So, I just got back from a long weekend getaway so wonderful and romantic I had to share with you all while it was still fresh on my mind. My quick escape took me to the lovely St. Regis Punta Mita Resort, nestled in a private, gated community about 50 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International airport along the beautiful Riviera Nayarit.

When talking to brides in search of a perfect honeymoon locale, Mexico often goes to the top of the list for three reasons: hospitality, weather and convenience. Sure enough, it was a short three-hour flight from Northern California and another short drive in a luxury SUV to this exclusive resort.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the exceptionally warm staff and treated to a sunset champagne ceremony where a sword is used to slice off the top of the bottle. After sipping bubbles and enjoying an incredible ocean view, we were escorted to our room, a spacious tile-floored private villa with a HUGE bathroom with a tub, indoor and outdoor shower. Our butler, a great guy by name of Joachim, gave us the rundown of the resort and took care of every little detail during our stay. My personal favorite? The morning wake-up call that came with tea or coffee and tiny Madeline cookies. Gosh, I miss those Madelines.

The resort offers three dining locations, from the Mexican-influenced Las Marietas where we enjoyed breakfast every morning, to the California-inspired Sea Breeze, to the formal Carolinas. Or, you can order in like we did the first night and experience a private dinner on your the patio. The Raméde Spa, exclusive to St. Regis, offered a relaxing outdoor environment, plenty of amenities and a truly relaxing custom massage treatment option. Additionally, there are two pools, beach access, tennis club, golf courses, an exercise room and much more.

I can’t recommend this place enough for honeymoon bliss. I didn’t even have to tie the knot to fall head over heals in love!

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Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.