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7 Days Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Llanos de Purla, Km 22 - A-355 Marbella, Monda, 29110 Malaga, Spain

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Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Whether youre a beginner, intermediate or expert, Yoga at Shanti-Som is especially created for those who want a short break from the stresses of the world and reconnect with their inner self. Whatever your level, Shanti-Som will immerse you in a harmonious approach that incorporates the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual change that yoga can bring.


    • Daily group yoga classes
    • 5 days of delicious, fresh, cleansing cuisine
    • Healthy breakfast and lunch on day of departure
    • Use of oriental steam room, sauna, swimming pool, and gym
    • 6 nights accommodation in a premium room / junior suite
    • Welcome drink and healthy dinner on arrival
    • Use of Wi-Fi in the public areas

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction languages: English
      • Spoken languages: Dutch, Spanish, English
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    From the moment you arrive, the retreat provides ample space to either relax in the rooms, courtyard or terraces, or to simply soak up the sun by the outdoor pool. There is a sense of peace and serenity accompanied by the sound of water of the waterfalls and fountains of the retreats oriental gardens and surroundings.

    The lobby is an informal space, complete with library and comfortable Balinese sofas and armchairs, looking out through the ceiling to floor windows to the panoramic view of the surrounding pine forests and mountains, offering a unique perspective of Andalucia. Its the perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy a healthy juice or herbal tea.

    The 14 bedrooms at Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat consist of 12 premium rooms and 2 junior suites, making it a beautiful boutique hotel near Marbella, but certainly well away from everyday life. Following the philosophy of east meets west, all 14 rooms have been individually designed with attention to detail including marble luxury en-suite bathrooms, fine linens, flat screen TV, and stylish furnishings and accessories including bath amenities, bath robes, slippers, hair dryer, safe, etc.

    The private terrace or balcony is the ideal place to relax and absorb the surrounding nature of the pine forest and mountains. The suites are a private heaven with four poster beds, fine linens and soft furnishings, large terraces overlooking the oriental gardens.

    Shanti-Soms teachers offer a variety of practices including Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. The 7-day yoga retreat at Shanti-Som includes a week of physical release, spiritual engagement and inspiration. Group size is limited to ensure that each participant gets sufficient individual attention both on and off the yoga mat.

    • Nathalie Fernstra

      Nathalie was born and raised in Amsterdam. In 2008 she moved to Spain with her family where they live a remote idyllic spiritual life. She originally has followed a 3 year course in Transformational yoga at yoga centre; Sai Mithra, in the centre of Amsterdam. Transformative yoga is a unique combination of Hatha yoga postures, consciousness of the chakras (energy centre), meditation and relaxation. She has studied the more detailed approach to yoga as developed by D.K.S. Iyengar and learned to teach in the more invigorative yoga styles Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga which will give a total workout.

    • Lyma Decroon

      Lyma’s first introduction to yoga was in 1999, and for the past 13 years she has been interested in Hatha, Asthanga, Vinyasa flow, Anusara yoga and Zen meditation.She successfully completed the Teacher Training program through The Integral Yoga Academy, and is registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) of The Integral Yoga Academy in Yogaville, Virginia, USA. Her love for teaching gives her the gift to create a space where students feel empowered to safely explore the gifts their yoga practise can offer, both on and off the mat, as well as honouring the individuali

    Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is nestled in the midst of nature surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park and Biosphere Reserve in Spain. It has been carefully constructed, respecting and incorporating local materials as well as following the guidelines of feng-shui. Shanti- Som brings together elements of Balinese architecture and oriental gardens, creating a slice of eastern style within easy travelling time from Europes major cities. It is best described as a spa hotel retreat, offering you the best spa treatments with the luxury of a boutique hotel.

    • Gym
    • Massage
    • Sauna
    • Steam room
    • Spa
    • Swimming pool
    • Caf nearby
    • Multilingual staff
    • Restaurant
    • Special menu request
    • Terrace
    • ATM/Banking nearby
    • Shop nearby

    Healthy breakfast or a romantic dinner

    The Samsara Restaurant at the Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat and Spa is the perfect location for a healthy breakfast following one of the morning yoga classes, or a relaxed lunch or romantic dinner. As guests you can enjoy sumptuous meals in tranquil surroundings, seemingly a world away from the busy activity of the Marbella coast. It is the ideal place for a unique business lunch, birthday, or any other lunch event.

