Friday, July 22, 2016

Hotel Cielo Rojo Is Now A Member Of Mexico Boutique Hotels

  • This exclusive resort in San Pancho is one of 30 properties that form part of Mexico Boutique Hotels, thanks to its unique design and organic sensibilities as well as its commitment to the environment and the surrounding community.


The Hotel Cielo Rojo in San Pancho, the Riviera Nayarit’s Culture Capital, is now one of the exclusive member properties of Mexico Boutique Hotels. After a five-year certification process, the hotel received its plaque thanks to its high standards and quality service.

In order to become a member of this group, which boasts over 16 years in the industry, the resort had to tailor its criteria to fit the philosophy of this exclusive brand, namely to provide unique services and experiences in hotels with no more than 100 rooms. 

Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita de Jaltemba and Los Ayala, Family Hideout in the Riviera Nayarit

Rincón de Guayabitos-La Peñita de Jaltemba-Los Ayala 3-in-1!

These picturesque towns have plenty of accommodations to offer and lots of family-oriented recreational activities. You can sight whales right from the beaches and they’re the closest spots in the Riviera Nayarit to the Isla del Coral.

Rincon de Guayabitos
Guayabitos is the midpoint of these three seaside villages and the center of most of the activity. Take a tour on a glass-bottomed boat to peek at the marine ecosystem without getting your feet wet or, if you’re looking for a fiesta, take one of the party boats out of Guayabitos and Los Ayala. 

Looking for some water action? Jump aboard a banana or a jet ski! And if mountains are what move you, consider a fun ATV tour or exploring on horseback.

Back in town, we recommend post-adventure relaxation at Nivel Zero, a bar with live music and a must-try signature beverage, the “Riviera Nayarit.”

La Peñita de Jaltemba 
Check out the El Naranjo Turtle Camp, located on a virgin beach with all the necessary services for a family camp-out—it’s a real treat to be able to experience sea turtles’ rituals in person!

You’ll also want to visit Xaltemba Restaurante Galería, where art, food and spirits mix with culture and relaxation. In the mornings, coffee and a good read are available at Café Peñita de Occidente. 

Los Ayala 
This is the perfect beach to bring the kids and have them float around on the gentle waves. And if it gets too hot, you can always cool off with a Piña Loca (Crazy Pineapple) and its fruity goodness! 

On land, walk along the hillside to get to Frideritas and frideritas—two great little beaches, or head back to the water for a boat ride to Playa El Toro, where the rainwater forms a waterfall during rainy season. 

Nearby Attractions
Monteón is just a few minutes due south of Los Ayala, where you can practice your swing on the 9-hole Ensueño Golf Course. And the Altavista archaeological zone is just a few minutes due north of La Peñita, with very cool petroglyphs and thermal springs to explore. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

2016 PeeWee Surfing League

  • This series seeks to encourage young Mexican surfers and will take place in Sayulita, San Blas and San Pancho.

The children’s 2016 PeeWee Surfing League sports circuit began in the Riviera Nayarit and will include four tournaments, which hope to attract family tourism and promote this amazing sport.

“We had lost touch with an entire generation of young surfers so we’re reactivating these formative categories so we can support them and they could practice more,” said Rogelio Ramos, Competition Director for the PeeWee League. “We also want to promote sports tourism and the awesome waves we have in the Riviera Nayarit.”

There are four competitions in the series, with the next one starting on July 23, 2016 in Sayulita, followed by one in San Blas on July 30th, then San Pancho on August 6th with the final competition back in Sayulita on December 17th.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF RIVIERA NAYARIT ON YOUR NEXT SHORE EXCURSION



Riviera Nayarit offers a spectrum of adventures to cruise-goers who dock in the neighboring town of Puerto Vallarta. Just minutes away from the cruise port, “Mexico’s Pacific Treasure” shares its charming beach towns, pristine beaches, water sports and adventures in nature in an itinerary that can be experienced in one action-packed day. Travelers can begin in the hippie-chic beach town of Sayulita, spend an afternoon in the luxurious Punta de Mita and work their way down the coast in the evening to lively Bucerias and Nuevo Vallarta as they head back to their port of call.

