It's now late June, and I went to The Pearl mid-March. As an athlete of a normal, healthy, fairly steady weight, I was nervous about the reviews re weight loss - not something I particularly needed to do (though losing 5lbs wasn't going to hurt). I was looking for a yoga vacation, I love to hike, love vegetarian food, wanted to be outside (given our N.E. winter, it was time for warmth, birds and flowers!), needed to jump start fitness, and figured a cleanse could be interesting. Portion size was a challenge, and I would not recommend going to anyone with a borderline eating disorder! It felt restrictive at first, and yes, I was hungry by day two. Trusting in Geo and Katreesha worked, however. They guided, loved and cajoled. Their staff was *outstanding* (Thank you, Dana, Sarah, Dave, Nick, Barbara, etc). Sarah exuded positive vibes, Barbara created exquisite table settings, and Nick even made weight lifting fun (!?). Food was delicious and healthy, rooms were beautifully clean (with fresh flowers daily - a real treat), massages therapeutic and healing, and the non-chlorinated pool/hot tub great (sauna, too). Fellow travelers were interesting and varied in experience, background, age and fitness (don't think you have to be super fit to go. You just need to want to be fully active while there). One review said "why spend the money when you can do it on your own?" Yes, it's expensive (with one hidden cost: gratuity for massage therapists and staff). But you could not do what they do on your own given their attention to every detail and the quality of the people and amenities. You can focus on whatever it is you came there to do. I went to be outside and active in the middle of winter. I waited this long to write a review b/c I wanted to see if the experience "lasted." It has. The physical activity is centering, and habits started there (in my case I didn't think I'd make it through w/o morning toast and coffee) have endured. I haven't wanted caffeine since returning, and have switched to hot lemon water followed by mixed fruit for breakfast. Yoga continues, and Geo's focus on opening the chest ("good, good, good!") and standing postures translates into daily life and work. I am training for my first triathlon knowing that the Pearl kick started a reprioritization. Work is more balanced with life, relationships, time for self and exercise. That is a direct result of fully immersing in the program at Pearl Laguna. It is challenging, and it's 100% worth it. While I wasn't sure when I left after a week (and three-day extension), I would love to go back again.
- Also Known As:
- Blue Pearl Laguna Hotel Laguna Beach