La Crisalida Retreats

La Crisalida is a holistic health and wellbeing centre in Spain. It offers programs such as yoga, detox, life makeover and weight loss to help you relax.

Yoga Retreats 16

Instructors 2

John Brant

John is an author, speaker and transformational coach. He oversees the retreats, as well as often leading life makeover workshops, meditation, walking, and if you are lucky, rebounding! John worked in a high pressure career as an Actuary before making significant changes in lifestyle culminating in his move to Spain. At the retreats, he shares generously the best of what he has learned and put into practice. John inspires and challenges guests to take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.

Lisa Brant

Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats and one of the yoga teachers, taking a mindful therapeutic approach to yoga teaching. She is also a nutritionist and designs the food and juice menus at the retreat. Lisa originally trained as an Epidemiologist, studying health and disease. After studying NLP, she changed direction in 2011 to take a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. With more than twenty years of experience, Lisa shares her knowledge and expertise with guests so they can be more self-aware of their health.

Reviews 119

Clare Abrahams

from United Kingdom, June 2018

I found the retreat staff to be amazing, they were so helpful and attentive. The vegan food was all new to me, as was juicing and i was not disappointed. The yoga was good, some types i prefered to others. We went on several walks during my stay which were really enjoyable

Jessica Mann

from Switzerland, January 2018

"A place to come back to"

Food was amazingly tasty and varied! Very good yoga instructors who are able to adapt to different levels.

And a special thanks to Nicola, mothering all of us with a smile!

Laure Alexandre

from Belgium, January 2018

Perfect place (and programe) to stop, think and reset yourself for the year ahead. All the staff is very friendly and helpfull, and they manage to create a great atmosphere.

M Fabun

from United Kingdom, November 2017

"Already planning my return"

The level & no. of of activities each day, the friendliness & knowledge of the owners and mentors. Great Nutritional advice, the food and juices, the layout of the dining area reception / lounge. The local area. Easy & comfortable transfers. The cleanliness. My fellow retreaters. The whole ambiance was friendly & relaxing. I went off-season (Nov), so was very affordable too.

Anonymous

from Albania, September 2017

"Great experience"

The food at the retreat is amazing. You can choose to juice or eat at each meal - the food looks so good that you might feel like you're missing out if you choose to juice, but the juices are delicious and filling as well plus you can add extras such as avocado and psyllium. The accommodation is basic but comfortable and has everything you need. The sunsets are beautiful and the beach nearby at Alfaz del Pi is stunning.

Paula Cartwright

from United Kingdom, July 2017

"Great stay "

I liked the good choice, eating together every meal and the choice in activity and the fact you can dip in and out of activities and take time out for yourself, so not strict, it's up to you what you do !

The staff and clients were so friendly.

Tricia Thompson

from Canada, April 2017

"All that I needed and more."

I booked a private room. My accommodation was clean and more than I needed. The bed was comfy. There was a full kitchen but the stove isn't needed when all the meals are prepared for you? I love that there was a kettle and selection of teas available. (Also available in main dining area with fresh lemon and ginger each day.) The food and the juices were amazing!! The menu changes daily and is prepared fresh, healthy and flavourful! The yoga classes are great, most suited for beginners. The rebound class was so much fun. YY was wonderful with her workshops, the Vision Board was inspiring.

You must book a massage, any massage, with Cristina. She is amazing and her massages are heavenly.

All the staff are friendly and helpful. I enjoyed speaking with Lisa the owner, and Balbir.

The best thing about this retreat aside from the tasty food, is the flexibility to arrive when you want, and participate in as much or little as you want, with no pressure.

I loved the walk to the lighthouse with the stunning views of the playa and the incredibly blue sea. The beach is easy to walk to on your own and there is a lovely local market on Sundays less than 5 mins from the retreat. By the way, the shuttle service was very efficient.

What else can I say? I left feeling refreshed, refocused, and reminded I need to do this more often. I hope to return to La Crisalida one day soon.

