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Immerse yourself in a joyful Spanish and yoga week at Suryalila. Together with our partners, Spanish Language School Academia Pradoventura in the local village, Prado del Rey, we are offering an amazing course designed to practically improve your Spanish language skills while giving you the opportunity to deepen your yoga practice and enjoy all Suryalila Retreat Centre has to offer.
At Suryalila they offer luxurious, comfortable, designer decorated accommodation with a distinctive Asian flair. Their furnishings and decorations have all been imported from Bali, India and Morocco.
They provide different levels of accommodation to suit every budget, including deluxe singles, deluxe doubles, superior singles and doubles, and spacious dormitories for four people. Their spacious deluxe accommodations are located in apartments with en suite living rooms and kitchens.
There is a beautiful spacious dining hall adjacent to the main kitchen where guests can enjoy our delicious organic meals together. They also offer many beautiful outside spaces for dining. There is also a cozy, communal living room area with couches and a library. In the few cooler winter months, a log stove keeps this area toasty.
At Suryalila there are several beautiful spaces inside and outside for group activities. The main yoga hall is 12 meters x 8 meters and comfortably holds 35 yogis. It has a wooden floor, beautiful arched wooden windows, and a traditional wooden roof made from roughly cut tree trunks. It also has a fully stocked prop room with belts, blankets, bolsters, zapphus, blocks, yoga mats, eye pillows and sand bags for up to 40 people.
The hall is air-conditioned, centrally heated and has 3 ceiling fans.
Our magnificent yoga hall is called The Om Dome. The Dome has an underfloor heating and cooling system, a state of the art sound system and atmospheric lighting. It is fully equipped with Manduka Pro Mats, blocks, straps, bolsters and eye pillows. We also have backjack floor chairs for trainings and lectures.
The outside of the Dome is being constructed to resemble a Nepalese temple with a golden stupa on top, prayer flags and the Buddha eyes. Inside the Dome we have built two long solid walls (so yoga students can practice inversions), which are beautifully decorated with a beautiful mural of Hindu and Tibetan imagery.
In the Dome there is a massive bay window overlooking one of our best views of beautiful rolling hills and a ruined convent. The Dome can hold around 60 Yogis very comfortably. It is also a perfect space for conferences and concerts and dances.
The breath-taking Om Dome is the realization of a dream. We think that it is without doubt the most magnificent Yoga Space in Europe. Vidya has been using Manduka mat exclusively for the last 10 years and both of our studios at Suryalila, the dome and the yoga hall, are equipped with Manduka Pro mats.
Enjoy good access to the internet via their wifi network. The office provides services to guests in need of printing (boarding passes), phone calls, faxing, access to a computer, use of the projector and audio equipment, and access to local maps. Please note the network is not suitable for large file transfers or video streaming.
Academia Pradoventura is a well-established language school specializing in providing students with intensive Spanish courses for all levels in a family-like atmosphere since 2004. We have teamed up with them for this one-week course at Suryalila.
The course follows a communicative methodology preparing the students for real life situations they will face when they travel or live in Spanish speaking countries. In class we use Spanish as the main language of communication, so that you get immersed into the language from the first day on.
In this course we do not enter deeply in the grammar, but learn the necessary tools to be able to communicate in Spanish with role-plays and communicative games, that are a lot of fun. The students are organized in small groups of 3 to 8 persons according to their language level, and the contents can be adapted to the needs of the group.
Typically your day will start with an early morning energizing yoga session, followed by breakfast and then you enjoy two 90 minutes sessions of Spanish immersion with a 30 minutes coffee or tea break in between.
After class is over, you are free to enjoy a delicious lunch carefully prepared with love by the Suryalila chefs and a relaxing afternoon by the salt water pool, walking in the surrounding countryside, or whatever takes your fancy.
Before dinner, there will be a restorative yoga class. Gourmet, organic vegetarian dinner is served buffet style in the beautiful dining room and the evenings are free to enjoy the sunsets, explore the area or hang out with other guests.
Please note that there will be no yoga class on the arrival day. The first class will be on the day after the arrival.
Suryalila, originally an Olive Hacienda, is located in the heart of the Andalucian Hills close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Ray. It is approximately 45 minutes drive from the Historic and beautiful walled city of Cadiz and an hours drive from Seville, the vibrant heart of Andaluca. On the edge of a beautiful mountainous National Park the property sits in a large river valley overlooking agricultural land and in the far distance, the white village of lakeside village of Bornos, situated by the side of a large lake.
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The Suryalila Kitchen specializes in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu.
The kitchen sources most of the vegetables from local organic farmers directly, and supplements the supply from our own garden. Eggs are gathered daily from their own happy chicken. They also have a healthy poultry house with a family of geese, two peacocks, a couple of turkeys and about 40 chickens, who lay a basketful of eggs for us every day.
The excellent cold pressed Suryalila Olive Oil, which is widely used in the kitchen, is harvested from the trees on the property each year, cold pressed at the local mill, and enjoyed by everyone who tastes it!
Suryalila was originally an olive farm and pressing plant and there are 350 fully mature olive trees scattered across the land that produce 1500 - 2000 liters of pure cold pressed olive juice every year. It is very subtle and delicate olive oil which will be used in the kitchen and sell in their small shop.
