Yoga & Spa Retreat : El Cuyo, Mexico

Yoga & Spa Retreat

El Cuyo, Mexico

We have been asked for years, what is the next hot spot after Tulum…we could speculate many locations but we do believe that this little gem of a beach town has all the boxes to check for the next spot to go to get away from it all in paradise! El Cuyo is a beach lovers dream. The tourists haven’t heard about it yet so you’ll have the beach and the town to yourself for the most part (shhhhhhhh) and the calm waters in the morning make it perfect for heading out on the flat waters to glide on your Standup Paddleboard or kayak or to just go for a beautiful morning stroll along the edge of the clear, emerald waters. We will practice yoga daily in our beachfront studio and our adorable guesthouse is steps from the sea making it the perfect escape to rest, reset, and rejuvenate!

Our retreat will be COVID compliant. We ask that guests arrive with a negative Covid test, regardless of vaccination status, taken 24 hours within arrival. We will be following the guidelines set in place by the local authorities and observing all CDC recommendations for distancing and masks where necessary. We are hopeful that by the timing of our retreats there will be a lot of freedom to travel as usual though we will be observing any restrictions necessary.

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June 5 - 10, 2022 June 26 - July 1, 2022 August 7 - 12, 2022 December 28, 2022 - January 2, 2023

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in El Cuyo, Mexico

If you’re looking for a secluded yoga retreat on a fabulous beach in Mexico, look no further than this incredible offering in El Cuyo. This tiny fishing village located on the edge of the Yucatan peninsula is home to virgin beaches, flamingos, turtles and countless birds and sea life. Calling it paradise is not enough…the wild palm trees and dunes reach up to the edge of the sea while the gentle waves crash at the white sandy shore.  A plethora of stunning seashells line the beach and you can walk for miles without any distruptions but the kiteboarders gliding by in the breeze.

We are trying our best to keep this special spot under the radar and enjoy it as long as possible before the tourist droves hear about its charms and come to find out what all the fuss is about. El Cuyo is believed to be the last hidden treasure on the Gulf of Mexico. Please keep your lips sealed as much as you can but come join us to live this amazing paradise while it lasts.

El Cuyo is located in the Río Lagartos nature reserve, between Holbox Island and the famous pink lagoons of Las Coloradas. While there is not a lot to ‘do’ per se, your days will be spent lounging by the sea, experiencing nature at its finest and reconnecting with your inner self on your yoga mat by the sea. We can’t think of a better way to spend your retreat.

There are no ATMs or banks in El Cuyo and most establishments only receive cash. There are no specialized stores and although some pharmacies do operate, if a specific drug is required, you would have to travel by car to the city of Tizimín. The wireless network is good, however, it can fail since there are no antennas in the area. Finally, and just in case they had any doubts: no, there are no nightclubs, although there are cultural spaces where evenings with live groups are organized (all in a very relaxed atmosphere).

Optional activities to round out the days in paradise include adventures to explore the local virgin beaches, nature preserve, pink lagoons of Las Coloradas and to visit the wild flamingos. If you’re up for it, try your skills at kiteboarding with a few lessons with the local boarding experts or rent a Standup Paddleboard or kayak and cruise around the waters checking out the serenity of El Cuyo.  Of course no retreat would be complete without one of our famous healing massages with our incredible local therapist. Whatever you decide to do in your free time will be perfect!

Our meals are created with love by our incredible chef from Oaxaca bringing that authentic Mexican cuisine that we all know and love right to our table. Serving up a combination of classic Oaxacan and local Yucatecan fare that is scrumptious and easily adaptable to any dietary needs. Breakfasts, lunches and three dinners are included in your package giving you time to explore a few other local hot spots in your free time or opt in for our tamale cooking class with mezcal demo and cocktails.

Please follow us on Instagram @utopiayogaelcuyo to learn more about this very special town and our latest and greatest (so far) Utopia Guesthouse & Yoga Studio.

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Includes :

Beach front accommodations in our own Utopia Guesthouse

Morning & Evening Yoga practices daily

Delicious Mexican breakfasts and lunches daily

3 dinners together at the villa by our local chef

75 minute healing massage by our local therapist

Mayan Clay ceremony with guided meditation

All villa taxes & fees


What’s not Included :

Two dinners on your own

Optional tamale cooking class with mezcal tasting and cocktails with dinner of your creations

Optional excursions

Airfare and airport transfers.
We can arrange private or shared airport transfers for you when you forward us your flight itinerary.
Pricing will depend on how many sharing the ride.

Any necessary COVID testing you will require for arrival or departure. A negative test within 24 hours is required to attend.


