The Perfect Vacation
My experience at Copal was exactly what I needed and knew I made a life long friend in Janet even before I arrived. I truly felt I was invited into her home. I came alone on holiday and the group of women who signed up for the retreat were a great mix from all over and we are already talking about planning a reunion retreat (with Tracey as yoga teacher~ making us laugh and pushing ourselves with support and patience!).
The food was amazing….from local ingredients, to new and exciting flavours as beautifully presented as any 5 star restaurant I wish I could bring Mimo and Leo home with me!
The views from the retreat are absolutely stunning, and all rooms have their own charm and all one could need. I really appreciated that the vibe was a mellow one….. no pressure if I wanted to skip an excursion to read my book by the ocean or take that extra yummy holiday nap. With that being said the included activities were wonderful from visiting the Mayan ruins, creating our own beeswax and essential oils balm and probably the best massage I ever had in my life. I have only been back for 3 days and already making plans to go back this February. This was the perfect vacation for me, thank you Janet for truly making this the retreat I needed and putting so much of your own love and great energy into everything you do. Te amo mi amiga! Sandra xo
“Copal” El mejor lugar para desconectarse y encontrar paz interior!
Tuve una linda experiencia durante mi estadía en Copal, el lugar es muy hermoso, la Vegetación, la playa y todo el lugar en general hacen un lugar muy tranquilo. El staff son personas muy amables y atentas, te hacen sentir como en en tu propia casa. La comida es deliciosa y muy saludable, siempre tienes platos muy típicos, originales y saludables preparados por Memo y Leo (chefs muy profesionales :) . Gracias a Janet que siempre esta pendiente de que te sientas muy a gusto y que no te falte nada. Me gusto mucho que tuviéramos actividades adicionales a la práctica de la Yoga, lo cual hizo la estadía muy divertida. Recomiendo 100% el lugar, ideal para descansar y desconectarte de la rutina. Espero regresar en una próxima oportunidad.
Copal Retreat was the absolute best thing I’ve ever done for myself!
I loved everything about it. Our hostess Janet, as well as all of the staff at Copal, made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived. The talented kitchen staff prepared each meal with love and care; from the beautiful plate presentation to the amazing flavors of each dish. Janet had a variety of fun music playlists while we were in the shared spaces. The house and location were beautiful. Being right on a beach that was not so populated, made it feel authentic and relaxing, as we were away from hustle and bustle. This retreat had just the right balance of planned activities and free time. You could be as active or leisurely as you wanted. For example there was kayaking, biking, walking, swimming, and salsa dancing available. Or you could chose to sunbathe, write, relax in a hammock and read or nap. There was no pressure. We each got to choose our own adventure. I was so thankful for our wonderful yoga instructor, Daniela. She was caring and intuitive. Truly a beautiful person, both inside and out. The icing on the cake of this trip was the awesome group of women who were there. “Our new tribe!” I now have new friends from around the globe. Kind of makes the world feel like a smaller place. :) During the retreat, I felt an overwhelming outpouring of gratitude for the entire experience. I would recommend Copal retreat without hesitation and would return in a heartbeat!
We loved our stay at Copal Retreat!
We came for Vincent’s Yoga retreat here, and we loved every minute of it. Vincent is one of my all time favourite yoga teachers so I was glad to finally be able to reunite with him after 7 years at Copal. All staff at Copal were fantastic – from delicious food (and catering to my diet restrictions), to leisure, to adventuring and ensuring we were happy and comfortable, they provided it all. Our adventures involved big sea turtles, cenotes, shopping, a night out in Playa Del Carmen (in which Janet joined us to ensure we were safe but had fun :)) to fun dining and beach clubs in Tulum. Hats off to the hospitality team at Copal as well, always ensuring the facility was clean. The food was always creative, colourful and healthy… but SO tasty and fresh too! ALL of the staff are SO sweet here. Thank you so much to everyone at Copal for an amazing time. I hope to see you all again soon.
My time at Copal Retreat was truly special. It holds a special place in my heart. The location is wonderful. The villa is stunning. The staff are lovely and take such good care of you. The food was incredible ( I L O V E food and was so happy with the freshness and complexity of the dishes). I loved how we ate as a family at the dinner table. So many connections of the heart were made this week – with fellow retreaters and the staff.
