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Private Yoga Retreats: Take Your Yoga Business to the Next Level

When you own a yoga studio or facility, it can be difficult to find that perfect balance between the service you offer and the need to run a profitable business. Because yoga is so often equated with the shared experience of health and wellness, as well as the value of community, some people consider it mercenary for a yoga studio to actively promote or market their facility.

While we can’t tell you what’s right for your business and your customer base, we can offer you a chance to expand your list of services to appeal to your existing (and potential new) students. Yoga retreats, which take you and a select group of students across the world to experience yoga in a new, idyllic setting, are growing in popularity and rapidly becoming the business vacation of the future.

What is a Private Yoga Retreat?

A private yoga retreat is a group travel opportunity for anywhere from 10 to 16 students (plus their instructor). You choose a location that is in keeping with the yoga mindset (usually somewhere secluded and tropical), and coordinate a group of students to come along to enjoy a trip that you design around your own goals, budget, and outlook on the yoga lifestyle.

Because every yoga retreat facility is different, you can expect a variety of options from your vacation. Some of the more universal options include:

  • Private yoga platform (ours overlooks the beach)
  • King- and queen-sized suites set apart from the primary facilities
  • On-staff cook
  • Freedom to set your own hours
  • Area activities in keeping with the yoga mindset (eco-tours, sea turtle hatcheries, horseback riding along the beach, swimming and water sports)

And you can stay for as long (or as short) as you wish. While most yoga retreats last for at least 4 to 5 days, you can hop down for a quick weekend getaway or extend your stay for a few weeks, allowing multiple groups of students to come and go.

Mexican Yoga Retreats

While there are private yoga retreats all over the world, we happen to think coastal Mexico is one of the best places to travel for this kind of retreat. The foreign, tropical setting is perfect for those who want to draw a clear line between the busyness of everyday life and the tranquility of a yoga retreat, but Mexico isn’t so far away that travel becomes difficult or expensive. Also, because Casa de la Sirena is located in Troncones (about 40 minutes north of Ixtapa / Zihuatanejo), you don’t have to go far to find your way off the beaten path.

In fact, this fishing village is the perfect place to get away but still enjoy luxury amenities that appeal to travelers from all backgrounds. You can enjoy a rustic experience that keeps you in touch with the sand and surf, or you can opt to turn your yoga retreat into something a little more upscale with personalized dining, our five-star quality accommodations, and the kind of privacy that can only come from a Mexican beach resort like ours.

The Ideal Group Size for Your Private Mexican Yoga Retreat

If you’re part of a yoga class or group considering a private yoga retreat to Mexico, you’ll have quite a bit of work to do planning for your tropical getaway. In addition to the regular things like airline tickets, passports, and packing to take care of, you have to make sure the group dynamic is just right. That’s because a yoga retreat is more than just a vacation…it’s a chance to bond with others who feel the same way you do about yoga and its benefits to overall health and wellness. In fact, having the right group alongside you for the journey is almost as important as where you
go.

Why Go Group Yoga?

Many people participate in group yoga classes with the same people, day after day. This creates a tight-knit community of like-minded individuals, people who share your passions and beliefs and work together to create a safe and comfortable atmosphere. Most of the group yoga retreats we book here at Casa de la Sirena are with groups just like this, whether they’ve been together for years or are forging new bonds.

This kind of trip also has the advantage of offering price discounts. When you travel as a group and book a facility that caters to yoga classes, you can enjoy a luxury tropical setting with all the perks—and at a fraction of the cost of a more traditional vacation.

How Many is Too Many?

Of course, one of the reasons Mexican yoga retreats are so popular is because there is no better way to enjoy privacy and serenity than in a small, select facility designed with you in mind. In order to keep things small and select, however, it’s usually best to find a group that won’t get out
of hand and get in the way of your real goals.

The ideal yoga group is between 14 and 16 people, including your instructor. While you can certainly go above or below that number, this is the best way to enjoy the facilities at Casa de la Sirena while also keeping prices low. With 6 king suites, 3 queen suites, and a yoga platform on the beach designed with this many people in mind, you can enjoy privacy and the company of your class without sacrificing comfort.

You’ll also want to keep in mind that the cook available to prepare meals for the group functions best when catering to parties of this size, and that activities in the area are also best enjoyed in smaller groups like this.

Fun and Relaxation No Matter What

If you aren’t part of a yoga group planning a retreat to Mexico, you can still enjoy a trip to Troncones to take in the sun, sand, and surf in the way that suits you best. While the yoga platform is reserved for those who purchase the yoga package, there are plenty of spaces (including our private villas) where you can unroll your yoga mat and enjoy a slice of serenity here in paradise.

