Playa Viva Retreat

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

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Margi Young
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15 reviews
Jan 18 - 22, 2019
Group size: 1 - 26
Playa Viva Retreat
Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Margi Young
  • Email address verified
15 reviews

$850
Deposit: $425
Jan 18 - 22, 2019
Group size: 1 - 26

About this trip

About Playa Viva


Combining simple elegance with natural beauty and a commitment to improving the environment and the local community, Playa Viva is a sustainable boutique hotel located on the western coast of Mexico, just 35 minutes south of Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport. Nestled between the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains near the village of Juluchuca, Playa Viva is situated on a mile of pristine and private beach.


The property’s nearly 200 acres includes an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem which supports an array of stunning wildlife. Playa Viva is close enough to the trappings of modernity yet worlds away providing immersion into the wonders of nature and escape to utter private relaxation. 


The natural landscape and luxurious setting provides an escape from it all while providing a jumping off point to a host of adventures and experiences -- from hiking to scuba diving to deep-sea fishing to bird watching and kayaking. It's all here waiting for you - doing everything or nothing at all.


The schedule


7:15-8              meditation and pranayama (breathing practice)

8:00 – 9:00      breakfast            

10 - 12:30           group yoga practice (active)

1:00                    lunch

4:30 – 6:00      afternoon yoga (gentle/restorative)

7:00                   dinner


The Accommodations


Playa Viva has an array of accommodation options, including its studio, deluxe suite, king or queen ecocasitas, private casita, or treehouse. Room packages are outlined below and photos of different room types are available here. In some cases, payment plans or additions of a third guest to double occupancy rooms may be arranged; please use the green "contact organizer" button at right to inquire.


The Food


Some guests think of the kitchen as the heart, or at least the stomach, of Playa Viva. The cooking staff work from an open air kitchen where they prepare everything from simple items such as handmade tortillas or the more complex dishes such as mole. All meals are served family style.


Every effort is made so that you can enjoy healthy and organic food. Playa Viva's chefs prepare wholesome, delicious meals, based on local recipes designed for the modern healthy palate. Herbs and vegetables are harvested from the hotel's organic vegetable gardens, tended by farmers from local communities. Free-range game and fish, grass-fed beef (as available) and vegetarian cuisine will provide healthy and memorable dining. 


Playa Viva's staff can cater to a variety of diets from vegan to gluten or sugar free with special attention to any allergies.

What’s included

- Airport ground transport between Playa Viva and Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH)

- Four nights' accommodation

- All meals and snacks

- All beverages (except alcoholic drinks, blended smoothies, and organic fresh coconuts)

- Access to Wi-Fi in common area

- All related taxes and fees

- Staff gratuities

- Donation to Playa Viva's Turtle Sanctuary 

Not included

- Optional excursions 

- Spa / massage services

- Travel insurance (recommended)

Before You Go

Getting To Playa Viva


Playa Viva is located near the small village of Juluchuca, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the State of Guerrero. A 35 minute ride from Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa International Airport (ZIH) which is served by over 50 direct flights per week with half from Mexico City and the remaining flights from major North American airports including Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Denver. 


Climate


Playa Viva enjoys a year-round semi-tropical climate with approximately 300 sunny days a year and temperatures ranging from 23 to 33 degrees Celsius (73 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit). The rainy season lasts from late July through to late September or early October, with an average rainfall of 300 millimeters (12 inches) per month. During the rainy season, the surrounding countryside comes alive with verdant grasses and fragrant blossoms. Juluchuca transforms itself from a semi-arid zone into a tropical forest busting with wildflowers, butterflies, birds and more.

Available Packages

King Ecocasita
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A private “little house" (casita); two of the 4 walls can slide open for a 180 degree view up and down the beach. Pricing based on quadruple occupancy. Can be configured as a king bed and two single beds or four single beds. Females only, please.

$850
Deposit: $425
Studio
only 1 left

Bathroom is ensuite and private, but located down a flight of stairs from the sleeping area. Pricing based on double occupancy. Includes two single beds. Females only, please.

$1000
Deposit: $500
Deluxe Suite
only 1 left

Pricing based on double occupancy with each guest provided his or her own bed, but a third guest can be accommodated on single bed brought in upon request (inquire for triple occupancy pricing). 

$1150
Deposit: $600
Queen Ecocasita
Sold Out

A private "little house" (casita); two of the 4 walls can slide open for a 180 degree view up and down the beach -- idyllic! Pricing based on single occupancy as room includes one queen bed (inquire for double occupancy pricing).

$1350
Deposit: $675
Private Casita
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Playa Viva’s largest room, with a very spacious bathroom and a private, covered outdoor ‘living room’. Pricing based on double occupancy. Can be configured as a king bed and a single bed or three single beds.

$1500
Deposit: $750
Economy Studio
Sold Out

Bathroom is ensuite and private, but located down a flight of stairs from the sleeping area. Pricing based on double occupancy. Includes two single beds. Females only, please.

$850
Deposit: $425
$850
Deposit: $425

King Ecocasita

Your Organizer


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Margi Young
15 reviews
Besides teaching weekly classes at Namaste and You and the Mat in the East Bay and at the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco, I teach privately and lead annual retreats locally and around the world. Come to class or sign up for a retreat or training. I will share my limitless joy for yoga!

Reviews

We had an incredible time on this day long yoga retreat. Margi is an incredible and knowledgeable yoga instructor, the facilities were calming and immaculate and the group was warm and welcoming. I am very much looking forward to the next opportunity I have to practice with Margi at a retreat such as this. Highly recommend!
TS
Margi's yoga teaching is good for every-body and I always enjoy the subtle alignment cues and ability to make the poses personal. Margi welcomes you to go at your own pace while also making space for advanced poses and to hold the pose just enough so that you feel the strength and sanctity of it all. At this daylong retreat the teaching was amplified by gorgeous nature and quiet and access to the magic of Muir beach. I hope she does this again next year.
Margi brings a joyfulness and generosity to her yoga classes. Her approach is thoughtful and flexible. The setting was lovely, with the fragrance of flowers and a gentle breeze coming through the studio. A healthy and tasty lunch was provided. The location was ideal: very accessible from San Francisco, but still felt remote and tranquil, and was walking distance from the beach.
JK
An idyllic mountain retreat and the best possible people to experience the focus, calm and gentle self care of a weekend retreat.
By Jemima Kiss for Playa Viva Retreat on Mar 16, 2017
KN
It was a peace-inducing, transformationally apt kind of surprise weekend wherein I met a rogue's gallery of kind and beautiful strangers riding some Good Ship toward true breath being helmed by three of the most sagacious and badass Jedi yogis leading us over the plains of being human in this world through the dust storms of sorrow, confusion or despair and right into the Rebellion of our most luminous True Selves -- all via some damn yoga! I was nervous about going alone to a weekend with observed 'silent mornings' and unknown bunk mates and I was so pleasantly and thoroughly surprised at what a genuine, gentle and impactful time I had. Truly beautiful and entirely 'contents may have shifted during shipping' kind of weekend. The classes were perfectly balanced and clear and accessible, the instruction was fun and clear and useful. The gathering was very special. Thank you so much to everyone there- and deepest bow to Margi, Sarah and Christie for putting yourselves together with us and sharing your knowledge and talents. It is a gift to have met you all. xoxox
By Kahlilah Nelson for Playa Viva Retreat on Mar 12, 2017
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