By Vallarta Lifestyles and surfchic.com
Those staying at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita certainly enjoy a unique stay at this privileged location in Riviera Nayarit, which combines amazing natural surroundings with casual luxury. And now an internationally renowned retailer enhances the shopping experience in the boutiques there.
Maris Collective, a firm created by LeeAnn Sauter about 10 years ago, provides exclusive items to five-star hotels around the world. Sauter, an expert in the retail industry who has worked for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Gap, has revolutionized and revitalized the concept of hotel gift shops, combining elements of both the resort’s ambiance and local culture.
Her idea was conceived while vacationing at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, in Hawaii. She noted that although the world’s most exclusive hotels had evolved regarding architecture, interfacing with the natural environment and amenities, their in-house shops looked outdated and uninspired. Believing that guests would be attracted to a more sophisticated and specialized experience, she founded Seaside Luxe (now Maris Collective), a venture that launched concept boutiques in luxury resorts and hotels. Sauter supplied each establishment with renowned brands such as Emilio Pucci, Lanvin and Missoni, as well as authentic and unique items produced by local artisans.
Today, Maris Collective has nearly 30 luxury stores in more than a dozen high-end resorts around the world, including the recently opened Four Seasons Resort Bahrain, in the Middle East.
At the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Maris Collective is present in the Bulvera, Paloma and Hecho Punta Mita boutiques, where selective shoppers can find refined items from all over the world, including high fashion beachwear and luxury brands that are as well known to jet-setters as to surfing enthusiasts.
LeeAnn Sauter and her team have summed up the concept of Maris Collective with the phrase “No Ordinary Moment,” which reflects the exclusivity of their products and invites you to embrace their style while enjoying your privileged stay on the coast.
Just as our “Best of Vallarta” section highlights the international brands that have arrived in our destination, we also celebrate the presence of this exclusive line of products that perfectly complement Punta Mita’s chic and glamorous ambiance.