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Itinerary

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Itinerary :


DAY ONE :

3pm Arrival and check-in to villa
6pm Opening Circle and cleansing smudge
6:45-7:45pm Yoga practice
8pm Dinner together at the house


 DAY TWO :

7:30am Coffee, Tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Yoga Practice
10:15am Breakfast
Free time, rest, beach, massages
2:30pm Lunch at the house
6-7pm Gentle Yoga Practice
Dinner on your own


 DAY THREE :

7:30am Coffee, Tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Yoga Practice
10:15am Breakfast
Free time, rest, beach, massages
2:30pm Lunch at the house
Free time, rest, beach, massages, optional excursion to Las Coloradas (11:30am-4:30pm)*
Lunch on your own (a la carte menu at the villa daily)
6-7pm Gentle Yoga Practice
8pm Dinner together at the house


 DAY FOUR :

7:30am Coffee, Tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Yoga Practice
10:15am Breakfast
Free time, rest, beach, massages
2:30pm Lunch at the house
6-7pm Gentle Yoga Practice
Optional Tamale Cooking Class w/ Mezcal tasting and cocktails/mocktails
OR Dinner OYO in town


DAY FIVE :

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7:30am Coffee, Tea and fruit available
8:30-10am Yoga Practice
10:15am Breakfast
Free time, rest, beach, massages
2:30pm Lunch at the house
4pm Cleansing sea ceremony & intention setting practice
6-7pm Gentle Yoga Practice & Closing Circle
8pm Final Dinner together at the villa


 DAY SIX :

7am Coffee, Tea and fruit available
Departures +


+We can arrange private or shared airport transfers for you when you forward us your flight itinerary. Pricing will depend on how many sharing the ride.

*Our itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather conditions and circumstances beyond our control while on retreat. In any case, we will take measures to provide a similar experience of the same high quality. Thank you for your flexibility if it becomes necessary.


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Accommodations :

We have just finished renovations at the beach house and will be getting professional photos taken very soon of all the rooms and details. For now these are what we have taken. More to come soon….

 

Bedrooms are simple and cozy with neutral tones, natural textures from local sources and some with ocean views. Bathrooms will be shared amongst a few rooms. Overall the house has 8 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

THESE IMAGES ARE BEFORE PICTURES…NEW ONES COMING SOON!

Our yoga studio will be right in front of the sea offering gentle ocean breezes and sweeping views of this emerald water that is beyond breathtaking.

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Pricing :

PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE THE ‘BEFORE’ PICTURES.

We are working on the makeover now and will have better photos of the renovated rooms very soon!
This is just to give you an idea of the style of the house.

Private Rooms with Shared Bath

 

$2,315usd private ocean view rooms. 1 queen bed and shared bathroom

FOR NYE RETREAT ADD $300usd

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shared Tower room

$2,145usd per person. Room has 2 twin beds, dressing area and shared bathroom

FOR NYE RETREAT ADD $300usd

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Beach level shared rooms

Shared Double rooms with 2 twin beds and shared bathroom
$2,065usd per person with interior views steps from the beach

FOR NYE RETREAT ADD $300usd

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OPTIONAL EXTRAS PRICING :

75 minute healing massage – $135usd
Tamale cooking class w/ margaritas – $65usd
Las Coloradas excursion – $85usd
Nature preserve kayak excursion – $85usd
Standup Paddleboard Rental – $20usd per hour (3 hours)


*You must provide your own bed mate for this option. We can pair roommates together but not people sharing a bed together.

We can pair you with other travelers of your preferred gender looking to share a room. We will ask for your vaccination status if you’d like to share a room so we can provide that information to your roommate. All guests must arrive with a negative Covid test regardless of vaccination status.


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Payments :

MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT HERE :

Deposits of $750usd are due to secure your space in the retreat. Please check availability with us for accommodations before making your deposit.

Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you if possible. If you’d like us to pair you with a roommate for rooms with shared options we require a written consent with your vaccination status and preference regarding roommate’s status to pair you accordingly. We only pair roommates together, not bedmates. All guests are required to arrive to the retreat with a negative covid test result within 24 hours.

To make your deposit please email us with your preferred payment method and to confirm availability.

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BALANCE PAYMENTS :

The balance of your retreat (minus your $750usd initial deposit*) is due 60 days prior to arrival. All details for this will be emailed to the group three months before the retreat.

You may pay with a credit card via PayPal, a bank wire transfer, Zelle, or deposit a check into our bank account to settle your balance. We also accept Bitcoin. We understand how much fees blow…though some of these options do incur a fee that will be passed on to you. Please see the itemized list below.

          

PayPal = Pay using your credit card. 4% fee is applied.

Bank Wire = Pay online with a wire. Please add $20usd to your total for wire fee.

Zelle or dropping a check into our Chase account = No charge to pay with this method. Daily limits apply with Zelle.

Bitcoin = Modern payment methods in cryptocurrency. Any transaction fees your wallet requires are applied.

Please let us know your preferred method of payment and we will send you the appropriate information right away.


POLICIES

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made within 60 days or less of arrival are 100% non refundable. All initial deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA & ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE (Y&AWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*. Y&AWW and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services. Y&AWW shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our tours. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary.

