In 1960, young Canadian architect Isadore Sharp opened the first Four Seasons in Toronto. Actually, it was the Four Seasons “Motor Hotel” and was built in one of the least desirable district of the City – the only area Sharp could afford a large piece of undeveloped property. Sharp’s success led him to continue building hotels but it wasn’t until a decade later, when expanding into London that the company transformed into a luxury brand on par with royal favorite Claridge’s and The Connaught, which had housed equally well-heeled guests since 1815. Soon, Four Seasons was catering to both elite business and leisure travelers worldwide.
While competitor luxury hotel chains like Ritz-Carlton sought to create a uniform quality to properties no matter what the locale, Four Seasons strives for uniform service, but emphasizes local architecture and culture.
Missoni tunika from Maris Collective / picture taken by Nik West
This philosophy is richly embraced at the stunning Five-Star Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico. The property nests in a 400-acre private nature preserve just northwest of Puerto Vallarta. Traditional Mexican-style casitas sprawl amid lush gardens, their red-tiled roofs kissing the sky.
Designed by Diego Villaseñor and Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita opened in 1999 and features 173 discreet and rooms, including suites and lavish private villas. Sculptures, torches, and fire pits welcome guests throughout the property. The interior was designed by Maria Isabel Gómez and Gina Parlange and showcases a breathtaking contemporary art collection.
Elegant accommodations were redesigned in October 2012 and feature a blend of chic Mexican architectural authenticity and the high-tech lifestyle we value. Color palettes reflect the sparkling sea, white sand, and abundant sunshine just steps outside one’s door.
If dining is your desire, the Resort offers four outstanding restaurants and three lounges under the direction of Executive Chef Philippe Piel Much of the fare is locally sourced, including the sumptuous red snapper, mole paste, Bahía de Banderas lobster, mahi mahi, achiote paste, and coffee.
You can work up your appetite at one of the ten tennis courts, four pools, scuba diving, surfing, fishing, yachting, horseback riding, weight training, yoga, or snorkeling. If golf is your game, two 18-hold Jack Nicklaus courses await you.
Under the marvelous guidance of General Manager John O’Sullivan (an accomplished artist and poet) and Resort Manager , Gonzalo Guelman- Four Seasons Punta Mita has flourished.
I have been privileged to stay at many magnificent Four Seasons properties around the globe, and can say unequivocally that Four Seasons Punta Mita is in a class all its own. The property prides itself on privacy and security – and for good reason. International film stars, politicos, and industry titans all find refuge and renewal under the warm Mexico sun. Rumor is that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was a guest. If true, he might have been on official business. He and Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia purchased 95% of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts from founder Isadore Sharp in 2007.Resort dress from Maris Collective Punta Mita / picture taken by Nik West
Sharp, now an octogenarian continues as Chairman. A half-century after he opened the doors of the Four Seasons Motor Hotel in a disreputable part of Toronto, the company thrives as one of the most opulent hotel & resort chains in the world. As for Four Seasons Punta Mita Mexico, it is the shining jewel in its crown.
If you’re wealthy, famous or both; chances are good you’ve discovered the sun- drenched refuge of Punta Mita. Just 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, the cozy beachfront village on the north end of Banderas Bay in the Mexican state of Nayarit has quietly become an exclusive playground for celebrities, moguls and politicos looking for retreat and rejuvenation. The Bold-faced famous like Lady Gaga, Kirsten Dunst, Kim Kardashian, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Mario Lopez, Demi Moore, Madonna, Sir Elton John, Vince Vaughn, Beyoncé and Jennifer Aniston are just a handful of stars who’ve sought solace in the warm breezes of Punta Mita. Along the same latitude as Hawaii, the region averages 85° in summer with winter months averaging a balmy 75°.
While the area boasts some gorgeous resorts, the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort more than lives up to its heavenly namesake the 17th Century monk Saint Jean-François Régis. The resort’s 89 guest rooms and 31 suites offer every wish of modern luxury but are decidedly unfussy. Pampering, not pretention define the world-class service, affording high-profile guests the extravagance of privacy in pristine environs, which include fragrant gardens and infinity pools.
When it opened in 2009, Punta Mita was the first St. Regis property in all of Latin America.
Today, thanks to General Manager James Hughes and his innovative team, The St. Regis is preferred as much for its breathtaking locale as for its extensive list of activities. Two spectacular Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses beckon recreational golfers and the pros alike, while the white sand beaches and sparkling coast offer aquatic activities like snorkeling and dolphin watching.
After a day at play, lucky guests may re-energize in the 10,000 square foot Remède Spa. For foodies, the St. Regis is a holiday on its own with five places to savor flavors from near and far. Dine poolside – featuring light fare including ceviches and sushi or sip cocktails as sunset perched at the highest point of the resort with inspiring views. However, if a special occasion calls for true elegance, slip into the Award-winning restaurant Carolina – featuring fine seafood infused with Mediterranean influences as well as local zest.
Whatever your pleasure, St. Regis Punta Mita’s opulent setting, coupled with top drawer amenities and dazzling service will no doubt renew your senses, lift your spirit and have you jetting back again in no time at all.
