Luxury Retreats
by Gayle Olson
Our personal brand of luxury retreats blend yoga and inner discovery with sensory experiences of visual beauty, healthy sumptuous cuisine, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure.


I truly enjoyed our Exotic Yoga Christmas in Mexico. If you want a get away from traditional Christmas, this is the place to go! Great facility, friendly staff, good program choice, but I think what made this yoga retreat so special was Gayle’s attention and love to participants.This is not a retreat to just go and do Yoga. This is a retreat to create life long memory.

— Kaz Iso, Japan



Choose a holiday full of health, relaxation, gratitude and meaning. Our Christmas Yoga Retreat is a perfect way to escape the madness — spend this holiday practicing yoga, meditating and rejuvenating along a serene private beach in Mexico — with sun, sea, surfing, horse-backriding, paddle-boards, kayaks and a group of like-minded, multi-cultural yogis!

Flow of the Day

MORNINGS  Wake up with a view to the sea and a chorus of tropical birds! With silence until 8 am, stroll along the beach, dive in for a sunrise swim or join in a group silent meditation to the waves. Choose a gentle Hatha Yoga class focusing on breath and alignment with Talya Lutzker, or a dynamic music-driven Bhakti Yoga flow with Neil Wadhawan — or do them both!  All yoga classes take place in the stunning open-air yoga shala, with spectacular sea views and a soft ocean breeze!  Breakfast is a tasty Mexican-style tropical buffet. . . and the day has just begun!

AFTERNOONS  Free time to enjoy the sunshine!  Lounge on the beach, swim in the sea, surf, paddle-board, kayak, hike in the jungle, horse-back ride, enjoy a fabulous massage, experience a traditional sweat lodge… or just lie in a hammock basking in the sweet luxury of down-time!  At noon a couple times during the retreat, Exotic Yoga Retreats founder, Gayle Olson, will offer inversion workshops for those interested in exploring nuances and safety practices in headstands and handstands. A delicious buffet lunch is served from 1:30-2:30, followed by plenty of time for a siesta to the sound of the waves!

EVENINGS  At sunset we reconvene for an offering of sunset yoga practices—an hour of rejuvenating vinyasa, and/or a deeply quieting restorative practice focused on balancing the nervous system. Following our sunset sessions is an exquisite dinner on the sea-view terrace, a three-course gourmet meal featuring inspired and traditional Mexican recipes, designed for the healthy life-style of a yogi. After dinner take a moonlight stroll on the beach, gather with friends around a bonfire or even try your feet at salsa!


Accessible only by boat, you will be met at the airport in Puerto Vallarta and taken by boat to the one of Exotic Yoga Retreat’s favorite retreat spots — an intimate and secluded seaside eco-resort highly acclaimed for it’s serenity, beautiful open-air accommodations, delicious vegetarian cuisine and stunning yoga studios. Accommodations are on the simple side—not EYR’s traditional 4-5 star classic luxury—but luxurious to the soul, and magical in the setting amidst nature and sea. All rooms offer a view to the sea and a chorus of waves for deep, rhythmic sleep! Meals are based on locally grown produce, fresh fish and seafood, served in the spacious terrace dining area with spectacular views that overlook the jungle and the ocean. All dietary preferences are warmly catered to, and the friendly staff make sure that all guests are well taken care of. Xinalani is truly a paradise for our Mexico Yoga Retreat!

Yoga Classes

Discover or rediscover the joy of yoga with three highly experienced yoga teachers offering a variety of dynamic vinyasa, hatha yoga, alignment and restorative classes. Each day there will be morning meditation, four daily yoga classes to choose from, plus a few special inversion workshops. Every class is open to anyone, and every activity is optional. Whether fiery and energetic or soft and receptive, the yoga sessions emphasize safety, awareness, intelligence—and the joie di vivre of yoga!

Neil Wadhawan’s dynamic Bhakti Flow Vinyasa classes weave asana, prayer, breath and music into a hypnotic rhythm of movement meditation. As a professional musician and percussionist, Neil at times adds live drumming to stimulate breath and beat!

