Along the white-sand shore of Banderas Bay, pops of color start at the bright emerald treetops of surrounding Orbignya palms, and even fly through the landscape on the cobalt wings of native San Blas Jay birds. The earthy tones of Imanta resort's 11 villas—each built with native Imanta granite found on the site—blend into the natural surroundings.
A bright stairwell leads to the rooftop Observatorio (left), which has arguably the best view of the resort's descending villas, patios, and plunge pools overlooking the private beach. Also in the Observatorio tower, guests can enjoy tapas or a pampering Thai massage.
Rates start at $600; 877/370-5427 or imantaresorts.com.