Friday, December 9th, 2016

Greetings from Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Mexico!

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Haramara Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico, is unlike anywhere I’ve ever stayed before. This spa and yoga retreat center completely blows my mind.

I’ll be staying here with Nourish Retreats for the next week.  You’ll hear much more about Nourish Retreats and my Sayulita trip in the coming days!

Terri and Kim, the founders and co-owners of Nourish Retreats, wanted to find a resort venue that was sustainable and connected to the environment. Haramara Retreat certainly fits that — the resort was built into the land!  It’s the most environmentally conscious resort I’ve ever seen besides the Alam Sari in Bali.

Beyond that, they wanted a place well-suited for a yoga retreat.

Hello, yoga pavilion!

It doesn’t hurt that Haramara Retreat is, well, ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS.

I’m staying in the dormitory – but have you ever seen a dorm this beautiful?

Everything is open-air, including the two bathrooms.  So each morning, we wake up to this beautiful view:

However, as Terri and Kim looked for the ideal venue for Nourish Retreats, they were searching most of all for the one thing that can make or break a yoga retreat: GOOD FOOD.

Oh, the food at Haramara Retreat is good.  The food is SO good.

The food is organic, mostly vegetarian – occasionally they’ll pick up the freshest fish of the day in town – and largely dairy- and gluten-free.

And every day, we get three-course lunches and three-course dinners.  Here’s what we had for dinner on our first night:

Appetizer: Tabouleh salad with quinoa.

Entrée: Vegetable “ravioli” made of beets and lots of other vegetables.

Dessert: Tiramisu!

Every meal is served with delicious vegetable dips, like zucchini and carrot, and fruit-flavored water, like mango!  I’ve been stuffing my face in that unattractive way that I do at every good meal — but I feel so healthy doing it!

Here’s the craziest part of all:

Haramara Retreat is an electricity-free resort.

Of course, the vital areas like the kitchen have electricity, but the casitas and the main areas do not.  So when you come here, you have no choice but to unplug.

And yes, that means that we light candles.

And oil lamps.

Additionally, the nearest WiFi is a 20-minute walk away in Sayulita town.  If you know me, you know that I never go off the grid for long, and living without nearby WiFi is something that I just don’t do.  Ever.

But I have to admit – it’s nice to get away. I can’t remember the last time I felt this relaxed.  Maybe last December in Don Det, Laos.

And to top things off, we have a lovely private beach where we do our morning boot camps.  There’s nothing like a refreshing run into the ocean to cool off!

There’s so much that I look forward to this week.  As I post this, we’re going surfing in Punta de Mita, and on Friday, I’m having an astrological reading!  In between, we have morning boot camps on the beach and yoga each afternoon, and so many spa treatments are available.

Haramara Retreat blows me away, and my fellow retreat attendees agree. After saying goodnight, blowing the last oil lamp, and listening to the ocean waves, one of my roommates spontaneously burst out with, “I just love this place.”

I could not agree more.

I’m visiting the Haramara Retreat as a guest of Nourish Retreats.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Comments

23 Responses to “Greetings from Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Mexico!”
  1. That sounds and looks amazing! Sounds like what The Sanctuary on Koh Phangan is going for, but this appears much, much better.

  2. Wow! This place looks beautiful! The food, the dormitory, location. So cool it’s an electricity free resort. ^_^

  3. joe sevilia says:

    Wow, I must say that I’m surprised. It looks more like a place all that the Far East. I did not know places like those in Mexico. Thanks for the photos. Just spectacular. I really like especially high places. Waking up in such a place. I want to live there 🙂 not so ?

  4. Looks pretty slick Kate. Big tip of the hat, enjoy.

  5. Elle says:

    Wow, it must be awesome waking up to that view. Very nice! A yoga retreat sounds like a great idea…too bad I got kicked out of my last yoga class =-/

  6. Giulia says:

    I love the dorms! Beds are big, beautiful and look comfy:)
    And I also like the fact that there’s no electricity for lights in the night. It makes you feel like you’re in another world, totally disconnected, and that feeling is awesome for me.
    Private beach, beautiful view… ohhh I would love to be there!

  7. Shaun says:

    This is usually my kind of travel, I get restless but WOW, they sure make it look like an oasis…

    Can’t wait to read more kate!!

  8. Sarah says:

    No electricity? Veg food? Surfing and Sand?

    Um, yes please. To all of the above.

  9. Naomi says:

    Oh man……what a perfect retreat!!

  10. alexaminer68 says:

    Such a wonderful retreat.Love your photos.Thanks for your sharing

  11. Sheryll says:

    This place looks absolutely magical. I love everything about it, the yoga, food, sustainability. What an awesome place to unwind for a few days!

  12. Adam says:

    Seems like a top-notch place to actually try unplugging. Enjoy!

  13. Kris says:

    Looks terrfiic. Not a bad place to unwind…

  14. Erin says:

    Wow Kate this looks fantastic.. Very envious! I love yoga, central America, beaches..retreats…spa treatments.. but the FOOD!! Wow. I’d love to go just to experience that. 🙂

  15. grace b says:

    This place is TOTALLY going on my to-do list! Thanks Kate!

  16. I was completely disconnected for 4 days on my honeymoon from all things electric. I thought I would freak, but after about 10 minutes I was in heaven. Looks like you found a piece of heaven as well!

  17. Charla says:

    I think your link on here to Nourish retreats has a virus/is a virus

  18. Charlotte says:

    Hi Kate-
    I’m so glad I came across your blog on Haramara. I’m traveling there this Saturday for a week and it’s great to read how much you enjoyed it. I’ll be staying in the dorm as well and after seeing your pics, I feel way at ease about it 🙂 Were there any particular activities or places around there that are a “must-see or do” ?

    Looking forward to getting there!

    Best,
    Charlotte

  19. The dorms realy look sweet and I would definitely love the food there 🙂

  20. Millie says:

    Hi, anybody can tell me how is the condition of insects over there in an open air bed room ?
    Thanks
    Millie

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