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7 Days Stunning Yoga and Meditation Holiday in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic

Samaná Ocean View Resort, Calle El Flamboyan, La Guazuma, Samana Bay, Dominican Republic

Restorative Yoga Holiday in Dominican Republic

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Dominican Republic.

This retreat is for the explorers, adventurers, and for souls that are hungry for life and experience. Wake up every morning in your private bungalow nestled in the hills of the Dominican Republic with the most stunning view over the Caribbean ocean. Practice daily yoga and meditation on the stunning deck overlooking the ocean, sample local Caribbean delights, and dive into the turquoise ocean just minutes away from the resort. This week will make you feel alive, connected, and filled with joy!

Meet the instructors

Carina
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Go for a hike through the gentle hills of Samaná
  • A full-day trip with a boat to the beautiful Playa Fronton
  • Excursion to the El Limon waterfall, and go horseback riding there
  • Enjoy a beach day at Playa Playita with fresh coconut
  • Daily tasty meals, as well as tea and water
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport pickup

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Las Américas International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you will stay in the Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge in a private bungalow. Away from the crowds of tourists and surrounded by marvelous nature, you can find the Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge. Here is a perfect retreat for dreamers, people seeking peace and quite, yogis and mediators from all kind of all methods and schools.

There are 14 private bungalows at the Samaná Ocean View Resort. Each is equipped with a queen size bed, bed linen and towels, night table, reading lamp, table and chairs, safe, ceiling fan and closet. Each one also has a bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. Most important is the cozy balcony (in six of the bungalows) or the fully-openable picture window (in the other seven of the bungalows) facing the ocean and with breathtaking views on the Samaná peninsula. The room will be cleaned daily.

The main building includes a large open living space and seating area, a bar, a barbecue grill, a sound system, free Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen. The swimming pool measures more than 1200 square feet. It can be used 24 hours a day and is attractively illuminated at night. At its longest point the pool measures 45 feet, and is between 4.6 and 5.3 feet deep. There is no lifeguard on duty or any special safety devices for children, so it is recommended that only adults and children who know how to swim make use of the pool. Use at your own risk.

This private estate which covers more than 18000 square feet, surrounded by tropical vegetation with plenty of space to relax. You will get ocean view from anywhere from the eco-lodge. There are 14 private bungalows each with a queen size bed. The total capacity is 28 persons (for yoga retreats normally a maximum of 14 guests). There is a bathroom, fan, safe, shower, toilet in each bungalow. The main building of the lodge has a terrace, barbecue, bar, pool, 2 bathrooms and a sun deck with an outdoor shower. In addition, there is a spacious and fully equipped kitchen with fridge in the main building.

You can use the washing machine and dryer for an additional fee. Irons are available (in the main building), hair dryers are not available, personal laptops and other devices can be used with power adapter, daily cleaning service of bungalows and main building, one-time room cleaning during weekend retreats. There is 24 hours electricity, water and Wi-Fi. The property manager lives on the estate and provides assistance of any kind.

Program

Take walks on the most pristine, white long stretches of sandy Caribbean beaches and explore secret coves and a waterfall on a horseback. This week will make you feel alive, connected, and filled of joy!

What can you expect in Carina’s classes?

Through her unique training, Carina’s classes are taking a very somatic approach, connecting the mind to the body and unraveling and unfolding all the layers of your being. You will practice flowing sequences with a strong focus on the breath and the dynamics in the body. You will chant, practice pranayama (breath work) and release what no longer serves you in deeply healing evening workshops.

Sample daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Transfers from the airport or your lodge to CaribeYoga Ocean View Eco Lodge. It takes three hours by road.
  • Welcome fruit drink
  • Opening circle and grounding yoga
  • Dinner
  • Bungalows assignations, resting time, getting ready for the next day

Day 2

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 09:00 Meditation and Vinyasa yoga
  • 11:30 Brunch delights
  • 12:30 Welcome massage, relax, pool, read, sunbathe
  • 15:00 Afternoon tea and snack
  • 18:00 Restorative/Yin yoga and mantras
  • 19:30 Dinner and sweet dreams

Day 3

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 09:00 Meditation and Vinyasa yoga
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:30 Adventure hike through the jungle to a secret paradise beach with packed snack and fresh coconuts on arrival
  • 19:30 Dinner and sweet dreams

Day 4

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 09:00 Meditation and Vinyasa yoga
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:30 Relax, pool, you time, read, sunbathe
  • 15:00 Horseback ride to “El Limon” waterfall and swimming in sweet water
  • 18:30 Yin yoga and mantras
  • 19:30 Dinner and sweet dreams

Day 5

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 09:00 Meditation and Vinyasa yoga
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:30 Relax, pool, beach, you time, optional massage
  • 15:00 Afternoon tea and snack
  • 18:00 Reflexology workshop
  • 19:30 Dinner and sweet dreams

Day 6

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 09:00 Meditation and Vinyasa yoga
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • 12:30 Depart for boats tour to watch humpback whales in the bay
  • 16:30 Return for tea and snack
  • 18:00 Pranayama, soft stretches, and mantras
  • 19:30 Dinner and sweet dreams

Day 7

  • 08:00 Tea and fruit
  • 09:00 Meditation and Vinyasa yoga
  • 11:00 Brunch
  • 12:00 Check out and depart for Santa Domingo/airport

Included excursions

Hike through the gentle hills of Samaná

You will be going for a full-day hike through the gentle hills of Samaná and explore the undiscovered treasures of the Samaná peninsula. The plan is to go on a full day hike with visiting Boca del Diablo, Playa Frontón, and the rural area around Las Galeras. Starting with a boat in Las Galeras, you will arrive Playa Fronton after 30 minutes. There, you will stay for two hours, enjoying the beach and the sea, drinking fresh coconut water. Then, you will walk along the unspoiled coastline, discover different fruits and vegetables while hiking along the cultivable land and get to know the village life in La Guázuma. You will feel all the efforts by experiencing the natural way of the Dominican Republic.

