6 Days 'Going Deeper' Pure Yoga Retreat in Spain

  • Denia, Alicante Province, Spain

Yoga Retreat Spain

If you’re keen to re-kindle or develop your existing yoga practice, going on a yoga retreat with Yoga Breaks Spain is the perfect way to deepen your understanding with experienced teachers. You’ll feel the difference in just a few days which is all you need to ignite your yoga flame and kick start a regular practice back home. You’ll feel so much stronger and calmer by the end of your stay and notice a huge difference in yourself and your yoga practice.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation and relaxation sessions
  • Mudras, meditation, and mantras workshop
  • Talk on how to create your own home yoga practice session
  • Guided 12-kilometer easy coastal hike
  • Daily delicious buffet breakfast
  • Some vegetarian suppers
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay at a gorgeous little boutique hotel in the historic ‘old town’ of Denia, staying alongside local Spanish families. The hotel’s 16 rooms are all en-suite and there will be a light-filled yoga studio onsite too.

The hotel was once a grand family home owned by a wealthy raisin merchant before being lovingly converted by the current Spanish owners into a stylish, unique hotel. The owners are an incredibly creative couple - artist, photographer, Ayurvedic chef, and interior designers - using their creativity and design skills to create a calming energy throughout the house.

All rooms are equipped with twin or double beds, hot and cold air-conditioning, hair-dryer, safety deposit, fresh towels, daily maid service, complimentary toiletries, and Wi-Fi. All rooms are available for single use for an additional cost.

This pure yoga retreat include carefully planned twice daily yoga sessions with plenty of alignment cues to keep you on track, different pranayama techniques, and daily meditations all of which will help your body relax, open, and strengthen. You will also delve into other aspects of a yoga practice so that you receive a full immersion into this fantastic, ancient system.

The yoga

The class will be held in a beautiful, light-filled yoga studio at the hotel overlooking their lush courtyard patio. Here, Yoga Breaks Spain will open the huge glass doors wide to soak up the bird song and fresh air coming in from the sea.

The twice daily 90-minute yoga sessions combine the deep therapeutic stretches of Hatha with the warming flow of Vinyasa yoga together with some deeply restorative Yin yoga.

Morning sessions include simple Vinyasa sequences to warm the body, stretch the muscles, and open the joints, synchronizing breath with movement so that your practice becomes a calming, moving meditation. Evening sessions are quieter, slower, and more restorative holding postures a little longer and working with the breath to move deeper within.

During your yoga week, you’ll also explore other aspects of yoga to ensure you have a deep immersion into this ancient practice. Yoga Breaks Spain will balance your chakras, practice different pranayama techniques, visit the eight limbs of yoga, discuss injury prevention, identify, and move your life force (prana) within the body plus a whole ton of other good stuff that organically arises.

The level is suitable for keen beginners, those with a lapsed practice, and intermediate yogis. The teaching style is precise but relaxed. There’s no pressure to create perfect yoga postures, what’s more important is that you pay attention to how the yoga feels in your body. Likewise, there’s no room for ego as it’s not what this retreat is about. It doesn’t matter what other people around you are doing, just respect your body where it’s at now.

Be patient, keep practicing, and your body will open up and let you back in.

Program overview

Each day begins quietly with some fresh fruits and a cup of herbal tea sipped in the courtyard whilst you slowly awaken. Then, at 8:30 a.m., you will begin a 90-minute morning yoga practice to open your bodies and senses to the day before a healthy delicious buffet breakfast or brunch where you can feast on fresh fruits, wholesome cereals, yogurts, cheeses, eggs, freshly squeezed juices, breads, jams, and honey.

In the late afternoon, you will regroup for the second yoga class to unwind from the day before a delicious vegetarian supper. On two eves, you are free to dine out at the local restaurants - the choice is wide. On one of these free eves, Yoga Breaks Spain organizes a meal at a local restaurant which you are free to join if you wish.

A 12-kilometer guided coastal hike is included in the price.

  • Nicole

    Nicole qualified as a yoga teacher with an Excellent Diploma after a two-year yoga training course with FRYOG (Friends of Yoga International) and has since gone on to train with some of the yoga famous, and not so famous but equally fabulous, teachers including Shiva Rea, Liz Lark, Godfri Devereus, and Claire Missingham.

