Pilates and Spanish Holiday in Spain, 22nd – 29th May

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Description

We invite you the beautiful Bay of Mazarron with its unspoilt blue flag beaches for one of our Pilates Holidays with a difference. Our retreats are held in Puerto de Mazarron, on The Costa Calida, a popular, but still modest, resort on the rugged south-easterly coast in Murcia.

The Costa Calida — ‘the warm coast’ — has its own micro-climate. The sunny season arrives early and stays late. That’s why the retreats are held in these months and you can still swim in the sea!

Accommodation is in luxury, spacious apartments a few minutes stroll from the beach. You can chose whether to have the apartment to yourself, share it, or share a room, depending on your budget.

Most mornings after breakfast, there is a Pilates class overlooking the Mediterranean sea where Fran gives three levels for every exercise, depending on our fitness. She takes account of everyone’s posture and ability. It’s a world away from a sweaty gym where all you can see is your uncoordinated self in floor-to-ceiling mirrors.

Instead of air-conditioning, you are warmed by the sun and instead of music, you hear the sea gently swooshing onto the beach below or the sound of silence on the hillside. Exercising outdoors is such a treat for the senses that it barely feels like exercising.

After a coffee break and time to relax, as part of the relaxed daly routine, we have lunch and and learn some holiday Spanish. Lunch is long and leisurely, included in the price, and a generous ‘menu del dia’ with a couple of courses and wine.

The afternoons will be spent with our dedicated tour guide on various activities and fascinating trips learning about the local history, visiting local historic sites, optional walks, wine tasting, cycle rides depending on the weather and of course what everyone would like to do.

The area is steeped in history from prehistoric times to Phoenician, Roman and with many places of interest and excavated sites. A visit to Cartagena is a must to see the roman amphitheatre and excavations and the town of Mazarron to see the stunning mining features and old mining industry.

If you prefer to do your own thing on our Pilates Holidays and just relax the choice is yours. We can also organise fitness, yoga, walking, hiking, cycling, scuba diving, snorkelling, boat trips, dolphin boat trips (depending on weather) golf, tennis, massage, beauty treatments and much more. Most of these are extras which will need to be paid for.

Mazarron itself and the coastal areas are separated by Sierra de las Moreras, Sierra de las Herrerias and Sierra del Algorrabo being the ideal area for the practice of outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, cycling or climbing. If this is your thing, we can arrange this for you.

Who are our Retreats for?

Our Retreats are totally bespoke and we cater for small groups/friends/family/businesses with a minimum of five and a maximum of ten people. We will look after you all the time during your stay.

No 6am starts, detox or strict regime. It’s a relaxed holiday with Pilates, local historical and cultural excursions and enjoying the local food and wine. Accommodation in luxury apartments near the sea with own or shared swimming pool

Retreat Schedule

Saturday: You will be arriving for our Activity Holidays on the Saturday when we will help you to get settled into your apartment. We will show you the local supermarket where you can buy all you need for breakfast and dinner. For late arrivals there will be a welcome pack in the apartment with essentials for breakfast.

Sunday: For the first day on your Activity Holidays we will meet after breakfast for a coffee in a local bar/cafe where you will have a chance to meet the others on the holiday and to ask any questions. I will be going over your itinerary and various options. We will then take you to the local supermarket where you can buy essentials for the week followed by a menu del dia lunch at the Marina in Puerto de Mazarron, We may visit the local outdoor Sunday market.

Dinner will be in your apartment and we will meet for drinks after in one of the local bars.

Daily Schedule Monday – Friday:

Breakfast in the apartment

Morning
Pilates Class
Break
Water will be provided after class
Coffee/tea break

12 noon – 2pm
Lunch/Learning Spanish

2.00 – 6.00 pm
Guided Tours

6.00-8.00 pm
Time for relaxation

8.00 pm
Dinner/snack/drinks

In the evening we will go to a local Spanish restaurants or tapas bar. or to a local bar for a drink. This is not included in the price.

Pilates

Your Pilates Holiday will include a one hour Pilates class on most mornings from Monday-Friday. The Pilates classes will be small and mixed ability. The classes will cater for all levels in the class offering basic and more challenging options where appropriate.

You will asked to fill in a Health Questionnaire beforehand so we can assess and be aware of any modifications to the exercises which may be appropriate. The classes will include different exercises every day.

Cuisine

Local typical Spanish cuisine with vegan/vegetarian options. Allergies catered for. Local wine

Accommodation

Luxury apartments near the sea, shared apartments or own apartment depending on your budget.

