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Come and join us here in the beautiful Valencian mountains!
Welcome to Yoga Sutra Shala in the beautiful Andalucian countryside
Learn yoga and meditation in the beautiful Valencian mountains
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8 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 15
Vall de Gallinera, Province of Alicante, Valencian Country

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931lisan
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and atmosphere - relaxing and really good experience”
Reviewed 15 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
2
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Since i've been back several people have commented on how healthy and 'glowing' I look. It was vegan food all week and I enjoyed every meal. The hosts were very welcoming and it was a very relaxed atmosphere.I've never had so much energy. I'd literally bounce out the bed every morning - even with a few hours sleep which is something I don't do at home!

We did yoga, chanting and meditation. I felt the length of the retreat was just right. I'm particularly pleased that the organisers make it easy on you by being able to arrange airport transfers included in the fee.

I learned a lot about health and nutricion in the week and I'm very inspired to continue with vinyassa yoga now that I'm back at home. It was a really nice, calm relaxing atmosphere. Having time out in the afternoon means you have time for yourself. I didn't leave the place to take a walk in the mountains as I quite enjoyed sitting by the pool and / or reading on the balcony.

The view of the mountains is great. The wifi worked fine. I'd highly recommend this retreat.

Date of stay: June 2015
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Liked best: The food
Liked least: I enjoyed it all!!
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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Management Response
22 Jan 2016
Hi Lisa

Hope all is well in England :)

Thank you for your wonderful kind words and it was such a pleasure having such an inspiring and intelligent person come and visit us :)

Many hugs from the Andalucian mountains :)

Namaste

Namit, Maru and Anya
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FamilyLin...
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Wonderful week, wonderful place, wonderful people, yoga, food....”
Reviewed 25 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
2
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I don't need to say a lot because it has already mostly been said in all the other overwhelmingly positive reviews, and I can say that I concur with most of previous comments. I found this place online, and the fact that there was not one negative review seemed almost suspicious. But now that I've been there, I can see why....
Namit is a wonderful yoga teacher and very knowledgeable, gentle, personable and kind. If you are seeking a quiet, small/intimate environment (no big resort atmosphere) to escape for a week of healthy living and time for your self, this is an excellent choice.
It is a house -- and you are staying in a house with a bunch of strangers. I thought this might be a bit awkward but after the first day or even few hours it wasn't. I can't speak for every group but at least the week I was there, everyone was pleasant, respectful of others, quiet and considerate but also up for nice conversation if you wanted it - Namit and Maru are lovely and they attract a lovely bunch of people to a lovely place for a lovely week. The food prepared by Polly was outstanding, Namit provided excellent yoga instruction taylor-made to whatever levels or preferences the individuals need, etc. The massages available were excellent & great value, rooms/entire house, pool etc. very clean and well maintained. There is really nothing to criticize. I would definitely recommend it and would love to go again. The only thing I would do differently is perhaps try to get a room that is not adjacent to the bathroom, as the walls are a bit thin. But though I initially thought it would bother me, since everyone was quiet and considerate, it wasn't really anything to complain about and I'd take the same room again if it was all that was available -- it wouldn't be a deal breaker. Overall I am one very happy customer and I threatened to Namit and Maru to come again.....:-)

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: the yoga esp. the guided meditations, the food, the sunshine, sunsets & solitude
Liked least: there could be (but was not) a special yoga-designated area for practice and meditation, like converting the tennis court or parking area into a yoga terrace overlooking the lovely view etc.
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers
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Management Response
22 Jan 2016
Hope all is well in Switzerland :)

Thank you for your lovely words and you will be welcome back whenever you like :)

Namaste

Namit, Maru and Anya
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Ruud R
South Holland Province, The Netherlands
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Yoga by the pool”
Reviewed 1 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015
2
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Maru and Namit are very helpful. They will guide you all the way through; from the moment you have booked your stay, until you are home again.

Namit is a wonderful teacher who is very attentive to each of his students for the week you have him as your teacher.

The property is excellent, great kitchen, sitting room and good bedrooms. As one can see in the pictures, there is a nice swimming pool to cool down and lovely winding roads to wonder off into the beautiful Andalucian mountain landscape.

What I liked best is being with such a nice bunch of people, eating the wonderful dishes Polly prepared, coming into a spotless clean house, thanks to Christina and of course practising yoga in such a lovely environment.

What I liked least is that the retreat ended, but then again as they say all good things must come to an end.

Date of stay: April 2015
Travelling group: Solo
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Jan 2016
Hi Ruudy

We miss you and your wonderful photos :) You make the whole world seem so beautiful :)

Sending you lots of hugs :)

Namit, Maru and Anya
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Anthony A
West Sussex, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Comfortable stay, great food, great tuition.”
Reviewed 25 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
3
people found this review helpful

I attended a night stay retreat here earlier this month and it was a very enjoyable experience.

