Ithought I would say a few words about Shanti Som, the Hotel Retreat that's about 10 minutes drive away on the Monda road towards Marbella.
It's in a lovely setting and perfect for a bite to eat or a coffee or herbal tea. I've tried to have a treatment there a number of times, but there is never availability as they have very few therapists – you must book well in advance and residents clearly have priority. But it is a good option for a treatment if you plan ahead.
Reviews both online and anecdotal have been a little mixed due to some inconsistencies in food quality and service – but I really think it is worth a visit for lunch or to sit in the peaceful patio with a tea. The refit has been done very well and although people say it looks like 'Buddha Disney Land' the overall feel is like an Asian resort. At first this feels a little odd, since it is in the heart of the most glorious Andalusian countryside, surrounded by the crystal filled Sierra Blanca, a setting tthat really lends inself not to the palm trees and Chinese manufactured Buddhas that are everywhere, but indiginous flora, wonderful rocks and crystals.
Anyway, I like the place, so head towards Marbella from Monda at around km22 turn left and follow the signs – enjoy!
LLanos de Purla
Km 22 – A-355 Marbella – Monda
29110 (Malaga) – SPAIN
Tel: +34 952 864 455