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Suryalila Retreat Centre

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Cortijo La Fabrica Pago la Parete, 11650 Villamartin Spain
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Nominated by Yoga Journal as the best retreat in Europe, Suryalila Retreat Center, nestled into the rolling hills of Andalusia, is the perfect retreat from the hurry and worry of everyday life. Unwind with our excellent daily yoga classes, relax in a hammock in the olive groves, and savor our fresh organic vegetarian cuisine. Experience the vibrancy and charm of southern Spain through one of our many excursions, or just let yourself get completely lost in the feeling that you have left the rest of the world behind.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Coffee shop
Hiking
Horseback riding
Highchairs available
Parking
Wifi
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Canoeing offsite
Patio
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Full body massage
Massage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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English, Spanish
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Travel101 wrote a review Dec 2021
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Suryalila is located in the lovely countryside of southern Spain. The grounds of the centre are vast, with many different buildings including the lovely Om Dome and the sauna. There are many volunteers working there, keeping the centre running. We were very unlucky with the weather, as it rained a lot but I can see how nice it would be to chill outside when it’s warm. Despite the lovely setting, I felt quite disappointed with the retreat and don’t feel it was worth the money. Most activities on offer were at the centre and of a spiritual nature. There were few excursions offered, which is a shame as there are some lovely towns nearby and it would have been nice to see Spain. The evening yoga classes were very good, however the morning classes were sequentially a bit mixed up and not the usual flow with similar postures grouped together. The breathing and fast arm movements made me feel really dizzy. The food was ok but was much the same everyday, and quite bland at times. A number of people had had enough, one person left before the retreat ended and another was very vocal about her disappointment and also left very early into the retreat. When the time came to leave, I was also pleased to be moving on. The energy was not good towards the end. The schedule was all pre-determined and it would have been nice to offer options and check with the group what kind of activities they would like to do. I would say this retreat is only suitable for people seeking a spiritual path, and not for folk looking for a holiday that includes yoga with other activities. This retreat is an acquired taste, quite alternative rather than the mainstream physical practice.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Compass778155 wrote a review May 2020
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I trained here in 2018, and they just launched a Cyber Retreat that is world-class, I have taken classes all over the world and I find the teachers all first-class, cookery classes with food grown by them, permaculture classes, about 6-7 live online classes a day for all levels and meditation and philosophy every day. Seriously, not sure I would be quite as zen in this new Covid reality we are faced with without them. It's not as cheap as many online classes but I believe you get what you pay for.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Lisa x wrote a review Dec 2019
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Suryalila is amazing, I loved everything about the Christmas 2019 Retreat. Incredible - location, people, yoga, food. Views Stunning, Beautiful Hikes, Fantastic itinerary. Totally cared for by all the staff & teams - from the moment you are collected. Friendly, safe, fun atmosphere. Wonderful Yoga teachings. 5 STARS ⭐️
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Date of stay: December 2019
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sabooty wrote a review Oct 2019
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
Suryalila is a beautiful setting - nice accommodation, grounds, gardens, pool, places to chill. The staff are incredibly friendly and I had a lovely relaxing time here. I have been to a number of yoga retreats and I was disappointed by the yoga teacher at Suryalila. I had 4 different teachers during my stay and they all seemed inexperienced and nervous (apart from Vidya). This was a real shame as I had heard great reviews about this yoga centre and was expecting more better quality teaching. It was also a bit disappointing to not be able to have a class in the Om Dome. This is a real selling point for the retreat, however it should be made clearer that you may not actually have lessons in the dome as they are reserved for the yoga teacher training students. Finally, it was much busier than i anticipated, so at times, the pool area was noisy and busy and mealtimes were also quite hectic. For example, I was 15 mins late for breakfast and there wasn't much food left. Irrespective of this, I had a great stay but wanted to highlight a few areas for improvement!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Responded 4 Oct 2019
Thanks for your review and feedback. I am sorry your yoga classes weren't up to scratch. We mostly have very experienced and qualified teachers in the mornings but possibly some were away and less experienced teachers were subbing. I will look into this-the quality of the classes is very important to me. The Om Dome is mostly reserved for bigger groups, who would not fit into our smalller spaces. On Saturdays we usually have the morning class for independant guests in the OM Dome. Both the other shalas are also lovely though. I will clarify on the website this point though, as I don't want to be misleading about it. I will pass on your comment to the kitchen. What must have happened is that they hadn't replenished the table quickly enough as we always make sure the food is available for at least 45 minutes after the gong rings. It is definitely not normal or acceptable for the food to run out 15 mins after the serving time. I am glad you had a great stay anyway!
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gbk0fherts wrote a review Sept 2019
St. Albans, United Kingdom128 contributions58 helpful votes
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We returned this year as Suryalila is a place of peace, tranquility and relaxation with excellent food! Yoga twice a day with lovely teachers and the opportunity for riding and day trips out to surrounding towns and villages. I would, however, advise not to go when there is a large group of students training to be yoga teachers as it can be slightly less tranquil!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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US$122 - US$328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
SpainAndaluciaProvince of CadizVillamartin
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Suryalila Retreat Centre
Which popular attractions are close to Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Nearby attractions include Salinas de Iptuci (3.8 miles), Dolmen de Alberite (2.8 miles), and Canaya bar (2.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a mosquito net, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, complimentary tea, and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pizzeria Gallo D Oro, Hacienda El Rosalejo, and Mesón Rural Iptuci.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Suryalila Retreat Centre have airport transportation?
Yes, Suryalila Retreat Centre offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Yes, self serve laundry and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Suryalila Retreat Centre?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Suryalila Retreat Centre?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castillo-Palacio de los Ribera (8.2 miles), Bornos (8.2 miles), and Casa Ordóñez (8.1 miles).