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8 Days Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat in Costa Blanca, Spain

  • La Crisalida Retreats, Avenida de Sant Marc 9 , 03581 Playa del Albir , Alicante, Spain


One Week All-Inclusive Yoga Retreat Spain

Welcome to La Crisalida, where Yoga retreats are suitable for those ranging from beginner to intermediate level. In La Crisalida, the specific health benefits of yoga are perfectly combined with healthy Mediterranean food. Included in the price is all food, spacious accommodation and any other activities you wish to join (e.g. morning walks and meditation).


  • Daily yoga session
  • Free time to relax and siesta
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Mindset class or educational DVD
  • Unlimited filtered waters and herbal teas
  • 7 nights cozy accommodation
  • Fresh juices and fruits
  • Healthy daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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La Crisalida Retreats offers spacious en-suite accommodation, together with a large number of facilities for your convenience. Each apartment includes a seating area (television with large sofas and armchairs), and a communal area (table and chairs). All apartments have free access to Wi-Fi internet. For convenience, all apartments also have basic kitchen and refrigeration facilities. Rooms are cleaned daily.

Every room has a television with basic English, Dutch, Spanish and German channels. There is also a telephone for incoming or outgoing calls. The apartments also have a fridge, hair drier, tea making facilities, iron with ironing board, and clothes drier.

At La Crisalida, we offer spacious rooms, each with their own facilities including your own outside terraces. In addition to private terraces, all rooms in the retreat have direct access to the private courtyard, which has its own outdoor swimming pool and areas for relaxation and sun bathing.

All of our apartments and communal areas include central heating for the winter months and air-conditioning at no extra charge. We do ask that you turn off the air conditioning when you are not in your room.

Private studio apartment

You will have the pleasure of having your own charming studio apartment with outside terrace.

Shared twin room in shared a studio apartment

For those of you who are interested in taking shared room option, you will be accommodated in one of our charming studio apartments. There are eight studio apartments at La Crisalida. Each studio apartment sleeps maximum 2 persons. We also have two quad apartments which are designed with two separated sleeping areas with twin beds sleeps maximum of 4 persons. If you are travelling on your own, La Crisalida will match you in a room with someone of the same sex and, where possible, a similar age.

Private room in shared apartment

You will be staying in your own room with a double bed in a cosy two bedroomed apartment. No more than two people sharing this apartment.


La Crisalida has generous facilities at the retreat and La Crisalida is adding more all the time. The facilities on offer at the retreat include the following:

  • Outdoor swimming pools: We have two outdoor swimming pools at La Crisalida. One is in the courtyard and the other is towards the south of the retreat grounds.
  • Yoga roof terrace: We have a roof terrace often used for our morning yoga and a supply of yoga mats. During the day, the terrace gives you magnificent sea and mountain views and is available for sunbathing when not in use for retreat activities.
  • Sun beds: A large number of sun beds are placed around the retreat so you can choose where to relax. We are also working at bringing in hammocks into the retreat very soon.
  • Indoor exercise area: We also have an indoor exercise area (note there is no weight lifting or similar gymnasium equipment at the retreat).
  • Outside terraces: All of our rooms offer an outside terraced area to enable outside dining.
  • Internet access: We have free Wi-Fi in all of our rooms.
  • Table tennis: We have a table tennis table (with bats etc) for you to enjoy. There is no charge.
  • Ambient music: We play ambient music in the communal areas of the retreat.
  • Satellite television: We offer basic channels in English, Dutch, Spanish and German.
  • Car parking: If you wish to hire a car during your stay there is free private parking at the retreat venue.
  • Telephone: There is a telephone in your room to make or receive calls.
  • Heating: All rooms and communal areas have central heating.
  • Air conditioning: All rooms have air conditioning available.
  • Other room facilities: The rooms also have a fridge, a hair drier, tea making facilities, an iron with ironing board, and a clothes drier.
  • Other facilities: We offer free filtered water and herbal teas. There are beautiful grounds with mature plants, including bourgonvelia, palm trees and jasmine. We also offer a book swap facility and a small library at no cost.

Yoga is a core part of our offerings La Crisalida Retreats, and La Crisalida cater for all levels of ability - the goal is for you to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from your time at the retreat. There will be a 1.5 hour daily morning yoga session with additional yoga scheduled during the week based upon demand. Where possible, the yoga sessions are set outdoors on our roof terrace with views of the surrounding area and mountains.

The day starts at 8.00 a.m. with a morning walk and rooftop (Hatha) yoga, usually taken by our instructor Lisa Brant. We have an additional yoga class later in the afternoon with a variety of types of yoga on offer. Other activities (meditation classes, workshops, life coaching, rebounding, creativity classes) are available outside siesta/relaxation time at the retreat (siesta is between 1.30 - 3.30 pm). All activities are optional so you can do as much or as little as you want.


Yoga is a core part of the La Crisalida program, and we 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.

Morning walk

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 the guests to join with the morning walk, which takes most guests about an hour to complete and gives you some of the very best views on the Costa Blanca. Various routes can be followed depending upon your desired level of activity.


Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices is one of the most popular parts of the La Crisalida program. Most people report the juices we 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 flavours.

Some call them an acquired taste! If this is you, we suggest gently introducing yourself to juicing rather than the full 3 days detox which many go for. The juices we offer at La Crisalida Retreats 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.

With natural fresh juices, we are squeezing the very best nutrients out of your favourite fruit and vegetables and putting them in liquid form into a glass. It often amazes guests how our juices can leave them feeling full for hours. This allows the body to divert energy towards any worn out or unhealthy cells which allow them to repair and rejuvenate with ease. We hear stories of many of our guests energy levels and vitality reaching new highs after only a few days juicing. Note that juicing is also a great way of cleansing the body of toxins, and this elimination process will work in harmony with your yoga practice at the retreat.

Typical day at La Crisalida

The following shows the type of day you might expect at La Crisalida.

  • 08:00 Yoga or morning walk
  • 09:15 Morning Juice/Light Breakfast
  • 10:00 Yoga or morning walk
  • 13:00 Lunch (Juice or Salad/Soup)
  • 13:30 Siesta/Relaxation time
  • 15:30 Dance class, Pilates, rebounding or cooking class
  • 16:30 Afternoon juice
  • 17:00 Yoga
  • 18:30 Evening juice or healthy meal
  • 19:30 Meditation, life makeover workshop or educational DVD

Note that this schedule is shown for indicative purposes, and other classes may be scheduled in addition to those shown. Although, likely to be in exceptional circumstances, we reserve the right to change our schedule at any time.

La Crisalida is closed throughout December, however re-opens for a special New year retreat from December 27.


John and Lisa Brant

La Crisalida Retreats is a creation from John and Lisa Brant, a personable couple from England who both know the highs of living a busy modern lifestyle but also the real, practical benefits of taking time out to relax and rejuvenate.

