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The Upscale Resort In Punta De Mita That No One Knows About

(Photo from here)

(Imanta Resorts; photo from here)

Back when I started this blog a couple of years ago, I had a series of posts on my fave hotels giving sexy back.  Since then, I’ve done some more traveling and seen some more hotels, but it wasn’t until recently that I found myself at one where my jaw just dropped.  Seriously.  If I were to redo that list of fave hotels, Imanta Resorts in Punta de Mita would absolutely be on that list.

Imanta is not your average hotel or resort.  In fact, there are only 11 suites here (starting at 1,900 sq ft) and because of the relatively low number of guests who actually pass by here, you won’t find tons of reviews on the resort; I suspect this is why it’s ranked 4 out of 10 hotels in Punta de Mita on TripAdvisor as it certainly deserves the #1 rating in my mind!  In fact, after seeing both the St. Regis and Four Seasons in the same area, however, those classic “five star” hotels cannot even hold a candle to Imanta.  That is how much I was in love with this resort.

For full disclosure, I didn’t actually stay at Imanta.  Mr. T and I had dinner here – twice – during our babymoon.

But, I did get a tour of the resort, met the friendly staff, and even hung out on their private beach and after all that, I couldn’t find anything I didn’t like about this place (and that’s rare for me).  The staff were super friendly and not in a “we have to be friendly to you because that’s what we’re trained to do” but in a way that makes you feel truly welcomed. The day we were walking along the beach, one of the staff members came up to us to ask if I wanted anything, held my purse for safekeeping, and told me that if I needed anything I could just wave and he’d come over (hello, that’s the kind of service this girl looooooves).

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Another member gave us a fab tour of their premier villa, Casona Jaguar, which is this unbelievable 10,000 square foot three story villa, built into the rocks, with two master bedrooms, one regular bedroom, laundry room, two living areas, your own pool, a terrace, and a rooftop jacuzzi looking out onto the ocean.

(Casona Jaguar)

(Casona Jaguar)

(The downstairs living room provides access to your own private pool)

(The downstairs living room provides access to your own private pool)

(This is your own private pool)

(This is your own private pool)

(One of the master bedrooms)

(One of the master bedrooms)

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(How’d you like to soak in that tub on your terrace?)

The price for this villa?  About $4,800-$5,400/night… but while that sounds like a lot, it’s actually not bad considering the ocean suite we got at the St. Regis goes for the same price – and that’s only a one bedroom suite!

I love that all the suites at Imanta are built to be harmonious with the jungle surroundings but that the inside of the rooms are furnished so luxuriously with privacy shades, flat screen tvs, and all the amenities you’d expect of a five star hotel.

Dinner was likewise amazing.  Guests can dine in their rooms or at the resort restaurant which overlooks the jungle and ocean.  Since we came for dinner, we dined overlooking the ocean.

(There are only a handful of dining tables which creates a nice sense of intimacy at dinner.)

(There are only a handful of dining tables which creates a nice sense of intimacy at dinner.)

Not only was the food delicious and the service spot on, but the dishes were super fairly priced considering what you’re getting.  I think we’d easily have paid more eating at the St. Regis or Four Seasons.  Sitting at our table, looking out at the view, and indulging in our yummy dinner was probably the first time I felt like I was truly on our babymoon – all the elements were in place to make this dining experience something extra special.

This is why I decided at dinner that I had to come back to Imanta during our trip.

We went back for one final meal before we had to fly home and we opted to dine in their observatory this time, which is where they hold all their private “romantic dinners”.

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Normally, the observatory is a great place to go to enjoy a cocktail while you wait for the sunset, but when you reserve a romantic dinner here, you get the whole place to yourself and they set up the dinner with rose petals, candles, and – my fave – cool lounge chairs next to the table because who hasn’t wanted to take a nap after dinner?!

(Stairs leading up to the observatory)

(Stairs leading up to the observatory)

(The observatory includes a patio and bar for lounging)

(The observatory includes a patio and bar for lounging)

(A simple dinner set up to enjoy the sunset)

(A simple dinner set up to enjoy the sunset)

(When you reserve the observatory for a romantic dinner, you have this view to yourself!)

(When you reserve the observatory for a romantic dinner, you have this view to yourself!)

We’ve done a lot of private romantic dinners and the set up at this one is easily one of the top ones out there: privacy, good food, attentive service, and a killer view.

After that visit, this place is two for two right now in our books which is why I highly recommend anyone visiting the Punta Mita area to either dine at Imanta or stay here.  It’s the perfect spot for a memorable proposal, birthday celebration, wedding, or anniversary getaway.

If you’re planning to go:

  • The resort sometimes offers discounts (e.g., “stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free”) so it’s worth checking.
  • It is a bit hard to find and google maps took us to the outskirts of the resort so I recommend asking the hotel for directions.
  • If you’re interested in going for dinner, ask your hotel to make reservations for you and preferably, a five star hotel.  We had no problems getting reservations when the St. Regis concierge called for us, however, we did not get a response when we emailed Imanta directly for dinner reservations.  We also had the Marriott concierge call for reservations and were told that they were full (not true since the St. Regis concierge was able to secure reservations for us).
  • Because the resort is secluded, plan to eat all your meals here and be ready to unwind.  A 2-3 night stay might be all you need to decompress.

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