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What We Love

  • Yoga sessions and surfing lessons are optional, but all are included in the rate
  • Casa Todo Bien is practically brand new — it opened in November 2009
  • Surf instructors will make sure you catch a wave
  • Traditional feasts — with attention to dietary restrictions — three times a day
  • An ocean view from the front door of the villa
  • Airport transfers are included in the rate (provided you arrive before 1:30 p.m. on Day 1)
  • The villa provides the comfort of a house with the ease of a hotel

What To Know

  • Does not include airfare to/from Mexico
  • No one under 18 is allowed
  • All participants must be competent swimmers and able to practice yoga and surfing
  • If you are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you will need a passport that has at least one blank page and is valid for six months after the completion of your trip
  • There’s an optional $95 alcohol fee that covers your stay
  • Discretionary tips are not included
  • Much of your time is unscheduled, so activities are up to you
  • Getting into town on your own is difficult; this is a trip about getting away and getting healthy
  • If you want to extend your trip beyond five days, Three Jewels can help you book (at the full rate)

Amenities

  •  All-Inclusive
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

From the second they step through the entrance of Casa Todo Bien, guests understand why it’s named “the house where everything is good.” Surrounded by cool marble and a koi pond, guests can look through the open-air living room and catch a glimpse of the infinity pool and beach. There’s not much reason to venture off the property during a stay here. Three Jewels Retreats director John Canova makes sure guests have everything they need — including top-shelf margaritas and extra sunscreen for travelers opposed to checking luggage.

Each retreat accommodates up to 15 people, and travelers are encouraged to come in couples, in groups or on their own. As a solo traveler, I felt very welcome and comfortable with the group of couples, friends and other lone retreaters. Family-style meals make it easy to meet people, but private accommodations allow for plenty of downtime.

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The well-appointed five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath villa is part of an exclusive beach community on Banderas Bay, and it features a private chef, a five-person staff, iPod docks and AppleTV throughout. Accommodations vary from luxury king bedrooms with ocean views to shared bunks in the detached casita, but all the rooms are comfortable, clean and designed for mellowing out.

{“type”:”headline”,”text”:”A sample day”}Each day is what you make of it, and all activities are optional. Here’s an outline for a typical day:

7:45: Coffee, fruit and juice are served
8:15: Meditation
8:30: Vinyasa flow yoga on the patio
9:30: Breakfast
11:30: Surf lessons
1:30: Lunch
5:30: Evening yoga on the patio
6:45: Dinner
Evening activities are up to you, but be sure to ask the staff to organize a bonfire on the beach. S’mores supplies are provided.

{“type”:”headline”,”text”:”The rooms”}There are several types of accommodations for a stay at Casa Todo Bien, as laid out below. None involve sharing rooms with strangers, so these are for groups of one, two, three or four people.

  • Single Occupancy: One person in a 175-square-foot Casita Room with a queen bed and a private bathroom
  • Double Occupancy: Two people in a 450-square-foot Sweet Life Suite with a king bed and a private bathroom
  • Triple Occupancy: Three people in a 400-square-foot Gorgeous Guest Suite with two queen beds and a private bathroom. Note: Two people will have to share a bed
  • Quadruple Occupancy: Four people in a 200-square-foot Bunk Room with four twin beds and a private bathroom (just one bathroom for all four people)

  • How to Get There

    Three Jewels Retreats
    Casa Todo Bien
    Punta Mita, 00000 Mexico