Together, John and Lisa are explorers in the field of lifestyle change and well-being. John and Lisa often share their story publicly that many years ago they were living lives of quiet desperation; feeling unfulfilled and burnt out. A journey of huge personal change on the inside helped them to dramatically shift the direction of their lives on the outside. They spent years travelling the world searching for the very best information on living a rich and fulfilled life in all areas of life. They now share the desire to use what they have learned to create something special for their retreat guests.

John and Lisas retreats are designed to give you the opportunity to experience the real, authentic you. At the retreats they share generously the best of what they have learned regarding nutrition, mindset and exercise and put into practice with their personally designed retreat programs. They inspire and challenge guests to take personal responsibility for their health and well-being to ensure a more fulfilling and rewarding life.

As well as overseeing the retreats, John is an author, speaker and lifestyle coach and worked in a high pressure career before making significant changes in lifestyle culminating in a move to Spain.

Lisa is also a nutritionist and therapeutic Hatha yoga teacher (with mindfulness) and has been working in the field of health for nearly twenty years. She has also overcome her own health challenges with severe endometriosis.

  • John Brant

    At the retreats, he shares generously the best of what he has learned regarding nutrition, mindset and exercise and put into practice with his personally designed retreat programs. He inspires and challenges guests to take personal responsibility for their health and well-being.

  • Lisa Brant

    Lisa, a nutritionist with more than twenty years of experience, inculcates her knowledge and expertise with mindfulness into specifically designed retreat programs. She challenges guests to be more self-aware of their health.

The retreat is located in Albir, the coastal part of the town of Alfaz del Pi which located a few kilometres inland. 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.

The coastline is stunning, with azure blue sea and a back drop of mountains. The beach, the Playa de Rac de lAlbir has been awarded the prestigious EU Blue Flag classification, denoting its excellent facilities and cleanliness. There is a lovely promenade that you can walk on which stretches all the way up along to Altea (a beautiful place to exercise). From the beach you can see Calpe rock, the Peon de Ifach, itself a challenging walk.

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. On a clear day you can see all the way to Ibiza. Although Albir is just north from Benidorm, the town can not be more different, with very little nightlife apart from restaurants and cafes.

lbirs history goes back to the Roman times, when there was a settlement close to the sea front. We are based in a very quiet part of town, but we are only five minutes walk from the shops and less than ten minutes walk to the beach.

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. The food at La Crisalida is included in the cost of your retreat.

To us, detox and weight loss means eating the foods that support our bodies to cleanse and to help us move towards our ideal weight, rather than adopting a starvation diet where you are always feeling hungry. For each of our retreats, our nutritionist has designed juices and meals that cleanse and rebalance our bodies, without eliminating the essential nutrients required. A typical side affect of all this is weight loss!

Meals are served buffet style, unless you are on the weight loss retreat, where food if usually plated up to provide a more calorie controlled approach. We use seasonal products where possible, grown or sourced locally, so the menu is typically Mediterranean. All food is served fresh, prepared and cooked on the premises, with care and loving attention.

The foods that we do not serve include: sugar, bread, refined flour, cow's milk and derivatives, eggs, 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 one week, or a few days, the body has the opportunity to rebalance itself.

Typical foods served

  • Breakfast: Juice or healthy breakfast
  • Lunch time: Variety of salads and vegetables, Humous, Guacamole, Falafel, Freshly made vegetable soups (in the winter)
  • Evening meal examples: Paella, risotto, plus assorted salads

Sometimes we also offer occasional treats - of the healthy variety of course! In the afternoon we provide you with a fresh juice to freshen up after your siesta.

We encourage you to drink at least 3-5 litres 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. If you are ever hungry, you are welcome to ask for fruit or vegetables from the kitchen.

  • Free transfer from and to Alicante airport
  • All meals and/or juices
  • A stay in the large apartments with substantial facilities
  • Use of two outdoor swimming pools
  • Free attendance for all your retreat activities
  • Free wi-fi in your room
  • Free unlimited filtered water and herbal teas
  • Satellite television
  • Free use of sun loungers at the retreat

Driving directions from Alicante Airport

  • The distance is approximately 60 kilometres.
  • Take: AP7 / E15 motorway, direction Benidorm/Valencia. (Note, this is a toll road).
  • Exit: Junction 65 signposted for Benidorm (Levante).
  • Go through peage and take the turning on right signposted N332 Valencia / Altea (very small signpost).
  • Join the N332 north towards Valencia/Altea/Calpe. You will start seeing signs for Alfaz del Pi and Playa del Albir.
  • Turn right when you see McDonalds on the right hand side at a traffic lights. (there is a hostal on the right called Hostal Ventorillo).
  • Follow directions towards the beach (playa). Go round the roundabout (Lidl on left hand side, Japanese restaurant Sapporo on right side of roundabout), and take the first exit to right signposted playa.
  • Follow the road round to the left. Take the third road on the right, called Carrer Eurim. Drive to the top and take a right (onto Carrer els Astres), then take the next left into Avenida de Sant Marc. The retreat is a little further up on the left.

Arrival by airplane

Albir is easily reached from Alicante and Valencia airports La Crisalida provide a collection and drop-off service from Alicante airport, which is included in the cost of your holiday. Simply inform La Crisalida about your flight details and La Crisalida will be there to greet you.

For information about the booking conditions, please send La Crisalida Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Alexandra H.
    7 out of 10

    "It was very friendly and relaxing. The setting was lovely and yoga on the terrace with a view of the mountains was really nice. I think I was unprepared for the weight loss side of things as I did not go there to loose weight and I was often hungry. However there was plenty of food at meal times and if I had really wanted something else shops and cafes were only a short walk away."

    September 21, 2016., edited

  • Review by Brenda from East Flanders, Belgium
    9 out of 10

    "Very kind, welcoming staff. The juices and food (completely vegan without sugar or salt) was very tasty and varied."


    "The program had enough variety with different types of yoga sessions, workshops, beautiful walks and other activities that involved exercise."


    "When I left, they prepared a packed breakfast for me, very early in the morning (fruit, homemade granola, vegan yogurt)."


    "I would recommend this retreat to everyone who wants to combine detox and exercise (with yoga)."

    "", edited

  • Review by St├ęphanie Ernould from Paris, France
    8 out of 10

    "The place was lovely, very relaxing and "zen". The staff was amazing and the food delicious, I really felt like they took care of us. I learned how to eat healthy for real."


    "My only disappointment was the yoga, the teachers were nice people but they taught their own yoga styles - the ones they invented! One teacher would do yoga with weights for example, it was very rare to have a regular hatha yoga or vinyasa class."


