Reviews

 

Michelle, London

“I had such a wonderful time at the retreat, which helped me to really relax, unwind and feel truly spoilt! During my stay, the weather was amazing (around 40 degrees in August 2014) and I was given plenty of opportunity to explore a wonderful location, which I plan to visit again. The food was delicious and the company fabulous! The philosophy really suited me- with the emphasis being about doing what feels good and gaining balance (not perfection!) The Yoga and Pilates were fantastic and the Villa (with its great pool and beautiful gardens) were a real treat. I have recommended it to all my friends!” 

Shaz, Devon

“Last day here, going to miss it, fantastic week, it’s been far better than I could have imagined; the villa is beautiful, the food always delicious and vegan and the hosts can’t do enough for you they are such wonderful spirits. I want to thank you it’s been life changing and I’ve made some real friends. I’ll be booking next year.”

Marianne, London

“I just wanted to thank you for an incredible holiday, it really was something special. I felt so rested and relaxed I actually completed the bike race! I think my peaceful state of mind helped a lot. Keep doing what you are doing, it’s a wonderful experience.”

Helen, Bath

“You couldn’t find a more idyllic setting for the Samyama Fitness retreat. The tranquil villa provides a peaceful retreat at the very foot of the Alhambra Palace but lies in the heart of the beautiful city of Granada with all of its stunning views, culture and entertainment should you wish to venture out. The hosts could not be more gracious or helpful hosts, nothing is too much trouble. They provide beautiful home cooked and locally sourced food throughout the week. Having lived in Granada they also have a huge amount of passion and knowledge of the area which they are more than happy to share – as well as their love of yoga and healthy living”

Hayley, Northampton

“The trip was flawlessly executed and it was above and beyond what we expected. We all had a fabulous time. I can’t recommend you enough.”

Hannah, Brighton

My time at Samyama was deeply restorative and lovely fun. I was taken great care of. The yoga classes were well varied, holistic, healing, centering, healthy, respectful to the individual, taught clearly, inspiring.

The team were all lovely and went way beyond the call of duty to make us feel at home and to get to know us when we were feeling sociable. My very specific dietary requirements were met, and with enthusiasm and no grumbles!

There was plenty of free time to do what you needed to do, either deeply resting and healing in the idyllic villa, or exploring the cultural and natural beauty of Granada.

The individual passions, interests and needs of all participants were brilliantly catered to, and it was wonderful to get to know some lovely new people, as well as to take time out for myself to get well and reflect on things. Thank you! I would love to come again, as a participant or as a facilitator.

All love and thanks,

Hannah Rose xx

Julia, UK

“My stay at Samyama Fitness in Grenada exceeded all my expectations. The beautiful setting, the calm and relaxed atmosphere of the villa, the wonderful food and hospitality offered by Katie and Kunle, as well as the expertise, friendliness and skill of the team all combined to make it one of the best holidays I have ever had. Without exaggeration it was a truly life-enhancing experience.” 

Charlie, Lancashire

“The food was excellent, Granada is a wonderful setting and Gillies classes were really inspiring – I cant find anything anywhere near as good at home. The itinery was also well planned and just enough free time was available for site seeing and tapa! 

Gowsi, London

“I totally loved it there at Samyama fitness, every aspect of it, for example: Yoga classes, location of the Villa, access to places, shops and tourist attraction from the Villa, and of course Kunle’s and Katie’s food! It definitely helped me detox as well as to regain peace of mind! It has been an amazing experience and I am hoping to go back again!” 

Helen, Bath

“You couldn’t find a more idyllic setting for the Samyama Fitness retreat. The tranquil villa provides a peaceful retreat at the very foot of the Alhambra Palace but lies in the heart of the beautiful city of Granada with all of its stunning views, culture and entertainment should you wish to venture out. The hosts could not be more gracious or helpful hosts, nothing is too much trouble. They provide beautiful home cooked and locally sourced food throughout the week. Having lived in Granada they also have a huge amount of passion and knowledge of the area which they are more than happy to share – as well as their love of yoga and healthy living”

Carol, Newcastle

“I think the veggie diet, the company, the sunshine and all the fun has made me feel ten years younger.”

Dawn, Newcastle

“Everyone involved was very friendly and enthusiastic, making for an enjoyable holiday. There was a good mix of yoga sessions and free time for doing your own thing, whether that be sightseeing, shopping or just chilling out around the villa.

We were quite a mixed group in terms of yoga experience, but the

sessions were well suited to everyone. If you only do one other thing in Granada, visit the Alhambra Palace – It’s amazing. Oh, and make sure you sample the local ice cream – it’s absolutely delicious. Far too many tempting flavours to sample them all in just one week!!” 

