Up in the hills above Nerja, the village of Frigiliana is a rare, picturesque attraction for those tourists who seek the hidden gems of south-east Spain.
Out of the village, the landscape is dotted with farms, villas and estates where terraces of mangoes, avocados, peppers and tomatoes thrive along the quiet, winding, sunbaked lanes.
Old Dr. Pepe’s villa, now known as the Little Alhambra, is an imposing residence with its own stunning, well-tended gardens, pool and patios that surround the main house which stands on three sides of the central, Moorish courtyard.
The guest rooms are tastefully furnished with traditional tables, beds and dressers and there is ample storage space. Everywhere you can see unusual, artwork, wooden carvings and sculptures that inform the residence.
Hard to imagine anywhere as peaceful as this for a yoga retreat, especially when your teacher is as well-qualified, personable and gifted as Melanie. Each move of each flow is offered with a variety of possible interpretations so that everyone from seasoned yogi to absolute beginner feels not just at ease but also welcomed, engaged and appreciated as part of an integrated group.
The premises afford several areas for yoga sessions indoors and out and after yoga there are many different areas in sun or shade where guests can socialise, relax or meditate, swim or sunbathe.
The food is of a very high standard: fresh local produce cooked and presented immaculately by Colin. All dietary requirements are catered for and nothing is too much trouble.
There are plenty of walks along the quiet hillside lanes, including, if needed, some decent inclines and descents leading to Frigiliana where there is a good range of shops, bars and restaurants and a market.
This is a very special location and one of the best retreats I have attended.
James Hartnell 8th June 2019
Wow is all i can say.
What an amazingly stunning venue for a mountain retreat, The accommodation is clean and comfortable with a typical Spanish feel.
Mel, The yoga for me just gets better every time,
I love that you correct postures which is what i would expect from a yoga teacher, you are thoughtful and conscientious, which is evident in your classes.
I particularly love the fact you listen to what people are saying and adapt your classes in order to help us with our individual ailments, you are truly a brilliant teacher, which keeps me coming back for more.
Colin, your food is fantastic. I can't really say more than that, apart from maybe open a restaurant & I'll be your first customer :)
* Josie June 2019