Xinalani, Mexico Winter 2019
emw @ Xinalani Yoga Retreat Center, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Join us for an authentic and magical experience in the jungle of Mexico overlooking a private beach on the Pacific ocean.
Our home for the week will be Xinalani (pronounced she-nah-lah-knee) a stunning eco-village nestled in the lush jungle with views of the emerald ocean. There are a variety of sleeping accommodations (detailed below), designed with and built by local artisans. Xinalani's beachfront restaurant offers healthy gourmet food (vegetarian and vegan options always available) is inspired by delicious traditional Mexican recipes. Sample Menu
8:30 - 10am Yoga
10 - 11am Breakfast
11 - 1:30pm Free Time
1:30 - 2:30pm Lunch
7:30 - 9pm Dinner
- 7 nights luxury accommodation
- 3 meals/day
- Two yoga classes/day
- Transportation to and from Puerto Vallarta Airport and Xinalani beachfront resort. (Xinalani will provide a taxi or van from the airport that will deliver you to a pier at which point you will board a boat to bring you to the retreat center.)
- Flights to and from Puerto Vallarta
- Travel insurance
There are no round-trip flights from Buffalo to Puerto Vallarta. All flights will require a layover at a major airport.
We encourage you to consider flying in and out of the Toronto Pearson Airport. There are direct flights and you may find that the flights are cheaper.
All the accommodations at Xinalani have three walls and a "window open to the universe". They all open for a view to the ocean (the Eco Chic suites have the nicest views). All the rooms have a bathroom with hot water.
- $3,650 (single occupancy)
- $2,600 (double occupancy per person)
- $3,125 (single occupancy)
- $2,200 (double occupancy per person)
- a single bed can be added to this room for a charge
- $2,670 (single occupancy)
- $1,900 (double occupancy per person)
- (a single bed can be added to this room for a charge)
- $2,250 (single occupancy)
- $1,690 (double occupancy per person)
- $1,550 (per bed)
- $1,445 (per bed)
- Explore the local wilderness on a hiking trek through the jungle behind Xinalani. A guide will “machete” his way deep into the rainforest, leading you to a pristine waterfall. Enjoy some serious immersion in nature away from tourists. This is a steep hike that requires solid walking shoes, light sports clothes, a bottle of water, and bug repellent. ($35/person)
- In partnership with experienced marine biologists, Xinalani has created an opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. After a short presentation about dolphins and whales lifestyles, you’ll take a boat to seek out dolphin pods. Hop in the ocean for an unparalleled swimming experience! Please take into consideration that finding dolphin groups can take some time. Wear a swimsuit and sunscreen. ($95/person)
- Embark on a panga ride across the bay for humpback whale watching. From November to March, many whales migrate from the North Pacific Ocean down to the shores of Banderas Bay in search of a warm haven to reproduce. The Xinalani boat driver is in-the-know as to their whereabouts. He’ll take you as close to the whales as possible without disturbing their ongoings or compromising your safety. Seeing a whale close-up is truly breathtaking and a definite must during whale season. Wear your swimsuit—you’ll get a chance to swim and snorkel in our warm Banderas Bay. ($80/person)
- Get on the panga and head to the peaceful and isolated cove of Majahuitas for swimming and snorkeling. After a sightseeing boat ride, we’ll bring you to the charming Yelapa, a traditional fishing village nestled in a stunning bay. Hike through town to the waterfalls and depending on the time of year, go for a swim! Back on the beach, you’ll have time for a delicious seafood lunch at the restaurant of your choice. When you’re ready the boat will pick you up and give you a fresh cerveza on the way back to Xinalani. ($60/person)
- Zip from tropical treetop to treetop at high speeds in our exhilarating canopy adventure. Our boat will take you to Boca de Tomatlan Pier before hopping on a bus to Canopy Park for a zip-line adventure. Fun seekers and tree lovers will love this day trip. All safety equipment is provided; wear sports shoes and comfortable clothes ($70/person)
- Bathing suit, sunglasses, sun hat
- Beach clothes & flip flops (or any amphibian shoes)
- Sweaters & warm clothes (it gets chilly at night and in the morning – ONLY during winter months which are December through April)
- Yoga clothes
- Favorite yoga mat (optional... they do have mats on the property)
- Flashlights, head lights, book lights: the lighting in the rooms and all over the eco-resort is quite dim (we use only low consumption 1 Watt LED bulbs)
- Sunscreen and mosquitoes repellent (also sold on property)
- Sneakers to go hiking or trail running
- A notebook if you feel inspired
- Books that you wish to read (Xinalani appreciates book donations for staff and future guests)
- Cash: dollars & pesos, Visa, Discover or Mastercard (AMEX not accepted)
- Alarm Clock
- Binoculars (to watch whales from your terrace)
- A white outfit for Friday night dinner on the beach
- Cameras and video-cameras
- Smiles, good intentions, will to get fit (there are many many stairs on the property as we’re built on a steep terrain)
- Yoga props (they have all we need)
- Cell Phones, Tablets, Personal computers with work. Xinalani has spotty wifi that only works at the front desk. This week you get the chance to disconnect and find internal peace.
- Hairdryers: as their electrical circuits are not designed to withhold high-intensity electric devices.
- Soap and shampoo, we provide guests with high-quality biodegradable products that we recommend using, as we recycle water for irrigation.
- Towels: we will provide you with shower and beach towels
- Stress - don’t worry, it will melt down the moment you step into the boat