What could be better than reconnecting with yourself through activities that feed the mind, body, and soul in one of the most beautiful spots in Mexico? Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa – Puerto Vallarta is the place you’ll want to be for the annual World Wellness Weekend each September.

While spending way too much time on the internet last year during COVID lockdown, I discovered the World Wellness Weekend (WWW) event which encourages venues, associations, and visitors’ bureaus worldwide to organize free, fun, and creative wellness activities on the 3rd weekend of September. The 3rd weekend in September is significant because it is just before the equinox, when daytime & nighttime are equal, symbolizing the perfect balance for work/life harmony.

At a time when staying healthy (both physically and emotionally) and a strong immune system were increasingly important due to the pandemic, this message of wellness really resonated with me. As a frequent visitor to Puerto Vallarta, which already feeds my soul with its beauty, tranquility, and rich culture, it was easy to decide where to go to participate in the World Wellness Weekend 2021.

World Wellness Weekend at Garza Blanca

With nearly 120 countries hosting WWW events, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta stood out at the top of my list. Coming from the US, it was a convenient and perfect location for my husband and I to escape to for a week of luxury, rejuvenating outdoor activities, and a truly exceptional culinary experience.

Garza Blanca Preserve sits on a gorgeous stretch of white sand beach with sparkling azure waters as the incredible backdrop to this stunning luxury resort with a contemporary vibe that blends flawlessly with its lush tropical surroundings.

For World Wellness Weekend 2021, Garza Blanca offered guests of the resort a unique experience with plenty of activities to choose from including: hiking, kayaking, and yoga sessions, as well as health and wellness treatments to restore youth and vitality.

I left feeling like a million bucks! I would highly recommend to everyone that you make a conscious decision to take some time for yourself and hit the “pause” button on life’s responsibilities and dive into some serious self-care for World Wellness Weekend at Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta. Come back a new person. Your friends, family, and co-workers will thank you for it!

What is World Wellness Weekend?

World Wellness Weekend was established in 2017 and aims to inspire and empower people to make healthier choices and enjoy an active lifestyle with family & friends.

In the words of founder, Jean-Guy de Gabriac, “There is no nobler mission in life than to encourage each and every one to become the best version of themselves – physically, mentally, and emotionally.”

This year, World Wellness Weekend took place from September 18th to 19th and marks its 5th year. Fun, creative, and free wellness activities were organized in over 120 countries for this event with as many as 2,356 venues participating.

Free Activities

As a guest staying at Garza Blanca Resort, we could choose from a variety of free activities for World Wellness Weekend 2021. The resort had two whole days of exciting wellness activities planned. I was able to choose between Kayak & Snorkeling, Hatha Yoga, Stretching, Hiking, a Yoga Facial, a Diamond Luxury Hand Ritual treatment, and a Cooking & Mixology Course to round out the weekend of activities.

I do my best to stay fit when at home, but sometimes distractions (aka excuses) get in the way. So, I made a promise to myself to participate in as many of the fun activities as I could over the World Wellness Weekend.

Day One

Friday included Hatha Yoga amidst the stunning lush and serene TierraLuna Gardens complex within the Garza Blanca Preserve. It certainly helped to bring out my inner Zen and I left feeling more relaxed from the physical exertion as well as more centered and mindful.

I followed this up with the fun kayak and snorkeling excursion at the Los Arcos National Marine Park that was part of the organized events. The sun was shining, the shimmering blue water was a delight to swim in and the wildlife both above and underwater got me back in touch with nature.

I finished off the day with a pampering Yoga Facial that left me feeling more youthful and rejuvenated. If you haven’t done a Yoga Facial, I definitely recommend it.

For those of you who don’t know what a Yoga Facial is (I didn’t), it focuses on stretching facial muscles that are not normally worked into our daily beauty regimes. Daily stress causes muscles in our face to contract and show signs of stress and aging (wrinkles in the brow or around the eyes and mouth) from when our face shows tension. During the session we learned to mobilize specific facial muscles and relax them through the use of breathing and proper posture since all our muscles are interconnected. When practiced routinely, signs of damage and aging can be reduced.

Day Two

On Saturday, I started my day with a relaxing Stretching session at TierraLuna again. It’s the perfect area to enjoy a restorative mind and body experience. This put me in the right frame of mind to sweat out my tension during a challenging, yet fun, 2.5 hour guided hike to the beautiful waterfalls. The scenery was lovely and the group of fellow hikers were also fun and as excited as I was to be there.

Yoga activities for World Wellness Weekend at TierraLuna

I followed this up with the Diamond Luxury Hands Ritual which is a Garza Blanca signature spa treatment. This relaxing hand ritual of skin treatment and massage was amazing. They use Natura Bissé scrub, oil and cream to hydrate and nourish the skin.

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I was definitely looking forward to the Cooking & Mixology Class to finish off my weekend of wellness activities and fun. Our class was led by a very talented and knowledgeable staff member. We had a great time learning how to incorporate fresh ingredients to create a few different delicious dishes and cocktails to go with them. It was a great (and tasty) way to end the weekend!

Cooking & Mixology Class for World Wellness Weekend

In addition to the activities arranged for the WWW, I took full advantage of the amazing facilities at the resort. With multiple amazing pools and a heavenly beach to soak up sun and some healthy vitamin D, I was a happy camper. I also enjoyed taking advantage of the fitness center and treated myself to a few pampering spa treatments at the ultra-chic Spa Imagine to further my WWW pursuit of well-being and happiness.

I would be remiss not to mention the extraordinary culinary scene at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa on offer at each of their on-site restaurants. The food reflected a contemporary gourmet approach to dining by using the freshest and finest ingredients prepared in a healthy, yet absolutely delicious way.

After participating in the World Wellness Weekend 2021 at Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta, I feel inspired to continue having fun by staying active, eating healthy, and giving in to some luxury self-care now and then!