Claudie Plen

from United Kingdom, July 2018

"Amazing, friendly, inclusive experience"

I went on my own and loved the atmosphere, such friendly people, staff were warm and inclusive and the food was out of this world, different every day and always varied and interesting. I felt comfortable and welcomed from the first minute. The accommodation isn't new or smart but is spotlessly clean and comfortable, and the town nearby is pretty. The walks/hikes for me were a real highlight too. Would definitely recommend la Crisalida!

Huda Awad

from United Kingdom, July 2018

"Pleasant Experience and a very enjoyable break."

Relaxed calm and happy atmosphere, friendly and very helpful staff. Very delicious food great time table for various activities. I enjoyed everything and will recommend to friends and plan to visit again.

Amanda Wallace

from United Kingdom, July 2018

"Great for a long weekend"

Lisa's classes were exceptional - clear, concise and adapted to everyone in the room; the quality of food was great; loved the rooftop terrace for yoga - was wonderful to feel the breeze; the flowers around the pool were beautiful, and it was mainly quiet in that area so easy to relax; variety of classes was good - I enjoyed trying new types of yoga and will definitely be taking up Yin! The whole place has a relaxed vibe. Also loved the tea station!

Amelia Snyder

from United States, June 2018

Nice staff, location, and events!!!!

Agnes Aynsley

from United Kingdom, June 2018

"Truly perfect stay. Couldn't fault anything! "

Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects. This included; different yoga styles, aqua aerobics, meditation, walks, the accommodation, the delicious food and the lovely staff.

Ramona Priess

from Denmark, June 2018

"Very good "

Every thing

Deborah Tamir

from United Kingdom, May 2018

"Review"

Excellent location, food, atmosphere.

Go Eun Yoon

from United Kingdom, May 2018

"Not Much Yoga"

- Convivial and easygoing atmosphere, tucked away from the swarms of sunburnt expats in Albir and nearby Benidorm.

- Excellent range of tea and fruit available throughout the day with helpful descriptions

- Immaculate grounds, very clean and very friendly staff.

Claire Chess

from United Kingdom, May 2018

"Yoga Retreat Albir/Benidorm"

The retreat is located very well in a peaceful and quiet area of Albir with access to the fantastic promenade that takes you from Albir all the way to Altea and beyond. All the guests and staff were friendly and most of the yoga instructors were excellent. There was an excellent library of books, videos and games to borrow and advice on walks/runs in the area. The juicing menu was amazing with excellent combinations of fruit and veg, I was so inspired that I've now bought my own juicer! If you want an 'interesting' day away a trip to Benidorm is a must!

Janine James

from United Kingdom, May 2018

It was everything I had expected and much much more. Excellent experience. So much attention to details

Janni Servais

from Denmark, May 2018

"Value for Money and more Than expectet"

I like the program that you can just jump in og you like to join. I like that it's including trasporting from the Airport and back again. Excellente service from the staff.

Meera K

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"Absolutely fabulous retreat and zen time"

The flexibility, classes choices, instructors, food, accommodation and overall vibe of this place were just fantastic. Came back feeling totally relaxed. Special shout out to the chefs and yoga teachers Emma and Rafaela for leading superb vinyasa and kundalini yoga classes

Sam Buchanan

from United States, April 2018

"Very relaxing!"

A flexible little break where you can join in the activities or you can choose to relax on your own and read a book by the pool. I met a mix of like minded people and it felt like a little community! Have come away feeling refreshed and relaxed. The healthy eating/drinking gives you so much energy.

Angela Farnell

from Switzerland, April 2018

"Instructors were very good "

Food great , instructors v good .

Deborah Gaiger

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"Relaxing and rejuvenating "

The yoga was varied with excellent instructors, the atmosphere was calming and friendly. The guided walks were all different and some more difficult than others with a real sense of achievement. The workshops were very informative. Feeling refreshed and energised. Mission accomplished.

Angela Le Roux

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"Fantastic "

I really enjoyed the yoga classes - the instruction was of a high standard and Emma and Sossi did a great job of instructing for all levels. I was also impressed by the variety of the other activities that were provided as I never expected that there would be sure a choice. There is a very relaxed atmosphere at the retreat and staff could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Great place to meet people, eat healthy food, detox and relax.

