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The hills that lie 20 minutes north of Marbella might not be the first place you picture when you think of South East Asia, but maybe you’ve not been to Shanti Som. This boutique 14-bedroom residence beautifully blends East and West to create a zen hideaway you can reach without the jetlag. Charming and hugely welcoming, it’s the perfect haven for a yoga holiday in Spain, allowing you to return home refreshed and energized and ready to face the world with a smile.
As soon as you walk through the doors of Shanti Som, you’re transported to another continent. Luxurious and decorated with dutiful care and attention, Shanti Som is stylish, tasteful and elegant with high beamed ceilings and exposed thatched roofs. Each of the bedrooms are supremely comfortable, and all with stunning en suite shower rooms. The gentle trickling of water provides the soundtrack for yoga retreats here, while the sprinkling of Buddha statues dotted around the grounds provides reminders of the venue’s Eastern inspiration.
Shanti Som offers plenty for those on yoga retreats. The spa has an excellent array of treatments and therapies; the yoga pavilion is a triumph and the hillside heated pool is a tranquil oasis to escape and recharge.
The 14 bedrooms at Shanti Som consist of 12 premium rooms and two junior suites, making it a beautiful boutique hotel near Marbella, but certainly well away from everyday life. The 14 rooms have been individually designed with attention to detail including marble luxury bathrooms, fine linens, flat-screen tv, and stylish furnishings and accessories including bath amenities, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, safe deposit box, air-conditioning, heating, 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.
At Shanti Som in the warmer months guests can enjoy an invigorating yoga session outdoors in their beautiful, open yoga shala with mountain views, or inside you can descend from the hotel to the calm of the spa to find the hidden yoga studio with Asian inspired décor and pretty garden views. In the corner guests can find a small alter for those wanting to dedicate their practice or set an intention for the session. This yoga space is a must experience for those wanting an authentic yoga retreat without travelling too far from the UK. All equipment is provided so there is no need to bring your own.
There will be morning and evening classes every day. Between classes you can walk in the countryside, relax by the pool, treat yourself to a massage in the spa, or enjoy a session in the steam room or sauna.
Elisa de Grey
Encouraged by her mother who thought she needed to learn to relax, Elisa first dipped into yoga over 12 years ago. Elisa's dynamic Vinyasa classes are designed to stimulate self-inquiry and to challenge students’ perceptions of their capabilities. The classes are flowing, with an emphasis on technical precision and asana analysis. Balanced with this she creates plenty of space to explore pranayama and meditation. Re-learning to relax is an integral part of overall health, so Elisa always tries to incorporate some restorative yoga. Elisa will be teaching on December 28, 2016-January 4, 2017.
Liz has been teaching yoga since the 1990s, training first with the British Wheel of Yoga. Absorbed in the health and balance of the body and mind through alignment, gesture, breathing, sequencing, and relaxation, her inspiration comes from the series of Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and other Hatha yoga practices, including yoga Nidra. Liz adapts yoga postures for each individual in order to chisel into their form and help to sculpt and free each unique body.
Nestled in the midst of nature, surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park, it brings together elements of Balinese architecture and Oriental gardens creating a slice of luxurious eastern style within easy traveling time from Europe's major cities. Tucked away in a shallow valley, surrounded by rolling hills and open countryside, Shanti Som lets you escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse yourself in all things healthy and peaceful.
During yoga holidays, the menu is created around healthy, nutritious food that mirrors the landscape it has been made in. Total detoxification for both body and mind.
This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, body scrub, nourishing massage for a mother-to-be, rejuvenating facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 220 EUR for two hours 30 minutes.
This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, body scrub, nourishing massage for a mother-to-be, rejuvenating facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 240 EUR for two hours 30 minutes.
This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, meditation and visualization, balancing facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 260 EUR for two hours.
This package includes welcome drink, oriental steam room, massage of your choice, anti-aging facial, and herbal tea and homemade cookies. The price for this treatment is 200 EUR for two hours and 30 minutes.
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to the airport is 15 GBP each way.
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