About us

OUR CENTER

Centro Santillan Yoga and Wellness Centre is an authentic Andalusian farmhouse with gardens overlooking the sea.

Set in a secluded location, Santillan is an Andalusian paradise. A farm of 50,000 sq, metres, it is located in the peace of the Spanish countryside, and yet is conveniently only 20 minutes from Malaga airport. You can immerse yourself in the silence of nature in its lovely gardens and surrounding hills. It is the perfect setting for your yoga and meditation retreat. Centro Santillan was mentioned in The Times as one of Europe’s best yoga and wellness centres. We are proud to have a newly built, beautiful state of the art and fully equipped yoga studio, complete with Yoga Wall, designed with guidance from leading yoga teacher Simon Low.

You can relax in the extensive gardens or round the saltwater pool, and at night can enjoy star-gazing under the dark night sky – we can provide a bonfire outside for those cooler nights.

STORY

Carlo Marchini was a workaholic who rarely stopped. Then he had the car accident that would change his life forever. Emerging from hospital after months of painful rehab he knew he wanted a different way of life – to live in peace, in nature. In 1989 he became the proud owner of a fifty-hectare parcel of uninhabited land at the top of an Andalucían valley, with sea views. We all thought he was crazy. A year later the first eight bedrooms were complete and the typically Andalucían, white painted, terracotta tiled, cortijo opened for business. With its courtyards, fountains and terraces, jacarandas, palms and pines, it quickly became a thriving wedding venue. By 2002 it had grown to twenty bedrooms and two years later the hotel played host to the Dalai Lama, who stayed on his way to and from the Buddhist monastery in Granada. In 2011 his daughter Adriana took a break from the music industry and moved back home to help nurse her father through cancer. When he died Adriana felt the same call to change her life – to make a permanent move from Madrid, to live in nature, and in peace. Inspired by Conversations with God, given to her by the Dalai Lama, She decided to evolve the hotel into a year round retreat for yoga, meditation and wellness. When one of her friends returned from a yoga holiday raving about her teacher, Simon Low, Adriana was delighted to discover he lived on the other side of the valley. He came over, Adriana explained what she wanted to do, and a partnership was born. Adriana employed renowned architect Fernando Visedo Manzanares to create Simon’s vision – a world-class yoga studio with a sprung floor, 24 rope stations designed to improve alignment, and of course shelf upon shelf of brand new blankets, bolsters, blocks and bricks. The opening week Simon, Eija and his students held a blessing ceremony and Simon gifted the shala a dancing Tara, goddess of universal compassion. Yoga has given her a new business, new friends, and a way of continuing the work of her beloved father.

SURROUNDINGS

Santillan it is situated in the mountains of the Axarquía, 15 minutes from the beaches of Rincon and 20 minutes from Málaga

Axarquia is Located in the easternmost part of the province, this is the province of Malaga. It is characterized by the diversity and proximity of its towns, where visitors can discover vast natural spaces ranging from mountain and long beaches, not to mention the excellent local gastronomy and its magnificent cultural and artistic heritage.

Its towns comprise picturesque havens which have managed to conserve the beauty of their streets, squares, monuments and popular festivals with a backdrop of light and color, and which coupled with its weather conditions and environmental attractions make this an ideal place to visit. For the lands of La Axarquia offer a landscape of incomparable variety: valleys, mountain ranges and coastline.

ANDALUCIA

Santillan’s location is unbeatable for people who want to know Andalusia, as it is very close to emblematic Andalusian cities known for their beauty and monuments such as:

Seville (La Giralda, Torre del Oro), located just 1our and 50 minutes away

Cordoba con la Mesquite, located just 1hour and 50 minutes away

Granada with La Alhambra and Sierra Nevada, just 1 hour and 30 minutes away

CLIMATE

Andalusia es one of the warmest regions anywhere in Europe. It has a warm, Mediterranean climate with dry, hot summers and mild winters with infrequent precipitation

The Axarquía Costa del Sol climate is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers. This region’s climate is special thanks to its geographic situation as it is protected to the north from cold winds by the Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama mountain ranges.

The Mediterranean Sea’s influence on temperatures is such that these do not vary much, either the ambient one or that of the sea; they are very pleasant all year round. The coastal area’s climate is exceptional; the average temperature is 15º C in January and 25º C in August 5

. The high proportion of hours of sunshine marks the cheerful, hospitable character of the region’s people.