I hosted a yoga retreat here Memorial Day weekend and everything was absolutely fantastic.
To start, Steven, the owner of the resort, was incredibly patient with me the months beforehand as we planned the retreat. I must have sent him a thousand questions and he was always beyond helpful. He helped us plan the entire thing, recommended transportation, worked with our schedule, organized our outside activities and even made it a point to accommodate my groups multiple dietary restrictions which was no easy task.
The resort is immaculately maintained and beautiful. The rooms were exactly as expected for a retreat center, plain, simple, clean and beautifully peaceful. I particularly loved the hammocks outside. I spent time reading in my hammock every day while we were there. The yoga room is large and serene, decorated in iron work and antique wood. We practiced every day with doors open, enjoying the breeze. There is even a special room for massage up the hill that is a really magical space in the rain.
The food was fantastic. They gave us vegan and gluten free choices for every meal with meat options on the side for those so inclined. They have a bar, but also offered tea at night, and some of the best coffee ever. I think everyone in my group brought coffee home.
Steven and his staff were just as accommodating while we were there. We brought a 72 year old woman with us on the waterfall hike (which I HIGHLY recommend) and Jose helped her along the entire way. She made it to the waterfall! We were gone so long that Steven got concerned and came looking for us. The next day, he spent 3 + hours of his day off helping us in a very special mission we decided to take on.
One of my primary concerns was that it would be hot at the end of May, but it was never hot at all. There was always a really sweet mountain breeze. The evenings were even cool enough for blankets and long sleeves!
I can not possibly recommend Casa Grande, Steven and his staff highly enough. Go here. Its a very special place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a valley in Puerto Rico's central mountains, Casa Grande is an oasis of peace and tranquility. 20 rooms scattered up the mountainside, each with private bath, balcony and hammock. Freshwater pool, restaurant and bar. The Café serves comida criolla, contemporary dishes and vegetarian options. Fully equipped yoga facility offering morning class, birder's paradise, botanical gardens and woodland hiking trail. Near Camuy Caves, Arecibo Observatory, Caguana Ceremonial Park, Toro Negro and Rio Abajo Forests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Hotel Utuado
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Puerto Rico/Utuado