    Asian / Middle East fusion food

    The restaurant is best described as Asian / Middle East fusion food with an array of delicious dishes aimed to promote healthier eating. Without doubt Samsara is one of the tastiest restaurants in Marbella area.

    Atmosphere of ambience and peace

    The restaurant opens into an Asian style, open sky, outdoor terrace, ideal for all times of the year, and provides an atmosphere of ambience and peace. The dishes have been created to provide a perfect balance for all the senses. Samsara Restaurant is committed to use as much as possible local, organic, and seasonal produce using spices from all over the world for a creative cuisine.

    The following meals are included:

    • Lunch

    There will be time to yourself for relaxation and reflection.

    Treatments offered:

    • Beauty and body treatments
    • Facial treatments
    • Healing therapy
    • Relaxing and wellbeing massages
    • Spa day
    • Spa rituals and packages
    • 5 days of delicious, fresh, cleansing cuisine
    • 6 nights accommodation in a premium room / junior suite
    • Daily group yoga classes
    • Healthy breakfast and lunch on day of departure
    • Use of oriental steam room, sauna, swimming pool, and gym
    • Use of Wi-Fi in the public areas
    • Welcome drink and healthy dinner on arrival
    • Flight tickets
    • Additional spa treatments

    Arrival by airplane

    The nearest airport is Malaga Airport. Airport pick-up service is offered at an extra charge and upon previous request. Please contact the organizer for further information.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat an inquiry.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

    Verified reviews

    • Review by Agnieszka from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      "A truly genuine and unique experience!I had an amazing time at my yoga retreat in Shanti-Som. A perfect mix of healthy food, friendly faces, relaxing atmosphere and wellness treatments that have enlivened my stay. I would definitely recommend to all those who look for some moments to pamper themselves and refine their yoga techniques. My favorites: beetroot carpaccio (simply divine!); Nathalie - our yoga teacher and food healing treatment with Lesley. Cannot wait to redo it again." website, edited


    • Review by Nicole H

      "I really recommend Shanti Som for spending some relaxing days and taking yoga classes. The pavilion for outside class is wonderful! The rooms are very nice and clean, super friendly staff, excellent food, nice spa, and the area is totally surrounded by nature! If you feel like going to the beach, just grab a cab and within 10 to 15 minutes you're there."

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    • Review by Traveller

      "Thank you for an amazing experience. I am leaving really relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated."

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    • Review by Traveller

      "Many thanks for the fabulous relaxing and inspiring days! It was a pleasure to be here and I will certainly return!"

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    • Review by Traveller

      "Thank you very much, a lovely weekend. I had no idea what to expect when I first arrived, but I was blown away by your hospitality. "

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    • Review by Traveller

      "I had a wonderful experience. You take very good care of me! Thank you so much."

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    • Review by Traveller

      "We had a wonderful time at your place; relaxing & beautiful! Thank you so much."

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    • Review by Traveller

      "What a fabulous place. I loved every minute of my stay. Delicious food, fabulous yoga from Nathalie & Sarah. The best back massage I’ve ever had. Fun and challenging sessions from Javier in the gym and Pilates. I’m leaving feeling fit, strong, relaxed and rejuvenated. I love Shanti-Som and will be back"

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    • Review by Natasha from London, United Kingdom

      "I stayed here on the 6 night detox retreat and I can't rate it highly enough. I was made to feel welcome throughout the stay and Shanti Som is really geared up for single travellers. The staff without exception were superb and nothing was ever too much trouble. Nathalie our yoga teacher was also outstanding. The rooms were beautiful - I stayed on the mountain side which had the sun from the morning until late afternoon (the other side gets the sun from the afternoon onward). I was worried about some reviews saying the rooms were noisy - it didn't bother me at all and I'm a very light sleeper but maybe I was lucky with considerate neighbours. The resort itself is immaculate with plenty of sunbeds and places to curl up with a book when the weather wasn't great. Spa treatments were also excellent. The gym is small but more than functional and looks onto a stunning garden. I wouldn't hesitate to return if I can get in, they get booked up quickly which I can fully understand!"

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    • Review by Charlie from Selby, United Kingdom

      "A perfect retreat from hectic life. After 3 days full board, 2 yoga sessions a day, steam room, sauna, pool, healthy yet tasty food and a tranquil location in a lovely little unspoiled valley, the mind was relaxed and the batteries fully re-charged. Absolutlely what the Doctor ordered!! The hotel is small, clean, spacious and well-designed. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. I am definitely going back!"

