I attended a yoga retreat through Maya Whole Health Studio based out of Renton, WA (www.mayawholehealth.com). The retreat was a five night stay where we were lead into the lush jungle and returned fully changed. I cannot express enough how much Los Naranjos is a magical, unique and amazing place. Every moment we found ourselves in awe of what the rich jungle would show us. From beautiful butterflies to an incredible waterfall (on-site) I felt that I was in another world.
The rooms are very rustic. Meaning, you are sleeping in open air palapas. The beds are hanging and are enclosed with a mosquito net (which you need). There are flushable shared toilets and showers. Daily maid service, so everything is clean - but remember, you are in the jungle and everything is open air. These are not the accommodations that would fit the needs of every traveller. But I personally found that it made me connect more to what I actually needed and I had absolutely everything I needed and more!
Let's talk food... we opted for two prepared meals by the Los Naranjos staff each day, and let me tell you it was so delicious, healthy and so worth it! They use local foods and accommodated to everyones dietary restrictions. We had beautiful fruit platters every morning along with some sort of egg dish. For dinner, they would cook us Mexican dishes (mainly vegetarian) that were so good I'm drooling as I write this.
Location... the location is about a 10-15 minute walk from the beach. It's a lovely walk, but I wanted to point out that this place is more about it's unique location away from the touristy beach places. The people who took care of us were Rafa, Maria and Michel. They were so open and beautiful. They made us feel at home from the moment we arrived, showed us an amazing time and were so good to us.
If you dare to take a journey into the jungle, the pay off is unmeasurable. Doing a yoga retreat at this surreal place rested my soul and made me come back to the "real world" a renewed and changed person. I want to thank the people at Los Naranjos for making a space full of love and knowledge. Don't miss an opportunity to explore this AMAZING place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Los Naranjos, where you will find a wonderful place to experience the Divine through nature. Los Naranjos is a place for individuals or small groups to retreat from the everyday world. It is a place to take time to connect with the Source of all being. The center offers a quiet environment to reflect on what is truly of value and to let go of what clutters the mind and the heart. With several traditional Mexican palapas on four lush acres of natural gardens, Los Naranjos offers the ideal setting for workshops, family and individual getaways, and events of all kinds. Our gardens are bursting with tropical flowers and fruits, fish ponds, and a spectacular waterfall falling into a beautiful, natural swimming pool. Los Naranjos is a brief boat ride from Puerto Vallarta and only a ten-minute walk from the beach and small fishing village of Yelapa, Mexico. Lifestyle here is simple -no cars, honking horns or billboards. So let your cares drift away and experience Los Naranjos Jungle Retreat! ... more less