Hillside Haven

Dec 24, 2011 No Comments by

Bringing together the best of East and West, Shanti-Som Well Being Retreat allows you to take a step back from your fast paced life. This haven full of tranquility and harmony was right up my street. The retreat is nestled in the midst of nature, surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park and Biosphere reserve. It’s hard to believe it’s only ten minutes from the bustling town of Marbella.

The sanctuary has been carefully constructed, respecting and incorporating local materials as well as following the guidelines of Feng Shui. At Shanti-Som, you are introduced to a new, healthy lifestyle that will reconnect you to your inner strengths. Although there is a full yoga and detox programme that addresses clients’ physical needs, a further aim of Shanti-Som is to allow you time for personal reflection, self-understanding and your ongoing personal development. We were greeted with a refreshing welcome drink and escorted to the Asian fusion Amrita Restaurant for lunch. Under the guidance of the Head Chef, Shanti-Som offers balanced, healthy meals in a relaxed atmosphere.

The kitchen only cooks with local, fresh, seasonal produce, creating flavours from around the globe. If you are not interested in the spa side, believe me it is worth a visit just for the food. After lunch, we opted to chill out by the pool before enjoying a full body massage and then back to our suite. There are 14 bedrooms, each individually designed and themed, some even featuring hand painted wall murals by local artists. That evening, the Chef recommended the five course taster menu, served under the stars in the tranquil courtyard area.

This was a great experience in itself, allowing us to try dishes that we would not normally order. One word – divine. After a great night’s sleep, we decided to be more adventurous and try out the Tibetan bowl therapy. The vibrating bowls were placed on different parts of the body and although it was a strange sensation at first, I quickly fell into a deep meditative state. You have no excuse not to experience the beauty of Shanti-Som.


Llanos de Purla Km22
ES-29110 Monda-Marbella, Malagá

0034 952 864 455 |

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