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This yoga and meditation retreat in southern Spain will leave you energized, clear, and ready to receive the Christmas holidays. Join yoga instructor Lori Sjollema and nutritional therapist Gillian Day at Marbella beach to enjoy the festive season and shake off the winter blues for a healthy holiday. Experience yoga and meditation classes, nutrition workshops, and naturopathy talks explaining the belief in the healing power of nature.
During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. The Urban Villa offers five hotel suites uniquely furnished with a great sense of creativity, combining traditional style with an artistic modern twist, creating a cool contemporary chic atmosphere and magical ambiance.
Each suite has individual special features special features, such as a large private sauna, a jacuzzi with amazing views, a large old fireplace, huge panoramic terraces, and even a romantic canopy bed under rustic old wood beams.
The Andaluz room impresses with its own Mediterranean charm, a queen size double bed or two single beds an Andalusian-style en-suite bathroom. This suite boasts the best views of the sun rising from behind the mountains. You have the luxury of two terraces, one is a very cozy private terrace with lounge chairs and a table.
A neighboring communal lounge and television room are also offered. They are shared with the guests from the relax suite which borders with the second beautiful spacious terrace where you can enjoy the 180 degrees panoramic views of the city of Marbella, the Mediterranean sea, the Ojen mountain, and inspiring views of Africa, and Gibraltar while relaxing on the sun beds or romantic lounge seat.
The deluxe urban suite offers the whole floor covering 100 square meters of a harmonious charming mix between contemporary and traditional style. It comprises a large double bedroom, with either a double bed or two twin beds and has an extra bedroom with double bed. The two bedrooms share the toilet and washroom, which is separate from the large and spacious shower room where the sauna with a view is situated.
Everyone on the course will use the sauna only during specific times after the yoga sessions. Make yourselves at home by sunbathing on the ample terrace, relaxing in the comfortable lounge, television and dining area, and enjoy the views from either the lounge windows or the 180 degrees panoramic terrace.
The king romance suite offers the whole upper floor, rustic elegance, and romance perfect for honeymoon couples or for those who simply want to spoil themselves. A big four-poster bed under oak beams and a charming fireplace dominate the bedroom. The bathroom has a spacious rain shower and a separate jacuzzi whirlpool tub with views of mountains and sea. One of the most amazing places in the villa is the large private terrace with inviting sun beds allowing you to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the inspiring views overlooking the African coast and the rock of Gibraltar.
This suite has a double bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with a large shower. It is on the same level as the main house lounge and terrace, offering easy access to the shared main terrace, the communal lounge with open fireplace, and the guest's kitchen. There is a bijou private terrace with panoramic views overlooking the Ojén Mountains and the East coast of Marbella.
The charming relax suite, inspired by the Andalusian lifestyle, is decorated with rustic tasteful furnishings and terracotta floors. This suite has a double bedroom with one or two single beds and an extra bedroom. The two bedrooms are divided by a large shared bathroom with bathtub and a separate spacious rain shower. The communal terrace with 180 degrees panoramic view overlooks the Ojen mountains, the Marbella town, the coast of Africa, and the Mediterranean sea which is so inviting to lie and relax on the sun beds or the romantic lounge seat.
During this retreat, you will nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Through daily Aryuvedic yoga and meditation classes with Lori Sjollema, you will increase your stamina, flexibility, and balance in a calm and peaceful ambient. Through the life coaching and nutrition workshop led by nutritional therapist Gillian Day, you will learn and experience the healing power of nature by using plants and whole foods as a therapeutic tool for good health and excellent vitality in the body. You will also enjoy plenty of free time to explore the region or simply relax.
Lori Sjollema has devoted herself to learning and moving the body for over 30 years. Certified in 2000 as a Jivamukti Vinyasa yoga instructor, she has trained since then extensively in various yoga traditions and influences. While the foundational structure of her classes is at present primarily based in the Anusara yoga method, she also integrates other styles that have influenced her on her yogic path including the movement of Vinyasa Flow, the precision of Iyengar, and her love for meditation.
Gillian Day is fully qualified as a nutritional therapist, herbal medicine practitioner, naturopath, and lecturer at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Gillian Day is trained in using genetic testing for identifying predispositions for any imbalances your body may be experiencing.
This retreat will take place at The Urban Villa in Marbella, Spain. The Urban Villa is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in the hills above Marbella and is close to famous beaches, golf courses, exclusive Puerto Banús marina, and the exciting Andalusian lifestyle. The privileged location also boast breathtaking views of the coastline or Africa and the Gibraltar Rock.
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During this retreat you will be served three daily detox and freshly prepared vegetarian meals. All meals will be plant-based, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free. All healthy dishes will also be made using locally sourced ingredients with an exciting mixture of Moroccan, Thai, Vietnamese, Caribbean, and Naturopathy delights.
Venture into the territory of the fighting bulls and learn the secrets of breeding and the selection for the bullring. The fighting bulls with their calves and also pure bred Andalusian horses are grazing free so you will be driven in a four-wheel drive vehicle with a private guide to see them at a close distance. To round off the visit an aperitif will be offered with a glass of local wine and Iberico pork products.
This is a tour of the world-famous Alahambra Palace with the best guides available. Inside the Alhambra, a world heritage site, you will find the splendid sights of a network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens. The tour is followed by a lunch in one of Granada’s restaurants and during the afternoon you have the choice of taking a flamenco class, visiting the Arab baths, watching artisans making musical instruments, and more.
Start the day touring the historic city of Ronda taking in the gardens, palaces, and monuments. Then, you will be taken to explore the tunnels under the ancient Roman City of Acinipo where wine matures in oak barrels in perfect conditions. You will participate in a magnificent wine tasting in the company of the vineyard owners followed by a homemade lunch, overlooking the beautiful Ronda countryside.
Join acclaimed photographers Michelle Chaplow or Wayne Chasan on a tour of the region taking in some of the most picturesque spots like the white village Ronda or Tarifa, depending on the day with lunch included in a local restaurant.
During this tour a great connoisseur of olive oil will give you an introduction about its production and you will have the opportunity to sample the different types of olive oil whilst the chef prepares the lunch based on Andalusian specialties, which you will enjoy after the demonstration.
Explore Morocco with a private tour guide to know Tangier including a visit to the “Caves of Hercules” and a walking tour to see the Kasbah and its palace and the medina.
Please book your flight to arrive at Malaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The Urban Villa can send a private car, which costs around 75 EUR.
Upon arrival at Malaga Airport (AGP), you can take a shuttle bus direct from the airport to Marbella bus station, which costs around 8 EUR per person and then take a taxi to the villa, which costs around 15 EUR to 18 EUR.
Upon arrival at Malaga Airport (AGP), you can take a private taxi to The Urban Villa, which will cost approximately 85 EUR.