Dominican Republic·December 2 - 7 2021
A restful and relaxed wellness experience in a private Caribbean villa with beach club access, private chef and heartfelt yoga offerings.SOLD OUT
In need of a mental detox? Space to just be without responsibilities and worries? Well, if white sand beaches and palm trees swaying in the breeze is your idea of a good time - look no farther than this modern Caribbean villa retreat + wellness experience. When else will you stay in a luxury home with nearby private beach club access, an on-site chef and plenty of lounge chairs around a crystal blue pool? Step out of bed and into one of our yoga classes or take a morning swim. Kick back, relax and don't lift a finger. If rest and relaxation (in luxury) are what your soul and body need right now - this is your retreat. *Please note we are requiring proof of COVID vaccination for all 2021-2022 retreat guests* *For 2021: We also require a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the retreat start* - Group Size: 8-12 guests - Luxury Score: 5 (out of 5) - Activity Score: 1.5 (out of 5) - Relaxed + Low Key - Cuisine: Vegetarian / Pescatarian
There's no getting up early to fight for a pool chair here -- enjoy premium lounge chairs, breezy hammocks or a spot on a shady couch at our private villa pool. Or retreat to our indoor lush living area to read a book or meditate in our outdoor palapa area.
You'll be a member of a private beach club your time on retreat. Just 3-5 minutes from our villa, and within the same gated neighborhood, this beach club boasts a huge pool, several bars and restaurants and unparalleled white sand Caribbean views.
Our on-site private chef will prepare lovingly curated and mouth-watering breakfasts, light lunches you can eat poolside and several themed dinners including Dominican fare, Mexican cuisine and Asian fusion.
After yoga + breakfast one day, we'll head to the nearby Ecological Reserve and Park to explore their 500 plant types and swim in the crystal clear lagoons. This is a tropical excursion unlike any other that you don't want to miss.
Wake up with one of our invigorating morning vinyasa yoga classes, indulge in an evening slow flow or yin class or just take quiet time for reflection. A small group means plenty of one-on-one teacher assistance, if desired.
From the moment you step into our villa you'll feel that you've arrived into a lush and peaceful Caribbean sanctuary. Bright whites and rich wood tones are accented by fresh local greenery. The entire property is natural, yet sophisticated.
Enjoy a half day of cruising along the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. We will snorkel with colorful fish, check out the natural pools in Bavaro and learn more about the history and culture of the area with our on-board crew. This will be a highlight of our time together!
If your mind and body are feeling the effects of the last year or two, this retreat will allow you to just be, without stress or responsibility. Take a nap, take a beach walk or just take a break with your feet up in the hot tub. You'll return home renewed and refreshed before the holidays.
In addition to our owner and Chief Zen Officer Anna, each Above Yoga retreat has one or two additional certified yoga teachers on-site who will lead a portion of the classes and support students in their practice. We find that an opportunity to participate in a variety of classes with various teaching styles adds to our guests’ overall retreat experience.
Anna is Above Yoga's Chief Zen Officer and lead yoga instructor. Anna handles all retreat planning and logistics on-site. She aims to hold space for others to experience personal growth, transformation and community. She enjoys teaching flow classes that are accessible to every level of student.
Cassie's goal is to help others cultivate strength and space through the breath/body connection. She took her 200 HR training through CorePower Yoga and her 300 HR training through Wild Abundant Life. You can find Cassie teaching mindful strong yoga throughout the Chicago area. She's also passionate about helping with a Prison Yoga program.
Lindsay a 500 hr Certified Yoga Teacher and is also certified in the "Yoga for All" method. YFA is body-positive method of yoga teaching that makes equitable space in yoga classes for diverse students living in all types of bodies. She is based in Charlotte, NC.