Thank you for an incredible experience. My heart is full and I loved every moment of my stay xoxoxoxo
The Perfect Escape
Escaping real life for a week at Copal was exactly what I needed. The host and her staff make you feel like family. From the moment I stepped off the shuttle I didn’t want to leave, the cozy decor, amazing location and relaxed atmosphere, makes the perfect place for a retreat. Everyday, we would all say “Oh! I think this meal is my favorite.” The food was fresh, authentic, and so delicious. I can’t wait to visit Copal again.
Great, relaxing experience. The host is awesome and was very responsive/helpful before I even booked the trip. The location is beautiful— it doesn’t get much better than sunrise and sunset yoga on the top floor terrace overlooking the ocean. The chefs’ meals were amaaaazing. I liked that our host had activities planned for us between yoga a few of the days but also gave us a couple days where we had free time. Oh and if you ever get a chance to do a retreat with Ricardo Castro— do it! I absolutely recommend Copal.
Great location, yoga, food, and good friends.
This was a very enjoyable experience. The location was beautiful and the retreat has just the right amount of activity balanced with down time. Our instructor was amazing and classes overlooking the ocean were just beautiful and peaceful. The food was fantastic and our group was so friendly and enjoyable. Thanks to our host and her staff for truly an amazing getaway. Cant wait to do it again.
Beautiful from inside and outside in all sense
The sunrise yoga was amazing, even if it is sometimes hard to stand up, but after the yoga you are so happy and after the breakfast even more! The food was amazing, the people! The host is such an amazing woman! It is a really good vibe between all the people there! We had a lot of fun and I could learn a lot of myself! Thank you!
A safe harbour for your body mind @ spirit!
Just would ask for a map of area as part of my registration in event airport shuttle is missed…its in heart of Paamul a little town not easy to find …
The perfect blend of activities and time for reflection and personal choices. The unique menu prepared lovingly by very gifted Chefs. The atmosphere was accepting, flexible to all our individual and group needs; created by our Host and all her wonderful staff. Can’t wait to go back…a sweet taste of Mexico remains in my heart and body and spirit. I am eternally grateful.
Paa Mul.. everything the Dr ordered and more
The host and her crew are the perfect hosts. Their caring and work ethic are second to none. You can tell that they really love what they do and where they live. They have the most infectious attitude toward living and it is for sure to be a positive experience for anyone visiting Copal Retreats
There wasn’t anything I disliked. I’m a yogi, so I can go with the flow..being said, the food was incredible, the location was perfect for me…very quiet and private…yet a 10 minute ride to Playa Del Carmen and a 25 minute ride to Tulum…The best of both worlds…Oh, and the activities our host had planned for us were great too.
Amazing place, amazing people
Everything was great. From the hosting, Luis, our friendly genius chef, and Vincent’s Yoga! The host is the perfect, and hilarious, welcoming host. The food was fantastic. Vincent is a great yoga teacher with a good sense of humour! The setting at our host’s house is just wonderful and I hope I can come back!
Lovely time in Mexico with amazing yoga and new friends
The food was always very fancy, and the presentation was amazing. I really liked a lot of the food, but many of the menu items weren’t my style or taste.
The location was so perfect. It was like a tropical paradise. The pictures don’t do it justice. The small village felt very exclusive and safe. It was like we had the beach to ourselves. We did enough activities that I was never bored, but not too much that I felt I was being rushed around. The yoga was more intense than any yoga I’ve done before, which was not much, but I left the retreat much more confident in my yoga skills and myself in general. I was very lucky to have ended up with a great group of positive and supportive people.
The setting for this retreat is wonderful and soothing. The house is in the village of PaaMul which is a quaint Mexican area. Not overly developed and is quiet serene and peaceful in itself. The house is situated ocean front facing east and offers panoramic sun rises every morning to practice in breathtaking. The whole staff is wonderful The meals were all five star exploding with local flavors and wonderful in appearance The accommodations were very clean and very comfortable. The hostess is fabulous. Her local knowledge of the food and local attractions is readily shared. You have your own private tour guide which just makes the whole experience of staying at the house wonderful !!!!! The yoga with our teacher Vincent Lu was phenomenal. The practice was very intense and very spiritual for me. It was actually quite amazing and experiencing it is the only way to communicate it as words will not do justice to the Practice. Highly recommend and would definitely return.
