Earning SPG Points Internationally at St. Regis Punta Mita

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One of my absolute favorite types of points are Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints.  They are so versatile and valuable whether you use them for SPG hotels as I usually do, or you transfer them to one of their many airline partners.  They only thing I “don’t like” about Starpoints is how hard they are for me to earn.  If you are like me and don’t have a ton of SPG hotel stays, your primary way of earning Starpoints will likely be via the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express.

Earn More Starpoints Around the World

The SPG Amex earns 1x on most charges, but earns 2x points on charges at SPG hotels.  Since Starpoints are harder to earn than some other types of points this means I absolutely want to use my SPG Amex for charges when I stay at SPG hotels, but until recently that hasn’t always made sense.  For example, I stayed at SPG hotels in Spain earlier this year, but skipped using my SPG Amex for my eligible hotel charges because the card still charged a foreign transaction fee that would have tacked on an extra 3% or so to my charges.  That means I missed out on valuable SPG points!

However, effective August 11th, the SPG Amex over-went a benefits makeover and no longer charges foreign transaction fees!  This means I no longer had to leave SPG points on the table when staying at SPG hotels outside of the United States!  To celebrate this change the SPG Stars program that I have been a part of the past several years allowed me to select an international SPG property to visit and put this new card perk to use.  How could I say no to that?!

Since we were going to be traveling with a very young infant I immediately narrowed my search to somewhere within a 2-3 hour nonstop flight from Houston.  It would have been super cool to go somewhere like the St. Regis Bali as Johnny Jet did under this program, but that wasn’t the most logical selection for us over a long weekend with a two month old and kindergartener.  We needed to stick closer to home while still exploring somewhere we had never been before.

Taking the Amex SPG Card on the Road

In the end we selected the St. Regis Punta Mita in Mexico.  While I have been to Mexico several times, I had never actually been to the Pacific Side that is home to Punta Mita, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and more.  In my mind this side of Mexico was further away than it really was as flying into Puerto Vallarta was just a 2.5 hour nonstop flight from Houston.  Even with a two-month old, the flight went by very quickly!

The arrival into Puerto Vallarta was pretty simple with only a 5 minute wait to clear customs and immigration during our Saturday afternoon arrival.  To keep things as simple as possible we pre-arranged transportation to the St. Regis through the resort since the hotel is about a 45 minute drive from the airport.  The price was $1,990 pesos to the resort from the airport, and $1550 pesos from the resort to the airport.  That comes in at a little over $200 USD for the round trip journey in a SUV that seats up to six.  There are cheaper ways to get to and from the resort, but little did we know at the time that spending that money was one of the best travel decisions we have ever made.

Our ride started off uneventfully enough, but apparently a very important bridge when going from Puerto Vallarta to Punta Mita was under construction, and as a result we ended up in the craziest traffic we have ever been in with people totally abandoning all traffic laws and even paved roads.

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It was insane; it made the 45 minute journey turn into several hours.  This is not a normal occurrence, but it was the situation on the day we arrived.  Needless to say, Hades broke loose with my two-month-old during that time, too, since she hates most car rides.  It was quite the stressful drive, and I can’t even imagine what we would have done if we had rented a car and were trying to make the drive ourselves!  We might have just turned around and gone straight home on the next flight!

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Needless to say our nerves were shot by the time we got to the resort, but that all changed very quickly.

Video Review of St. Regis Punta Mita

If you would like a video review of the St. Regis Punta Mita – subscribe to our youtube channel and watch the video!  Little C and Baby S also make appearances!  If you prefer a written review, here are 2000 words for your enjoyment…

Checking in at the St. Regis Punta Mita

The area where the resort is located is very private, and you must go through two staffed gates to enter.  The only other resort in the area is the Four Seasons, so as you can probably guess it was a pretty “upscale” place.  We were welcome upon arrival by people assisting with our bags, offering us cool towels, and most importantly by this point in the journey, delicious complimentary margaritas.  It was my first “real” drink in over a year, and that made it taste even better.  For the little crew and those who didn’t desire an alcoholic beverage, they had “mocktails”, too.

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The check-in area overlooked the property and you could see all the way to the ocean.  There were ample seating areas where you could relax with your beverage while completing the check-in paperwork.

