Hotel Xixim Offers November Escapes: Yoga, Wellness Retreats, Mayan Cooking Class, Flamingos

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During the month of November, Hotel Xixim, a Mayan wellness, nature and yoga retreat resort located on the beaches of western Yucatan’s Celestun Biosphere Reserve, is hosting several wellness retreats and classes: the Mexican Association of Iyengar Yoga Annual Convention; a Raw Food Detox Retreat; and a traditional Mayan cooking class vacation package. Discounted Thanksgiving week nature packages will also offer families a close-up view of the annual return of thousands of American pink flamingos to the nearby estuary.

Wellness Center Pavilion Hotel Xixim

Wellness Center Pavilion Hotel Xixim

Xixim is the medicine for our souls in our modern world.

Along with the arrival of inclement November weather in much of the North American continent, come thoughts of holiday escapes to the warm sun of Yucatan, Mexico. This year, Hotel Xixim, a unique Mayan bungalow resort just one hour west of Merida, complete with a new wellness center, is hosting vacation options ranging from wellness and yoga retreats, to cooking classes, to nature tours. In addition, special family rates during U.S. Thanksgiving week offer a chance to view flocks of thousands of pink flamingos in their seasonal return to the Celestun Biosphere Reserve estuary near the hotel.

From November 15-17, Hotel Xixim offers a workshop called “Saborearte” – a Mayan cooking class with demonstrations and recipes featuring natural, traditional Mayan cuisine. The three-day workshop package includes all meals, a local tour, non-alcoholic beverages, round trip transfers from Merida to the hotel, the cooking classes, a recipe book, and more. Priced at $530 per person double occupancy, reservations can be made until October 31 at info(at)hotelxixim(dot)com.

The Mexican Association of Iyengar Yoga’s fifth annual convention and yoga retreat takes place at Hotel Xixim from November 22–25 and is open to all association members. Various packages provide options for yoga practitioners as well as non-practicing family members. Reservations must be made prior to October 31; yoga retreat information and prices are available on the AMYI blog.

For those interested in a healthy U.S. Thanksgiving week escape, the Raw Food Detox Retreat with Ani Phyo from November 24 to December 1 offers three dates and price choices including 3, 4, or 7 night stays at Hotel Xixim. Besides Mayan bungalow accommodations, this Mexico wellness retreat includes all organic meals, a healthy detox program, energy boosting and fat-melting demonstrations and recipes, taxes, tips, a flamingo-viewing tour, and round trip Merida-Hotel Xixim transfers. The last day to register for this Yucatan wellness retreat is October 30.

Hotel Xixim, a leader in Mexico ecotourism, is located on the beach in western Yucatan’s 146,000-acre Celestun Biosphere Reserve. The reserve is the main feeding and mating area of the American pink flamingo in Yucatan, Mexico. It is also the protected home to over 300 species of birds (13 endemic) and a variety of subtropical mammals -- coati, jaguar, paca, monkeys and others. Families with kids can take advantage of U.S. Thanksgiving holiday rates to safely explore the reserve by boat, bicycle, kayak, or interpretive nature trails. A discounted family rate (November 27 – December 1) for 2 adults and 2 children age 12 or under, is $107 USD per adult, per night in an ocean view individual Mayan bungalow. Two children up to age 12 are free. Included are daily full American breakfasts, early check in and late check out, and all taxes. "A la carte" eco adventure tours from the hotel offer viewing flamingos in the wild, exploring for crocodiles by moonlight, and expert-guided bird watching tours. To book or for more information, contact the hotel.

About Hotel Xixim
In both 2012 and 2013, Hotel Xixim received the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, awarded for consistently outstanding traveler reviews to only ten percent of accommodations listed on this global travel provider review site. The editors of Fodor’s, a leading name in travel guides for over 75 years, also selected Hotel Xixim for their “2012 Fodor’s Choice” award, given to only the top 15% of their listed properties world-wide. Hotel Xixim also received the 2010 Colibri Ecotourism Award for its ecologically sustainable practices and collaboration with others to promote sustainable ecotourism in Mexico.

Hotel Xixim, located in western Yucatan’s Celestun Biosphere Reserve, just one hour west of Merida, expanded in 2010 to 32 individual beachside Mayan bungalows. At that time the hotel also added a new Wellness Center with SPA treatment bungalows, a 43 foot diameter yoga practice or group retreat meeting pavilion, a juice therapy bungalow, traditional gym, new tree top ocean view bar and library area, a larger restaurant with Mayan-Mexican fusion and vegetarian menus, new outdoor areas for yoga and meditation practice, and a second swimming pool in the Wellness Center. Visit For assistance in planning a wellness or yoga group retreat, family reunion, business conference, or wedding group, inquire at groups(at)hotelxixim(dot)com.

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