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    • Review by Lisa Campbell from Stockholm, Sweden

      "What a wonderful hideaway - Shanti-Som! The hotel is absolutely beautiful from all angles, with service-minded and super friendly staff. The food is heavenly with perfect compositions of healthy and beautiful food dishes. When will you write your cookbook?"

      "The yoga class was something special with the fantastic yoga teacher Nathalie! What A goddess! Besides of all this I met the most amazing and wonderful people staying also for the Christmas holiday. I travelled by myself but left with newly made fantastic friends and a lot of joy and happiness in my heart and soul. I hope to come back one day. Namaste!"

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    • Review by Maryse Mbonyumutwa from France

      "Fantastic setting, excellent chef, great yoga teachers, friendly staff but most importantly it is the best place ever for a relaxation!"

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    • Review by a traveller

      "This place is amazing! The whole ambience is really calm and so beautifully landscaped, and the staff really couldn't do enough to help us, but without being an annoyance. There were gorgeous flowers and water features everywhere, and the food was just delicious and so beautifully presented."

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    • Review by Cheryl

      "Having a wonderfully relaxing time here at Shanti-Som. The food is healthy and delicious, the staff friendly and attentive. Looking forward to my Kundalini meditation this afternoon followed by a Sivananda yoga class."

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    • Review by Angela

      "Many times I went to Monda to stay in this wonderful well being retreat. For the first time friends invited us to have lunch there. Since then we come there as much as we can. This retreat is well hidden from the main road so all you can hear is mother nature at her best. The waterfall ornaments, buddhas, colors so bright, lovely colored umbrellas, it all adds up to the nice sphere."

      "The views are to die for."

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    • Review by a traveller from New York, USA

      "I hit the jackpot with the Shanti Som Wellbeing and Yoga Retreat in Monda, Spain. This is a little gem of a retreat tucked away in the foothills of the Sierra Nieves mountains north of Marbella 10 minutes by car yet a world away. It's an exceptionally well run place by any standards but even more so for a retreat and spa with only 14 rooms.The resort has a Balinese feel. It's calming, understated yet substantial at the same time. The management has luxury hotel experience which is evident in the level of hospitality and attention to detail. They are truly there to make sure your stay is as good as can be. I was looking for a well run, knowledgeable and clean place...clean and comfortable. On all fronts I was more than pleased.For my part I undertook a six day juice detox post holidays to get back in shape and get my body back on track. In addition to daily juices that were fresh and satisfying, I took a yoga class each morning and tried a number of different massage treatments.The staff leading the juicing is clearly knowledgeable on food, nutrition and the whole idea of cleansing. For those who are exploring juice fasting, this place is terrific. The yoga teacher I had was patient and seemed to manage the varying levels of yoga in her class. And the massage treatments were quite good, as well.I want to add one thing about the other guests. From six different countries yet a congenial group that was both respectful yet friendly. For solo travelers, there is a communal dining table for regular guests. Those on juices "drink" together each day until the fast is broken then one can join the others in the dining room.It was a wonderful week and I am very grateful for the entire crew for making this a transformative and unforgettable one."

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    • Review by Yousuf from Kuwait

      "Located in the mountains of Marbella in the middle of a forest, this is the best place for a relaxing, disconnected, detoxification, yoga getaway. It has only 12 rooms, and it gives you the feeling that you are at home. Lights out are at 9 pm.My plan was to stay 4 days, I checked out, but was back for more in a week. If you are looking for night life or shopping, you are only half an hour drive from the center of Marbella (Puerto Banus)."

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    • Review by a traveller from London, UK

      "I have tried all three retreats over the years, weight loss, yoga and detox and can recommend all of them, depending on your goal.Shanti Som is the perfect haven for a relaxing, re-charging, get away from it all holiday and I'm surprised by some of the other reviews. The whole team are wonderful and attentive, nothing is too much trouble and you'll feel at home in no time at all. The yoga teachers are of a high standard and practising in the wonderful outdoor yoga pavilion is bliss. There are some wonderful spa treatments on offer and the food is first class.I always feel incredible after a stay there and am always sad to have to leave and return to normality."