Please see below for a sampling of activities that Riviera Nayarit offers cruise passengers:

Morning in Sayulita

The hippie-chic beach town of Sayulita has quaint cobblestone streets that are filled with enticing boutiques, beach side eateries and world-class surfing. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants offering traditional Mexican breakfast items including chilaquiles and huevos rancheros at Chocobanana or Panino’s.



The surfing and SUP classes at Luna Azul, Sayulita Surf School and Rancho Mi Chaparrita are sure to create memorable experiences. Beginners and experts alike will be able to gain impressive skills from the friendly and experienced staff. Rancho Mi Chaparrita also offers zip-lining for the thrill seekers who want to experience a bird’s eye view of the town and see the beauty of the coast from the mountainside.  For those who prefer a more casual approach, a trip to Revolución Del Sueño boutique will add a new look to your wardrobe with its colorful clothing and accessories.



Afternoon in Punta de Mita and Las Marietas


Punta de Mita, located at the north tip of the Banderas Bay, is sitauted on nearly six miles of pristine beaches borderd by verdant hills. Enjoy traditional dishes like pescado zarandeado (seasoned, grilled fish) at the popular beachside restaurant, Si Señor.

Rent a private boat and sail to Las Marietas, a cluster of islands formed by volcanic activity and rumored to have once been a hideout to pirates and hunters. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, these islands are home to a vast array of wildlife that will draw ecotourists and bird watchers alike. Punta Mita Expeditions offers water excursions including snorkeling, diving, swimming, kyaking, birdwatching and whale watching.

Evening in Bucerias and Nuevo Vallarta


Bucerias is a tiny fishing town that has grown into a popular spot for dining and shopping because of its main square with boutique shops, lively pubs and authentic seafood restaurants along the beach. Savor the most spectacular sunsets on the beach, take a stroll through the town’s art galleries and browse through the beautifully handcrafted pieces of art at the outdoor Mercado Artesanal that winds through the streets of the town.

In Nuevo Vallarta, just minutes away from the Port of Call, travelers can dine at one of the most exclusive restaurants of Riviera Nayarit, including Barracuda and Nicksan, for an authentic Mexican culinary experience.

For more information on Riviera Nayarit, please visit www.rivieranayarit.com.

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About Riviera Nayarit          
A destination in Mexico flourishing at the intersection of luxury and nature, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.            

Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” In 2016, Riviera Nayarit was awarded Gold for “Best Luxury Destination: Mexico” in the 2016 Travvy Awards, which recognizes entities with the highest standards of excellence in the tourism industry. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination has been home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, five AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit also won one Gold and two Silver awards at the 2016 HSMAI Adrian Awards for outstanding press coverage. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit's Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.  

CONTACT:
Finn Partners
Tel: (212) 715-1600
Phillip Novoa, ext. 6330

Phillip.Novoa@finnpartners.com
Alexandra Piscitelli, ext. 6320

Monday, July 18, 2016

IV Sea Turtle Festival At Playa Platanitos

  • This year marks the start of a project to plant species that will serve as a natural food supply for hummingbirds, thus adding to the area’s attractions.

The IV Sea Turtle Festival is set to take place on July 23-24, 2016 at Playa Platanitos, organized by the Playa Platanitos Ecológico A.C. and the town of Platanitos. This year’s guest of honor is the hummingbird.

“One of the festival’s objectives every year is to help us create a new environmental project, without forgetting the sea turtles that are frequent visitors to our beach,” said Lourdes Santana, President of Playa Platanitos Ecológico A.C. “We invite locals and tourists to come enjoy the free shows, dances, singers and music—and they can participate as well!”

Friday, July 15, 2016

Positive Response From South America’s Emerging Markets

  • The team visited 226 travel agencies and wholesalers in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Peru during the first quarter of 2016, reaching 1,717 travel and sales agents on the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta.

The efforts of the Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit Joint Promotional Campaign in Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil are rendering excellent results.

“Each country has its own characteristics and we have to adjust our strategies accordingly,” explained Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “For example, we promote more heavily in Colombia, which is the country with the top response.”

