars, with three chargers including one universal charger and two for Tesla users. 

W Punta de Mita  - W Punta de Mita is taking on the viral #TrashTag challenge for Earth Day, and is inviting the local community to join in helping make the world and its beaches a little cleaner. Located on Mexico’s coveted Riviera Nayarit, this edgy, oceanfront resort is helping to preserve Mexico’s pristine beaches with a beach cleanup event on April 22. The event will also include a guided meditation steps away from the rolling Pacific waves, thanking Mother Nature for all she’s given to the region. And since participants may work up a sweat saving the planet, they’ll be invited to recharge with light refreshments afterwards. 

In recent years several hotels have received TripAdvisor’s Greenleaders™ certification across different levels, including Marival Resort and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, which reached Platinum Level, the program’s highest recognition awarded to hotels and resorts that meet the minimum requirements + 60% score or higher.  These requirements include offering linen / towel reuse plans; regularly track energy consumption; recycle; utilize energy efficient systems such as lighting; educate staff and guests about green practices; property treat wastewater. 

Playa Nuevo Vallarta Norte, Laguna de Santa Maria del Oro and Marina Riviera Nayarit have recently been recognized with the prestigious blue-flag certification, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to the beaches and marinas that meet the established criteria for quality, safety, education, and environmental information.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Riviera Nayarit focuses on top U.S. market with the California Tour

  • The AHMBB and the Riviera Nayarit CVB visited Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and San Francisco with the goal of attracting more tourists to the region for the summer season.

The Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) worked together with the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust for their annual promotional tour to some of the top cities in California.

The California Tour was part of the Promotional Plan set in place by Mexico’s Pacific Treasure and its sister destination, Puerto Vallarta, to incentivize tourist arrivals to the region prior to the summer season.

15 Riviera Nayarit hotels nominated to the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019

  • The nomination of these properties located in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is very important considering the list was compiled from the opinions of over 429,000 people from around the world. It’s time to vote!

Fifteen Riviera Nayarit hotels have been included in the list of nominees for the 32nd edition of Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019, which adheres to very high standards of service, food, and ambiance; the best of the best will become part of the world’s Top 100.

The nominations were announced by Condé Nast Traveler, a magazine for today’s luxury traveler; it also revealed that voting opened up on April 1st and will close on June 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Your opinion is important!

Monday, April 15, 2019

RHA Festival: Much-anticipated electronic festival returns to the Riviera Nayarit

  • DJs from around the world are bringing their best spin to the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on April 26-27.

The Riviera Nayarit is ready to welcome the third edition of the RHA Festival 2019 on April 26-27, the much-anticipated electronic music fest that brings the best of the best in house music from around the world.

The stage will once again be set up very close to the beach at the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, where attendees can dance under the warm night sky while they enjoy the ocean breeze.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Riviera Nayarit and W Punta de Mita shine in the movie No Manches Frida 2

  • The film, recorded over the course of 7 weeks with the beautiful backdrop of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure, hits theaters on April 12th.

The movie No Manches Frida 2, directed by Nacho G. Velilla, filmed mainly on location in the Riviera Nayarit and W Punta de Mita Hotel, and produced by Pantalion films—the first Latin studio in Hollywood—opens on April 12th nationwide.

Martha Higareda and Omar Chaparro make their comeback in this second installment (the first opened in September 2016 and became the fourth top grossing film in the history of Mexican cinema), along with actors Itatí Cantoral, Aarón Díaz, Andrea Noli, and Fernanda Castillo, among others.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Restaurant Week returns to the Riviera Nayarit with record participation

  • The gourmet festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary in the region with 62 eateries registered for 2019.

The Riviera Nayarit has confirmed its participation in Restaurant Week, a gourmet festival that will be held from May 15th through June 10th with the inclusion of 12 of the destination’s restaurants—double the number of registrants from 2018.

Generally speaking, this is the second year in a row the record for participating restaurants has been broken with 62 restaurants preparing for the 2019 event (the previous record was established in 2018 with 59 participants).