Whale watching in the Bay of Samaná

The bay of Samaná is one the main areas where the humpback whales migrate to in winter. Go on a guided excursion by boat and watch those giants in the sea in their natural environment. After whale-watching, the trip continues to the small island of Caya Levantado, also called the “Bacardi Island”. This island has a white sandy “dream” beach with shallow waters sloping gently into the water. A delicious lunch will be served here. Before returning by boat, you will have time to enjoy this beach or to explore Bacardi Island.

Trip to the waterfall El Limon including horse-riding

The waterfall “Salto El Limon” is located amidst a lush tropical landscape on the peninsula of Samaná, approximately an hour away from Las Galeras. This spectacular waterfall drops 150 feet into a natural, beautiful pool filled with fresh, crystal clear water. You can reach the top of the waterfall on horseback, then hike downwards through tropical jungle until you reach the bottom of this roaring cascade, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the big natural pool.

Beach day at Playa Playita

This is a beautiful beach to spend a moment of tranquility and enjoy nature, with a spectacular view.

Instructors

Carina Bogner

Retreat location

This holiday will take place in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic. It is located on top of a hill near the village of La Guázama and the idyllic fishing town Las Galeras on the Samaná peninsula. This spot is widely recognized as the most beautiful region of the Dominican Republic, primarily due to the thousands of coconut trees and the many pristine beaches.

The closest beaches are Playa Grande (the main beach in Las Galeras) and the especially beautiful beach, Playita. Both can be reached within 15 minutes by car or motorbike. Also closeby is the beach Playa Rincon, a three-mile long, white sandy beach; one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. From Las Galeras you can reach it within 25 minutes by car or within 15 minutes by boat.

There is also Playa Fronton, a perfect snorkeling spot. This Robinson Crusoe beach with its impressive panorama can be reached with a 30 minute hike, or by boat, or horse (not accessible by car). The small romantic bay with its natural beach Playa Madame is also within reach either by boat or by horse. Las Galeras, with its small supermarkets, restaurants and beach huts can be reached within 15 minutes by car. Here you can drink Dominican rum together with the locals, or book a boat trip with the local fishermen.

The closest airports are the “El Catey International Airport” of Samaná (about one hour drive) and the “International Airport Las Americas” of Santo Domingo (about two and half hours drive). The comfortable bungalow complex offers an unforgettable and relaxing stay. The tropical vegetation in and around the area, the tranquility of the site, and the stunning views make you feel as if you are visiting paradise. This area is one of the most beautiful and originally native places that the Dominican Republic has to offer. Experience the genuine Caribbean and pure relaxation.

Every year more than 1000 humpback whales migrate from the polar regions into the Bay of Samaná for mating season. From mid-December to end of March you can observe this great spectacle directly from the Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge. There are also regular boat excursions from Las Galeras if you prefer a closer look.

Nearby places

  • Las Galeras - 25 minutes' drive
  • El Catey International Airport - 1 hour's drive
  • International Airport Las Americas - 2.5 hours' drive

Unique features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Zip lining

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Food

During this holiday, you will be provided with six hearty breakfast buffets, healthy lunches and sumptuous dinners. The meals are a combination of Caribbean and international cuisines which are prepared to be like you prefer, also vegetarian or vegan. Tea and water are available free of charge throughout the duration of your stay. If you have any food allergies or special dietary needs, please inform CaribeYoga upon registration.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

For those who want to discover the beauty of the Samaná peninsula independently, a rental car would be most suitable. But those who prefer to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at the Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge can easily get around with taxis and so called “Motoconchos” (motorbike taxi) procured for you by the property manager. In addition, you can also enjoy the following activities zip-lining, horse riding, quad-excursion, scuba diving and learn dancing like the Caribbean people. In addition, you can also enjoy one optional massage.

What's included

  • 2 yoga sessions per day
  • High quality equipment
  • Full day excursion with a boat to Playa Fronton
  • A hike through the gentle hills of Samaná
  • Beach day at Playa Playita with fresh coconut
  • Excursion to the waterfall El Limon including horse back riding and swimming
  • Airport pickup
  • Tea and water available free of charge throughout the duration of your stay
  • 6 buffet breakfasts
  • 6 brunches
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 nights single accommodation

What's not included

  • Individual transfer to the yoga retreat (CaribeYoga can arrange it)
  • Daytime activities
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Private yoga lessons

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 36% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 144 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Monday January 27, 2020
Departure: Sunday February 2, 2020

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