Prior to the trip, my #1 concern was having enough space for the four of us – especially since my two month old doesn’t always sleep through the night and makes a good amount of noise even when she is sleeping.  I didn’t want this to cause my 5 year old (and us) to be chronically sleep deprived for the duration of the trip.  I had emailed the resort trying to negotiate upgrades to different larger room types, but we never really settled on something that would work within our price range so I just decided to let it go and make the best of it.  While the Amex Stars program covers a base room for our three night stay, any upgrades would be on my dime.  I had already spent several hundred dollars changing the date of the trip when our baby developed issues in her early weeks, so I was hoping to keep additional trip expenses to a minimum.

However, my space concerns were quickly put at ease when I was told at check-in that because of my SPG Gold status we had received a “very nice” upgrade.  They didn’t specify what that looked like and I didn’t dare ask.  I just started holding my breath that we would have a little extra breathing room or perhaps a nice view of the ocean.  Well, did we ever…

St. Regis Punta Mita Two Bedroom Suite

After loading up on the golf cart we quickly arrived at room number 6701.

IMG_0974.JPGI still had no idea what to expect, but when we opened the door I spit out the margarita in my mouth because, well, holy moley.  This. was. all. ours.  I couldn’t believe it.

There were two bedrooms, a huge living room, a full kitchen, two full bathrooms, one half bathroom, two outdoor showers, more closets than I ever counted, and our very own pool.  Actually, there was not only our own pool, but also our own hot tub.  It was over 2,000 square feet of absolute insanity. I have never gone from being stressed on the drive in to the resort to so insanely relaxed and excited in such a short amount of time.  The margarita buzz didn’t hurt, but I truly felt like I had just stepped into someone else’s life and I loved it.  I couldn’t believe it, but I loved it.

I was beyond relieved that there was this whole hallway separating the two bedrooms, so having enough space (and relative quiet) to sleep at night wasn’t going to be a problem at all.

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As soon as I learned we had our own pool and plenty of space, I also went ahead and booked a babysitter for Baby S through the hotel because we could enjoy the pool and beach in front of our room completely insane villa with our five year old while the babysitter had S nearby.  I was nervous about booking a stranger in another country to watch our baby, but since we would be in very close proximity, I went for it.  In the end, the babysitter was the sweetest lady, and I wished we could have her on all of our travels!  She was so good that I would give preference to returning to this property just to use her again because she was so great with our baby.  Her name is “Indy” for those who want to use her – she watches kids several days a week at the St. Regis and has been doing so for years.  I cannot recommend her highly enough.

The completely insane villa

The completely insane villa

 

We spent countless hours in the very warm pool outside of our suite.  It was so warm that by the afternoon it felt as warm as bath water, so we were able to take our baby for her first swim.  In the evening the sunsets were intoxicatingly beautiful from our back patio, but this was also prime mosquito time, so viewing the natural beauty came at a cost if you weren’t covered in bug spray.

The over-the-top accommodations at the St. Regis were just the beginning.  The service was just as top notch as the surroundings.  All of the rooms at this resort have access to the St. Regis Butlers who can bring complimentary morning coffee or tea (it was delivered discreetly every morning at 5AM since my husband is an early bird), assist with setting up activities/tours/meals, and pretty much anything else.  You could call them, or even better, iMessage with them!

Since we had emailed back and forth with the resort many times before arrival, they knew this was our first trip with our new baby and as such they had things in the room like a baby bathtub, baby bath products, toys for both of our daughters, a small robe for our 5-year-old, a crib, and even “baby” decorations in the second bedroom!


There is no question that our insane upgrade enhanced our stay in numerous ways, but truthfully the entire resort was fantastic.On the last day I asked for a quick peek at some other room types since I knew the chances of lucking into this two-bedroom suite again were slim to none.  We saw a junior suite that has an expanded living area as shown below.  This room type is often $100 – $150 more per night than a standard room, but it would have enough space to accommodate a rollaway bed.

We then saw a deluxe suite which is around 1,100 square feet and seems to often be about $200 more per night than a standard room.  This room type has a dining table, couch, and larger living area that could easily sleep a couple of kids while the parents were in the raised bedroom above.

IMG_0973.JPG We also saw a standard room, but I don’t have photos since the room wasn’t yet totally put back together by housekeeping when we visited.  It was a fine room at over 600 square feet with the same outdoor shower and large bathroom that all of the rooms on the property enjoy.