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Riviera Nayarit present at the Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum

  • Over 500 travel agents from the United States and Canada gathered in “The Gambling Capital of the World” for this forum from March 22nd through the 23rd, a must for the Riviera Nayarit and its hotels.

The Riviera Nayarit was present and accounted for at the Travel Agent Forum held from March 22nd through 23rd. This event brings together over 500 travel agents from the United States and Canada with top hotel chains, wholesalers, and destinations from around the world.

The forum is produced by the Travel Show Marketing group and is one of the most important events for the segment in North America; it was originally focused only on home-based agents, however, in the past few years it opened up to travel agencies as well, which widened the pool of attendees.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Riviera Nayarit seeks new markets in Acapulco during Tianguis Turístico México 2019

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB and the AHMBB will be present at Mexico’s most important annual event: a gathering of potential buyers and tourism marketers from 60 countries.

The Riviera Nayarit is taking its charm, luxury, and nature to the 44th Tianguis Turístico México 2019 taking place from April 7-10 at the Mundo Imperial convention center in the port of Acapulco with the participation of potential buyers and tourism marketers from 60 countries.

The event—organized and coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Tourism—, has been held every year since 1976 and is considered the most important of its kind in the country’s tourism industry. This is a business platform for the sector with the participation of over 600 exhibitors representing the 32 Mexican states. The event was originally held yearly in Acapulco but became itinerant in 2012, changing destination every year and returning to its original home every two years.

The Riviera Nayarit Tour arrives in the southern United States

  • Over 100 travel agents received training on the region’s attractions, services, and infrastructure as part of the strategy for Joint Promotion.

The promotional tour headed out to the cities of Houston and Dallas in Texas on March 27th and 28th with the goal of reinforcing the presence of the Riviera Nayarit in that area. Over 100 travel agents received training during those two days.

The Tour was part of the strategy for Joint Promotion carried out by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) via their Sales and Marketing offices and with excellent results.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Holy Week and Easter Vacations in the Riviera Nayarit

  • Don’t miss out! Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is launching its Seasonal Offers with the participation of 23 destination hotels and rates starting at $2,700 MXN.

You have no excuse for staying home during Holy Week and Easter! The Riviera Nayarit wants your vacations to be unforgettable with Seasonal Offers that go live from Friday, April 5 through May 2, 2019 that include promotions from 23 hotels associated with the destination.

Participating hotels from Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos, Bucerías, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, and Rincón de Guayabitos are offering rates from $2,700 MXN and discounts from 20% up to 54%, free amenities, and much more.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Chacala, the Riviera Nayarit’s Hidden Paradise

Chacala, a fishing village with a traditional pier and a very warm and welcoming community. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Riviera Nayarit offers the best events and vacations this April

  • There are more than enough reasons to visit this tourism destination during the fourth month of the year; you’ll have options for relaxation, fun, or to practice your favorite sport.

The Riviera Nayarit will host several top national and international events that can be enjoyed by locals as well as tourists and seasonal residents.

Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is known for its versatility, where it’s impossible to sit still or feel bored thanks to its offer of history, culture, traditions, beautiful beaches, and spaces for adventure and ecotourism, all served with a side of delicious gastronomy and enviable natural surroundings.

Besides the many local events, April also coincides with the most anticipated holiday season by domestic tourists—Holy Week and Easter—perfect for plenty of fun in the sun, sea, and sand.

The Riviera Nayarit is this and more!

The Riviera Nayarit visits with top media in the East Coast

  • The Riviera Nayarit CVB, together with the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB), held interviews with top journalists in four of the most important cities in the US.

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) strengthened their relationship with top media in four important cities on the East coast: Atlanta, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts, where the team held 15 interviews with well-known journalists.

The purpose of the March 18-22 visit to the US was to promote the destination for the fall and winter seasons, part of a series of promotional tours that the Public Relations office of the CVB began in September 2018 throughout the United States and Canada to gauge the media’s awareness of the destination while promoting positive news.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lifeguard training offered in the Riviera Nayarit for the upcoming holiday season

  • Thirty-six security guards from AHMBB associated hotels received First Aid and Water Rescue training to help avoid incidents during the upcoming Holy Week and Easter season.