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    • Review by a traveller from London, UK

      "I have just returned from nine nights here and I have to congratulate the team at Shanti Som. I lost over 6 kilos in 9 days! The Food was amazing for a diet plan, the yoga I loved and have already booked more sessions on my return home. Mercedes, my personal trainer, well the only thing I can say is that she is "The Spanish Devil". But she got me back to exercising after a 20 years on nothingness. So, thank you! The resort itself offers excellent spa treatments too, and a chilled and relaxed vibe, and with WINE! Yes wine even on a diet! Small, friendly and beautifully formed. I will be going back, and so should you!"

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    • Review by Sarah

      "One of the most relaxing experiences I've ever had. I was impressed with the standards of rooms and bathrooms. I was surprised to have this standard in Marbella besides the 2 well renowned hotels at the beach side. The food is excellent given even for the pickiest people. The yoga retreat is highly recommended. Lovely team, therapists & amazing yoga instructors. They all make you feel at home.One thing that can be improved is maybe having portable AC units in the bedrooms for those summer nights.I will definitely come back to this tucked serene haven."

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    • Review by a traveller from London, UK

      "We have stayed at Shanti Som several times and have always enjoyed a fantastic and peaceful time. The staff are truly welcoming and always try to make everybody's stay the best it can be. The setting and hotel itself are stunning. It's the perfect place to escape the outside world. Three days there feel like a week's holiday."

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    • Review by Liz

      "My mum and I had a great 5 day-stay here at the beginning of September. I had read quite a lot of negative reviews but I can say I was pleasantly surprised. In terms the problems people have had a lot of this could have been solved by asking the staff. I was on the high intensity and weight loss program, but was able to alter this to suit me.The yoga teaching is very good with lots of guidance and the outdoor studio very relaxing, we had a cow and puppies visit during our practices. Mercedes is an excellent and very persuasive trainer, who got the best out of me in a relatively short time. We also did two hikes with her, these were not particularly interesting however they were designed to burn fat and that they did! If you are looking for something more leisurely and scenic I know they can provide this, it just a case of asking.I had a body scrub at the start of the week which was very nice and 2 full body massages with Paola which were wonderful, she really worked on my trouble areas and also gave me some guidance on my posture. My mum also had an interesting foot treatment that was quite emotional. Overall we enjoyed the treatments but I would advise getting this sorted early on and not be worried to change the times if they do not suit want you want to get out of your day.The food was very good, and we received lemons and kiwi to start our day which was nice, followed by a light cooked or buffet breakfast after either yoga or a hike. We had some fruit or nuts throughout the day and healthy but enjoyable lunches and dinner. The standard menu is lovely however if the aim is to lose weight it isnt that healthy. They are more than willing to accommodate any requirements however. We drank our weight in herbal and fresh mint tea but it was lovely that they had some alcohol so we could relax with a nice glass wine on the last night.As others have said the noise in the rooms can be bad and the variation of view/balcony can be an issue, but again speak to the hotel and they are very helpful. Forget about trying to get wifi in the room. Isnt a retreat about being away from the mayhem of technology?Overall I lost 5lbs and have since lost a little more, I felt relax and happy after my stay. A wonderful place to retreat to..enjoy."

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    • Review by Sam R from London, UK

      "I have just returned from 5 wonderfully relaxing days at Shanti Som. A haven of tranquility and calm, the perfect antidote to the daily stresses and strains of life and I wouldn't hesitate to return at any given opportunity. Delicious food, beautiful surroundings, and fantastically helpful staff and a really great team of therapists from Mercedes, the personal Trainer, to Marisol the Nutritionist. Shanti som has created an environment which allows you to completely unwind from the minute you step through the door. Nestled in beautiful nature, it's rare to find somewhere so close to home that is a total escape, without long haul travel involved. I stayed for 5 days, but a long weekend would be equally fabulous here."

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    • Review by Ingeborg V from Norway

      "I had a great time at Jungles Edge! Everything was super clean and brand new; I was very comfortable and really didn't feel like leaving. The rooms are really comfy and the food deliciously fresh. The pool is freaking huge I loved it! Next time we're in the area, we know where we're staying."

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    • Review by Jo P, Geneva, Switzerland

      "The most tranquil stay in beautiful tastefully decorated rooms, calm and tranquil, attention to the minutest detail, excellent service and the most delicious food. You could not ask for more. Highly recommended."

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