With a family of four, I would love to at least be able to enjoy the extra space in the deluxe suite if we returned here, though the most budget conscious choice would be the room with two queen beds.  In terms of using points or cash, this is a Category 7 SPG property, so it rings in at 30,000 points per night.  There’s no question the property is “nice enough” to warrant that category, but personally I wouldn’t want to spend that many points per night if the going rate was somewhat reasonable.  I’d rather earn SPG points both from the SPG program and using the SPG Amex and save my points for a better return.

I have seen deals like “third night free with breakfast included” and similar here that bring the per-night price to a level where you would just be getting about 1.25 cents per point return for your SPG points, so that wouldn’t be worth it to me for a redemption.  This is by no mean a “cheap” resort, but it isn’t unreasonably expensive for what it is compared to similar resorts in Hawaii or beyond.  Our family of four had room service every night during our three night stay (since S can get cranky in the evenings), ate well for lunch, had a few drinks, and charged everything but the babysitter and transportation to the room, and walked out of there with about a $600 bill for our three night and four day stay.

Things like the kid’s club, paddle boarding, and more were complimentary, so I felt like we got a pretty good value here even though one certainly isn’t paying Motel 6 prices.  Granted, our room was covered by the SPG Stars program, so that certainly helped keep our costs low, but I did not at all feel nickel and dimed at this property.

Given the amazing service, the tremendous setting, and the close proximity to Houston, I very much hope we can return to the St. Regis Punta Mita.  That two-bedroom suite was outstanding, but even though I highly doubt we will ever step foot in that room again, I very much hope we will return to the resort.  Oh, and I haven’t even shown you the pools, meals, and activities, so stay tuned for that post.

Win 5,000 SPG Points:

Finally, because I want to “pay forward” some of the amazing opportunities we have had via the SPG Stars program, I am offering one randomly selected winner 5,000 SPG points to use however they wish.  This giveaway is exclusively provided by Mommypoints, and is not sponsored or sanctioned by SPG, or the SPG Amex.

To enter to win simply tell me which SPG property around the world you would like to visit with your no foreign transaction fee SPG Amex.  A randomly selected winner will be chosen from all entries received before 11:59PM Central on Sunday October 4, 2015 (one per person, must be 18+, void where prohibited).  You must have been a SPG member for at least 14 days in order to be able to receive the points, but I’m happy to allow those 14 days to elapse before sending you the points if you wish to sign up as a new member and subsequently win.

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Comments

  1. Well done! Congrats on the beautiful family and sucessful trip. Emily was 3 months for her first trip and also slept well on the plane (thank god!).

    If I had to choose an SPG property to use my Amex at it might have to be the St. Regis Aspen….its just calls to me…some day….offseason!

  2. Just came back from PV I think we were there when you were, had to slum at the Sheraton Buganvilias ( just kidding its a nice place ) would love to check out the St. Regis Punta Mita!

  3. We will be visiting Spain for our ten year anniversary next year and would love to stay at an SPG property in Sevilla. 5k points would help!

  4. Great post! Thanks for always sharing! I’m a big Frank Gehry fan and want to see as many of his buildings as possible, so I would definitely choose the Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Spain.

  5. Thank you for the review. The st. Regis punta mita is actually a resort I have had on my radar for awhile and is what I would put those SPG points towards if I were chosen. All the celebrities vacation in Punta Mita, and they can’t be wrong…right?

  6. Wow! That looks like an absolutely beautiful and relaxing place. I think I would love to try this place out, st regis punta mita. Thanks for the great review. 🙂

  7. Nice review!

    I think I would have to choose Le Méridien, Vienna. My husband and I went there many moons ago and I’d love to go back. That city stole my heart.

  8. Excellent review! As for me, I’d love to visit The St. Regis Dubai. I’ve been to the desert, but never that nice of accommodations! 🙂

  9. Wow, a baby bathtub! That is really going above and beyond for a family. Our first trip as a family of 4 (7 month old) is coming up in 3 weeks and I am a bit nervous too, mostly about the 9 hour flight…That’s great that there are no more foreign transaction fees too, I hope more cards will do that in the future. In my fantasy life with unlimited points and unlimited childcare, I’d want to stay at the W Retreat and Spa in the Maldives!

  10. I follow all your posts. I can totally relate to how you trable as traveling with kids is always fun and wild. I have a 7 year old girl, a5 year old boy and a3 year old girl. My oldest girl’s dream is to go to paris so I will have to chose the W opera at paris. I’m trying to earn all the points I can to make her dream come true.