    "But I got to do other things like personal development workshops and rebounding, hiking etc." Website, edited

  • Review by Els from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "Staying at La Crisalida was like being in paradise. The things I appreciated most were the delicious vegan food, the friendly staff, the relaxing yoga classes and the endless relaxing (reading by the swimming pool) in between all that, and not to forget the organized group walks, either to the lighthouse or to the beach; these were great and gave an idea about the beautiful surrounding area. My batteries are reloaded after these 5 days of no-one to think about but myself.", edited

  • Review by Els from Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "Staying at La Crisalida was like being in paradise. The things I appreciated most were the delicious vegan food, the friendly staff, the relaxing yoga classes and the endless relaxing (reading by the swimming pool) in between all that, and not to forget the organised group walks, either to the lighthouse or to the beach; these were great and gave an idea about the beautiful surrounding area. My batteries are reloaded after these 5 days of no-one to think about but myself.", edited

  • Review by Shannon from Brussels, Belgium
    9 out of 10

    "I'd like to review the 4 nights, 5 days that I was at La Crisalida last week. I wasn't sure what to expect, and was particularly nervous as a single traveler. I now can safely say that I am a wellness retreat convert! I was immediately made to feel so welcome, and was impressed with the cleanliness and hospitality of the retreat. I shared with a roommate and we had plenty of space in our room, and a lovely little terrace in the back that led to the upper pool. Adored the pools, the rebounding and aqua aerobics classes, and the walks! Definitely felt refreshed, especially after juicing for a few meals and enjoying the lovely food. I know some people complained about the lack of salt but I didn't mind it at all. I will absolutely be coming back!", edited

  • Review by Nadine from London, United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "I had a great stay! I would highly recommend La Crisalida Retreats. The accommodation, activities, food and staff are all fab. Five days back from a 4-day retreat and I am still feeling calm and refreshed. You are free to do as much or as little as you like with no hassle allowing you to get the balance that is right for you. The location is ideal, you're surround by mountain views but at the same time only a walk away from Albir's main street with it's shops, restaurants and the local beach close by. As a newbie to yoga retreats this was a great introduction. My highlights: 60 minute massage by Cristina, the Lighthouse walk (stunning views) and trying Kundalini yoga for the first time. Thank you La Crisalida Retreats!", edited

  • Review by Lisa from Chesire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had a quiet relaxing time at the retreat and I enjoyed both the quality and variety of food and all the juice options. The accommodation was clean and spacious and the added extras of daily cleaning, tea bags, television in English, water and the hair dryer were excellent and not found on most of the the retreats I have attended. I came for the yoga and I found this disappointing. The classes whilst labelled as were not different or regarded where as intermediate were not of this level. I found them more like beginner workshops with most time spent listening to the teachers stopping our practice to observe rather than actually in practice. The range of Asanas were limiting. I enjoyed the yin class as the whole hour was practice the teacher kind and informative. I would recommend the retreat to people not having tried yoga or at the beginning of their practice journey rather than as a more experienced practitioner. I think the evening meditative practices were lovely and I think this should be available particularly yoga nidra every evening as is normal in to retreats with limiting evening events. The walks were good. I trust you find this a helpful review. Thank you for looking after me."

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  • Review by Jacky Pettifer from Wales, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "La Crisalida was fantastic. I have been to a few retreats and this was by far the best and I will be going back. They have a huge range of classes with different styles of yoga. I don't actually do much yoga at home at all, but I did 2 classes a day here and loved all of them. There are also other things going on such as rebounding, which was 30 minutes of bouncing, which had a great affect on my backside! They're lifted and toned. The walks too were great. I'm not vegetarian and I eat meat sometimes, but the food here was gorgeous. It was super healthy and so well-cooked, you miss nothing. I've come back inspired to cook even more healthy food than before. I'm also cutting right down on dairy. I felt so good after a week here, it was a shame to come home and go to the pub!", edited

  • Review by Tania Winther from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing stay at La Crisalida Retreats. I did not really know what to expect as I have never been on a retreat before, nor done much yoga. I did it all. I started with the three-day juicing and tried my best to run through all the activities. Yy, Kelly, Lisa and Javi were amazing instructors and I benefited greatly from their advises and lessons. All the staff were super friendly and fantastic at remembering each and every one of us! Which helps you feel very welcomed. I arrived feeling very low on energy and quite fed up. After my stay I felt radiant, and much more motivated. I wish I had a chance to stay longer, but hopefully there will be a next time too! Until then, heart-filled thank you from Tania.", edited

  • Review by Majken Jorgensen from Copenhagen, Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "I had such a good time with La Crisalida Retreats! The yoga was amazing - great variety and amazing teachers. I especially enjoyed Yy's classes. Great food - had no idea vegan could be so tasty. The rooms were lovely. The help before arrival with booking and the pick up service at the airport was great. The atmosphere was warm, friendly, and simply couldn't be better. The only two things I can think of, if I really have to wreck my brain are (1) it would be great if there was porridge for breakfast and (2) perhaps a bit more availability for treatments. Those are the only things. I really had to think to come up with these. Thank you ever so much! Coming again next year and bringing my sister who is dying of jealousy. ", edited

  • Review by Laura from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The time I spent in La Crisalida was one of the best experiences in my life. I had a great time doing the different activities they offered, and of course attending the different types of yoga classes too. The food was very tasty. I was always looking forward to lunch and dinner time. Despite being in that retreat on my own, I felt very happy to be there as everybody was very kind and friendly. I would definitely recommend La Crisalida Retreats and I am looking forward to my next retreat there.", edited

  • Review by Pat O'Toole a Performance Coach and Trainer from Lewes, East Sussex
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first stay at La Crisalida. I found it looking online for yoga retreats and it looked perfect. It did not disappoint! The staff are friendly and helpful and the food is fantastic! I had finished a week long juice fast the week before and therefore did a combination of juicing and solid food. I came to La Crisalida because I had been feeling completely wiped out and had been carrying a few physical injuries. My job is very tiring and I commute long distances as well as running a house and supporting my teenage daughter. Although I am a vegetarian and do moderate exercise and I could tell that my energy was rock bottom and my immune system was in pieces. I booked for 3 days and had my own room in a shared apartment. The facilities are great; tea and fruit available day and night, DVDs to watch in your room if you want to be by yourself. In my time at La Crisalida I did about 3 activities a day which included; yoga, meditation, a beach walk, Therapeutic Kung Fu, Mindfulness, Yogalates. There is absolute flexibility to pop in and out of classes or chill out on a lounger around one of two lovely pools. Lisa and John are really welcoming and helpful. I love this place and am going to book in every year!", edited

  • Review by Kerryn Tucker from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I would like to say that I had an amazing time at La Crisalida. I went with no expectations and was pleasantly surprised by everything. The staff was friendly, welcoming and personable. I was thankful that they organised everything for me, including transfers to and from the airport. The food was tasty and plentiful and I seemed to eat and drink non-stop. The classes were run by knowledgeable and friendly people and the selection of classes was wide and varied, a little something for everyone. I liked the fact that you could choose the classes you wanted and if you didn't want a class you were free to do your own thing. I would love to come back in summer when I could make better use of the pool. I would recommend La Crisalida Retreats to those new to yoga and to those who are experienced yoginis. I would like to thank John and Lisa and all their staff for making me feel so welcome and for taking the time to meet my needs. Thank you all!", edited

