Wellness experiences that will take your breath away in Riviera Nayarit
This 200-mile destination in the Mexican Pacific treats travelers and residents to mental, physical, and spiritual rejuvenation through its yoga retreats, majestic hikes, ancient spa rituals, and enviable natural surroundings.
The last two years have created an unprecedented focus on health, leading to a focus on the holistic wellness of mind, body and soul. A recent American Express study showed that 68 percent of world travelers said they are likely to base their next trip on improving their mental well-being.
Now that travel is becoming an opportunity to heal and enjoy wellness, Riviera Nayarit’s abundance of yoga retreats, majestic hikes, ancient spa rituals, and natural setting between jungle and sea make it the ideal destination to visit.
With its spectacular resorts, beaches, and the incomparable backdrop of the Sierra de Vallejo, the destination is the perfect setting for yoga retreats, meditation workshops, and other wellness therapies in direct contact with nature. The best spiritual retreats are:
Haramara, meaning mother of the sea, was named one of the top 10 yoga retreats in the world by Yoga Journal. Located in the hippie-chic beach town of Sayulita, this sanctuary offers travelers year-round yoga and meditation workshops on a natural stone platform overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Guests can participate in private or group sessions in two 360-degree view yoga pavilions, with high thatched ceilings and hardwood floors, situated to take advantage of panoramic views of lush mountains and soothing ocean breezes.
Tailwind Jungle Lodge
Located in the cultural capital of the destination, San Pancho, Tailwind is the first certified ecological lodge in Mexico. The property is the vision of the Jacobi family, Aspen’s lifelong dreamers and adventurers, and perks for yogis include meeting two of its members: Judi, the yoga teacher, and Tamara, the holistic nutrition coach. Both work together to offer Natural Nutrition, a week-long retreat that includes yoga sessions, holistic and natural nutrition workshops, and outdoor activities. The food offered here is made with products from the lodge’s organic farm.
Mar de Jade
Nestled between the rainforest and the pristine sandy beach of the fishing village of Chacala, Mar de Jade is one of the most popular wellness retreats among health-conscious travelers. This refuge offers everything from retreats inspired by ancient Mexican traditions to meditation sessions and workshops. The most unique and one of the most popular retreats is the BodyMantra, an interactive community-based practice that helps participants develop and strengthen self-confidence and self-knowledge.
Walking is easy and low impact. It’s a known fact that walking relaxes your body and sends calming signals to your brain, helping to relieve tension. On your next visit to Riviera Nayarit, be sure to hike the following:
Petroglyphs in La Pila del Rey
Birding San Pancho has a hiking tour to “La Pila del Rey”, one of the most important archaeological sites in the area, which offers visitors a unique setting in the jungle. The place also known as “Los Petroglifos” or “El Santuario”, is located in the Sierra de Vallejo, in the municipality of Compostela, and has more than 2000 petroglyphs carved by the Tecoxquines, an Aztec group that is believed to have inhabited the place a few years ago. more than 1500 years.
Lo de Marcos
Come relax in nature. Walking through this quiet coastal town in the Riviera Nayarit is always rewarding: The tropical zone is rich in colors and places to see, and a guided tour will give hikers the opportunity to learn about plants, animals, the local culture and the history of area. Located at the southern end of the beach, the Xplore company offers the hiker true adventures and outdoor-inspired leisure activities.
Hiking in Sayulita is an experience to remember. Visitors can traverse jungles inhabited by jaguars, tour beautiful hidden beaches, and see exotic tropical wildlife. One of the most popular hikes is to Cerro del Mono, which offers 360-degree views of the coastline and stunning sunsets. There are local companies that offer fun and adventure, such as MexiTreks, with hikes along the so-called “Ruta del Jaguar” or fun family day trips through Sayulita and San Pancho. Along the way, hikers can enjoy captivating views of San Pancho to the north and Sayulita to the south. There is also the possibility of exploring the secluded beach of Malpaso.
This new site has quickly become a favorite for bird watchers and adventure seekers as it passes the Salto del Cora waterfalls and has plenty of bird watching opportunities along the way. It is a mountain community dedicated to shade coffee with avid bird activity and extensive landscape. Hikers can also take in a spectacular view of Matanchen Bay and the San Blas coastline before taking a dip in one of the waterfalls.
Ancient Spa Rituals
Temazcal by the sea
The Conrad Spa at the new Conrad Punta de Mita hotel is a true sanctuary by the sea, an original concept that includes a temazcal (a type of pre-Hispanic steam room) and seven treatment rooms surrounded by tropical vegetation and connected by leafy tunnels dotted with flowers.
The Jungle Spa at Imanta Resorts Punta de Mita has everything you could wish for to relax body and soul, with open-air treatments in a space surrounded by jungle. Its holistic treatments are based on ancient Aztec healing rituals, incorporating the healing power of herbs, flowers and other plants that can be found in the hotel’s nature reserve.
New Moon Ritual
At Tatewari, the spa shared by Villa del Palmar Flamingos and Villa La Estancia hotels, guests can book personalized treatments based on their mood. Rituals stand out, such as the New Moon Ritual, the Water Ritual and the Ritual of the Two Moons, ideal for couples. Visitors can also choose from 14 personalized treatment suites or any of two VIP suites with private Jacuzzis.
The Huichol Collection spa treatments at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit are based on the ceremonies, rituals, and ingredients used by ancient members of the local indigenous tribes. Guests can order a Tau-Sol Body Scrub that uses natural extracts or the Metsere Pearl Essence Powder Treatment, inspired by the Metsere Moon symbol, which represents peace and spirituality.