Retreat Price

From £1250 for a week

Includes

  • Luxury accommodation in fully equipped apartments with own or shared swimming pool.
  • Spanish lessons will be held over lunch Monday –Friday in a relaxed and informal setting.
  • A daily pilates class on most mornings Monday- Friday.
  • Lunch and some dinners Sunday – Friday.
  • Lunch will be tapas or el menu del dia (menu of the day) with two courses plus dessert and coffee. This includes one drink e.g. a small beer, glass of wine, soft drink or water. Any other drinks must be purchased by you.
  • Tea break water, tea and coffee during morning break will be at your own expense.

Does not include

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Some dinners
  • Tips
  • Extra activities

Optional activities

Beauty Treatments
Massage

What past guests have said

Christina Grieve (Guest)

”I was told this was a retreat for people who don’t do retreats and after a poor experience with a friend’s previous choice of yoga retreat involving physical discomfort, food deprivation and caffeine withdrawal I decided this sounded like my kind of retreat. There was certainly no food deprivation! This area produces most of the salad which ends up in Bbookritish supermarkets and there is delicious meat, fresh fish and desserts on every menu. We had a lovely apartment with our own ensuite rooms, a balcony with a sea view and a small pool. The apartment was very well equipped with a dishwasher and washing machine. I have been attending Fran’s Pilates classes for over a decade and she is an excellent Pilates teacher. Our yoga teacher was also very good. We had massages which I would highly recommend. As ladies in our sixties we took a day off from all the activity to relax and this was fine. No pressure! I had a recent injury and in both the yoga and Pilates sessions I was given appropriate alternatives. We had some interesting tours and language sessions with our guide. Evenings were sociable. Costa Calida is low key, people were very friendly and Fran delivers great value for money. I am hoping to go again. It is fun to with a friend but you will not feel left out as a singleton as Fran makes you feel very comfortable.”

Kate Johnson, Daily Mail

”Costa Calida Spanish is organised by Pilates Supremo Fran Brown and I am a convert. During the Pilates class Fran gives us three levels for every exercise depending on our fitness. She takes account of everyone’s posture and ability. The next day a couple of us notice the pleasing sensation of our abs being gently awoken and called into service.

I went on a Costa Calida retreat last October with a friend. We both don’t exercise nearly enough (I guess talking doesn’t count) and so were wondering what we had let ourselves in for! We needn’t have worried as Fran our highly experienced Pilates teacher enabled us to join her classes at a level to suit everyone. That said, she gave us a challenge each day which was great fun! The outside setting for Pilates and yoga was so peaceful, with only the sound of the sea crashing against the rocks below and the occasional seagull! We were fortunate enough to have warm, sunny weather the whole week. Lisa our yoga teacher was also very experienced and one felt quickly at ease with her calming manner and soft voice.

Lunches were delicious and plentiful and much needed to set us up for the afternoon trips. Antonio our guide took us to some very interesting places, we especially liked Cartagena with it’s amphitheatre, tiny streets and shops. Our accommodation was excellent. It was very spacious with comfy beds, a wonderful sea view and a communal swimming pool. Each morning we enjoyed having a leisurely breakfast on the balcony. In the evening we could have drinks and watch the sunset. The evening meals were very enjoyable and we soon made friends with the rest of our party. I particularly liked the Puerto de Mazarron marina area where there was always something going on!! I would highly recommend this retreat, the service was top class and we were looked after from the moment we arrived until we arrived back at the airport.”

What to pack

  • Swimming costume (towels are provided, both for bathing and swimming)
  • Hairdryers are provided only in the apartments.
  • Electric travel adapters are not provided.
  • The apartments are fully equipped with washing machines, irons and ironing boards
  • Shower / pool sandals (flip flops, deck shoes…)Lightweight walking shoes/trainers for tourist visits
  • A cardigan/light jacket for the evenings.
  • A cardigan/sweater/jacket to keep you warm on the Learn Spanish excursions, suitable non-restrictive fitness attire for the Pilates and Yoga Classes
  • Dress is casual. Shorts etc for daytime, jeans for the evenings
  • Tea bags! It’s impossible to buy decent tea bags in Spain

Booking

To enquire about or make a booking on this Yoga, Pilates and Spanish Holiday in Spain, fill in the form. You can also contact the team direct on retreats@soulseedmedia.com if you have any questions. Read our review.