  11. the St Regis Princeville in the US, but if you are looking for a foreign hotel I would pick the St Regis Bora Bora. Glad you had such a nice visit.

  12. Lol at the upgrade due to your “gold” status! Non blogger isnt gunna get that treatment!! I have not heard of them handing out upgrades like that to a gold member. Usually as a gold member u get your free drink or 250 points and thats it!!! Whats the cash rate on that room-$1k+ at least i bet if not much higher….. I was there as a gold member last yr and got jack as far as an upgrade but still had a great time and loved the resort. Glad your family enjoyed it!

    • Troy, that is possible, though certainly very rare for us. All I know for sure is what they told me. Like I said, I would never expect that room again even during offseason such as when we were there.

  13. My wife and I would love to stay at The Marques of Riscal, in Spain. It seems like a fantastic and striking hotel in a beautiful location.

  14. I’d love to stay at the Sheraton Mirage Resort on the Australia Gold Coast. Congrats on the new baby and your successful travels with her.

  15. We are booking the St. Regis, Rome for next September. A long way out, but if we don’t put it on the calendar early, it doesn’t seem to happen!

  16. Seems like a foreign destination is in order because of the card’s no transaction fee, so I pick the St. Regis Bora Bora. My first trip there did not include a St. Regis stay.

    Domestically, I’ve forever wanted to stay at the St. Regis in New York City.

  17. The Park Tower Knightsbridge London. Taking my son on a WWII history adventure next summer and the points would help SOOO much.

  18. I hate to be redundant but I’ve always wanted to experience the St Regis Bora Bora with my wife. Wanted to do it for our honeymoon 5 years ago but at that time crazy expensive.

  19. My husband and I are traveling to Barcelona in May. We almost have enough SPG points to stay at the Meridian Hotel in Barcelona but not quite. Would love to stay at this grand old hotel!

  20. My wife says Bora Bora – but we have a little one about a month older than your baby S, so I’m gonna say STR Punta Mita!! (and booking Indy!)

  21. I can’t narrow it down to just one. Having visited but not stayed at the St. Regis Princeville, I would love to actually stay there. Having just gotten back last month from Bora Bora where I stayed at the IC Le Moana Bora Bora, the St. Regis Bora Bora would be great to stay at also. Finally, the St. Regis Bali, having never been to Bali, would be a great third choice.

  22. Love Kauai and usually stay at the Grand Hyatt (after a review we read here!)… But, would love to give the St Regis on the north side a spin…

  23. Man, hard to choose since I “travel browse” at least a few times a month, just for the heck of it. But if I had to pick right now, I think I would say the W Verbier, in Switzerland. Mountains just seem to call my name.

  24. Bora Bora!!
    But I’d be glad to use them toward a 3 family, and 3 rooms stay that we have planned for next June at the Westin Hilton Head.
    The extra 5000 points can come in handy.
    Thank you.

  25. We would love to use our points to stay at the St Regis Princeville Resort! We have visited their beach this year as guest of the Westin Princeville but it would be SO NICE to have a romantic stay there!!

  26. Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville, Spain. My girlfriend and I are hoping to plan a dream vacation to Spain & Morocco this spring

  27. I have a trip planned to Puerto Rico in January and hope to stay at the St. Regis Rio Grande.

    I am not familiar with the SPG Stars program and do not ss it on their website.

    Thanks,

  28. Hi,
    After reading this posting and looking at your beautiful pictures I would love to take my 2 1/2 old Rafael and my almost 5 years old Nicolas to St. Regis Punta Mita.

  29. I would probably use them to take my family to Disney in Florida using the Nights and Flights package that Starwood offers.

  30. I would go to the The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, once it opens next fall. My girlfriend loves exotic places and high-end hotels. I would love to be able to take her here, to one of the most beautiful and inaccessible places in the world. I can hardly wait to see how amazing this St. Regis will be!

  31. I need a night in HKG for an upcoming MR; a stay at the W would be over the top! By the way, I admire the way you travel with young ones.

  32. I’m dying to go back to Greece so I can’t wait to visit The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort. Although it would be hard to be that close to Santorini and not make a return trip to Vedema!

  33. I would love to stay at the Sheraton Viña del Mar on our trip to Chile this coming winter! Perfect way to round out a trip to Patagonia. 🙂

  34. I just booked flights to Dublin next month using Avios and would use the points towards a stay at The Westin Dublin. Nice review!

