Transform and quieten the mind and body after the hectic pace of Christmas by joining Lisa Dunn for a New Year’s Yoga retreat at Suryalila Retreat Centre in Southern Spain.
Suryalila, originally an olive hacienda, is a fabulous retreat centre located in the heart of Andalucia, close to the charming villages of Arcos de la Frontera and Prado del Ray. It is less than an hours drive away from the historic and beautiful cities of Cadiz and Seville and the very best unspoilt beaches in Spain.
On the edge of a mountainous national park, the property sits in a large river valley overlooking rolling hills and in the far distance, the white village of Bornos, situated by the side of a large lake.
With its beautifully decorated rooms, gorgeous rolling hills and olive groves, sauna, salt water pool and nourishing meals, Suryalila offers it all.
The daily programme
Enjoy energising morning flow yoga and replenishing afternoon restorative yoga. Relax the mind with a daily meditation practice and return to nature with guided walks in the beautiful Andalucían countryside. This retreat is a perfect balance of movement and stillness to help bring in 2018 with deep insights, a revitalized sense of purpose and a joyous celebration of being alive. The classes will be suitable for all levels and experience.
Suryalila has a magnificent dome yoga shala. This stunning space with underfloor heating has a dome window with breathtaking views across the rolling hills.
Throughout the day you will be offered three delicious vegetarian meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Suryalila kitchen specialises in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu.
Between yoga classes there will be the chance to explore the beautiful natural surroundings or simply relax.
Things to do
Suryalila is perfectly located to visit many of the stunningly beautiful and culturally rich towns and cities of Andalucia, as well as the gorgeous unspoiled beaches of the Costa de Luz.
There will be time set aside each day to take in the stunning beauty of the surroundings. Perfect for long walks, bicycle rides or horse riding on Suryalila's very own horses. Massage treatments are also available at Suryalila in their own treatment rooms with local therapists.
Included in the retreat price is an excursion to Grazalema, a beautiful white town nestled in the mountains close to Suryalila. There will be a guided hike in the national park followed by a visit to the town. During the retreat there will also be a chance to enjoy a traditional flamenco dance class.
On New Year’s Eve the local small town, Prado del Rey, celebrates in the town Plaza with fancy dress costumes, music and fireworks! Starting with dinner at Suryalila there is an option for any willing participants to join in as well (and wear their own fancy dress) this is only for those who would like to and absolutely not mandatory at all!
Suryalila offers luxurious, comfortable, designer-decorated accommodation in little houses each with their own kitchen and living room area.
There are different levels of accommodation to suit every budget, including doubles with private bathrooms, singles, twins and spacious mini dormitories for up to four people.
Thank you so much for your help in arranging my Suryalila trip. It completely exceeded my expectations in every way! Vidya is an inspiring woman and an incredible teacher. The surroundings, facilities, food, staff and yoga at Suryalila were all superlative. I have never come back from a holiday feeling so rejuvenated. I would go back in a heartbeat!Ellie
Absolutely superb! Morven an excellent teacher, Suryalila a high standard centre in beautiful location, veggie food amazing and staff wonderful.Sarah
I had a wonderful week at Suryalila. Our hosts and their team all made us feel very welcome. The classes were expertly delivered, the food was excellent and the other guests all feel like friends.Sonia
I had a fantastic holiday from start to finish! The location, accommodation, facilities and food at Suryalila were beyond my expectations. Dory is an excellent teacher who simply glows with health and vitality. This is what the holiday gave me and I can honestly say I feel 10 years younger.Karen
Suryalila was very wonderful. Harry, the manager and his staff were so welcoming, friendly and efficient. The food was excellent - so imaginative and abundant. Dory Walker is an extraordinary human dynamo of a teacher, who inspired and guided us in such a confident, knowledgeable way, and is such a grounded and real human being - splendid woman! Finally, thank you very much for providing a most beautiful and comprehensive, great value retreat. I will definitely be in touch for further retreats. Until then, lets us continue to salute the sun.Stevan
I have just returned from my week at Suryalila which was wonderful. It is a great place with amazing food, good atmosphere, fantastic yoga classes & accommodating hosts.Rosanne
The week with Morven at Suryalila was really fabulous. I enjoyed every moment and am so grateful to have had that opportunity. Thank you thank you!!! i would definitely book onto one of your retreats at Suryalila in the future.Fran
I absolutely loved the trip and couldn't praise it highly enough. I was really pleased with all aspects of the holiday - fantastic teachers, friendly centre staff, beautiful venue, quality accommodation, delicious food, great facilities and optional extras (massage, horse riding, on site shop, excursions) and smooth travel arrangements. I would highly recommend it and would definitely book with Yoga on a Shoestring and to go to Suryalila again.Kate
I had a wonderful week at Suryalila. It was a great decision to go - beautiful location, great weather and lovely interesting people. Quality of teaching was excellent too. I had a really great time and came back rejuvenated. Thank you again for a really enjoyable and seamless experience.Gemma
Our week at Suryalila was truly amazing. The people were fun, kind and so wonderful. The venue was spectacular - I don't know think I'll ever forget watching a flock of birds flying across the dome as the sun rose during out yoga class! Another key highlight was the food, we were so spoilt with such incredible food. A huge thank you to everyone who made it such a special week. I look forward to my next visit!Zahra
Fantastic holiday - beautiful venue, amazing food and a really good teacher. Very well organised - will be back!Bryony
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A New Year yoga retreat in the heart of the magical Andalucian hills, Spain, 28 December - 2 January 2018
Deluxe double room with private bathroom
Price per person for single occupancy - £735
Price per person for 2 people sharing - £635
Superior double with shared bathroom
Price per person for single occupancy - £655
Price per person for 2 people sharing - £555
Twin room shared bathroom
Price per person for 2 people sharing - £575
Price per person for a single bed in a shared mini dorm with 4 beds - £500
Three delicious vegetarian meals each day
Free tea, coffee, fruit and drinking water throughout the day
Daily meditation and yoga classes
An excursion to Grazalema
A flamenco class
Transfers to and from Prado del Rey on New Year's eve
All other trips, activities, treatments and wine with your evening meal are at an additional cost.
Several airlines fly to Seville, Jerez de la Frontera or Malaga. The closest international airport, 40 minutes away, is the airport at Jerez de la Frontera, but the property can also be reached in just one hour from the airport in Seville. Malaga airport is two and a half hours away.
Both Easyjet and Ryanair fly from London to Seville and offer low cost airfares, particularly if you book early.
Transfers cost €70 one way for a taxi from Jerez de la Frontera or €90 from Seville for up to 4 persons. These will be arranged for you and people will be grouped together where possible to share the cost.