Personnel from AHMBB hotel members are preparing for the upcoming Holy Week and Easter holiday season by taking an intensive Lifeguard training course taught by the Civil Protection and Fire Department of the State of Nayarit together with the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

There were 36 participants, mostly staff from the Iberostar Playa Mita, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Riu, Palladium, Royal Decameron Complex, Villagroup, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, and Real del Mar hotels, as well as personnel from Dolphin Discovery.

Friday, March 29, 2019

The Riviera Nayarit welcomes the 9th Open Water Safe Swim 5-3K

  • The open water competition will take place next Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Marina Riviera Nayarit beach in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

The adventure begins on April 6th when 800 domestic and foreign swimmers plunge into the 2019 Riviera Nayarit Open Water Safe Swim Tournament at 8 a.m. from the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

The event was presented to local media via a press conference held on Thursday, March 28th, by event director and organizer Belín Villasante, who announced this is part of the largest Open Water series competitions in the world (Global Swim Series, or GSS) and is backed by the Swimming Association of the State of Nayarit.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

2nd Puerto Vallarta-Bahía de Banderas Tourism Route

  • The Bahía de Banderas region, which includes the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, solidifies its standing as a sports destination par excellence.

The Bahía de Banderas region has solidified its standing as a sports destination with important events that not only promote physical activity but also generate thousands of visitors and contribute to the promotion of tourism.

The 2nd Puerto Vallarta-Bahía de Banderas Tourism Route stands out on this list of events; it will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 with the participation of professional and amateur cyclists.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Riviera Nayarit in “The Best of Mexico 2019”

  • México Desconocido magazine has nominated Mexico’s Pacific Treasure in six of the 10 categories in its annual contest; think back on your vacation memories and vote for your favorites!

México Desconocido magazine has nominated the Riviera Nayarit in six of the 10 categories within its annual “The Best of Mexico” contest, where they spotlight the county’s best as seen through the eyes of the most experienced travelers.

According to a press release, México Desconocido spotlights “what is most original, whether by design or by authenticity, for being cutting edge, for respecting or rescuing traditions, for cleanliness, or for a mind-blowing experience.”

Riviera Nayarit strengthens its connectivity with two new flights from Volaris

  • The Mexican airline confirmed the summer start dates for two flights—one from Querétaro in Mexico and one from Phoenix, Arizona.

This summer, ultra-low-cost airline Volaris will begin two new flights to and from Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit. The flights will add another 10 thousand seats to the region, as they will be operating from June through December 2019.

The airline shared a press release that confirmed the Querétaro-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayart (QRO-PVR) and Phoenix-Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit (PHX-PVR) routes, both operated on Airbus 320 planes with a capacity for 179 seats. The flights start on June 16, 2019, with frequencies on Fridays and Sundays.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Riviera Nayarit’s promotional tour focuses on domestic tourists

  • A team of promotional experts from the Riviera Nayarit CVB, the Tepic Hotel and Motel Association, and sales executives from 10 hotels presented their tourism offer in Mexico City, Toluca, and Puebla. 

The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) promoted the destination in Toluca, Puebla, and Mexico City to strengthen its presence in the domestic market.

The Tepic Hotel and Motel Association joined the team in its work to showcase the attractions of both the capital of Nayarit and its surrounding area; they were accompanied by wholesalers Imacop and Magnicharters.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Riviera Nayarit strengthens its brand in Mexico City

  • The Nayarit destination promoted the beauty of its natural attractions and its luxurious resorts; it also shone brightly during the “31 Women We Love 2019” event sponsored by Quién magazine, highlighting the Wixárika culture.

The Riviera Nayarit took its luxury and natural attractions to Mexico City from March 12-13, where it not only announced updates for 2019, but also was part of an annual event sponsored by Grupo Expansión’s Quién magazine celebrating women’s role in society.

Beauty and equality
On the first day, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure shone brightly at the “31 Women We Love” event held every year by Quién magazine, which recognizes the drive, talent and dedication of women from different levels of society who work towards creating equality. Included in the list were actresses, singers, communicators, journalists, politicians, designers, businesswomen, architects, interior designers, entrepreneurs, athletes, singers, and lawyers.