Carmen Parker

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"A very relaxing break."

I liked the relaxing atmosphere, you could do as much as you liked.

The yoga classes were just right, there were plenty of things to do if you wanted. The rooms were very clean.I learnt new things from the juicing demos and enjoyed the vegan menu that was available, I have continued since coming home juicing and watching the food I eat, reducing my tea and practicing yoga. It has made quite a difference and was worth the trip.

Joss Proctor

from United States, April 2018

"Four days of bliss"

From the moment I arrived the staff were so welcoming and friendly. Most people had come on their own and there was a lovely atmosphere sitting round large tables for all meals. The yoga classes were very well run with expert teachers for all abilities. The staff even put on Rebound for me even though it wasn't on the timetable for when I was staying! I opted for a private studio which was beautiful and very comfortable with all amenities (except shower gel!) A very varied itinerary of activities where you can opt in or out - there is no pressure on you at any time. Food vegan or juicing and excellent quality and variety. Basically loved my whole experience and have come back renewed and ready to face the world.

Siobhan Ryan

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"Not great"

The rooms are good and very clean

Amelia Acosta

from Belgium, April 2018

"Salud, mente y cuerpo"

El atento recibimiento, las instalaciones, el menú, los zumos, el programa de actividades. Las sesiones de yoga y meditación son excelentes.

Liz Thubron

from Denmark, April 2018

"A much needed getaway"

The retreat was not exactly how I had pictured it to be - it was certainly much better. Having the freedom to do as many or little yoga classes, and having the choice of opting in or out of having juices as meals, was great - it allowed me to listen to the needs of my own mind & body and adjust accordingly. I was surprised to see so many lone travellers, but with such a friendly and open atmosphere we really felt like a little community both at or away from the dining table! I met so many inspiring people. After a few days I lost the concept of time, and really relaxed into it - even my Fitbit was telling me my average heart rate fell by 5 bpm over those days which it hasn't done in well over 2 years! I'm not a vegan, but eating here made me realise how delicious vegan food can be, not once did I crave meat, dairy or sugar. After a week of being back in Copenhagen, I'm no longer feeling the need to drink caffeine (and I used to be the world's grumpiest person without my morning coffee). I had a massive headache on my second day, which dragged into my third day, and not wanting to let it ruin my short stay there I headed into town for a coffee, and it did wonders. Drinking just 2 coffees in 4 days helped me cut down from my usual 4 to 1 cup per day here at home. And having the added bonus of great weather really lifted my mood, and made my stay with an old friend one of the best reunions - we are aiming to be back next year!

Kimberley Hutton

from United Kingdom, March 2018

The food was lovely.

Joanne Warrior

from United Kingdom, March 2018

"Great first experience"

Friendly, knowledgeable instructors, fabulous food, plenty of activities and a good variety - something for everyone

Wendy Foster

from United Kingdom, March 2018

The flexibility.

Friendliness & help of all involved.

All aspects were

Extremely well thought through & executed.

Nice little touches.

Solen Pichereau

from United Kingdom, March 2018

"Excellent yoga retreat "

Daily program is just amazing with meditation, yoga class, hikes, creativity workshop and delicious food! All the yoga teachers are excellent, everyone very friendly, definitely recommended for a nice get away to refill batteries

Radhika Kujal

from United States, February 2018

Food and the flexibility

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, February 2018

"Amazing restorative short break"

The location was lovely with stunning walks a short distance away, accommodation very comfortable and well appointed and clean, food was amazing , yoga was fantastic plus the life workshops were deeply helpful and effective and the team were all round fantastic. I will be returning!

Anonymous

from Germany, February 2018

The morning hikes were great and the food was awesome. The whole atmosphere was totally relaxing and peaceful. All in all a wonderful retreat!

Anonymous

from Netherlands, February 2018

Nice combination of yoga, beautiful walks, meditation and life workshops.

The staff is very flexible is you want to juice or eat, you can change anytime you want.

Natasha Whalley

from Netherlands, January 2018

"Ticked all my boxes"

The morning walks were fantastic - definitely a highlight for me!

