Surf Yoga Adventure in the Philippines


Let’s go somewhere new!

Introducing a brand new destination outside of Central America!
April 14-21 and 22-29 2013 we’ll be escorting a group of 8-10 ladies each week to a secret hideaway in the Philippines. We’ll be staying at a collection of beachfront bungalows with a boat right out front that will zip us out to the spots.
$1,700 includes everything except your plane flight to Siargao and alcohol.

Important Travel Info!
COMING TO SIARGAO:
Flying from the US to the Philippines using Los Angeles as the example city:
Asiana, Korean and Cathay Pacific seem to have the best prices right now (Sept. 20 Expedia searches showed between $1100-1300 From LA to Cebu). Cathay was $1300 and had the best schedule and this is what I suggest:
Using Cathay Pacific, departing LA at 1:30AM and arriving Cebu at 11:30AM+1 day. So you should depart LA on Friday, April 12 (and remember, since that’s 1:30AM you would check in at the LA airport the night of Thursday April 11).

The little flight from Cebu to the Island of Siargao (see below) isn’t until the following morning but arriving at 11:30am will allow you the whole afternoon to relax, stretch, start dealing with jetlag and recuperate from the long journey so that when you show up to your final destination (the retreat!) you’ll be fired up and ready for adventure!!!

The other airlines might be fine too and a bit cheaper- they just get into Cebu close to midnight (not much recovery time) and flying back to the US they leave close to midnight so you’ll have to spend all day in Cebu when you connect from Siargao coming back. Philippine Airlines also flies this route but flights were $1660 when I checked, maybe that will change?? Maybe other airlines too, you may want to check yourself.

As far as we know, you will need to stay overnight in Cebu no matter which airline you fly on the way there as the only connecting flights to Siargao are in the morning (schedule below). Rest and recover for the day or explore Cebu. Here are a few hotel recommendations we have from friends in the area:

Hotel Options in Cebu
Alta Cebu- on the same island as the airport. A resort setting with a nice pool, rooms a bit dated but still nice, the owner is American. Nothing else close by to do near this hotel but plenty to see/do on its grounds (relax!).
http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g2273715-d634366-Reviews-ALTA_Cebu_Resort-Cordova_Mactan_Island_Cebu_Visayas.html

Summit Circle Hotel- further from airport, small and dark but nice, it is above a shopping center (bonus aircon and good food choices) and recently renovated, in the heart of the city, review link:
http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g298460-d455425-Reviews-Summit_Circle_Hotel-Cebu_City_Cebu_Visayas.html

Others, close to airport for late arrivals:
Park Hill Hotel
1,000php for 2 people.
2 minutes from the airport. 50php in a taxi, but at night give them a bit extra for the hassle of loosing que to a 2 min trip. 100php. Just tell them it’s the first left after the Day’s Inn hotel on airport road.
http://www.hotelparkhill.com/
Phone: 63 32 494-0749 Address: Park Hill Hotel Cebu, Matumbo Road, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu city , Cebu,

Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino
PHP 5,000 if you book on www.wotif.com
Address:
http://www.waterfronthotels.com.ph/waterfront/waterfront-airport-hotel-casino/
Phone: 63 32 340-4888
Address: 1 Airport Road Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu, Philippines
Great buffet breakfast.

Flying to Siargao
The next morning you must fly on a Cebu Pacfic domestic flight to Siagao (about $100 round trip)- you can book on their website:
http://www.cebupacificair.com/Pages/FlightSchedule.aspx
Cebu Pacific schedule:
M, W, F, SU 10:20AM departure, 11:10AM arrival
M, F 9:15-10:05

For the April 14 retreat, please schedule the Sunday April 14th flight.

RETURN FLIGHTS:
For April 14 retreat, return on Sunday, April 21
Cebu Pacific Siagao-Cebu schedule:
M, W, F, SU 11:30AM-12:20PM
M, F 10:25-11:15

Make sure you book your US return for after 3pm or later to be safe!

The Philippines are well-known for a world-class surf spot called Cloud 9. It’s a reef break with hollow rights that attracts surfers from all over the world. We’ll be staying very close to Cloud 9 but will be focusing on other more user-friendly waves in the area.

There are cute lefts and rights for Amigas of all levels but most waves will be breaking over reef, so this isn’t a retreat for first-time surfers. To attend this retreat you must have come already to Nicaragua or El Salvador, or be able to prove to me that you are capable of paddling out and catching a wave on your own. You don’t have to be a complete ripper, we’ll help you improve, but you must already know how to catch your own wave.


We’ll be staying at a place called GreenHouse with awesome bungalows right on the beach and delicious food. Cyd Connor from Sukhaline.com will be joining us as yoga teacher. Cyd is a friend of ours who taught yoga during the 2011/2012 season and she is awesome!
Other activities will include snorkeling, diving, hiking, waterfalls, caving, experiencing local culture, and eating awesome food!

