Maricarmen is a nationally recognized yoga teacher with over 23 years of teaching and study experience. Her Goddess Rising retreats and workshops are committed to empowering women to positively affect change in their lives and the world through the practices of yoga. After each magical year, GR yoginis leave transformed in their consciousness, creativity, and community.
Kori has been practicing and incorporating yoga in her life for over a decade. Through her journey, she has studied various practice styles including Bikram, Baptiste Power yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and Restorative. In 2012, she completed her 200-hour RYT with Gioconda Parker. Since then, Kori has gone on to receive her certification as a Relax and Renew trainer with author and world-renowned teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater, and greatly enjoys teaching Restorative yoga. She received her certification through Warriors at Ease to teach meditation and yoga to veterans navigating PTSD, and more.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
from United States, May 2018
Food was great, staff very nice & accomodating
from United States, April 2018
the food was excellent.
all teacher and staff are taking care of us :)
from United States, May 2017
The staff was very welcoming, polite, and friendly.
from United States, May 2017
Location was amazing and convenient to the airport.
from Canada, April 2017
The staff was amazing, very friendly and helpful! They were the best part of the experience.
from Mexico, November 2017
"Perfect get away "
Me encantaron las instalaciones en medio del bosque, poder desconectarme absolutamente de mi rutina, y aún así tener opciones de salidas para explorar la zona. Excursiones, caminatas, temazcal, yoga, clases de salsa, cabalgatas, playas cercanas, ...... todo genial.
Morgan Marshall District of Columbia
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Xinalani is truly a magical place. My friend and I stayed for just three days but had the most amazing experience. Everything is so well designed and planned out for you. We stayed in an eco chic suite and loved the spaciousness of the tree house (can't beat the porch and the hammock!). It was also conveniently located close to the dining hall and reception area, so our biggest trek up the hill was only to our yoga classes twice a day -- and the long climb to the top made the yoga even more rewarding. We were fortunate to come during the winter months, so there were fewer mosquitoes and no rain showers. There were also fewer tourists to contend with in nearby villages.
The staff at the retreat were all amazing and incredibly warm and welcoming. Pere at the front desk, Daniel in the dining hall, and Raul at the bar in particular made our trip complete by taking such good care of us. And Angel, the head masseuse, is just that -- an angel. He worked magic on my stiff back and sore muscles. Thank you, Angel!
The yoga was fantastic and the two yoga instructors we had, Rodrigo and Adriana, were both incredible teachers who brought their own styles and unique characters to the classes. The morning classes are typically more intensive vinyasa yoga while the evening classes are more meditative and restorative. We were exposed to a variety of yoga practices, including vinyasa, hatha, yin, and a communal style of yoga, among others. I strongly encourage you to keep to the practice and attend the classes twice a day. It will structure your days and make the experience incredibly rewarding. Treat yourself!
We chose not to participate in any of the excursions offered, such as the jungle trek, sea kayaking, or swimming with the dolphins due to our short stay. But the two beaches (one in front and the other just outside of the property) offered enough fun for us. We opted instead to spend our down time relaxing, reading and enjoying wonderful massages (we each got two!).
While the boat trip there was a little rough for my friend, I found it to be really exciting and fun. Luckily she got to see a family of killer (orca) whales on her boat ride back, which made it all worthwhile.
As many people have mentioned, the food is incredible and there's plenty of it. They do a great job to offer variety and deliciously healthy and creative dishes for all dietary needs. And the vegan/gluten free desserts are to die for!
The eco bath products they provide were really wonderful and perfect for my sensitive skin. I loved the soft scents of the soap. My only complaint is that I wish they had provided eco-friendly bug spray in the room as well. Since they recycle the water for irrigation purposes, I can't imagine that the deet and other chemicals found in typical bug spray are good for the environment. They do offer eco-friendly bug spray for sale ($12 for a small bottle) but it would be nice -- and helpful to them -- to provide it free of charge.
We had no issues with animals coming into the suite, as we didn't bring any food in our luggage. But we did enjoy the small lizards and monarch butterflies on the property. Many moths did come to visit at night and a few accompanied us to bed, as they got stuck inside the mosquito netting. I would suggest using low lights and tuning your body to the sun clock so you rest peacefully when the sun is down and awake to the morning light. The arid room and sounds of the ocean were heavenly.
Do yourself a favor to restore your mind, body and soul by booking a trip to Xinalani. It is a truly magical place and I didn't want to leave. I look forward to returning soon!
Cathy Q District of Columbia
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This is my first time ever taking a vacation alone. I have traveled alone before for work but having a vacation solo is a different experience. It was supposed to be a girls weekend but my friend was unable to go because she found out she was pregnant and her doctor recommended her not to go because of the risk of Zika.
Flying into Puerto Vallarta was easy. I was given emailed instructions with pictures on where to go and who to look for to take my to Xinalani. I was taken to a taxi driver that took me to the marina and was then taken by boat to the resort. I was the only passenger on the boat and honestly felt all my anxieties of traveling alone slip away. I was greeted at the front desk by Alejandro. Everyone that worked there was amazing and friendly. I miss them already! I really wish I could remember everyone's name. My first night at dinner one of the server introduced me to another solo traveler and we quickly became friends. On the second day I also met another solo traveler that happened to be in the same city as me.
Yoga- I really enjoyed taking the classes at Xinalani. Walking up the to the yoga studio IS A WORKOUT ITSELF!!! Shoot... walking to my room is a workout! My favorite instructor was Adriana. Her voice to me was just calming. Enrique and Rodrigo were also great too!
Food- It was a mixture of plated meals or buffet. They are very cautious of food allergies and diet restrictions if you have any. Lucky for me I eat everything. My only complaint is that meals are set at certain times only.
Massage- Loved it! Definitely spoiled myself my last day at Xinalani and got a massage.
Advice: Walk around the beach. There's a bar down from Xinalani that is great! I became friends Andres the bartender there. Go in Quimixto town and look for "Mini Tarzan" he will take you to the waterfall! He helped us get horses for $15 a person!
I really can't wait to get back. I will post pictures soon. I'm so sorry I can't remember everyone's name right now.
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Everything here is perfect, from the moment you get here in a boat, the warm welcome, the excellent food, great yoga classes, delicious drinks, amazing place all around, the most relaxing massage, the best ever (coming from a spa junkie) perfect vacations 10/10 the only regret is that we couldn't stay longer