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Luxurious Yoga Retreat Spain

Take a well deserving week in this retreat at Santillan yoga centre, Andalusia, Spain. You will attend yoga classes in one of the finest yoga studios in the whole Europe nestled within a countryside sounds with breath-taking landscapes. With 4-hour yoga session every day, you will chill-out and relax in style in this 8-day retreat. Join in to take your well-deserved yoga holiday.

Retreat highlights

  • Morning yoga classes
  • Afternoon yoga classes
  • Sea-view accommodation
  • State-of-the-art yoga studio
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Mediterranean meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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During the retreat, you will reside at Hotel Rural Molino de Santillan. It is a luxurious authentic Andalusian farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea. Featuring probably the finest yoga studio in the whole of Europe, it is the perfect setting for yoga and meditation.

Hotel Rural Molino de Santillan was mentioned in The Times as “one of Europe’s best yoga and wellness centres”. It includes a newly built, beautiful, fully equipped yoga studio, complete with yoga wall, designed with guidance from leading yoga teacher Simon Low. There are extensive gardens for relaxing and stargazing under the dark night sky - and there is a bonfire available too, for those cooler nights.

Santillan has 17 rooms, each individually styled, paying special attention to colour, harmony, and balance with the environment. All rooms at Santillan are beautifully decorated in their own distinctive Mediterranean style. They are all spacious and elegant with en-suite bathtub and shower, complimentary toiletries, hair dryer, air conditioning and / or fan, telephones for internal use, a safe deposit box, and a desk. Each room has its own balcony or patio with glorious views across the gardens, sea or mountains.

There are double, twin, or triple rooms as the room options for your stay. There are also a limited number of rooms available for single occupancy on a first come first served basis and is subject to the single supplement costs. Single occupancy is limited and always subject to availability.

Suites - something extra special

If you would like to make your stay extra special, there are also two suites available on request. Both rooms include king-sized beds, a Jacuzzi, and hydro massage shower.

The Junior Suite offers a living room, a work desk as well as a terrace overlooking the sea, while the Grand Suite offers two spectacular terraces overlooking the sea, two bathrooms, and a separate living room with working area, to provide that extra comfort if you need to keep in touch with the office or have a book to write.

Yoga studio

The spacious state-of-the-art, brand-new yoga shala is the perfect place for yoga practice. Yoga bolsters, blocks, belts, bricks, sandbags, and blankets are provided as are 6 millimetres’ thick yoga mats. However, for extra comfort, you may want to bring your own mat and other yoga props of your choosing. Built on golden ratio dimensions, it has incredible acoustics and includes the following features:

  • Sprung, thermally insulated bamboo floor
  • All the necessary yoga props: 6 millimetres’ thick yoga mats, foam blocks, wooden bricks, belts, bolsters, blankets, sandbags, chairs, and wooden slant boards
  • 24 stations on the yoga wall, built by The Great Wall Europe, the world’s leading ‘yoga rope wall’ manufacturer with detachable yoga wall belts, which can be used at five different heights
  • Ceiling fans
  • LED lighting with dimmer controls
  • Two large quartz crystal singing bowls, Tibetan bells, tea light holders, incense holders
  • Chalk bags for when you need a little extra grip


Salt water pool

You can sunbathe and swim in Santillan’s salt-water pool overlooking the farm and the sea. It is perfect for relaxing between yoga classes.

Paddle tennis

Santillan has a paddle court. Adapted from tennis, the court is smaller, there are no double lines and the net is lower. The game is played with a solid paddle rather than a strung racket and a depressurised ball is used with an underarm serve.


Santillan is located between mountains and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The gardens have been designed to reflect the light and colours of the setting sun.

Relaxing therapies

Santillan can arrange a range of therapies for you during your stay. Sessions are to be booked on arrival and are payable directly to the therapist. You can choose from the following service options:

  • Facial beauty treatments
  • Massage
  • Thai yoga massage
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Regression and soul therapies
  • Reiki

Internet and telephone

Santillan provides Wi-Fi in all common areas and in most rooms. There is good coverage for mobile phones with the national Spanish mobile phone operator, Movistar. Sometimes everyone just wants to switch off and enjoy the opportunity for a digital detox, so Santillan asks that mobile phones should only be used in dedicated areas with seating which provide the best signal strength and privacy.


Please note that whilst you will do everything possible to adhere to the programme and details laid out below, some things are outside of control, and therefore changes may be made if necessary.


Arrival - Saturday

  • 15:30 Arrival and refreshments
  • 18:00 Welcome meeting
  • 19:00 Dinner

Sunday / Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday

  • 08:30-09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00-12:00 Yoga class
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-17:00 Free time to explore, walk, chill out, have a massage
  • 17:00-19:00 Yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Free time

Day off - Wednesday or Thursday

  • 08:30-09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 A day to relax and explore the local area, to take time out for an excursion, or simply to chill out and enjoy a relaxing massage.

Departure - Saturday

  • 08:30-09:30 Breakfast
  • Noon Departure


Catherine Annis
Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing for over 40 years. Having studied various styles of yoga including Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. Catherine’s daily yoga practice and teaching focuses on deepening physical awareness and alignment to reveal and release the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at Hotel Molino de Santillán in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain. Set in a secluded location, Santillan is a slice of paradise, located deep in the Spanish countryside and yet just 30 minutes from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). With sub-tropical gardens, a salt-water swimming pool, and all the luxuries of a hotel, here you can immerse yourself in yoga supported by the silence of nature, protected by the surrounding hills.

Nearby places

  • Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) - 30 minutes

Unique features


  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Tennis court


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • River
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio


  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer


During the retreat, you will be provided with Santillan’s Mediterranean, vegetarian, and vegan meals, including 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 5 dinners, which are based on organic produce grown under the Spanish sun. Ingredients are sourced from the on-site garden and fruit trees and supplemented by produce from local farmers.

The cooks at Santillan enjoy sharing their popular Spanish-influenced healthy Mediterranean cuisine, yet are also able to cater for vegetarian, vegan and raw diets and for genuine food allergies and intolerances, such as gluten-free and dairy-free if arranged upon booking, and for the entire group. They keep free-range chickens, so fresh eggs are available daily.

Dietary restrictions and allergies

It is essential that you inform Relax and Release of any dietary requirements, within reason, when you book, so that they can liaise with Santillan and make the necessary arrangements. If, for medical reasons, you follow a highly restricted diet, you are advised to bring with you any essentials you might need for your well-being.

If you are prone to a severe reaction to an allergen, for example, a very small amount on a kitchen knife or board, it is essential that you inform Relax and Release. Please note that Relax and Release are unable to offer absolute guarantees for such allergic conditions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)


There are numerous hiking paths around the property itself, all providing views across to the sea. For those looking for something more adventurous, there is an opportunity to visit the famous El Camino del Rey near Malaga or you could enjoy a walk up the River Chillar in Nerja.

Caminito del Rey

Until recently, this almost 8-kilometre path is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world. Today, the path has been completely refurbished and although it is safer now, there is something that has not changed; it offers a unique experience crossing 100-metre-high walkways that have been built across gorges. Take one of the best selfies ever. You will never forget the views!

River walk up the Rio Chillar, Nerja

The scenery is spectacular. As you progress, you will criss-cross the river many times until eventually you have no option but to wade through the water. It’s one of the best ways to cool down on a hot sunny day.


If you are seeking a beach experience and would like to swim in the sea, then why not visit one of the fantastic beaches in Malaga, close to Santillan or in Nerja.

Malaga centre

While you are in Malaga, you can visit the historic centre, The Roman theatre, La Alcazaba, The Cathedral, The Gibralfaro Castle, Malagueta bullring, Muelle Uno, and the Botanical Garden La Conceptcion.

Malaga’s museums

There is something for everyone: from Phoenician walls, Islamic artefacts, modern paintings and wine to glass, dolls, cars, and even aviation. Some of Malaga’s best museums include Picasso Museum, Museo Carmen Thyssen, and Centre Pompidou Málaga

Eat and drink

If you would like a night out in the town, here are a few local restaurants worth a visit while you stay at Santillan. Before eating, you could explore the town and perhaps sample the many shops, including El Pimpi, Vino Mio, and Chiringuitos (beach bars).

Nearby towns

There are some very nice towns nearby which are well worth exploring. You can visit Rincon de la Victoria, Nerja, Frigliana, or Ronda and you will not be disappointed.


5 minutes’ away, you can play golf while looking at the sea. Añoreta Golf has 18 holes and all the services that a good golf course can offer. Baviera Golf is a top golf course, 20 minutes east of Malaga.

Horse riding

Santillan has an arrangement with a local riding school for discounted horseback riding. If you have ever wanted to gallop along the sands of a local beach, then this could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

Extend your tour

If you are thinking about extending your time in Spain, here are a few nearby places for consideration. Santillan works with a tour company and can arrange full or half day excursions to Granada, Cordoba, Seville, and Huelva.

What's included

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Yoga classes

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Massages
  • Optional excursions
  • Snacks
  • Travel

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Santillan is about 36 kilometres east of Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), which is serviced by many international and budget airlines. Relax and Release can arrange a taxi transfer for you. The fee is approximately 50 EUR each way. If you are on the same flight as other guests, Relax and Release will arrange a shared transfer.

Driving direction from Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP)

  • Leave the airport in the direction of Malaga.
  • Follow signs that say ‘Almeria’ and ‘Motril’ on what will become the A7 motorway heading east toward Almeria and Motril.
  • Do not go towards Granada, Cadiz, and Seville.
  • Stay on A7 11 and after about 20 minutes, take Exit 258 off the motorway which comes directly after Exit 256, in the direction of Marcharaviaya (Torre de Benalgabon).
  • Please note that the motorway exit signs are not in strict numerical order.
  • Turn left and follow the road underneath the motorway and up the hill towards Macharaviaya following the signs painted on the rock, as explained above.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 42 days before arrival.
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