Talya Lutzker is a certified yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, author, nutritionist and chef. After many years of studying in the Iyengar yoga tradition, she became a yoga instructor in 2001, and now teaches Prajna Yoga, a style founded by Tias and Surya Little. Her classes focus on intelligent postural alignment, healing the nervous system, and pranayama breathing to balance the internal energy.

Gayle Olson, founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats, has taught and practiced Vinyasa, Iyengar and Hatha yoga around the world for over 20 years. Gayle has developed a unique method, Adjustment-Massage For Vinyasa Practice, giving students hands-on adjustments during class — it’s like receiving a full-body massage during a vinyasa practice! Gayle will lead morning meditations and offer two Inversion workshops for those interested in exploring the nuances and safety practices in headstands and handstands.

Live from Mexico


Gayle has the unique ability to be kind and caring while pushing your yoga practice to the next level. She creates a flow that is beautiful, feels amazing and challenges you to become stronger. This program will forever be life changing. The experiences I have had this week will be cherished forever.

—Julie Cameron, Canada

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We offer you the services or our wonderful travel agent, Justin Harrison. He will meet or beat any airfare you see online, be available to help if your travel is delayed, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance., and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat!  

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First, review our Payment & Cancellation Policy, then click the BOOK NOW button. You will be redirected to our MindBody registration site to deposit by credit card. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us here. If you have questions before you book, feel free to contact us by phone +1 415-361-3396.
Retreat Dates
Retreat is December 22—28, 2016

We strongly encourage all guests flying internationally to arrive a day early to assure that travel delays do not cause disruption to your retreat, we will offer a special pre-retreat night at Xinalani on December 21st, with full room and board, for $150.


If your flight arrives later than 4:30 pm, or you have a delayed flight arriving later than 4:30pm, it will not be possible to get you to Xinalani that day. Once you arrive in PVR, you must go through customs (which can be lengthy this time of year) and then be transferred to the boat. No boats can leave for Xinalaiini past 6:00 pm as the seas can get rough and it becomes dark. This is beyond our control and we can make no exceptions. If your flight arrives after 4:30 pm please plan on staying in Puerto Vallarta for the night and we will get you to Xinalani on the first boat in the morning.

Prices per Person

$1,995  – dorm      (4 bed bungalow for women, with two ensuite baths) $2,395  – double   (price per person – for two solo travelers, a couple or two friends sharing) $6,585  – triple      (price for 3 friends or family price – equivalent of $2,195 pp) $4,500  – single    (price per person – upgrade room)

* Prices include transfers, accommodation and all meals. ** Special discounted pre-retreat night rate of $150 pp if you would like to arrive on December 21

Reservations & Cancellation

First, review our Payment & Cancellation Policy, then click the BOOK NOW button. You will be redirected to our MindBody registration site to deposit by credit card. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact us here. If you have questions before you book, feel free to contact us by phone (+1) 970 393-9025 (MST).

Included in our Mexico Yoga Christmas Retreat:
  • We meet you at the airport and take you by boat transfer to the resort
  • 6-nights on a private beach resort accessible only by boat!
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinners catering to all dietary preferences (veg, seafood and non veg options)
  • Morning guided meditations with Gayle Olson
  • Morning and afternoon Vinyasa yoga classes with Neil Wadhawan
  • Morning and afternoon Hatha yoga classes with Talya Lutzker
  • Two inversion workshops with Gayle Olson: safety and alignment in headstands and handstands
  • Afternoons free to enjoy excursions, spa services, and leisure time
  • A few special evening activities under the stars!
Not included:
  • Airfare to Puerto Vallarta
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverages
  • Spa services with highly trained massage therapists and spa technicians
  • Optional excursions such as whale watching, surfing lessons, surf board rental, sunset sailing trip
  • Gratuities (your choice, if you would like a recommendation, we suggest $15 per day)
Mexico Yoga Christmas Itinerary

Optional Pre-Retreat night December 21 ~

1:00–4:00 pm Pick-up at Airport

45 minute Boat ride to Xinalani

Retreat Begins December 22~

1:00–4:00 pm Pick-up at Airport

45 minute Boat ride to Xinalani

5:30 pm Retreat begins with opening yoga & orientation

Retreat ends December 28 ~

7:30 am Gather for farewell Sun Salutes!

