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Mojon Villas, Murcia, Spain

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  • 2018

    From £550

    Customized self catering beach holiday with optional yoga classes led by Lisa Gibbs

This is a customized yoga holiday for especially for friends and families.

For many seasons we looked for a venue for small groups of friends (or independent travellers)  who want an economical holiday in the sunshine with the option of yoga classes. This is what we have discovered...

 

Our 2 bedroom self catering villa has a yoga shala on the roof.  We have the option of adding second and third villas less than a minutes walk away if there are more of you. The swimming pool is next door.

The yoga shala on the roof  has views across the roof tops to the ocean.  This is lovely place for self practice, to relax out of the sunshine, or to have private yoga classes with Lisa Gibbs our local yoga teacher. It takes up to eight yoga mats.

You can have private yoga classes at the villa, or join the local english taught yoga classes These take place on the seafront beside the church, or in Lisa's  yoga studio in the village. If you prefer self practice there are 4 yoga mats in the villas for your use.

The fully air conditioned villa has wifi, television, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a combined kitchen lounge. There is an outside patio and a huge roof terrace with its yoga shala has plenty of space for sunbathing.  From May to October there is also a large shared swimming pool beside the villas.

It is 10 minutes easy walk to the beach. There is a well stocked super-market in the village, bakery, fishmongers, three restaurants and a snack bar and a homemade ice cream parlour - all within walking distance. There is also the village social club, typically spanish and very cheap for food and drinks yet quite sophisticated with its rattan chairs and tables under the palm trees overlooking the ocean. . 

 

Our villa is in  Mojon Hills which is part of the beachside village of Isla Plana on the stunning Costa Calida, in south east Spain, framed by rugged mountains we have small coves at one end of the village, and a sweeping sandy beach at the other.

The village is quiet, small and friendly. The only busy time is August when the Spanish descend on it for their annual break and then, whilst still lovely, it definitely feels a lot more lively.. This is a village where the Spanish take their holidays, it is definitely not a tourist town

Puerto Mazzeron, which is five minutes drive away, is more of a tourist centre, still mainly used by the Spanish, and has a large selection of bars and entertainment, scuba diving, sailing and easy parking. The lovely new marina here is well worth a visit with its upmarket cafes and restaurants overlooking the sea. There are also large supermarkets, shops and a huge Sunday market.

Yoga with Lisa Gibbs - This October Lisa will complete her eleventh year in Spain having arrived fresh from training as an Astanga Yoga teacher in 2001.

Lisa brings an air of inspiration to the class and although trained in Astanga she is able to adapt the class for those who need a more gentle approach whilst still maintaining the synchronisation of breath and movement that has been her forte.

Classes are adapted to each individual so that not one person feels stuck: bringing in new adaptations through her continual study of the yoga practice.

"Classes involve a series of moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. Allowing the heart to open within each person, to move through creating a form (asana) continuing to flow through our connection with breath (Prana), generating an inner peace and balance which opens our path for spiritual growth. Each individual obtains confidence to love and be loved and to shine throughout their daily lives, creating a peace and harmony not just within each of us but in everybody we come in contact with"

Lisa was certified to teach yoga from the Lay Buddhist monk Kisen whose own third lineage to Sri T Krishnamacharya made him such a sort after master in 80's and 90's. She has also studied with Laura Henderson (Hatha yoga with Alexander technique) and Earnest Coates (Living Yoga.

 

Yoga Options -

Option 1 - There are two weekly drop-in classes taught in English by Lisa within Isla Plana and they are 8 Euros for an hour and half class.  These take place either by the beach behind the church where we have a yoga space (April - September), or with the yoga studio according to the time of the year and the weather.  Currently these classes are Tuesdays 10.30am and Friday 10.00am.

There are also two classes each week which only take place in the yoga studio, Monday and Wednesday at 10.30am.

Option 2 - Private classes with Lisa are 25 euros for up to 2 yoga students and 35 euros for 3 students.  For private groups larger than this the cost is 12 euros per head.  These can be by the beach, on the rooftop terrace of the villa (huge terrace, with a small yoga shala and and very suitable for an early morning or evening practice) or in the yoga studio.

Lisa also teaches yoga for children on request.

 

Please note check with us always about your yoga classes before booking your flight - Lisa is occasionally away on training courses.

 

 

 Accommodation:

  

Fully Fitted - Self Catering for 4 with additional sofa bed for occasional visitors.

   

There is a comfortable sofa bed in the lounge. a TV, DVD player and home cinema system, the whole villa has optional air-conditioning for comfort. Wifi is also provided

    

 

There are two bedrooms: one is a double bedded en-suite) and the second is a twin bedded with a second bathroom. Both have built-in wardrobes.

  

The kitchen has everything needed for a complete self-catering holiday, including fridge/freezer, microwave, stove and and washing machine.

  

Bed linen and bathroom towels are provided. Please bring your own beach towels

  

Outside: patio doors lead onto a small terrace where there is a table and chairs for al-fresco meals.

Upstairs there is a huge sun terrace with views of the sea and surrounding area. Here there are two sun loungers and a sun umbrella. there is also a small yoga shala for up to six person and this is where any private classes you book with Lisa can take place - or where you can have self practice with views across the rooftops out to sea. . 

