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5 REASONS TO LOVE: IMANTA RESORTS PUNTA DE MITA
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
A go-to getaway for Los Angeles-based Virtuoso travel advisor Chad Rodarme is Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita, a lush 12-room
eco-resort on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. Here, five reasons why it's his favorite place to unwind.
ROMANCE. "Imanta is a great place for
intimacy, introspection, and stimulation
of the senses."
SUITES THAT LET NATURE IN. "Accommodations
are simple yet elegant, with large windows and
sliding doors. The two Jungle Deluxe suites
were built around a giant granite boulder and
have these amazing bathtubs carved out of the
rock. I was in awe when I laid eyes on them."
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS. "Kayaking along the
hotel's two miles of shoreline is rejuvenating.
Pelicans fly by, and you can spot dolphins
and even whales in season, from December
NATIVE CUISINE. "Imanta is the only Relais &
Châteaux property in the area that offers authentic Mexican food. Fresh seafood is caught
by local fishermen right off the shore."
LOCALLY INSPIRED WELLNESS. "The jungle spa
has a temazcal [indigenous sweat lodge] set
next to a crystal-clear creek. The traditional
detoxifying ritual, led by a shaman, will make
you feel reborn."
receive breakfast daily and one dinner for two.
Clockwise from top: King of the jungle, Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita;
bathtub bliss; and sea-to-plate ceviche.
For a few weeks each spring, Washingtonians trade politics for hanami, the
Japanese practice of cherry blossom viewing. (The city's 3,000 cherry trees
were a gift of friendship from Tokyo in 1912.) The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown,
Washington, D.C. gets in on the action with a seasonal package that includes a
private pedicab ride to Hains Point in East Potomac Park (one of the best viewing
spots), a picnic, and, back at the 86-room hotel, cherry-themed snacks, cocktails,
and treatments in the newly renovated spa. Cherry blossom package (available
early March through mid-April) from $795 per night for two; Virtuoso travelers
receive breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
T R AV E L E R
(CHERRY BLOSSOMS) SEAN PAVONE PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES
STAY: Suites from $950; Virtuoso travelers