Pilates Retreat

Pilates Retreat in Spain

Develop the stepping stones to a healthier way of life as you tone your physique and calm your mind through our one of a kind Pilates Retreat. Begin to train muscles you didn’t even know existed as we focus the body on fluid movements performed with control, emphasizing on proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Key goals include strengthening and overall body flexibility, increased range of motion and development of proper breathing.

Sessions are accessible to everyone and divided into different levels suitable to the needs of each person. Moreover, through our classes we aim to teach body awareness with low impact movements that require flexibility, muscular strength and endurance.  All of which helps to prevent injuries and it is highly recommended for those suffering back pains. Additionally, Pilates can strengthen the lumbo-abdominal area, to gain psychological well-being, reduce anxiety, depression and insomnia, strengthen the pelvic area, reduce digestive discomfort and constipation, and strengthen the muscles of the legs and body.  More importantly, it helps to maintain weight.

We have seen our Pilates classes gaining more popularity as guests immediately feel the benefits of increased muscle strength, tone and improved ‘core’ strength in the abdomen and lower back. This means moving around in day-to-day activities becomes easier and more fluid. Pilates is a more focused physical workout, and a lot of fun, especially as you start to experiment with different equipment that works on muscles you never realised you had! 

Lastly, our health Retreat includes wellness activities such as Yoga, Meditation, Hiking and use of our Reformer Pilates equipment. This Pilates holiday also includes a visit to our Spa for total relaxation of the mind, body and soul with luxurious holistic therapies and treatments.

Inclusions3 Nights5 Nights7 Nights10 Nights
3 Healthy Shanti-Som meals per day1111
Pilates group class2347
Meditation group class2345
Yoga group class2234
Reformer Pilates0122
Body Scrub (30 min)1111
Spa Treatment (60 min)0112
Shanti-Som 500ml drink bottle 0111
Price / Night (incl. room)€ 431,00€ 439,00€ 432,00€ 426,00
 Book 3 nightsBook 5 nightsBook 7 nightsBook 10 nights

Pilates Retreats by Shanti-Som

3 day Pilates Retreat

If you are looking for a quick introduction into a Wellness Retreat and wanting to kick start a more healthy lifestyle, 3 days is a great choice. You’ll get a feel for what your body and mind is capable of with some dedicated time away from your normal life. Let someone else take care of your meals, schedule and be guided by our Wellness Team. You’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and wanting to do it again! 

5 day Pilates Retreat

You will probably find after two days of stretching and bending your body for hours at a time you may start to feel some aches and pains. But with any new physical activity, by day three you will start to see new muscle definition in your stomach, legs and shoulders, as well as improved flexibility. A 5 day Retreat is the perfect amount of time to further strengthen your movements and routine. It won’t just be your body that you notice improving. With a combination of regular yoga, relaxation, nutritious food and sunshine, our guests start to look and feel better with improved skin, brighter eyes and relaxed bodies. Most importantly, feeling happier. 

7 day Pilates Retreat

Turn on your ‘Out of Office’ and ‘Do Not Disturb’ on Whatsapp and Social Media. This is the perfect balance for those who can take that extra weekend and a few days away from the office. We encourage you to disconnect from the world and learn to be comfortable ‘just being’ yourself. No social or work pressures as you disappear into a world of movement, relaxation and pampering. With daily Yoga and Pilates sessions and meditation every day, 7 days a week, you will feel yourself walking taller, leaner and more confidently. 

10 day Pilates Retreat

This is the ultimate wellness holiday for those who are dedicated to kick starting a better and healthier lifestyle. Immerse yourself in our sanctuary of privacy and complete relaxation. In this 10 day retreat you will have additional spa treatments and our guided hike in the Andalucian countryside is also included. During this time you will truly feel at home as you lounge in our cosy reception area or relax by the outdoor pool under Balinese parasols. Your days are relaxed, interspersed with activities and guilt-free time for yourself. Enjoy a few day excursions or simply finish that book that you have been meaning to get to for months. You’ll leave feeling brighter, positive and more energetic. 

What kind of workout is Pilates?