  • Francesca

    After practicing yoga for 20 years, Francesa realised that it had helped her tremendously through two marathons and triathlons, and so she decided to teach yoga to other “sports” people like herself. After qualifying in 2006 from the Yoga Center in Madrid, she began teaching yoga immediately. Francesa is also a Rosen Method bodywork practitioner and an NLP practitioner, bringing this knowledge of body and mind into her yoga classes.

This retreat will be held in the coastal town of Denia, an hour north of Alicante, Spain. You'll be staying at a gorgeous boutique in the old town - the original historical heart of Denia - amongst delicious tapas bars, Byzantine churches, the castle, and local Spanish families. A stay here promises to deliver a taste of the real Spain.

Activities
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massages
  • Stand up paddle boarding
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • In-room safe
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Room cleaning

Included in the retreat package are daily buffet breakfast or brunch after the morning class and three vegetarian suppers inspired by Ayurvedic principles. Fish is offered some nights for those that would like it. Morning fresh fruits and herbal teas are also available throughout your stay.

Yoga Breaks Spain can cater for special diets but you must let them know at time of booking so that they can advise if they are able to cater adequately for you.

During your free time, you will have options to book guided bike ride, Aerial Yoga workshop, horseback trekking, stand up paddle boarding, or sea kayaking. You could also enjoy the beach, explore the town, or relax in the courtyard with a good book and a cuppa!

Pampertastic therapies and massages are available at an additional cost.

  • 1 12-kilometer guided coastal hike
  • 2 daily 90-minute yoga sessions
  • 3 vegetarian suppers inspired by Ayurvedic principles
  • 5 nights accommodation in beautiful en-suite room
  • Buffet breakfast or brunch after morning class
  • Morning fresh fruits and herbal teas
  • Mudras, meditation, and mantras workshop
  • Refreshments and unlimited herbal yogi teas throughout your stay
  • Talk on how to create your own home yoga practice session
  • Welcome gathering with refreshments
  • Wellbeing gifts
  • Additional activities and excursions
  • Aerial yoga workshop
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Therapies

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC). Yoga Breaks Spain offers airport transfers at selected times for an extra cost. The pickup is between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on arrival day and arrival back on final day is for midday.

Transfers are 40 EUR per person. Flights outside of these times can be accommodated with a private taxi or public transport. Please contact Yoga Breaks Spain for details before booking flights.

Arrival by bus

If you miss the transfer service or fancy travelling with the locals, there is a regular resort 'hopper' bus that offers a regular service from and to Alicante airport to the yoga town of Denia. This service can take up to two and a half hours depending on number of stops en-route. Please ask Yoga Breaks Spain for more details.

Arrival by train

If you wish to catch the train to Denia, you first need to take a cab to the north end of Alicante harbor where you will find the local tram service called the FGV (Ferrocarril de la Generalitat Valenciana) which calls at various towns en-route to Denia which is the end of the tram line.

Taking the tram to Denia requires one change at Benidorm but apart from that it’s a pretty easy journey, just slow that’s all.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Breaks Spain an inquiry.

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    Review by Anonymous
    7.5 Value for money
    5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    7.5 Location
    7.5 Quality of activity
    5 Overall impression

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  • Review by Marisa from Basel, Switzerland
    9 out of 10

    "The few days spent in Denia were most enjoyable and inspiring. I felt safe and well looked after from the moment I arrived in Spain including the people I met on the bus and train journey from Alicante to Denia! I went with an open mind, consciously not comparing classes at home with retreat classes, which made the differences enjoyable and fresh.The daily program included 1.5 hour morning yoga and 1.5 hour afternoon Pilates the time in between could be spent joining in on organised activities cycling, a coastal walk or horse-riding or choosing from a long list of spa therapies to enjoy, exploring Denia or reading a book in bed no pressure to join any activity. This suited me well as I travelled alone and only needed to consider what I wanted to do. Brunch and most of the evening meals are enjoyed together at one of the hotels the food was delicious and the company ever so interesting. Loreto Street eateries, just around the corner, offers tapas and other meals, snacks, drinks where one just cannot go wrong. I stayed at the Hotel New Roma which is wonderfully located, super clean and the staff great. The on-site restaurant is very popular with local guests as well as travellers, which means it gets very noisy. Due to the open, modern hotel layout, the noise is not contained to the public areas but spills over to the guests rooms as well as into the communal inner quite courtyard at times this was very annoying. However, Nicole and Gary could not do enough to make us feel at home and happy they were professional and warm hosts. We were even each given a stamped picture postcard of Denia to post home! I can recommend this retreat to anyone who wants to enjoy alone time-out from daily life and simultaneously improve their Pilates and yoga exercise. I think Ill be keeping my dairy open for their next yoga only retreat."

