With breath taking views wherever you turn your head, whether it is the jungle and its amazing plants, trees, butterflies and birds or the ocean view from the top of the hill and the beach with its rocks, this place is absolutely beautiful... but not for everyone.
Haramara is located on a hill by the beach. You could say it is simple in its constructions but with very good taste on decoration, every detail is perfect and coherent with its surrounding. The landscape of the property was barely modified to build this place, making your experience here a true retreat to immerse yourself in nature in its pure form, almost as camping, but way more comfortable.
I visited Haramara with friends and as part of a retreat group organized by SolYoga Trips. All food was included and it´s almost completely vegetarian (includes fish, seafood, cheese and eggs). It is abundant and delicious! The chef is great with creating rich and original dishes, with such variety that you´re never bored. The desserts are amazing, if you´re ever there ask for the pear bread and don´t miss the evening yogi tea, both highly recommended.
The rooms are great. All of them are secluded and distributed apart from each other down the hill. We stayed in the Ruby casita, which is right next to Diamond casita. This worked perfect for us as we were a group of 4 friends and we could be close to each other but completely by ourselves in the middle of the jungle. All rooms are literally open, with simple but beautiful decor. The beds are comfortable and all have a veil cover for mosquitoes. You sleep with the distant sounds of the waves and all of the jungle noises, which can be "loud" and may disturb someone not so fund of feeling and hearing nature so close.
The bathroom is nice, with an open air shower looking to the jungle, it gives you a sort of liberating feeling to take a shower like that, something I had never done and loved it.
There´s no electricity in the rooms, so at night you must manage with candles and oil lamps, adding to the rustic and natural feel of the place.
My favorite places in Haramara were the two yoga/meditation pavillions. These are circular open air platforms sitting at the top of the hill with a 360º panoramic jaw-dropping view. Usually the yoga classes are held here at sunrise or sunset time, which add to the already stunning view. Everything about these places is perfect to relax. They are inspiring and calm. Hands down the best place where I have practiced yoga so far. If you are into yoga, you must go to Haramara if only just to experience a class in their yoga pavillions.
The Haramara beach way down the hill is private, and whenever you´re there, you´re almost by yourself. They have a palapa for shadow and a few sun loungers. It is a rocky beach but you can manage your way between them and take a swim. We even had a bonfire at the beach on the last night of our retreat, very nice.
Something you must take into consideration if going to Haramara is that you´ll be doing a lot of hiking up and down the hill through steep dirt paths. From the beach or from your room, if you want to go to the restaurant or the yoga pavillions, you have to go up, up, up the hill, which can be exhausting. Considering that the restaurant is the only place where you can have food or drinks (other than plain water) this hiking is something you can´t avoid.
To sum it up, I truly recommend Haramara Retreat. It is perfect for a change on your typical beach vacations and as this might be their specialty, I´d suggest you go there on a yoga retreat. But as I said on the beginning, it is not for everyone, as some might find it a little too austere and into the wild and lacking some amenities. It is definitely not for the unfit or with physical health problems.
Special thanks to all the staff there. All of them are so helpful, nice and willing to make sure you have a nice stay. Great service.
Considering what the place offers, I find Haramara prices a bit too expensive, not so friendly for mexican tourists. As a suggestion, It´d be nice if eco-friendly soap and shampoo were included in the room so it would be sure that no toxic waste water falls in the jungle, is not much to ask if you consider what you pay. Also, I don´t understand why the place doesn´t admit pets, since it´s such an ideal place for them.
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