My incredible experience began the moment Antonio arrived to pick us up on the panga. He was engaging, ensured we had our life jackets on and was on the lookout for whales for us. I hadn't an idea that this type of care was to become a trademark feature of my Xinalani experience.
Arturo was there to greet us as we arrived at Xinalani, was a great source of knowledge throughout my stay and always made me feel taken care of. Berenice was also so helpful. I am still amazed at how Ricardo threw my 90 pound luggage over his shoulder and carried it up to my palapa without a moments hesitation. I wish I had taken one of his surfing lessons as he is a great surfer. I never got to know my housekeepers name but cannot thank her enough. Every day my palapa was perfectly cleaned. Modesto was my favourite. What a wonderful man! Isaias makes the best margueritas ever and Marco always was there with a big smile when I needed anything. Every meal was delicious and each better than the next. Felix Cabrera, the chef, is a food artist! Argelia. Wow. Although I was not there for a retreat, I have been led by many great yoga instructors and Argelia is far and away the best. Everyone can benefit from her classes as she offers many options. Each and every one of the staff are consummate professionals in their individual roles and were an important part of my incredible experience.
The resort in and of itself was a piece of heaven on earth. You can feel that it was built with love. I still cannot believe that I stayed in a palapa for one week! Waking up to the view and the sounds of the ocean every morning was surreal. I loved the stairs! I went to get in shape and cannot believe how toned I got in one week.
I highly recommend a visit to Quimixto. An authentic Mexican village with a beautiful waterfall. As I was not spending much money at Xinalani (aside from a good tip at the end), I tried to spend as much as I could in Quimixto as the village relies on tourism for survival.
As I was a solo traveler I was quite fortunate that the other guests that week were also solo travelers or couples who were not looking for a run of the mill type of vacation. This resort attracts yogi, intellectuals and fitness buffs. I am grateful to have met everyone I did.
Just as in all aspects of life, if we look for the bad, we will find it. I was looking for a place where I could reflect, refocus and grow spiritually and I received more than I hoped for. Thank you Xinalani for helping me to open my heart and my soul. I am forever grateful. Namaste.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xinalani is one of Mexico's premier retreat centers. We offer a wide range of activities related to health, fitness and fun, in an environmental friendly setting. We have 23 guest rooms in the jungle, a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (fixed menu, 3 meals included in fare), a beachfront lounge bar, a beach club, 3 fully equiped yoga spaces, a spa with a complete array of massages and treatments, and a little souvenir store. Our 4 acre pristine beach front property is solely accessible by boat. ... more less
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