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
Great food, yoga, and relaxing surroundings. This place is amazing. I loved the open air cabins (although I was very thankful for the mosquito netting). It felt like sleeping in the trees. Waking up to birds and the sun every morning was a great get-away. The stairs getting to my cabin and the yoga studios were a bit extreme, but strangely enjoyable.
The yoga classes were well planned. The morning helped get my blood going and the afternoon was very restorative. The teachers were very nice and even after only a few days I was able to do some poses I have never done before. I also liked that they were open to people at all levels. No need to be a hard-core yogi. The studios are open air and overlook the ocean. Between yoga classes I pretty much spent the day snorkeling and swimming at the beach. Plenty of neat fish.
The food is delicious and healthy. They even had some mahi mahi that was caught nearby. They asked me about dietary restrictions the first day, which I though was nice. The drinks are little watered down, but I really wasn't in the mood for alcohol while at yoga retreat. They had a Salsa class on Friday taught by the most coordinated man I have ever seen, which was very fun.
This is a great place to escape and even after four days I felt healthier and more relaxed.
This is my second time to Xinalani, and I really love the experience. I have gotten an eco-chic suite both times and I love just lounging in my hammock, reading a book and listening to the ocean. The staff are all lovely and treat you like family. The food is amazing, and one of the highlights of my stay was doing the cooking class with Chef Mario. He is amazingly creative and it was a really fun experience. The food is AMAZING, with fresh caught fish and all of Mario's secret sauces. I really can't say enough good things about the food (fresh guacamole, ceviche, catch of the day, moles, taco night- all homemade, chocolate truffles) and they can work with different diets and food allergies. They are very careful and helpful in this regard and as someone who can't have dairy, I have been able to have desserts like pecan pie, truffles, and rich sauces. I would come back for the food alone, but I love the beach and the yoga classes as well. The office staff are all wonderful and deserve special recognition (Eleazar, Alejandro, and Berenice) as well as Luis Fernando for coordinating my meals and Saul for catching the fish. The morning crew is also wonderful and provide lavish breakfasts and lunches. Be sure to say hi to Berenice- she is an absolute angel!
So this a little late as I visited the retreat back in February 2018, however I thought I must write about my time even still!
What can I say! I loved my experience and time at Xinalani. Everything was perfection. I was so sad to leave but know I will return next year.
I was a single girl (26 years old) travelling from London on my own so was a little apprehensive but once I got to the resort it all faded away! All the staff were super friendly and accomodating (BIG shout out to Angel who was just amazing and made such an effort with all the guests to get to know them and talk about how they are getting on - also Louis on the bar was great fun!).
I was in the cabana for sharing which was lovely as all the other guests I shared with were supportive but relaxed at the same time. Morning yoga was so dreamy and Adrianne the instructor helped modify everything to tailor the needs of the group. It was great that the retreat has different spots for different sessions as it mixes up the vibe a little.
The rooms themselves are great, basic but what do you expect being where it is! They are still really comfortable and well I saw it as a priveledge to wake up in such a beautiul spot every morning. Yes there are lots of stairs but it was worth it and I got super toned legs by the end of my week stay!
I did 2 exercisions, 1. hosted by Angel, the walk to the small waterfall which was great (its not small but apparently there is another one which is much bigger a bit further away, I regret not going to see that one!). 2. cooking class which was great fun and a nice way to interact with other guests.
The food - wow well I have never eaten so well and felt so healthy! Everything is of great quality and it was all delicious! Dinner was always a treat and well the food never got repetitive as it was always changing!
The beach was lovely and the grounds of the hotel are amazing. It it was lovely being able to explore the area and enjoy the serene atomosphere The pool was pretty new when I arrived and it was a nice touch for sure! I also visited the spa - this is also a must and get a massage! It was amazing!!
One thing I would recommend would be getting the transfers to and from the hotel - they were super efficient and put my mind at ease that I had someone helping me get to the resort. Also I emailed ahead as I am slightly scared of boats due to severe sea sickness, the reception accomodated my request with having a slightly longer taxi ride therefore a shorter boat ride (I really had nothing to worry about as the 20 minute crossing was so easy!).
Overal I loved my time here, I almost cried when I left as it was just what I need as I was one frazzled girl before I came and I really enjoyed my time at the retreat
Once again a big thank you to Angel for being so lovely and to all the staff and other yogis. You never felt like a solo traveller once in the community!
Huge thanks and I hope to visit in 2019!
I just returned from a week at Xinalani. I booked the "Solo Yogi Retreat" package, and I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. So many elements combined to make this trip perfect; the beautiful setting, remote location, delicious food, wonderful massages. But the best part was the people. Although I'm not able to name them all, I can honestly say that EVERYONE I dealt with was gracious, friendly, and went out of their way to accommodate every request.
