Armonia Alpujarra

Alpujarras, Spain

Armonia Alpujarra creates harmony at every level, offers yoga holidays for growth and transformation, and combines a family holiday with a healing yoga retreat.

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Yair Sagy

After serving in the Israeli army for four years, Yair felt a deep need to change, like an inner voice that was whispering "that is not it, you need to continue and explore, your destiny is calling." That voice was so strong that he could not ignore it. So he packed up and embarked on a spiritual quest which led him to India where he discovered yoga, meditation, and a deep urge to unite with the divine. As the magic continued to evolve, Yair was guided in a way that allowed him, through teaching yoga, Qigong, and the practice of acupuncture, to help others to heal and transform.

Ziza Fernandes Sagy

After finishing her army service and a degree in art, Ziza moved to Los Angeles. Whilst living there, she was invited by a friend to model in a foot reading and reflexology class. She was amazed by the depth and amount of information the students managed to gather from her feet, as well as the deep physical and emotional experience when she was treated. That experience had a profound effect which helped her understand herself in a new way. For the first time, Ziza understood there is a connection between body, mind, and emotions, and so she decided to become a therapist herself.

Reviews 21

  • Inmaculada Jiménez Pineda Spanish State

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    La experiencia en general. Disfrutar en familia de un descanso en pleno contacto con la naturaleza. El trato personal y profesional de Yair (una persona de 10) y su familia. La excelente comida de Ziza y la convivencia con dos familias estupendas.

    No hay nada que no me gustara. A todo te puedes adaptar. Siempre que aceptes y conozcas el lugar a donde vas. La Yurta grande, muy acogedora y especial. Si tuviese la ducha y el aseo dentro, sería perfecta. Sobre todo x las urgencias nocturnas de los peques.

  • Sandra Ortlieb Spanish State

    August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    En los 3 días que estuve en el centro de Yair y Ziza me he relajado tanto y me he recargado las pilas a tope con buena energía. Estuve alojada en casa Iris, una casa muy bien cuidado y tranquila. La comida vegetariana es espectacular y hecho con mucho amor. Las clases de yoga son cada vez diferentes, que me gusto mucho. Por causa del calor por la tarde, nos daba clase en la piscina. Ha sido una experiencia nueva y buenísima! Muchas gracias por todo!

    No tengo nada de que quejarse.

  • Anonymous

    July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    I loved the beautiful environment: the surrounding mountain area (on which I went horseriding- kindly arranged by my hosts) The different areas we practiced yoga in were inspiring and relaxing, especially the platform surrounded by olive trees and a gorgeous view. My house mate was lovely and my hosts were very kind and accommodating. I also received treatment that they offered and was delighted with the results.

    Nothing of note

  • Manasi Shah India

    June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations

    Would highly recommend everyone to immerse in this experience at least once. It is a beautiful, purifying and peaceful environment, everything from the unique yurt stay to the fresh, home-grown food and the first-time biodanza experience!

    The best part yet is the wonderful hosts, Yair and Ziza. They felt like family and made this an unforgettable experience!

  • Tim, Lyse-Anne, Arthur, Milan & Sequoia xox

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    It’s been a wonderful week with everyone at the Yoga Family Retreat. We found that the pace of the activities, the meals, the yoga and the environment were all in harmony to make this retreat very fulfilling and fun. Seeing my kids being really happy, feeling at home and enjoying their lives was just so relaxing.

    Thank you for your vision and creation that made the Family Retreat an experience that will stay in our hearts forever.

  • Goyo, Ana, Diego, Ivan, and Diana

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    The yoga retreat of 2017, with Yair, Ziza and Shanti, has been a fantastic experience for our family. We have all enjoyed it, equally, both the children and adults. We were delighted to participate in the great variety of activities that Yair - "the boss" - according to our middle son - prepared for us (mostly with children) - there has been no place for boredom. All of this without any stress, of any kind, in an unequaled environment, and with the company of two other lovely families. Who have also contributed to making the environment very special.

    The children have enjoyed the freedom they had on the land; in addition, they have been busy at all times with activities encouraging their creativity and, of course, the pool has been a mandatory stop every day, to cool down while playing.

    The healthy and delicious food that Ziza prepared, every day, and which reflected the great affection (and creativity) that she puts in the kitchen, was perfect. Thank you for looking after us so well! At the end of each day, we went to bed happy and we slept like angels. In short, we have felt so at home.

    Thanks to Yair for organizing everything and waking us up with his samurai techniques every morning, Shanti for taking care of the children and developing their most artistic vein and Ziza for taking care of everyone with their wonderful meals. We will repeat!!!