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  • Review by Stephanie
    10 out of 10

    "This holiday was one that will last forever in my heart and soul. My first yoga holiday but definitely not the last, I hope to book again with same company. The one thing that stands out most is the genuine love the organizers have for what they do and the care they show to each of their customers. All teachers, massage therapists, biking guides etc are local people so its good that we were supporting the local community too. The hotel is family run and the food is super tasty, fresh and locally sourced. This has been a fantastic holiday for me - and I have been on some really amazing holidays! - my love for yoga has only increased because of this retreat, its simply the best holiday I have ever been on."

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  • Review by Stephanie
    10 out of 10

    "I was greatly anticipating this holiday and on arrival felt an immediate sense of welcome, relax Im here" & "this is it" which felt great. I considered arriving a day early but actually it was lovely to arrive and have yoga on my fist evening. I immediately felt 'checked out' in a manner that I'd really longed for and likewise 'checked-in" on a whole different level. I really loved the ambience of the hotel; it was very well suited to a yoga break. The outside world was left behind whilst I adjusted to my temporary home & family of sorts. I felt relaxed and happy and my mind was free of all the usual clutter. These feelings deepened along with my sense of strength, inside and out. My lasting memories will be of a time and place where I felt at peace with my body, my mind and all around me plus, the massage which was among 3 of the best Ive ever had in the World!. I hope to return."

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  • Review by Fiona
    10 out of 10

    "Lovely hotel - great location and character - very Spanish and relaxing. The yoga element was perfect - well structured - allowed varied levels - perfect pace - was great to have a more challenging guest teacher for a couple of sessions too. My lasting memories are of finding space, relaxing, improving my yoga in a lovely non-threatening friendly environment, feeling very cared for & being in a great place to unwind and think a little about the jungle we live in. I loved it all and I will come back."

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  • Review by a yoga participant
    10 out of 10

    "I thought the yoga classes and hiking were amazing. I felt Id really improved on my yoga alignment, technique and breathing - the teachers were lovely - Nicole is a great yoga teacher, very intuitive & I learnt lots of little tips that have helped improve my practice in particularly my breathing and alignment. Overall I had a lovely time, felt so relaxed after the first yoga session & liked that we all dined together and everyone socialises. My lasting memories are of how great I felt at the end of the holiday and how much my yoga practice has improved. On my last morning I even got up early and went for a run along the beach towards the next town - I made it just as the sun came up, it was beautiful. "

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  • Review by Betty
    10 out of 10

    "I had a great time! I had never done a yoga retreat before and this one had a good combination of serious yoga and freedom to explore the area either alone or with the group on hikes or excursions. Everything was well organized & the website gives a lot of information so there were no 'surprises'. I was impressed by Nicoles (the yoga teacher) ability to 'read' the group and know just what we needed. The location is gorgeous. I felt refreshed and happy at the end of the retreat. (I would have loved a few more days...) I will always remember the warmth extended by Nicole and her team and by all the other guests in the group. In general, this has been a tremendously positive experience. I will definitely recommend the retreat to friends and would be happy to come back for another session.Thanks!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Val
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga teachers did a brilliant job considering they did not know any of the students or their abilities when they arrived just goes to show the level of their professionalism. I felt each student was able to attain a good class to the level of their own ability but there was also encouragement to stretch themselves and try new things if they wanted to without feeling intimidated. I loved the Yin yoga & as it was good to have a meditation workshop as I've had limited experience of meditation but I know have a better feel for what it can do."

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  • Review by Madeline
    10 out of 10

    "Loved it from the moment I walked through the door. Really didn't want to leave and would like to jump on a plane and come back now! You have created a lovely experience which blends all the good things in life beautifully. I really hope to be a repeat customer :)"

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  • Review by Karen
    10 out of 10

    "Nicole was really warm and welcoming, as were the hotel staff. I left feeling a lot better than when I arrived and learnt useful new teaching points for my yoga practice. I am already recommending it to friends! The food was really, really good too."