Private Yoga Retreats: Your Host, Your Way

One of the benefits of Mexican yoga retreat like the one offered at Casa de la Sirena is that we have adopted a no-host format for our facilities. We offer the framework for a private yoga retreat, complete with beachside yoga studios (which can hold up to 18 guests), housing, use of our on-site kitchen facilities, and all the ambiance and charm of a tropical getaway. However, our involvement stops there.

Our yoga retreat is designed so that the details are left entirely up to you. Yoga is such a private and personal experience, and there is no one-size-fits-all way to set up a studio that meets with everyone’s expectations. Over the years, we’ve found that by supporting your decisions and helping you plan the yoga retreat your way, the results are more satisfactory for everyone involved. You don’t have to worry about language barriers, different beliefs about or approaches to yoga, or conflicting schedules.

What to Bring to Your Yoga Retreat

The number one thing we tell people to bring is a yoga instructor. While it is possible to do yoga on your own, regardless of whether you have just one guest or ten, a qualified instructor you trust will turn a yoga getaway to a truly moving experience. We often see yoga classes who are celebrating or planning an annual event, and everyone comes along under the guidance of a teacher. We also see corporate groups, bridal parties, and other groups of friends who create their own getaway, and they often hire an independent instructor for the trip.

Of course, that isn’t all you’ll need to make your private yoga retreat a success. Depending on your goals for the yoga retreat, you might want to bring along:

  • Your own mats and blankets
  • Candles and other scents
  • Décor (we rely on a minimalist approach that includes small, covered open-air studios overlooking the ocean—you’re welcome to embellish on this as you see fit)
  • Private chef
  • Music
  • Yoga attire
  • Journals and cameras for documenting the trip
  • Traditional vacation attire and items (bathing suits, coverups, light jackets, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.)

Booking Your Yoga Retreat

For all our Mexican yoga retreat vacations, we do require that the entire yoga complex is rented. This means that larger groups are more likely to get a better deal, and that you’ll be ensured the kind of privacy you need to enjoy your experience.

For more information on available times and how to make the most out of your experience at Casa de la Sirena, feel free to contact us today. We are always happy to work with corporate groups, yoga classes, and other organizations in setting up the kind of yoga retreat in Mexico that you won’t soon forget.

Yoga in Paradise: Why Your Environment Matters

Yoga is a deeply personal experience that can have a profound impact on the body, mind, and soul. That’s why the yoga environment is one of the most important considerations you should make when choosing a location for your next yoga retreat. The ideal setting is one in which you can find all the rest and relaxation you need—and where there is enough space to accommodate your entire group without feeling cramped or overwhelmed.

Whether you are planning a yoga retreat for reasons related to health, spirituality, or fun, we recommend the Mexican coast, where vacation villas add a touch of luxury and the ocean-side facilities take care of the rest.

The Importance of Your Yoga Space

The environment where you practice yoga is directly related to the success of your actions. For many types of practitioners, the setting is almost sacred, and conditions related to temperature, sound, and scenery are often dictated by ancient texts or your yoga instructor. Too much noise might inhibit your ability to reach a state of concentration, and too little ambient sound could be a distraction. In the same way, sight and smell also play a role, and it takes that perfect balance of all the senses to perform at your peak.

Most yoga practitioners agree that the best setting is one that includes:

  • Minimal distraction. You don’t want too many people coming or going, or have sounds related to traffic interrupting your session.
  • Space to practice both the physical and mental requirements of yoga. Open spaces are typically best, especially when they are set against a peaceful backdrop that extends for miles.
  • Comfort in terms of temperature. Although some forms of yoga call for an almost sweat-lodge-like setting, most practitioners agree that a balmy, natural setting is best.
  • Privacy. No one wants an audience interrupting their moments of reflection or their workouts. A place to go where you won’t be interrupted is key.
  • Flooring. Yoga is done primarily on the floor. For safety and serenity, a smooth, open floor with the appropriate cushioning is important for properly practicing yoga.

The yoga facilities at Casa de la Sirena were designed with all of these considerations in mind. The complete complex includes 9 separate open-air yoga rooms overlooking the beach. The only view for miles is the ocean, which crashes in gentle waves that set the perfect tone for a yoga experience. You’ll find all the comfort, privacy, and luxury you need to host a successful retreat, and all in a natural, tropical setting that can’t be duplicated by any kind of technology.

And because we always ask you to bring along your own instructor when you plan a yoga retreat, you can set the entire experience up according to your expectations. We provide the perfect Mexican beach vacation resort and the facilities for the ultimate yoga experience. The rest is up to you.

Troncones, Mexico: Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s Secret Paradise

The Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo region is one of the more popular vacation destinations for those seeking a Mexico beach vacation. Although they are two distinct cities, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo are often lumped together because of their proximity and their shared focus on tourism. They are located about 150 miles north of Acapulco, sharing the same stretch of the Costa Grande, but with fewer crowds and a more traditional atmosphere.

