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Take a well deserving week in this retreat at Santillan yoga centre, Andalusia, Spain. You will attend yoga classes in one of the finest yoga studios in the whole Europe nestled within a countryside sounds with breath-taking landscapes. With 4-hour yoga session every day, you will chill-out and relax in style in this 8-day retreat. Join in to take your well-deserved yoga holiday.
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During the retreat, you will reside at Hotel Rural Molino de Santillan. It is a luxurious authentic Andalusian farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea. Featuring probably the finest yoga studio in the whole of Europe, it is the perfect setting for yoga and meditation.
Hotel Rural Molino de Santillan was mentioned in The Times as “one of Europe’s best yoga and wellness centres”. It includes a newly built, beautiful, fully equipped yoga studio, complete with yoga wall, designed with guidance from leading yoga teacher Simon Low. There are extensive gardens for relaxing and stargazing under the dark night sky - and there is a bonfire available too, for those cooler nights.
Santillan has 17 rooms, each individually styled, paying special attention to colour, harmony, and balance with the environment. All rooms at Santillan are beautifully decorated in their own distinctive Mediterranean style. They are all spacious and elegant with en-suite bathtub and shower, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, air conditioning and / or fan, telephones for internal use, a safe deposit box, and a desk. Each room has its own balcony or patio with glorious views across the gardens, sea or mountains.
There are double, twin, or triple rooms as the room options for your stay. There are also a limited number of rooms available for single occupancy on a first come first served basis and is subject to the single supplement costs. Single occupancy is limited and always subject to availability.
If you would like to make your stay extra special, there are also two suites available on request. Both rooms include king-sized beds, a Jacuzzi, and hydro massage shower.
The Junior Suite offers a living room, a work desk as well as a terrace overlooking the sea, while the Grand Suite offers two spectacular terraces overlooking the sea, two bathrooms, and a separate living room with working area, to provide that extra comfort if you need to keep in touch with the office or have a book to write.
The spacious state-of-the-art, brand-new yoga shala is the perfect place for yoga practice. Yoga bolsters, blocks, belts, bricks, sandbags, and blankets are provided as are 6 millimetres’ thick yoga mats. However, for extra comfort, you may want to bring your own mat and other yoga props of your choosing. Built on golden ratio dimensions, it has incredible acoustics and includes the following features:
You can sunbathe and swim in Santillan’s salt-water pool overlooking the farm and the sea. It is perfect for relaxing between yoga classes.
Santillan has a paddle court. Adapted from tennis, the court is smaller, there are no double lines and the net is lower. The game is played with a solid paddle rather than a strung racket and a depressurised ball is used with an underarm serve.
Santillan is located between mountains and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The gardens have been designed to reflect the light and colours of the setting sun.
Santillan can arrange a range of therapies for you during your stay. Sessions are to be booked on arrival and are payable directly to the therapist. You can choose from the following service options:
Santillan provides Wi-Fi in all common areas and in most rooms. There is good coverage for mobile phones with the national Spanish mobile phone operator, Movistar. Sometimes everyone just wants to switch off and enjoy the opportunity for a digital detox, so Santillan asks that mobile phones should only be used in dedicated areas with seating which provide the best signal strength and privacy.
Please note that whilst you will do everything possible to adhere to the programme and details laid out below, some things are outside of control, and therefore changes may be made if necessary.
Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing for over 40 years. Having studied various styles of yoga including Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. Catherine’s daily yoga practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal and release the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine.
This retreat will take place at Hotel Molino de Santillán in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain. Set in a secluded location, Santillan is a slice of paradise, located deep in the Spanish countryside and yet just 30 minutes from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). With sub-tropical gardens, a salt-water swimming pool, and all the luxuries of a hotel, here you can immerse yourself in yoga supported by the silence of nature, protected by the surrounding hills.
During the retreat, you will be provided with Santillan’s Mediterranean, vegetarian, and vegan meals, including 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners, which are based on organic produce grown under the Spanish sun. Ingredients are sourced from the on-site garden and fruit trees and supplemented by produce from local farmers.
The cooks at Santillan enjoy sharing their popular Spanish-influenced healthy Mediterranean cuisine, yet are also able to cater for vegetarian, vegan and raw diets and for genuine food allergies and intolerances, such as gluten-free and dairy-free if arranged upon booking, and for the entire group. They keep free-range chickens, so fresh eggs are available daily.
It is essential that you inform Relax and Release of any dietary requirements, within reason, when you book, so that they can liaise with Santillan and make the necessary arrangements. If, for medical reasons, you follow a highly restricted diet, you are advised to bring with you any essentials you might need for your well-being.
If you are prone to a severe reaction to an allergen, for example, a very small amount on a kitchen knife or board, it is essential that you inform Relax and Release. Please note that Relax and Release are unable to offer absolute guarantees for such allergic conditions.
There are numerous hiking paths around the property itself, all providing views across to the sea. For those looking for something more adventurous, there is an opportunity to visit the famous El Camino del Rey near Malaga or you could enjoy a walk up the River Chillar in Nerja.
Caminito del Rey
Until recently, this almost 8-kilometre path is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world. Today, the path has been completely refurbished and although it is safer now, there is something that has not changed; it offers a unique experience crossing 100-metre-high walkways that have been built across gorges. Take one of the best selfies ever. You will never forget the views!
River walk up the Rio Chillar, Nerja
The scenery is spectacular. As you progress, you will criss-cross the river many times until eventually you have no option but to wade through the water. It’s one of the best ways to cool down on a hot sunny day.
If you are seeking a beach experience and would like to swim in the sea, then why not visit one of the fantastic beaches in Malaga, close to Santillan or in Nerja.
While you are in Malaga, you can visit the historic centre, The Roman theatre, La Alcazaba, The Cathedral, The Gibralfaro Castle, Malagueta bullring, Muelle Uno, and the Botanical Garden La Conceptcion.
There is something for everyone: from Phoenician walls, Islamic artefacts, modern paintings and wine to glass, dolls, cars, and even aviation. Some of Malaga’s best museums include Picasso Museum, Museo Carmen Thyssen, and Centre Pompidou Málaga
If you would like a night out in the town, here are a few local restaurants worth a visit while you stay at Santillan. Before eating, you could explore the town and perhaps sample the many shops, including El Pimpi, Vino Mio, and Chiringuitos (beach bars).
There are some very nice towns nearby which are well worth exploring. You can visit Rincon de la Victoria, Nerja, Frigliana, or Ronda and you will not be disappointed.
5 minutes’ away, you can play golf while looking at the sea. Añoreta Golf has 18 holes and all the services that a good golf course can offer. Baviera Golf is a top golf course, 20 minutes east of Malaga.
Santillan has an arrangement with a local riding school for discounted horseback riding. If you have ever wanted to gallop along the sands of a local beach, then this could be the opportunity you have been looking for.
If you are thinking about extending your time in Spain, here are a few nearby places for consideration. Santillan works with a tour company and can arrange full or half day excursions to Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Huelva.
Santillan is about 36 kilometres east of Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), which is serviced by many international and budget airlines. Relax and Release can arrange a taxi transfer for you. The fee is approximately 50 EUR each way. If you are on the same flight as other guests, Relax and Release will arrange a shared transfer.
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