In a word, my passion is my family. No contest. I am always looking up to the future of the next generation with such pride and passion- guiding them in a beautiful world filled with love and opportunities. I’ve had a wonderful career and know just how fortunate I am. But, my amazing husband David, daughter Skyler, and son John David will always be the center of my life. As a family, we all share a passion for the ocean, nature, surfing, adventure and travel. As such, our philanthropic focus is on the preservation and health of the ocean, earth, surrounding communities and humanity over all.
I am blessed to live in Punta Mita Mexico and in an area brimming with culture and daily adventures including an active jungle beach and surf life with my children. The irony is that after having lived in Beverly Hills for 20 years, returning to Los Angeles to work (as a special correspondent and producer for Entertainment Tonight) and visit with dear friends has become a getaway I always look forward to and absolutely relish! Especially the shopping and beauty treatments at RejuvaYou Spa in Pasadena. I LOVE my Home in Beverly Hills. However – When in Mexico – my favorite getaway is to the St. Regis hotel in Punta Mita – either for a romantic getaway with my husband or a family affair when my children can surf the perfect wave right there in front of the hotel- while we relax from fabulous Spa treatments.. The wave is called “Monuments” and rightly so. I adore the place and energy – it’s super special.
Yikes! My kids could probably name a dozen! Thankfully, I don’t think I’ve had too many embarrassing moments professionally, but as a mom, well, I think that comes with the territory. I still do not understand this Instagram etiquette- apparently- I am doing it all wrong- posting too many photos with silly hashtags- Oh but I adore Instagram and hashtags. #Love #Beauty #gratitude #Peace #livinginParadise #Surfeveryday #Beach #Jungle #happy #happy #happy – It is an Entertainment Journalist’s toy! That’s for sure! Follow me for my life in Paradise and Hollywood Glamour @CherylWoodcock
Back to the embarrassing moment-But this one took the cake for embarrassing professional moments that still resonates in my memory!
I was covering the National Democratic Convention and my Insider crew was next to Katie Couric who had just interviewed Michelle Obama’s brother. My producers said no interviews with Katie as we were not allowed at that time. But I was just standing there with a mic in my hand and we made eye contact so I thought, what the heck and started interviewing her anyway. Suddenly a fan ran up bumping into my cameraman who then proceeded to fall over a chair on to the floor at Katie’s feet. It was a comedy of errors. I was just so red faced because I felt that we had created all of this havoc around her with every major media outlet there to witness the event unfold. However, Katie could not have been more calm, cool, professional and collected about the whole thing. She was a love all the way around. I on the other hand went back to my hotel room and pulled the covers over my head-and lamented- Why do I have to be that pushy journalis- ALL the time-! Ha!
Easy. Their names are David, Skyler, and John David. Or my Family, health- faith .
Professional chocolate taster and bubble bath taker. Or a public servant-politician. My father is an attorney and was a State legislator from Oklahoma. He was a member of the house of Representatives at the time of my birth. I studied criminal justice at Arizona State University. I had planned on being a lawyer, following in my father’s footsteps, then discovered my passion and fire for television journalism. I have been at ET for a total of almost 18 years on and off and really just could not imagine having any other career. Well…… actually- I would be a really great publicist.
Coco Channel, Warren Buffet, Barry Diller, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Gabriel GarciaMarquez, Guadalupe Marin ,Ernest Hemingway, Arriana Huffington– and Nelson Mandela.
Not being prepared for an ET Interview. Sitting down and having no idea what the movie, television show or book is about. I think that happened before actually so maybe that should go under the most embarrassing moment question.
I’m living it! We call it the GYPSET life- a term coined by author Julia Chaplin- It’s a mix of the Gypsey and Jetset lifestyle. Currently-Living in a tropical bohemian esoteric paradise by the sea watching my children grow frolicking in the water-moving forward with their passion of Surfing, academic Studies and aquiring the ever so beneficial skills of being bi-ligual -Bi-cultural along with learning about other lifestyles away from the sometimes stressful conventional society. My children have the opportunity to be children- Super connected to Nature with less attachment to technology during their formative years. What a gift! We are grooming them to be world influencers. I have always adored existing in the bohemian enclaves where the authentic Gypsetters abound- being the ultimate SURF MOM on the beach with the jungle behind and my beautiful children in front taking wave after wave in the crystal blue waters of life -Then being able to hop back on a plane to the Glamorous world of Hollywood and Fashion. I especially adore coming back for the fabulous Genlux parties! I am so blessed to be living the best of both worlds!- We are off the Hossegor France again for the summer to surf the waves there- Oh I am indeed living my favorite dream.
Fortune favors the bold!
Staying at the Petit Hotel Hafa is an experience that cannot be missed. Located on Calle Jose-Mariscal just steps from the plaza center. This quaint hotel is perfect for those seeking a Surf Chic and bohemian lifestyle vacation just minuets to the beach.
