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 hour's 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, salt water pool and nourishing meals, Suryalila offers it all.
The daily programme
You will enjoy two yoga classes daily which will awaken your body, mind and spirit in the most enjoyable way. Options will be provided to suit all levels.
Uplifting, vinyasa yoga classes will allow you to begin each morning with grace, moving from pranayama into a creative, flowing sequence of yoga postures. Through developing your awareness of alignment and mindful technique, you will deepen and advance your personal yoga practice. The dynamic class will leave you feeling strong, energised and open (and very ready for the delicious Suryalila breakfast!).
A more restorative and meditative yoga practice will be offered in the evening, working on releasing areas of deep-rooted tension and resistance. The classes will combine elements of yin yoga, restorative yoga and yoga nidra for a nourishing and healing practice.
Suryalila has an inspiring, spacious and fully equipped yoga shala with wooden floors, a beamed ceiling and plenty of light and air. A magnificent dome yoga shala has also been built recently. This breathtaking space with underfloor heating has a dome window with breathtaking views across the rolling hills. There will be the opportunity to practise in both places during your stay.
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 by the natural saltwater swimming pool with views of the surrounding hills or in a hammock in the shade of the olive grove. During the week there will be one yoga free day.
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.
Suryalila offer semi-guided trips to the local towns and cities. Arcos de la Frontera, a dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white village); Cadiz, famous for its picturesque charm; Ronda, located in the middle of the stunning mountain range of Serranía de Ronda and Seville, one of the most beloved towns in Spain
The spectacular Costa de Luz is under an hour from Suryalila by car. Here you can find some of the best, undeveloped beaches in Spain, with miles of fine yellow sand, turquoise ocean and sand dunes. Trips can be arranged to the beach with picnic lunches and beach trips can also be combined with a visit to Cadiz.
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.
Beautiful yurts and canvas tents with proper beds, furniture and electricity are also on offer for those who want something comfortable but more affordable and to get closer to nature.
The retreat was amazing! The place was so beautiful and the staff very attentive. The food was incredible! No words can describe that - made with so much love and always fresh and healthy. The yoga classes with Jade were a real treat for the whole body. I enjoyed every sequence and class very much. Thank you so much for the great organisation.Petra
You can’t help but feel more connected after one of Jade’s practices! Her voice instantly transports you to a place of inner calm, coupled with a nurturing teaching style that feels both fluid and fun! My husband, myself and our two boys (14 and 12) enjoyed it immensely!Sara
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 would travel far to attend Jade's yoga sessions. She achieves a beautiful balance between the spiritual and the practical in her teaching and her instructions are clear and assured. Jade is a natural yoga teacher.Ian
I’m not very confident with yoga but Jade is amazing at making her classes relaxed, fun and explaining the poses and breathing in a supportive manner. She helped lots of parts of yoga “click” for me and I’ve come home having made huge progress physically and mentally.Gemma
I had a great time participating Jade’s yoga retreat at Suryalila. She is a wonderful and caring teacher of yoga, but also in mindfulness and life coaching. It definitely helped me to find inner peace and strength, which was all I had hoped for.Susan
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
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
Jade and Tom gave us a wonderful retreat. I not only saw my progress in yoga over the week, they also showed a gentle kindness and lightness that allowed me to settle into the moment and enjoy all the Suryalila has to offer. They are very special yoga teachers. I would recommend to anyone and would love to return.Lyz
I have just had seven days at Suryalila in Andalusia organised by YOAS and taught by Jade Lizzie. From booking to departure YOAS were fantastic and approachable - a fab company. Jade the yoga teacher was awesome - taught with knowledge and compassion - she is an asset to YOAS and I strongly recommend Jade and YOAS at Suryalila - bring on the next time!Chris
I really loved this experience. Jade and Tom are great! I was a bit afraid that I couldn't follow the classes as it was my first retreat and it was in English. Jade explains herself very clearly and I really appreciate Tom's help. Both of them were willing to help us during the classes and I now have a better understanding of many poses. In addition Suryalila is like a paradise and the food is gorgeous! My classmates were really nice :-) I would strongly recommend this retreat!Cristina
A really wonderful week at Suryalila! The location is heaven on earth. Jade and Tom are both incredible teachers. Energising morning vinyasa and beautifully thoughtful evening yin. Jade and Tom's warmth and energy created all-round good vibes that created a lovely group dynamic. Will be keeping my eyes peeled for more retreats by them in the future!Sofia
I wanted to mention that Jade was one of the best teachers that I have experienced. She was extremely well prepared for each session and connected them all together so that there was a continuity. Her demeanor was very calm, confident and extremely humble. The pace of the classes was perfect - not too easy but not too difficult either. I also found that she put in the extra effort into making each class special with a quote from one of her favorite poets or authors. With regards to Suryalila, Tom and Jade clearly know the area extremely well and had great advice for day trips, hikes and other activities. Extremely helpful! I would definitely consider another retreat with Jade.Puran
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A relaxing week of yoga and sunshine in the heart of magical Andalucia, Spain, 25 August - 1 September 2018
Deluxe double room with private bathroom
Price per person for a single occupancy - £940
Price per person for 2 people sharing - £840
Superior double with shared bathroom
Price per person for a single occupancy - £875
Price per person for 2 people sharing - £775
Twin room shared bathroom
Price per person for 2 people sharing - £760
Price per person for a single bed in a shared mini dorm with 4 beds - £650
Price per person for a single bed in a twin bed yurt - £670
Three delicious vegetarian meals each day
Free tea, coffee, fruit and drinking water throughout the day
Daily meditation and yoga classes (apart from one yoga free day)
All 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.