  35. Killer review, and I appreciate your integrity in your writing. Also, those girls of yours are adorable, and someday I’m sure they’ll be incredibly grateful for all these wild adventures. Keep it up!

    My wife and I are hoping to pay a visit to both the Tambo Del Inka and the Palacio Del Inka (part of the SPG Luxury Collection) on our expedition to Machu Picchu next year. Both are wildly underpriced when using points, and receive an average rating of 5 stars on TripAdvisor!! For gorgeous, 5 star hotels, 10k and 12k SPG points is a steal. We’re soooooooo excited!

    Thanks Mommypoints!
    Jake

  36. We recently returned from Spain and would love to go back and stay at the Hotel Alfonso XIII in Sevilla – it looks amazing and is in a perfect location.

  37. The Baby is so cute! How’s the big sister lovin’ it?

    I want the W in Barcelona for my trip w/ hubby to celebrate his 65th B-Day and Retirement!

  38. Also wouldn’t mind the Sheraton on the Park or the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney. Yeah, my plans have a distinctly Aussie flavor

  39. The Westin Tokyo at Yebisu Garden Place since I have family in Tokyo and my husband and I try to visit as many times as we can. 5000 SPG points will certainly help us get there sooner.

  40. St Regis in Florence, Italy.
    I just had a baby (Amelia is 5.5 months old now). We were waiting to go to Italy for our honeymoon but never got around to planning it and then we got pregnant. Really would love to go on our “honeymoon” now.

  41. I recently got the SPG AMEX during their 30k sign up offer, and I’m very excited to start earning more SPG points! I’m hoping to use them at the Westin in Tokyo… my husband and I are planning a trip there to see the cherry blossoms.

  42. Congrats! Getting over that hurdle is always the hardest part. I have my eye on a new-ish SPG property in Mexico City, Las Alcobas. You don’t see as many boutique hotels in points programs.

  43. Would love to return to Niagara Falls, Canada– the sit of my (now 7 years old) first international getaway. He was in such awe of the falls, he seriously did not want to leave!!

  44. I’ve had the SPG Amex for several years now, and gotten good use out of it. Would love to check out the Westin in Kyoto.

  45. Great post !

    I would love to visit The Castle Hotel (Luxury Collection) in Dalian, China.
    It seems like an amazing place !

    Thanks for your posts and the point-sharing.

  46. After reading your blog I would love to go to the St Regis Punta Mita! Loved seeing your pictures from this amazing hotel.

  47. I’ve been planning on traveling to Thailand and would love to go to Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. I will be sad when the Costo and SPG partnership runs out.

  48. How wonderful for you! 🙂

    Thank you for gifting the points to a lucky winner! We’d like to stay at St. Regis New York based on your review from last year and because we are headed there next summer!

    Thanks again!

  49. Would love to visit the St Regis Bora Bora; all the reviews and trip reports totally got me hooked! Am really hoping to get a small way there with this contest 🙂

  50. Wow! Punta Mita has been on my radar and I wouldn’t mind using points to stay there, and in my dreams it would be Bora Bora, but I think I would most likely use them at St. Regis Princeville in Hawaii.

  51. I would stay at the Grand Sheraton in Tokyo! Thanks for inspiring us families with little ones to travel.

    Best,

    Andrew

  52. The St. Regis Punta Mita is where I want to go. My daughter went there for her honeymoon and is constantly urging us to go as they absolutely loved it. They also got upgraded to a villa.

  53. We had a lovely vacation in London this summer. Would love to go back again and stay at The Park Tower Knightsbridge .

  54. A former Starwood employee I had the pleasure of working on the Punta Mita project. I’ve visited the area twice, pre St. Regis. I’d love to go see the completed property!

  55. I would love to win and visit the Sheraton Offenbach Hotel in Frankfurt Germany. Using Cash and points would help towards offsetting costs to visit our son who is active military serving in the Air Force in Germany. We have not seen him for 21 months and have been saving our points and hopefully will make the trip early 2016..

  56. Lovely trip report from St Regis Punta Mita.

    I would love to stay at the ITC Maurya – Luxury collection, New Delhi-India.

  57. MP – trip to London next summer. Eyeing the Park Lane or Knightsbridge – two rooms for the family. Could sure use 5K points to help get our balances up.