  • Yolanda Spain

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    Yair and Ziza, have created the perfect place to disconnect from the world and to be able to reconnect with yourself. The yoga classes in the morning arel a luxury; and the afternoon yoga classes in the pool (in the water) were just what one needs in the middle of August. The stay at Casa Iris was very comfortable and gives you absolute independence. The food was exquisite. Yair and Ziza, with their kindness and affection create a super pleasant atmosphere. I am sure that I will return. A hug!

  • Yolanda Spain

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    Yair and Ziza, have created the perfect place to disconnect from the world and to be able to reconnect with yourself. The yoga classes in the morning arel a luxury; and the afternoon yoga classes in the pool (in the water) were just what one needs in the middle of August. The stay at Casa Iris was very comfortable and gives you absolute independence. The food was exquisite. Yair and Ziza, with their kindness and affection create a super pleasant atmosphere. I am sure that I will return. A hug!

  • A traveler

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    The setting was amazing, it was like a haven, with beautiful greenery all around and only the sound of nature to listen to. Casa IRIS was very clean, comfortable and well-ventilated. The food prepared by Ziza was so healthy, colourful and delicious. The yoga and meditation sessions with Yair were very calming, relaxing yet energizing, and conducted with patience and care. I highly recommend this retreat.

  • Manasi Shah India

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    Must have experience!

    Would highly recommend everyone to immerse in this experience at least once. It is a beautiful, purifying and peaceful environment, everything from the unique yurt stay to the fresh, home-grown food and the first-time biodanza experience! The best part yet is the wonderful hosts, Yair and Ziza. They felt like family and made this an unforgettable experience!

  • Denise United Kingdom

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    I had the most amazing time, met wonderful people, which I will keep in touch with. Yair and Ziza were very friendly and welcoming, I felt very comfortable, like being at home. Food was amazing, brought lots of ideas back home, even brought the recipe book and already made some soup. Yoga was excellent, beautiful surroundings, just what I needed, highly recommend the foot reading. Recommended the retreat to ladies at my yoga class.

    Thank you Yair and Ziza, my focus on life is a whole lot different. xx

    Kind Regards

    Denise

  • Gerald

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    Dear Yair and Ziza,

    Thank you for hosting a lovely retreat last week. It was a lovely five days. Wonderful location, great yoga, exceptional food, great accommodation. Thank you both for making it all possible.

    Fond regards Gerald

  • Sami, Betti, and Chris

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    One could think that it was a very nice coincidence but the more I think of it, the more I am sure it was destiny that brought us here...we wanted to get away for a few days with our little son and ended up in the most unusual place, a place I might think of very close to paradise.

    So peaceful and full of harmony, living in the yurts, tasting your delicious food and experiencing your treatment, yoga and qi gong... that was magical.

    Thank you for so much love and peace!

  • Miranda United Kingdom

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    What can I say? I have nothing but good words about my stay here. Ziza and Yair have created a little heaven in and around their Olive Farm, a place filled with so much love, energy and care and a reminder to us all that life can be truly beautiful. Experienced yoga under the stars, beautiful walks, fantastic food, and interesting conversations.

    Ziza and Yair are two very special people who will do everything they can to ensure that you have a wonderful time in their retreat. There is always plenty of time for relaxation too!If you want to get away from the city and immerse yourself in nature, with beautiful people and beautiful things, then this is the place for you! Ziza and Yair, thank you on so many levels. It was an absolute pleasure.

  • Kate United Kingdom

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    Yair is special. He has a gift in transforming your energy. I always feel more centered, more energetic, and more positive after a session with Yair. He has been my secret energy transformer. His gifts are so powerful, the secret needs to spread. Ziza understands food is medicine but she makes it so tasty. I have transformed how I look at vegetables now and realized there are so many wonderful ways to cook delicious, nutritious food.

    After having spent five days eating Ziza's amazing array of food, I am a convert. I am cooking and preparing differently and I am so much healthier. I now also have a knowledge on how to make a variety of vegetarian dishes that are so delicious, you do not miss the meat! Ziza's food is a feast to behold. If you can get her recipes or are lucky enough to go to her retreat, you are in for a very special treat. Ziza can give you insights about your life through your feet. She uses a combination of reading the feet and reflexology, and the result is a real shift in perception. That perception shift led me to a behaviour shift and an opening of many more opportunities for me. Thank you, Ziza.

