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 with Catherine, during which you will focus on movement, breath and relaxation.
The day will begin with the morning class in the light and airy yoga space and will include meditation and alignment based asana practice. As you develop a stronger connection of your alignment and movement patterns, you will gradually release and unwind, letting go of long held tensions and make space for the delicious Suryalila breakfast.
The group will meet again in the late afternoon to work into a deeper exploration of the poses, or for a more relaxing and restorative class. There may also be some yoga nidra, depending on how everyone is feeling that day.
Suryalila has two inspiring, spacious and fully equipped yoga shalas. One with wooden floors, a beamed ceiling and plenty of light and air. The other is a magnificent dome yoga shala with underfloor heating and a dome window with breathtaking views across the rolling hills. There will be the opportunity to practice 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 mini dormitories for up to four people.
Beautiful yurts, canvas tents and eco casas 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.
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
Thank you so much for your help in arranging my Suryalila trip. It completely exceeded my expectations in every way! 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
A big thank you to Catherine – what an incredible yoga teacher! I’ve woken this morning and the Scaravelli yoga retreat now seems like a colourful dream, the kind that stays with you long after you wake up. We were asked to move with subtlety, and at the same time constantly challenged to work hard. All of our sessions were fun, some felt wonderfully random, but by the end of the two weeks, I thought to myself, everything made sense as a perfect whole. I’ve taken with me many body memories, not least a new awareness of particular parts of my spine!Charlotte
I absolutely loved the trip and couldn't praise it highly enough. I was really pleased with all aspects of the holiday - fantastic teacher, 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
Catherine belongs to an elite group of London yoga teachers who are at the top of their practice. Her understanding of the body and the language she uses to describe movements and poses is vivid and sophisticated. Her Scaravelli yoga classes are invigorating, challenging but also deeply relaxing.Alicia
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
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A relaxing week of yoga and sunshine in the heart of magical Andalucia, Spain, 18 - 25 April 2020
Deluxe double room with private bathroom
Price per person for a single occupancy - £995
Price per person for two people sharing - £885
Superior double with shared bathroom
Price per person for a single occupancy - £925
Twin room with shared bathroom
Price per person for two people sharing - £815
Price per person for a single bed in a shared mini-dorm with 4 beds - £695
Price per person for a single bed in a twin bed yurt - £715
Price per person for a single occupancy room with glamping bathroom facilities - £885
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 3 persons. These will be arranged for you and people will be grouped together where possible to share the cost.
Arrival to Suryalila must be before 21.15 on the first day of the retreat.