Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is about to become home to another big new luxury travel brand: Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Real estate firm Thor Equities Group just announced plans for its Thor Urbana division to develop The Ritz-Carlton Reserve Riviera Nayarit, with a projected opening date in 2022.
Plans for the hotel call for 110 rooms, suites and private villas with ocean views, as well as three restaurants, a bar, event rooms, two pools, a spa and shops. The property will be set in El Santuario (The Sanctuary), within the master development of Costa Canuva near Puerto Vallarta. El Santuario has a private beach, as well as cliffs and a natural environment that reportedly provide spectacular views.
Joining the Fairmont Costa Canuva to be the centerpieces of a gorgeous new beachfront village along the pristine and increasingly popular Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.
Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Mota-Engil Tourismo 250-room luxury hotel and additional private residences along the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.
The sparkling new Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in late 2019 and will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, “COSTA CANUVA”, on the Riviera Nayarit. The Costa Canuva development is set along miles of pristine beach, just north of Punta Mita and approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
Costa Canuva, with more than 4.3 miles of shoreline and 630 acres of beach, estuary and mountains, will offer five hotels, including the Fairmont, and will be ideal for all types of travelers. It will also present residential ownership opportunities within the beachfront village with 2,500 residential units, including some designed by the renowned Artigas Arquitectos firm.
The development will also have an exclusive golf course designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, with this being the first course created by the Mexican golfing champion. Two of the holes will present spectacular sea views to guarantee an unforgettable playing experience. Furthermore, an extensive list of activities will be available at Costa Canuva. Families will be able to experience a blend of sea and mountain and enjoy paddle surfing, more than 20 kilometers of cycling tracks designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and a canopy park including ziplines, among others.
These will come together as part of a masterful design to respect and enjoy the beauty and luxury of the venue, as is a tradition in projects overseen by famed urban planner, Mario Lazo.
“We are delighted to be at the forefront of establishing the new Costa Canuva community in this thriving and beautiful region,” said Kevin Frid, president, Americas for Fairmont’s parent company, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “From the Riviera Maya to the Riviera Nayarit, we are positioning Fairmont to deliver our unique brand of luxury and genuine hospitality at Mexico’s most sought-after destinations.”
The Riviera Nayarit stretches for 51,800 hectares along the Pacific Ocean and offers a coastal lifestyle similar to that of California, while sharing the same latitude as Hawaii, providing a temperate yet tropical climate that can be enjoyed all 365 days of the year. Costa Canuva will provide access to sailing, surfing, fishing expeditions, a PGA-level golf course and pristine beaches. It will also add to the offering that led Condé Nast Traveller UK to name the Riviera Nayarit as one of its 10 Destinations To Watch in 2015.
Fairmont Costa Canuva will join its sister property, Fairmont Mayakoba located in the Riviera Maya region, and expand Fairmont’s growing portfolio of highly sought after luxury vacation resorts around the world. The Fairmont Costa Canuva will also feature Fairmont-branded residences for those who wish to make their stay in Mexico more permanent. As primary dwellings or getaway retreats, these whole and fractional ownership homes can be enjoyed all year long and will become a legacy for generations to come.
The news marks the latest big new development in luxury hotels. Preferred Hotels & Resorts recently accepted one Velas Resorts property from the area into its ranks as part of the organization’s Lifestyle Collection: the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. In boutique hotel news, the Hotel Amapa – part of Design Hotels – is a 55-room, adults-only property that that is set to open in the Colonia Amapas neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta sometime this winter.
The destination as a whole is also drawing buzz for Puerto Vallarta’s Historic Center, which this past summer received a protected designation as a cultural heritage site from the Jalisco state government’s Department of Culture.
Thor Equities Group is a real estate development company that also owns the Thompson Playa del Carmenand Montage Los Cabos in Mexico. It is also working on opening the Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City in 2019 and, elsewhere in Latin America, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize, in 2021.