Monthly Archives : December 2011

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!

Weddings in Paradise: The Food and Wedding Cake

Most people choose to have a Mexican beach wedding for the romance, the exotic setting, and the chance to step away from tradition to create truly unique memories. After all, there are few things more moving than a couple in love looking out over the ocean, the gentle breeze and setting sun all the decoration needed to set the right tone.

At Casa de la Sirena, we have worked hard to instill all of these things in our venue and in into our list of wedding services. Some couples opt for a low-key beachfront ceremony with a handful of guests, while others look for something a little bit grander and more traditional. Regardless of what you have in mind, we’re prepared to help you realize your dream—and to get the right food to make your day perfect.

Traditional Wedding Cuisine

Wedding cuisine has long been a concern of brides-to-be. Should they provide a full-service dinner or buffet? Is it okay to simply serve hors d’oeuvres or nothing more than a wedding cake and punch? How much money should be allotted for the wedding dinner, and how is that going to fit into the entire budget?

When you add a Mexican wedding venue into the mix, the decisions get even more complicated. How do you find a caterer from thousands of miles away? What type of cuisine is in season when your wedding is scheduled? Is it even possible to get a wedding cake in Troncones?

The good news is that Casa de la Sirena is here to help. Because we specialize in Mexico destination weddings, we have the connections in place to help you plan and execute your wedding no matter how far away you live—and we can do it all on the budget you have in mind. Thanks to fresh, local produce and some incredible cooks right here in Troncones, we have a solution for every wedding plan.

Here are a few of the options you have when booking your wedding through us:

  • Traditional Mexican fare prepared by our local cook
  • Seafood buffets that make the most out of the fishing lifestyle here
  • Catered formal dinner
  • Low-key barbeque
  • Wedding dinner at a nearby restaurant
  • Open bar
  • Seasonal produce vendors
  • Professional wedding cake

All of our recommendations and food services are designed to make your day special and safe, so we only rely on local caterers and cooks who hold the utmost standards in food preparation and safety. We can also work with a cook or chef you bring with you to get your wedding food just right.

There is no reason why distance or the international location should make your dream wedding anything other than perfect. Whatever you have in mind for your wedding dinner can be accomplished—and in a way that leaves you free to kick back, relax, and enjoy what a Mexican beach wedding is really all about.

Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Adventures in Coastal Mexico

If you are a nature lover, a Mexico vacation villa is the perfect place to enjoy an eco-friendly trip without sacrificing comfort or luxury. Along the western coast of Mexico, where the seaside fishing town of Troncones is located, it is common to have both whale sightings and regular sea turtle releases. These sights can be enjoyed either from your private beach villa at Casa de la Sirena or as part of one of the tours or nature preservation organizations that make their home here.

Sea Turtles in Troncones

The journey of newly hatched sea turtles to the ocean is one that has gained much publicity in recent years. The treacherous path these turtles take is fraught with natural predators and dangers, and few babies make it on their own.

Because this part of Mexico is a natural habitat for sea turtles, the locals and preservation groups have put a lot of effort into saving sea turtles and helping them to avoid extinction. In fact, just a few miles along the stretch of beach outside Casa de la Sirena, you’ll find pens where sea turtle eggs have been buried. The pens are put up to help protect the eggs from predators, and also help mark where visitors can look to watch the miraculous hatching of the eggs.

Most sea turtle babies are hatched in the morning, so you have to be an early riser to get the best show. You’ll find all sorts of species, from the green turtle and the leatherback to the olive ridley. The most common hatching activity takes place during the summer months.

Whale Watching in Troncones

There aren’t any professional whale watching tours stationed here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a good show. In fact, if what you’re after is a private and incredible whale watching experience, you can’t do any better than Troncones.

Throughout the winter months (December through March is the peak whale watching season), thousands of California gray whales migrate from the northern seas to the central Pacific coast. There are also common sightings of humpback and blue whales during this time, and scientists report the existence of up to 23 species of whales and dolphins in all.

The whales’ activities during this time are many, and you can not only watch as they feed and frolic in the crystal blue waters, but you can also catch a glimpse of their newborn calves. Many of our guests report sightings from their private Mexico beach villas, although you can also charter a boat to get closer to the action.

Enjoy Nature on Your Terms

If you’re planning a Mexico beach vacation, be sure and set aside some time for nature watching. It doesn’t matter if you spend a morning sipping coffee and watching whales from your private terrace, or if you make the journey to watch the incredible sea turtles as they start their lives—these are the kinds of things you can only experience in Mexico.

Mexico Vacation Villas: Luxury Accommodations in a Small Village

One of the biggest concerns visitors have when choosing the right Mexico beach vacation package is finding that perfect balance of luxury and privacy. In most cases, what you get when you book a trip to Mexico is a five-star hotel in the heart of a bustling city center, or a less-than-luxury bed and breakfast in a small town. Here at Casa de la Sirena, we believe that the two can co-exist. We combine the best of both worlds to offer you luxury accommodations and a small-town backdrop that keeps people coming back year after year.

Luxury in Mexico

How you define luxury is entirely up to you. For some people, a luxury Mexican vacation means upscale dining options and a setting that’s designed around comfort. For others, it’s less about the atmosphere and more about in-room amenities. And for some people, it has little to do with tangible effects and more to do with knowing that your every need will be taken care of.

Our goal at Casa de la Sirena is to offer all this—and at a price point that works well with almost every budget.

  • The Small-Town Setting: Troncones is a fishing village and a small town, which might not seem synonymous with luxury at first. After all, you’ll find other guests walking into the small city center, taking time to chat with the locals, and enjoying private boat tours and other low-key tourist activities. We define this as the luxury of time. There is no rush here, no need to wait in lines or make reservations. All the shops and activities you want from your Mexican beach vacation are here, and with a personalized touch that can only come from a small, quiet town.
  • Atmosphere and Amenities: We also provide a touch of luxury every time you return to your room. From private villas to bungalows, there are a variety of accommodation types here at Casa de la Sirena. You’ll enjoy private beachfronts, private pools, full kitchens, air conditioning inside your rooms, WiFi options, daily maid service, and traditional Mexican elegance adorning the walls and suites. All this is offered alongside sweeping views of the ocean, where you can take in the vibrant sunset or even watch as the whales make their annual migration.
  • Luxury Service: Perhaps the best thing we have to offer our guests is personalized service that helps turn your getaway into a dream vacation. Because we are a fairly small facility, we make sure that each guest has everything he or she needs to enjoy a stay with us. From the private yoga studio on the beach to wedding and party services that transform a vacation into a once-in-a-lifetime event, we’re here to create the perfect getaway for you and those you love.

There are few places in the world quite like Troncones. If you want to enjoy a Mexican beach villa in a setting that is unique and private—but still in keeping with the quality you expect from a high-end vacation—Casa de la Sirena has it all. And with a small town just a stone’s throw away, you can also enjoy an immersion-style trip that puts you in touch with history and culture at every turn.

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