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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Spain.
La Crisalida welcomes you to this specially designed retreat to help you relax and rejuvenate. In fact this is one of the core values at the retreat. La Crisalida endeavors to give you the right balance between activity and rest so that your body and mind are able to release tension and stress which, for some of our guests, is the reason for joining us. La Crisalida uses a combination of sunshine, walks, yoga, meditation and good food to help you achieve your goals.
At La Crisalida, they offer spacious en-suite apartments, decorated in a light traditional Spanish style, with white washed walls, throws and bright scatter cushions. We have different types of accommodation that you can choose from to fit your budget and personal choice.
Every apartment includes a seating area (with large sofas and armchairs), an area with dining table and chairs, plus a bathroom. There are blackout curtains at the windows to help you get a good nights sleep. For convenience, all apartments also have a basic kitchen containing kettle and tea-making facilities and a fridge. Every apartment contains a television and a DVD player so you can choose to relax with one of our wide selection of DVDs. We also supply a hair drier, safe, iron with ironing board, and clothes drier in every apartment.
The studio apartments (private or shared) are located on the ground floor and situated around the inner courtyard pool area, with sunbathing facilities. They also have a small outside terrace area for your apartment. The private bedrooms in a shared apartment accommodation are all next to the second outdoor pool – this is a two-storey building containing five apartments.
All apartments have free access to Wi-Fi internet. Rooms are cleaned daily with towels changed regularly or at request. All of our apartments and communal areas include central heating for the winter months and air-conditioning for the hot summer months. Fans are also provided.
You can choose from three types of accommodation:
If you prefer to have your own space, you can choose to have your own private charming studio apartment. These apartments have their own en-suite bathroom, with outdoor terrace area. They are situated around the quiet inner courtyard pool area.
You could choose to share one of our charming studio apartments, with one other person. These apartments contain two single beds in one sleeping area, plus all the other facilities. If you are travelling on your own, La Crisalida will match you in a studio apartment with someone of the same gender and, where possible, a similar age.
There are a limited number of apartments available that can sleep 3 or 4 people and are available to people coming as a group, or to individuals if you are happy to share with up to three others (same gender). Please contact La Crisalida for more information.
If you would prefer to have your own private bedroom but are happy to share an apartment with one other person, you might like to choose this option. Each bedroom contains a double bed. The seating, dining and kitchen areas are shared and so too is the bathroom. These apartments are for two people. We also have two apartments that can sleep up to 4 people coming together as a group.
The retreat is set in lovely Spanish grounds, with mature plants, including bougainvillia, palm trees and jasmine. There are a wide range of facilities at the retreat including:
The core elements of the relax and rejuvenate yoga retreats at La Crisalida are daily yoga classes, meditation and mindfulness, siesta and sleep! The fabulous plant-based food or nutritious juices will help you to relax your body from the inside out. You can also add on one of the deeply relaxing holistic treatments. Find peace in the surrounding area – wander through the natural park along the coast to the lighthouse, stare at the mountains from the yoga terrace, spot the stars in the clear night sky or enjoy the feeling of the sea washing over your feet. Take time to experience the peace and tranquility. Practice yin and restorative yoga for deep body relaxation and find the inner peace and connection from the yoga nidra. Leave from your short retreat feeling peaceful and rejuvenated.
La Crisalida Retreats is a health and wellbeing centre located in the quiet seaside town of Albir, north from Alicante on the Costa Blanca, Spain. We offer guests from all over the world a relaxing all-inclusive retreat experience in our quiet and welcoming retreat centre. La Crisalida Retreats offers a holistic approach to health and wellbeing through our programme of activities that include yoga, life makeover workshops, meditation, rebounding and more, combined with tasty nutritious plant-based food and juices.
Yoga is a core part of the La Crisalida program, and we cater for beginners and people with an intermediate level of practice. Studies have proven yoga to be one of the best ways to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and relieve symptoms such as insomnia, depression and anxiety. Yoga also helps to improve overall fitness, strength, and flexibility.
There are daily yoga classes (90 minutes) and five days per week we offer a second yoga class (either 60 or 90 minutes depending upon the day). There is one all-levels class each day (suitable for beginner and intermediate practitioners) and at least five intermediate classes during a 7 day period. Classes are open to everyone however the intermediate classes are stronger and more challenging.