Philippines lifestyle and surfstyle:

Check out some footage (below) from a Roxy contest at Siargao the first week of May 2011. You get an idea of the beauty of the ocean there and a little taste of what Cloud 9 looks like. We most likely won’t spend much time there since there are other less-crowded waves around but if we get a few girls that want to try to get tubes, we can go check it out!

El Salvador Surf Yoga Adventure Retreat

Long Rights and Volcanic Mud Bathing! If you have already mastered riding whitewash and want to catch your first green wave, if you’ve already caught a bunch of green waves and want to learn how to cutback, if you know how to turn and want to get tubed…. this is the retreat for you!

Las flores is one of the longest, most playful, user-friendly waves i’ve ever surfed. Check out what a retreat in El Salvador is all about by clicking play above!

 

Early Morning at Las Flores


Day 1 of our first retreat in El Salvador with Suave Dulce alumni. We got up early, had too much coffee, paddled out, and totally scored!Cheer for the amigas and get excited about your trip!

Co-ed or Couples Surf, Yoga, and Adventure Retreat in Eco Luxury


Retreat weeks available:
August 6 – 13
August 14 – 21

Pricing
Couples (price per person): $2,450
Single: $3,350

7 night all-inclusive package includes:
– Two way airport transfer
– Eco-luxury accommodation at La Bahia
– Three deliciously healthy meals a day
– Surf lessons and surf guidance by professional surfer Holly Beck
– Daily yoga classes
– Afternoon adventures (horseback riding, estuary boat cruise, volunteering with Waves of Hope, etc.)

Extras:
Surfboard rentals ($150 per week)
Drinks

Booking: email suavedulce@gmail.com


La Bahia is an intimate peaceful eco-friendly resort located on one of Nicaragua’s most beautiful beaches. Situated on the beach side of a 19 acre teak farm, La Bahia has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and four beautifully constructed cabanas.

Each cabana has a king-sized bed, deck, hammock, ceiling fan, open air bathroom, unobstructed ocean views, and a private beach path – perfect for couples or individuals looking to escape city life for peace and tranquility. After spending a week here you’ll be searching through apartment finder websites and all over the internet to make the scenery
permanent! Imagine waking up everyday with this view, rest, relaxation, recreation and surfing.


Christina’s Video Tour of Coco Loco

Here’s a quick little video tour of the Coco Loco location for Suave Dulce Women’s Surf and Yoga Retreat with Holly Beck

Waves For All Skill Levels in Nicaragua

Private or Couples Surf Lessons at La Bahia


La Bahia is an intimate peaceful eco-friendly resort located on one of Nicaragua’s most beautiful beaches. Situated on the beach side of a 19 acre teak farm, La Bahia has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and four beautifully constructed cabanas.

Each cabana has a king-sized bed, deck, hammock, ceiling fan, open air bathroom, unobstructed ocean views, and a private beach path – perfect for couples or individuals looking to escape city life for peace and tranquility.

Rates:
Private cabana with three delicious locally sourced meals per day:
One person: $190/day
Couple: $230/day

Surf lesson packages:
Daily 90 minute surf lesson or coaching session by professional surfer Holly Beck (includes surfboard rental)
1 lesson: $150 for one person, $225 for couple
3 lessons: $405 for one person, $608 for couple
5 lessons: $638 for one person, $957 for couple
7 lessons: $840 for one person, $1260 for couple

The above is open to men or women for one day or ten between May 20 – 30, 2011. Email for availability at suavedulce@gmail.com or La Bahia Beach Hotel

El Coco Loco Resort – Nicaragua

El Coco Loco is a hidden tropical paradise located on the Northern Pacific coast of Nicaragua, which features comfortable rustic cabanas, eco-friendly composting toilets, a deliciously healthy restaurant and bar, elevated ocean view yoga studio, swimming pool, soccer field, volleyball court, ping-pong table, and relaxing hammocks, all over-looking two really fun beginner-intermediate friendly surf spots with other great surf options nearby.

Coco Loco has five eco-friendly cabanas equipped with a double bed and a single bed, mosquito netting, fans, hammocks, and private porches. A composting toilet and star-gazing shower are located just outside each cabana.
composting toilet

Coco Loco is also very active in the community with a project called Waves of Hope that is focused on community development programs including providing English classes, after-school programs, and environmental awareness to the local village.

There is a gorgeous elevated ocean-view yoga studio perfect for stretching out between surf sessions and inspiring your practice.

There are several great surf spots within walking distance including a rocky left point and a user-friendly sandy bay with lefts and rights perfect for learning to stand up for the first time or perfecting your cutback.


Here’s a quick video of Holly longboarding at the bay.

After surfing and yoga…. we’ll take a horseback ride on the beach, play a game of volleyball, dip in the pool, relax in the hammock with a book, or toast new friends with a cold cerveza!

yoga mat invite
Check the Schedule link for a list of retreats at Coco loco!
To reserve your spot:
Email hollybeck27@gmail.com for availability

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