  • Review by Zsuzsi Czike from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Spending 6 days at La Crisalida Retreats was one of the best experiences of my life. Everything was really high quality. The staff is really professional, polite and caring. All of the activities and workshops are very well organised. Doing yoga and meditation on the sunny roof top was a special experience for me. I think of La Crisalida as a treasure box and a well-prepared getaway island where everyone receives high quality service in all aspects. I got to make friends with like-minded people, share feelings, and exchange thoughts. I enjoyed painting rocks, the long walks on the sunny beach, to the Lighthouse, and to the hills as well. I just loved every moment of my stay, however this was my first time going on a holiday on my own but now I truly plan to go back next year. I would like to thank you all for your great hospitality and creative mind to make this resort such a nice and valuable place.", edited

  • Review by Veronica Grandi from Denmark
    9 out of 10

    "I had a good vacation in La Crisalida Retreats, I have attended most of the yoga classes and I was delighted to have very competent and experienced yoga teachers. The other activities were also good. I shared a little apartment where I had everything I needed. The bed was very comfortable and all was clean and functioning. The food was excellent and the personnel were very kind and smiling." website, edited

  • Review by Katharina Gerth from Dublin, Ireland

    "You can get an insight into different types of yoga, workshops, meditations, and get to see a bit of the area as well through the different morning walks. Its a very nice mix of classes, workshops, healthy food, nice people in a very peaceful, calm and relaxing atmosphere. I hope to be back sooner or later!" website, edited

  • Review by Abirami from United Kingdom

    "We had a fantastic few days at La Crisadila Retreats. We enjoyed the laid back atmosphere, regular yoga and other activities as well as delicious vegan food. I would definitely recommend. Thanks for the hospitality! " website, edited

  • Review by Sara Rocha from Paris, France

    "I had an excellent time at La Crisalida. A place to come back." website, edited

  • Review by Cami from Winona, MN in USA

    "I had an amazing stay at La Crisalida Retreats, and left feeling great! Everyone of the staff truly has a gift for what they do. I hope you can continue to help people for years to come. Thank you!" website, edited

  • Review by Tara from London, UK

    "I just returned from La Crisalida on Friday and I had an amazing time and met a lot of lovely people. I had absolutely no idea what to expect; it was my first retreat and my first 100% solo travel trip. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and the retreat was very welcoming, clean and homey. My shared apartment was very comfortable as well. I liked that there was a weekly schedule so that you always have a mix of things to do such as yoga, meditation, walks, as well as free time to relax or interact with other guests. The food was very good (never eaten vegan cuisine - but I've been a pescatarian for a few months now which helped me transition for the trip) I have started to lower my carb and sugar intake and try more vegan cuisine."

    "Highly recommended. Thank you for everything!" website, edited

  • Review by Lindsey from London, UK
    8 out of 10

    "La Crisalida Retreat is a great place to reboot your system with healthy juices and food with all different kinds of exercise to get you moving." website, edited

  • Review by Pat from Brisbane, Australia
    8 out of 10

    "I enjoyed my time at the retreat (3 day). I thought that the yoga was well taught and allowed for all levels. The food was very good and there was plenty. The fact that the diet is vegan was not an issue. Other activities were also interesting e.g. the cooking demonstration and the meditation. The discussion on life balance, I feel needs to take into consideration that there are people in the world who are disadvantaged and it is not always easy to make choices in order to improve ones life balance. I felt that the approach was pretty white, middle class, which of course is the majority of the guests. However the fact that the majority of the world is not this privileged needs also to be considered.I elected to share the accommodation and this worked well especially given that there were two separate sleeping areas, a sitting room and kitchen. More than adequate and comfortable.Unfortunately the shower was a big problem and this significantly detracted from my enjoyment.....I love a good shower. This on ranged from scalding hot (literally) to cold and was realistically impossible to set at a comfortable temperature. I reported this twice but is continued to be a problem. i also had problems with the TV. The channels on the list in the apartment were not the some as what came up on the TV. This would have been manageable except that the remote only half worked. After assistance it was OK. But when I questioned that the channels were not the same and the controller didn't work properly I was told that was the way it was, that other guests change things. This may be the case but in this case it may even to better not to have a list and to provide instruction on how the TV controller works. However I really didn't watch much TV....too much else interesting going on! Nevertheless, these things do impact on the quality of the stay.I wish John and Lisa all the very best with their venture which I think represents good value for money and is quality in the food and activities, friendliness and generally helpfulness of staff." website, edited

  • Review by Claire from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "You can spend as much or as little time at La Crisalida Retreat and come and go as you want. It was probably this fact which helped me make my mind up about where to spend my four days' holiday. The retreat, which is located on a hill overlooking the coastal town of Albir near Alicante, is also extremely reasonably priced for the offer of full board and the classes. I was lucky sharing a room, lovely as my roommate was, we had one of the larger studios so practically had a room each.Lisa and John who run the place, with the help of a good number of genuinely caring staff, are experts in healthy eating and detoxing. To accompany the programme of different kinds of yoga there are 3 substantial meals between 9 and 6.30pm and a breakfast and afternoon juice.As a non-yoga practitioner I found the pace of the classes was great. Very calming and again, I could do as much or little as I wanted, there's no pressure. The classes are held on a covered roof terrace, nice for breathing in the sea air in the morning. The food was delicious and plentiful and, as John explained on the welcome chat, designed to give a variety of choice - different colours with different textures and tastes. All vegan and all delicious. There were people, all women actually, during my stay, and all English-speaking, who were prepared to forego the delicious food in favour of a juicing detox programme. I tried the juices and I liked some of them, but I didn't want to miss out on the massively creative fare that came out of the kitchen every mealtime. In my four days at La Crisalida, I tried three different types of yoga, Hatha, Kundalini and something I cant remember the name of, a latinacise dance class, several invigorating walks, bounce-a-cise on mini trampolines plus a life-coaching workshop on 'finding the authentic you'. But you can, again there's that element of choice, just hang out at one of the pools weather permitting, which it usually is, and do nothing..I would definitely recommend it and hope to go back when the weather gets warmer again." website, edited

  • Review by Linda Delaney from Dublin, Ireland
    8 out of 10

    "La Crisalida is a truly amazing place, it is so well run and they cater for so much, whether you want to be active or just chill, there are activities for everyone. They really take care of their guests. The food and juices are amazing, some of the best food I have had at a yoga retreat! I was only there for 3 nights (wish I had been staying longer!) but I left feeling energised, relaxed & wanting to return! " website, edited

  • Review by Nikki from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time, perfect 4 days. I feel refreshed, energized and a lot healthier. I would recommend this place for yoga beginners and for anyone who wants to meet lovely people and feel relaxed." website, edited

  • Review by Gina from London, England
    9 out of 10

    "My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Crisalida. It had a great atmosphere and the staff were extremely friendly. There were a range of different activities on offer and a great environment to relax. The accommodation was fabulous and just steps away from the pool. The food and juices were incredible!" website, edited

  • Review by Kerry from Brussels, Belgium
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned from 6 days at La Crisalida Retreat. I had a wonderful time. From the moment I arrived, I was made to feel very welcome. There was a good variety in the program of yoga, relaxation, rejuvenation, fitness and workshops. I liked the flexibility that you could attend any parts of the program that you wanted. The apartments were very spacious, clean and comfortable too. The food on offer was delicious and varied and mealtimes provided a perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests in an informal setting. All the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly and answered any questions you may have. I was very sorry to leave. I'm already looking forward to returning to La Crisalida again and have already spread the word to my friends." website, edited

