What’s cool? With the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the desert all around, eco-luxury Prana del Mar is the perfect place to escape for a true retreat setting – a tranquil yoga travel getaway where you can relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. Completely off-grid and entirely solar-powered your best option is to completely unplug. The rooms are gorgeous with travertine-tiled floors, custom-made teak furniture, pillow-top mattresses, organic sheets and bath towels, large terraces and balconies with ocean views, and organic personal care products.
What’s unique? Prana del Mar’s commitment to environmental stewardship to remain in harmony with the natural environment has earned them 5 stars by Eco Hotels of The World
All electricity is solar-powered, the vegetable and herb garden is organic, the pool is solar-heated, wastewater is treated on site and reused for the xeriscaped gardens. And if you purchase carbon offsets for your flight the resort will credit you that amount towards a spa treatment, surf lesson or excursion. The yoga room is 1850 square feet with plenty of space to comfortably practice on brand new bamboo floors. All props are provided - including Manduka black mats, both bamboo and alder blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps, sand bags, and silk eye pillow, so need to pack any of your yoga gear unless you want to.
Stuff to do besides yoga? Take surf lessons. Go whale watching. Ride horses on the beach. Enjoy a hot stone massage or a sea salt body scrub. Take a siesta in a hammock. Visit the quaint artistic community of Todos Santos. Hone your culinary skills with a cooking class from chef extraordinaire Manolo. Learn to firedance with Mariana. Enjoy a walking meditation in the labyrinth. Lounge on the roof deck with a 360-degree view of the mountains to the east, the ocean to the west and the desert all around.
How much? Single and double rooms range from $1,500 to $3,100, depends on time of year, who’s leading the retreat and what other activities are included. More Information: pranadelmar.com
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