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New Hotels, Airline Routes and Attractions Spur Riviera Nayarit’s Growth


By Claudette Covey

Coming off a highly successful 2014, and with a slate of new hotels, airline routes and attractions coming online, Riviera Nayarit tourism officials believe the destination is poised for still more growth over the year several years. “Looking at 2015 and beyond, I am confident that Riviera Nayarit will continue to see a rise in the number of travelers visiting the destination,” said Richard Zarkin, public relations manager for the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The new routes being offered by Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, hotel debuts like One&Only Mandarina and new attractions like Cirque de Soleil help illustrate the rising popularity of this Pacific Coast destination.”

In 2014, the number of travelers visiting Riviera Nayarit increased 17 percent over 2013. “Last year, we welcomed a total of 2.42 million people to the destination and saw an eight percent increase in tourism revenue to $1.8 billion,” said Zarkin, adding that the boom in business is continuing undiminished this year.

As Riviera Nayarit’s star continues to rise, its tourism infrastructure is becoming increasingly more sophisticated, with new hotels coming online and existing properties undergoing major renovations.

For starters, ground is expected to break by year’s end on the ultra-luxury One&Only Mandarina, which will house 145 villas nestled in a rainforest, with accommodations ranging from ocean cliff villas, tree house villas and mountain villas.




The Matlali Hotel in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle recently opened its doors, featuring 40 villa-style accommodations with ocean and mountain views, fully equipped kitchens, and separate living and dining areas.

In the beach town of Bucerías, work is scheduled to begin at year’s end on a boardwalk with shops restaurants and bars designed to enhance the new marina. Bucerías will also soon be the recipient of an artificial reef that will extend nearly 100 feet.

In still more developments, Riviera Nayarit is about to become more accessible, with a new swath of 30-plus miles of highway between Jala and Compostela set to open this summer.

Air connectivity to the destination has been enhanced as well. Southwest Airlines received approval for flights from Houston to Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, with service scheduled to commence in October. On June 7, Southwest will add flights to Puerto Vallarta from Santa Ana, Calif. Alaska Airlines plans to add thrice-weekly between Santa Ana and Puerto Vallarta, pending Department of Transportation approval.




Makawé Spa

Huichol balm in Riviera Nayarit

Makawé Spa in Matlali Hotel, Riviera Nayarit

Makawé Spa in Matlali Hotel, Riviera Nayarit

According to an old legend, the first ancestors of Huichol people were born from the union of a man named Yuramek and the Lady of Land, the one who makes the earth bloom, goddess Nakawé. She had decided to save Yuramek from the flood she was about to cover the whole earth with.

“Take a strong, rigid tree log and turn it into a box of your own size, put a fortified lid on it and go into the box; make sure to take with you five corn grains of every color there is as well as five seeds of beans of every color there is. Take with you fire and five pumpkin branches to feed it, and take with you a female tan dog.” Those were the words Nakawé spoke to Yuramek, who did all the things that Nakawé had commanded him.

Once the seas and canyons had been created by the flood and the peaks of macaws and parrots. Nakawé, possessor of stars and water, tied her life to Yuramek to settle their offspring all over the earth. And that was the origin of Huichol people and its colorful traditions.

In honour of the mother goddess and inspired by the genesis of this culture, in the very heart of Riviera Nayarit, the spa in Matlali Hotel was named Makawé. Huichol people is one of the oldest and still least modified cultures when it comes to traditions, customs and identity.

Makawé Spa in Hotel Matlali has named its therapies after the symbols and deities of Huichol and other Pre Hispanic civilizations. For instance, you can enjoy the Makawé Spa famous Iztli (nahuatl) which means The power of the Earth in the body and consists of hot stones that help muscles to get relaxed. Certainly one of the Matlali Hotel customers favorite services in Makawé Spa.

Because keeping in touch with the wisdom of the past may bring us calm and inner peace, what could be better than taking a rest with all the confort we can have nowadays, enveloped in a balm of tradition and ancestral cosmogony.


Makawé Spa in Matlali Hotel, Riviera Nayarit

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