The Riviera Nayarit receives multiple awards for its luxury and natural attractions

  • Mexico’s Pacific Treasure continues to charm top tour operators and travel platforms that every year award high marks to the destination, its hotels, and tourist services.

The Riviera Nayarit continues to reap accolades from around the world, and there are even more recognitions on their way even after its recent success at the 2020 Travvy Awards, where it received five statues for “Best Tourism Office – Mexico,” “Best Luxury Destination – Mexico,” “Best Wedding Destination – Mexico,” “Best Honeymoon Destination – Mexico,” and “Best Culinary Destination – Mexico.”

Mexico’s Pacific Treasure has it all: dreamy landscapes, spectacular beaches, and verdant mountains combined with a highly sophisticated hotel infrastructure—it’s the embodiment of luxury and nature.

Below are some of the most recent awards received by the Riviera Nayarit in the month of May.


Every year the American Automobile Association (AAA) publishes a list of Four and Five Diamond designees in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

This year the recognitions were awarded to 15 hotels in the Riviera Nayarit in the areas of Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita and Punta de Mita, and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, as well as eight restaurants located in Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita. The destination was recognized not only for the quality of its hotel infrastructure, but also for its gastronomy.

Of note is the fact the Riviera Nayarit is the second destination in Mexico with the most 5-Diamond hotels, with four properties located in Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

Five Diamond Hotels

Nuevo Vallarta: Grand Luxxe Residence Club Vidanta (2014); Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (2007).

Punta Mita: Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita (2001); The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (2009).

Four Diamond Hotels

Nuevo Vallarta: Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta (2009); Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta (2006); Marival Distinct Luxury Residences (2011); RIU Palace Pacífico (2009); The Grand Bliss (2011); The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta (2006); Villa La Estancia (2008).

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle: Matlali Hills Resort and Spa (2015).

Punta de Mita: Casa de Mita (2004); Iberostar Playa Mita (2014); W Punta de Mita (2017).

Villa La Estancia.

Five Diamond Restaurants

Punta Mita: Carolina at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort (2010).

Four Diamond Restaurants

Nuevo Vallarta: Azur Bistro (2016) y Epazote (2011) in Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. Frida (2010), Lucca (2006), Piaf (2006), and Sen Lin (2019) in Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

Punta Mita: Aramara (2003) in Four Seasos Resort Punta Mita.

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Azur Bistro in Vidanta.


The Forbes Travel Guide is the global authority in luxury travel, publishing reviews, recommendations, and content based on the luxury destinations it visits. Anonymous professional inspectors travel the world evaluating hotels, restaurants, and spas based on 900 objective standards. The emphasis is on quality of service, but tourist experience is key.

This year’s Guide included three hotels and two spas located in the Riviera Nayarit:

Remède Spa Punta Mita.

Remède Spa Punta Mita. 4 Stars.

SE Spa en Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. 4 Stars.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. 5 Stars.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort. 5 Stars.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. 4 Stars.

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The Riviera Nayarit was recognized in other important listings including the US News & World Report – Best Vacations Rankings 2020, which identified the top destinations by region and vacation type, taking into account factors such as cultural attractions, beaches, and a vibrant night life, along with traveler votes and expert opinions.

Punta Mita.

The Riviera Nayarit was included in the following categories:

Best Place to Visit in Mexico: Punta Mita – #12.

Best Beach in Mexico: Punta Mita – #5.

Best All-Inclusive Resort in Mexico: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – #3.

Marival Distinct Luxury Residences – #13

Best Hotels in Mexico:

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort – #6.

Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita – #11.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit – #18.

Marival Distinct Luxury Residences – #44.

All of the above confirms the Riviera Nayarit is a destination that offers everything for the tourist: not only sun and sand, but tradition, culture, and gastronomy as well, according to Jesús Carmona Jiménez, president of the Banderas Bay Hotel and Motel Association.

“The work done by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is reflected in awards such as these that position the destination as one of the best on the world stage; on the other hand, the work done by the hotels themselves contributes to improving our visitors’ experience and, in turn, advances the promotion of the destination.”


The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association (AHMBB) reaffirm their commitment to the strategic promotion of the destination, pursuing areas of opportunity and consolidating new markets to increase the number of incoming tourists with the support of the Government of the State of Nayarit via the Tourism Promotion Trust (Fiprotur).