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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Dominican Republic.
Join The Yoga Loft for an experience full of nourishing yoga classes and a challenging, fun fitness program. The Yoga Loft offers stunning views and an unparalleled beachfront location. In between classes, you will have enough spare time for other activities like kiteboarding, surfing, or enjoying one of the local and gorgeous beaches. These transformational fitness vacations are a combination of gym workouts, outdoor adventures, yoga classes, and healthy tourism. Leave your stress behind and enjoy the Caribbean lifestyle!
The accommodation options are on private room and double room basis. The beach-front accommodations will be at the eXtreme Hotel. The hotel is one of the leading ecologically sustainable small hotels in the Caribbean. eXtreme is more than just an adventure sports and fitness hotel, it is a place where the values of sustainable and ecological tourism are forefront, the community is thriving, and the keywords are evolution and fun.
The eXtreme Hotel is the perfect place to meet amazing people and have an incredible holiday in tropical paradise.
Perched on the second floor overlooking the ocean is the magnificent and tranquil The Yoga Loft. Services and amenities include various classes, yoga mats, yoga blocks, and other useful equipment. It’s a quiet and peaceful place with a beautiful canna roof where you can find your inner chi.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a seasoned yogi, the friendly and helpful instructors will give you a yoga workout that is both fun, enjoyable, and relaxing, with the gentle lapping waves in the background. Combine a yoga class with a cross fit class, personal training session, kite boarding session, or surfing and you’ll have a well-rounded day followed by a deep sleep.
The Yoga Loft believes that everything about a person - including their emotional state and personal history - can affect their current lifestyle. Therefore, their approach to wellness is holistic. The programs encompass nutrition and fitness, as well as emotional and spiritual well-being for real and long term changes.
During this retreat, you will enjoy a tour of the organic farm with river tubing together with a farm fresh meal.
Chrissy Lefavour began teaching yoga in 2012 and continued to teach Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Kids yoga. She completed her RYT 500-hour certification in early 2014. In addition to teaching classes around Central Vermont, Chrissy became involved with yoga with horses, SUP yoga, and leading yoga retreats internationally. A born traveler, Chrissy brought her first group of yogis to the Dominican Republic in 2016 and was immediately in love with the combination of yoga, Caribbean lifestyle, fresh food, and the amazing activities offered at The Yoga Loft, Cabarete.
Growing up, playing basketball and swimming, I always had an interest in fitness and health. I loved the feeling of being connected and at ease with my body. In 2015, I underwent open-heart surgery and found myself longing for a way to reconnect with all parts of my being. Yoga has helped me heal and helped me find inner strength. I completed my 200 Hour Teacher Training at the Goodyoga yoga school in Brooklyn, NY, with a focus on Alignment and Anatomy followed by a 300HR advanced teaching mentorship. I strive to encourage my students to listen to their bodies as they move towards growth.
The retreat will be held in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Cabarete is best known as one of the world’s meccas for kite boarding. The sport is popular due to the consistent winds nearly year round, so it is one of the best places to learn, practice, and perfect the sport. Cabarete however, has so much to offer beyond kiting.
It also is a fantastic surf location for both beginners and advanced surfers with waves reaching double overhead in the fall when the wind dies down. Most of the breaks are coral based, making the perfect formation when the conditions are right. Cabarete also has horseback riding, beautiful lagoons for paddle boarding, and waterfalls to be explored.
Due to the active, modern community who frequents Cabarete, the town is full of healthy eating options, ecological businesses, and sustainable tourism. Cabarete is home to a lively international community that supports local development through private business operations and non-government organizations.
The center of Cabarete is full of international restaurants, bars, live music venues, and much more. The Yoga Loft believes in living a balanced life, so for those who enjoy the nightlife as well as the day, you would not be short of options.
The nutrition program is pretty special, as the beachfront restaurant is supplied by eXtreme Hotel's very own organic farm (in which you will take a tour). This means that you'll always have the highest quality and freshest ingredients on hand, so you’re always getting nutrient dense meals to maximize your energy, and thus your happiness.
Please let The Yoga Loft know if you have any dietary restrictions. They can cater to vegetarians and those on gluten and lactose restricted diets, however they unfortunately don’t have the ability to cater to vegans or raw foodies at this time.
Depending on your preference, you could be kiting, surfing, learning the trapeze, or taking additional fitness classes. The Yoga Loft also offers one-off activities such as visiting the 27 waterfalls, white water rafting, horseback riding, stand-up paddle tours, massages, and more, all of which you can schedule upon arrival.
With El Choco national park in the backyard, there are numerous options. Take in the ocean and jungle scenery, and get away from the bustle of Cabarete. The hotel is only minutes away from incredible Caribbean vistas and lush tropical rain forest.
Whether you're an expert horseback rider or an amateur, you will find plenty of equestrian ranches nearby that offer both beach rides and lush mountain expeditions. See the lush and beautiful Cabarete from a new perspective!
World class mountain biking tours are offered by an internationally renowned local firm, leading scenic daily excursions that range from beginner trails to challenging, advanced level rides through the bush.
Only 15 minutes from Cabarete in Sosua there are clear turquoise waters perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can go on your own, hire a guide, or even sign up for a certification course.
Another amazing day trip. The waterfalls are about an hour and a half drive away from the hotel, where you hike up and jump down 27 waterfalls with gorgeous grottoes.
The highest mountains of the Caribbean are only a four hour drive away. With an early start, you can be heading down class three to six rapids that will have you thinking you’re in Central America.
Cabarete is ranked as one of the top ten windsurfing locations in the world. Cabarete is where it’s at for this exciting sport. Windsurfing is what put Cabarete on the sporting map in the late 80's.
An hour outside of Cabarete on the mountain road to Santiago lies zip lining at its best. You’ll be suspended 100 meters in the air while you zip through the jungle canopy on this fun day trip.
Relax and enjoy a professional massage from the hotel's masseuse, Magdalena. She offers Thai, Swiss, and deep tissue massage. She uses the massage room next to the yoga loft to help heal your body from the aches and pains. Multiple types of massages available.
Punta Cana International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$400 per person
Gregorio Luperón International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$35 per person
Las Américas International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$200 per person
Cibao International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$100 per person
Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. The Yoga Loft has four airports that you could fly into. Each one has its own pluses and minuses, so they like to leave guests to decide what works best to balance their budget and travel style.
Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is about 30 minutes away, and a 35 USD taxi ride (taxi seats four). It is a local airport but it is as close as you could possibly get to eXtreme Hotel, so if you want to fly into here you’ll have to book your international flight into Santo Dominigo or Punta Cana and get a small connecting plane to Puerto Plata.
Cibao International Airport (STI) is one and a half hours away, and about 100 USD by taxi. It is an international airport, however flights are frequently more expensive into Santiago than into Santo Domingo or Punta Cana.
Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) is four hours away, and is about a 200 USD taxi from eXtreme. There are a lot of international flights to Santo Domingo, and coming from Santo Domingo you also have the option of taking the local bus (about 20 USD) instead of a taxi. This is a good option for budget travelers.
Punta Cana International Airport is seven hours away and is a 400 USD taxi ride. The downside of Punta Cana is both the distance and the expense, but the upside is that it is one of the nicest airports in the Caribbean due to the large number of private flights that arrive there, so if you are nervous about flying, Punta Cana might be a good option for you. Also Punta Cana is a resort city, so there are frequently flight deals to there that might offset the taxi ride if you’re sharing the fare.
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