  • Review by Lisa from DC, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my stay and the people at La Crisalida. They make it easy for you to come and relax - you get picked up at the Alicante airport and taken directly to the resort. I was able to book just a day in advance and jump into the schedule. There are many different yoga classes and activities that you can do as you please. The juicing really helps you detox and re-energize. And, you're on a beautiful coast and in walking distance from Altea which has a gorgeous old town above the sea." website, edited

  • Review by Camilla from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "My daughter Mary (16) and I spent 4 wonderful days at La Crisalida. When we arrived, the first thing we said was we wished we were staying longer! We tried yoga and rebounding for the first time, and want to continue both at home. We took part in a few workshops which were very interesting, and swam in the pools, sea, and went for lovely walks.The vegan food was absolutely delicious and Mary has been very creative in the kitchen since we have been back home! All the staff were extremely friendly and we were looked after very well by our hosts, John and Lisa. We will definitely recommend La Crisalida to all our friends." website, edited

  • Review by Victoria from Southampton, England
    10 out of 10

    "The range of activities were nicely varied and planned together to help you detox. There was always a walk of some sort, at least 2 yoga classes and one other exercise class in between breakfast, lunch and dinner. There was no pressure to join in anything if you didn't want to.The yoga teachers all had a very different style and all were very good (understatement!). It was good because you get to try all different styles that you might not usually go to and see what they are about. I learnt so many line techniques that I will use in my practice from now on. There were various other classes on each day too which were always good. I particularly recommend rebounding! There is also aerobics, dance classes.The days went by very fast, they were very relaxed but there was lots of things to do- all of it enjoyable and not at all mentally taxing!The food was utterly delicious! you have the choice of juicing or a meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I did a mix usually a juice for breakfast and then 2 meals. Everyday the food was wonderful. all vegan and tasty! Seriously there were these curry falafel ball things, omg! They were to die for! I ate so many of them! The menu of food is on a 4 week rota so you get something new every day. The juices are a 2 week rota, very tasty.All the staff were very approachable and easy to talk to. They listened and were keen to help. They were also very thoughtful and remembered the little things. Definitely helped make my stay. I felt welcome and relaxed from the moment i arrived- I'm sure the tension from my shoulders started to melt instantly! Lisa and John (the owners) are relaxed and welcoming and will listen and help you with anything you need. They are particularly kind people and they mingle in with the guests and we ate dinner together some days :).The place has a lovely community feel to it- everyone eats together and meets up a certain points of the day for a chat n food. The other people on the retreat (obviously this will vary for you but this was the vibe) were friendly and kind. People just got the whole if you wanna talk, lets talk but I understand this is a yoga retreat and if you want space just to be, that's cool too! love that! :)The facilities are nice, exactly what you need and in pleasant surroundings. Clean, 2 pools, relaxing and calm environment. The location is perfect- ten mins from playa albir- a beautiful, relaxing busy but not too busy beach. Also near hills and mountains and the organizers organize lovely walks to them- they are in the know and know the best most suitable time to go and where.I will most definitely go back to La Crisalida when I'm fancying a break! All the tension in my back, neck and shoulders had just melted away! It's everything you could ask for for a stress release tied up in a lovely little package. I was in a private room in a shared studio with one other. It was perfect for me this time. Although next time I will probably share with more people as you have your own private room anyway and its cheaper. Great value for money!" website, edited

  • Review by Sarah from Leeds, UK
    8 out of 10

    "Looking for some relaxation in the sunshine, we booked this lovely retreat and were not disappointed. I was a complete a beginner when it came to yoga and this was a great introduction. There were usually 2 yoga classes each day and the teachers were great: encouraging and informative. The accommodation is basic but clean and there was plenty of room for the 3 of us. There is lots of time for relaxing in the sunshine with absolutely no pressure to join any of the activities. The retreat is well placed and is only about 10-20 mins walk to the beach and shops. We opted to leave the retreat one day and enjoyed a walk to nearby Altea, which was well worth the trek. There are also scheduled walks included in the timetable and these offered a great way to explore the local area and enjoy the scenery.The vegan food was another new experience for me and it was very tasty. The most difficult part for me was no caffeine, and I have to confess that I did go out and have one coffee while I was there! If I had stayed for longer (could easily have stayed for 1 week, but we had just 3 days), I would have stuck to the full detox, as I'm told that it's worth feeling amazing at the end. If you're wondering whether or not book this retreat, I'd recommend you give it a try- you won't be disappointed!" website, edited

  • Review by Shirin from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I recently came back from La Crisalida. I stayed Tuesday Friday in May 2015 , this place is a little piece of heaven! It was my first solo trip and it was amazing! It was just what I needed after a stressful break up and generally feeling quite depressed, I have come back completely transformed which was more than I could have dreamed would happened from a short break away. "

    "John, Lisa and the rest of the staff are are fantastic and very knowledgeable. I had few additional holistic treatments which again were great; including an amazing and very powerful life coaching sessions with John which has really changed my life, I got so much more than I ever thought I would. I feel completely transformed for the better and my energy levels are through the roof."

    "My Apartment was lovely, clean and had everything I needed. The activities are great the different styles of yoga, guided walks(with great views), rebounding and many more keep you busy but there is no pressure to part take if you just want to relax by the pool or do your own thing. The juices and food are DELICIOUS and very nutritious, never bland or boring ( Im a big meat eater and I did not miss meat at all) and I was always full. I would definitely recommend and have been raving about this place to everyone, definitely plan to go back to this beautiful place." website, edited

  • Review by Alberta from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "What ever positive powerful words you can think of, is what I would use to describe this retreat. It does hurt that it is also located on the beautiful sunny cost of Spain. La Crisalida was my beautiful, cleansing home for 3 days. The delicious vegan food and the regular practice of yoga by choice, gave me a new lease on life. You don't need to think about whether La Crisalida is the retreat for you because it is a must!" website, edited

  • Review by Ingegerd from Varberg, Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Everything was absolutely trip ever. Nothing to complain about what so ever. Would love to go again." website, edited

  • Review by Liz from UK
    10 out of 10

    "We had a brilliant time at La Crisalida Retreats, it was so easy to book because there was no start or finish date you simply join in the programs you want when you arrive.The food was amazing, so delicious and nutritious,the yoga was great, with 3 different teachers there was a lot of variety of style. The walks were wonderful and the area around the retreat is also beautiful. We will definitely return." website, edited

  • Review by Maya from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I was skeptical about retreats and didn't know much other than relaxation needed to be on the agenda big time for my few days holiday. And without exaggeration, La Crisalida has been one of the best and most enriching holidays I've had, without a doubt exceeded all my expectations. John, Lisa and the team were the most welcoming, friendly and caring from the minute I arrived until I stepped out with much sadness honestly to having to leave. In brief, my days were fully organised for me while i had the freedom to do what I wanted. The program included all kinds of great yoga sessions indoors and outdoors, creativity workshops, meditation techniques, and some of the best walks in nature and beach I've ever had! All perfectly organised. You truly engage in full detox while still enjoying the most delicious freshly cooked vegan food (best I've had and I'm not vegan) and juicing with all nutrient supplements. Without forgetting the great and very professional spa treatments, wow! Christina makes the best massages! So if you're looking for a place to remember and that you'd find honestly hard to leave, for a team who's got their heart in what they do for their guests, for a completely friendly and homey atmosphere and for a guaranteed results of detox, relaxation, inspiration and fun! I couldn't recommend La Crisalida more! I cant wait to be back! Book it now!" website, edited

  • Review by Johnda from USA
    10 out of 10

    "My daughter and I visited La Crisalida for 3 days and wished we could have stayed 3 months! All the individuals (guests and staff) were extremely friendly and it felt like a family. My daughter and I took advantage of most of the activities; however, there was enough down time provided that we could just relax by the pool. The resort is very pleasant and modest; however, we did not have any needs that went unmet. The food was delicious and we even tried the juicing and found it quite enjoyable. I would highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking to get away for a few days. I left with a renewed since of self and even my overall appearance showed an improvement as well. I give La Crisalida my highest recommendation!" website, edited

  • Review by Karola from Zundert, The Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my stay at La Crisalida Retreats. The people were friendly, the food and juices were impressive and delicious and the area was breathtaking. Definitely a good place to go to, to recharge your battery!" website, edited

  • Review by Nina from Newquay, England
    10 out of 10

    "A beautiful experience, John and Lisa are perfect hosts along with their friendly staff who ensure that you get everything you wish from your stay. Relaxing with thought put into every detail. The food and juice are amazing, fresh and inspiring. The personal care given to well being with coaching and workshops made my experience extra special and I returned home after a 3 day stay totally relaxed, refreshed and positive. Highly recommended. " website, edited

  • Review by Julie from Ipswich, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I booked this trip because I just needed a peaceful break. I arrived feeling tired & very stressed, but after the 3 nights left feeling very much calmer. I really enjoyed the yoga, walking and meditation and of course the wonderful food too. Travelling was very easy and hassle-free as transfers were arranged by La Crisalida. The staff are so welcoming, nothing is too much trouble. I would definitely return again." website, edited

  • Review by Jason from Guernsy, UK
    8 out of 10

    "Lovely staff, food/ juice was tasty and well prepared and the rooms were basic but clean. The yoga teachers are excellent but I would especially recommend Raphaela who inspired not only myself during my stay but others too. The surroundings are nice and I would suggest walking along the beach to the next village of Altea and visiting the market on Tuesdays." website, edited

  • Review by Lise from Denmark
    10 out of 10

    "The best trip ever... Nice people and amasing food. Not my last time, visiting this fantastic place." website, edited

  • Review by Jessica from London, England
    9 out of 10

    "I had the most wonderful week at La Crisalida and could not recommend it highly enough! I was originally looking for a yoga retreat but got so much more from this holiday. Lisa, John and the team put so much thought into every detail ensuring that guests can really relax and have a very special time there. The surroundings were beautiful, the food fantastic and the juices huge and filling, you did not feel deprived at all and the staff ate with the guests, giving the whole thing a real family feel. We met some lovely people that we're keeping in contact with and I'm already talking about another trip back. Their schedule meant that you could opt in or out of any of the activities depending how you felt that day and meant that there was always something to do, the hardest decision to make was whether to have a delicious fresh juice for lunch or their incredible vegan dishes of which there was plenty variety at each sitting. A week of being a sugar and caffeine free vegan has left me feeling lighter and brighter and I've already been told I look like a new woman. I recommended everyone to go there and see for yourselves! I already miss all the staff there and can't wait to get back!" website, edited

  • Review by Momacfarlane from New York, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I had a lovely time here. I booked in for a 4 day juice plan to kick start my 2015"

    "I stubbornly stuck to my juicing but was tempted by the delicious vegan dishes on the dinner table. Yoga is varied, I class it beginner level. Instructors good-spiritual, knowledgeable. An extra bit of fun is 'rebounding' - tramolining, a great body shakeup. Walks to beach, hill, lighthouse great. Accommodation was very clean & basic. All in all very good!" website, edited

  • Review by Jessica from Munich, Germany
    8 out of 10

    "This is the place to be. It is not only nice people you will meet, but you will be surprise by delicious healthy foods, new yoga practices, work out sessions that will meet your taste and two pools to hang out at. What a great place with great personnel! Thanks for everything." website, edited

  • Review by Jana from Atlanta, USA
    9 out of 10

    "It was really a wonderful retreat. The place is spotless, the yoga diverse and enjoyable, the food extraordinary, the activities varied and meaningful, the people nice, the other guests exceptional. My suite was a private bedroom within a shared apartment which was comfortable and quiet. The seaside town is lovely and the weather was sunny. It was a good value on so many levels. I walked away happy and feeling enriched and recommend this retreat to anyone looking to enhance their way of life." website, edited

  • Review by Cassandra from London, UK
    8 out of 10

    "I started off wanting to go to Greece or Ibiza and ended up in Alicante; so pleasantly surprised and how great was La Crisalida Retreats, I had an amazing time. My only regret was not staying longer and that was only due to finances and circumstances. I hiked, ate healthily, had the option to relax and sunbathe, danced the cha cha, embarked on meditation, took home some great vegan recipes.and so much more. I even met some fantastic new friends who were absolutely amazing. I will continue to do a minimum of one retreat a year as I feel like its needed, I learn so much and feel so much better. I will be practicing yoga even more now and have been inspired and motivated to make some serious life changes in terms of eating a more balanced diet (considering vegan for 5 days and 2 days non vegan), exercising more. I would definitely recommend La Crisalida Retreats and a yoga retreat in general if this is the path you choose to explore and make a beautiful part of your life." website, edited

  • Review by Jules Estrada from USA
    8 out of 10

    "Magical and life changing. Had such a wonderful time! The owners and staff all rock. Can't wait to come back again!!"

