What We Love
- Two daily yoga classes, taught in stunning settings, and three square meals of healthy Mexican gourmet cuisine a day are included in your stay
- Palm-thatch open-air cabins, all with ocean views
- An oceanfront spa and beach spa
What To Know
- The resort is accessible only by boat
- The all-inclusive rate doesn’t include transportation to the resort ($100 per person, round-trip and can be arranged through the property), alcoholic beverages, spa treatments or other activities
- The property’s many stairs and steep terrain are best suited to active travelers
- The common areas have WiFi but the reception can be spotty
- Free WiFi
Set on a hill overlooking Banderas Bay and blending into the surrounding jungle, this 23-room resort, 20 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta, is as much about internal discovery as the spectacular natural backdrop. Built and furnished by local artisans, each room features an open-air shower and private terrace. Start your day with sun salutations with a certified resident instructor at one of four indoor and outdoor yoga studios, and further unwind at the temazcal sweat lodge or with a meditation class. The private white sand beach is the launching point for surf lessons, standup paddleboard rentals and free kayaks and snorkeling gear. An oceanfront spa pampers guests with such treatments as the Happy Yogi Massage and After Sun Tan Prolonger, while the beach bar shakes up tasty libations.
In the Area
If you feel like getting back to civilization for a little while, hop a panga to Puerto Vallarta. After a stroll through the historic streets, indulge in the Mexican-tinged Mediterranean four-course chef’s menu at Trio or take in the views — and the succulent surf and turf — at Vista Grill (just be sure to catch a boat back to the resort by 5 p.m.). Otherwise, Xinalani can arrange a variety of only-in-PV excursions, from a wilderness trek with a machete-wielding guide or scuba diving in Banderas Bay to a daytrip to Yelapa, a local fishing village where Bob Dylan once lived.
How to Get There
My wife and I just got back from a 5-day stay at Xinalani, and all I can say is that it may have been our best vacation ever; certainly I can't think of any box that went unchecked. A beautiful, peaceful location; really excellent food at every meal; deeply satisfying yoga classes taught by excellent instructors; meaningful and fascinating activities; really unique and cool facilities. Also, the place is very well-run; our transfers to and from the airport were deftly managed. If you do yoga, you should come here for a while at some point; if you don't do yoga, you should come anyway and learn here!
I came here with my sister and we had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect! Very few bug bites! And it was not crowded during the 3 nights we were there, so we had the run of the place. I am a beginner at yoga and I found the classes to be wonderful and the teachers were great. They gave options for all levels. The outdoor yoga studio we practiced in was a little piece of heaven. Now, the food. To be honest, I am not a seafood lover (or veggies for that matter) and I enjoyed the food. Wonderful flavors, nice variety. It was buffet, so I tried a little bit of everything and then went back for what I really liked. The dinner on the beach was very good. (I was super excited for chicken tacos!) On a side note, we had very few mosquitos during our visit this time of year but I still wore bug repellent, only I forgot to put it on the tops of my feet and I got a lot of tiny bites having my feet in the sand during that dinner on the beach... you've been warned. ) We took about a 45-minute hike to the waterfall and that was worth it. Make sure you wear good shoes because this was not an easy stroll. The water was very refreshing. We stayed in a Petite Suite. The bathroom was small, but it was ok with my sister. If you want a smidge more privacy or space to move around, I heard some other room choices had bigger bathrooms. The stairs are no joke here, and I would definitely try a casita next time or at least an Eco Chic Suite, especially if you are staying more than a couple days.
Stayed here with my sis for 3 nights and it was one of the best trips we’ve had together. This place is heavenly, from the minute the boat pulls up on the beach they are taking care of you. Our petite suite was so cute, ocean views, hammock, comfy beds. The yoga and instructors were wonderful. Listening to the ocean, the birds chirping, the wind blowing through the trees and the zen music playing took my yoga experience to a whole new level.
The food was outstanding and the staff went out of their way to help you.
Here are some tips that might be useful..
Everything was super casual, yoga clothes and shorts or sundresses. Pack light, you’ll be glad you did.
The website states that they provide eco friendly shampoo and body wash. They do, but they also have conditioner, body lotion AND bug spray. All things I didn’t need to pack.
If you’re concerned about the stairs, check out the map on their website so you can see which room types have less stairs. We stayed in the petite suites which were farther up than most rooms. The eco chic and half of the deluxe rooms weren’t as far up the hill. The casitas were at the bottom.
Lastly, we did the Temezcal experience and it was super hot!! Our shaman spoke very little English, if it wasn’t for two of the guests being bilingual we wouldn’t have had any idea what story he was telling us. I think we missed out on the connection from him. :(
Don't even know where to begin to communicate how wonderful this place is! From the moment you book your reservation, you're in good hands. When you arrive, Berenice is there to greet you warmly and answer any questions. Delicious meals will never be far behind. Resident yoga instructors are amazing! My husband and I are both beginners and felt comfortable with all of them. Thank you, Kaori, Jerry and Arjuna!! Be sure to book a Thai massage with Kaori. Also, don't miss the Temazcal ceremony. Marciano will lovingly guide you through a truly mystical experience. Already looking to book again next year!
Wow. Just wow. I came here not knowing what to expect for a first time yoga retreat and was blown away. The resort was stunning, the studios mind blowing, and the staff over the top helpful. There were a few groups here for separate retreats but It never felt crowded. And the food... OMG. Healthy and so tasty! I really have nothing bad to say about this place. Absolutely perfect place to come and get rejuvenated. But as a heads up- work on your cardio. The stairs to all the huts and studios are no joke haha.