Forbes: The Future of Punta Mita

The Secret Retreat for the World’s Top Tech Billionaires

Located on a private peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, Punta Mita is a spectacular 1,500-acre resort and residential community bordered by the Pacific Ocean, and an easy 40 minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta.

Punta Mita is home to some of the world’s most stunning private estates, as well as two Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, and the St. Regis Resort Punta Mita.

I was excited to explore some of the greatest villas and developments that have become vacation homes to the wealthiest extended families, and to a handful of tech billionaires.

Punta Mita villas and developments that have become vacation homes to the wealthiest extended families, and to a handful of tech billionaires.

Their famous neighbors including executives from Apple, Siebel Systems, Yahoo, Amazon, Qualcom, and British Telecom, as well as one very high profile landowner, and one of the richest men on the planet. In 2014, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, along with his Cascade Investment group, bought 48 acres of beachfront property along with the Four Seasons Hotel site in Punta Mita.

Once a sleepy bohemian surf area with charming small towns, this stretch on the Riviera Nayarit has become one of the most private and secure locations in the world.

“The very affluent are drawn to Punta Mita because we offer something that can’t be found elsewhere in the world”

A master planned community like Punta Mita would be extremely difficult to duplicate in today´s financial climate, and geographically, Punta Mita is stunningly unique.

Accessibility is another factor. Punta Mita have an excellent private terminal nearby for our owners who arrive on their own jet or chartered plane.”

Why the area attracts so many tech leaders as property owners? Accessibility is key, with most major airlines offering non-stop direct flights.

Some homeowners who own tech companies in the Bay Area have joked that it is often quicker and easier to get to Punta Mita than driving to Lake Tahoe for weekend getaways with the family.

Punta Mita provides the perfect escape to completely unplug and take a digital detox, if owners choose. Even during high season in Puerto Vallarta, one can venture around in a golf cart and pass practically no one on the drive, it’s that private and remote.

One of our favorite spots in Punta Mita is the new Kupuri Beach Club, located on the North side of the peninsula on the Litibu Bay. It has become the quintessential soft sand beach retreat.

What new developments are on the horizon and what Bill Gates plans with his massive property holding? “Las Solanas” property is a gem, and although plans have not yet been announced, we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds” he said, “Two developments on the horizon for Punta Mita are the exclusive Porta Fortuna ocean-front residences starting at $3 million, and Las Marietas condominiums starting just over $1.2 million.”

The future of Punta Mita looks very bright with several high-profile resorts being planned, and a splashy new multi-million dollar renovation to the Four Seasons Hotel with new redesigned suites and spa. I am sure Bill Gates also has a few surprises up his sleeve for this majestic and exquisite corner of the world.

Source: ForbesJim Dobson – Contributor

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