At Mexico’s Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, an increasingly popular annual May wellness retreat weekend offers everything from yoga to meditation classes, vegan nutrition sessions, crystal therapy, an aromatherapy atelier, a kirtan performance on the beach at sunset and sound bathing. —Cori Howard
stay. The Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is one of few luxury resorts now offering annual wellness retreats, as well as year-round wellness services. Retreat highlights include inspiring, highly-sought after, world-class yoga instructors, shamanic healers, health and fitness coaches and wellness experts. They also offer 12 year-round wellness suites that include daily juice delivery, aromatherapy infused rooms, a private, rooftop terrace with hot tub, massage table and 360 degree ocean views. These suites also come with in-suite fitness equipment, organic soaps, Vitamin C shower, a complimentary, unlimited supply of healthy snacks all day, like a variety of nuts, dried fruit and fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. To balance it off, there’s also unlimited, cocktails, beer and wine at the bars around the property (although unlike most all-inclusives, the drinks are high-quality, and not watered down) as well as 24-7 room service, all included in the nightly rate starting at $340 USD per person per night in double occupancy.
savour. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit features vegan tasting menus from Mexico’s leading vegan chef, Miguel Batista, the co-founder and Executive Chef of Vegan Planet. Culinary travelers can enjoy these specialty dishes at the resort’s four AAA Four Diamond restaurants serving French, Italian, Asian and Mexican gourmet cuisine. Some standout dishes include raw coconut ceviche and marinated wild mushroom Mayan-style tacos. At any time of day or night, in-suite dining delivers vegan cheeses, ice creams, as well as burgers made with almonds, mushrooms, 10 different vegetables, onions, and garlic, with chia seeds and chickpeas and vegan pizza.
savasana. Nestled on the edge of Banderas Bay, surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, Grand Velas is set on long, beautiful beach. Outdoor yoga on the gazebo is magic, especially when you get to lie down for savasana and listen to the waves. After the yoga sessions, staff is on hand with silver trays to offer freshly-squeezed cleansing juices with cucumber, ginger and greens. There’s also a table set out for each session with infused-water and fresh fruit. It’s like Wanderlust but more intimate, no crowds and five-star service.
spa. One of the resort’s newest offerings is Facial Yoga. This up-and-coming fitness trend focuses on exercises specific to face muscles that naturally tighten, tone and brighten the face. It’s reported to help you look 3 years younger. It involves sitting across from an esthetician and mirroring her as she takes you through muscle movements using your tongue, fingers and stretching your neck. The Grand Velas Se Spa is a highly-innovative destination, one that has been included on Forbes Travel Guide’s list of The World’s Most Luxurious Spas. They have more than 30 spa treatments, including the best massage I’ve ever had in my life, as well as many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey.