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Join Olivia for a week of yoga, relaxation, and delicious food in sun-drenched Andalucia, Spain. This retreat will be the perfect way to shake off the winter and step into summer with a dose of warm, replenishing Andalucian sun. You will practice morning and evening yoga on a shaded balcony with stunning views over the neighbouring hills. This is the perfect way to treat yourself and escape from everyday life!
The accommodation is a 400-year-old mountain villa that was once an important family home with a wine press, olive oil store, barns, and stables. It has now been transformed into stylish and comfortable accommodation with south-facing terraces, a garden, and spectacular river gorge views. The old Alpujarra-style buildings are arranged around a Moorish courtyard garden, planted with fragrant wisteria and roses. A few steps through the garden take you to the terraces with breathtaking views of the valley and into the mountains.
Both single (equipped with en-suite bathroom) and twin rooms are available. In the chic yet simple bedrooms, they have kept the original chestnut beams with white walls and terracotta floors and added comfortable beds, quality linens and a scattering of rugs. The bathrooms are modern with rain showers, huge mirrors and hand-made tiles inspired by the Moorish designs of the Alhambra. A large sitting room opens out onto the shady yoga terrace, which has stunning mountain views.
You will practice yoga every morning and evening. Start your day with an energizing but mindful Vinyasa practice on the shaded balcony with stunning views over the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. You will set yourself up for the day ahead by moving in time with your breath, strengthening, and stretching all your major muscle groups. Classes will be strictly limited to 10 people so there will be ample opportunity for personal attention, and to deepen your practice by learning how to adapt the postures to best suit the needs of your own body.
Each evening you will wind down with calming and grounding practice drawing on Yin and Restorative styles of yoga rounded off with a guided relaxation. You will float out of your evening sessions feeling relaxed, renewed, and restored. In addition, you will also practice some simple meditation and breathing techniques that are perfect for keeping that relaxed vibe going even after you get back home to real life. Alongside the gorgeous balcony, there is also a bright and airy indoor yoga space available for use. Also, there will be one free day mid-week, after breakfast, allowing you to explore further afield if you wish.
Yoga with Olivia knows that your holiday time away from home is precious, and that some people like to spend it with a friend or loved one while also being on retreat. So they have created an option for you to bring along a non-yoga participating friend at a reduced rate. In addition there is only a small single supplement, meaning this holiday is also ideal for solo travellers.
This retreat will take place in the stunning Las Alpujarras region of southern Spain. Situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the snow-capped peaks of the highest mountains in Spain, this is an area of spectacular natural beauty. The region is famous throughout Spain for its lush vibrancy and its terraced farmlands are constantly watered by the melting snow from above, giving a high-altitude oasis of greenery that stands in dramatic contrast to the arid foothills below.
Pine forests on the higher slopes give way to chestnut, walnut, and cherry trees. A little further down olive groves and vines flourish, while lower still orange and lemon groves fragrance the air, and finally cede to pomegranate and quince in the valleys below. The venue is also based on the edge of the Sierra Nevada National Park and within easy reach of both Granada and Malaga airports.
The local region is renowned for its stunning walks and hikes. The Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada (covering over 3,500 square kilometers) are crisscrossed with goat paths, mule tracks, and old silk roads, taking you through breathtaking mountain scenery and historic white villages. The area is home to over 2000 plant species, 60 bird, and 270 butterfly and insect species. The landscape, wildlife, and sun-bleached traditional stone villages make it a photographer's paradise. Despite this retreat's serene and secluded location, there are markets, a swimming pool, local bars, restaurants, and shops all nearby.
The tempting meals will be prepared with an abundance of fresh, seasonal, and local produce. The hosts grow their own organic vegetables and fruits for jam making. They are renowned for their delicious food and hospitality, so you can rest assured you will be well looked after. Artisan cheeses, wines, olive oil, and honey are all produced in the local area. After working up an appetite on your mat, breakfasts will be a feast of fresh orange juice, cereals, fruits, yogurts, bread, cheeses, and honey from Jose the bee-keeper.
On five evenings, a delicious 3-course dinner will be served at the villa. The chef creates exquisite meals using fresh, local ingredients, with the optional accompaniment of wines from independent vineyards across Spain. Additionally, on one evening you will venture out to sample your choice of the varied local restaurants. You will not be provided with lunch during this retreat. This is because after a big breakfast and with a substantial dinner in the evening, guests often prefer a very light lunch and free time during the day.
Tea, coffee and herbal teas will also be available.
To pamper your body, you can have a massage treatment at an additional cost with an excellent English-speaking local massage therapist who can visit you on site.
Most international flights land at Malaga Airport (AGP), 2 hours’ drive away. Airlines operating daily direct flights to Malaga Airport (AGP) include Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways, Iberia, Bmibaby, Flybe, among others. You can also fly with British Airways from London City to Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport (GRX) which is about 90 minutes away.
There will be a group taxi transfer departing from Malaga to the retreat on the Saturday afternoon of your arrival and departing for the airport on the morning of the Saturday of your departure. The cost for this will be split between all passengers and will be around 25 GBP per person. The journey time is 2 hours from Malaga airport. Yoga with Olivia will confirm the times of these transfers once flight times have been released, and recommend arranging your flights so you can join these transfers.