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Immerse yourself in inner peace in this 19th century farmhouse transformed into a cocooning getaway all year round by owner Sonia Ferre. Her gentle soul, combined with her desire to share the wisdom that has helped her through her own personal crisis, ensures a space that resonates with healing frequencies. Just being here is a tranquilizer. In the spectacular landscape of the Sierra de Mariola between Alicante and Valencia, the eight single rooms are a perfect resting place for tired people, with endless views of the green hills and cherry trees, olive trees and pines. At every moment, aromas of orange, lavender, rosemary and thyme awaken the senses; a log fire in the small restaurant keeps things cozy, and there is a small refreshing pool. A three night break is enough to soothe tired nervous systems, but longer dedicated programs are also available.

The caliber of treatments here would be hard to match elsewhere in Europe and is led by a hand-picked team who are confident enough to come up with their own intuitive methods. Massages, which may combine elements of physiotherapy and connective tissue work depending on the therapist, will leave your neck a bit longer. Daily yoga is traditional, earthy, and grounded rather than treated as a sport. Meditation often involves gong baths. Don’t miss Ferré’s macrobiotic workshops: “When you eat something, you embody your spirit. So if you need to stay strong a steak might be a good idea, but if you want to move forward in a group go for sardines, ”she says. The food at MasQi is definitely a highlight: plentiful, natural, yet sophisticated. Homemade nut butters, alkalizing tea, miso soup, lean protein, masses of vegetables, wine if you wish. The atmosphere is pure heart throughout. When the sun is shining, take a stroll through the garden and step right into the best of Spain. The countryside is spellbinding, isolated and, above all, like this special, truly restorative hiding place. By Daisy Finer

Three night retreats from around £ 735,

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