St. Regis Punta Mita Announces Second 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 and the Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau, has announced the dates for the second annual Punta Mita Beach Festival. Taking place July 17 – 20, 2014, the celebratory summer event takes full advantage of the renowned beachfront resort’s unparalleled destination. This fun-filled weekend promises to be one to remember, with activities ranging from surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand-up paddle, and yoga to sandcastle building for the kids and unparalleled culinary offerings featuring the freshest delicacies of the ocean.

“With the Punta Mita Beach Festival, our guests enjoy the pleasure of pure barefoot luxury by being immersed in an underwater adventure, discovering the joy of disconnecting from the outside world, and feeling the sand between their toes as they savor the catch of the day,” said Carl Emberson, general manager. “With the success of the inaugural edition, we are thrilled to bring back this all-encompassing destination event, featuring world-class recreational, wellness, and culinary experiences. Created to appeal to all types of guests, from couples to families, the Punta Mita Beach Festival is truly a bespoke occasion unlike any other.”

The Punta Mita Beach Festival 2014 begins with a welcoming margarita at check-in, a signature touch and taste of Mexico upon arrival. Guests will then enjoy a picturesque sunset on Marietas Beach during The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’s signature Champagne Ritual followed by a gourmet beach barbeque experience with renowned guest chefs Thierry Blouet, Tomas Bermudez, and Franco Rivadeneira. Guests will enjoy gourmet experiences, savory cocktails, artisanal mezcal, Latin American wines, and a selection of Tequilas by Patrón Tequila. Kicking off the second annual event, guests will enjoy, eat, drink and dance under the stars to the sounds and rhythms of DJ Mauricio Lemus.

Throughout the three-day extravaganza, the beach festivities continue with various guest activities and gourmet experiences, including:

  • Diving and snorkeling excursions around the caves of Las Marietas Islands, guided by Dr. Kenny Broad, 2011 National Geographic Explorer of the Year, who will also lead a diving instruction class at Las Marietas Family Pool
  • Beach yoga and family yoga taught by Ana Paula Dominguez, one of the most recognized yogis in Mexico and an Adidas Ambassador, at Arecas Pool
  • Surfing clinics for beginners and more advanced surfers led by well-known celebrity surfer Jamie O’Brien as well as surfing outings to Bahia Break or La Lancha
  • Stand up paddle clinics taught by leading Mexican stand up paddle professional Javier Alvarez Pintado
  • Two and five kilometer stand-up paddle races departing from the Sea Breeze Beach Club
  • Marine Safari to Marietas Islands, which includes snorkeling and stand-up paddle, all activities offered by Punta Mita Expeditions
  • Sandcastle championship for kids
  • Volleyball tournaments at Sea Breeze Beach
  • Sunset and sunset stand up paddle sessions at the Mita Mary Boat Bistro with music by DJ Mauricio Lemus

After a morning of surfing and stand up paddle on Friday, guests will be treated to a fresh and delicious awards lunch prepared by St. Regis’ Chef Tomas Bermudez, who will offer the Chef’s Dozen Oyster Bar & Grill at the Mita Mary Boat Bistro on Sea Breeze Beach alongside Patrón Margaritas. That evening, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort will serve up authentic Peruvian cuisine on the tranquil Sea Breeze Beach, where guest chef Francisco Rivadeneira will prepare an exotic dinner based on the most innovative trends and flavors of Peruvian food. On Saturday, travel to France with Thierry Blouet, guest chef and owner of Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, who will prepare exquisite French Mexican cuisine for lunch at the Mita Mary Boat Bistro. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort will host a farewell dinner at Sea Breeze Beach that evening by Chef Sylvain Desbois accompanied by beachfront music from local reggae group, Los Locos Mezcales.

The second annual Punta Mita Beach Festival at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort includes three nights’ accommodations, your choice of any of the scheduled activities and events, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, including non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Rates for the Punta Mita Beach Festival package begin at $1,290 USD in a Deluxe Garden View Room plus 19 percent tax and a 10 percent service charge per person. Reservations can be made by calling 877-250-8871 or by via email at puntamita.butler@stregis.com.

Ideally located within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community along the shores of Riviera Nayarit, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers modern sophistication, unparalleled luxury and bespoke service at one the best addresses in the world. Designed by Hill Glazier architects, the resort features 120 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, St. Regis’ legendary Butler Service, a signature Remède Spa, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. For more information, please visit www.stregis.com/puntamita.

About the Punta Mita Beach Festival: The Punta Mita Beach Festival brings together the best beach activities Punta Mita has to offer, all taking place along the golden shores of one of the most beautiful and attractive destinations in the world within Mexico’s most exclusive beach community of the Riviera Nayarit. Combining surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddle, yoga, sandcastle building, bonfires, beachfront barbecues, culinary excellence and specialty cocktails, the Punta Mita Beach Festival is designed to enchant the entire family.