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  • Review by Chere from Paris, France
    8 out of 10

    " Luckily for me, I discovered La Crisalida. This is a family run retreat in Albir, Spain, just a 10 minutes walk from the gorgeous beaches at Albir and Atea. Run by the warm, inviting and very personable John and Lisa, the duo tend to become fast friends with all quests from the minute they walk through the door. At the end of my stay. I felt wholly rejuvenated, refreshed and revitalised "

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  • Review by Olga from Stockholm, Sweden
    10 out of 10

    " La Crisalida made me feel relaxed, healthier and happier! First of all, Lisa and John and all in the team are very kind, supportive and just make you feel comfortable with everything you do. Chefs of the retreat cook amazing meal, I didn't know before that vegetarian food could be so tasty and made you feel full.I enjoyed very much our yoga classes. My favorite ones were with Lisa and the only one with Rafaela (Hatha Vinyasa yoga).I enjoyed a lot rebounding class.I didn't miss any of morning and evening walks with John.I very much appreciate that we had a few workshops with John. I made my vision board and I have still been following the steps I set up to get my targets.I spent there one week and I would recommend to do the same if you want to feel totally refreshed. It was very much balanced week for me. I was busy with all activities, but I had time on my own too. I did 3 day juicing and had healthy food. After coming back, I have been keeping healthy approach while choosing what to eat. Apart from that, I started practicing yoga by myself in the morning and sometimes evening. And, my vision board from workshop with John is on my wall as a reminder on my targets, dreams and thoughts.Don't hesitate to try massage with Kristina! Believe me after one week you will feel you can fly!Thank you to all in this fabulous team! " website, edited

  • Review by Steph from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    " I thoroughly enjoyed La Crisalida Retreats and upon leaving after 4 days I felt relaxed, refreshed and looking forward to restarting good habits in my London lifestyle. The location setting and accommodation complex is very tranquil. Having a transfer from and to the airport directly to the door as part of the price and arranged on your behalf meant that there was no stress in figuring out transport. The proximity to the local area was also convenient.I stayed in a private room in a shared apartment which was very comfortable with a kitchenette, dining table and lounge area. The choice of sun loungers and two pools were great to add to the relaxation without having to venture outside.The food, whether you chose from the juices or meals, were very generous in their portions and varied in flavours. It was so easy being vegan for the duration of the retreat and never did I feel hungry or craving foods or coffee. The variety of teas and fruit available meant you were never going without and you could tailor the meals based on what you were wanting out of the retreat.The activities were well scheduled to enable rest throughout the day and no matter what level you were in the activities anyone could participate. There was always encouragement to join the sessions, but never pressure. Yoga, Meditation, Pilates and walks were what I enjoyed most. In the evenings I enjoyed walks along the broad walk along the beach.The extra activities that were available were great, I enjoyed a massage and felt very relaxed afterwards. " website, edited

  • Review by Delphine from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    " I had an amazing time at La Crisalida Retreats. Great place to have a healthy break with great food, a lot of yoga and plenty of other activities. It is a really nice place. The retreat is about 15 minutes from the beach. There are also 2 swimming pools at the retreat. The yoga on the roof top is amazing with such nice scenery, it is just perfect. " website, edited

  • Review by Bethany from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    " I have just returned back to the UK from La Crisalida and it was honestly such an amazing, cleansing, rejuvenating, and special time. For me it was life changing. The scenery is beautiful and the people (staff and guests) are so genuine. They know you by name and are always helpful and very thoughtful. I juiced for the first 3 days and ate on the last. The juice and food were both gorgeously full of flavour and so healthy. I was physically, mentally, and emotionally in need of a break and this retreat picked me right up and helped me find my direction again. I would definitely recommend La Crisalida and hope to go again one day. Big thanks to John and Lisa, and all the staff... Danielle, Megan, Rafaela, and many more!!! " website, edited

  • Review by Claire from Manchester, UK
    10 out of 10

    " I truly enjoyed my stay at the retreat! John & Lisa were so welcoming & make you feel at home & at ease. The classes & activities were excellent & I especially enjoyed the different yoga styles! I'd also like to just say thank you to Rafaela - what an incredible lady she is :) I met some amazing people & I'll 100% visit again. Thanks again John & Lisa you are both amazing. " website, edited

  • Review by Laurice from Nottingham, UK
    10 out of 10

    " I had an amazing time at La Crislida, a massive thank you to all of the staff who made me feel so welcome. The facilities at the retreat were excellent, with no pressure to take part in anything and plenty of opportunities to spend time with others or alone. I really enjoyed lazing around the pools, but also took advantage of the excellent programme of activities. The yoga was fantastic! A few different types were on offer, as well as sessions including pilates, meditation and aqua aerobics. Everything about the retreat enhanced my feeling of wellness and relaxation. Finally, I have to mention the food. It was absolutely delicious! Everything was so wholesome and tasty; I've since made the pasta-free vegan lasagne for my carnivore husband who adored it, and I'm now eating much healthier than before the retreat. 10/10! " website, edited

  • Review by Sara and Cate from Leigh on Sea, UK
    8 out of 10

    "Just returned from a wonderful 4 day retreat at La Crisalida. From the moment we walked through the door we were fantastically well attended to. The food was awesome, the chef is very talented. We're committed carnivores, but relished every tasty and imaginative vegan meal.The yoga is definitely for beginners through to intermediate and there are various teachers with different styles. The roof terrace was a great spot, including for meditation. We did the beach walk too, which included a stroll by some good looking beach bars and we happily broke our health regimen on the last night with a well-earned G&T with a side of prawns and scallops..! Lovely!There is a varied programme of events, but zero pressure to commit to anything. As a result we also did a fair bit of nothing by the pool, under the hot sun, enjoying the plentiful free drinks. Bliss.It's possible to visit without any euro; you do not need to spend any money. We only spent on our last night bar visit and then on massages with the visiting therapist. She was SOOO good; we had to book in for another one.All in all, a wonderful trip. If we were to pick any holes, which really there is no need to, it's just to say that the bedroom decor, whilst exceptionally clean and attended by a daily maid, is somewhat dated. This is not a 'glamorous' retreat, but it is one with a warm welcoming spirit and we are definitely hoping to return. " website, edited

  • Review by Rosa Delgado Fortes from Rotterdam, Netherlands
    8 out of 10

    " A warm welcome and such nice staff - I felt home right away. Their personal approach really felt like a family and I felt like they really provide you with what you need, either practical as well as on spiritual level. The food is lovely and the surroundings are beautiful. I will definitely come back to La Crisalida. ", edited

  • Review by Lucille. from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had a fabulous time at the retreat. I found the retreats booking system flexible and engaging.. I spoke to some of the other guests too, they found the flexibility of the retreat meant they were more likely to book. You could arrive any day and take the schedule from that point.The days were busy and yet free and easy, you could take your pick for the classes or skip some or all. The classes were all different and this meant a variety and different types of yoga with different instructors. I found out many new techniques for my yoga practice and enjoyed that very much.The location was interesting, amongst many houses, however once in the retreat you could have been anywhere if was a safe haven. Clean, fresh and well maintained. The pools were delightful and the terraces and lounging areas very comfortable.The staff were very informative and receptive. I liked the owners very much and felt they had a wealth of experience from yoga teaching to food preparation and life management, quite an assortment, just what any traveler needed.The days passed quickly and I was relaxed and rested. The airport transfers were no trouble and well organised. Overall I found the retreat to be welcoming, professional, flexible, enjoyable and a breath of fresh air and a little slice of heaven.", edited

  • Review by Samantha. from Wales
    9 out of 10

    "I very much enjoyed my yoga retreat. Every single staff member was so friendly and helpful and the activities were great. I really enjoyed the yoga and it didn't matter that I was a beginner, I picked it up very quickly. I most liked that there was no pressure to join in with every activity on the itinerary, there was a set schedule and you could choose what you wanted to do at your own leisure. I found the retreat extremely relaxing and also made some friends, which was an unexpected bonus! I would definitely recommend this holiday and I hope to return in the future.", edited

