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Join this retreat at Playa Viva, one of the unique eco-centers in Mexico. Balance your body and mind with rejuvenating and Restorative yoga sessions and therapeutic massage. With plenty of free time to explore the area or simply be still, you will have space and freedom to absorb the healing benefits that only immersing yourself in nature can bring. Take this opportunity to unplug from today’s many distractions and connect to your intuitive, creative, and vibrant being.
All rooms will be outfitted with luxurious locally sourced organic sheets and towels, biodegradable organic soaps made on site, and organic shampoo, lotion, and conditioner in your private bathroom. Choose from among twelve eco-luxury rooms, each with a beachfront view, including the brand new oceanfront treehouse.
Studios have an unobstructed ocean view and include either two single beds or a king bed, upon request, as well as a desk. Studios are part of the four-bedroom Casita. These are moderately-sized rooms that adjoin the Deluxe suites, which can be rented separately.
The private bathroom is downstairs from the bedroom area. A studio has visual privacy, but due to the Casita's vaulted palapa ceilings, the room has limited audio privacy.
This is a spacious room with a king bed and trundle bed that can sleep two more. The room has an unobstructed view of the ocean. The Deluxe suite is part of the four-bedroom Casita, which is a larger structure consisting of two Deluxe suites, each with an adjoining studio.
Deluxe suites have private bath and share with the other suites a large balcony that serves as a large outdoor living room containing couch, chairs, and table. The balcony has an unobstructed ocean view. Because rooms have vaulted palapa roofs, this room has visual privacy but not complete audio privacy from the adjoining studio.
Queen EcoCasitas are one-bedroom self-contained casitas (little houses). This EcoCasita provides complete privacy as compared to the Deluxe suite or studio rooms, which are adjoining rooms and thus can have some noise transfer.
EcoCasitas are outfitted with a queen bed. These rooms have an unobstructed ocean view. They have a private bathroom on the same level and feature shutter doors to open for full ocean view or close for complete privacy. A small table and chairs are also available.
King EcoCasitas are one-bedroom self-contained casitas that provide complete privacy. They are each outfitted with a king bed that can be separated into two singles, plus two single day beds that serve as comfortable couches during the day. These rooms have an unobstructed ocean view.
King EcoCasitas have private bathrooms on the same level and have shutter doors to open for full ocean view or close for complete privacy. A small table and chairs are also available. One of the King EcoCasitas has a ramp rather than stairs and is outfitted for easier use by the handicapped or elderly. It is also conveniently located closer to the common area.
This room is located in palm trees as living "piers", raised six feet above the ground. The room is outfitted with a king bed, private bathroom, ocean view, and a small lounge area with in-floor hammock. Who doesn't want to stay in a treehouse by the ocean? The king bed can be replaced with two singles, plus there is an additional day bed located in the "bathhouse."
A unique yoga retreat destination, Playa Viva has something for everyone. You and your loved ones will enjoy the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico in the guilt-free luxury of an environmentally-conscious resort.
Balance yourself with rejuvenating morning yoga sessions, Restorative evening yoga sessions, and therapeutic massage. Nourish your health dining on fresh meals prepared with care, using organic or locally grown ingredients.
Become immersed in nature, volunteer in the turtle sanctuary, give back to the local community, engage in a workshop, or just relax completely.
During this retreat, there will be on site excursions, such as horticulture tours, hiking, turtle sanctuary visits, lagoon tours, or boogie boarding.
Michelle is a certified yoga instructor, practicing yoga consistently since 2005. She received her teaching certification in 2008 at It’s Yoga in San Francisco. She received her 700-hour massage therapy training and is a licensed massage therapist. Most recently, Michelle has enrolled in intensive craniosacral therapy training and is enjoying it immensely. She specializes in deep tissue, myofascial techniques, neuromuscular trigger point, and Swedish massage. Michelle’s classes are geared for all levels.
Ellen became a certified yoga instructor in 2014 after practicing yoga consistently for almost a decade around the world. As a young person, she mainly focused on meditation and contemplation. As a young adult, asana practices were presented to her and she began to find a strong sense of place in the community of yoga. Ellen appreciates a balanced practice and offers a range of classes, from dynamic Vinyasa filled with inversions and arm balances, to calm, Restorative practice. In 2017, she began to study mindfulness and incorporates this smoothly into her practice and classes.
Playa Viva is located near the small village of Juluchuca, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in the State of Guerrero. Nestled between the sparkling waters of the ocean and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, 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, a 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, deep-sea fishing, bird watching, and kayaking. Adventure awaits you as you discover all the best that this off-the-beaten path beach destination delivers.
During this retreat, you will be served three amazing family-style meals using mostly organic and local ingredients from Playa Viva's farm-to-table program. There will also be unlimited tea, coffee, and fresh juices.
When it comes to your health and wellness, what is more important than fresh, organic produce, harvested right from your own garden? At Playa Viva, depending on the season, they have a thriving organic garden with a variety of vegetables. Come pick your own salad fixings. Walk the orchard and pick fresh pomegranates, mangoes, cashew nuts, and pistachios.
