Xinalani is a gift for the soul. I booked a yoga retreat with a group that was scheduled. I did not know them or the teacher, but I sure lucked out! There were a number of couples in our group, but I came with a friend. The group becomes your family for the week, but there is plenty of time and space to be on your own. We did the Journey to Yelapa tour with Isaias (?sp), though snorkeling was cut as the waters were too murky.They do have snorkel gear on site you can use on the local beach but there was nothing to be seen. Carolina accommodated us right from the beginning by scheduling a pick up from Los Muertos since we were coming to PV a day earlier. Boca de Tomatlan is another option for pick up if you will be in town early. Otherwise, the panga (boat) leaves from the marina. The rooms are scattered along the mountainside and yes, there are lots of stairs. Xinalani is for the able-bodied. If you have mobility issues, this is not for you. The stairs to the Meditation Cabin, Jungle Studio and Greenhouse studios are easy to navigate and not steep. There is a bit of lighting along the paths but do bring a flashlight. We had a beautiful eco-chic suite which was divine. But, as has been said, the ocean and jungle noises are loud! Bring earplugs. On some nights the ocean sounded like an amusement park! It's all part of the charm but don't be fooled into thinking you will be hearing a soft lull of the ocean lapping onto the shore all night. The rooms have very low LED lighting so bring a light if you want to read or journal at night. There are interesting birds and local wildlife to be seen. The piece de resistance is Mario's menu. Divine. 5***** Every meal presented with health and beauty - works of art. And so tasty! Mario offers cooking classes too, and happily shares his secret recipes. We never had a chance to even get hungry before another meal was offered. The homemade amaranth granola is SO good! We had first breakfast around 6am before meditation (fruit, yogurt, granola) followed by second breakfast of eggs, etc. after 10am. Every meal has a special juice offered with interesting combinations: cucumber, passionfruit, ginger, etc. The staff will cater to vegan and other dietary concerns. The final evening dinner was prepared on the beach terrace. The beach itself is lovely, though more for surfing than swimming. I did swim, almost every day, but the current can be challenging getting in an out. There is no pool. The lounge also had some entertainment, infrequently - a man singing traditional songs with guitar, and a night of salsa dancing! I can't wait to return to Xinalani.
- 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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