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Wellness in Andalucía, the insider guide

Lori, Radiant Yoga.
Lori, Radiant Yoga.
  • You don't need to go far for a relaxing, nurturing, and even enlightening break as Andalucía is home to a wealth of retreat centres, wellness hotels and yoga teachers

Wellbeing travel looks set to become more popular than ever; and you don't need to go far for a relaxing, nurturing, and even enlightening break as Andalucía is home to a wealth of retreat centres, wellness hotels and yoga teachers.

Retreats

Suryalila Yoga Retreat (Cadiz)

Created by international yoga teacher Vidya Heisel, Suryalila is an established yoga retreat in the foothills of the Grazalema mountain range, near the historic market town of Prado del Rey.

Suryalila has reopened for 2020 and hosts its own custom designed Yoga Retreats, each with different themes, often combining yoga with other activities, such as hiking, culture, and relaxation, as well permaculture and organic gardening.

Molino del Rey - Sierra de las Nieves (Malaga)

Suryalila.

Suryalila.

Secluded within the Sierra de las Nieves natural park, the luxury Molino del Rey promises yoga, detox, meditation, mindfulness, weight loss and other holistic wellbeing courses and retreats combined with activities in the natural park.

Casa Bhakti (Granada)

About 35 minutes’ drive from Granada, Casa Bhakti offers accommodation, healthy food, yoga and meditation classes.

Re-opening 5 September 2020.

Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat (Marbella)

A little north of Marbella, set within woodlands of Mediterranean pines, Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat offers retreats, treatments and stylish hotel accommodation with pool and meditation garden. There is a restaurant too.

Scheduled to re-open in July.

Weight loss

Buchinger Wilhelmi (Marbella)

Shanti-Som.

Shanti-Som.

The pioneer of wellness retreats in Marbella, the Buchinger Wilhelmi clinic is a renowned destination for its integrated, holistic therapeutic fasting programme.

The Buchinger Wilhelmi Programme is a fasting method developed by the clinic’s founder Dr Otto Buchinger. It also incorporates physical therapy, exercise, beauty care, psychotherapy coaching, nutrition, and medicine to “regain and preserve your quality of life, functional capacity and inner harmony”. Results are said to boost the immune system too.

Guests can book just a day to get an introduction to the clinic and its way of working.

Healthouse Las Dunas (Estepona)

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Healthouse Las Dunas is the flagship hotel of the Natur-House Group. The place for tailored wellness and weightloss courses and retreats that are supported by a professionally trained medical team and counsellors.

The setting is impressive, with upscale accommodation, giving magnificent sea views across to Gibraltar and North Africa.

Dining is healthy and calorie-controlled, yet truly gourmet.

The Ekilum Spa is a luxurious sanctuary.

Yoga teachers

Rafael Ruiz.

Rafael Ruiz.

Rafael Ruiz Rodríguez (Malaga)

Qualified yoga teacher and natural therapies expert, Rafa offers a number of private therapies and classes near Malaga, to help clients find greater equilibrium and health in their lives.

Focusing on mindfulness, yoga, acupuncture, and massage. Trained in Europe and Asia. English and Spanish spoken.

Víctor Celdrán Gálvez (Marballa)

Based near Marbella, Víctor is a qualified Yoga and Tai Chi Teacher, with over 10 years’ experience. Certified with more than 500 hours in Vinyasa Yoga (Barcelona), Yin Yoga and Qi Gong (Bangkok, Thailand), Traditional Yoga (Rishikesh, India), Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy (Pune and Kerala, India).

Víctor offers private and group classes as well as online courses - each tailored to clients’ experience, level, and objectives.

English, French and Spanish spoken.

Yoga centres

Radiant Yoga Studio (Marbella)

Founded by Lori Sjollema, Radiant Yoga Studio has two bamboo-floored practice rooms, with views from Nueva Andalucía towards the La Concha mountain. The studio promises state of the art infra-red panels for hot yoga classes and a relaxing chillout lounge area to connect after class.

There is also a choice of therapies from Thai massage to Ayurveda treatments.

Lori also offers residential retreats in collaboration with The Urban Villa Hotel near Marbella, and The Hacienda Retreat, a private property near Granada.

Casa el Morisco (Benajarafe)

Popular with German visitors and German residents, this yoga centre and retreat is also offering more classes and therapies in English.

Note: This is intended simply as a short introduction to the wealth of wellness retreats and coaches in Andalucía. Check online for your nearest centre or retreat to check opening times.