Surf’s Up at Hotel CINCO, Punta Mita

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Surf's Up
Stand-up paddle-boarding, photo courtesy of Hotel CINCO

Mexico is an easy sell for groups with its all-inclusive resort destinations, beautiful year-round weather and mouthwatering culinary offerings. The world-renowned golf courses and pristine beaches don’t hurt, either. But what kinds of activities can groups turn to when exploring ancient ruins, mixing up crazy concoctions at tequila tastings and swimming in crystal-clear cenotes become a bit of a been-there-done-that routine?

Hotel CINCO in Punta Mita has a couple of new, unexpected ideas for you to go test out with your amigos, now.

Stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) is a lot like surfing, except you steer through the water with a giant oar, eliminating the need for thunderous waves. It first became a common sport in the Hawaiian Islands, where surf instructors would stand on their boards to have a better view of their rather large classes of eager students. But this upscale form of surfing has recently made its way to the Mexican Pacific where it’s featured as the star of the show at Hotel CINCO.

The posh, 12-suite beachfront property is ideally situated on one of the region’s most consistent surf breaks called El Anclote. The twelve units (six Starfish and six CINCO Signature) are either two- or three-bedroom suites that feature a beach-luxe design concept, with wood paneling on the walls and tropical fire-red bird of paradise flower arrangements on the bedside tables. The complete kitchen, marble floors and variety of technological gadgets aren’t too shabby, either.

Hotel CINCO is surfer lifestyle meets healthy living—all wrapped up in chic.

Savor the morning’s catch with the hotel’s award-winning Café des Artistes del Mar, where Chef Thierry Blouet whips up local organic farm-to-table and ocean-to-table fare. The a la carte bistro menu is focused around fresh seafood dishes, obtained from local fisheries in the Nayarit region. The 74-seat restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Groups can rent out the restaurant’s lounge, terrace or bar areas for private events, or buy out the entire restaurant. The restaurant even offers groups the chance to schedule private cooking classes with Chef Blouet, himself, for a day of teambuilding.

And here’s the really cool part: The hotel masters the art of healthy living, featuring a series of lifestyle camps that feature everything from SUP to yoga, and cooking raw. They even have their own Surf Concierge at the Gerry Lopez AquaCenter where groups can partake in lessons, excursions, workshops and full-day trips.

The camps are meant for groups who wish to stretch the limits of their mind, body and spirit. They are ongoing, always changing, and open to groups staying at the hotel or in nearby hotels.

“Hotel CINCO can tailor a Lifestyle Camp for any group that is interested in surfing, SUP, mountain biking, eco-touring, cooking or a day at the hotel’s organic garden,” says Horacio Rosales, director of operations. “We can also build a unique and customized program based on a specific theme or interest of a group.”

Take, for instance, the Gerry Lopez SUP, Yoga and Lifestyle Camp. Here, champion surfer Gerry Lopez will teach your group to catch a wave with personalized SUP instruction. He’s also around to properly align your body as you reach into downward dog, with the camp’s morning yoga session. And the best part is that no prior experience is necessary. The four day event includes all instruction, meals, equipment, use of boats to explore different surf locations, a special Aloha dinner and hundreds of dollars in camp swag and prizes.

“We also offer our new villa, Villa Lunada for smaller groups who would like a more intimate private setting for teambuilding and experiencing our Lifestyle Camps,” adds Rosales.

And those who opt to stay on dry land can also let their creative side run loose with the hotel’s Culture Camps. The ongoing Artist Studio Workshops feature an array of artists who are local, but have also achieved some sort of international recognition. One such artist is Alejandro Mondria, who was featured last year.

Hotel Cinco has approximately 3,500 sf of rooftop space that is used for the lifestyle camps and groups. The garden on the ground level is approximately 2,000 sf and the beachfront area is about 6,000 sf. Hotel Cinco’s Villa Lunada offers 5,500 sf of space for groups that want a more private venue.

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