Haramara Retreat Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Haramara is not your typical boutique: There's no electricity and no window panes in rooms -- but that's all part of the in-touch-with-nature concept of the hotel. Beautiful rooms are housed in standalone thatched huts featuring rustic-luxe decor, oil lamps, gauze mosquito nets, and open bathrooms. The vegetarian and seafood restaurant, virgin beach, jungle spa, and yoga studios with soothing panoramic views are all highlights.
Playa Escondida Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Like Haramara, Playa Escondida offers an unplugged experience -- but the approach is a bit less extreme (though there are no window panes, there is electricity here). The style here is more rustic-contemporary, but the hotel also offers great ocean views, a wonderful beach, and a solid restaurant. The spa comprises two elevated huts with beautiful ocean views, and the chlorine-free pool and whirlpool overlook the beach, making it a great spot for watching the sunset with a drink in hand. Rental bikes, free non-motorized water sports, and yoga classes are all available as well.
Hotel Cinco Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Hotel Cinco is a 12-suite luxury boutique hotel on the beach, with two pools, a gym, and the Punta Mita branch of Puerto Vallarta's finest restaurant, the Café Des Artistes, on the ground floor. Rooms are all luxurious multi-room suites with sleek kitchens, an upscale beachy feel, beautiful woodwork, and furnished terraces. For those seeking a luxurious Punta Mita vacation without fencing themselves off from Mexican reality, this is a great spot.
Villa Bella Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Villa Bella is a charming, seven-room B&B perfect for a quiet getaway. It is not located on the beach, but offers a pleasant pool with jaw-dropping views of Banderas Bay and Sierra Madre mountains, and great freebies that include free evening cocktails, free airport pick-up service, and free Wi-Fi (in common areas only). Rooms are quaint and spacious, with homey decor and nice touches, including wood beams, Evelyn & Crabtree toiletries, and regional arts and crafts. Some suites have full kitchens, and all feature balconies with views.
Hotel Cielo Rojo Rating: 3.0 Pearls
With just 10 rooms, the intimate Hotel Cielo Rojo is sweet but not saccharine, thanks to the mix of Mexican folk art, old movie posters, photographs, and contemporary paintings that lend rooms and public spaces their distinctive charm. The property, located three blocks from the beach, is renowned for its lush gardens and eclectic art collection. Organic toiletries are locally made, and the seafood and vegetarian restaurant serves locally grown and organic produce.