Sally, Edinburgh

“What a wonderful week- a stunning villa setting with accessible and interesting yoga, pilates, meditation and personal development classes, delicious food and warm, fun people, as well as the glory that is Granada! And as someone who hasn’t done any yoga for years and very little pilates the classes were incredible with thoughtful one-to-one instruction to make sure we did the postures correctly and, for those of us with injuries there were personal adaptations to prevent any further damage. Thank you Kunle, Katie and Gillie- I can’t recommend Samyama too highly!” 

Claire, Portsmouth

Just over week ago I got on a plane alone and travelled to Granada to stay in a villa with strangers for a yoga and fitness retreat; not really knowing if I was brave … or crazy! 

I left Samyama with knowledge about nutrition for life, positive skills for life and most importantly, I made friends for life! 

This truly was a life changing experience for me: the delicious food, the inspirational  yoga and the pure motivational fitness! 

I would whole heartedly tell anyone who is considering this, but unsure, to just have an adventure and go for it!

Thank you ALL at Samyama: your knowledge, kindness and sincerity coupled with the idyllic, tranquil setting was beyond all expectations… I will definitely be back again next year! 

‘If you were to visit only a city in Spain, this should be Granada.’ Hemingway was right! Namaste. 

Claire x 

Kayleigh, UK

“Beautiful location, welcoming hosts that serve great tasting food. More like staying at someone’s house than a hotel. Very chilled out, loved every second would do a full 2 weeks.” 

Tal, Kent

“I had never been to a Yoga retreat or really done much yoga before so I was a bit unsure of what to expect of Samyama Fitness but I must say even if I had, my expectations would have been exceeded and more! I got to stay in an incredible villa which had stunning views of the wonderful old part of Granada, experience different types of yoga (taught by an inspiring teacher), change my attitude towards vegetarian cooking as the meals were consistently delicious and meet some lovely people. The staff were terrific hosts; very warm and welcoming and it felt like they had welcomed us into their home. I highly recommend this retreat to anyone who wants to relax, eat healthy and delicious food and enjoy yoga in beautiful surroundings, I mean who can beat meditating on a terrace under grape vines!” 

Julian, Sussex

“I had a really enjoyable and rewarding week with you.  Caring hosts, great food, interesting company, relaxing yet inspiring location – a great time. I was surprised that the week was so relaxing given the Samyama location in a city, but the old town is beautiful and fascinating – many interesting nooks and crannies. Will see you again!” 

Elizabeth, London

“I really enjoyed my holiday with Samyama fitness.  The location, yoga and food were amazing and I returned home feeling fit, toned and relaxed. This was a holiday that exceeded all my expectations and one that I hope to repeat in the future!”

Josefine, London

“My trip to Granada  in June/July was a bliss and a pure pleasure.It was organised,well planned and I had the good fortune to belong to THE GREATEST of  yoga group enthusiasts, led by the absolutely fabulous Gillie.  Thanks 

Rachel, London

“There was Good mix of activities on offer and I think you get the right tone in terms of not having a rigid timetable, I particularly enjoyed the walking tour with Julia (in the Albayzin) and the wine tasting. The Lorca room is a good size with plenty of storage room for those who tend to pack the kitchen sink (like me!). I enjoyed the variety of yoga classes on offer and the Alhambra view yoga was a highlight. The food was delicious and incredibly varied, I would definitely consider coming back next year as I think the holiday is very good value” 

Lucia, London

I can honestly say that my week in Granada with Samyama Fitness has been one of the best of my life! It really was the perfect balance of yoga, fitness, nutrition, delicious food, and a lot of fun too. Right from the start the staff made us feel so welcome and showed us incredible generosity. He shared his love of Granada with us and was always so upbeat and full of laughter. 

The villa was a tranquil paradise with delightful nooks and crannies to explore, beautiful rooms with stunning views. The food was incredible; each meal something new and exciting that opened up a whole world of vegetarian cooking to me. Our yoga teacher, Rosanna, was one of the most inspiring and calming people I have come across; her sessions were enlightening and nurturing. Sacha’s fitness sessions were tailored perfectly to our group, and his knowledge of nutrition and how the body works was so interesting and has made me view my eating and exercising habits in a new light. 

Alongside the yoga and fitness, it was wonderful to explore the culturally rich Granada with its winding streets and beautiful architecture. And there was plenty of time to let our hair down and have a lot of fun, exploring the tapas bars of Granada and watching Flamenco dancing shows. 

I have come away with an invigorated love of yoga that I hope will stay with me always, and a new respect for my body and how I should look after it. 

Martina, Golden Shire, Germany

I`ve never felt so relaxed so quickly as at the Samyama Fitness. The people at Samyama Fitness were extraordinary friendly. The cosy Villa at the base of the Alhambra in the shade of the heat of Granada creates a very pleasant atmosphere. The Yoga and Pilates classes invite to relax and to calm down. Carmen and Andrea created an open and friendly space for all levels.! The culinary art let our taste buds to tease out, his fresh bread was so delicious.! 