The swimming pool is shared with the other villas in the street, it is used mainly for early morning and pre-dinner swims. It can be viewed from the kitchen window. There are several sun umbrellas around the pool however it is rarely busy as most people prefer to go to the beach and swim in the ocean. The exception is August when the Spanish arrive for their summer holidays and the whole area becomes a lot more 'buzzy' and busy.

There is also an off street parking space.

Flights - The nearest airport is Murcia - San Javier, it is about 60 minutes drive away down the AP7 motorway, which has a section charging tolls of about €5. This trip can be done faster once you know the way, but it is a very straightforward journey. There is a second route through the mountains to avoid the tolls which is very picturesque but slower.

The airport is small and so easy to navigate through, although this means very little duty-free!

San Javier is serviced by EasyJet all year, and Ryanair in the summer. The trip takes about 2 hours from SE England, slightly more if you live further North. Car hire is easy and can be fairly cheap, depending on the season. A new airport is due to open this summer at Corvera which is closer, but although built it is not yet fully operational.

It is also possible to get a flight to Alicante which is a major holiday destination with a lot of flights, but will add another hour or so to your drive. It is further north up the coast and the airport can be crowded, but there are a lot more flight options.

 

Transfers - Car hire is easy and can be fairly cheap, depending on the season, especially from Murcia airport which is small and has the cars parked right beside the terminal.  We recommend car hire as the route from Murcia airport to the villa is a straightforward and easy drive.

If you do not wish to drive then Owners Away can arrange a taxi  from the airport to the villa - approx £60 or 70 euros each way 3-4 passengers.

 

Includes - Villa accommodation only plus use of the swimming pool in season (usually May to October). Please note a returnable deposit against breakages will be requested when you register.

 

Not Included - Transport, welcome packs of food, travel insurance. Yoga is pre booked with Free Spirit and paid for locally.

Accommodation Only (per villa per week)

Pounds

Low Season November/December/January/February £550
Mid Season March/April/May/October £600
High Season June/July/August/September £650

In low and mid season it is possible to stay for 5 nights - ask for details and prices

In high season minimum stay is 7 nights

PLEASE CHECK with us prior to booking flights to make certain Lisa is available for yoga classes as she occasionally is on yoga courses herself and unavailable.

Additional costs:

Please note: as is usual with villa  hire, a deposit is taken on your credit card against damage, this is refunded at the end of your holiday, thiis usually £200 - £250 per villa

Meet and Greet Service -  you can arrive  between 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 10 am - 1pm Saturday. Somebody will be at the villa to give you the key and show you how everything works - this is included in the above costs.

For arrival outside of these hours and all day on a Sunday of fiesta days  there is an 'out of hours' surcharge of between 10 euros and 30 euros.

A charge is made for air conditioning which is on a meter.

All yoga is pre-booked by Free Spirit Travel and paid for locally.

Welcome hampers can be arranged

Airport collections are approx £60 / 70 euros per car in each direction and take 3 - 4 passengers, you pay the taxi driver.  This can be pre-arranged or you can use the taxi rank at the airport - if doing this please agree the price with the driver before your journey commences. We highly advise you hire a car so you can explore the local area.

NB There is now a very good supermarket in the village who also deliver if you spend 60 euros or more.

To Book - call or email Free Spirit Travel to reserve your place and any yoga classes you may require. 

A deposit is required against damage and is returned to you at the end of your stay - this can be made with a credit card.

Liz Edmoston is our local agent 

 

 

 

Hi jilly just want to say a huge thank you for linking us up with Lisa in Murcia, she was absolutely fantastic and always went the extra mile. We all gained so much from our week with her, she was so informative and her yoga classes were excellent, we will be recommending her to all our fellow yogis xx

Helen

 

Hi Jilly
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thanks for forwarding Lisa’s details to us. We had the most amazing holiday in Isla Plana and the yoga really made the holiday for us.  Lisa was truly fantastic.  She  is an amazing teacher, completely aware of all of her student’s needs and very clear in her instruction.  She is also such a warm, kind person, it really was a joy to spend time with her.  The whole family attended her yoga at some point in the week, and I tried to attend every session.  I came back a lot more flexible than I started out and feeling a lot calmer!  I really hope we will be able to go back at some point, and if we do I will be booking into yoga for the week!
Anyway, thanks so much for the recommendation on your site and for putting us in touch.  We really can’t recommend Lisa highly enough.
Best wishes,
Andrea
  
  
Dear Jilly
I wanted to write with some feedback about Lisa and her yoga classes - I am only sorry it has taken me so long to do so. Lisa was absolutely wonderful from every perspective. I joined the first group class by the church and she was welcoming and wanted to understand the particular issues I was having with my back. Her class was lovely - challenging but not too challenging, and a really nice, gentle start to the holiday. I then attended another two group yoga classes and Lisa gave me two private classes. She had obviously given a lot of thought to my issues and the exercises and poses we did were really beneficial. The group classes were great - the yoga was varied and she focused on different parts of the body each time. In terms of the one-to-ones she was accommodating both in terms of time and place.
Apart from the yoga though, Lisa went out of her way to help us - we had not hired a car (we might in future do that) but she picked us up from a beach further down the coast one day and took us into Mazzaron twice, including to the cafe on the hill so we had a view over the bay. She was very kind to the girls and we all thought she was a really lovely person.
I am already thinking of another visit - and more yoga and would definitely recommend her highly to anyone else travelling to Spain with their family who would still like the feeling of being on a retreat!
So, a great combination - lovely place and wonderful yoga - thank you!
Best wishes,
Judith