8:00 am Breakfast

9 am – 1 pm Depart – your departure boat time will be assigned in regard to your flight time.

Travel Details

For all international flights. . . we strongly encourage you to arrive a day early to assure that travel delays do not cause disruption to your retreat. We offer a special discounted pre-retreat night at Xinalani, with full board in the same room you will be for the week, for $150.


Xinalani; a private beach front eco–retreat center outside of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Xinalani may only be reached by boat, there is no road to the retreat center.


You will fly into Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) and be picked up by a shuttle that brings you to the pier. A boat will then pick you up and bring you to Xinalani. Guests should book an arrival flight that lands as early as 12:00 noon, and no later than 4:30 pm. If it is impossible for you to get to the boat pier by 6:00 pm, you will need to spend night in Puerto Vallarta and be picked up at pier the following morning at 9 am.


Group transfers will be staggered throughout the morning to accommodate your flight schedule. Book your departure flight no earlier than 11 am. Anyone needing to leave Xinalani before 8 AM will need to pay for transport individually at the cost of $25.


Our exclusive travel agent Justin Harrison provides excellent support getting you to our retreats! He knows the trips, and he will meet or beat any airfare you see online, book hotels with upgrades, arrange transport, offer trip insurance… and can even suggest day tours for your stay prior to or following the retreat.

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General Information & FAQ’s
1. Travel Visa

You will need a CURRENT PASSPORT for your trip to Mexico. A Driver License is no longer a valid identification document for travel to Mexico. No vaccinations are required to enter the country. During the flight to Puerto Vallarta you will be given a document to fill out which you will then need to present to the immigration official upon your entry into Mexico. This document is your Travel Visa.

2. Weather in Mexico

The Central Pacific Coast of Mexico is surrounded by jungle and receives approximately 345 days of sunshine per year. Located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, the sub-tropical climate is quite similar to Hawaii’s. As the temperature changes according to the season, check this link for local weather for the dates of year of your retreat.

3. Immunizations

No, immunizations are not required for this part of Mexico.

4. Drinking Water

The water from the faucets is safe for showering and other necessities but is not safe to drink. There is clean, fresh, purified water provided in each cabana for drinking, brushing your teeth and cleaning your contacts and contact cases. There is bottled water available in the restaurant each day. The ice used in the restaurant is also made from clean, fresh, purified water.

5. Safety in this Region of Mexico

Though Americans have been advised in recent years to travel to Mexico with caution, the Puerto Vallarta area hasn’t been affected by crime. Violence is located in other regions of Mexico far away from Puerto Vallarta. Also, there are no roads to Xinalani! Xinalani is accessible only by water, making the resort peaceful, secluded, and a real pain in the butt for a criminal to get to. We want our guests to feel completely secure, that is why, although our area is completely safe and has record low crime rates that most American cities envy, we offer a fully escorted shuttle service from the airport to the resort

6. Money / Cash / Credit Cards

Yes, you will need money for excursions, spa treatments and tipping. Xinalani accepts either US Dollars or Mexican Pesos (MXN) in cash. You can exchange money at Xinalani but there are no ATMs on property or nearby. We also accept VISA, Mastercard and Discover but no American Express.

7. WiFi

There is Wi-Fi access in the reception and lounge areas; however, we strive to keep our common spaces free for relaxing and socializing. This is an opportunity to let your digital devices go to sleep, so you can wake up!

8. Cell Service

Depending on your carrier, you will most likely have cell service. If not, you can use Skype, as the wifi signal is strong.

9. Tips & Gratuities

The staff at Xinalani are amazing! They are so friendly and helpful! They come from a small pueblo within walking distance of Xinalani, and do rely on gratuities to supplement their income. At the end of the retreat, you are encouraged to consider giving approximately $15 per day for the staff – and are welcome to give additional tips to anyone who has made your stay particularly special!

10. Power Adaptor

Mexico uses standard American outlets.

10. Toiletries & Hair Dryer

Xinalani provides soap, shampoo and conditioner. Hair dryers are not allowed at Xinalani, as they take too much power.

10. Yoga Props

Xinalani provides all yoga mats, blocks, belts and blankets!

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