  • Jacqueline

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    My two-week trip to Andalusia began with a five-night stay with Yair and Ziza on a personal retreat at their beautiful yurt setting. Despite my initial anxieties, this warm and gentle couple immediately made me feel welcome and at ease. I gradually felt myself unwind in their easy company and settled into the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Their style of yoga and meditation is individual and unique and I felt like I learned so much from the pair of them. Ziza was also kind enough to work through some simple routines for me for the lower back, so I could keep practicing after I left. I had been feeling a little disconnected at the time - too much living in my head!

    Through the energy work we did together and the foot reading from Ziza, I could feel myself coming alive again. I felt emotional, but it was a good feeling. They helped me to be more open, more connected, and more in touch with who I am. The food was also wonderful and part of the nurturing experience - each dish was like a creation of art and you could see how much care and love had gone into every meal. I also had the opportunity to spend a few hours with Ziza in her kitchen showing me how to recreate some of them, which was an added treat for me.There is something special about this place and something very special about Yair and Ziza. I treasure the time I spent with them and hope to visit again one day in the future.

  • Liz, Pete, and Hector

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    My husband and I chose Yair and Ziza's retreat for our last holiday as a couple before having our baby. Towards the end of my pregnancy, I feared that I would not be able to connect with my child. After a session with Ziza, something magical happened. I actually produced milk - the ultimate connection between a mother and baby! Both Ziza and Yair enable you to untangle emotions and use energy in a subtle yet profound way. Yair's energy reading class made me feel like a child again, within a world of possibilities. Their company is easy, interesting, and warm, and the food is just delicious. I still want that cabbage recipe. Mmmmm, I really did love every meal. We will return with our son one day. Thank you both for a very special experience.

  • Shimu United Kingdom

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    I have just had the most wonderful experience with Yair and Ziza in their home. It was a surreal experience, that took my mind, body, and soul out of the the hustle of London and strengthened it in the middle of the mountains. I was taken by the serenity and quietness of space we occupied. I felt so blessed to have been in the company of Ziza and Yair. Yair was an excellent yoga and meditation teacher, I have yet to explore his other talents. Ziza was kind, nurturing, and had the most breathtaking cooking ability. I always looked forward to dining with them and tasting her delicious and healthy food.

    The facilities were just right. I stayed in the big yurt, which had a view of the mountains and was surrounded by trees. It had a kitchen area, sleeping, and relaxation area. It was full of cushions to sit on and very spacious. The outside seating area, hammock, shower was so wonderful. The compost toilet experience was also fun!I have no doubt that I will go back there again, the yoga experience was great, and Ziza and Yair's warmth and conversations was just what I needed to grow and feel contained within. They were so accommodating and did quite a lot to make me feel at home. I felt comfortable to be myself, felt free and strong. Thank you Yair and Ziza, I am very grateful for this experience and I look forward to seeing you both again.

  • Carmen Regatero

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    Estuve en Armonía Alpujarra a finales de agosto y mi estancia fue maravillosa. Yair y Ziza, consiguen que te sientas realmente bien allí, creando un ambiente de libertad y respeto, a la vez que dejan que sientas su cariño y amor por todas las cosas que hacen y organizan para sus huéspedes. El sitio es bello. La comida espectacular. Las sesiones de yoga y meditación de calidad. Todo está preparado para hacer de tu estancia lo que buscabas. O al menos eso me sucedió a mí. Fue el viaje perfecto entre la soledad (que buscaba) y la compañía tan grata que encontré. Es un sitio al que espero volver. Gracias Ziza y Yair!

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  • Noemie

    Armonia Alpujarra website

    Wow! Just wow! Go for it you will not regret it! My experience at Armonia Alapujarra was unique. I didn't expect to live a so intense experience when I came. Life sometimes smiles at you by giving you hints that you are on the right way and going at Armonia Alapujarra was, for me, one of them. The environment was just perfect, in the middle of the mountain with amazing views. Relaxing, peaceful and close to nature. You can't imagine the pleasure of taking a shower and, waking up hearing the birds. The Yurts are very comfortable. It's the perfect place to do a yoga retreat. The yoga sessions were very nice. Yair is patient and a very good teacher - he gave me a lot of insights to help me continue the exercises when I am back home, which I do. The treatments they provide are mastered and healing for the body and for the mind. Yair and Ziza are two amazing and inspiring people. In minutes, you will feel at home. They are cheerful and welcoming and they share so much. I learned a lot from them and they made me discover so many things such as Biodanza, which I loved. I am grateful I had the chance to meet both of them. Ziza is also an amazing cook. Every meal was a pleasure for the eyes and for the taste. It is difficult for me to write about this fulfilling experience. My only advice would be to go and experience it yourself. You won't regret it. Thank you Yair and Ziza from the bottom of my heart.