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  • Review by Val
    10 out of 10

    "I was completely shattered when I arrived but being able to slob out for a few hours was very welcomed. Having not done anything like this before my apprehensions were easily dismissed on meeting the group and after the first class. I knew I was going to enjoy my stay. I liked the structure of the holiday, perfect environment and weather (of course)! Classes and activities were as advertised and the hotel as expected. Definitely felt I had improved my practise and learned new things to explore further by the end of the 5 days. Met some lovely people, ate some lovely food and had some good laughs. I definitely will do something like this again in the future."

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  • Review by Susan
    10 out of 10

    "Overall the level of yoga classes/teaching was pitched very well, given the differing levels of yoga experience across the group. I found the classes quite challenging, but always in a structure where I was freely able to explore and expand my yoga practice."

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  • Review by Lucy
    10 out of 10

    "I didn't really know what to expect when I first arrived as it was my first yoga holiday! But I was so impressed - firstly by the hotel, my lovely big room, also the pool area was so pristine and well designed, the meal on the first night was delicious and healthy which is exactly what I hoped for. The structure of our days was well thought out. Obviously the yoga sessions were FANTASTIC and the brunch afterwards was a great idea to all sit down together. I was lucky to meet such a great group of people and we all got on so well. I have been so inspired by this holiday and from my daily yoga with Nicole, I am determined to keep it up and squeeze in as many classes as I can in my routine, also I would love to return to Spain to learn from you again. Thank you so much!"

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  • Review by Lou
    10 out of 10

    "Little bit anxious before arriving ..just the unknown and knowing I hadn't done much yoga, imagining everyone else would be fantastic at it .. but of course I neednt have worried. Lovely hotel, lovely smiley Nicole on arrival, great first yoga session ..pretty sure I was nearly asleep at the end of it! The hotel poolside was lovely & the hotel owner was fab. We laughed a lot - maybe more than I'd anticipated we would - & met some properly lovely people which I guess shouldn't be surprised at given that we were all at least similarly minded to have ended up in the same place together. Came away feeling much more supple and 'powerful' though, having returned home, the bad back I had before I came on the retreat has re-appeared! Maybe I'm allergic to home!"

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  • Review by Michelle from Newcastle, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "I had such an amazing time on this yoga retreat- it was everything i was hoping for. I was able to relax but at the same time able to join in on activities when i wanted including the guided walk and cooking class. The food was delicious and healthy, the hotel was intimate and beautiful. Gary and Nicole were great hosts and brilliant teachers. I enjoyed both the Pilates and yoga- but overall preferred the yoga. I also met some great people . I would definitely recommend this retreat for anyone looking for time out in a stunning setting."

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  • Review by Donna
    10 out of 10

    "I can honestly say that there is nothing more than could have improved the programme for me. I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment and have returned home with renewed energy and vigour. The venue was perfect, as was the hospitality and facilities in the hotel. On the two occasions I opted to deviate from the programme, I was actively encouraged to enjoy my alternative choices as "it was my holiday" - and that is how I felt every single day. I have raved about my holiday since my return. From my personal point of view, I am already planning that a Yoga Breaks in Spain holiday is becoming a 'must have' to achieve the balance I want in my life."

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  • Review by Andrea
    10 out of 10

    "I felt anxious on arrival largely because of being with an unknown group but felt much better after first meal once Nicole asked everyone about themselves & their expectations of the break. Without that it would have been impossible to get people to talk over dinner. The Pilates teacher was an unexpected surprise as I was not sure I would cope with Pilates but she was so positive and inclusive with humour that it was impossible to resist trying very hard for her! I was unsure about meditation but really enjoyed it - mainly because the teacher was so un-hippie about it all and just got on with it!Nicoles yoga is exceptional and gives a great deal of her heart to the group, the holiday and the yoga. Her conviction and care is conveyed in many ways. My lasting memories are getting better at yoga day by day, being part of a group that grew to understand and enjoy the differences in people and the kindness of everyone (often conveyed by humour) that enabled all of us to practice yoga and Pilates so well. Thank you very much indeed."