Core strength is the foundation of how Pilates works. Strengthening the core develops stability throughout the entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps many people alleviate back pain.

Trunk stability through core engagement is the most important aspect of Pilates training since it dictates how the body moves, not just in the studio or gym but in daily life. The goal is to create a body that moves with grace, ease, and efficiency. Such a body has to be both strong and flexible, and it has certain qualities of movement, such as being centered and balanced, fluid yet controlled.

There are six principles of Pilates. They summarize the philosophy of the Pilates method and are essential to getting the most out of every exercise:

  • Centering: This is the practice of bringing your awareness to the center of your body—the area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. This central region of the core powers all Pilates exercises.
  • Concentration: By focusing on each exercise with your full attention, you will yield maximum results from each movement.
  • Control: Complete muscular control requires conscious, deliberate movement and is emphasized in every Pilates exercise.
  • Precision: Sustained awareness ensures that each movement is precise. This means the appropriate placement of each body part, and focusing on proper alignment and core engagement.
  • Breath: Joseph Pilates, the founder of Pilates, advocated for using the lungs to strongly pump the air fully in and out of the body. Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath since the breath is integral to the method.
  • Flow: Pilates exercises are not meant to be rigid. Fluidity, grace, and ease are applied to every movement. The idea is that the energy of an exercise performed from the central “powerhouse” connects each part of the body to move in a single fluid motion. Pilates equipment such as the reformer is a great indicator of flow since it functions best when a practitioner is performing movements with both precision and fluidity.

What does Pilates do for your body?

Pilates uses fewer, more precise movements in order to achieve the Pilates principles of correct alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flow. Pilates advocates the core-strengthening benefits of the method to improve posture and balance. Pilates targets the “powerhouse” muscles, which include the glutes, hips, pelvic floor, and lower back. Similar to Yoga, the Pilates Method encourages deep, conscious breathing whilst being a low intensity workout that has extensive benefits for overall improved mobility.

Is Pilates or Yoga good for weight loss?

In general Pilates burns more calories than for example Yoga. But a Fitness or Weight Loss Retreat would be best for those whose primary focus is weight loss. If you’re trying to lose weight, how many calories you burn while exercising matters. The calories you burn during Yoga and Pilates will depend on the type you practice.

For example, the American Council on Exercise found 50 minutes of:

  • Hatha yoga burned 144 calories
  • Power yoga burned 237 calories
  • Beginner Pilates burned 175 calories
  • Advanced Pilates burned 254 calories

Is Pilates harder than Yoga?

Depending on your personal goals will determine which practice is best for you.

  1. Pilates exercises are a lot more intense and results may be noticed much quicker than Yoga. Through frequent Pilates exercises, a flatter and firmer stomach may be easier to obtain.
  2. Pilates may be slightly better than Yoga for improving strength, particularly core strength, because it often uses an external stimulus, such as the reformer, whereas yoga uses your own body weight.
  3. Yoga might be the most effective exercise to combat depression or anxiety because it focuses on the mind as well as the body. In Yoga, the breathing exercises help you to achieve relaxation because you have to concentrate on how the breath is being employed. Sending your breath to specific problem areas that are holding stress can help relax these muscle groups in your body.
  4. Yoga is better for building flexibility. The poses are really about stretching your muscles and creating a little bit more space in your body.


The Retreat starts on the day of your arrival. This is your day 1 and our program moves with your own personalized schedule.

For those who have traditionally stayed with Yoga, this Retreat is a great choice to explore a new practice. We think a combination of Yoga and Pilates movement is a great way to exercise body and mind for a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. We encourage our guests to try the Reformer Pilates machine as well as Aerial workouts with the guidance of our Fitness Trainer to see how easy and fun it is to use, plus you’ll feel instant results.

Yes, we cater for all levels. Our teachers are able to provide personalised tips and pose variations so that everyone is moving within their limits. We truly believe that wherever you are on your wellbeing journey it is where you are meant to be, and we are here to facilitate growth and inspire change. 

Retreat prices are calculated based on the length of your stay, and are specified above in our inclusions table. Nightly prices include accommodation however may vary depending on the room selection and the number of people staying (single or double occupancy). 

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