Arrival was easy. I was collected at Malaga airport on behalf of Yoga Sutra Shala along with some of the other guests, (complete with luggage) for a journey of a little over an hour up into the Axarquian foothills.

The location was very good. Beautiful views of the mountains from the villa, with views of the sea a short walk further up the small road. The local village, Sayalonga, was pretty but small, with at least a couple of bars and a cafe, none of which I frequented because of the...

..Excellent catering. Breakfast was simple, with fresh fruit, nuts, yoghurt and a selection of teas available throughout the day. Two square meals were served each day, (one on arrival on Sunday and one before departure on Friday) both of excellent quality, quantity and flavour. In keeping with Indian traditions these are vegetarian meals, though vegan diets would easily be catered for.
Though I have prior experience with meat (and fish) free diets, I personally eat plenty of meat but did not feel as though I was missing out. The sort of dishes prepared for each meal were wholesome and filling, which I had expected, but were of a quality that I had not! The proprietors, Namit and Maru, are knowledgeable about nutrition and cookery, especially related to vegetarian diets, but during our stay they were aided by a fantastic chef . The cuisine was a definite highlight of my stay.

The villa itself was of a high standard. Comfortable, clean beds. Ample lavatories and washing facilities and a communal area with books, candles, incense and a television. There was a swimming pool to cool off after lying in the sunshine, (with WiFi internet access) during downtime. Guests had minimal washing up to do, as a housekeeper came every day - bonus!

Yoga. Two classes a day of approximately 2 hours each. Vinyasa Yoga, but with meditation and Yin Yoga a plenty. If 2 hours at a time sounds like a lot, it isn't. Namit is an excellent teacher and tailored his lessons to the ability of the participants - you are also free to skip a class and go exploring if you so desire. Mats, straps, blocks & blankets are supplied.
Namit's scientific background shone through. While very knowledgeable on Yoga theory, he also explained everything within a practical context, which I greatly appreciated. I rate his teaching highly.

Leaving on Friday after lunch, we were transported to Malaga where I spent a couple more days. Hassle-free once again.

This is an excellent retreat, and a great break.

Date of stay: April 2015
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
22 Jan 2016
Hi Anthony

Thank you so much for all your kind words :)

It was so lovely to have someone with your strength - both physical and mental here :)

Everyone who meets you in this world is very blessed :)

You are a very special human being :)

Namaste

Namit, Maru and Anya
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CorneliaD...
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A yoga home in Andalucia”
Reviewed 20 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
3
people found this review helpful

What a lovely recharging week. I couldn't do much yoga due to an injury but felt recharged and rested and so well taken care of. Namit and Maru were so welcoming, so generous with their knowledge and so helpful in every way. They deserve to be really successful as they create a wonderful, healing, purifying space. The food was unbelievable thanks to aussie chef, Polly. I learnt so much about nutrition and took away a whole bunch of delicious vegan recipes. Yum. Concha also gave some lovely massages and reiki.

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: The food!!
Liked least: The cold -- I would take bikini AND jumpers next time.
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jan 2016
HI Cornelia

Thank you for such lovely words :)

Hope that your studying and new life is going really well :)

Namaste

Namit, Maru and Anya

PS we really miss your smile :)
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annalupi
Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous and peaceful yoga retreat”
Reviewed 16 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015
3
people found this review helpful

This yoga retreat was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I have enjoyed every moment and the yoga sessions were very employable and professional. Namit made sure that everything run very well, he was very friendly, approachable and caring as well as Maru and the adorable Anya. The venue was beautiful, with special spots for meditation, surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees and amazing viewpoints to admire the sky at sunrise and sunset. I felt so comfortable and at home. I was very impressed with the food which was cooked by lovely Polly. The menu was very interesting, healthy, varied and very fresh and organic. I enjoyed spending time with the group but also I enjoyed walking in the mountains and having nice moments alone to meditate and relax in the nature. Great experience! Will do it again soon!

Date of stay: April 2015
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Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jan 2016
Hi Anna

Thank you for such lovely words :)

Hope that your trip to Rishikesh was lovely and that you learnt to bring even more stillness to your mind :)

It was such a pleasure to teach someone who truly understands yoga :)

Namaste

Namit, Maru and Anya
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Catlen56
Guildford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A lovely yoga bubble”
Reviewed 22 January 2015 for a stay in April 2014
5
people found this review helpful

I went on retreat to the sutra shala last April over easter and was incredibly impressed with the whole package. Namit and Maru were wonderful, the food was fantastic and the location was stunning. I learnt a lot in my practice in just a few days, and Namit was very accomodating to encourage our own interests in the class structures. The retreat felt quite bespoke, and was truly a chance to escape the busy-ness of life and reflect over the mountains of Andalucia!

Date of stay: April 2014
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Jan 2016
You are more than welcome for everything and so glad that you learnt so much :)

Sending you millions of blessings :)

Namit, Maru and Anya
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