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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Spain.
Enjoy a relaxing and friendly Christmas retreat here on the beautiful Costa Blanca, Spain. You can arrive any day of the week to take part in daily yoga classes, stunning daily guided walks along the coast and in the nearby natural park. Take part in all the other activities that you want to on a full programme. A special programme will be running on 24th and 25th December, so that you have a relaxing, stress-free Christmas. Enjoy a fabulous healthy plant-based Mediterranean food or try a juice detox to feel great from the inside out. The stunning local beach is a short walk away. Enjoy a healthy Christmas at a home away from home at this health and wellbeing retreat.
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. There are 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), plus a television and a DVD player so you can choose to relax with one of our wide selection of DVDs. This is a small area with dining table and chairs, plus an ensuite 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. We also supply a hair drier, safe, iron with ironing board, and clothes drier in every apartment.
The accommodation is situated in two buildings. Private apartments (single person), t win share and multishare apartments are located on the ground floor and situated around the inner courtyard magnesium pool area, with sunbathing facilities. They all have a small outside terrace area for your apartment. In the second two-storey building, next to the second outdoor pool and close to the yoga terrace, the five apartments are all two-bedrooms – here you can have your own private bedrooms in a two-bed shared apartment.
All apartments have free access to Wi-Fi internet. Rooms are cleaned daily with towels changed regularly or at request. All 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 four types of accommodation:
If you like to have your own space, you can choose to have your own private charming Spanish style apartment. These apartments have their own en-suite bathroom, with outdoor terrace area. They are situated around the quiet inner courtyard pool area.
For those people who 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 ensuite bathroom. These apartments are for two people. We also have two apartments that can sleep up to 4 people coming together as a group. Please ask La Crisalida for prices and availability.
You could choose to share one of our charming twin-share 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, you can book this accommodation type and La Crisalida will match you with someone of the same gender and, where possible, a similar age.
The multishare apartment is a great option is you are travelling on a budget. La Crisalida have a limited number of apartments available that can sleep 3 or 4 people. This is a large apartment, containing three or four single beds, in two sleeping areas. There is an ensuite bathroom, seating area, kitchen and outside terrace. These apartments can be reserved by people coming as a group. Individuals travelling on their own can also book this accommodation option, if you are happy to share with up to three others (same gender).
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:
Find time to relax, unwind, and get away from stress at this special Christmas retreat. You can make this retreat suit you, picking the activities you want to participate in from in a full programme. The healthy plant-based food provides an opportunity to cleanse and rebalance, or you might like to try a juice detox. Whether you want some peace and quiet in which to relax and rejuvenate, practice daily yoga, detox, or lose weight ready for New Year or explore your inner world in your life makeover workshops, you will find it all in the friendly and relaxing retreat.
Relax and unwind, let a friendly team take care of you. With new friends, you will enjoy a special programme on 24th and 25th December, designed with relaxation in mind. You will celebrate Christmas day with a special gala meal, served with alcohol-free cocktails. In this six-day retreat, activities will include daily guided walks, daily yoga, including Yin, Restorative, and Hatha, life makeover workshops, and more.
Yoga is a core part of the La Crisalida program, and they cater for all levels of ability - so if yoga is something you have never tried before, this is your opportunity to try out something new. 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.
Being a core part of La Crisalida Retreats offerings, yoga is catered for all levels of ability - the goal is for you to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from your time at the retreat. There are twelve yoga classes every day, with the morning class being 90 minutes. There is a minimum of one all-levels class each day (suitable for beginners and intermediates) and at least five intermediate classes during the week. Classes are open to everyone however the intermediate classes are stronger and more challenging.
Most of the yoga classes are Hatha based, although they 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 different teachers. 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.
During winter, some yoga classes are taken outdoors on the roof terrace with views of the surrounding area, sea, and mountains. When the weather is not favorable you practice inside, in the heated tranquil studio.
The detox retreat program at La Crisalida is designed to create health, vitality, and energy in your body and your life, by clearing away physical toxins from the body and for some people, releasing emotional “toxins” that have built up in your life too. The most effective way to detox the body is to juice – drinking only our freshly prepared vegetable, and fruit juices throughout the day – however, you will also detox by eating the alkaline food. For a detox, they recommend juicing for three days, but you are free to choose to juice for longer (or shorter). You will notice changes in your skin tone, eyes (they will be brighter and clear) as well as feeling lighter in your body. You can follow this detox programme, even if you do not want to lose weight.
For the best weight loss results, you are recommended to participate in as much of the programme as you can, including one yoga class per day, one guided walk, and at least one other exercise class, in addition to the detox juice cleanse. However, La Crisalida Retreats is not a boot camp, you can participate in the activities that you choose.
Please note, La Crisalida cannot guarantee the weight loss results you will get as every person is different and your results may differ from others who have attended the detox and weight loss retreats. However, an average weight loss can be two pounds per day, when the juicing programme is also followed. Before attending this retreat, you will need to complete a health questionnaire, which will be sent to you before you arrive.
Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices are a great way to detox and cleanse. At La Crisalida you can choose to juice for your whole 5-night /6-day stay, which is recommended for the optimal detox and weight loss experience. However, many people will still experience a detox by juicing for a shorter period (e.g. 3 days) or by combining juicing for one or two meals each day, with eating the wonderful plant-based food for the other meals. Before you leave the retreat on your last day it is recommended that you eat at the retreat. (Read more about juicing in the food section below)
Many guests find that their energy levels and vitality reach new highs after only a few days juicing. Most people report the juices they prepare to be refreshingly tasty and enjoyable. However - watch out, if you have a rich diet (e.g. a high proportion of sugars, meat and / or dairy) you may find that it can take a little longer to adjust to the natural and fresh flavors. They recommend that you cut down on the sugar and alcohol intake a few days before starting your retreat, to minimize possible detox symptoms.
If you would like to focus your retreat on detox, or wish to lose some weight after the holiday season, it is recommended that you try a 30-minute rebounding session. If you do not know what rebounding is, rest assured you will find it to be the best activity bar none for burning calories, detoxing the body, and having fun all at the same time! Rebounding is bouncing on mini trampolines to music. It is fantastic for activating the lymphatic system, which helps to support your detox.
They also offer other 30 or 60-minute exercise classes, for example, yogalates (a combination of yoga and pilates focusing on your core, legs, and bottom), core works and legs, tums, and bums.
The La Crisalida program of life makeover workshops are popular with many guests. They are designed to explore and enhance your sense of mental well-being. A key fundamental is that to have outer harmony in life, there must be inner harmony and for there to be inner harmony there must exist mastery of the mind. These workshops complement the meditation at the retreat and although are light-hearted and fun, they seek to capture the base cause of your experiences in life.
In these workshops you can explore very practical ways of developing inner harmony. You can also look at the role motivation plays in your life and the role of your inner self, thoughts, and feelings in creating your own very personal reality. You can start to explore the often overlooked aspects of experience that we desire - those relating to inner riches. Workshops include topics like: “Finding the authentic you” and “Creating Balance in your life”. You might also want to try vision-boarding – using the power of attraction to create a vision of the life you want to live. They also offer a weekly EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) workshop. Personalized life coaching sessions are also available.
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 gives you some of the very best views on the Costa Blanca. Various routes can be followed depending upon your desired level of activity. The walks are graded as easy, moderate, and challenging. You are also free to walk around the area by yourself or other guests.
The retreat offers a full programme of activities that run every day of the week, starting at 7:15 a.m. and finishing between 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. (depending upon the activity). You are welcome to choose to attend all the activities that you want to – or you might choose to go exploring the local area, read a book, or enjoy a fabulous massage.
The activities on each day of the week vary, however, there is something in each slot for you to choose to participate in. The start time of the yoga class(es) vary. The morning yoga class will start at either 8 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., alternating with the morning walk. This programme is shown for indicative purposes, as classes can vary. The programme on the afternoon of 24th December will be different. No class will be scheduled before breakfast on Christmas day. You will be given a copy of the programme when you arrive and a new weekly programme is available every Sunday evening.
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 activities at La Crisalida are run by a talented team of skilled professionals. They have varied backgrounds and training, which encompasses yoga (500 hours or 200 hours minimum), personal training, Pilates, exercise to music, meditation and mindfulness and much more. This wonderful team lead the activities and workshops. They will also welcome you to the retreat with a group welcome chat and are around if you have any questions. In addition to all the staff at La Crisalida, the programme team are here to support you on your health and wellbeing journey.
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 to 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 backdrop 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 bottlenose 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 Roman times when there was a settlement close to the seafront and you can visit one of the settlements during your stay.
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They believe that the starting point for rejuvenation of the body and mind is through the foods that you consume. Therefore, they offer an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole foods at La Crisalida Retreats. They serve a plant-based diet, packed full of nutrition to give your whole system support, and a well-deserved rest.
They 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 the talented chefs. They use lots of herbs and spices to bring flavor and variety, plus serving a selection of dishes with a variety of textures, colors, and flavors.
All the meals (or juices) are included in the cost of your retreat. They 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 they eat family style – bowls of food are placed in the center of large tables and you can help yourself. There are always lots of different dishes to try!
They 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 they do not serve include sugar, bread, dairy products (including milk, yogurts, and cheese), eggs, salt, coffee, and tea (except herbal and green teas), alcohol, and sweets. These foods all place extra stress on your body systems, so by cutting them out for a few days or longer, the body has the opportunity to rebalance itself. They do serve vegan alternatives including rice milk or soy yogurts. Most of the food is naturally gluten-free, although occasionally they 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 5 p.m. class.
La Crisalida Retreats can cater to 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 the 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 available, 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 eating, 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 the 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. 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. Please note, we cannot accept arrivals after 10pm at the retreat.
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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