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Written by Patti on September 25th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Today travel news comes from Mexico. Like yoga? Like the beach? This may be the place for you!

From our friend, Tammy Peterson:


Boutique Riviera Maya Luxury Resort Partners With Lifestyle Outfit to Host “Mystical Mayan Adventure”

Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Elemental Yoga Retreats, a lifestyle division of Elements Yoga & Wellness Center, an award-winning boutique studio based in Darien, CT, has selected Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort, an intimate Riviera Maya property located on the picturesque, white-sand shores of peaceful Puerto Morelos, as the site of its “Mystical Mayan Adventure,” a culturally-inspired yoga retreat, November 7-11, 2010.

Mystical Mayan Adventure
Abundant natural beauty—an ivory-white beach bordering brilliant Mexican Caribbean seas, breezy palms, lush greenery, and exotic flowers—surround boutique Ceiba del Mar, which boasts numerous hospitality accolades but is otherwise secluded, providing unrivaled serenity for spiritually connected physical practice, meditative inquiry and indulgent self-care at the heart of the “Mystical Mayan Adventure.”  In keeping with the resort’s commitment to providing guests with exceptional respite at all levels, and Elemental Yoga Retreats’ desire to infuse the “Mystical Mayan Adventure” with aspects of holism and an exploration of local culture, the Mesoamerican-influenced yoga and wellness retreat will include the following:

•    7 sessions of spiritually-based and specialty yoga at unique locales throughout the resort;
•    4 guided sessions of morning meditation amid a soothing, centering backdrop;
•    A specialty Aromayoga Restorative session;
•    A Temazcal Ceremony, a contemporary spa therapy based on an ancient Maya purifying ritual conducted by a local shaman;
•    15% off all other spa treatments;
•    Complimentary use of land/sea sports equipment; and
•    Calming sanctuary in one of the resort’s 88 sublime, sea-facing guest residences, each with a full bathroom with shower and separate bathtub; local wood accents and handcrafted furnishings; complimentary wireless Internet; 300 thread-count Premium Cotton linens and pillow menu; complimentary in-room morning coffee daily and nightly turndown service; International cable TV and DVD/CD player, and 24-hour room service.

Adventures for an additional cost include:

•    Spelunking (cave diving);
•    Journey to ancient Mayan ruins;
•    Zip lining through the jungle;
•    Scuba diving (from the dive shop at Ceiba del Mar); and
•    A golf outing.

All-inclusive “Early Bird” rates for the “Mystical Mayan Adventure” are per person and start at $1593 for double occupancy and $2093 for single occupancy.  Full Yoga retreat package, including four nights in luxurious, ocean-view accommodation included. Rates for non-yoga participants sharing a room with a yoga retreater start at $1263.  Rates increase by $200 if booked after September 15, 2010. To book call Ceiba del Mar at 1-877-545-6221 and mention the group code: Yoga Retreat. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Cancellations received within 120 hours (5 days) of arrival will incur a full stay charge.

Elements Yoga & Wellness Center
Voted “The Best” yoga studio in Connecticut for six consecutive years by Greenwich Magazine, Westport Magazine, and New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton Magazine, Elements Yoga & Wellness Center is a unique, spiritually-centered school that offers various styles and levels of yoga as well as expert instruction from acclaimed teachers who represent a full and diverse spectrum of disciplines. In addition to weekly classes; specialized workshops; advanced teacher training, mentoring and study programs; and healing massage and bodywork for yoga practitioners of all ages, the studio’s retreat division is actively working with boutique luxury resorts to develop intimate yoga retreats aimed at invoking total-body transformation.  Culturally and spiritually influenced by their locations, retreats will uniquely combine inner work with outdoor adventure to rebalance the mind, center the soul and nourish the spirit. Enriching activities inspired by local custom and heritage in concert with deep yoga practice and spiritual meditation create a singular experience for soul-searching travelers and both avid and casual yoga practitioners.

Elements Yoga & Wellness Center is owned by and operated by the husband and wife team of Bruce Bassock, a former commodity and equity trader turned yogi whose effective Yoga for Men program garnered national attention from The New York Times and Yoga Journal; and Donna Kuebler, a Fairfield County 40 Under 40 recipient, supporter of many non-profits, a charitable event co-chair, and the Program Director of Fit Yoga Magazine.   Bassock and Rita Trieger, founder and editor-in-chief of Fit Yoga Magazine; author of Yoga Heals Your Back and Tranquil Mind; a highly-sought yoga conference speaker; and a well-respected yoga and meditation instructor, will lead Elemental Yoga Retreats, including the “Mystical Mayan Adventure” at Ceiba del Mar.

“Our goal is to provide modern travelers—individuals who want to cultivate self-awareness while relaxing, staying fit and having fun—with exactly that opportunity,” says Donna Kuebler, co-founder of Elements Yoga & Wellness Center.  “When practice is over we enjoy getting to know the people who attend our retreats to develop a traveling community of like-minded, fun-loving, adventurous yogis. ”

For more information about Ceiba Del Mar Beach & Spa Resort, which was included on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2009 and 2010 Gold List, earning perfect scores of “100” in “Best Rooms” and “Best Service” categories for Mexico, visit, or call 1-877-545-6221.

Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort is an award-winning, oceanfront boutique resort in the Riviera Maya district of Mexico. This intimate resort is situated on half-mile of a private white-sand beach and offers 88 deluxe Ocean-View rooms and suites, seven of which are penthouses; two restaurants; a swimming pool; the wellness and aromatherapy Spa at Ceiba del Mar, and beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces for events, meetings and destination weddings.

This sounds like the perfect place to unwind, doesn’t it?

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Yoga Sunset Chill


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Christy says:

    Sounds heavenly! I need this now.

  2. Long time reader / first time poster. Really enjoying reading the blog, keep up the good work. Will definitely start posting more in the future.

  3. Patti says:

    Thanks, Jackelyn!