Yoga & Adventures Worldwide, its affiliates, retreat facilitators, hotels, third party vendors, and tour providers, the ownership, or staff, of course, cannot be held responsible for events that are outside of our control. There are no refunds as per our cancellation policies. We highly recommend that all of our guests secure a quality travel insurance that will cover them for ANY event which may cause for a change of travel plans, or for ANY unfortunate event including but of course not limited to:

– Transportation delays, cancellations or changes due to strikes, labor disputes, or lockouts from airlines, boats, ferries or any type of transportation
– Any inconvenience or complication caused by bad weather, storms, and hurricanes : a direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike
– Government/political actions, events or situations; threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.
– Personal health issues or personal situations in general which may affect travel plans
– Any loss, theft or damage of personal items at any stage of your trip
– Any accident causing injury during any stage of your trip
– Travel restrictions or illness associated with COVID-19.

All travelers may join our retreats “at your own risk”, but should continue to take precautions such as wearing masks in public, avoiding crowds, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently. Testing will be determined by the countries through which the traveler must pass. All testing requirements are at the travelers expense and are not included in our packages. Please stay up to date with current travel related requirements.

We ask that all travelers arrive with proof of a negative antigen Covid-19 test (no matter your vaccination status) within 24 hours of the start date of the retreat.

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover your investment in these uncertain times. We recommend this insurance company that covers Covid-19 incidents including travel delay due to quarantine requirements, any medical aid you need due to Covid-19 and changes to flights and travel plans. It really sets our minds at ease when booking international travel. For US citizens living in the US the plan we recommend is the Safe Travels Outbound option.

For any non-US residents or US residents living outside the States we recommend Safe Travels International Cost Saver or Safe Travels International plans.

We are not able to refund payments or extend credits due to complications in travel, rescheduling or closings due to Covid-19. Please let us know if you have purchased this insurance.

In addition to travel insurance, we also recommend that you check your health insurance policy regarding treatment outside your home country in the rare case you would need care while away from home. We recommend and use IMG Travel Medical Insurance to cover us around the globe. Please consult with the agent to make sure the plan you choose covers Covid-19. Please let us know if you have purchased this insurance.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a call or to receive further info via email.

In addition to travel insurance, we also recommend that you check your health insurance policy regarding treatment outside your home country in the rare case you would need care while away from home. We recommend and use IMG Travel Medical Insurance to cover us around the globe. Please consult with the agent to make sure the plan you choose covers Covid-19. Please let us know if you have purchased this insurance.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a call or to receive further info via email.

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Travel Tips:

Fly into Cancun International airport (CUN). Please note that Cancun is in the state of Quintana Roo and El Cuyo is in the state of Yucatan. There is a time difference of 1 hour in the winter months for WINTER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS. Please make sure to double check the time zones well as you plan your travel.

From Cancun Airport to El Cuyo, travel time is approximately 2.5 hours drive through small villages and open jungle highways. Our drivers are very safe and reliable and we can arrange transfers from airport to villa door for you if you like. Just send along your full flight details and we will try to pair you with others traveling on a similar schedule to and from the retreat. Pricing depends on how many are in the ride.

Taxis are not allowed to wait outside the Cancun International airport at arrivals so a transfer needs to be arranged for a private car service pick up in advance or there is a local bus that takes you to El Cuyo. For arriving on your own to El Cuyo by bus you’ll need to go from the airport in Cancun to the town of Cancun station and then from there to Colonia Yucatan and then from there, you’d grab a taxi to El Cuyo. To find out more details check out this site.

There are no ATMS in El Cuyo and everything is better paid in cash as most places do not accept credit cards. Please plan to take out cash in Mexican pesos at the airport ATM upon arrival or exchange your currency at the airport for Mexican pesos. Some places accept credit cards but it’s always a better idea to have cash just in case. That said there is not a lot of shopping in El Cuyo as it is a quiet town with beach and chill. We accept credit cards at the villa for any extra food items you’d like to add to your room tab. There is an a la carte menu for drinks, smoothie bar and lunches as well as 2 optional dinners at the house. Cash tips for food service are appreciated

Wifi is not the most reliable and does come in and out at times along with the electricity though it is getting better. The villa has a generator for these circumstances to provide power but internet comes from further away so if the power does go out, internet will lapse as well. It usually comes back fairly quickly and offers a nice chance to sit back and relax and watch the stars. If you need super reliable internet please let us know to discuss this further. The idea is to unplug and be offline as much as possible. Phone signals are possible so make sure your local telephone provider works in Mexico or extend your service to include Mexico while you are on retreat. That way friends and family can contact you if necessary and vice versa…we know, old school right?!

There are no specialized stores and although there are a few pharmacies in the town if a specific drug is required, you would have to travel by car to the city of Tizimín about an hour away so please plan on bringing everything you might think you will need with you from home.

Finally there is very little nightlife to speak of in El Cuyo at this time but that is why we are in love with it!

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