From early planning stages, Daniel and Carolina patiently answered my endless questions. "I have hardly any experience with yoga - will I be able to keep up in the classes?" (YES, classes are for all levels, with modifications for your skill level). "I'm coming alone - will that be weird?" (NO, there are many solo visitors; in fact during my visit, almost everyone who was not part of a yoga group was visiting alone.)
I loved the 2x daily yoga classes. Morning classes were more movement-based, while evening classes were more restorative. We had 2 different instructors during the week, different styles and vibes, but both wonderful. Adriana was our first instructor, and she absolutely radiates kindness and positive energy. I also took 2 private meditation classes with her. Rodrigo finished up the week, and by the end, I was amazed at how much more I could do than when I started the week.
I enjoyed 2 of the best massages I have ever had - both from David. Deep tissue at the beginning of the week, and then hot stone later in the week. And the setting was amazing; the feeling of ocean breezes and the sound of waves crashing below was so relaxing.
Geronimo and everyone in the dining area was warm, friendly, and displayed genuine hospitality at every interaction. And a special thanks to Luis in the bar who crafted my perfect mojito every evening, and to Angel who helped coordinate activities.
I loved the cooking class that I took, and can't wait to recreate some of the dished I learned back at home. Chef Mario is very talented, and I really enjoyed spending an afternoon with him.
For me, the most impactful experience was the Temazcal ceremony. It was one of the most special, powerful, and intense things I have ever participated in. The shaman was wonderful, and I am so grateful to Martin, who talked me through my panic attack and encouraged me to come back inside and finish the ceremony. I would hate to have missed this experience, but I would never have gone back in without his kindness and encouragement.
If you are considering visiting this place, don't hesitate. Come with an open mind and heart, and soak in the magic. In my opinion, it is a wonderful place to visit alone and reconnect with yourself, while surrounded by good energy - both from the staff and from the other like-minded guests. I met some of the coolest people on this trip!
Thank you Xinalani - you really are magic.
I took a group of 20 yoga students to Xinalani for a week-long retreat and we all agreed that it was incredible!
I was a little apprehensive before booking since it was such a remote location and organizing a group from all over the US to arrive together seemed tricky, but my points of contact, Daniel and Carolina were very organized and replied quickly with a response to every question I had. They knew every itinerary of every person in our group and made us feel confident with our travel plans. Not only were they helpful during the reservation process, Daniel personally welcomed us at the port before our boat ride over to the resort and was there to send us off to the airport after our retreat. I truly felt guided and supported from planning throughout the duration of the retreat!
The location was spectacular! Xinalani was remote enough to be highly peaceful and seamlessly immersed in its natural surroundings, but still close enough to a small town to feel like I was traveling internationally and able to explore Mexican culture. There were also plenty of tours and activities that helped you access the culture and surroundings such as a trip to Yelapa and a Temazcal ceremony.
Angel and Martin, the activities coordinators, did a great job of ensuring everyone was able to partake in the activities and tours they wanted. They were pro-active in helping us sign up and made each activity and trip very fun and memorable. They were great guides, and teachers, and helped us learn about our surroundings without it ever feeling like too much information. Everyone in our group agreed they were the absolute best!
While many of my students chose to take immersions I loved hanging out on the grounds! The facilities were beautifully built and everything from the dining hall, to rooms, to the yoga studios had breathtaking views of the ocean. Despite being a mostly open-air and in the jungle, the entire resort was incredibly clean and felt new and luxurious. My favorite part of Xinalani was probably my room. Its open-air format was so beautiful and unique and really made me feel like I was in a special location.
The food was great! Our group had a huge variety of dietary restrictions including gluten-free eaters, vegans, pescatarians, and those who ate everything. On the day we arrived we had a birthday in our group and with less than one days notice, Daniel was able to coordinate a gluten-free cake to meet her dietary needs. There was something for everyone at every meal and we never left hungry or unsatisfied. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style while dinner was a 4-course meal served by plate. It was a nice way to break up the buffets and elevated our dining experience. Our last night there, they made us a fajita dinner on the beach and it couldn't have been more special.
The highlight of the trip was the staff! Everyone who works at Xinalani was incredibly kind and helpful. We had very few problems during our stay, but every concern was met with a resolution. The front desk was always available and during our arrival gave us a wonderful introduction to the resort so we felt prepared for our week there. The wait staff were so friendly and funny! I looked forward to seeing them at every meal and got emotional when it was time to say goodbye. Geronimo, Jimmy, Saul, and Andreas will have a special place in my heart always!
I really can't say enough good things about Xinalani and all who work there. It was such a special time and the staff could not have done more to make sure we were comfortable and well-taken care of. I will definitely be returning with more yoga students and recommend Xinalani to all who want an amazing, unique adventure!