Most of the yoga classes are Hatha based, although we offer a range of different yoga styles, including Yin, Restorative, Kundalini and Hatha flow. There are four or five yoga teachers each week, so you can experience different styles and teachers. If you are new to yoga, this is your opportunity to try something new! The common theme underlying yoga at La Crisalida is to help you to get back in touch with the inner you, to find balance, strength, flexibility and inner peace.
Where possible, the yoga classes are held outdoors on the roof terrace (which has retractable shade) with views of the surrounding area, sea and mountains. You will leave your short yoga break feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from your time at the retreat.
Each week there is a wonderful yoga nidra, to enable you to deeply relax and reconnect body, mind and spirit. You will also find deep relaxation in our guided visualisations.
There are morning meditation sessions at the retreat, in which to practice meditation in a group setting. There are generally silent sessions and different techniques are offered during the week for you to experience and practice. There is also a weekly mindfulness workshop in which mindfulness is explored in more detail. Meditation practice involves developing your powers of concentration and is a way of developing mindfulness and self-discipline. There are many types of meditation to choose from, and at La Crisalida we prefer to work from those which are aimed at bringing you into the present moment and will relax the mind through detached observation techniques. Although meditation can be challenging, if you persevere you are likely to experience the type of benefits reported such as clearer, more decisive thinking and improved powers of concentration as well as enhancing your overall levels of wellbeing.
La Crisalida have a dedicated beauty suite at the retreat in which you can choose to enjoy one of the many holistic therapies on offer. Please note these treatments are not included in the cost of your retreat – they can be booked and paid for locally. Treatments available include a deep tissue massage (full body or part-body), body scrub and Indian head massage, to help relieve the tension in your shoulders and whole body. There are some energy treatments for you to try including Reiki, magnet therapy and Living light. You can also book a facial, pedicure (for those beach feet!) or manicure. The treatment providers are all highly trained to provide you with a personalised treatment session that enables you to relax even more deeply.
La Crisalidas location by the sea and close to a natural park and woodland makes the surrounding area a great one to explore, enjoy the scenery, sea and fresh air. La Crisalida encourages all guests to join with the daily guided walks, which give you some of the very best views on the Costa Blanca. Various routes can be followed depending upon your desired level of activity.
The weekly creativity classes give you the opportunity to explore your creative side. Creativity classes are a great way of re-connecting the right brain creative side to balance the logical and reasoning left side. Classes could be clay modelling your spirit animal, gratitude rock painting, painting the feeling or inspiration flags to take home and display.
Each day there are other classes that you can take part in, like yogalates (a combination of yoga and pilates), legs, bums and tums, in addition to rebounding and aqua aerobics (summer only).
The retreat offers a full programme of activities that run every day of the week, starting at 7.15am and finishing between 8.30pm or 9pm (depending upon the activity). Each day is different. You are welcome to choose to attend all the activities that you want to – or you might choose to simply relax with a good book!
The activities on each day of the week vary, depending on the season, however there is something in each slot for you to choose to participate in. There is always a yoga class in the morning for 90 minutes, the start time varies and five days per week there will be two yoga classes. This schedule is shown for indicative purposes, as classes will vary. You will be given a weekly programme of activities when you arrive at the retreat and a new schedule is available every Sunday.
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 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.
The retreat is located in Albir, a small seaside town on the Costa Blanca coast, in the Alicante province of Valencia, Spain. The town itself is relatively quiet, with tree-lined streets and has an unhurried air; perfect for relaxation. We are located off the main road, up a quiet side street, within 15 minutes stroll to the beach. Shops and cafes are also close by in case you forget to bring something!
The coastline is stunning, with azure blue sea and a back drop of mountains. The beach, the Playa del Racó l´Albir has been awarded the prestigious EU Blue Flag classification, denoting its excellent facilities and cleanliness. It is a lovely place to relax and swim, all year around. There is a lovely promenade that you can walk on which stretches all the way up along to Altea (a beautiful old hill town which is well worth a visit). From the beach you can see Calpe rock, the Penon de Ifach. Surrounding Albir is the Sierra Helada, a protected nature reserve.
The walk through trees along to the lighthouse is beautiful and you are rewarded at the end with the opportunity to spot bottle nose dolphins. Although Albir is just north from Benidorm, the town cannot be more different, with very little nightlife apart from restaurants and cafes. The history of Albir goes back to the Roman times, when there was a settlement close to the sea front and you can visit one of the settlements during your stay.
We believe that the starting point for rejuvenation of the body and mind is through the foods that we consume. Therefore, we offer an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole foods at La Crisalida Retreats. We serve a plant-based diet, packed full with nutrition to give your whole system support and a well-deserved rest.
