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Yoga and Pilates are the perfect combination hence bringing them together on this fabulous healthy retreat will deliver a huge, positive boost to your posture and vitality. After just a few days, you'll feel the immense benefits of practicing yoga and Pilates together. Improvements noticed in your core strength, greater flexibility and mobility, stronger muscles and a quieter, calmer mind. Long term your body benefits from the re-education of the muscles, fascia and movement patterns ensuring you achieve natural alignment and support once again.
These retreats are not a blend of yogalates. The teachers are dedicated to their chosen field of yoga or pilates and so the instruction you receive is the pure form of both disciplines hence, if you want to progress your existing practice or you're a complete beginner, you'll learn so much from specialist teachers who are keen to help.
Add to this delicious healthy Mediterranean cuisine, superb sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, holistic therapies, optional biking, horse trekking, hiking and an absolutely charming boutique hotel and you've just found yourself the perfect healthy retreat!
The hotel sits in a fabulous peaceful position, at the very point where the countryside meets the edge of town and so you have the tranquility of the countryside but yet, youre an easy 10 minutes walk to the white washed old town of Altea - considered to be one of the prettiest in the area - and an easy 25 minutes walk to the beach.
The hotel has an outdoor pool and sunbathing deck in the garden, a yoga studio with lovely views, a sauna and small gym plus, a Michelin listed restaurant that creates delicious vegetarian and fish dishes for us whilst Vincenta - the hotel owner - brings us fresh eggs from her hens and cooks a delicious cake for us every day - heaven!
The 20 en-suite rooms are spacious and superbly equipped with double or twin beds, individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, ensuite bathroom with complimentary toiletries, fresh towels and hairdryer, Wi-Fi and a daily maid service.
Solo travelers are not asked nor expected to share their room with others so all rooms are available for single use for only.
These holidays are suited to anyone who has some yoga or Pilates experience and those with a regular, extensive practice who want to develop and expand upon what they have been taught so far. The vast majority of guests come on their own too so dont worry if youre thinking of travelling solo as everyone is always warm and welcoming.
There will be a class of yoga and a class of Pilates each day for every guest. To ensure small group sizes of no more than 11, guests will be allocated - to the best of our ability - into 2 groups according to their experience - beginners and intermediates / advanced. If you feel during retreat you need to move into the other group, just let us know and well do our best to accommodate you.
The Pilates sessions will be mat based and are designed to strengthen abdominals and the lower back whilst correcting postural imbalances. Yoga classes will warm, tone deeply stretch and open the body creating a greater sense of inner space together with mind quietening and stress relieving techniques to calm the nervous system.
Both Yoga and Pilates encourage strong posture, good balance, excellent coordination and flexibility that allow our bodies to realign and gain strength. You will definitely feel rejuvenated and energised which in turn will help you feel relaxed and vibrant.
Each day begins with a cup of herbal tea and fresh fruits to help you slowly awake before an inspiring 90 minute morning class of yoga or pilates with our specialist teachers. After class nourish yourself with our healthy buffet brunch of wholegrain cereals, yogurts, cheeses, Spanish tortilla, fresh seasonal fruits, pancakes, nuts, honey, hams, local tomatoes & avocados delicious!
After breakfast we have a range of optional activities you can join if you wish. Its your holiday so no-one minds if you just want to head to the beach with a book youve wanted to read all year! Optional activities include:
Guided bike ride exploring the quieter lanes & villages nearby
Guided 12k coastal hike beautiful scenery & fresh sea air
Guided horse trekking
Range of holistic therapies to soothe body & mind
Late afternoon we regroup for another pilates or yoga class before Supper at the hotel.
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.
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.
bby has been teaching and practising mat and studio Pilates for over 10 years. After gaining a BA in Theatre Dance, she persued a professional dance career in London and New York and travelled the World. In 2006, due to a dance injury, Abby undertook and completed training in Pilates at The Body Control Centre in London. In 2010, she retired from professional dance and settled in the Costa Blanca, Spain. Abby took several more Pilates Instructor courses and became a member of ANEP, Spains national Pilates instructor association. Since then she has taught all age groups.
Based at a renovated 300 year old Olive farm with amazing mountain and sea views, this 4-star country house hotel is located in the coastal town of Altea, an hour north of Alicante.
Wholesome and tasteful healthy Mediterranean meals will be served during retreat. Breakfast/brunch after morning class include a spread of fresh seasonal fruits, wholegrain cereals, yogurts, cheeses, pancakes, local breads, nuts, honey, Spanish tortilla, fresh local tomatoes and avocados, freshly squeezed orange juice and teas. Evening time Chef will be serving delicious and imaginative vegetarian suppers on 3 evenings (fish offered some nights too). On the other 2 eves your taste buds are free to explore the excellent local restaurants. On one of these evenings we will organize a group meal at a local restaurant, your attendance is neither compulsory nor complimentary, but please join us if you fancy.
We offer a private transfer service from/to Alicante airport. Meeting guests between 11.00 - 13.00 on arrival day and arriving back on final day at midday. Transfers are 40 EUR each way. Flights arriving outside of our transfer times can be accommodated with a private taxi or public transport. Contact Yoga Breaks Spain for more details.
If you'd like to travel with the 'locals' there is a resort 'hopper' bus service from / to Alicante airport at various times throughout the day. The drop off point in Altea (where this retreat takes place) is a 10-minute can ride from our yoga hotel. Journey time can be up to 1.5 hours due to number of stops en-route. Please ask Yoga Breaks Spain for details before booking flights.
If you wish to catch the train, you first need to take a cab to the north end of Alicante harbor where youll find the FGV (Ferrocarril de la Generalitat Valenciana) train service calling at Altea. Train journey takes approximately 2 hours from Alicante centre. Ask the organizer for more advice.