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
Xinalani is a wonderland. The resort and setting is unspeakably beautiful, the service is exceptional from the front desk and concierge to activities coordinator, every meal is delightful, the rooms are impeccably clean and practicing in their gorgeous open air yoga studios overlooking the jungle and ocean will truly center and inspire you. You can do everything from whale watching to jungle hiking, or visit puerto vallarta, but you won't feel the need to leave. You can get a boozy fresh cut coconut in the bar for $8!!!! couldn't be happier with my stay there.
I hosted a yoga retreat here in November, 2018. I loved it so much that I am going to host another retreat in November, 2019. Everything was perfect from start to finish. We were met at the airport, transferred to the port (5 minute VIP shuttle), then we enjoyed a beautiful 40 minute boat ride in the setting sun on our way to magical Xinalani. The accommodations were incredible, no matter what room you choose, they are all open air facing the ocean, allowing you to fall asleep to the sound of waves each evening. The food is exceptional...three delicious meals included (breakfast & lunch are buffet style), dinner is served. There is a lot of variety catering to all diets and everything is served with pride and very nicely presented. In the mornings there is coffee, fruit & snacks available for early risers. There is also water available everywhere in water stations throughout the resort. Three evenings each week there is entertainment (Salsa lessons, musical entertainment in the bar area & a bonfire on the beach). The yoga studios are incredible and offer stunning sea views set amongst the tranquility of the jungle. There are optional excursions available at the resort where their excellent staff will act as your guide. You can also venture out on your own. We did two hikes while there - one to a nearby water fall (45 mins), and another hike to a public beach (30 mins). I cannot wait to go back. Feel free to ask any questions. Oh and if your interested...feel free to join me next November, 2019 for yoga in paradise.
I have just returned from Xinalani and cannot say enough good things about it! They warned me about the stairs before I arrived and they are not kidding! After the first day, I got over it. The yoga studios ar just amazing, so beautifully located up above the trees overlooking the ocean. It was so peaceful to hear the waves sound while in class. The rooms are clean, neat and well kept considering there is a full open wall to the elements. There was so much to do everyday;yoga classes with great teachers, pool side relaxation, hammocks on the beach, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and gentle walks to town... the down time seemed to melt away. Then add the amazing meals from Marco Petrillio's kitchen and the various spa treatments to be had...I had barely enough time to get out snorkeling, swimming and reading as I had planned. The staff is extremely attentive and flexible to accommodate the various demands made on them everyday. For example I am gluten free and the chef would make me special treats to allow me to have a dessert, muffin or cookie. I left feeling very special and wanting to make my reservation so I would be sure to return. A special thanks to Bernice, Marco, Luis Fernando, Saul, Daniel,Martin and David for making my stay so fabulous!
From the moment you get on the boat to ride over to Xinalani the experience kicks in. As you arrive to the resort you will be amazed at the view of all the huts perched on the mountain and the crashing waves. It is just magical. We were let off at the dock and walked the 10 minutes to the resort. That was one of our favorite parts as we like unique experiences. We walked the the small town of Quimixto and passed in ankle deep clean river water and passed chickens and horses and kids playing in trees. Not at all a tourist town and you see a true pueblo. Upon arriving we were greeted with the most amazing welcome drink, checked in and headed to our first yoga class. The instructors were all so amazing and the views from the yoga hut to the ocean were awesome. The instructors, and especially Gerardo, took pride in learning everyone's name. The yoga was perfect for all levels including me who is not very flexible. After yoga we went and had a drink at the bar which ended up being a place we spent most our time as it has the best views for sunrise and sunset. The drinks are true craft cocktails of local ingredients. I had a yummy homemade cocktail of a coconut cream floater and cardamon spice.... So delicious . The eco-chic suite room 6 was just amazing and you are torn because you can spend all your day just there and never leave. The view from the hammock to the sitting chair to the bed all offered something different and you could take in the ocean views all day long. We took the 30 minute hike from Xinalani to the pueblo of Las Animas and that really was a beautiful hike that hugs the ocean border with incredible views looking down. Another day we kayaked and the view from the kayak back at the jungle forest of huts was superb. The food was just amazing with a chef paid attention to so many details and pride in every plate delivered. Super healthy. It is the kind of place where you make friends easily due to the shared dinner tables and small yoga classes and small outside bar area with lounge chairs so we all bonded. My only disappointment is that the staff pulled my partner aside to tell him they wanted to do a surprise dinner for us and wanted to know what kind of cake they could make us. My partner realizing they were setting up a dinner table for us on the beach at night finally told me the surprise. Something got mixed up and it ended up not being for us and the anniversary surprise Xinalani planed for us never happened. That was a little bit of a let down and we aren't really sure what happened with that. Overall it was amazing and I kept thinking of all the wonderful people I would love to have this healthy and rejuvenating experience. Lots and lots of steep stairs however that just made it easier to justify three amazing meals per day. Ritz Carlton of customer service they won't let you do a thing for yourself and even get your bed ready for you at night and hang your hammock. Lovely amazing expereince.
I stayed here with my husband for our honey moon. It was the perfect pick, exactly what we wanted! Somewhere away from crouds, noise and sourounded by nature. Just us and the ocean.
Since the bigining, when asking for info., the communication with the staff was really good and friendly. They explained everything we asked for and arranged everything so our stay there would be perfect. And it was!
Someone was already waiting for us at the marine port, it is a 45 min trip in the ocean to the facilities.
The staff was amazingly friendly, specially the waiters and the chef. We are vegan and we specified this since the firsts emails. The kitchen staff knew this and although the buffet is mainly vegetarian, every time there where no enough options for us they had special dishes prepared just for us. During the week we spend there my husband had his birthday, I asked if it was possible to order a vegan cake and they kindly prepared it for him! Super nice.
We signed in for almost all the activities there, you cannot miss the excursion to the water falls (only if your cardio is decent) and going swimming with the open water dolphins. Such an amazing experience!
The spa was also incredible, one of the best massages I’ve ever had.
Although we where not there for a yoga retreat, it was really an awesome week away.
But be aware that this is not for everybody. There are tons of stairs, insects, animals and nature. It totally depends of the kind of experience you are looking for. And they have this warning on their website.
For us, it was the perfect honey moon!
Thank you Xinalani!