We use seasonal products and where possible products that are grown or sourced locally, so the menu is typically Mediterranean, with a twist! All dishes are prepared and cooked on the premises, with care and loving attention from our talented chefs. We use lots of herbs and spices to bring flavour and variety, plus serving a selection of dishes with a variety of textures, colours and flavours.
All the meals (or juices) are included in the cost of your retreat. We serve three meals every day. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, so you can select from a wide range of dishes, sampling each dish. For the evening meal we eat family style – bowls of food are placed in the centre of large tables and you can help yourself. There are always lots of different dishes to try!
We also offer you the opportunity to try juicing – this is included in the cost of your retreat. You can choose to juice for one meal, one day or one week, instead of eating. Each day you decide whether you want to eat or juice, you have the flexibility to make your retreat personal for you.
The foods that we do not serve include: sugar, bread, dairy products (including milk, yoghurts and cheese), eggs, salt, coffee and tea (except herbal and green teas), alcohol and sweets. These foods all place extra stress on our body systems, so by cutting them out for a few days or longer, the body has the opportunity to rebalance itself. We do serve vegan alternatives including rice milk or soya yoghurts. Most of our food is naturally gluten free, although occasionally we do serve couscous or a couple of other dishes containing gluten. Each meal is nutritionally balanced, so will include vegan sources of protein, and a carbohydrate option.
Sometimes occasional treats are provided - of the healthy variety of course! In the afternoon we provide you with a fresh juice to freshen up before the 5pm class.
La Crisalida Retreats can cater for most dietary requests for allergies or intolerances, including gluten- or wheat-free, coeliacs and people with nut allergies. Please let them know at the time of booking if you have a special dietary request.
You are encouraged to drink at least 3-5 liters of water per day whilst at the retreat as this helps with elimination of toxins and helps to keep the body well hydrated. Filtered water is available for you around the retreat. There is also a wide range of herbal teas, including green tea and hot water so you can make yourself a hot drink whenever you chose. Fresh fruit is always available.
La Crisalida Retreats also offers you the option to juice, instead of eat, for one meal or every meal during your stay. You have the flexibility to decide for yourself for each meal, so you can make your retreat personal for you.
Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices is a popular part of the La Crisalida program. Juicing is a fantastic way of delivering maximum nutrition to the body. The juices are designed to give the digestive system a well-earned break - much of the energy intensive digestion work normally carried out by the body has already been done. This allows the body to divert energy towards any worn out or unhealthy cells which allow them to repair and rejuvenate with ease. With natural fresh juices, the very best nutrients are squeezed out of your favourite fruit and vegetables and put in liquid form into a glass. It often amazes guests how our juices can leave them feeling full for hours.
The juices are freshly prepared each meal time using fruit and vegetables sourced locally. There is a well-designed menu of juices for breakfast and lunch. There is a small afternoon juice also provided in between the activities for all guests. You can choose your own juice for dinner from our extensive menu, or, if you feel adventurous, choose your own ingredients! Juicing is a great way to cleanse the body of toxins, and this elimination process will work in harmony with your yoga practice at the retreat.
La Crisalida Retreats offer a free collection and drop-off transfer service from Alicante airport by shuttle bus. (Please note, minimum 3-night stay applies). Flights must arrive and depart between 9am and 8pm for the free transfer and you must arrive by 10pm at the retreat. Simply inform La Crisalida Retreats about your flight details, they require 48-hours notice to arrange your transfers. If you would prefer a private transfer, please let La Crisalida know and they can arrange this at extra cost.
If you want to explore the area before or after your retreat, you could hire a car. Let La Crisalida know if you would like driving directions to be sent to you. The distance is approximately 60 kilometers.
If you are taking a train into Alicante, La Crisalida Retreats can organise a free shuttle transfer from the train station to the retreat, for trains arriving between 8.30am and 7.30pm. It is using a shuttle service. This service is shared with other people (not retreat guests) and has several stops before arriving to the retreat, the drive can be between 60 to 180 minutes. Let La Crisalida know your arrival (and departure) train times, they require 48-hours notice to arrange your transfers
You can also take a bus to Benidorm and take a short taxi ride to the retreat.
Albir can also be reached from Valencia airport. The retreat does not offer transfers from Valencia so you will need to make your own way. There is a good bus service from Valencia to Benidorm, then it is a short 15 minute taxi ride to the retreat.
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