The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This luxurious 120-room enclave is located in posh Punta Mita, and smartly sited on 22 acres amid undulating fairways and verdant tropical gardens. It's one of the most luxurious properties in the region, and every element is stunning and romantic: the immaculate rooms that look straight out of a decor magazine, the three fabulous beachside pools, the acres of peaceful gardens, and the ultra-luxurious spa. The stretch of white-sand beach on-site is interspersed with rocky coves, and a wonderful spot for couples in need of some relaxing sun-soaking.
Four Seasons Punta Mita Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Four Seasons is not only one of the most elegant resorts in the area, but also one of the best picks for a romantic getaway. Couples can enjoy a round of golf at one of the two world-class courses to which guests have access, spend a quiet morning in a cabana on one of the two beautiful beaches, or swim in the adults-only pool. The spa offers treatments for two, and it features an outdoor massage hut overlooking the ocean. To top it off, the hotel has great restaurants, and can arrange an intimate dinner for two on a bluff above the Pacific with torches, candles and the moon as the only light available.
La Tranquila Rating: 4.5 Pearls
With a long, sandy beach lined with whirlpools, a stunning pool complex and a solid restaurant, La Tranquila is a great pick for couples. All units are huge suites with contemporary decor, private plunge pools and sexy open bathrooms with standalone jetted tubs. Couples can enjoy a round of golf in the Greg Norman golf course across the street, watch the stunning sunsets from a lounger by the pool or on the beach, and order from room service and watch a movie.
Hotel Cinco Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Hotel Cinco is a 12-suite luxury boutique hotel on the beach. Couples will be hard-pressed to leave their stylish multi-room suites with high-end kitchens, beautiful woodwork, spacious dining areas, a large furnished terrace with ocean views, and an airy, beachy feel throughout. Those who make it outside their room, the property boasts two pools, a gym, and the Punta Mita branch of Puerto Vallarta's finest restaurant, the Café Des Artistes, on the ground floor. For couples seeking a luxurious Punta Mita vacation without fencing themselves off from Mexican reality, this is a great spot.
Haramara Retreat Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Haramara is for couples that want to get away from it all and have an out-in-the-wild experience. Rooms are housed in beautiful standalone thatched huts with no electricity and a gauze mosquito net around the bed is the only separation between the surrounding jungle and the guest. The lush grounds remain dark at night, and only candles and oil lamps are allowed in rooms, making it one of the most romantic settings in the area. The property caters mostly to yoga and meditation enthusiasts, and features two yoga pavilions with panoramic views, a vegetarian and seafood restaurant, and a great spa.
Playa Escondida Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Playa Escondida offers several room types, all equally romantic: Some have elevated beds, others panoramic views from wrap-around balconies, and yet some others feature full kitchens and fireplaces for couples that want to stay in and spend some quality time together. None of the rooms have window panes, and at night the sounds and breeze coming in from the sea and the jungle fill the rooms. The chlorine-free whirlpool is tucked away in an intimate oceanfront spot and stays open through the night, and the spa offers massages for two in beautiful thatched huts by the beach.
Vallarta Gardens Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Vallarta Gardens Resort & Spa features three- and four-bedroom, two-story villas overlooking a curvy swimming pool and small private beach. Though the spacious accommodations appeal to families in particular, couples can enjoy them just as well. Located about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta near the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, this resort offers a peaceful escape from the bustle of Puerto Vallarta. Villa interiors are chic and stylishly contemporary with gourmet kitchens, flat-screen TVs, media rooms, free Wi-Fi, laundry rooms, and secure garages. Some villas have private pools and rooftop Jacuzzis with sweeping views out to the Pacific Ocean. Additional perks include a lavish spa and sunny fitness room.
Villa Bella Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Villa Bella is a quaint seven-room B&B located atop a hill overlooking Banderas Bay and the Sierra Madre mountains. It offers some of the most stunning views around, and the intimate, serene vibes makes it a favorite among honeymooners and couples looking to spend some quiet days in the sun. All rooms are large, with balconies and cute rustic decor, but it's the Master Suite and the Owner's Apartment that are probably most appealing to couples, with deep soaking tubs and large terraces boasting fabulous views.