There is also a large vegetable garden which they are planting with a wide range of organic produce. With over 16 hectares (or 45 acres) of agricultural land, Suryalila has enormous potential to provide the centre and guests with a rich variety of Organic home grown produce. Suryalila has a large fruit orchard with over 50 fruit trees including apple, pear, fig, lemon and orange. So when the season allows, you will enjoy the freshest of fruit picked from Suryalilas own orchard of apricot, peach, fig and pear trees.
Suryalila is perfectly located to visit many of the stunningly beautiful and culturally rich towns and cities of Andalucia, as well as the gorgeous unspoiled beaches of the Costa de Luz. Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre has partnered with local tour companies to offer horse-back riding, rock climbing, hiking, and cycling. Please contact Suryalila Yoga Retreat Centre for further details.
The pool at Suryalila has been converted to use a salt water cleaning system, so no chemicals or synthetic chlorines are used in the pool. Situated on the front lawn of the property it enjoys beautiful views of the surrounding countryside, encompassing the lake and village of Bornos, the village of Villamartin and the vineyards and farms around us. Around the pool there is a shower and WC, shaded pagodas and sunbeds for the sun worshippers. The pool is 12 meters long, 6 meters wide and deep enough for good dive in the deep end.
On Friday at 20.00, you may join a Tasty Tapas Tour through different tapas bars of Prado del Rey.
One of Andalucia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the fertile valley of the river Guadalete below. Declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location, the old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, the Castillo de los Arcos.
Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. The old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm, and many of the buildings reflect the city's overseas links. Worth a visit are the city's Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri, Other points of interest are La Santa Cueva, home to several paintings by Goya, and stately mansions such as the Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas.
The old city looks quite Moorish in appearance and is intriguing with narrow cobbled streets opening onto small squares. The golden cupola of the cathedral looms high above long white houses and the whole place has a slightly dilapidated air. It just takes an hour to walk around the headlands where you can visit the entire old town and pass through some lovely parks with sweeping views of the bay.
The town of Ronda is located in the middle of the stunning mountain range of Serrana de Ronda, at the edge of a canyon, and is certainly one of the most incredible places in all of Spain.
"Nothing in all Spain is more surprising than this wild town", said the writer Rainer Maria Rilke.
The famous and really breath-taking bridge alone is worth the travel, but Ronda has much to offer: the only bullring in all Spain which is entirely made of stone, and several really interesting buildings from the Moorish period. Ronda's big central square is very lively with some great restaurants.
Seville is one of the most beloved towns in Spain. It is at the heart of Andalucian Culture, with a wonderful historic old town. It is known for its striking Moorish architecture, palaces and gardens as well as its flamenco dancing and numerous tapas bars.
Zahara de la Sierra is a small picturesque Spanish town that lies in Cadiz province on one of the hillsides in Andalusia, south Spain, overlooking a lake. It is one of Andalusia's famous "Pueblos Blancos" or "white" cities and is surrounded by lush green fields and olive groves. Close-by are the ruins of an eighth century Moorish Castle.
The spectacular Costa de Luz is 55 minutes from Suryalila by car. Here you can find some of the best, undeveloped beaches in Spain, with miles of fine yellow sand, turquoise ocean and sand dunes. We can arrange trips to the beach with picnic lunches and can also combine beach trips with a visit to Cadiz.
The Suryalila shop is a veritable bazaar of gifts, yoga products, organic and snacks, eco-friendly clothing, jewelry, gifts, statues and carvings, wall hangings, and other beautiful gifts. The shop also carries travel and bathroom essentials. They stock products from around the world - India, Morocco, Bali, etc. and from respected yoga, clothing and accessory ranges including Jade (yoga mats), Manduka , Kleen Kanteen, Komodo London, and Mirabelle Jewelry.
There is an option to join a wine testing session at a local badega. The session will be held on Thursday at 20.00. The cost is 3 EUR per person.
The closest airport to Suryalila is Jerez Airport (XRY). It is a 50 minute drive from the center. Several low cost European airlines fly into Jerez, including Ryanair, Vueling, Iberia and others. Some only operate during the summer months. From Jerez you can either take a bus to Suryalila from the Jerez central bus station or we can organise a taxi for you. Please contact Suryalila Yoga Retreat centre for up to date price information.
Seville Airport (SVQ) is an hour from the centre and there are 19 European airlines that fly there.
Malaga Airport (AGP) is the largest airport in Andaluca but it is two hours and 45 minutes away from the centre. There is a wide range of airlines that fly to Malaga from all over Europe and they are often very cheap, catering for the Costa del Sol package holidays.
From Seville the centre can be reached by bus. Buses between the airport and the City Centre run every 30 minutes between 06:15 and 23:00. The journey takes between 20-30 minutes and a single ticket costs 2.30 EUR. From Seville city centre bus station you can catch a bus to Villamartin. The ride takes about an hour and a half.
From Malaga, there is a bus that leaves from Malaga bus station directly to Villamartin. The price of a one way ticket is about 15 EUR. There are usually four buses every day.