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 friend and I went here to celebrate our 40th birthdays. The food and yoga and accommodations exceeded expectations and we had a rejuvenating time. We were there at the end of the dry season and we're terribly disappointed by the "waterfall hike", but otherwise loved our trip.
Went for a 7-day yoga retreat! What a wonderful sanctuary!
Stunning setting! Clean eco suite cabins open to the elements...the jungle and a view of the glorious Pacific Ocean! We practised yoga in the jungle room, hot room and on the beach. We relaxed on the beach and swam in the Pacific. There’s also a balmy saltwater pool. I took a trip and swam with the dolphins. So cool! My daughter took a cooking course and experienced the steam lodge.
And those organic, wholesome, delicious meals! Breakfast and lunch are buffet style. Dinner is served....an extraordinary, gastronomic experience every night! So many innovative tastes! Kudos, chef Mario! The kitchen/dining room staff is exceptional, truly going out of their way to make our dining experiences memorable.
Thank you, Juan Carlos for preparing a delicious plate of fruit for my daughter when she didn’t feel well (too much sun).
If you’re looking to get away from it all, far from the madding crowd, look no further! Go to Xinalani...you will not regret it!
We selected Xinalani for the chance to go for the Mexican climate but not be in a big vacation resort. Xinalani is built on the side of a steep hill with cabins and buildings dotting the hillside. Narrow dirt paths and dirt stairs connect the buildings, so it’s very rustic in that regard. The cabins are very simple yet elegant with one open air wall that provides a spectacular view of the ocean. Our eco suite cabin had partially open air walls in the bath and bedroom/ living area. In the evening, staff would lower woven shades for privacy and each bed had sheer netting for bug control.
Three different yoga studios had retreats going on the week we were there, but there were also a few couples on their own. There were 4 or 5 different studios we used for our yoga classes, trading off with the other groups throughout the week. Each studio had a great view of the ocean. Each group ate meals together.
The food was advertised as vegetarian however they provided seafood at most meals ( white fish, octopus, shrimp) as well as chicken one night. Breakfast and lunch were buffet style with a wide assortment of selections of chef prepared foods that were very creative. They make their own yogurt. Lots of teas, juices and local fruits. Egg dishes, soups, salads, and interesting combinations of foods so much that we kept taking photos of the menu board and dishes as they were presented. A five course dinner was served table-side. There’s a bar onsite one level down hill where there’s a great view of the ocean.
Xinalani offers a wonderful spa service, 40 minute boat ride in from the airport, hikes, tours, snorkeling, surf and paddle board lessons, visits to local towns, swim with dolphins, and whale watching for fairly reasonable prices.
You have to be able to hike up and down a LOT of steps, some not so even, sometime with no handrails, to enjoy being here. We were in a cabin half way up the hill and I counted 112 stair steps from our room to the dining room.
I was so excited to visit Xinalani and the resort exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was clean and fantastic. I stayed for a week and was never bored, the food was yummy and the staff were friendly and so accommodating. I can't wait to visit again.
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.