Meet Chef Daniel

Introducing Daniel Ramirez, Playa Viva’s New Chef. We are proud to introduce Playa Viva’s new Chef, Daniel Ramirez. A native of Guadalajara, Daniel has spent much of his professional career working in Baja California. With experience in vegan, vegetarian and Farm-to-Table dishes, he brings newfound energy and creativity to the Playa Viva kitchen. I recently […]

Deeper Engagement Opens New Opportunities for Service

Get Your Hands Dirty And Make A Difference This past spring, we welcomed Anne-Lauren Graham, founder of Radiant Spiral Retreats, for a second year as a holistic host and retreat leader.  In each of those capacities, Anne Lauren found ways to deepen her connection with the local community.  The holistic host is a multi-faceted role […]

Concentric Circles of Caring – the Guest Experience at Playa Viva

At Playa Viva, we look at the guest experience not as a single element but as a continuation and as a whole system. What do I mean by this? Well you can see this best in what I call “the concentric circles of caring for the guest.” Experiential Travel...what does that really mean? The guest […]

From the Sesame Fields at Playa Viva to Your Dinner Table

Introducing Gente Viva Sesame As part of our ongoing mission to support local farming communities in our home town of Juluchuca, we are proud to announce Gente Viva Sesame - direct-trade organic sesame seeds, grown on site and nearby, by farmers from Juluchuca and other local communities who have farmed their land for generations.  This […]

Holistic Hosts – Connecting Guests to a Truly Memorable Experience at Playa Viva

Holistic Hosting at Playa Viva Editor's note:  Anjuli Mahendra manager of our Holistic Hositng program discusses the development of this unique role and how hosts the guests and community at Playa Viva. As a  teacher and therapist, I’ve had the vision for many years of developing a holistic retreat center focused on regenerative living.  So […]

Our Prescription For Nature Deficit Disorder

Disconnect to Reconnect By the time you arrive at your destination for a long awaited vacation, the chances are you are feeling pretty relaxed, at least compared to the hustle and bustle of your daily life.  But what you may not even notice is that as you arrive at most hotels, your senses are still inundated […]

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