As two June babies living in the same city (Toronto) for the first time in years, my sister and I decided to look for a nice getaway to "gift" to ourselves, the only givens being sun, sand and surf. We got that and way more at this little slice of heaven. Present Moment Retreat is a unique haven that's a must for any traveller seeking complete and utter R&R in a safe, welcoming, and rejuvenating environment nurtured by people who just can't help themselves from being awesome. It's been 5 months since I was fortunate enough to have experienced the present that is Present Moment (PM) and all my memories -- even those hot, breezeless evenings when sleep was so elusive and I pined for air conditioning (lie still enough and you will not get so sweaty) -- are 100% positive.
So, my sister and I stumbled upon PM on Groupon Getaways and it stood out from the pack because of the amenities and activities it offered: private bungalows, a yoga platform facing the sea, meditation and yoga classes, massage and spa treatments, day-time activities (kayaking, surfing, yoga surfing, horseback riding on the beach, and more), and a great menu with delicious and inventive food, shakes, juices, and desserts that other resorts just didn't have (way too used to buffets and all you can drink concoctions, which are nice too...there's just something to be said about quality).
It took a couple of days for us to agree on PM primarily because of the cost (I'm quite the thriftster) and unfamiliar location (Troncones? Zihuatanejo? Guerrero?) but as soon as we got over our trepidations with the help of Tom, who was very accommodating and promptly gave us genuinely honest and helpful answers, we took the leap and booked a 7-night package for two in one of the open-air bungalows with three beds.
In addition to the yoga, massage, facials and mani/pedis, and guided eco-kayaking I availed of during my stay here (oh, and I splurged at the gift shop too...check out their signature scent), I love that PM is small enough that you meet and can get to know the staff and guests here, if you're so inclined.
I believe there was a travel advisory against travelling to the area of Guerrero around the time we stayed here, which was a cause for travel slowing down in this area. Rest assured, Zihuatanejo (airport shared with Ixtapa), particularly Troncones, is safe. Serene, even. For current travel conditions and any questions about PM, just ask the staff...they're quick with email and will give you straightforward answers.
I echo all the rave reviews on here. Feel free to ask me about my stay here, and if you do go to Present Moment, please say hi to CJ, Coby, their tiny dog Bodhi, and the rest of the staff (I remember all their names but will let you have the pleasure of meeting them yourself). One day, I do hope to return...in the meantime, namaste.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our exclusive oceanfront boutique hotel and yoga retreat is situated on a quiet, serene beach in Troncones, thirty minutes up the coast from Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Restore in a gorgeous setting with wellness classes, yoga by the sea, meditation, qigong, dance classes and more. Rejuvenate with our offerings of spa treatments and healing arts. Dine on healthy gourmet cuisine. Take in the local adventures such as sunset horseback riding, eco tours, waterfall hiking, kayaking, surf-yoga excursions, surf lessons, shopping in our boutique, exploring the village and much more. Our loving staff have pleased even the most discerning guests, and are ready to delight you. Our eleven private bungalows are the perfect antidote to the chaos of everyday life. Each unique bungalow is dedicated to one of the values that we hold in the highest regard. Authenticity was imperative in the construction of every inch of Present Moment. Thus, all bungalows have an indigenous palapa thatched roof, hand-crafted in the Mexican tradition, and are furnished with a pillow top queen-sized bed, luxurious 400 count cotton bedding and a canopy of white linen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Present Moment Retreat Troncones