Cristoforo - more than a yoga retreat centre in tenerife
Rural Tourism in Tenerife
This idyllic slice of land was discovered 1972, almost a decade ago by Denis Devaris, 91, the father and soul of Hacienda Cristoforo. A Greek born architect, Denis is inspired by Rudolf Steiner and is dedicated to using his talents to shape his vision of creating a centre of natural wellbeing in Tenerife. Over the last four decades, Denis has spent time wrestling with the dry, arid landscape to form a chic and luscious wellness hotspot that lends itself perfectly to yoga retreats. Today, Hacienda Cristoforo is a family run initiative and the openness, kindness and philosophy felt by the Devaris’ creates a feeling of home for whoever spends time at the hacienda.
Sustainable Tourism with a Heart
The Canary Green team were lucky enough to escape the daily grind and enjoy a weekend of wellness at Hacienda Cristoforo. True to their eco-retreat reputation, Hacienda Cristoforo are dedicated to their green credentials and the whole operation is strictly monitored by Denis himself. From natural cleaning products, a bountiful organic kitchen garden to delicious vegan/vegetarian food, there is no detail that hasn’t been carefully thought out. We were so happy to not spot a single plastic item. Only natural material are used ensuring natures’ integrity in this breath-taking intertwinement of construction, nature and people. This is eco-therapy and wellness architecture at its core.
Luxury Wellness in Tenerife South
Guests are invited to stay in various cottages that are discreetly dotted around the estate which exist in perfect harmony with the lovingly tended gardens. This is low-key luxury, focussing on sustainable alternatives to traditional tourist offerings without losing sight of comfort and style. Each cottage is unique and decorated to reflect the personality of the space, featuring local art or breath-taking views of the island. The whole estate is connected by small winding pathways that lead you from one pocket of peacefulness to the next and the symbiosis between the buildings and the flora and fauna provides a magical experience where one feels in balance with nature.
Enjoy Slow Living in Paradise
In addition to being unashamedly instagrammable, Hacienda Cristoforo offers two large yoga studios where classes are led by a selection of teachers like Concepto Yoga that made our Green Team sweat, all invited by recommendation only. The natural wooden architecture combined with the rich natural light creates a truly idyllic setting for practice. Soothe yoga stretched muscles with a massage in one of their therapy rooms before visiting the vast dining hall where delicious vegan food is cooked up by local chefs hired for the retreats. Of course, if you are just visiting as a small group, enjoy the intimacy of dining inside the cottages, all of which are equipped with a fully functioning kitchen.
Our Highlights of Hacienda Cristoforo
The Canary Green team loved spending time at this magical, sustainable and inspiring place. It is a real hidden gem that made us all feel the power of nature, how grounding it is and the importance of protecting our environment. While there were endless aspects of the experience that we loved, our highlights include:
- The instant calm when entering through the big wooden gate
- Soaking up the restorative sunlight during the incredible sunsets
- Making friends with the goats, sheep, turtles and other wildlife
- Perfecting our dive in the refreshing swimming pool
- Connecting with nature and ourselves
- Admiring the hidden and perfectly integrated soul soothing architecture
- Listening to the inspiring stories of Denis and his family
wellness architecture, holistic therapies and Yoga retreat centre.
Thank you to everyone involved in this Canary Green project where our aim is to help promote sustainable tourism in the Canary Islands.
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- Denis Devaris; Creator of Hacienda Cristoforo and his lovely family
- John Beckley; Founder of Canary Green non profit
- Canary Green non profit:
- Project Coordinator; Andrea Endres
- PR; Kim De Coster
- Photographer & Social Media; Monika Marija Messinga
- Videographer; Marcin Bilski and Eliana Pelaggi
- Copywriter; Grace Molan
- Mentor; Juliane Nedel
- Our amazing Sponsors:
-Organic veggies and fruit from Finca La Calabacera
-Vegan, healthy, artisan cakes by Vegan Only Sweet
-Vegan breakfast and chosen caterer for Cristoforo Tierra Café
-Yoga class instructed by Concepto Yoga
- In cooperation with Canary PR, Tenerife Magazine