Glamping Gets the Four Seasons Treatment in Mexico

Glamping hasn't lost its luster. According to a report by Allied Market Research, the global glamping market generated $2.68 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $7.11 billion by 2031. Even The Four Seasons has found a space to capitalize on the trend. The luxury hotel brand continues to expand into this terrain with a new crop of luxury stays that interpret the glamour-meets-camping movement with the Four Seasons' signature style, elegance and service. The most recent of its tented luxury stays comes out of Punta Mita, Mexico. Naviva, a Four Seasons Resort, hailed as "the brand's first adult-only tented resort in the Americas," and will be open for arrivals beginning December 1, 2022. Set on Mexico’s Pacific coast, within the Riviera Nayarit, Naviva is located at the northern tip of Bahía de Banderas on the same peninsula as Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport. The first-of-its-kind resort offers only 15 luxury tents nestled amid 48 forested acres and designed by Luxury Frontiers – all with private plunge pools, making Naviva one of the smallest Four Seasons resorts in the world. Also making it a standout is the resort's offering of certified guides who can interface one-on-one with guests on everything from "the culture and character of Mexico," says Parrotta, to biophilia. Adds Ronny Fernández, Resort Manager for Naviva:  “Our location tucked in a cliffside forest creates the feeling of being disconnected in a faraway destination, when in reality, we’re only a short flight away from the U.S."

Bonding with Nature

Naviva is a celebration of biophilic design – an architectural approach that connects people to their natural surroundings. Upon arrival, guests are immediately met by their guide on a cocoon-inspired bamboo bridge overlooking a deep forest ravine. Each stand-alone luxury tent features spacious indoor and outdoor areas that seamlessly blend together. An open-air living room and a separate bedroom flow to a private plunge pool and expansive deck with a hammock and outdoor shower. Indirect connections to nature are also created via interior textures and fabrics that mimic natural patterns found in the environment.

Getting the Local Experience

With individual transformation as its focus, Naviva encourages guests to explore their passions and discover new ones with their guides. Sometimes it's the simple things – like sampling small-batch Mexican coffees, stargazing or joining in sunset rituals. Local talents will also be brought in to bring the authentic character and heritage of Mexico to Naviva, whether it's visiting a local artist at his private home and studio or something more, unconventional, like nocturnal forest bathing.

Tending to the Mind, Body and Soul

Traditional hotel wellness offerings get a Naviva twist too. Naviva offers a series of intimate spaces including two spa pods tucked away in the lush forest, a traditional Mexican temazcal or "house of heat," an outdoor gym, a serene jungle oasis at the Alma Pool and a private 575-foot (175-meter) expanse of pristine Pacific beachfront – a calming place to practice yoga or mindfulness. An example: if guests are looking for a shift in internal energy, they can take a half-day retreat in one of the cocoon-like spa pods that were inspired by the seed of the local Ceiba tree and provide cocooned refuge. All holistic rituals at Naviva harness the healing properties of indigenous ingredients, from regenerative reishi and hydrating snow mushrooms to natural gemstones and colored clays found throughout Mexico. And guests will have a chance to tend to their physical body as well, with cliffside yoga sessions, scenic hiking and running trails, or strength training in the outdoor open-air gym overlooking the Pacific.

Connecting with Others 

Guests will have their choice of dining options as well. There's a unique shared gathering space that's meant to evoke the feeling of being in a living room and kitchen of a private home overlooking the Pacific, with games, reading, conversation, ideas, music and all-natural meals (with a focus on seafood) made with traditional BBQ pits, wood-fire grill rotisseries and wood-fire ovens.

Finding Your Place

The luxury tents at Naviva start at $3,950 USD per night and include all meals and snacks at any time of the day throughout the Resort, 24-hour in-tent dining, pool and beach service, all beverages including premium wine and spirits, one 60-minute spa treatment per guest, community activities, mind and body classes, Unscripted Naviva experiences, guide planning and in-tent amenities.  Signature Naviva experiences, rare or specialty-ordered beverages, additional spa treatments, private classes or training, and airport transfers are available for an additional cost. As part of their booking, Naviva guests also receive full access to the adjacent Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, located just five minutes away. The Resort features ten restaurants and bars, two golf courses, three pools, two beaches and additional spa and fitness facilities. To book a reservation, call +52 (328) 291-6100 or book online.


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