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is the third most popular tourist area in Mexico (after Cancun and Puerto Vallarta). It is known around the world as an ideal destination for history buffs and sports fisherman, as well as families who want to enjoy coastal Mexico without the traditionally young and unruly crowds associated with spring break destinations.

Things to Do in Zihuatanejo

A Mexican beach vacation comes with all sorts of itinerary options. In addition to the popular activities of sunbathing and enjoying the beach, there are shops, restaurants, nightclubs, historical ruins, museums, and eco-tourism sites. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy surfing and snorkeling, as well as fishing, which remains one of the most popular options here.

Of course, not all the great locations are within city boundaries. Some of the best historical sites require a day trip closer to the country’s interior. The upscale shopping and nightlife of Ixtapa are a small distance from the waterfront center of Zihuatanejo, and are often best enjoyed on a quick weekend away.

And if what you really want is a real secret paradise, where the crowds disappear only to leave sun, sand, surf, and an incredible luxury vacation opportunity, a forty-five minute trip north is all you need. Troncones, Mexico is a small fishing village located in the same state, and with the same great tropical backdrop. But instead of crowds of people and the noise of a metropolitan center, the only things you’ll see and hear are the typical side effects of a tropical beach villa: silence and nature.

Troncones, Mexico

The history of Troncones is one of a fishing village that remained untouched by commerce and industry for centuries. The town didn’t open up to tourism until the mid-twentieth century, and even then on a small scale that enticed those looking for adventure away from the city centers. Today, it remains an almost hidden gem of a destination—but that doesn’t mean you won’t find plenty to see and do. A brief list of activities here might include:

  • Horseback Riding
  • Yoga
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Surfing/Longboarding
  • Kiteboarding
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Snorkeling
  • Beachcombing
  • Sea Turtle/Whale Watching
  • Weddings
  • Fine Dining
  • Eco-Tours

Of course, this list doesn’t even begin to touch all the romantic possibilities of a private villa for two. Romantic walks on the beach, a day spent hand-in-hand on the sand, or even the luxury accommodations of your private facilities offer endless opportunities to enjoy your Mexico beach vacation.

If you are planning a trip to coastal Mexico, be sure and include Troncones on your list of possibilities. Close enough to city centers to provide everything you need, but remote enough to offer everything you want, it’s the ideal tropical vacation destination.

Casa de la Sirena in Troncones: Affordable Luxury

If you’re considering a Mexican beach vacation in the Troncones region, Casa de la Sirena offers the ideal accommodations. This beachfront compound is one of the only facilities of its kind, offering privacy and luxury at a fraction of the cost of busy resorts in the neighboring Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo region. If you’ve ever dreamed of a tropical getaway that is good for the spirit and even better on the pocketbook, this is the place to make it all happen.

What to Expect at Casa de la Sirena

The setting at Casa de la Sirena is an idyllic, tropical one, where you can just as easily take in the morning on your private veranda as you can hit the waves for a quick surf before breakfast. Located on our own stretch of white, sandy beach, you won’t run into anyone except other guests, which are limited in number since we are a fairly small facility overall. (For even more privacy or for a wedding, you can even rent the entire compound during your stay.)

The facilities include your choice of living arrangements. Families and couples can opt for a private villa, where three bedrooms, spacious accommodations, and even a private pool provide a getaway where everyone gets exactly what they want. Mini villas and bungalows are also available for couples or smaller groups—and all with the same great attention to décor, comfort, privacy, and, of course, the views of the ocean that extend in every direction for as far as the eye can see.

The luxury features don’t stop there. In addition to great rooms, guests have access to private kitchens and barbeques right in-suite, as well as our Casa de la Sirena garden facilities. For those booking a corporate or yoga retreat, there are additional facilities to help make the most out of your experience.

Why Casa de la Sirena is More Affordable than You Think

A quick look at our website will demonstrate just how colorful, vibrant, and upscale our accommodations are. It might seem out of the financial question to book a vacation here—especially if you’re planning a wedding or other celebration.

That’s why we’re so pleased to offer all this at an affordable price. Troncones has the benefit of being a small fishing village that remains largely untouched by tourism—which means it’s possible for both us and area restaurants and shops to keep prices low. We can accomplish all this because we don’t need bells and whistles to keep you entertained. The ocean, the protected tropical forestland, and the beach offer everything you need to enjoy your stay. It doesn’t matter if you want a quiet getaway on your own terms or a more action-packed adventure where you zipline through the trees only to rock climb your way back to town—it’s all here and it’s all part of the natural backdrop.

