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Before you come

A retreat experience with La Crisalida Retreats is dedicated to supporting you on your health and wellbeing journey. The La Crisalida holistic programme is designed to help you re-connect, re-balance and re-energise and find the authentic you. This page contains information to help you prepare for your retreat at La Crisalida, so that you can make the most out of your stay with us.

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After you book your stay

Take out travel insurance

Remember to take out your own travel insurance policy as soon as possible after booking and before travelling to join us. Check that it will cover you for any delays or problems with flights or unforeseen personal emergencies that might give rise to the need for a late cancellation.

Complete your health questionnaire and information form

One of our reception team will send you a health questionnaire and an information form a few weeks before you are due to arrive. Please complete and return these before you arrive.

Remember to send us your flight (or travel) arrangements in advance, so that we have plenty of time to arrange your transfers.

Check your travel details

Make sure you have checked in and sorted your boarding pass. Check if there are any visa requirements required for travel to Spain from your home country. We strongly recommend that you read your airlines travel advice before travelling. 

If you are travelling by car, check the driving directions to the retreat on the location page

One week before you leave home

Modify your diet

The retreat provides all your food and/or juices during your stay. We offer a plant-based (vegan) diet at the retreat, which can be a change for many of our guests. We do not serve caffeine or alcohol and sugar comes in its natural form (in fruit, not processed). Sometimes, a change in diet can lead to symptoms like headaches, tiredness, grumpiness or nausea. To minimise the chance of these symptoms we recommend that you cut out (or at least reduce) the amount of caffeine, chocolate, sugar (including sugary or energy drinks), tobacco and alcohol you consume. If you would like to learn more about the detox process, we suggest you read our blog article: detox – what is it and how does it work? (opens in a new tab)

We also suggest you increase your fluid intake significantly in the days running up to your retreat – drink lots of water! This helps to ensure you are fully hydrated when you arrive, to help you feel at your best.

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Consider booking a treatment

Take your relaxation and rejuvenation to the next level during one of our holistic treatment and therapy sessions. You can choose from a wide range of treatments such as deep tissue massage, sports massage, relaxing massage, Reiki, magnetic therapy, and many more! Massage can be a wonderful way to help your body relax and feel rejuvenated. Learn more about the benefits of massage for relaxation (opens in a new tab). A list of available treatments can be found on the treatments page. Please contact our reception team who will be happy to arrange this for you.

Life and success coaching, or Transformational Coaching with John Brant, co-owner of La Crisalida Retreats and master trainer of NLP is also available. John is a qualified life coach who is passionate about helping others to find success on their own inspired path. Life coaching can be a fantastic tool if you need to move on from chronic stress, resentment, anxiety or depression or just want to get clear on how to move forward successfully with your life. Learn more about life coaching and its benefits here (opens in a new tab).  

Day before you leave home

What to pack

Check the travel mantra – tickets, passport, money! 

You will need a selection of clothes, including exercise gear (something you can move freely in – shorts, jogging pants, tops). A good pair of trainers, plus socks, for walking are needed (or walking shoes) and something to wear around the pool. Pack your swim wear, shorts, t-shirts and something to wander around in. We suggest you include a cardigan or jumper even in early/late summer. Sunglasses and a sun hat are a good idea for around the pool and on the walks, as is sunscreen. Summer is hot!

If you are coming early or late in the year, you will also need warmer clothes (jumper/sweatshirts, jackets, long trousers), as the temperature can dip in the winter, particularly early morning or at night. You might also consider bringing a rain jacket, for the occasional rain showers that happen.

Remember to bring a sufficient supply of any medication that you are taking.  There are mosquitos in the area during summer months, so consider packing some insect repellent or bite cream, or you can buy some at the retreat when you arrive.

Pack a book or something you would love to read. A book exchange is available at the retreat. We also have a selection of books and DVDs to borrow, on topics related to health, nutrition, yoga, mindset, personal development and more.

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What you do not need to pack

We supply all the equipment that you need. When you arrive we will give you your own yoga equipment (mat, blocks, blankets and strap), to use during your stay. You are of course welcome to bring your personal yoga mat with you, if you prefer. All other activity equipment, like rebounders, will be provided.

Bath towels and pool towels are also provided. All apartments contain a hairdryer, an iron and an ironing board.  Hot water bottles are available. You can purchase La Crisalida branded water bottles, baseball caps, walking bags and other goodies while you’re here.

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Getting to the retreat

About your transfer

We’ve partnered with a local company called Beni Connect who operate a shuttle bus service. They guarantee no more than four stops before arrival at La Crisalida. So long as you have informed us in advance of your flight times, the transfer company will be expecting you. If your flight is delayed, they will either wait or make sure there is another transfer for you (depending upon how long your flight is delayed).

Instructions on how to collect your transfer at Alicante airport is available on our location page.  You can also collect the transfer at Alicante train station. We will notify you of your collection time for the return transfer during your stay.

When you arrive at the retreat

 Check-in

Upon arrival you will need to present your photo ID (passport or identity card) at reception for check-in. There will be a form to sign and a consent form.

Your apartment will be available from 2pm. Where possible we aim to get it ready for you before this. Changing facilities and luggage storage are available if you arrive earlier than this, and you are welcome to join in with the activity programme from the moment you arrive. Alternatively, you can kick-back and relax on a sunbed next to the pool. Food will be available – we save you a plate. We will also give you a copy of the activity programme. 

Welcome tour and chat

We will give you tour around the retreat to help you settle in with ease and familiarise yourself with our activities, accommodation and facilities.

Within 24 hours of arrival you will join our welcome chat, which takes place every day to explain how to get the most out of your La Crisalida retreat experience and to give you the opportunity to ask one of our health and wellbeing mentors any questions. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other wonderful guests from all parts of the world participating in the retreat experience. Many of our guests depart La Crisalida having made new friends. 

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During your stay

Enjoy the activities

We offer a full activity programme, every day of the week. We will give you a copy of it when you arrive and a new one is available every Sunday. 

We are not a bootcamp, so you can choose to participate in one of the varied activities, or simply relax next to one of our two outdoor pools.

You’ll also be able to spend time with our experienced programme team who are on hand to give you the support and tools you need to personalise and enhance your  experience on the programme. The rest of the team – reception, housekeeping, kicthen and management – are available anytime to assist.

Visit the beach and local area

Our wonderful location offers plenty to explore and enjoy all within a short walking distance from the retreat centre. We’re situated a pleasant 15-minute walk away from a delightful blue flag beach, Playa de Racó de l’Albir. Continue along the beach promenade until delightful Altea, well known for its blue-domed church and beautiful old town.

The centre of Albir can be reached within 5 minutes from the retreat by foot and offers boutique style shopping and a weekly local market on a Sunday. Surrounding Albir is the beautiful Sierra Helada, a protected nature reserve, which is fantastic to explore by foot. In fact, a number of our guided walks lead you through this beautiful environment giving you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and yourself.  We can provide you with information on local buses or arrange a taxi if you wish to explore further afield.

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Local shops and pharmacies

Our Spanish retreat is located in quiet residential area in a small seaside town, called Albir. There are a number of shops and pharmacies in the vicinity, so if you do forget to pack something, we are sure you will find everything you need. Contactless payment is currently preferred by many local shops.

More information?

We hope that you find our tips useful and help you prepare for your La Crisalida retreat experience. Please feel free to contact our reception team if you have any questions or if you would like any further information.

Before you come

Kickstart your healthy lifestyle, de-stress and find the authentic you.

La Crisalida is the retreat for you!

Before you come

Your choice!

Enjoy our healthy juices or fabulous, fresh, home cooked plant-based meals.