  • Review by Rebecca L. from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "My husband and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at La Crisalida Retreats. Having not ever gone to a detox or yoga retreat before, we werent sure what to expect, or if the experience would be for us. However, we really felt welcomed and relaxed. While there were plenty of activities to get involved in, you could pick and choose, and come and go as you wish.There were a lot of other beginners at the retreat, so the yoga instructors adapted the classes to suit, and the juices and food were delicious. The rooms were simple but comfortable, the larger pool was great and you are a 10-minute walk from the local beach.", edited

  • Review by Lisette Brendstrup from Copenhagen, Denmark
    8 out of 10

    "La Crisalida was the almost perfect combination of summertime and health. We had yoga class, rebound class, coaching class, cooking (macrobiotics inspired) class, walks in the beautiful surroundings of Alicante, fairly easy to get there and back, everything included. I was so happy there. And to state how happy I was the only thing missing was a bar of hand soap for the sink. Thank you!", edited

  • Review by Andy Drake from London, UK
    8 out of 10

    "The serenity and calmness of the retreat and owners were apparent from the moment we arrived. The variety of the schedule, food, activities, and options were fantastic and allowed you to move at your own pace.We found ourselves taking part in nearly all of the activities and unbelievably found that we literally only spent money once in 4 days and that was on bus fare. The accommodation and rooms were fantastic, as were the other guests.A good relationship was built with the owners and I highly recommend the retreat to anyone who needs to give their health a nice kick start.", edited

  • Review by Kim from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Food was amazing, loved the morning walks, stunning location, yoga was relaxing, rebounding was fun, accommodation was excellentand the best partthe people. Thank you to Lisa and John for being the top-quality people that you are.", edited

  • Review by Myra from Turners Beach, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "I spent just 4 days at La Crisalida but felt like I'd stayed months and would like to have stayed years! The owners and entire staff are friendly and show an interest in your wellbeing. The yoga is fantastic for all ability and fitness levels. I loved the exercise classes and morning walks in the quiet Spanish area not far from the beach. The meals were all tasty and, surprisingly, I really enjoyed the plant-based, vegan detox. Some of the workshops really helped and made me think. I've been inspired to eat better as well as practice meditation and yoga more often. I 100% recommend this retreat to anyone seeking relaxation, revitalization, fitness, friendship, detox, fun or just a good head-clearing time to think. Thank you, La Crisalida! ", edited

  • Review by Susan from Greenwich, CT, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so very much for BookYogaRetreats' professional expertise in guiding me to the perfect match for the retreat of my dreams, I had no idea somewhere so special could exist. From the moment I arrived (even though it was quite late due to flight delays) I was welcomed with open arms by the owners of the retreat, to a calmness that overcame me upon entering and stayed with me during my time at La Crisalida.I was not the only one who noticed the calm ambience and glow one felt. Other guests I befriended who had many years of experience with yoga retreats made the same comments. I so enjoyed my days there because they simply flowed from morning to night, accomplishing way more beyond my thought and my goals, even though I was the slacker in the group there was always someone who would drop back and walk with me.I took total advantage of the facilities offered including a few private life coaching classes with John, that I brought home and am incorporating into the way I handle myself.I highly recommend La Crisalida to anyone looking for yoga, health, great food and or a wellness retreat. Lisa and John and there staff worked so well together to insure each and everyone if us were guided in our own direction.Thank you so much for the new me. I look forward to taking my husband to La Crisalida soon.", edited

  • Review by Kathleen from Sligo, Ireland
    9 out of 10

    "For those of you considering a break away consider La Crisalida, I can highly recommend it. The activities on offer from yoga, walking, goal-setting workshops, etc. within such a flexible, effective and relaxing environment are commendable..Critique which I did discuss with Lisa and John was the lack of written confirmation detailing the exact point of private transfer pick up.I wish John and Lisa the very best with their new business as La Crisalida Retreats and I hope to see you both again next year.", edited

  • Review by Helen from Cumbria, UK
    7 out of 10

    "There were a number of points about La Crisalida which were excellent. They offered a complete package from being picked up at the airport to offering full board, which was attractive to me. Also, they offered flexible stay dates, so that I could pick a Saturday evening to Thursday evening option, rather than having to go for a full week. The latter may be because they are just setting up and are having to be flexible until they pick up a regular client following. Certainly some of the guests present when I was there had literally just booked the day before and this flexibility was the main factor in their booking.I had not been to the Costa Blanca before; so had no concept of what the place was like in terms of high rise apartment blocks and lots of restaurants and bars. The accommodation was set about 5 minutes walk inland from the main bar/coast strip; but was situated in the midst of housing and building plots. Although relatively quiet; I did not feel that this was an inspirational venue and the walks from the door that were lead by the host were the same - walking through streets of buildings. This was with the exception of the walk to the local lighthouse. This was through a small National Park area and was frequented by lots of power walkers and runners.The yoga teaching was of variable quality and, in my opinion there, was only one session that was inspirational. The host teacher is relatively inexperienced. There were fitness sessions offered; but, as there was nothing about this on the website, I had not taken trainers with me; so was not allowed to take part. Two of these sessions did not run. I went for a walk instead.There was also a program of life coaching sessions available. I did not feel that these were handled skillfully and some the guests were left wondering what they were supposed to have gained from these sessions. In my case, I was not greeted on my arrival by my hosts with any form of initial needs analysis which could act as a focus for such a session. This could have been because my taxi driver could not find the venue; so my arrival was later than anticipated.For the price, the accommodation was good, although tired. The breakfast was the same every morning - which is probably what everyone does at home - have the same breakfast. The lunch was a buffet and was interesting and varied. The dinner was one cooked main course. Some of these evening meals were extremely good. There were juice options available throughout the day and a variety of infusions on tap.In this sort of business the skills and personality of the staff can be paramount. Amongst the guests during my stay, there were some extremely talented and experienced yogis; HR practitioners; athletes and hoteliers - a challenging group to work with.", edited

  • Review by Megan Cuzzolino from Boulder, CO, USA
    9 out of 10

    "I had such a great time at La Crisalida, I can't wait to go back! I got more than I could have even hoped for out of my retreat; I felt great physically, and mentally after one week with John and Lisa. They took such great care of me! The accommodation is clean and very comfortable, the food is delicious, and even the juices are so tasty, they make detoxing pretty easy. For me, it was an inspiring week, full of self-discoveries, and I lost 6 pounds! I was excited to approach things differently after learning so much at my retreat, and I am already planning a return trip with my sister!", edited

Alicante, Spain

La Crisalida is a hotel and retreat center in Costa Blanca coast, Spain. It offers various programs such as yoga, detox, rejuvenation and weight loss retreat.

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from US$838

8 days / 7 nights

Low season
  • January 3-31
  • February, March


Medium season
  • December 26-January 2
  • April, May, June, October, November
High season
  • July, August, September

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