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7 Days Whale Watching, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Samana Province, Dominican Republic

  • Samana Ocean View Eco Lodge, Calle El Flamboyan, La Guazuma, Samana, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

7 Days Whale Watching, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Samana Province, Dominican Republic

  • Samana Ocean View Eco Lodge, Calle El Flamboyan, La Guazuma, Samana, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

Revitalizing Yoga Retreat Dominican Republic

Is your spirit hungry for adventure? Are you craving for getting a close up with nature while immersing yourself daily into the practice of yoga and meditation? Then come and join CaribeYoga for a journey of a lifetime. Reconnect to your true essence through daily morning Vinyasa Flow yoga classes while overlooking the Caribbean Ocean from the yoga deck. You can sample local delights, lovingly prepared by the resident chefs, and dive into the turquoise ocean just minutes away from the resort.

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Höhepunkte

  • Daily dynamic Vinyasa yoga
  • Pranayama and meditation session
  • Yin yoga or workshop in the evenings
  • Half day excursion through the hills of Samana
  • Whale watching in the bay of Samana
  • Water and tea all the time for free
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 3 gourmet meals daily
  • Kurse an 7 Tagen
  • Deutsch, Englisch
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There are 14 private bungalows at the Samaná Ocean View Resort. Each is equipped with a queen-sized 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 CaribeYoga recommends that only adults and children who know how to swim make use of the pool. The use is at your own risk.

The private estate which covers more than 18,000 square feet is surrounded by tropical vegetation with plenty of space to relax. The place has an ocean view from anywhere at the eco-lodge. It has 14 private bungalows, each with a queen-sized bed. The total capacity is 28 persons (for yoga retreats normally a maximum of 14 guests). It has bathroom, fan, safe, shower, toilet in each bungalow, main building with terrace, barbecue, bar, pool, two bathrooms, and a sun deck with an outdoor shower, spacious and fully equipped kitchen with fridge in the main building, and use of the washing machine and dryer for an additional fee.

Irons are available (in the main building) while hair dryers not available. Personal laptops and other devices can be used with power adapter. The feature includes daily cleaning service of bungalows and main building and one-time room cleaning during weekend retreats. The lodge has 24-hour electricity, water, and Wi-Fi. The property manager lives on the estate and provides assistance of any kind. All packaged retreats include breakfast and dinner.

The yoga classes are suitable for beginners and advanced learners alike. Each participant will be supported to perform the exercises accurately, receiving the full attention of the yoga instructor, which is why classes are limited.

Please inform CaribeYoga prior to your arrival of any injuries, surgeries in the past six months, chronic diseases, food allergies, or pregnancy.

Schedule

Day 1 (Monday, January 8)

  • Transfer from the airport to Caribe Yoga Ocean View Eco Lodge (3 hours road trip)
  • Welcome-fruit drink
  • Welcome circle, setting of intentions and grounding yoga practice
  • Dinner
  • Bungalows assignations, resting time, and getting ready for the next day

Day 2 (Tuesday, January 9)

  • 08:00-09:30 Morning practice: grounding Vinyasa practice and exploring your creativity
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • Free time at the eco-lodge: exploring the resort, getting to know the group, relaxing, enjoying me time, reading, enjoying welcome massage
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • Free time at the eco-lodge: enjoying pool area, enjoying me time, relaxing, reading, chilling out
  • 18:00-19:30 Yin / Restorative yoga class
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 3 (Thursday, January 10)

  • 08:00-09:30 Morning practice: connect to your power and open your heart
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • 11:15-16:00 Excursion to Playa Fronton or Playita
  • 18:00-19:30 Kirtan (singing heart opening mantras with the guitar)
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 4 (Friday, January 11)

  • 08:00-09:30 Morning practice: pranayama, dynamic flow, and working with the bandhas
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • 11:15 Excursion to El Limon Waterfall
  • 18:00-19:30 Restorative yoga and evening meditation
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 5 (Friday, January 12)

  • 08:00-09:15 Morning practice: meditation to connect to the creatures of the sea and Vinyasa Flow yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00-18:00 Whale watching
  • 18:30-20:00 Evening workshop
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 6 (Saturday, January 13)

