Part turtle sanctuary, half permaculture farm, half luxurious resort, and 100% off grid, Playa Viva is not only excited about the nicely being of their visitors however that of future generations. We discovered about this forward-thinking eco-lodge whereas researching the “Conservation” chapter of our glamping ebook, Comfortably Wild, and just lately had the possibility to spend just a few nights of their unbelievable treehouse alongside the Costa Grande of Guerrero, Mexico. We fell deeper in love with Playa Viva and know you’ll too. Watch this video from our keep and browse this Comfortably Wild excerpt to find one of the vital enchanting and sustainable glamping retreats on the planet.
Playa Viva Fast Facts
LOCATION: Juluchuca, Mexico
LODGING: Cabanas, suites, studios, and a treehouse (with six extra opening fall 2021!)
WHEN TO GO: Open Oct–July. The panorama is especially lush firstly of the season; the turtle sanctuary is most lively Oct–Dec.
GETTING THERE: Fly into Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport (ZIH) and search for a driver with a “Playa Viva” signal in your 35-minute trip south (free with a three-night keep).
GPS: 17.4497° N, 101.2472° W
PRICING: Lodging, meals, each day yoga, on-site actions; beginning at $157 per particular person (primarily based on double occupancy)
CONTACT: (800) 397-6093; PlayaViva.com
NICE TOUCH: Field guides are in every room that will help you establish wildlife out your window.
MISC: Handicap accessible, kid-friendly, pet-friendly, and wifi within the lounge.
The Heart and Soul of Playa Viva
A 200-acre stretch of Pacific shoreline, backed by estuaries, mangroves, lakes, and mango timber, got here up on the market in 2006. This undeveloped seaside north of Acapulco was prime for a resort, however to develop such a wild ecosystem required child gloves. David Leventhal and Sandra Kahn, a pair that grew up in Mexico and labored within the social influence area, purchased the land however didn’t need to construct simply one other eco-resort. They needed to revive the realm to the paradise it had as soon as been—and a spot the locals dreamt it to be. They despatched out specialists, together with biologists and anthropologists, and interviewed the Juluchuca group members. Then they distilled the information into seven core ideas to information the property’s restorative growth.
“When we first envisioned Playa Viva, we were so excited about the possibilities,” mentioned Sandra. “We talked of driving our veggie biodiesel van to pick up guests and making our own soap from the glycerin byproduct.” Over a decade later, they efficiently use 100% solar energy, greywater and blackwater remedy, and natural and native merchandise; they’ve even achieved that seemingly unimaginable cleaning soap. As inexperienced as a property may be, “Locals are what create the path to change,” mentioned David. Empowering the group via training, healthcare, financial growth, and a pleasure for his or her area’s pure magnificence, Playa Viva and the village are on this collectively, and so they hope you possibly can take part.
Pack provides for the elementary faculty, assist launch child turtles on the sanctuary, and dine on fare from their native community of natural farmers. You by no means know, giving again might really feel nearly as good as Playa Viva’s yoga lessons and spa therapies.
“First, thank you for such a lovely place to sit, breathe, and grow. Second, I wanted to share that I went over to the local school to play some music for the kids. It was the highlight of my time here. If there is ever a way I can continue to help, please let me know.”
—Molly, a Playa Viva visitor
The Glamping Experience
ACCOMMODATIONS: The 12 eco-luxe items with personal loos are raised off the bottom and revel in sea views. The freestanding EcoCasitas have sliding partitions, whereas the personal casita, deluxe suites, and studios boast a breezy palapa-style building. Choose from secluded rooms or adjoining lodging sleeping as much as 12 folks. For the last word Instagrammable pad, snag the tubular treehouse nestled within the palms, fabricated from a whole bunch of bamboo poles and that includes an in-floor hammock.
DINING: Mexican delicacies with a world and health-conscious twist is made with farm-fresh substances 4 occasions a day (after all you want breakfast earlier than and after yoga). Meals are served household fashion; for extra privateness, simply request a desk within the seaside observatory. Get to know the kitchen crew; they’ll be completely satisfied to offer you a snack or an impromptu cooking class.
ACTIVITIES: Yoga, spa, horseback driving, archaeology museum, ATVing, fishing, scuba, snorkeling, browsing, farm excursions, and volunteering alternatives.
HONEYTREK TIP: Save a bit house in your baggage so you possibly can “Pack for a Purpose.” See Playa Viva’s newest supply list for the native faculty, well being clinic, and group yoga program.
Deepen your yoga follow with a multiday workshop. Choose from greater than 20 retreats all year long, combining yoga with the whole lot from therapeutic massage to Ayurveda, aerial arts, meditation, Qigong, and dwelling with gratitude. Open-air lessons are interspersed with walks on the seaside, rest, and wholesome meals. Check PlayaViva.com/retreats for the timing and educating that speaks to you.
SHARE A SKILL
Are you a singer, chiropractor, instructor, soccer participant, or lover of group? Then coordinate with Playa Viva’s social and environmental influence supervisor to share your expertise with the Juluchuca village. If nothing else, see the unbelievable work the long-term volunteers are doing on the clinic, faculty, salt cooperative, and natural farms—it is going to seemingly encourage you to lend a serving to hand.
ATV TO A LOCAL FARM
Ride an 4×4 into the mountains to go to a standard household farm. After a 1.5-hour off-roading journey, you’ll attain the Gutiérrez’s residence for a field-to-food tour of espresso, cacao, bananas, sugar cane, and extra. Admire their unbelievable self-sufficiency as they put together a meal, contemporary from the backyard. Gather across the desk for this distinctive probability to interrupt bread.
HELP A TURTLE
Join the turtle sanctuary workforce in gathering freshly laid leatherback and inexperienced turtle eggs for his or her incubation, or assist launch the lovable newborns into the ocean. There is a few turtle exercise all year long (we went within the “off season” and launched 140+ newborns!), so irrespective of whenever you arrive, it’s best to go to the sanctuary, study Playa Viva’s improbable conservation efforts, and see how one can help.
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This article is an excerpt from our Falcon Guides ebook Comfortably Wild (ISBN:9781493037797). For dozens extra sustainable glamping locations in North America, our greatest recommendations on planning an outside getaway, and the whole lot you needed to find out about this trending journey fashion, take a look at: www.HoneyTrek.com/ComfortablyWild.