  • Ida

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    I just wanted to get away over Christmas, and ended up in a magnificent environment with people I'll never forget. This place is magical in all ways. I can't wait to go back, not only for the yoga, the meditations, the treatments, the landscape and the wonderful food, but to dive back into this parallel world where love and harmony is surrounding you. Where you feel at home. Ziza and Yair, I will never forget you, and I will definitely be back.

  • Jackie

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    Whilst sitting on the porch of my gorgeous wooden hut, watching the sunset behind the mountain, I felt like I'd died and gone to heaven. The yoga, the food and most of all the healing therapies made me feel like I might float from my seat! I think I'll call Yair and Ziza magicians, not actors. Yes that's it. What they create between them is an elaborate magical trick to make you feel alive, peaceful and lighter. But you don't have to thank me for forewarning you, just go and feel the magic for yourself. Yair and Ziza I love you. Namaste!

  • Carly United Kingdom

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    I had an incredible time here. The surroundings are peaceful and beautiful, the accommodation is very comfortable (In the small yurt, I have never slept better, surrounded by the smells and sounds of the local nature). Ziza and Yair are faultless hosts, I felt like a part of their family. They have a beautiful way of life, which for the duration of my stay I was lucky enough to experience and share. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, I could not wait to get stuck in at every meal time, Ziza is an amazing cook.

    Both Ziza and Yair were happy to take me on hikes, to the beach, pick me up/take me to the bus stop as I arrived and departed and were just generally helpful and lovely people all around. Come here to regenerate, heal and reconnect - it worked for me. I look forward to visiting time and time again. I cannot wait to introduce my family and friends, too.

  • Cathy United Kingdom

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    Thank you for a wonderful stay and amazing treatments! You were both fantastic and I feel more positive than I did before I arrived. I will definitely be back! Lots of love to you both.

  • Lucy

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    Thank you for a wonderful retreat. I have come away feeling beautifully relaxed, recharged and encouraged to keep going on my journey! The generosity and care you both showed us was so heartwarming. Sharing your home reminded me about the joys of nourishing healthy food prepared with love and also about living with the environment not inspite of it. A deep and expanding experience. You guys rock! I look forward to seeing you both again.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

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    Huge thanks to Ziza and Yair for their very warm hospitality. The location was amazing, delicious food, energizing yoga and treatments. I feel fantastic and something inside me has shifted! I would highly recommend this resort to anyone.

  • Cher

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    Thank you so much for all the nourishment and loveliness I received from your home. It was the best birthday I have ever had. Such a beautiful time of reconnecting and meeting beautiful people. Such a gift! And, I will think of you and Ziza always, as an inspiration for how to stay centered in a beautiful way of life and to share it with others. Again, much love, kisses, and gratitude for the beautiful time.

  • Josh United Kingdom

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    Thank Yair and Ziza who have created a beautiful environment for healing and relaxation. They are warm individuals who welcome you into their home and way of life. The setting is idyllic, the food fresh and always delicious and the yoga invigorating. Being able to spend a week with them allowed me to re-energize and restore balance while equipping me with some insights that I can continue to use in everyday life. I recommend for anyone who wants to re-connect with themselves. Love, Josh.

  • Julie United Kingdom

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    I wanted to say what a wonderful time I had. I felt absolutely repaired when I returned home. Thank you. I also wanted to send you a few pictures that I took in your garden. The beautiful colors and sounds feel a million miles from grey London. With love, Julie.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

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    I came to stay with Ziza and Yair over the Christmas period, with the intention not to escape over the holidays, but I guess to find myself a little after quite a challenging year. As soon as I met Yair and Ziza, I felt incredibly comfortable and relaxed. They are so warm and kind but also incredibly perceptive and seemed to tune in to what my needs were over that time. Both are very capable practitioners in terms of mind-body work, and I learned a huge amount about myself through yoga and acupuncture, as well as the whole experience of being in such a wonderful environment. Yair was able to really help me improve my understanding of the importance of core strength in yoga practice, and was supportive but also not afraid to offer direct advice in terms of how to adjust myself in certain postures. This has really helped me to continue yoga at home, in a way that I had not previously felt able to do.

