7 of the best wellness retreats in Spain

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Busy, stressed, working too much, tired, grumpy. Sound familiar? Everyone needs a break at some point. Space to stop, reassess, relax and rejuvenate. A little time away from the everyday nuances that can pile up to leave you feeling depleted. Well, we think we’ve found the answer. Spain, is a country of passion, tapas, stunning scenery and great wine, but there’s another thing it does well – retreats infused with health and wellness benefits. Here, we’ve uncovered seven retreats across Spain that could be the invigorating answer to a centred, more vibrant, healthier you.

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1. Discover raw food and yoga

Where: Kali Yoga, Orgiva

Give yourself a kick-start with this invigorating weeklong retreat in Spain’s rural countryside. Whilst practicing yoga daily, you’ll also be introduced to world of raw foods. Discover the benefits of consuming super foods like maca, chia and acai, and learn to prepare deliciously nutritious meals with the help of the in-house chef. Educational and relaxing, you’ll leave with an abundance of energy and a cleaner immune system.

Sprouted buckwheat granola #breakfast #rawfood #vegan #kaliyogaspain

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2. Get fit at bootcamp

Where: No 1. Bootcamp, Ibiza

Situated in a spectacular location on the beautiful Spanish island of Ibiza, this party-free retreat provides a fun but challenging program that will see guests conquer difficult hikes and military style exercises. Staying in a picture-perfect whitewashed villa, down time can be spent by the pool, exploring the island or indulging in a bit of a pampering. For those visiting the island for a short time, there is also the option of a day boot camp.  

3. Learn Spanish and how to surf

Where: Oceano Surf, Conil de la Frontera

Just because it’s only a holiday, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and learn the local language. Oceano Surf combines daily surf lessons with Spanish classes, at their Conil de la Frontera location. Opt for the 2-week stay and you’ll end up cruising along waves and using the local language to order your tapas.

#learntosurf#conil#perfectday

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4. Find your zen with meditation

Where: Chirawan, Marbella

Splash out and de-stress at an exclusive Chirawan Yoga and Meditation Retreat. It may seem a little bit pricey, but rest assured this boutique getaway is full of little luxuries that make the price tag worth it. From the spacious room with its own private terrace (!) and the vegetarian cuisine to the exercise classes (think: lots of yoga) and the mediation workshops, there is no holding back. And did we mention there are also three incredible spa treatments also included? Yep, book this one now!  

5. You are what you eat

Where: Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen, Vejer de la Frontera

Ever heard the saying you are what you eat? Food plays a huge role in wellbeing, so why not jazz up culinary skills with a trip to Spain where you’ll learn to master the art of cooking healthy Mediterranean cuisine. Based out of Vejer de la Frontera, Annie B’s cooking holidays are the perfect blend of activity and relaxation. Sunsets, beach walks, rooftop terrace dining and a bounty of new meal ideas to take home, what’s not to love?

Kale, roasted butternut squash, feta, sprouted seeds and radish salad #lunch

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6. Holiday to a more beautiful you

Where: AMA Hotels and Retreats, Andalucia

Is your skin looking as tired as you feel? Targeted at enhancing natural beauty by looking at the complete picture (not just what’s on the surface, enjoying a beauty retreat at AMA will leave guests feeling radiant and dare we say, younger. Everyone’s skin and its need are different, so during the nine days, guests will undergo a personalised program including an initial wellness and exercise consultation followed by an in-depth skin analysis, and skin rejuvenation treatments like infrared sauna sessions and micro-needling. The luxury accommodation and nutritionist-devised meals aren’t too bad either!

Skin treatments offered as part of the AMA Beauty Retreat will leave guests feeling refreshed.
Skin treatments offered as part of the AMA Beauty Retreat will leave guests feeling refreshed.

7. Rustic yoga retreat

Where: Rustic Yoga Retreats, Murcia

Disconnect from all the stresses and drama that comes with daily life at this off-the-grid yoga retreat. Tucked away into the side of a mountain in southern Spain, if you want to get away from it all, Rustic Retreats is just the place. Practice restorative yoga and enjoy leisurely mountain walks during the day, and at night feast on deliciously local vegetarian dishes before resting your head in one of the gorgeous bell tents, completely kitted out with Moroccan rugs and super soft bed linen.  

Sunrise shoulder stand in the Spanish mountains #yoga #rusticretreats A photo posted by Miyelle Karmi (@miyelle_karmi) on

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7 of the best wellness retreats in Spain was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by Claire Plush
Author: Claire Plush (43 posts)

I tell stories because I’m a photographer and a writer, blogging at claireplush.com. The past 9 years have been a hearty mixture of study, travel and new experiences, and have been split between Noosa, Raglan (New Zealand) and more recently, Paris.