I liked that the retreat enables guests to arrive and depart on any day they like - that was extremely convenient for me.

It was also extremely convenient that La Crisalida organised my airport transfers.

Jane Widdison

from United Kingdom, January 2018

"Empowering."

Fresh air , sun , sea &!mountains views , walking & yoga.

Anonymous

from United States, January 2018

"Excellent dietary reset"

A great way to spend 5 days to establish a new, healthy eating regimen and lose the sugar/alcohol weight put on during the holidays. The staff is wonderful - very warm and caring and helpful.

Samantha Hadfield

from United Kingdom, December 2017

"A perfect self-case retreat"

La Crisalida Retreats is the ideal place to go if you a feeling a bit burnt out, in need of a bit of self-care or would just like to relax. The location is close to the beautiful town of Altea, and a stunning natural park, and the beach of course! The shared apartment was perfect, a lovely living room to relax although I was mostly in classes! It was a little too cold to swim but the two swimming pools looked great.

Marie Hennessey

from Italy, November 2017

"Exceptional food and yoga"

The food and juices were delicious. Each meal had several offerings with great flavour. The kitchen crew were always helpful. Yoga classes were very good and the instructors were very aware of individual needs.

Jude Evans

from United Kingdom, November 2017

"Wonderful experience "

The teaching was excellent, the staff incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and inspiring. La Crisalida is beautiful and the food delicious. The rooms aren’t luxurious but they’re very clean and comfortable in every way. The massage was possibly the best I’d ever had and my time in La Crisalida was everything I could have wanted. The guided walks every day were a lovely bonus to the multiple yoga classes and the days flew by. A welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and the other guests were also very lovely and friendly, so it made for a very special stay. Thank you!

Leisha Connolly

from United Kingdom, November 2017

"10 day retreat"

The food, the mentors/instructors, the chefs and staff overall.

Sarah Timlin

from United Kingdom, October 2017

everyone was very open and friendly

Geraldine Clarkson

from United Kingdom, September 2017

"brilliant experience "

The chilled out atmosphere

Profesional approach of staff

And congenial company

Mary Redman

from United Kingdom, September 2017

"Yoga sessions & Massage with Cristina"

I attended Ana and Veronika's classes and they were very good.

The massage with Cristina was excellent. I also had a session with Subinha which was also very good.

Marlene Facile

from Belgium, September 2017

excellent food and instuctors and everybody where very friendly.

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, September 2017

Very peaceful setting and easy access to the town and beach. All the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much effort. Eating together with other guests was a lovely experience and enabled us to share our stories. The food was exceptional - we always looked forward to the delights which were being prepared for us. The mixed variety of yoga was great and all the instructors were lovely especially Ana and Emma. Both myself and my daughter felt rebalanced after our stay and have provided us with new and renewed vigour to maintain a healthy balance in our life.

Margaret Mcguinness

from United Kingdom, August 2017

"Learning yoga in a relaxed friendly setting "

Full timetable - lots of choice

Friendly, caring environment

Good, healthy food.

Serena King

from United Kingdom, August 2017

I loved the food, early morning mediation, the swimming pools, the healthy snacks, the full timetable options and the comfy beds.

Virginie Ermoy

from Zambia, August 2017

"Commentaire déjà envoyé + demande de remboursement partiel "

Susan Gregory

from United Kingdom, August 2017

"Perfect retreat - do as much or as little as you want"

The food was fabulous - lots of effort to make it interesting each mealtime with variety of colours, textures and flavours. The programme was great - do as much or as little as you like but I loved the yoga, walks and workshops. Great setting and lovely energy

Gunilla Chartres

from Sweden, August 2017

Lovley hotel and staff, very clean and a beautiful area. Well set up and very good kitchen

Anonymous

from United Kingdom, July 2017

"A wonderful Retreat"

Everything was wonderful

Alexandra Stobbart

from United Kingdom, July 2017

"June weekend stay - so relaxing!!"

How relaxing it was and how lovely the team were.