It is truly one of my favorites places to stay when I am in the beautiful Surfing village called Sayulita. I just adore all of the rooms that are decorated with handcrafts and art from different cultural areas of Mexico. This Hotel is just perfect for those wanting to enjoy all that Sayulita has to offer without spending a fortune. The bohemian culture and gypsey meets Jet set along with the feel of the hotel really is everything that Surf Chic embodies. Whether you are a Surfer or a beach lover this is the perfect place to come and enjoy.
The hotel is owned by the glamorous and super beautiful multi-national nomadic Mignot family. The Mignot’s have wandered the world for decades, often living on boats and collecting textiles, pearls, and vintage clothing along the way. For years, they set up successful, but temporary clothing boutiques in places like Key West, and Bora-Bora. Fortunately, the last few years have seen them find their land legs in the world’s most desirable destinations, where they are wildly successful artisans, champion surfers, designers and hoteliers. One can spot the children Lola Marco Nomme and Diego Mignot competing on the current WSL world championship Surfing tour. All trained in the waters of Sayulita.
Notably, lifepartners Christophe Mignot and Marina Garcia’s Petit Hotel Hafa in Sayulita has become a refuge for the global traveler looking for luxe comfort, without the fuss. Especially the Surf Chic crowd along with many super famous brands and fashion magazines using the hotel and a Super chic back drop for their photoshoots and advertising campaigns.
There is nothing stuffy about the environs or the staff. If anything, the attitude is refreshingly egalitarian, absent any feeling of pretention. I simply Love this! When I arrive I am always greeting with a warm smile and excitement for the adventure to come while staying in the hotel.
The hotel’s tranquil, yet cheerful Euro-tropical palette soothes and inspires. The Rooms feature unique artifacts from Mexico and open-airy designs that beckon the sea breezes on particularly warm days. Rooftop views survey the ocean, providing a welcome retreat or an optimal place to socialize, whatever your mood. My favorite is to have a glass of wine on the roof at sunset. Or for those who like to indulge of the Mexican culture they offer complimentary Tequila on the roof top.
It’s the perfect place to invite friends and relax. My children actually love sleeping on the rooftop there. Staying at Petit Hafa is one of my all time favorite experiences in Mexico. I simply adore the Hotel’s boutique as well.
The boutique hotel is perfectly perched just off a bustling plaza brimming with fashionable shops and cafes. This brings us to another Mignot gem. Whatever you do, you must stop in to Pachamama. The proprietors are the same family- called the famous Les Gazelles, the athletic, sun-kissed and lovely, Mignot sisters (Nathalie, Laurence, and Marie Jose). Les Gazelles’ shop is chock full of tasteful treasures – Mexican embroidered dresses, Tahitian pearls, leather goods, the famous Dreamcatchers that are sure to delight and so many wonderful creations that could easily be spotted on runways. I hope you will find your way to the treasure.
1. Alexia, tell us a bit about how you got started in this business in New York City?… and some of your professional background.
In the late 80’S as a young girl living in NYC, I got the big break by being chosen to do my apprenticeship (after having finished the required time of study-practice and getting my license); in a very well known Salon on 5th Ave & 57th; moving onto being a Junior Stylist and then a Senior one in a Soho Salon.
I had some months in LA working on Music Videos for a TV Production Co.
Then, later on Becoming a Paul Mitchell Educator once I had moved to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Working for this Company taught me to present and project myself as a true professional, working as a team representing and selling a name brand and truly understand the business and creative aspect of it.
While in St. Thomas I was Chief hair designer for the “Repertory Theatre Company” during my employment in a Hair Salon until I opened my first business at the “Ritz-Carlton” St.Thomas and then moving to beautiful Puerto Vallarta and within a couple of years; opening my “Colorizimo Hair Studio” 12 years ago!
2. Why did you choose to live in Puerto Vallarta?
Vallarta is geographically blessed; with rivers,mountains and beaches, a cosmopolitan young city and an eclectic blend of foreign and Mexican residents; a combination that I happen to really enjoy!.
One can really enjoy the “surf-chic” or “beachy-trendy” lifestyle that I love…..
3. Why did you decide to specialize as a Colorist-Hair Designer?
I’m fascinated with Dimensional Hair color! Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a world without color; visualize it all in black and white… How dull and boring!!!!
Every visual is infused with color…Color is transformation; just as in nature there are many hues of one color; take a blonde for example, there are beige, platinum, ash, golden, rose-golden, yellow,etc..!
The possibilities with color are endless and a haircut compliments color and vice-versa.
4. How did you receive the name “the Queen of Highlites”?
When you’re passionate about something, clients feel it, see it and vibe it…one day my good friend Rose spontaneously said to me…that’s it; you’re “La Reina de las Luces”!
5. What are some points to consider for someone’s hair living this lifestyle, in this climate?
Colorizimo Hair Studio believes your hair should feel sexy, look healthy with dimension in color! … giving you the self-confidence that is sexier than anything else in the world!
Alexia tells us with beautiful conviction that she is a hair artist that likes to make her consultations and sessions very personal and in total confidence. She may even offer you a glass of wine or tequila shot, so you can just relax and enjoy the process!
I truly believe that Alexia is not only the best hair artist in Puerto Vallarta- But the Northern Hemisphere and perhaps the world.!