In January I was invited to join the wellness retreat, VIVIR by V… it gave me the motivational kick start I needed for a healthy 2021, and also inspired me with ideas of how to keep up the good intentions once back at home.
The last year has been challenging for us all. From a personal perspective it’s underlined the value of staying positive and active. Going in and out of lockdowns can lead to apathy and a bit of a downward spiral. So now more than ever we recognise the importance of investing in our mental and physical wellbeing.
My usual morning ritual of a double espresso, and scrolling through social media and news was replaced with something so much more nurturing at VIVIR by V…
Instead, I started the day with mindfulness and positive intentions. Blanca Fernandez, who leads the yoga and exercise elements of the retreat, took me through a simple yet powerful routine combining meditation and stretching. Here yoga is offered on the Hotel V… spectacular roof terrace with glorious views over the rooftops to the Atlantic ocean.
Or for a cosy, more intimate experience, take a class deep under the property, in the ancient aljibe cistern, a unique place that has now been converted into a peaceful, cosy, and calming space for massage, and meditation.
Toning & Tourism
Then after a beautifully presented and delicious breakfast of handmade masa madre bread with local products it’s time to explore the charming, labyrinthine streets of Vejer’s old town. But don’t expect a slow stroll with a guide. Instead, guests will be enjoying this town, voted one of the most beauty in Spain, from the perspective of a street exercise class! So, admire the charming town square whilst doing step-ups beside the fountain, and take in the sweeping countryside and ocean views whilst throwing a few punches and jabs.
VIVIR by V… Chef Alberto Reyes is renowned in Vejer for his creative fusion cuisine, and he is the expertise behind the three daily meals and the healthy snacks enjoyed during the retreat. Don’t expect calorie-limiting, pared-back meals. Instead, Reyes creates generous, satisfying meals reflecting the seasons. Dishes are paired with local and national organic wines. Enjoy layers of flavour thanks to smoking or roasting, lots of fresh herbs and some exotic spices. Expect starters of delicately smoked aubergine with rocket, tofu, and pomegranate, and main courses of wild artichoke with fennel puree.
Exploring the magnificent, surrounding natural parks of Los Alcornocales, La Breña and the Estrecho are an integral part of the VIVIR by V…wellness programme. Professional, bi-lingual guide, Carlos Milburn, has a passion for the local forests, leading hikes that can build strength and stamina, burn fat, and also inform and entertain. The scenery is spectacular and you’re sure to have unique and memorable experiences. Whilst I took a break to enjoy the homemade snack of hummus, vultures were sweeping overhead – remarkable! Carlos has curated a collection of hikes within each of the natural parks, suited for different levels of fitness.
The health benefits of massage therapy are widely recognised. Not only reducing muscle tension but improving circulation, reducing stress hormones, and improving flexibility and joint mobility. Daniel is the VIVIR by V… expert in massage and guests can enjoy regular treatments with him throughout their stay. Whether a deep tissue massage or something more relaxing, Daniel will discuss with you your health and design the appropriate therapy.
Hotel V… is within Vejer’s old town, in a restored Andalucian house that captures all the allure of these ancient Al Andalus style properties, with their shaded internal courtyard patios, roof terraces and quirky original features. Each guest room feature extra-large beds, and antique Portuguese furniture. En suite baths are designed for comfort and include heated floors and towel warmers. The hotel offers a choice of Classic Rooms, Superior Rooms and one Exclusive room with a private terrace.
Vejer is a short drive to the shores of the Atlantic and the popular beach of El Palmar; a beautiful laid back community with a surfing vibe that offers a superb place to swim, sunbath or just chill out.
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VIVIR by V… is an all-inclusive retreat based at Hotel V… a boutique property that boasts a triple-level roof terrace, charming courtyard, and elegant, rustic chic guest rooms with underfloor heating. Packages are for a 3 night weekend or a full week, that promise to invigorate and inspire a healthy, holistic lifestyle.