Anonymous

from Ireland, June 2017

"De Stress with a fantastic tean"

The variety of activities, the staff working there, the food, the other guests, the accommodation, the airport transfers.

Momoko Yamagiwa

from United States, May 2017

"Unforgettable experience "

Everything.

Meals, programs, yoga, pool, the beach, the walk, the weather, the accommodation, and most importantly, People.

It was such an amazing experience and I feel inspired. Thank you.

Claire Harris

from United Kingdom, May 2017

"Very enjoyable retreat"

I liked the choice of activities on offer each day and the variety. The fact that you could opt in and opt out of things.

Victoria Salomonsen

from United Kingdom, May 2017

"Yoga retreat"

The food , the workshops and cooking demo. Choice of walks different types of yoga. We thought we had only paid for one yoga session a day so were v pleasantly surprised when found we could do as many activities as we liked.

Árný Elíasdóttir

from Iceland, May 2017

"Wonderful, friendly and professional."

Everything, the food, the jogaclasses, walking tours and the relaxed atmosphere and very service minded staff.

Mandana Ghotbuddin

from United Kingdom, May 2017

"Yoga and meditation "

Food and location

Jacqueline Terry

from United Kingdom, April 2017

"Fantastic retreat "

Yoga , juicing , staff are excellent

Stephanie Bartlett

from United Kingdom, April 2017

"great place"

the retreat was a great location, the building was perfect, the food sensational and the yoga classes were really enjoyable

Kate Bidwell

from United Kingdom, April 2017

"Cocooned at la Crisalida"

Excellent food, Accomodation and superb yoga

Danielle Neubauer

from Germany, April 2017

"A home away from home in a little slice of paradise."

Everything at La Crisalida is designed in a way that makes you feel welcomed, nurtured, and at peace. I have never before eaten vegan meals and was so surprised at how delicious and creative the dishes were. The staff are so knowledgable and genuinely care about your well-being. The surrounding area is also gorgeous. Parque Natural de la Serra Gelada is located 10 mins from the retreat, making daily walks to the lighthouse to the watch the sunrise a perfect starting to the day!

Sarah Pollicott

from United Kingdom, April 2017

"Great retreat in Alicante"

Great timetable of exercises with something to suit all abilities and interests. The food was great and very yummy. The accommodation was good and nice to have a small kitchen and sitting area plus two double rooms. Really enjoyed the daily walks. All the fellow residents were ultra nice and everyone was easy to talk too and get along with! The yoga teachers were excellent.

Karen Seale

from United Kingdom, March 2017

"First time"

People, tutors all very nice, accommodation as expected, food quite poor, no taste, no texture, bland & uninspiring.

Lisa Alvarez

from Switzerland, July 2018

"Repos et calme "

Le repos, la calme et rester différent type de yoga. J’ai pu également améliorer mon anglais.

Marja Van Der Hart

from Netherlands, June 2018

Hadden werkelijk alles Voor je over, om het je naar de zin te maken.

Martina Bunese

from Switzerland, May 2018

Absolut freundlich und familiär. fühlte mich sofort gut aufgehoben und willkommen.

Sanra Van Beek

from Netherlands, March 2018

"Relaxing!"

I loved the flexible schedule

Betty Di Lollo

from Netherlands, March 2018

"zeer goede prijs-kwalitiet"

De mensen waren heel vriendelijk, het eten was goed, erg veel activiteiten (inclusief in de prijs), goede yogadocenten, prima studios, heerlijke massage mogelijk. Mooie wandelingen mogelijk. Kortom, prima om een paar dagen bij te tanken.

Saskia Overweel

from Netherlands, May 2017

"Heerlijke yoga retraite op mooie locatie met fijne mensen"

Alles goed geregeld en een tof dagprogramma elke dag weer. Eten was zalig. Plaatsje Albir is gezellig en heeft een prachtig strand en idem omgeving. Fijne is dat iedereen komt en gaat zoals men wil. Zo deel je ook zelf je dag en in doet mee met de lessen welke je wilt en verder kan je je eigen gang gaan. Heerlijk. De dynamiek is daardoor erg prettig en de groep verandert ook steeds.

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