The phrase ‘dancing in Ibiza’ may evoke the rather divisive imagery of mammoth super clubs (think Westfield 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 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 feeling of hideaway seclusion, offering serenity and peaceful vibes as soon as you cross its threshold. This 6-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. It’s enclosed by multiple courtyard gardens, entered through ornate Sri Lankan doors; the white wash walls are 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. 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 a holistic focus on both wellbeing and fitness, the carefully constructed 4-day programme sees guests enjoying exercise through dance to reconnect with their body – salsa, ballroom, Latin, American smooth and tango are all broken down and explored. Grasp the opportunity to channel your inner diva and learn a new skill with likeminded enthusiasts in a friendly group setting.
Novices, fear not: 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.
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. Depending on your budget and availability (quick step to book would be an 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.
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.
The next dance retreats are scheduled for 11th-15th and 16th-20th September, so make a note in your diary – 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; casalavistavilla.com. 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); santhoshretreats.com
Review by Lucy Coghlan