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  • Review by Donna
    10 out of 10

    "My experience this time, as it was last time, was amazing. The hotel itself is elegant and full of character and the staff could not be more friendly or helpful. It catered for my every need in such a lovely, low key manner, I couldn't have felt more comfortable."

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  • Review by Lorna
    10 out of 10

    "You literally couldn't have made this break any better. I know that's probably not that helpful but it's true! Overall it was perfectly planned and thought through. Our well-being, energy levels and comfort were always clearly at the very forefront of your minds. The yoga and pilates were amazing - even when I didn't 'feel' like it (like first thing!) I still felt compelled to go and only ever felt better for it. I felt nourished and cared for throughout. But I want you to know also that the little surprises each day did not go unnoticed and just made it that bit more special. We all felt loved, how amazing is that?! Thank you both so much, you really are marvellous people."

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  • Review by Hazel
    10 out of 10

    "I had a truly wonderful time, one of my best holidays to be honest. The blend of exercise, lovely people and wonderful location was just perfect. I would also like to have had another day or so just to completely relax. I have to say the lady that did the therapies was awesome and I think that everyone ought to have a go at the Chakra balancing and crystal healing as part of their package as it is a beautiful experience."

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  • Review by Sabine
    10 out of 10

    "As Ive been before it felt like "coming home" on the arrival day. And, as before, I was surprised again how the group merged and felt closer together at the end of the stay. As always it was a pure pleasure to be part of the retreat and I was sad to leave on Tuesday. Please keep it up. Hopefully, I'll see you again next year!"

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  • Review by Annie
    10 out of 10

    "I calmed down over the five days, became more centred, more mindful and in a better place. I felt the whole holiday had a yogic thread throughout and so the benefits were cumulative. I had a glass of wine on a couple of nights and that was a mistake as you notice the effect the next day -my fault! As ever when you return home you feel different and you always hold on to a bit of that .. so you are ever so slightly changed for the better. It's was a great opportunity to have time for reflection and then moving on."

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  • Review by Rosa
    9 out of 10

    "My stay with you has been such a benefit to my inner peace and an inspiration to my yoga practice. Ive been able to go deeper into my yoga and its becoming more and more part of my daily life. Thank you such much for guiding me there."

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  • Review by Christina
    10 out of 10

    "Nicole was so lovely and welcoming, I immediately felt at ease. From the 1st yoga session I just knew I would love every moment. The best thing for me was the yoga. Nicoles classes flowed beautifully, they were challenging and stimulating. She is a very caring & emphatic teacher, explaining everything beautifully."

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  • Review by Bev from Los Angeles, USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first holiday without my family, thank you for making me feel safe & secure and helping me on my life path. Words cannot express what you have done for me."

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  • Review by Wendy from UK
    9 out of 10

    "Many, many thanks for such a wonderful yoga break. I so enjoyed my yoga sessions with you and learnt a lot to help me on my yoga journey. The level of yoga was just right - not too easy nor too difficult. My practice since coming home has improved after working with you. Some of the things you said really helped. I have just felt so happy on my return a sort of glow with lots of energy. Long may it last! I really liked the hotel, the people and the ambience of the place gave me time to read, rest and recuperate. So for me it was all perfect - I would certainly come again."

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  • Review by Alfa from Iceland
    9 out of 10

    "I just wanted to thank you for the inspiring, life-transforming experience I had with you in Denia. Your kindness, warmth and happiness is so obvious and how you easily share that with total strangers is amazing. You are such good role-models for the power of yogic lifestyle. I came back to Iceland relaxed, centered, focused, inspired and had found my inner peace again. I'm back on track with my yoga and some answers about what to do with my life -isnt it amazing how much can happen in less than a week?"

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  • Review by Alicia from UK
    9 out of 10

    "What a wonderful few days this has been. It's been an ideal way to detach from life & gain some space. The hard work & passion you put into the programme is so clear & I truly feel pampered & cared for. Your attention to detail & excellent planning made it particularly special. I was blown away by the standard of the hotel in terms of the comfort, the service and the quality of food. I can't wait to come back with a friend."

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Alicante, Spain

Yoga Breaks Spain offers a wide range of yoga inspired holidays in Spain at gorgeous little venues near the sea, an hour from Alicante.

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6 days / 5 nights

Departure:
Tuesday September 12, 2017
(6 days / 5 nights)

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