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Tropical El Salvador Yoga Retreat

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
All meals included
Airport transfer available

This yoga and surf retreat package is open for people at all levels of experience of yoga and surfing. It offers a surf-immersion to propel you forward on your board and at the same time relax your body and mind in rejuvenating yoga practices. Here, you’ll have a chance to deepen your skills by surfing on a world-class beach and point breaks. This is the kind of holiday that you don't want to miss.

Highlights

  • Amazing surfing sessions
  • Daily guided yoga classes
  • Mountain colonial town excursion
  • Half day waterfall hiking and swimming
  • 1 relaxing Swedish or deep tissue massages
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Daily use of high-quality surfboard
  • 7 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
Airport transfer available:
El Salvador International Airport (US$35 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

El Salvador Retreats hosts retreats at different venues close to El Tunco, but by far their favorite retreat venue is Villa del Olas, a luxurious ocean-front villa located inside the Atami private beach community near the beaches of Palmarcito and El Zonte.

The rooms will be shared based on double to triple occupancy. There is also an option single occupancy. There is often an opportunity to come or leave a day earlier / later, the extension option is available at an additional cost. Please inform El Salvador Retreats if you want to extend your trip. Alternatively, they can recommend guest houses nearby.

Amenities

  • Daily maid service
  • Full kitchen and unlimited filtered water
  • Ocean-view yoga and siesta deck with hammocks
  • Beachside swimming pool
  • 24-hour gated security
  • Access to the nearby community salt-water pools
  • Limited Wi-Fi service
  • High-speed internet service at the Atami club for all guests
  • iPod dock for playing music
  • TV with a DVD player

Program

During this retreat, you will have 2 yoga classes and 2 surfing lessons, with optional surf coaching / photo reviewing. The surfing is for all levels, however, during spring and summer season, El Salvador Retreats recommends you to come with some previous surfing experience. You can surf the break right in front of the villa on a private beach, great for skill building.

Typically, you will try to surf in the morning or afternoon, whilst the sea is in the coolest temperature, but this will depend upon high and low tides. You’re welcome to wake up earlier and head down to the beach for an early morning surf, but please be mindful of your neighbors.

Seasonally, the waves in El Salvador are semi-consistent. December to February usually runs 2 - 4 feet with a week or two of larger waves. This is the ideal season for beginners. March to May and October to November is generally 3-5 feet with a few weeks of larger waves. It is a good time for both beginners and intermediates. On June - September, the waves can be very large and are more weather dependent as it is the rainy season.

This retreat is a surf-at-your-own-risk event. As you cannot predict weather and wave conditions, El Salvador Retreats will work with the group to ensure new optional activities are available in the event.

Although they will do their best to get you to the right waves for your ability, there may be a period of the retreat that the waves become too sizable or the surf guide deems out of the surfer’s skill ability. In such a case, you will be notified and must comply for the safety of yourself and others.

All activities are optional, and El Salvador Retreats will vary the timings according to the tide timings to maximize your surf opportunities.

Daily schedule

  • 05:00 Coffee and snack time
  • 06:00 Surfing practice, sleep in, or free time
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Free-time or surf practice
  • 12:00 Yoga session
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Waterfall hike, free time, or coffee farm excursion
  • 17:00 Hammock time
  • 19:00 Dinner at the villa
  • 21:00 Quiet time

Included excursions

On this retreat, you will also enjoy a full-day mountain tour, including colonial town visit, coffee plantation or volcanic hot springs tour, a half day waterfall hike and swim, and also a local markets tour.

Location

This retreat will be held in El Salvador, a beautiful, tropical country with spectacular vistas and comfortable weather all year round. Unfortunately, El Salvador remains off many travelers’ radar, overlooked for other Central American countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama.

El Salvador has many understated charms, kind, and friendly people that surprise most first-time visitors. Being off the beaten path, El Salvador remains unspoiled by heavy tourism. El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, yet includes some of the best paved roadways. Visitors reap the benefits in that traveling to even the most far-flung destinations never takes more than a few hours.

Nearby places

  • San Salvador - 1 hour
  • Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL) - 1 hour

Food

The food is healthy, fresh, and delicious to power your yoga and surf retreat experience. During your stay, you will be served 3 daily meals and snacks, prepared by the staff and chefs.

The meals are omnivorous, but El Salvador Retreats will be happy to accommodate alternative dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free). Please communicate food preferences or allergies when you book.

Breakfast will be prepared after the morning surf session or prior to the day’s excursion. Fresh fruit, smoothies, and lunch fixings are prepped at the house to be readily enjoyed by guests at their individual convenience.

Dinners are cooked daily at the house, except for an optional sunset dinner at a local restaurant. El Salvador is known for pupusas (like a stuffed tortilla filled with meat, cheese, and vegetables). The house staff prepares fresh pupusas for dinner at 1 to 2 nights. Pupusas are served with gourmet sides and toppings.

All non–alcoholic beverages are provided. Two beers per day or a ½ bottle of wine is also included. Guests that wish to consume more than the daily provision of alcoholic beverages provided are responsible for the additional cost of ingredients and alcohol. Please keep in mind that this is a very healthy and active retreat. It’s not a poolside cocktail-fest in Cancun. If you drink too much, you will miss out on fun stuff.Below is the list of the food that will be served during your stay:

  • Morning snacks and coffee
  • Hot and healthy breakfast
  • Fresh fruit, smoothies, and delicious cold lunch fixings
  • Gourmet and local fare dinners
  • One fresh coconut water (seasonal), unlimited non–alcoholic beverages, and filtered water
  • Beer and wine at dinner
  • Cocktails and other drinks by request

Other meals often catered at the house

  • Yoga protein salad
  • Thai curries
  • Freshly-grilled Snapper and Ahi fish tacos.
  • Four varieties of seafood ceviche, including a tofu/chickpea option
  • Rotisserie chicken, locally-grown sweet potatoes, and salads
  • French-style surf-and-turf with coconut risotto and grilled vegetables
  • Wood-fired pizzas, pasta, and garlic bread
  • Handmade tamales and chili Rellenos with rice, beans, and salad
  • Burritos: fish, steak, chicken, and veggie

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You can go for a zip-line at 40 USD.

Spa treatments

This yoga retreat package includes one relaxing Swedish or deep tissue massages. Additional massages can be arranged at an extra cost of 50 USD per massage, per person.

What's included

  • 1 fresh coconut per day
  • 1 massage treatment
  • 2 surfing lessons
  • Daily additional activity
  • Daily guided yoga sessions
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Daily use of high-quality surfboard
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full-day mountain tour, including colonial town visit, coffee plantation or volcanic hot springs tour
  • Half day waterfall hike and swim
  • Limited Wi-Fi for email and general Internet browsing (no streaming or large downloads).
  • Local markets tour or night out on the town
  • Private transportation is included throughout the retreat for all scheduled trips
  • Surf photography
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and limited alcoholic beverages
  • Unlimited use of the amenities (pool, private beach, hammock/yoga deck)
  • Unlimited water refills all day
  • Use of yoga mats

What's not included

  • Additional massages
  • Additional private surf lessons
  • Airport transport on arrival and departure
  • Atami Club access for high-speed Internet (5 USD minimum food / drink purchased at the club)
  • Food or drink outside of the villa or organized tours
  • High-bandwidth Internet (streaming / large downloads)
  • Insect repellent, sun-screen, and surf hats
  • Personal laundry (5 USD per load)
  • Private yoga sessions
  • Specialty food items or off-site meals
  • Surf coaching and video review (50 USD per day)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Videography

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 51% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday December 1, 2018
Departure: Saturday December 8, 2018

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