Below please find some facts per the statistics gathered by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Barometer regarding influx, density, average expenditure and room nights, among others, when comparing 2015 to 2016 so far:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Wraps Up Successful Fourth Annual Punta Mita Beach Festival


Located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, in conjunction with Punta Mita Expeditions, Punta Mita Resorts, and the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau, announced today the success of the fourth edition of the Punta Mita Beach Festival. 

As part of the four-day extravaganza held July 7 - 10, guests enjoyed activities guided by renowned sports professionals in different disciplines such as surfing, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), snorkeling, and yoga. The summer fiesta also provided culinary offerings featuring the freshest regional delicacies. This year, The Punta Mita Beach Festival was host to professional Chilean surfer Ramón Navarro’s film premiere in The Americas, The Fisherman’s Son, focused on Navarro’s mission to protect the culture and environment of the Chilean coast.

"We are excited to announce the success of the 2016 Punta Mita Beach Festival, which is one of the most anticipated summer events in Mexico. The four-day festival offered a unique environment for our loyal guests who enjoyed the opportunity to get close and personal with the masters while practicing their beach sport of preference," said James Hughes, general manager of The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. “This year, we were also pleased to have created a platform to educate about the importance of protecting our oceans.”

Attended by more than 107 participants, the fourth annual event began on Thursday, July 7, with a festive cocktail reception at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s Sea Breeze Beach Club, where guests enjoyed fine dining and special bites prepared by guest chefs Alexander Branch, Manuel Peruyero, and Erick Ramos, as well as an exquisite selection of gourmet cocktails, Bocanegra beer, Latin American wines and a seductive selection of tequilas by Tequila Patrón. Sounds and rhythms from DJ Mauricio provided great enjoyment and started the Punta Mita Beach Festival weekend-long party.

At this year’s annual event, guests enjoyed the most unique experiences guided by experts such as the Professional Chilean surfer, Ramón Navarro; the founder and director of the Mexican Institute of Yoga Ana Paula Domínguez; and leading international stand up paddle and surf professionals Ryan Helm and Javier Álvarez. The culinary offerings and special libations for guests were prepared by prestigious chefs including Alexander Branch, Manuel Peruyero, and Erick Ramos, accompanied by Patrón Tequila, Latin American wines, and Bocanegra beer.

Throughout the four-day extravaganza, the beach festivities featured various guest-hosted activities and gourmet experiences, including:
  • Morning yoga sessions in Areca with Ana Paula Domínguez
  • Surf clinic with Ramón Navarro and SUP clinic with Javier Álvarez and Ryan Helm
  • Eco-friendly SUP session and SUP board-building with recycled materials
  • Eco-friendly SUP Race – 1K and 3K
  • Sand castle building competition
  • Mini triathlon: sea swimming, beach race, and SUP for beginners
  • Cooking demonstration with Chef Alexander Branch
  • Volleyball tournament at Sea Breeze Beach
  • Coral preservation exhibition from the Reef Restoration Program at Sea Breeze Beach
  • Visit to the scientific platform, Maria Cleofas

The four-day adventure started on Friday morning with active surfing, stand-up paddle and yoga sessions, followed by an awards lunch featuring a selection of fresh seafood at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s famed Mita Mary Boat Bistro on Sea Breeze Beach. That evening, guests enjoyed the iconic St. Regis Champagne Ritual in the Altamira Lobby, followed by a spectacular “Mexico Meets Peru” exotic fusion dinner on the beach created by Peruvian Chef Erick Ramos. At dusk, the resort hosted a beach bonfire and a special movie screening presentation—airing for the first time in The Americas—of big wave surfer Ramón Navarro’s The Fisherman’s Son with a hosted Q&A. Navarro discovered his passion for the ocean and surfing at an early age, which is why he is committed to numerous projects in order to preserve his country’s vibrant surf environment.

On Saturday, the fitness-oriented fun continued with several outdoor activities including an innovative SUP For the Ocean workshop in which guests learned how to build their own stand-up paddle board with recycled materials. This activity aimed to create consciousness about the importance of recycling and reducing the use of PET materials at home. Chef Alexander Branch hosted Saturday’s lunch at the famed Mita Mary Boat Bistro with a special selection of fresh seafood. Following lunch, the awards celebration unveiled the winners of each activity category. The weekend concluded with a special closing dinner at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s Sea Breeze Beach created by Chefs Manuel Peruyero, Erick Ramos, and Alexander Branch. Prior to departing on Sunday, guests were invited to seize the morning with a Farewell Brunch at Sea Breeze Restaurant.

5th Riviera Nayarit Twitter Party

  • Join in by posting pics and videos with the hashtag #AsiMiDiaEnRivieraNayarit and win one of five swag bags sponsored by the Riviera Nayarit and the Destination’s hotels.

The Riviera Nayarit Conventions and Visitors Bureau and its Marketing department invite you to participate in its 5th official Twitter Party, programmed for Friday, July 29, 2016 from noon until 2 p.m.

This happening party is all about promoting the Riviera Nayarit during the summertime, when its hotels are at full capacity. The idea is for visitors already in the Riviera Nayarit to share their photos and videos with the hashtag #AsiMiDiaEnRivieraNayarit on their Twitter accounts.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Improvement Programs Raise Hotel Standards In The Riviera Nayarit

  • Over 230 employees in the Destination’s hotel industry benefitted from 10 courses, workshops, training sessions and certifications primarily in the areas of Safety and Human Resources; there has also been an improvement in Tourism Signage.

The Administration office of the Riviera Nayarit Conventions and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has put several Improvement Programs in motion to elevate the quality of the personnel that works for the members of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association.

Several programs were held this first semester in the areas of Tourism Culture, Tourism Signage and Safety, including a series of 10 courses, workshops, training sessions and certifications, all of which benefitted over 230 hotel employees.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

STAY BOUTIQUE AND CHIC IN RIVIERA NAYARIT; MORE TO MEXICO THAN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS

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STAY BOUTIQUE AND CHIC IN RIVIERA NAYARIT; MORE TO MEXICO THAN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS   

Riviera Nayarit, Mexico  For many travelers, planning a beach vacation to Mexico has become almost synonymous with booking an all-inclusive resort. Riviera Nayarit, located along 192 miles of Mexico’s Pacific coast, is home to intimate and secluded accommodations that let travelers feel like a local without sacrificing refined design elements, luxury amenities or creative cuisine often thought only to exist at larger properties. 

The colorful Hotel Cielo Rojo in San Pancho serves locally-inspired and sourced dishes and cocktails; Hotel Villa Bella’s villa-like suites feature balconies, king beds, eclectic furnishings and kitchenettes; and Imanta Resort Punta de Mita offers guided hikes and horseback rides on its private 120-acre natural reserve.  

Please find a list below of chic, boutique accommodations in Riviera Nayarit.

Hotel Cielo Rojo lives right in the heart of San Pancho with its cobblestoned streets and beautiful beach area. The hotel provides accommodations in simple yet comfortable rooms with warm and eclectic décor such as colorful blankets and throw pillows, and locally-inspired artwork. The concierge team offers personalized attention from good conversation over coffee to cultural events, the occasional tequila tasting and even Spanish lessons. In addition to a complimentary breakfast, Hotel Cielo Rojo offers acupressure, reflexology and Swedish massage treatments in the privacy of your guestroom. The on-property restaurant Bistro Orgánico gets rave reviews from guests for its healthy and delicious food that pays tribute to the area's abundance of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables 

Haramara Retreat in Sayulita is an intimate and secluded seaside 12 acre property offering tropical harmony to every guest. Each of Haramara’s 16 private palapa cabanas embrace the surrounding flora and fauna through its rustic luxury design, each hand built using traditional construction methods. There is also an eight person dormitory.  Enjoy an open-air shower and then slide into a hammock for a sunset siesta. For morning or afternoon yoga practice, Haramara offers a therapeutic wellness center as well as two magnificent 360-degree view yoga pavilions, with high thatched roofs and handcrafted hardwood floors, both positioned to take advantage of the panoramic views of the lush mountains and soothing ocean breezes.  The restaurant offers gourmet vegetarian cuisine, with magnificent views from its terrace. There is also a saltwater pool, private beach and boutique. 