    I cannot praise Ziza enough for the amazing food that was prepared each day. In all honesty, a week of consuming light, nourishing food with such goodness has really changed my outlook on nutrition and how the body can respond so well in the absence of many foods eaten in abundance, i.e. sugar and dairy. I was aware after three or four days that my body was so content with such goodness, and that in fact I wasn't eating many things that I would have considered a staple part of my diet back home. This is just a personal experience and not something that I had anticipated before the trip, so was in fact extra exciting to have discovered this change!

    I should add to this that the surroundings of Armonia Alpujarra are so incredibly beautiful. There is a real sense of space but also a real closeness to nature. I felt a lot more connected to nature and to myself by the end of my stay, and left with a huge sense of gratitude for such kind and caring hosts - Yair and Ziza are very special people, with so much to give - but also for the space to be able to appreciate so much in a short space of time.

  • a traveler United Kingdom

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    Amazing retreat in a really special place. I stayed in the large yurt on the property which was nothing short of perfect, everything is really well thought through with an emphasis on eco or sustainable living and guest comfort. The food is made with love and attention using all fresh ingredients and could not have been better. Ziza should be giving cooking classes as there such a range of veggie dishes. Yoga and treatments were 100% personalized, which, again, was fantastic. The location is incredible, although worth getting directions as it can be tricky to find.

  • Dani, Saul, Micah, and Jess

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    In August 2013, our little family set out to the beautiful Andalucian region to join Yair and Ziza's yoga retreat. We found a small oasis of paradise amidst the heat. In the beautiful space that Yair and Ziza have so lovingly created, there are fruit trees and wild herbs, beautiful views, and peace and calm. Ziza prepared delicious and wholesome food that we all enjoyed together in their exquisite hand-decorated courtyard. We had beautiful relaxing yoga each morning with Yair and plenty of time to enjoy the pool and the other adventures on offer in the region - rock climbing, kayaking, gorge-hiking, a visit to the nearby Zen Buddhist monastery, a visit to the Alhambra, and market in Orgiva. Our young kids emerged stimulated, excited, and happy and we were completely relaxed and energized by the calmness and the special treatments that Yair and Ziza offer. Thank you for a truly magical week.

  • Emma

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    A retreat week on the magical and unspoilt island of Sifnos in Greece helped me to unwind, restore, and re-balance. The unique combination of therapies, bodywork, teachings, and mindful meditation combined so naturally with the warmth of the island, so stunningly beautiful, so unassuming. Meditating to the sunrise, swimming at deserted beaches, sharing food so fresh and alive with energy, balancing being and doing, mind-body-spirit. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Kay

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    It has been some time since I participated in Yair and Ziza's energy and foot reading retreat; and yet, the memories of the retreat linger on, like the sweet smell of roses on a warm summer's day. I arrived at the retreat tired, with aching muscles, and feeling stressed, tight, anxious. I remember, just a day or two into the retreat, suddenly noticing that the aches and pains in my body had disappeared, as if by magic, and I was feeling energized, light, happy, at ease with myself, the people around me, and the world. The retreat is based in a peaceful, sunny, warm, and beautiful place, and Yair and Ziza created a holding, caring, supportive, and loving environment.

    I really enjoyed the morning yoga, qigong, and meditation sessions; the afternoon teaching and practice sessions, often spent outdoors, and the warm lazy evenings spent outdoors, around a table of light, healthy, delightful food, with easy, good company. The energy and foot reading teaching and practice sessions really supported me to get in tune with my mind, body, heart, and spirit. They supported me to let go of things that were blocking me, holding me back, and to open up to new possibilities, new ways of knowing, new ways of connecting, new ways being in the world. The retreat supported me to let go, relax, open up, and to fully step into the life I was born to live. It was a truly magical retreat, in a magical place, with magical people. I would go back without hesitation!

  • Josh Adams

    Armonia Alpujarra website

    Thanks so very much for the important lesson you taught me this year. When I was on detox in May, after the setback in my career, you taught me how to see things from the point of view of my adversaries, to understand that we are all connected with one another - in short, you taught me how to learn to love my enemies. This is truly one of the hardest lessons to learn in life, and I have found it deeply challenging to apply it over the past few months. At the same time, I have also found great power in trying to apply this lesson, hard though it can be. I look forward to seeing you and Ziza again in 2012.

  • Guy, Katerine, and Josefine

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    Thanks for the week at Casa Iris. We very much enjoyed our time with you doing yoga and a few healing sessions. The view from Casa Iris took our breath away every morning as we enjoyed our tea on the porch. Ziza is such an artist with food and we could hardly wait for each meal. Thanks for helping organize adventures for our family, climbing, bike riding, this made all the difference so that we could enjoy the time as a family. We are looking forward to coming back again.

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