In December I spent a week at the idyllic retreat of La Argayall on La Gomera with upbeat yoga guru David Sye. La Argayall means “Place of Light” and it is truly the most calming and restorative place imaginable. Set on the beach, amidst a tropical garden of mango, papaya and other luscious plants it is the ultimate in total chill experience. We stayed in one of the simple but atospheric wooden huts dotted amongst the trees, lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves and the singing frogs (well they take a bit of getting used to I must admit…). There are more traditional brick and mortar en-suite rooms available for those who don’t want to get that close to nature – or indulge in moonlight perambulations through the forest to get the loos at night!
As to the yoga – what can I say? David’s high energy, fun filled classes were totally different from anything I’d experienced before. Having arrived feeling run down and exhausted I had an absolute ball – topped by an evening of disco dancing around the pool on the last night! And all this completely unfuelled by alcohol, though there is plenty available if you are so inclined.
Jilly at Freespirit Travel organises yoga holidays to La Argayall and beyond throughout the year with a variety of popular teachers. This is my second visit to La Argayall and I would highly recommend it.