This week I wanted to write about Shanti Som in Malaga, but I realised that we´ve already told you so much about this location, probably because it´s one of our favourites! We visit every year to make sure that we are always up to date with all their continuous improvements, in truth any excuse to go back , we can never quite get enough basically!
So we thought that rather than us telling you more about what we like about Shanti Som´s wellness concept, their yoga, pilates and high intensity retreats or their detox and weightloss programs, that this time it should be you, our clients. You are the real stars at SIS, Spa in Spain so we thought what better to share the experience of 2 Dutch sisters who had such a special wellness break there recently:
“We are two sisters from Amsterdam, Anouk (29 and pregnant) and Sophie (31). This was our first wellness holiday and it seemed like a wonderful chance to spend some quality and relaxing time together to enjoy our SISter band before Anouk’s first child is born. We were looking for a nice, quiet and beautiful place to be pampered far from the bustling city life so decided upon Shanti Som Wellbeing Retreat in southern Spain.
In the middle of all the greenery, palm trees and hills, and far the smoke of Malaga & Marbella, lies the beautiful Shanti Som. Upon arrival we were immediately greeted with a friendly personal chat, a tour through the chic retreat and the massages & treatment options were explained while we enjoyed a welcome drink. A great start!
With just 14 rooms, each named after a heart-warming element, Shanti-Som has a very exclusive atmosphere, tastefully decorated with soft tones and using natural materials. Our room had a private terrace with sun beds where we were able to hideaway if we felt like it, while enjoying a cup of tea that we were able to prepare ourselves in the room. The Ritual bathroom products are such a treat, so you can mimic the whole spa experience in your own room under the enormous rain shower.
Our stay was short so we really wanted to get the most out of it, so decided to combine a healthy yoga break with our wellness trip. We enjoyed the Yoga classes under professional guidance which was slightly modified for the pregnant Anouk so that she was able to go at her own pace.
But the highlight without doubt were the amazing treatments! Sophie enjoyed a scrub and came back with super soft skin and the firm and loosening deep tissue massage made her feel completely rejuvenated! For Anouk there was a wonderful relaxing massage with a real ‘mommy to be’ package. What a treat!
We also loved the food! The cuisine is Asian / Middle Eastern Fusion and the dishes are prepared with as many local, organic seasonal products as possible. There is a lot of choice, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The only disappointment was that the kitchen was only open at set times, so it’s good to take this into account.
The spa facilities are not very extensive; there is a sauna and a Turkish steam bath. These have to be requested in advance so you cannot spontaneously walk in unfortunately. As we had already planned a number of massages & yoga classes, it was not a big deal for us. Thanks to the lovely Spanish climate we preferred to stay by the swimming pool or on the sunbeds!
We really enjoyed out stay and it was a real treat to be pampered like this! We can recommend it to everyone; lovers of life, rest-seekers, health lovers and also active people (did we already mention that you can also enjoy the surrounding nature with walks or hikes?) – alone or accompanied.
We had a wonderful time thanks to the super hospitable & friendly staff, the serene environment and pampering meant that we returned home fully charged. For us a first, but certainly not the last! It was not cheap, but complete and Zen-feeling guaranteed!”
By: SISters Anouk (29, pregnant) and Sophie (31) from Amsterdam
We hope you liked the girls´story and that you were able to get a sense of their experience. If you have been left with the urge to share your story with us, then we would be delighted to hear from you and help find the program that is the perfect fit for you at this stage of your life.
Here you can see all the programs available, together with the exclusive SIS advantages and extras!!
Written by SISter in Wellness Marta