Casa de la Sirena is designed to provide an unforgettable vacation for the whole family. For more information on booking your vacation and pricing, feel free to give us a call or fill out our reservation form online.

How to Organize a Yoga Retreat in Paradise

One of the benefits of booking a Mexican vacation villa like Casa de la Sirena is that you have the opportunity to enjoy a quiet tropical background that’s ideal for rest and relaxation. In fact, that’s why we built our outdoor yoga compound, a beachfront complex of serenity rooms that offer the perfect setting for private yoga groups and bridal events.

Because we don’t have an on-staff yoga instructor, groups that plan on renting the space for their retreat will need to do a little advance planning. Here are a few tips for making the most out of your group yoga retreat in Mexico:

  • Compile a Group: The yoga facilities at Casa de la Sirena can hold up to 18 guests (9 separate beachfront rooms). In most cases, larger groups work best, since you’ll be able to take advantage of greater savings that way. We recommend groups of friends or work colleagues—travel with people you don’t know is a possibility, but it’s always more fun with those you know!
  • Hire a Yoga Instructor: If you want to have a professionally-led yoga retreat, you’ll need to bring your own yoga instructor with you. We have found that this approach works better than having a yoga teacher on staff, since so many people have personal relationships with their yoga groups. Having an instructor you know and are comfortable working with will greatly enhance your retreat experience.
  • Coordinate Meals and Rooms in Advance: To avoid last-minute scrambles, include a meal and room plan in your yoga retreat. You can bring a cook with you to handle all the food (our on-site cooking facilities are designed to be used by guests), or you can check out the local restaurants or facilities to learn what’s available. Our villas are also flexible and accommodating, with the option of housing several people in the same facility to lower costs without sacrificing privacy.
  • Travel Together: Traveling as a group is a great way to save money and time. In addition to possible discounts from your airline, you can rent a van to take you from the airport to Troncones as a group. Although this part of Mexico is noted for its accessibility to tourists, there is also an element of safety that comes from group travel.
  • Don’t Run it As a For-Profit Option: Legally, you cannot book individuals for a travel excursion without a proper license. While it is perfectly acceptable for you to organize the trip and pool money to cover expenses, you cannot organize the trip with an intent to make money unless you have the right authorization.

Of course, the most important thing you can do to organize a Mexican yoga retreat is to prepare for fun. Although your focus will be on rest and relaxation, be sure to bring cameras, dancing shoes, and swim gear. Casa de la Sirena is a great place to enjoy your own private yoga getaway…but it is also so much more!

Troncones Vacation Rentals Make Perfect Group Yoga or Language Retreats

Your Mexico beach vacation doesn’t have to take the same shape as every other trip you’ve ever made to the tropical sands. While many people journey to Troncones and the Zihuatanejo region in order to enjoy the traditional tourist pursuits of surfing, relaxing on the beach, and visiting the historical sites, your vacation doesn’t have to look like a post card — it can look even better!

Group Yoga Retreats in Mexico

Casa de la Sirena is one of the premier Mexican beach villas for a yoga retreat. The setting here is perfect for an idyllic getaway that reaches out to balance your mind, body, and soul, thanks to the Sierra Madre Mountains in the distance and the gently crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. We make the most out of this backdrop and our Troncones vacation rentals with our outdoor yoga studio and beachfront compound that can hold up to 18 guests, including the instructor you choose to bring along with you.

Group yoga retreats are actually quite popular these days. Whether it is done as part of a corporate incentive package, a bridal party, or a group of travelers with like-minded interests, there is something truly unique about traveling to the Mexican beachfront to focus on yoga and/or other exercises you share an interest in. You can wake up every morning to the sounds of the ocean and some deep meditation. The day can be spent communing with nature or enjoying the more active pursuits of the area. Nighttime is always great in our studio, as well, where you can wind down and watch the sun set over the ocean as you practice your relaxation and core-building exercises as a group.

Language Retreats in Mexico

Language retreats are a growing trend in international travel, as well. There is no better way to learn a foreign language or brush up on your skills than by traveling to the country where the language is spoken. Here, you can combine interactions with the local population with more intensive, instructor-led learning. As is the case with our yoga retreats, you are encouraged to invite your own teacher to travel with you. You can book the beachfront compound or one of the villas here and, as a group, approach your goals and interests your own way.

There’s something about learning Spanish in Mexico that makes it stick and helps you learn a true appreciation for the language. Whether for educational purposes, for work, or to better your own understanding of the world around you, language retreats are a great way to combine vacation travel and personal growth.

Troncones Vacation Rentals Your Way

Casa de la Sirena makes it possible to enjoy all these features on your own terms. Although we are happy to accommodate individual travelers and couples, our group features are one of the things that set us apart from other Mexican beach villas in Troncones and the larger Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa region.

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