Imanta Resort Punta de Mita is a 15-room oceanfront hotel nestled amidst 250 acres of lush jungle and pristine coastline. The two master suites each offer three bedrooms, a gracious living room and chef's kitchen. Five additional suites, each in their own villa and beautifully landscaped, afford the utmost in tranquil seclusion. The spa will relax your body and mind with treatments including a Prehispanic Hot Stone massage, a Thai massage and Reflexology. Guests can enjoy guided hikes and horseback rides on the resort’s private 120-acre natural reserve.  Imanta celebrates cuisine that is fresh, pure, local and sustainable featuring locally sourced vegetables from organic gardens, fish caught each morning in front of the hotel, exotic indigenous fruits and premium cuts of meat, served the two restaurants and rooftop bar.  Imanta is such a captivating and intimate escape that it has played host to foreign dignitaries looking for the best in secluded luxury. 

Hotel CINCO in Punta de Mita is not only a beautiful beachfront boutique hotel, but also a lifestyle experience that celebrates wellness and the enjoyment of life. This boutique hotel features two and three-bedroom Beach Club and Deluxe Beach Club suites ranging from 1,463 to 2,394 square-feet. Guests can enjoy spacious balconies that offer a direct view to the ocean, kitchens with modern appliances and a double vanity in the ensuite bathroom. Indulge in the warm ocean waters right outside the doors and splurge on a SUP lesson at Cinco AquaSports Center. The on-property restaurant Tuna Blanca is a casually elegant 74-seat restaurant serving an avant-garde, a la carte bistro menu focused on seafood.  

Hotel Villa Bella, a bed and breakfast located in the charming fishing village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, offers accommodations in five comfortable villa suites. This pet friendly paradise blends traditional Mexican colors with hacienda-style features such as bedrooms with ample natural lighting. The Suite Primavera, located near the pool and garden area, is equipped with a king bed, kitchenette and balcony. The outdoor dining space serves local favorites including chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. The ideal location allows guests to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the bay and mountains. 

Mar de Jade, located in Chacala, was created in 1983 in the spirit of active community service, gratitude for the natural environment and the cultivation of genuine friendships. The Ocean Rooms are bright and airy, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto a private balcony. The property-owned 19-acre organic farm, El Rancho, grows an abundance of vegetables, fruits and legumes for the hotel’s kitchen. Mar de Jade's three Retreat Halls are perfect for yoga, meditation, dance and Pilates. The Retreat Halls are outfitted with floor to ceiling windows that open up completely to allow for natural light and breeze; and upon request can be stocked with yoga mats, blocks, straps and blankets or meditation cushions.  

For more information on Riviera Nayarit, please visit www.rivieranayarit.com. 

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About Riviera Nayarit A destination in Mexico flourishing at the intersection of luxury and nature, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coastline framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Just ten minutes north of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), this region within the State of Nayarit includes the resort town of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic village of San Blas, exclusive celebrity hideout Punta Mita, “boho-chic” surfing haven Sayulita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and the spectacular Banderas Bay. Riviera Nayarit dazzles guests from all over the globe with activities such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle releases, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine and artwork from the native Huichol tribe. The region attracts and satiates vacationers of all tastes and budgets with its wide range of accommodations including chic luxury resorts, eco-tourism boutique hotels and quaint B&B inns.   

Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” In 2016, Riviera Nayarit was awarded Gold for “Best Luxury Destination: Mexico” in the 2016 Travvy Awards, which recognizes entities with the highest standards of excellence in the tourism industry. Showcasing the high caliber of Riviera Nayarit’s accommodations and restaurants, the destination has been home to a total of four AAA Five Diamond hotels, one AAA Five Diamond restaurant, five AAA Four Diamond restaurants, 11 AAA Four Diamond hotels, 13 AAA Three Diamond hotels and 26 AAA Three Diamond restaurants. Riviera Nayarit also won one Gold and two Silver awards at the 2016 HSMAI Adrian Awards for outstanding press coverage. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.comor follow Riviera Nayarit's Social Media Facebook Fan Page, @riv_nayarit and Instagram @riviera_nayarit.  
CONTACT:  Finn Partners Tel: (212) 715-1600 Phillip Novoa, ext. 6330 Phillip.Novoa@finnpartners.com  Alexandra Piscitelli, ext. 6320 Alexandra.Piscitelli@finnpartners.com