A Yoga Retreat Summary | Relax & restore 2021

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Are you researching your yoga retreat for this year? Maybe it’s your first retreat and you’re not sure what to expect?

In 2021 we ran two of our ‘Palms Exclusive Retreats’ with resident yoga teachers Jane & Sue. Here’s a summary of those fabulous weeks!

Our yogi guests were from the UK, Ireland, France, Belguim and Germany and had different levels of yoga experience from complete beginner to a seasoned yogi. Everyone gelled really well and enjoyed meeting and sharing experiences from different countries and backgrounds. There was a lot of fun and laughter especially around the table at meal times!


Oh so important on a yoga retreat! We are passionate about vegetarian and vegan food and enjoy giving you the experience of creative, healthy and interesting meals. Our chef Niels prepared the meals with fresh locally sourced produce (we’re lucky in southern Spain the veg produce is amazing). Here’s an example of a daily menu:

Breakfast options:
Lunch options:
Dinner - 3 courses
yoga retreat | The Food
yoga retreat | The Food
yoga retreat | The Food

What Yoga did we practise?

Jane & Sue planned a full schedule of classes for the week, but of course everything was optional so you could decide how much you wanted to practise.

The plan was to give a variety of styles so everyone on the retreat practised what they were familiar with but also tried some new practises as well.

They were flexible with the schedule to suit that particular group and make changes where needed along the way so that everyone had the most incredible yoga experience.

We loved our practise on the outdoor yoga shala with nature and listening to the birds, although early and late season we did practise in the indoor studio for the morning classes.

yoga retreat | The Yoga Classes

A typical day looked like this:

Optional workshops

Jane and Sue offered short workshops to breakdown technique or fine tune some postures, e.g. preparation for handstands, how to work towards Hanumanasana (the splits) or tweak your downward facing dogs!

What the guests did with their free time

A lot of the guests chose to spend their free time relaxing by the pool soaking up the sun or chilling out in the hammocks. We booked our talented therapists in for certain days so some people opted for a massage, reiki, reflexology or a facial. 
For the more adventurous David guided a exhilarating waterfall hike or mountain hike over to the beach resort of Benalmadena, for others they spent an afternoon exploring Malaga, or one of the local towns or villages.  
Another favourite amongst a few was to stroll to our local village restaurant and refresh with a cold beer!

yoga retreat | The excursions

Enjoy our gardens!

We are very proud of our lush, well maintained gardens! Our guests often commented that the gardens really made the retreat special, they would often walk around looking at the various fruit trees, palms, plants and water features with the backdrop of the mountains

yoga retreat | The Gardens
yoga retreat | The Gardens
yoga retreat | The Gardens

Guest comments from previous retreats:

Anne T
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So glad I went - The Palms surpassed all my expectations. The whole place is really thoughtfully laid out with every possible consideration catered for. My room was clean, comfortable and beautifully decorated. I was there on a yoga retreat and the catering was delicious, healthy and plentiful. The team are welcoming, friendly, professional and fun. Can't think of anything negative to say at all! Can't wait to go back again!
Janet & André B
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Absolutely loved our stay at The Palms for our first Yoga Retreat experience. The resort is beautiful with so many meaningful touches you can tell that the owners, Sue and David have put their hearts and souls into it and they share this with all their guests. The rooms are lovely and we had a very spacious, double room with ensuite facilities. The rooms are very clean and again tastefully decorated with lovely little touches. The whole resort is very tranquil with beautiful gardens, quite areas and a lovely pool & sun bathing area. The food is all based on a very healthy diet, catering for vegetarians, vegans and any allergy you may have will be catered for. My husband who has a very healthy appetite and isn't vegetarian, was a little worried that he might be a bit hungry (and smuggled his bag of Minstrels in - other chocolates are available!) well, they never got touched as we couldn't quite believe the variety and options available”
Shona S
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The Yoga sessions were great and again covering the complete spectrum, from Bikram style to a very peaceful Nidra (and everything in between), catering for every level in a completely non-intimidating way with Sue and Jane leading the classes in a very intuitive way. We often had visits from our 4 legged friends who came in to demonstrate how to do a Downward dog properly, so a love of dogs is a must! And nothing better or more refreshing than practicing whilst looking at the mountain view from the beautiful Shala. David also arranged, and was a guide for some other outside activities, which were great fun and hilarious on our waterfall hike. The less said the better, so as not to spoil it for anyone who takes this on! We also had the option of booking various therapies from all types of massages with James, (who proved so popular I think he was on site most days of our visit!) and also beauty treatments and facials
Jane Woods
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I can honestly say that this break did not leave me with 'Post Holiday Blues' I came back feeling healthy, energised and very positive needless to say we have already booked for next year along with all the friends we met

See you in 2022! – Kevin



I am the new kid on the block. My parents, Sue & David, found me in the middle of the road in august 2020 as a 10 week old puppy. We don't really know what breed I am, but I am very playful, full of life and I love being part of each retreat. If you can't find me, you can find me generally by David's side.

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