  58. We will be visiting Japan in early April to see cherry blossoms and would like to use the points to stay at Sheraton Miyako Osaka.

  59. Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort at Miyazaki, Japan!

    Something less common, but i think it will be a beautiful place with great Japanese cuisine !

  60. WoW! Either people loooove spg points or you have amassed an enormous readership. I had to scroll forever on my phone to get past all the comments. Congrats on all the readers…I would use the giveaway points either in Japan or in TLV, probably would see how much cash and points would be to stretch out the stay.

  61. Every time I’ve walked past the St. Regis in NYC I keep saying I’ll stay there one day. The points would help! Thanks!

  62. Love the check out St Regis Bel Resort in Miami, Fl

    Now that we just sign up for the SPG Amex bonus for both Wife and I

  63. Suiran in Kyoto! I think the Luxury Collection hotels are most interesting since they don’t have to conform to too many brand standards

  64. I would love to visit Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort in Santorini! This would help with my planned honeymoon trip next year!

  65. Another vote for St. Regis Bali though I also see that there is a St. Regis in Lhasa, Tibet. Tibet is on my bucket list!

  66. When it opens, I’d like to check out the Westin Rishikesh Resort & Spa. By that time, I’ll have my SPG Amex…

  67. Not that foreign transaction fees would be an issue here, but I’m looking forward to staying at the Dolphin or Swan in the not to distant future.

  68. St. Regis Punta Mita, I will add it to my trip that I already take to the Westin Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta!

  69. I’ve never had a stay with SPG points…..I’m open to go anywhere. That’s the magic of booking with award points! Thanks for the chance!

  70. I would love to go to the Westin Maui Resort and Spa or really any other warm destination. Ahh, it would be nice to sit back and relax at a pool!!

  71. I spent a few days this summer at the Andaman on Langkawi island in Malaysia and would love to have an excuse to spend more time there on points (or better yet cash & points) redemption!

  72. The Westin Palace Madrid for my 70th birthday. Elegance, style, and grand food despite what my doctor says for my last European trip.

  73. About to visit the new W in Amsterdam. Next properties I want to visit with the points I earn here are the St. Regis deer valley and St. Regis aspen.

  74. Such a beautiful family!

    It will be a dream come true to stay in St Regis Bora Bora for our first honeymoon after 20 years. I am saving SPG points now, hopefully, November 2016 we’ll be in paradise! TYVM! Keep it up! The inspiration for all the mommies.

  75. I would love to stay at the Westin Vendome in Paris, right opposite the Tuilleries and Louvre! What a treat that would be! read your posts all the time and love that you write about being a mom, a woman and a fellow traveller!!

  76. Nothing grand but we will be visiting Ireland soon and the Sheraton in Athlone is just 2000 points weekend nights, that would be 2 nights with some left over!

  77. We had our first trip to NYC this summer, but stayed in Queens to save money. Staying at the St. Regis New York would put us a little closer to the action for our next visit!

  78. We are planning to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with a trip to Paris in fall of 2016…would love to stay at Prince de Galles in Paris!

  79. I was going to say St. Regis Bora Bora, but your review/pictures really see the St. Regis Punta Mita. If I win I’ll let you know where I went. 😉

  80. I would love to go to this property. I love all of the St Regis properties, if I could choose anyone, it is my dream to go to the St Regis Bora Bora but it is very expensive using points or cash.

  81. I would definitely go with the St Regis Bora Bbora!!

    great review – my husband and I were debating between this and the Bahia Beach St Regis last winter and ended up going with Puerto Rico…now we’ll just have to check this one out, too 🙂

  82. Great trip report – can’t wait to go there one day! I’d choose the St. Regis Bora Bora – a place I couldn’t afford on my own but is definitely attainable with enough SPG points!

  83. Oh man, my husband and I are trying to plan a babymoon (amidst the crazy schedule of a medical resident!) and this property looks perfect for that! Thank you for the thorough trip report, and congratulations on your recent addition.

  84. Frankly, any of the SPG properties in Munich, as I promised my son a graduation trip to Germany (he’s taken German all through middle and high school).

  85. I would love to visit Hotel Marqués de Riscal – a luxury hotel and amazing vineyards, a combination that can’t be beat in my world.

  86. Any of the three SPG hotels in Osaka (Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka, The St. Regis Osaka, The Westin Osaka) so I can see my elderly uncle who is not doing well.

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