Awaken your senses with Yoga.
Explore new tastes in Spanish wines.
Savor 5-star organic, farm-to-table cuisine.
Immerse yourself in a place that boasts nearly 1000 years of history.
Blue Osa Journeys brings you a Yoga Retreat in Spain with Yogi Aaron.
Hacienda Zorita commands sweeping views over the local vineyards and nearby Tormes, and is just a short distance from the center of Salamanca–“The Golden City”–and one of the finest renaissance towns in Europe.
“This is not for everybody. Just for those who already find luxury hotels and beach resorts a bit tiresome and are ready to run the extra mile to get the one thing only a few privileged can afford: privacy.
I’m happy to arrange everything necessary for your stay previous to your arrival. A private butler will be on site throughout your entire stay just in case you forgot to organise something or to satisfy any of your last minute cravings. Exclusivity, simplicity and passion for detail are true luxuries and we promise you’ll find them here… nothing more, nothing less!”Sergi Hotel Manager
1. The Yoga
If you have not experienced yoga with Yogi Aaron before, you are in for quite a treat.Yogi Aaron brings passion and adventure to his teaching. Inspired, he guides students to secret and far-flung locales, empowers them to realize their own limitless potential, and makes yoga relevant and accessible for the modern world. Since 2002 he has been traveling and leading retreats worldwide and currently serves as yoga director at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat where he leads One-Month Immersion Yoga Teacher Trainings. Click here to see four videos with Yogi Aaron.
And to make your yoga experience even more memorable, the space we will be practicing in is a breathtakingly beautiful 13th century chapel.
2. The Wine
This retreat is created specifically for people who enjoy wine–and there’s no setting more perfect than the gateway to the Tierra del Pan y del Vino, the land of bread and wine. Vines have been growing here since 1366.
Hacienda Zorita is also Spain’s first small luxury wine hotel. They didn’t invent this place — they just found it.
3. 5-Star Organic Farm-to-Table Cuisine
This site has been farmed since 1366–and it shows. They cook what is grown here, nothing else. There is no better place to taste farm-fresh food than here in the heart of the Duero Valley.
All the core ingredients used in Zorita’s Kitchen have been directly sourced from their own organic farm, only 15 minutes away from Hacienda Zorita.
And with an interior inspired by Dominican refectories where monks dined at communal tables, you may just feel you’ve been transported to another era.
Our yoga retreat takes place near Salamanca, in the heart of the Duero Valley.
Arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Duero Valley is crossed by Europe’s longest “wine river,” the Duero. The Hacienda Zorita is situated right on the riverbank, just minutes away from the monumental Plaza Mayor. The lively city is undisputedly the Valley’s city of Culture: a UNESCO World Heritage site populated with some 35,000 students and an endless number of beautiful palaces, cathedrals, churches, museums, restaurants and more. It also houses Europe’s third oldest University, comparable to Oxford and Bologna.
May 10 – 17, 2015
Included in your Blue Osa Journey to Spain:
- Daily Yoga Practices led by Master Yogi Aaron
- 8 days and 7 nights in 5-star (luxury) accommodations at the Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel and Spa
- Daily Breakfast / Brunch Buffet – we recommend grazing for a couple of hours
- Also included are fresh juices and bottled water
- 6 nights of fantastic dinners in the world renowned Zorita’s kitchen
- Wine tasting in the Hacienda Zorita wine cellar
- Organic Farm Tour–A guided visit to the farm where you can see how Hacienda Zorita brings the farm to table experience to life
- Fluvial Cruise by the Duero Canyon
- Free Internet WiFi Access
- Daily Housekeeping
Standard Room Shared – $1799
Standard Single – $2499
Villa Room Shared – $2299
Villa Single -$3499
“This is a luxury country escape where we have combined understated elegance and simplicity in design with one of the finest collections of Dominican religious art showing the hacienda’s heritage. We also added Carmen Pombo’s colourful abstract oil canvasses inspired by the Duero waters; Luis Asin’s artistic photo collection and Cristina Santander’s graphic art.We want you feel like this is your home away from home”
– Mercedes Perez de Castro, Interior Designer.
The Standard – Comfortable 24 square metres rooms overlooking the river. Featuring a bathroom equipped with bathtub or massage shower, hair-dryer and bathrobes. Rooms are air conditioned and offer minibar, telephone, wireless internet connection, LED TV, DVD, pillow menu on request.
The Villas – Indoor 70 m² bedroom & lounge, with en suite bathroom. Private garden and chill out areas. Private Cellar, from which you can sample any of the 12 bottles of our MARQUÉS DE LA CONCORDIA Family of Wines collection. All the Villas have iPod docking stations and Nespresso machines.
The Wine Tasting Experience in Spain
The wine tasting experience is unique, introducing wines along with Zorita’s cheese and olive oil.
Along the experience, the guest will taste three wines, two types of cheese produced on Zorita’s organic farm and a bit of olive oil.
The three wines are ranked from slighter to higher in intensity, volume and complexity:
Starting with a white wine: Vega de la Reina. Verdejo. D.O Rueda. A fresh white wine with a tropical fruit flavor, an intense volume in the mouth, good to combine not only with white meat and fish but as well with cheese *something that not all the white wines can be paired with.
The second wine will be: Hacienda Zorita.Tempranillo. V.T.n Catilla y Léon. A red wine made 100% from tempranillo grape, clean, bright and shining when it comes to its color with a well balanced acidic taste in the mouth.
The third wine is: Hacienda Zorita Syrah. A red wine with 4 years of aging * 2 in the barrels and 2 in the bottle, clean shining color without any sediments; however when it comes to the mouth the wine has a gentle astringency and a presence of tannins.
After the wine we do a tasting for two of the cheeses produced in Zorita’s organic farm, a raw goat milk cheese and a raw goat milk tart cheese. During this part of the experience we explain the process of making cheese and the indications of quality.
And to finish the experience we go through information regarding Zorita’s newest product–Olive Oil–studying the stages of the Olive Oil in the mouth.