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"Amazing Asian atmosphere in a Mediterranean setting, a beautiful combination"

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Shanti Som Wellbeing Retreat****

Shanti Som is without doubt one our favourites, we just can't get enough of this place!! This small retreat style hotel is nestled up in the hills of Marbella and offers a secluded hideaway, with an Asian styling and tranquillity second to none. This venue is ideal for those looking to restore balance and healthy living back into their lives. Surrounded by nature, with stunning hikes on their doorstep, this is a place to rest and be nurtured by the incredible team.

The Hotel

Picture a place within a few hours flying time of Europe’s major cities that combines the serenity of the Far East with the stunning natural beauty of southern Spain.

Shanti Som Wellbeing Retreat - opened in May 2011 - is nestled in the midst of nature surrounded by the Sierra de las Nieves Nature Park and Biosphere reserve and has been carefully constructed respecting and incorporating local materials as well as following the guidelines of Feng Shui. Shanti Som has created an Eastern style by combining elements of Balinese architecture and Oriental gardens.

At Shanti Som you can come for a short wellness break or for a Yoga, Detox, Pilates or Weight Loss retreat, but next to that an additional aim is to allow you time for personal reflection, self understanding and your ongoing personal development. Shanti Som offers lifestyle solutions that will leave guests renewed and re-inspired and where you can have the opportunity to learn more about the positive effects of a more balanced lifestyle. This is a place where you will regain your energy and where you will learn how to get in balance and focused.

The Rooms

The retreat has been built from ecological materials; wooden ceilings, South African thatched roofs, Iroko wood and beautiful marble floors. The interiors of the 14 rooms are all tastefully decorated in a beautiful fusion of eastern and western designs, fabrics and finishes that create an ambience of understated luxury.

Peace & Serenity

From the moment you arrive the retreat provides ample space to either relax in the rooms, courtyard or terraces or to simply soak up the sun by the pool. There is a sense of peace and serenity accompanied by the sound of water, in the streams, waterfalls and fountains of the retreat’s Oriental gardens. Surrounded by pine, almond, lemon and olive trees, Shanti-Som is ideal for those who want to combine the peace and quiet of the countryside with a day on the beaches of the Costa de Sol, which are only a few minutes’ drive away.

Healthy Living

Shanti Som Cuisine reflects their philosophy of healthy living and the celebration of different cultures, featuring fresh and healthy dishes with enough sumptuous twist to satisfy the most discerning gourmet palates. It all begins with ingredients – fresh, healthy and nutrient-rich, because you can’t take energy from food which has none to give. Fresh herbs and spices are used generously to add flavour and enhance the medicinal value, and foods are served close to their natural state, with healthy cooking methods and no microwaves, processed foods or additives.

Green Policy

Here is what Shanti Som does to support their sustainability:

  • Use local suppliers
  • Serve local and, wherever possible, organic food
  • Use LED lamps
  • Change the linen and towels once during a stay, unless the client requests more often

SIS Goodie Bag

2x access to the meditation group classes of 60 min! (minimum stay 5 nights)

FREE 2-way airport transfer (value €140) or a Free Welcome massage! (minimum stay 5 nights)

FREE beautiful Hamam Towel!

SIS Offer

For our returning Shanti Som clients choose between a Relaxing massage (1hr + value 95€) or a facial treatment (1hr + value 74€) (only when booking a health program)!

No high season supplement for all bookings!

Facilities

  • Luxury Boutique hotel
  • 14 rooms
  • Single friendly
  • Basic Spa
  • Malaga
  • Free wifi available
  • Open year round
  • Country side
  • Outdoor pool
  • No gym
  • Minimum age 16 years
  • Check-in: 15.00, Check-out: 12.00

Location

The Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is located 60 km and 45 min from Malaga Airport.

Read what our clients have to say...

I got home safely and had a wonderful time, again. It was of course very nice that I knew where I was coming. And it was just as nice again. I had even sunnier weather this time and a better location of the room on the left, so a very sunny balcony! The team is so incredibly personal, sweet and caring, so I was able to enjoy it to the fullest. This was certainly not the second and last time, because I will keep this one as a nice repeat every now and then. Thank you for all the good care, fine tuning my schedule and the nice massage.
Jessy, Netherlands - 26 May 2022
We had a wonderful stay at Shanti Som again earlier this month. It hasn't changed at all - in a good way - and it was lovely to see so many familiar faces there, a good sign that the people who work there enjoy their job. I love everything from the decor, the yoga and treatments, lounging by the pool, the friendliness of the staff and the sheer tranquility. I will plan to go back again next year! :-)
Alice, United Kingdom - 23 May 2022
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We love this

  • The whole atmosphere oozes wellness, relaxation, health - a real holistic vibe!
  • The team is amazing, super friendly and attentive
  • The food is fantastic, whether you are following the detox, weight loss or the normal menu, it all tastes great!

This not so much...

  • No wi-fi available in the bedrooms, only in the communcal areas
  • The location is quite ¨in-the-middle-of-nowhere¨, so if you would like to explore the area or visit Marbella we recommend hiring a car
  • The gym is a little basic

Our tips

  • Natural Marbella - go for a hike up La Concha mountain, you will be hard to find better views of the Costa del Sol, Sierra de las Nieves and on a clear day, all the way across to Gibraltar/North Africa. For the more adventurous, it is also a fantastic spot to watch the sunset. There are also several easier options available from Juanar, like ´the Mirador del Corzo´ (a very simple 500m walk to a viewing point) and ´the Mirador del Macho Montès´. Along the way you can see olive groves, pine trees, berry bushes and walnut trees as well as goats, eagles and owls.
  • Don’t miss the Monday market in Marbella with almost 360 stands and the Saturday market in Puerto Banus where you can find all sorts of things from clothes to fresh fruits and vegetables as well as typical Spanish handicrafts.
  • Visit the town of Málaga – the cathedral, Picasso museum and much more.

Can we help you?

At Sis...

  • You get advice from true wellness enthusiasts!
  • You do not pay a booking fee
  • You always get a Sis Goodie Bag packed with exclusive extras

Every month receive a “better me” mail, with tips from your SISters?

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