Sarah, Northampton

“What a fabulous holiday. Your welcome & ongoing hospitality knows no bounds. I am relaxed, stretched and very happy. I could have asked for no more from such a holiday. The retreat delivered way above my expectations & one I will repeat & recommend. The villa & setting in Granada was such an additional surprise. One week, well I wish I had stayed for longer.”

Martina, Goldene Aue, Deutschland

„Ich habe mich im Urlaub noch nie so schnell so entspannt gefühlt wie bei den netten Menschen von Samyama Fitness in Granada. Die Villa am Fuße der Alhambra, romantisch, verträumt und auf jeden Fall schattig in der Hitze Granadas bildete ein sehr angenehmes Umfeld. Das Yoga und Pilates -Programm lädt ein, einfach abzuschalten und runterzufahren. Carmen und Andrea waren sehr kompetent und null dogmatisch, kurz gesagt: Genuss-Yoga pur.  Back- und Kochkünste haben unsere Geschmacksknospen herausgekitzelt, und alles war so easy going in der Küche. Seine Gewürztipps- einfach himmlisch.“ 

Val, Cambridge

“This Summer marked a time of transition for me and my week and at The Samyama Fitness Retreat in Granada I found friendship, fun, fitness and many firsts!  The retreat provided a perfect balance of beauty, antiquity,  adventure and wellbeing. I can think of no better place to have chosen to relax, reflect and recharge my batteries. Quite honestly I can’t thank the hosts enough for their hospitality, attention to detail and for providing the support and ambience to make my time at Samyama the experience of a lifetime. Teachers were inspirational, wise and giving of themselves; the views over the Albayzín breathtaking and timeless; the food…just sublime; and Tinto de Verano in the Plaza Nueva an everlasting taste of a Summer. I arrived at the retreat as a stranger and left feeling I had formed really significant friendships.” 

Nicola, London

“I had a wonderfully relaxing break at Samyama.  The villa is beautiful, the yoga teachers lovely, food tasty and Granada is great to explore.  The schedule means you feel relaxed and healthy by the end of the week but you’ve also had lots of time to see Granada and do your own thing.  I couldn’t recommend it highly enough for a relaxing week of yoga in some beautiful surroundings with attentive and friendly hosts.” 

Katie, London

I had an unforgettable eight days at the Villa Carmen in Granada! I had only been practising Yoga for two months when I went on the Samyama retreat and there were a number of other guests at various levels: one of whom was a Yoga instructor.

Due to the fantastic Yoga teacher Carmen we were all suitably challenged throughout the week and I came away excited to explore new types of Yoga. 

The Villa was exceptionally tranquil, yet a stone’s throw away from Granada, allowing those of us who wanted to explore ample opportunity to get out and about. 

The food was scrumptious and incredibly healthy and Julia and Luca, who looked after us in the villa, were accommodating and generally lovely people, who did their absolute best to ensure that we all had a wonderful time.

Peter, London

“Thanks again for such a wonderful holiday. We had a great time, one of our best ever holidays I think.”

Judith & Becky, UK

We had the most fantastic holiday with you last week, I can’t thank you enough.

Fantastic location, fabulous food, wonderful company and the perfect balance of yoga and fitness.

By the end of the week we were both relaxed, enlightened, educated and motivated to make positive changes to our lifestyle.  Becky’s adopted a pescetarian diet which I’m more than happy to support and we’ve both continued with the yoga with Rosanne via youtube.  

Philomena, UK

“Samyama Fitness is based in a lovely villa nestling under the walls of the Alhambra Palace with stunning views of the old city of Granada. This is the perfect setting for a healthy and balanced city break. Wonderful food and two classes a day in a variety of yoga/pilates styles are combined with the culture and climate of Granada. The highlights of the week for me were the excellent yoga teaching, I particularly enjoyed Iyengar yoga; meeting like minded guests; the warm hospitality; the flamenco performances and the access to the delights of Granada, a beautiful and vibrant city. This was not a conventional retreat, but a healthy and balanced treat and by the end of the week I felt fitter, more relaxed and wonderfully refreshed.”

Elin, Wales

“Just back home after a superb week in Granada at Samyama Fitness. Who could believe that you could have such a relaxing time in the middle of a busy city. The villa is stunning and so tranquil. Having a taste of different types of yoga, like Kundalini and Iyengar was a great idea. But most of all our hosts were totally awesome, welcoming and caring. Wonderful food, fantastic company, such attention to detail. Highly recommended for a relaxing, chilled holiday.” 

Alex, London

“In case I didn’t say it enough while I was with you, for me this was the perfect yoga holiday – great location and villa, lovely people, lots of different types of yoga to try, a wonderful selection of add-on activities and of course the amazing food.  But what made it really special was the two of you as our hosts.  You’re both naturals at this – friendly, welcoming, thoughtful.”