About The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort: Situated at the Riviera Nayarit, just north of Puerto Vallarta, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is an address like no other, tempting discerning travelers with its signature blend of distinctive accommodations, worldly dining, and exemplary services and amenities. The resort offers 89 spacious guest rooms and 31 refined suites, each exquisitely styled and lavishly appointed, in tile-roofed Mexican style casitas along the Pacific Coast. World-class accommodations are complemented by extraordinary services, including St. Regis’ famed butler service. The resort offers the 10,000-square-foot Remède Spa, three premier restaurants – Las Marietas, Sea Breeze, and the signature restaurant, Carolina — and an exquisite lobby bar, Altamira. Whether for weddings, social events or meetings, the resort offersnumber of inviting venues, including the 2,600-square-foot Astor Ballroom.

The St. Regis Punta MitaResort. Lote H‐4, Carretera Federal 200, km 19.5, Punta de Mita, Nayarit 63734, Mexico. Phone: US 877-250-8871, Mexico 01-800-786826482.  www.stregis.com/puntamita

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with nearly 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

About the Special Guests

Dr. Kenny Broad, Environmental Anthropologist: Dr. Kenny Broad is an environmental anthropologist at Columbia University and has a long history of diving. One of his biggest dives was on the Huautla Plateau in Mexico, one of the deepest caves in the world. In 2011, Kenny Broad and the late underwater photographer Wes Skiles were named National Geographic’s Explorers of the Year. This award was given in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in exploring and documenting the Blue Holes of the Bahamas in 2010.  Dr. Broad currently teaches at the University of Miami, where he is Director of the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy. He also serves as Co-Director of Columbia University’s Research Center for Environmental Decisions.

Jamie O’Brien, Surfer: Born in Hawaii and currently residing in Haleiwa, Jamie O’Brien is one of the youngest surfers ever to win a Pipe Masters challenge. Some of his accomplishments include the Pipeline Masters in 2001, where he took 4th place, first place at the 2003 Hansen’s Pipeline Pro, and first place at the 2004 Fosters Expression Trestles and RipCurl Pipeline Masters.  He received the Boost Breakthrough Performance Award at Surfer Magazine’s Surfer Awards show in 2005.

Ana Paula Dominguez, Director of the Mexican Institute of Yoga: Ana Paula Dominguez is one of the top yogis in Mexico. She is a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda and has trained with the top masters in places like India, the U.S. and Mexico.  She is the founder and director of the Mexican Institute of Yoga, ambassador for Adidas Mexico and host of the “Ayurveda and Nutrition” on Utilisima network. Author of “Yoga for Happiness and Health” and “The Map of Happiness”, Ana Paula is a contributor for many newspapers and magazines in Mexico, including National Geographic Traveler, Life & Style and Reforma. She also offers guided outdoor yoga sessions at special events like Play Yoga Brazil (2006), which was attended by over 1,000 people. She continues her education in Kundalini yoga and is perfecting the healing technique of Sat Nam Rasayan under the guidance of her master Guru Dev Singh Calza.

Javier Alvarez Pintado, Stand Up Paddle Surf Professional: Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Javier Alvarez Pintado began his surf career at the early age of 14. His love for the sport has allowed him to navigate a large part of the Mexican Pacific Coast and international surf sports such as Indonesia, Hawaii and South America. His passion for the ocean led him to explore alternative water activities, including diving, stand up paddle, surf, yoga, kitesurfing, windsurfing, free diving, and spearfishing.  Pintado is also now a Patagonia brand ambassador.

About Riviera Nayarit: Mexico’s newest destination, Riviera Nayarit, stretches along 192 miles of pristine Pacific coast framed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains just ten minutes north of accessible Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The region extends along the entire coast of the Pacific state of Nayarit including the resorts of Nuevo Vallarta, the historic colonial town of San Blas, exclusive Punta Mita, picturesque fishing villages, miles of serene beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay.  Riviera Nayarit offers countless activities, such as: PGA golf courses, luxury spas, whale watching, turtle release, zip lining, surfing, bird watching, international cuisine, and the local artwork from the traditional Huichol tribe. Riviera Nayarit is recognized as a “Virtuoso Preferred Destination.” The region attracts and satisfies 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. For more information, visit www.RivieraNayarit.com or follow Riviera Nayarit's Fan Page on Facebook

About Punta Mita: Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious, 1,500-acre resort and residential community situated in the Riviera Nayarit, north of Puerto Vallarta. It lies on a private spear-shaped peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Pacific Ocean waters and lush tropical flora. Punta Mita is home to private villas and residences, two 5-Diamond rated Resort: The St. Regis Resort Punta Mita and Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, voted the#1 Golf Resort in North America and the U.K. by readers of Condé Nast Traveler (2008) and two Jack Nicklaus Signature Championship Golf Courses. Pacifico Golf Course opened in December 1999 is best known for its famous island green, “The Tale of the Whale”. The world’s only natural ocean island green. Pacifico plays up to 7,000 plus yards with amazing ocean views of the pacific and is a Nicklaus Classic. The Bahia Golf Course opened in 2009 and is a new design concept from Jack Nicklaus, with more slopes around the greens and heavy contours to create more movement on the fairways and greens. This par 72, 7,000 plus yard course will challenge your short game and every putt you face. www.puntamita.com

DINE, Mexico’s premier real estate development company, is the owner and developer of Punta Mita. DINE’s real estate portfolio includes commercial, residential and master planned communities throughout Mexico. DINE was founded in 1978 to serve the specific needs of the highest income sectors in Mexico, establishing unprecedented design quality in residential, commercial, leisure and corporate real estate development. www.dine.com.mx

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