  • 08:00-09:30 Dynamic Hatha yoga class, pranayama, and meditation
  • 09:45 Breakfast
  • Free time at the eco-lodge: sunbathing, enjoying the pool, relaxing, and enjoying me time
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • Free time at the eco-lodge: enjoying the pool area, enjoying me time, relaxing, reading, chilling out
  • 18:00-19:30 Integration and closing circle
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 7 (Sunday, January 14)

  • 08:00-09:30 Dynamic Hatha Yoga class, pranayama, and meditation
  • Brunch and departure

Beach day on Playa Playita

You will go to a beautiful beach to spend a moment of tranquility and enjoy nature with a spectacular view.

Boat and hike through the gentle hills of Samaná

You will 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 on Playa Fronton after 30 minutes.

There, you will stay for two hours, enjoying the beach and the sea as well as 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.

Half-day stay on a private island

Only three minutes with a boat, you will arrive a small private Island where you will see a beautiful sunset.

Trip to Salto El Limon Waterfall including horseriding

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 will reach the top of the waterfall on horseback and then hike downwards through the tropical jungle until you reach the bottom of this roaring cascade where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the big natural pool.

Whale watching in the Bay of Samaná (January to March only)

The bay of Samaná is one the main areas where the humpback whales migrate to in winter. You will go on a guided excursion by boat and watch those giants in the sea in their natural environment. After whale-watching, the trip will continue 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.

  • Carina Bogner

    Austrian born Carina had her first yoga experience at the age 16. She started practicing Hatha yoga before going on extended trips to Asia, which inspired her to take yoga to new and dynamic levels. 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.

This retreat will take place in a landscape like a picture book where you will feel welcome.

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 quiet, yogis and meditators from all kind of all methods and schools.

The Samaná Ocean View Eco-Lodge 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 close by is the beach Playa Rincon, which is 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. 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.

The closest airports are the Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) (about a one-hour drive) and the Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) of Santo Domingo (about two and a half hour drive). Rental cars or transfers from either airport to the eco-lodge can be arranged for you.

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 will 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. You can 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 the 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

  • Playa Fronton - 30 minutes hike, or by boat, or horse
  • Playa Grande - 15 minutes by car or motorbike
  • Playita - 15 minutes by car or motorbike
  • Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) - 1 hour

The meals consist of a hearty breakfast buffet, a brunch, and a sumptuous dinner prepared by a local and authentic chef. They will be a combination of the Caribbean and international cuisine, and if preferred, vegetarian or vegan. Please inform CaribeYoga of any food allergies or special needs prior to arrival. Tea and water are available free of charge throughout the duration of your stay.

  • Double beach trip to Playa Frontón and Playa Rincón
  • Horse riding
  • Learn dancing like the Caribbean people
  • Quad excursion
  • Scuba diving
  • Trip to El Valle
  • Trip to Los Haitises National Park
  • Zip lining

You will have one-hour professional massage session in this retreat.

  • 1-hour professional massage
  • 2 yoga classes (90-minute yoga sessions per day)
  • 6 breakfasts (buffet), 6 brunches, and 6 dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • Excursion to the El Limon Waterfall including horse riding
  • Half day hike through the gentle hills of Samaná
  • High-quality equipment
  • Tea and water (free of charge throughout the duration of your stay)
  • Whale watching
  • Daytime activities
  • Drinks
  • Private yoga lessons
  • Transfer to the yoga retreat

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS). Transfer from the airport is included. CaribeYoga will pick you up from the airport.

The nearest airport is Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS) (about one-hour transfer). There are more possibilities to reach the resort by Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) (three hours' transfer) or Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) (four hours' transfer).

  • Eine Reservierung erfordert eine Anzahlung von 50% des Gesamtpreises.
  • Die Anzahlung wird nicht erstattet, wenn die Buchung storniert wird.
  • Der Restbetrag ist am Tag der Ankunft zu zahlen.

Samaná Province, Dominican Republic

CaribeYoga offers perfect yoga retreats in the Dominican Republic at their enchanting resort for yoga and nature lovers.

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