An exceptional experience for sure. Inspiring setting, food from the heavens & mindful yoga. Our host as coordinator aced it all along the way. She laughs a lot too – so much fun! What a trip it’s been. I’ll never foget it. Namaste Bernadine. One more thing. The personal touch is what distinguishes this retreat. A real home and a family of locals who expose you to the culture and stunning environment.
This retreat was more like being with family. Our host was so good to us, toured us around treated us like gold. The chef fed us amazing meals and spoiled each and every one of us. The rest if the staff were amazing. I can’t wait to go back.
A group of us stayed at Copal Retreat for a Yoga Retreat. I highly recommended this as a destination and will go back again!
The rooms were large and very comfortable with a patio and a walkout to the ocean.
Our host was very accommodating and went above and beyond to ensure we all had fun, taking us to exciting places and some places were very private – we wouldn’t have had these experiences without her. The chef ensured we had great food at every meal, always prepared with our individual preferences in mind! The staff was more than accommodating – all we had to do was ask and our wish was granted !
The yoga space we had was ideally located overlooking the ocean and couldn’t be beat! Thanks so much to our host ~ Your place at Paamul is breathtaking and we will see you again soon!
The best yoga retreat – it exceeded all my expectations! The yoga sessions with Lynette were varied and refreshing for mind, body and soul, the setting is idyllic as you practice to the sounds of the ocean waves, The host is fantastic as a host and adventurer, fun and spiritual event organizer and Shawn is a chef extraordinaire. We had an amazing group of yogis who inspired each other, laughed together and learned from one another. I highly recommend this retreat.
This was my first yoga retreat, but it will definitely not be my last! The entire trip was very well coordinated by our host. who ensured that everyone felt right at home. She was always there to greet you her big smile and answered whatever questions or concerns the group had. No matter where she led the group to, there was always a lot of laughter and memories made! The daily meals were prepared by Shawn. Every meal was worth writing home about and his pancakes are better than your mom’s (sorry, mom).
The yoga instructor I had was Lynette, and she was absolutely phenomenal! She led the group through sunrise and sunset yoga every day, and encouraged us to work on our personal growth. This led to the group of mostly strangers to become a united group of women that will be friends for life.
My Copal Retreat will have a lasting impact on my life and I highly recommend taking the opportunity to go on a yoga retreat at Copal Retreat! The setting and the people will ensure a trip of a lifetime!
We had a fantastic time! You really can’t beat the pristine, beautiful waters of their neighboring private beach. I really enjoyed the activities, for example a day trip to Tulum and a visit to a neighboring cenote (absolutely beautiful! I’d never seen one before!). The masseuse was also wonderful. There were many highlights to the trip, but aside from the obvious perks of yoga on her beautiful terrace with sweeping views of the clear waters and sunrise/sunset, the food prepared by Sean, our private chef, was phenomenal. He never failed to impress! I really miss the food!! The host herself is a beautiful soul — very kind and sweet. Keep in mind her beautiful estate is in a natural jungle environment, but even this germaphobic, bug-hating girl was happy! And her prices are fantastic of course and reflect this. I loved that her place was away from the super commercialized, touristy areas. Definitely a good spot for a retreat! Thanks for a wonderful stay!
I could not have asked for a more incredible place to lead and practice yoga. Drinking coffee while watching the sun rise over turquoise waters, and breathing and moving together with the ocean breeze and sound of waves crashing below was a deeply moving and almost surreal experience. The beauty of this place is overwhelming. Other highlights include the welcome ceremony featuring Mexican cuencos, exploring the backyard reef (so many baby sea urchins!), short bike rides to the private beach, and… the food. Each meal was inventive, healthy, and absolutely delicious. I have so much gratitude for the host, the chef, and everyone else at Copal who made this retreat possible. Thank you for sharing your home with us.
This is a must for anyone not wanting to do the padded extravagance of the all-inclusive and not quite willing to brave it in a hostel. The house setting gives it an intimate and familial feel. Every meal was a hit, even when things were made with ingredients I didn’t like. I had seconds, in fact! The host will give you lots of options to keep your days busy and fun, or you can choose to just chill at the house and relax. I recommend doing the ruins, dining at in Tulum and boogie boarding in the ocean afterwords. The view was incredible there. Also, you MUST go to the cenote. It’s what heaven looks like, I’m sure of it. This was my first trip out of Canada, and the memories I have from my retreat will be treasured for as long as my memory functions. I honestly cannot wait to go back.
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