09/12/2010Ceiba Del Mar: Spring Arrives With “Life Is Sweet” Yoga Retreat

From now until January 27, 2011, Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort, a boutique luxury resort located on the picturesque shores of the Mexican Caribbean near sleepy Puerto Morelos, is offering mat practitioners and wellness gurus discounted rates for the property’s Elements Yoga-sponsored, Anusara-based yoga retreat, March 27-31, 2011.

Resort & Retreat
Abundant natural beauty—ivory-white sands, radiant sun, shimmering Caribbean seas, and breezy palms—surround boutique Ceiba del Mar, which boasts numerous hospitality accolades but is otherwise secluded, providing unrivaled serenity for the spiritually-connected physical practice, meditative inquiry and indulgent self-care at the heart of this soul-nourishing yoga retreat, led by Anusara-star instructor, Bernadette Birney. In keeping with the resort’s commitment to providing guests with exceptional respite at all levels, and Element Yoga’s desire to infuse its Madhurya-inspired retreat with aspects of Mesoamerican culture, Eastern holism and ancient Mayan energies, this luxury yoga and wellness event will feature the following:

- A comprehensive yoga program, including 7 yoga classes and 4 meditation
sessions at unique locales throughout the resort;

- A luxurious stay (single or double occupancy) in a Deluxe, Junior Suite,
Master Suite, or Penthouse (rates below);

- Freshly-prepared Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner;

- Use of cruiser bicycles, tennis courts, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment;

- Complimentary access to the aromatherapy Spa at Ceiba del Mar, including
the facility’s hydrotherapy circuit, humid areas, and fully equipped gym;

- Wireless high-speed Internet;

- Comfortable airport transfers to and from the resort;

- All taxes and gratuities;

- A Temazcal Ceremony, a contemporary spa therapy based on an ancient Maya purifying ritual conducted by a local shaman; and
- 15% off all other spa treatments.

Adventures for an additional fee include:

- Spelunking (cave diving);

- Journey to ancient Mayan ruins;

- Zip lining through the jungle;

- Scuba diving (from the dive shop at Ceiba del Mar); and

- A golf outing.

Retreaters will enjoy calming sanctuary in one of the resort’s 88 sublime, sea-facing guest residences, each with a full bathroom with shower and separate bathtub; local wood accents and handcrafted furnishings; complimentary wireless Internet; 300 thread-count Premium Cotton linens and pillow menu; complimentary in-room morning coffee daily and nightly turndown service; International cable TV and DVD/CD player, and, at an extra cost, 24-hour room service and mini bar service.

Rates
“Early Bird” rates—per person and all-inclusive to include the full yoga program and four nights of luxury accommodation—start at $1693 US/double occupancy and $2193 US/single occupancy for a Deluxe Room; $2593 US/single, $2163 US/double for a Junior Suite; $2793 US/single, $2363 US/double for a Master Suite; and $2993 US/single, $2562 US/double for a Penthouse. Rates for non-yoga participants who share a room with a yoga retreater start at $1263 and increase based on level of accommodation. Rates also increase by $200 if booked after January 27, 2011. Room service, mini bar, and bottle of liquor not included.

Registration
To register for the yoga retreat, call Ceiba del Mar at 1-877-545-6221 and mention the group code: Yoga Retreat. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Cancellations not received within 120 hours (5 days) of arrival will incur a full stay charge.

Instructor
Leading this singular yoga retreat is the equally unique Bernadette Birney, a multi-certified Anusara yoga star, and an Elements Yoga instructor with a loyal following of practitioners. Bernadette is also award-winning blogger. Her blog, Bernie Birney: It’s About Yoga—a unique query into life, yoga, musings and amusements—was named “Top Meditation Blog for 2010.” Bernadette will bring her teachings, training, humor and unique perspective to Ceiba del Mar.

Elements Yoga
Voted “The Best” yoga studio in Connecticut for six consecutive years by Greenwich Magazine, Westport Magazine, and New Canaan, Darien & Rowayton Magazine, Elements Yoga & Wellness Center is a unique, spiritually-centered school that offers various styles and levels of yoga as well as expert instruction from acclaimed teachers who represent a full and diverse spectrum of disciplines. The studio’s retreat division hosts intimate yoga retreats aimed at invoking total-body transformation. Culturally and spiritually influenced by their locations, these retreats will uniquely combine inner work with outdoor adventure to rebalance the mind, center the soul and nourish the spirit. Enriching activities inspired by local custom and heritage in concert with deep yoga practice and spiritual meditation create a distinctive experience for soul-searching travelers and both avid and casual yoga practitioners. Elements Yoga & Wellness Center is owned by and operated by the husband and wife team of Bruce Bassock, a former commodity and equity trader turned yogi whose effective Yoga for Men program garnered national attention from The New York Times and Yoga Journal; and Donna Kuebler, a Fairfield County 40 Under 40 recipient, supporter of many non-profits, a charitable event co-chair, and the Program Director of Fit Yoga Magazine.

“Our goal is to provide modern travelers—individuals who want to cultivate self-awareness while relaxing, staying fit and having fun—with exactly that opportunity,” says Kuebler. “When practice is over we enjoy getting to know the people who attend our yoga retreats to develop a traveling community of like-minded, fun-loving, adventurous yogis. ”

For more information about Ceiba Del Mar Beach & Spa Resort, which was included on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2009 and 2010 Gold List, earning perfect scores of “100” in “Best Rooms” and “Best Service” categories for Mexico, visit www.ceibadelmar.com, or call 1-877-545-6221.

Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort is an award-winning, oceanfront boutique resort in Cancun, Mexico. This intimate resort is situated on half-mile of a private white-sand beach and offers 88 deluxe Ocean-View rooms and suites, seven of which are penthouses; two restaurants; a swimming pool; the wellness and aromatherapy Spa at Ceiba del Mar, and beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces for events, meetings and destination weddings.