Playa Viva sources as much as they can from their three-acre farm, then from local small farmers who provide milk, cheese, and eggs. In addition to providing local, organic food, they also welcome guest chefs who will guide you on a healthful nutritional plan for your whole family.
Playa Viva food is what they would describe as healthy Mexican. They focus on traditional Mexican meals, but cooked with minimal oil and healthy and local ingredients, trying to get as many organics as possible. When booking, please let them know of any dietary concerns. They are able to accommodate a wide variety of allergies, vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, and even Kosher.
An example of a day's breakfast consists of oatmeal, local fruit such as papaya, melon, watermelon, or pineapple, yogurt, tortillas, fresh eggs, fresh orange juice, herbal tea, and local and organic coffee.
A typical lunch would include sopes (hand made thick tortillas filled with beans and topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion) with a fresh salad of tomatoes, nopalitos, verdolaga (purslane), vegetable soup, and aguas frescas to drink.
Dinner might include a tortilla soup, Ceasar salad, fresh red snapper, a variety of vegetarian dishes and maybe some chicken taquitos.
Snacks during the day might include frozen grapes, paletas (fresh fruit popsicles), organic popcorn, jicama, carrot or cucumber slices with lemon, salt, or chile, or a margarita pizza with fresh tomatoes.
The estuary, wetlands, and oceanside provide nesting and feeding grounds for thousands of birds. You will be able to identify and observe more than 200 species that call Playa Viva home. Playa Viva regularly has guest biologist catalog many of the bird species on site.
Hop in a flat-bottom boat and tour the estuary, gliding past mangroves, nests of cranes, and native wildlife. Rent a kayak and venture off to explore the wonders of this tropical paradise on your own. Don't forget your fishing line, you might catch something delicious to bring back to the kitchen for dinner.
Whether it is surfing, shopping or seeking arts and entertainment, Playa Viva has lots of transport and guide options to host you on whatever tour strikes your fancy. The focus of excursions is to find local operators and promote activities that will engage you with the local community.
One of the most popular is the Sierra Excursions. Ride a 4 x 4 up the watershed to visit a family that lives off-grid in the mountains, growing all they need, including coffee and cacao. This lovely family will provide a tour of their farm and then invite you to join them for a late breakfast.
If you fashion yourself an angler, there are many opportunities for fishing. These include taking a deep sea excursion from Ixtapa to catch marlin, tuna, and other deep sea fish.
For those who want to stay closer to shore, Johnny, Head of Activities, has been fishing these shores since he was a small boy and will teach you how to line fish or how to toss a perfect spiral net. Shore fish include the much-prized rooster fish. Another option is taking a “panga” on the lagoon to fish in the estuary.
The 160-acre private reserve at Playa Viva has trails to take you from the beach, through dunes, into wetlands, and up rocky knolls. The permaculture team is restoring a network of paths to allow visitors to fully enjoy the biodiversity that Playa Viva has to offer.
They have also built relationships with other landowners to open up hiking trails nearby. They provide a complimentary field guide of Playa Viva for all guests to identify the various trails, “zones”, flora, and fauna.
Horses are available for riding at Playa Viva. The horses are clean, well fed, and tame with western saddles and bridles. Playa Viva partner with local farmers who provide their horses for riding, including a pony available for kids. The best part of riding at Playa Viva is the pure joy of letting go at full gallop on the beach or ride your horse into the ocean.
Immerse yourself in nature by taking a small group or private kayak tours in the many lagoons near Playa Viva. The state of Guerrero, Mexico, is home to thousands of waterfowl and migratory birds.
At Playa Viva, they work with the local fisherman who can take you out on their "panga" (small boats) for a tour of the estuary, which is a great way to see birds, amphibians, and mangrove, and gain a new perspective on Playa Viva.
When it comes to relaxing and pampering yourself, what could be better than a massage right on the beach? Playa Viva is always staffed with a masseuse, some of whom can provide additional spa services such as facials and specialty scrubs using locally harvested materials. Services vary based on provider, so make sure to inquire about the spa menu when you arrive.
Take a boat from beautiful Zihuatanejo bay to a remote coral reef with calm waters, a white sand beach, and plentiful aquatic life. No snorkeling experience is necessary. Your guide will be in the water with you giving tips and pointing out the wonders below.
Facemasks, flippers, and lifejackets will be provided, as well as water and juice. The boat is covered, so those sensitive to the sun will have plenty of shade. After visiting the coral reef, the boat will tour the perimeter of the Zihuatanejo bay, where you’ll find great views of La Ropa Beach and the city of Zihuatanejo. At your option, you can stop in town for lunch and enjoy a few cold cervezas.
Playa Viva activities team offers some of the best surf on Mexico's Pacific Coast, for the novice, intermediate, and top surfers. Local surfing instructors welcome all skill levels. Breaks include Escolleras, Playa Linda, La Saladita, the Ranch, Mahajua, Troncones, Playa Manzanillo, Juluchuca, La Barrita, and Las Gatas, all within a one-hour drive. Playa Viva is adjacent to Loma Bonita, one of the only locations in Mexico where top surfers can catch one of the few pipelines in all of Mexico.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Playa Viva will pick you up from the airport.
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