Shanti-Som’s location in Andalucía’s breathtaking Sierra de Las Nieves Valley is remote, peaceful and immensely inspiring.
Tucked away in the mountains, this retreat and its health programmes are an excellent escape for anyone looking for tranquillity away from a hectic city life and schedule. The programmes focus on yoga, health, detox and weight-loss, offering guests the chance to take a breath, get some headspace and reset their internal wiring. Solo travellers find their paradise here.
As you turn into the long driveway of the retreat, the building reveals itself from behind its protective blanket of trees.
You start to relax; the setting is magic for the senses; an oasis of peace just 10 minutes from Marbella by car.
The spaces are airy; the architecture drawn from Balinese influences and adorned with Feng Shui interior design, as well as artwork from local artist, Alejandro Hermann. The boutique feel extends into the rooms, of which there are just 15, all comfortable, peaceful and boasting stunning views across the Sierra de Las Nieves mountains. A little buddha by each room door can be left out to signal if you don’t wish to be disturbed. Yes, it’s that kind of retreat.
The 12 Premium Rooms marry a blend of East-meets-West design features, appointed with marble luxury bathrooms, fine linens, flat screen TV, stylish furnishings and sumptuous bath amenities.
In addition to Shanti-Som’s yoga, detox and weight-loss programmes, softer treatments are also offered in the spa, such the Thai massage and lavender herbal repair facial. For a touch of Eastern ritual, try the sound massage that uses Tibetan singing bowls.
Shanti-Som has one restaurant and it’s spectacularly good, largely because it works hard to please every palate, while remaining utterly healthy. The menu draws on a diverse range of local, organic, artisanal and seasonal influences, serving outstanding Thai, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialities that are packed with flavour.
Surrounded by wilderness, the grounds are dotted with green enclaves such as the Organic Garden and the Healing Garden, signposted from the hotel.
Make sure you take the time to stroll barefoot on the grass and discover hidden pathways and statues with nothing but the sound of birdsong to interrupt your thoughts. If you’re looking for more rigorous activities, sign up to one of the hikes up into the mountains arranged by the hotel. Be sure to pack your hiking boots and book into as many classes as you can to make the very best of this exceptionally healing retreat.
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The most relaxing day, my first experience of yoga and practising it outside was just perfect
As a relative newcomer to Yoga and all its aspect I can only highly praise Whitecalm for a wonderful day.
I thoroughly enjoyed my relaxation day retreat with Whitecalm. I came home feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Brilliant day spent relaxing with friends in wonderful surroundings. Brilliant food, setting, instructors.
Fab day out - wonderful yoga teacher, lovely lunch and lots of great little touches made it extra lovely.
Great customer service from start to finish, thank you.