On this retreat, we will do lots of yoga on the large outdoor yoga shala at this gorgeous and remote 200-acre resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. This land is adjacent to miles of a pristine beach and lush jungle with the ocean to the west and the Sierra Madre to the East. The focus is on moving our bodies! I think we are all craving in-person classes and so that is what we will do. We will do Vinyasa, Power, Gentle and Restorative — covering all the basis.
The food is so fresh and healthy (much of it grown on site and lovingly prepared by the amazing staff). So the entire retreat will be for your health and wellness, I suspect we all deserve this after this crazy year. Yes, it has been an entire year since the Coronavirus pandemic started.
I was at this eco-retreat center just over a year ago. When I think of it now, it seems as safe a place as any since the retreat center stands alone. It is not part of a town. It will be easy to keep a healthy distance from all others. About half of the people that are signed up for the trip have already received Coronavirus vaccines. The retreat center has a small staff that operates like a family.
The closest “town” is Juluchuca, which has about 550 residents at about 5 min (3 km) from Playa Viva. Then Petatlan which has about 25,000 residents and is located about 10 min (12 km) from Playa Viva. According to the staff member, as of January, Petatlan hadn't had any new cases in about three months. Staff will wear masks at all times.
The yoga decks are extremely large and the sleeping cabañas are very ventilated and large. All activities and meals are outside.
Before returning to the United States, a trained professional will come to the location and administer a COVID test in time for us to the the results for our flight.
Yes we have to get on a plane or two to get there and if you have not flown yet since the pandemic, I can send you an article on how clean the air quality on planes are these days. In addition, people are required to wear masks on planes. The flights are short. (When looking for flights, check Alaska going through LAX).
A big bonus is that out visit will help to restore and regenerate the ecosystems of the area and help this eco-resort continue to thrive in what has been a difficult year for them. In the past, I have resisted bringing groups to retreat center because I wasn't interested in a bubble experience. Now, this seems like the best way to travel.
While on this retreat, we can just stay put at the site:
~ Participate in the turtle release and restoration
~ Relax at the pool or beach in hammocks or launch chairs
~ Boogie board
~ Tour the garden where our food is grown
~ Walk beach or Jungle
~ Take a guided tour of property
~ Get a message on the beach in a shaded tent
~ Practice Yoga
~If conditions allow, paddle boards or surf boards can be borrowed onsite though the waves at this beach are a little too powerful generally speaking
These activities can also be arrange for a fee:
~ Ride horses on the beach
~ Whale watching
~ Visiting a family that lives in the Siera Madre totally off the land. It is an hour and a half away on an ATV
~ Possibly visit nearby ruins if they are open (they were closed during the COVID pandemic).
I think we are all excited to move our bodies and be in a live, in person class. So we will do lots of this. We will have yoga twice daily in one of the two beautiful outdoor "shalas." Oh the stunning views of the beach, ocean and sunset! Kristen Addicks teaches Hatha, Power, Vinyasa and Gentle and Restorative Yoga. She will cater to requests and offer modifications to those that want them. The yoga offered is for all levels.
This is a small lovely room for one person. It is in a great social location as it is attached to other units with other retreat goers. This structure is centrally located near one of the yoga decks and beach lounge chairs. The room is upstairs with a view and has it's own designated bathroom downstairs. There is a desk space for your use.
This price is based on having this room to yourself.
Check out the room here.
I love this room and so did the guests that were lucky enough to have it. It has a king bed and a day bed with a view .The windows are actually open air. The place is big and spacious and has fresh air blowing through.
It is in a more social location as it is attached to other units filled with other retreat goers. This structure is centrally located near one of the yoga decks and beach lounge chairs. The room is upstairs with a view and has a lovely spacious bathroom right in the Suite.
To view this beautiful room, click here:
If a couple wants to reserve this large, private casita, they will have a king bed and lots of space, including tow day beds, a desk and an armoire.
This casita can also be amongst friends and in the case, everyone would have their own bed. This structure is not attached to any other so it is very private.
The windows are actually open air. The place is big and spacious and has fresh air blowing through. It has it's own gorgeous, luxurious bathroom.
The idea is that this would be shared with 2 people so you will need to book it at the same to for the 2 spots. The price listed is based on double occupancy.
Click here to see the spacious king casita:
You will have your own private secluded casita set apart from the other structures. This is an absolutely lovely room. Great for one person that likes privacy. Like the other units. It is open air and with the windows and doors open you see the ocean and still have privacy.
Click here to see the lovely accomodation: https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/queen-eco-casitas
This is a very exclusive and private room perfect for a couple or friends that want to splurge. There is a king size bed or two twin beds depending on if it is a couple or two friends. In addition there is a day bed. It has it's own hang out deck with couch and table. In the room, there is a work space. The bathroom is very large with two sinks, a large shower and a separate room for the toilet.. It is totally private and located between the common pool area and the large yoga shala. It has it's own private path to the beach. Excellent for a couple. The price is based on two people sharing the rooms so sign up together. An extra person could be added to the room if three want to share.
View this room: https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/private-casita
This is the cabin featured on the cover or Travel + Leisure. This intriguing space is perfect for three people. It will have three twin beds in it, lots of space, fun arquitecture, a hammock in the floor of the room and one hanging outside too. There is a works pace in the room and it is on the way to the large yoga shala directly facing the ocean.
Check out the tree house here: https://www.playaviva.com/rooms/treehouse
In the early morning hours, staff will ring a bell if there are baby turtles to release. You have the option to participate and learn about the restoration or stay in bed a little longer.