New Year, New You. Yoga and the peace of nature in the mountains of Andalucia.

The beginning of every new year is typically a time when we think about making changes in our lives: to exercise more, eat healthily, lose weight, spend more time with friends and family, drink less alcohol, and chase that dream. Why not tick several items off that list at once by booking a stay at La Cazalla de Ronda?

Exercise more: yoga in a peaceful, sunny mountain location in Spain

Can you see yourself here? Practising yoga, accompanied by the sounds of nature: the birds, the bees visiting the lavender, the tinkling bells of sheep and goats, and the rustle of the leaves in the breeze.

Last summer, one of the groups of friends that stayed with us asked if we could provide private yoga classes during their visit. As we love to help our guests and try new things at our luxury villa rental, we searched for a local yoga instructor and met the wonderful José Luis of Yoga Flow Ronda. Oh, propitious day. Not only was José happy to provide yoga sessions at our secluded location, but he was enamoured by the peace and beauty of La Cazalla.

We tried several different locations around the property for our yoga sessions: poolside, magical threshing circle, and beside the ancient Roman alberca, and decided that beneath the trees next to the natural pool was best. The sound of trickling water, accompanied by the stirring of the leaves in the trees and the incredible view of the gorge were the perfect place to practice yoga with José.

“Wonderful, the best setting for our yoga, thank you.”

Guest of La Cazalla, September 2018

José charges €15 per person for an hour’s yoga session at La Cazalla and asks for a minimum of only three people.

Yoga retreats in Andalusia Spain for groups

If you would like to learn more about bringing a group to La Cazalla for a week of yoga and relaxation in our naturally-secluded location, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We feel the best time for yoga outside is during May or September, and will be delighted to accommodate your own instructor or to organise relaxed, friendly José of Yoga Flow Ronda for you. La Cazalla has six very large bedrooms with en suite bathrooms to comfortably accommodate your group, and our kitchen is designed to facilitate the easy preparation of meals for lots of people.

You are welcome to help yourselves to any of our organic produce from the vegetable garden or orchard, or we will be happy to organise a private chef for you. We are very pleased to offer several options - a Simple Supper of traditional paella or parillada prepared by us, 'Casual Dining' menus for a three-course meal served for you in the dining room or on the terrace, or a very special fine dining experience prepared by our private chef. Additionally, we offer a pre-arrival shopping service, so that you don't have to worry about what you are going to eat and drink the moment you arrive.

For other activities to satisfy the diverse interests of your group, we can recommend walks or cycle routes around Ronda, or give you directions to some of the most beautiful white villages in the region. Whatever the needs of your party, please let us know, and we will do our utmost to ensure a memorable stay.

Eat healthily: enjoy entirely organic fruit and vegetables during your stay

What could be better than following your yoga session with a healthy, delicious lunch sourced from our organic vegetable garden and orchard? How about a salad dressed with our own organic single-estate extra-virgin olive oil? We also grow apricots, pears, figs, citrus fruits, walnuts and almonds, quince, persimmon, pomegranates, blackberries, mulberries and raspberries (making delicious jams/jellies!), and in the vegetable garden you will find lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, courgettes, chillies, beans, and many other seasonal vegetables. Manolo, our gardener, will often bring you whatever has just ripened in the garden, or he will be happy to show you where to find the fresh vegetables and fruits you desire. Plus the lavender-scented sachets we place under your pillow are renowned for aiding relaxation and a good night's sleep.

Spend more time with friends and family

La Cazalla is the perfect place to get away from it all and spend quality time with your friends and family in a location where there is both ample room to be together and plenty of space to spread out for time apart. You don’t have to just take our word for it either. Here’s what our guests have to say:

“I have booked numerous properties over the years and this is by far the best I have ever been to. The space, layout and range of facilities ensured that everyone could find a quiet area when they wanted it, but enough communal space to eat indoors, outdoors, up by the pool, or to wander off in the extensive grounds.”

HomeAway Guests, September 2018

“The home is beautiful and perfect for larger groups of friends. There are en suite bathrooms in each room. Beds are very comfortable . The downstairs area has two sitting areas and one has a magnificent Fireplace. the kitchen will gladden any chef’s heart.”

HomeAway Guests, May 2018

“The villa is really fantastic with SO much space for a large family/group. All 6 rooms have their own en suites/ showers which is ideal (& rare to find) and all rooms where hugely spacious.”

Guest review from TripAdvisor, August 2018

“My parents were looking to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in Spain. My part of the family lives in Marbella, and my brother was coming over from New Zealand, my parents and other family members from the UK. We were looking for somewhere where the family could all be together and undisturbed by other guests....

When we arrived as a family we were over the moon at how excited everyone was by the house - it was simply perfect for what we wanted to do - which was simply to be together and relax. And relax we did.”

Guest review from TripAdvisor, July 2016

Yoga, walking, and cycling; healthy eating; time with family and friends

So that takes care of three of the most popular New Year’s resolutions: get more exercise, eat healthily, and spend more time with family and friends. All you have to do is book a week’s stay for everyone at La Cazalla de Ronda, and then you can put your feet up and have a gin and tonic. Well, let’s not get too carried away with the “new you” idea, eh?