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Travel: Dance up a storm with Santhosh Dance Retreats, Ibiza 

Travel: Dance up a storm with Santhosh Dance Retreats, Ibiza

The phrase ‘dancing in Ibiza’ may evoke the rather divisive imagery of mammoth super clubs (think Westfield’s on Christmas Eve only with significantly more house music), teenagers in crop tops and 20 euro bottles of water. But bear with me as the Santhosh Dance Retreat experience in Ibiza is not for anyone that knows how to ‘floss’, this is all about grown up luxury and dance classics.

A million miles away from the hustle of San Antonio, Northern Ibiza has long been a destination for those in the know, with laid back luxury being the order of the day and its natural beauty unrivalled. Majestically perched on a cliff top within 30 acres of fragrant pine forest is the Casa la Vista villa, offering the most idyllic dancefloor you could wish for. In keeping with its name, this home really is the casa with a view. The contrast between lush greenery and vast sea views creates a feel of hideaway seclusion offering serenity and peaceful vibes as soon as you cross its threshold. This six-bedroom sanctuary is made up of two Ibicenco style Rolf Blakstad designed houses, which seamlessly marry the best of rustic charm and modern day luxury. Enclosed by multiple courtyard gardens, entered through ornate Sri Lankan doors. The white wash walls framed by vibrant pops of Bougainvillea, making the most picturesque spot for dining al fresco and of course a samba or two.

It’s clear to see why Santhosh dance retreats have selected Casa La Vista as the perfect dance partner. Make a note in your diary as the next dance retreats are scheduled for 11th-15th and 16th-20th September. Santhosh founder Samiya Noordeen has handpicked the best the industry has to offer including guest spots with West End stars and Latino dance experts to put you through your paces. With the holistic focus being on both well being and fitness, the carefully constructed four-day programme sees guests enjoying exercise through dance to reconnect with their body. With Salsa, Ballroom, Latin, American Smooth and Tango all being broken down and explored. Grasp the opportunity to channel your inner diva and learn a new skill with like minded enthusiasts in a friendly group setting. Novices need not fear, the getaway is suitable for all levels and skills of performers, perfect if your skills are more shuffle than strictly. However should you be keen to leave your dancing shoes at home, it is worth noting Casa La Vista is also available for private rental and would make a memorable wedding venue for anyone considering eloping. Goodness knows how you will approach your first dance without their expert assistance though.

Relax poolside at Santhosh Dance Retreat experience in Ibiza

In addition to the twice daily workshops and private lessons, during your stay all meals are included and provided by the best private chefs the island has to offer, expect a wealth of fresh local produce presented with artistic flair. And you can dance off the indulgent puddings into the evening showcasing your new skills, so no excuse not to go for a second helping. Depending on your budget and availability (quick step to book would be awful pun but I have gone there) you can join in as an evening guest, staying elsewhere, so you don’t miss out on all the action.

A stage with a view at Casa La Vista, Ibiza

A stage with a view at Casa La Vista, Ibiza 

During your downtime use the opportunity to put your feet up and enjoy the peace and quiet at the large infinity pool at the villa. A serene spot to enjoy the massage that is included in your package, perfect for any aching limbs. Or for the more adventurous, take advantage of the direct access to the stunningly serene Cala Xucla cove below, a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the ocean.

Those with a penchant for activity based group holidays will jump at the chance to join such a well picked team and star on the best stage the island has to offer. This is Ibiza for the grown up hedonists, those wild at heart but seasoned enough to want to do it in the most luxurious of settings. Each experience is individually tailored to your wants and needs, and throughout your trip you can rest assured the Santosh team will keep you en pointe.

Casa La Vista, Ibiza; starting from €16,000/week; Ibiza Dance & Yoga Retreat; 16-20 September 2019; Casa La Vista; starting from £1,850 per person (based on two sharing); Ibiza Dance Getaway; 11-15 September 2019; Casa La Vista; from £595 per person (evening only);


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