It's easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget the beauty that is all around you. Especially when you live someplace as magical as San Diego. From the north, south, east even west you can easily find yourself just hours away from different climates, different experiences, different views. I am the first person to jump at a chance to take flight and land in sandy oasis like Morocco, wetland rice patties like Bali and the beautiful yet grimy streets of Bangkok; but time is not always on my side. Enter the urban retreat!
I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie + Karissa Isaac several years ago and immediately they were family. With their inviting nature, their charismatic personalities and exotic tales of living abroad in Europe, Spain and Greece ~ they are the friends you dream of having. Stories never get old, and their sense of style, fun, and a lifestyle carried over from the siesta times in Spain and island living are evident. This power couple owns a retreat wellness center in FuertaVentura Spain called AzulFit and it is spectacular. With gorgeous views, white sandy beaches, small island villages and authentic Spanish architecture everywhere - FuertaVenture is truly a paradise. Their retreat center is open year round and is booked year round, with Pilates and yoga retreats, yoga teacher training and holidays booked months in advance. Well known teachers, instructors and educators come from all over the globe to spend a week here and experience this amazing mirage that they have built.
So, when word broke that they were looking to 're-create' something similar here in San Diego, it was as if the angels started to sing and the most beautiful words were being spoken. San Diego has long been known for it's Mediterranean vibe and climate, with our rolling hills, beautiful coast and varying weather throughout the day, I've heard it mentioned by several Europeans how much this feels like home. With that, Vayu was born. Vayu sits hilltop over looking all of Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad and Encinitas. You have the feel of being some place out in the country (Tuscan or Umbria), surrounded by nature, birds, trees. A direct panoramic view of the ocean and on a clear day you can see Catalina and San Clemente island. The weather is chilly, yet crisp in the mornings, warm and breezy in the afternoon and cool and calm in the evenings. The sunsets? Oh, don't get me started. The most magnificent you'll ever enjoy.
40 minutes away from Downtown San Diego, 90 minutes from Los Angeles and 10 minutes from anything you think you could possibly need ~ Vayu is literally situated in the most perfect spot. Whether you come for the day, long weekend, or stay for the week - you will feel teleported to another place.
April 14, 2016 marked the first official Pilates+yoga retreat at Vayu and it went off without a hitch. The guests were fantastic, the weather on point and peace, relaxation and rejuvenation were had. Vayu is everything and more that it promises. I personally had the most amazing time and will leave feeling more revived and energized than when I arrived. I know that home is only 20 minutes away but it feels much further and yet my wallet doesn't feel the pain. :-)
I can't urge you enough to take advantage of this amazing property and if you have the time, money and opportunity to go a little further, definitely explore FuertaVentura Spain as well. You will not regret it.
Vayu offers Pilates + Yoga holidays, delicious vegetarian foods and lots of down time for you to explore, sit by the pool, go for a walk or just sleep under the umbrella.
For more information on Vayu (Vista, CA) and Villa Azul @ AzulFit (Spain) visit their site: http://www.azulfit.com/