Start your morning with our sunrise vinyasa flow class and then enjoy a private chef breakfast on-site. Whether you chill by our villa pool or hop in a golf cart for a quick 5 min drive over to the beach club - spend your days how you choose. For those at the villa a light lunch will be provided mid day. You'll enjoy tons of inclusions: meals, yoga classes, our eco-reserve hike + swim and a half day boat tour. But in the end this retreat is perfect for those who are happy to chill out and kick their feet up to cap off a hectic year in style. If you're ready to explore more, we can help you book additional activities and tours. Some evenings we will have a slower yin or deep stretch yoga class before dinner. Then head to bed early to rest up for tomorrow's fun -- or maybe join your new friends for a nightcap in the hot tub.
Beach Club Access
Roundtrip airport transportation
Daily yoga classes
Daily gourmet breakfast
Light poolside lunch
4 themed chef dinners
1-2 glass of wine with dinner
Access to tropical beach club
Cruise + snorkel excursion on privately chartered boat
Excursion to eco-reserve park for hike + natural lagoons
Access to golf carts + bicycles to explore area
Daily housekeeping service
Private chef + staff
Journaling + meditation workshops
1 dinner on your own
Optional activities (massage, golf, etc.)
Optional staff gratuities
Flights to PUJ (Punta Cana Airport)
Book as a group of friends or as an individuals in a shared room (female identifying only). Twin over queen bunks. Private en suite bathroom.
Book 2 spots to share with a travel partner, or book solo to share with an assigned roommate. Private en suite bathroom.
The weather in the Dominican Republic in December is ideal. Lows in the 70s and highs in the 80s with constant breezes and occasional afternoon warm passing showers. A tropical paradise for certain.
Our private chef will be cooking up 3 meals a day for our group - have any special requests or dietary restrictions? No problem, just let us know when you book and we'll make sure you're covered!
You'll be flying into the Punta Cana, Dominican Republic airport (PUJ) and it's a short 15 minute ride (or less) to our villa. If you'd like to use the retreat transportation, arrive after 2 pm on Dec 2 and depart before 3 pm on Dec 7
What a wonderful way to explore a country! Honestly a great balance between yoga, which is what we all came for, and exploring the local towns and culture. The included transportation made exploring easy and inexpensive. The meals were nourishing and diverse. I felt very safe the entire trip, excursions and all. Also, as an introvert, I felt I had plenty of moments of free time where I could choose to go on a walk, hang at the pool, or relax on the rooftop to decompress. Overall such a pleasant experience! I look forward to my next retreat!
Ally, Atlanta, GA (Coastal Morocco Retreat)
As a planner, I recognized how much time and hard work Anna puts in every email and communication sent out. Very well organized and so detailed. Especially in these time of Covid. She informed the group of every little change and keep us updated on travel requirements, etc. We all had to be vaccinated and that added an extra layer of comfort. The retreat was amazing. Perfect amount of yoga, activities, and free time. The food was delicious. Location was beautiful. I would highly recommend doing a retreat, not only Morocco but any retreat. I'm repeating one for sure.
Angelica, Charlotte, NC (Coastal Morocco Retreat)
Anna's attention to every detail is beyond compare! From the moment we booked our retreat, her communication with us was timely and just the right amount. I felt comfortable upon arrival, at every excursion, to our departure. The Villa was absolutely perfect: clean, safe, private and beautiful. The schedule was clear and organized but also allowed for a lot of flexibility and spontaneity - a great balance for a retreat/vacation. Anna's calm energy was also super-appreciated. Even though I know she was working very hard behind the scenes, she always was relaxed, calm and organized which helped all of us, I think, feel the same way during the entire retreat. Truly excellent!
Sarah, Milwaukee, WI (Puerto Vallarta Retreat)
Anna is prompt in communication. I really appreciated her keeping in contact with us during Covid. She was always open to being asked questions. The retreat venue felt like paradise. The staff we interacted with were very welcoming. I only attended one yoga class and never felt any type of pressure to do more. I can’t wait to go back.
Lori, Winston-Salem, NC (Puerto Vallarta Retreat)