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Relaxing Yoga Holiday in Mexico

Join Liz Owen Yoga to relax and unwind on the calm and peaceful island of Holbox, a virgin tourist destination on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Immerse yourself in yoga postures and breath work while you listen to the gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea and feel the warm sun recharge your body and spirit. Come to beautiful Isla Holbox for an opportunity to de-stress your body and mind!

Retreat highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Explore Isla Holbox, Isla Pasion, and Isla Pajaros by boat
  • Free time to surrender to experience the slow rhythm of island life
  • Daily buffet breakfast with Yucatan specialties
  • Welcome reception and group dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

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7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The venue for your yoga retreat is Villas Flamingos, a beachfront boutique hotel whose "hammocks in the sea" make it a unique destination on the island. Hotel Villas Flamingos Holbox is a place where nature invites you to forget life’s routines, where you can reflect and become at one with yourselves and the environment truly does exist.

Villas Flamingos is a paradise retreat located in the Yum-Balam Nature Reserve on Holbox Island. It is a perfect place to unwind and contemplate all the incredible experiences you will acquire during your stay there. All the rooms and bungalows are designed to stimulate the feelings and sensations associated with paradise.

Designed to encompass the complete Holbox experience, the rooms and bungalows have been made with your comfort in mind so that you can enjoy your stay to the fullest. Surrounded by vegetation and tranquility, your rooms Vista Jardín (garden view) and Vista Mar (ocean view) are the most economical at the hotel; a perfect home away from home during your holiday in Holbox.

They’ve been described as charming, intimate, romantic or relaxing. All of the rooms come with breakfast included. They include breakfast, mini bar, air conditioning, fan, hammocks, private terrace, smoke detector, safe deposit box, and Wi-Fi. They would either have two queen size beds or one king size bed, and the rooms are located about 20 meters from the shore.

You will be staying in private or shared, single or double occupancy in either the garden view or ocean view rooms. Please note, that in case for double occupancy, you can register with a friend or partner, or otherwise, Liz Owen Yoga can inquire about finding a roommate for you.

Liz Owen Yoga Holiday Mexico Program

Come to relax and unwind on the calm and peaceful island of Holbox, a virgin tourist destination on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Holbox is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds. The island, part of the Yum Balam Biosphere Reserve, is surrounded by clear, emerald green water rimmed by magnificent white sand beaches.

Colorful murals painted by artists with the International Public Artist Festival brighten the small town center, accessible from your hotel by a 20-minute walk along the beach. Holbox has recently received positive press because of its untouched beauty and its contrast to popular Yucatan peninsula destinations such as Tulum, Cancun, and Playa del Carmen.

The venue for your yoga retreat is Villas Flamingos, a beachfront boutique hotel whose "hammocks in the sea" make it a unique destination on the island. Your twice daily yoga classes will be held in a thatched-roof palapa. In the third floor aerie, you will practice with magnificent views of the ocean laid out before you.

Between classes there will be time to cool down in the seafront pool, walk along the beach to town, take a siesta in a hammock, go for a kayak tour, bike around the island, or simply surrender to the slow rhythm of island life by doing “nothing”.

Included excursions

Three-island classic tour

On this tour, you’ll get to see the whole of Holbox by boat as well as some of the smaller uninhabited islands which surround it. The first stop is the protected Isla Pájaros, Bird Island, where you’ll be able to appreciate the views, fauna and flora, from the bird-watching tower in front of the island.

Next, the boat will lead you to Isla Pasión, Passion Island, to explore the unpopulated terrain while gazing out over the clear open waters. Finally, you’ll get the chance to swim in Yalahau, a natural fresh waterhole on the mainland; the perfect place to cool off and relax after a morning at sea. This tour will take place for three hours.

Instructors

Liz Owen
International Association of Yoga Therapists (Hatha Yoga)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)
Liz Owen is an inspiring and passionate yoga teacher. She combines physical and energetic alignments with meditative action to create an innovative and transformative class experience. She has taught since 1990 and is known for her light-hearted teaching style as well as for the depth of her knowledge. Liz has studied Iyengar, Vinyasa, classical Hatha yoga and meditation extensively for 30 years and has studied with masters of various traditions.

Retreat location

This retreat takes place in Isla Holbox, an island in Mexico. Holbox is a place that will awaken all of your senses. You will discover that it is much more than just an island, but a magical place where anything can happen. There in Holbox, you will be enamored by the white sandy roads, turquoise-green waters, and a pace of life far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Holbox has become an ideal tourist destination for those seeking both relaxation and some adventure. The locals enjoy lobster, octopus, and various other types of fishing, but there are many other exciting activities available. The island is also a sanctuary for birds, such as sea osprey, flamingos, pelicans, gulls, and herons.

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

Breakfast is included in this retreat which will be served buffet-style each morning in the open air beach front restaurant with Yucatan specialties, egg dishes of your choice, pancakes, fruit, yogurt, cereals, breads, fresh juices, tea, and coffee. Additionally, there will be two group dinners, one at El Mangle Restaurant for Villas Flamingos, and another group dinner at a local restaurant. During the three-island classic tour, you will be provided with soft drinks and water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Enjoy a moment of pure relaxation on Villa Flamingos famous hammocks in the sea
  • Experience fishing like the pros and go sports fishing
  • Go on a guided tour of the mystical city of Coba
  • Go on horseback riding trot from the stables along the white sandy beach to Punta Coco
  • Kayak through the island’s labyrinth of mangroves and be amazed by the fauna and flora
  • Pamper yourself, choose to have personalized massage treatment on the beach or in the comfort of your room
  • Relax or take a swim in the 200-meter plus of beach in front of your hotel
  • Rent a golf court and discover the island for yourself
  • Reserve a romantic dinner on the beach or in the water
  • Stroll along the beach which enjoying a delicious ‘marquesita’; a typical sweet Mexican snack
  • Take a guided tour of the Chichén Itzá mystical ancient ruins to retrace the steps of our ancestors
  • Take a tour of the island’s urban art murals
  • Visit Bar Arena in the main square, it is the highest point in Holbox and offers great views of the island

What's included

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Three-island classic tour
  • Welcome reception in evening
  • Daily breakfast
  • Group dinner at El Mangle restaurant and another at a local restaurant
  • Soft drinks and water during tour
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any personal expense
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Activities not included in the itinerary
  • Local travel and transfer costs

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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