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
Perfect for a yoga retreat - I went with Sukha Yoga and had a blast. The other reviewers are correct that the stairs are tough but honestly after two days (of a six day stay) we were climbing them like it was nothing. If you're in good enough shape to go on a yoga retreat you can definitely handle the steps. If you're just choosing a random hotel in this part of the world, be prepared or stay in a room down on the ocean level. A friend and I shared a junior suite and it was perfect. Good midway point between all the yoga studios and the main lodge. It was fun to play with the hammocks in the aerial studio and we got to use the meditation room on a rainy afternoon. Fabian behind the bar is awesome. We loved him. The bar area is also a perfect place to sit and read on a rainy afternoon. The food was so good, breakfast everyday was a big treat in particular. The mosquitos were no joke but we were also there during the rainy season so your mileage may vary on that one. We could always get big umbrellas from the lodge downstairs so it was no big deal walking the stairs in the rain. I also got a Happy Yogi massage from David and indeed left as a happy yogi. Overall, loved Xinalani! Hope to revisit someday.
I was traveling with a small yoga studio out of Jersey City around the time of my birthday. From the moment I arrived this place was magical, a literal hidden gem. If you want to retreat, disconnect, meet locals then this is the place to be. The food was incredible and the place was clean as it could be given it's shares it's space with the jungle. Mindful of the stares and give yourself time if trekking up to the jungle or rainforest studios.
The staff was super great and very accommodating to any requests our group needed. For the traveling yogi I indulged in a massage, took a local hike, the ancient temezcal, was brought puppies to the beach for my birthday, and saw whales breaching almost everyday. On the pricier side, but this place is magical and worth the trip into Quimixto. Cannot wait to return!
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!