“Infinity pool, yoga terrace with steps to sea platform, and just a pebble's toss from a sandy beach; there's a reason why this Greek yoga retreat will have you purring with delight.”

Highlights

Luxury villa, 30 metres from the beach | stunning sea views | infinity pool | yoga terrace and sea platform | 2 x 90 minute yoga classes each day | 3 x healthy veggie meals, including wine | tavernas just a 10 min stroll away | Optional massages, boat trips, meditation on the beach and scenic walks along the coast |

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07 Apr 2017
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Our top tip:
Temperatures can dip in the evening so pack a few layers. Also, this is not a boot camp so bring your happy vibes and don't be afraid to ask for second helpings of delicious and nutritious veggie dishes.
Trip type:
Small group. Max 10. Min age 18.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Classes are for all levels and are based around Vinyasa flow and meditation.
Accomm:
Luxury villa with seaviews and twin bedrooms featuring shared or en-suite facilities.
Included:
2 x 90 minute daily yoga sessions, yoga mats, villa hosts and a self-healing group session.
Meals:
3 healthy vegeterian meals per day, including wine.
Solos:
Single room supplements apply.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Greece yoga vacation

Environment

Our house, just above the water's edge, forms a natural break between the forest and the sea and so it is not uncommon to hear a nightingale in May and June, see a tortoise cross the footpath or find yourself surrounded by an array of colourful butterflies and camouflaged insects darting between wild flowers. This is an incredibly unspoilt corner of Greece and to preserve this we have planted only the minimal amount of cultivated plants in the vicinity of the house and left the surrounding slopes bare to encourage the colonisation of forest flora. We also have a responsibility in ensuring that the olives trees which dot our slopes, some of which are hundreds of years old, are preserved. With careful pruning and management we are gradually achieving this and through doing so expect our harvest to improve. We harvest our trees in January and February and take our olives to the local press in Argalasti to produce our own extra virgin organic olive oil which we serve to our customers.


At the beginning of the season there is always much work to do clearing up the beaches. Winter storms will bring debris onto the beach and although there is a huge amount of wood which is swept in by the tides, to a greater degree plastic in all shapes, forms, colours and sizes finds its way. This needs immediate removal and recycling. It is a big job and we take an active role in ensuring that the beach is left debris free for the summer months. During the peak season of July and August, when the Greek people take their vacations, there is greater pressure on the local community to keep the beaches and the villages clean and tidy and free from litter. Although most of the people using the beaches are local and our location is surprisingly unspoilt as far as tourism is concerned, there is little awareness about litter in Greece and we are helping to create awareness about this by setting an example in clearing the beach daily ourselves and also strategically placing bins and empyting them regularly.

Community

To preserve the local design of the region we have constructed our house in the local Pelion style using the services and the expertise of local builders and craftsmen to achieve this. Our stone masons, carpenters, plumbers and electricians all come from a village within a few miles of the house. We have purchased from local suppliers all our materials, i.e. Pelion stone slates for flagstones, Pelion stone roof slates and Pelion stones for the stones walls. Some of the most basic of techniques have been employed in the construction from using an old fashioned band saw for making the window frames, ledges, doors and cupboards to the fashioning of individual stones on site for the flagstone terraces and stone walls. We have continued to use the services of the local builders and tradesmen in the ongoing maintenance of our property thus still creating a source of income for them. With regard to local tourism income we have four locally owned tavernas in the village which are guests frequent. We also recommend our guests hire cars and taxis through local firms.

We encourage our guests to use the ancient footpaths to explore the local area on foot. The opening up of the footpaths in Pelion has been backed by local walking groups and a local charity called the Friends of the Kalderimi who are actively involved in both preserving and improve the local walking tracks that once were the ancient mule tracks of Pelion. They have volunteer groups and working parties who meet regularly on footpaths to carry out work, relying on donations to achieve this. The footpaths exist in incredibly beautiful areas, criss crossing the mountains and stretching down into the seaside villages. Many of the footpaths are well known and well trodden by walkers but others are in danger of disappearing. As we are located just above a beautiful footpaths which is frequently in use and especially by our guests we invite them to contribute to this worthy cause.

Reviews of Greece yoga vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The great hospitality, facilities and setting of the operator combined with an amazing yoga teacher and delightful fellow-students.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take the leap of faith and book the vacation - you will not regret it. I did not know anyone, the teacher or the area but had a truly magical time - Pippa and her
family who own the company go out of their way to make you feel relaxed and at home. They have found an amazing yoga teacher in Molly who gave each
student individual attention and hosted fabulous yoga classes - I have done quite a few yoga vacations and this one exceeded all others.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the local community are supported in many ways.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic and the website photos are a true reflection of what to expect - infinity pool, blue skies, sea views and well appointed rooms. You will have to take my
word for it but the meals are also amazing - so if I had to give one criticism it's that my clothes were a little more snug on the flight home than on the way out
but I suppose that really is my fault for having no will power.....

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The yoga was amazing, Molly was a superb teacher and such a lovely person. The surroundings were beautiful, food was delicious and a wonderful group of
people - we were all made to feel so at home & nothing was too much trouble. I returned feeling incredibly relaxed, fit and healthy. There isn't anything I
could fault on this vacation apart from the dolphins not making a decent appearance!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Relax and enjoy. Book a couple of treatments with the visiting therapist, he is excellent. Pack light, you really don't need much at all.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, our food was all locally sourced and a taverna delivered the delicious evening meals. We even went and tidied up rubbish that was brought onto the
beach during a storm (this was voluntary not a part of the itinerary!!).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous. I would love to make it an annual treat to myself.

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


So many memories, including the beautiful villa with incredible places to practice yoga or just sit and relax. 2 brilliant hosts, thank you Pippa and Nick. Good food, great ambiance and some new friends.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do it! Pippa and Nick will contact you and give you any advice you might need relating to the particular vacation you are going on. Extremely hospitable and caring hosts.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the food and wine was locally sourced and authentically Greek - the delicious
evening meals were prepared by one of the Tavernas in the nearby village, and to even things up, when we went out as a group one evening, we went to one of the other Tavernas. A complimentary therapist was also a local man. The property was built using local tradesmen.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic vacation, would highly recommend it.

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Too many to list; night swimming in the crystal clear, bath-warm sea; the fantastic yacht trip; the incredible yoga classes (the best teacher I've ever had!); the divine food; the bed so comfortable I wanted to steal it; the warm hospitality of our hosts...

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you buy postcards and stamps at the airport as there are no shops in the village; get cash out too as there are no cash machines!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Absolutely. We had a locally based masseur, food from a local taverna, local herbal teas, and used absolutely no vehicles beyond the minivan on our airport transfers.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstandingly brilliant. Easily the best vacation I have ever been on; I have already booked in for next year.

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I went to Greece on a yoga retreat and the most inspiring part was the view, on a hillside overlooking the sea with a specially made yoga terrace, totally tranquil and just a few steps down to a platform where we could jump into the sea! Heaven

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take cash rather than other forms of money as there isn't anywhere to get euros. The village is very small and peaceful, with three tavernas, but no shops. The hosts will get anything you need when they drive into the town and couldn't be more helpful.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The hosts encouraged us to use the local tavernas and boats, taxis etc.
They had food brought in from the tavernas too so yes it did benefit the community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was an absolutely fabulous vacation, everything and more than expected. The level of yoga teaching was exemplary. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The location was breath taking. the proximity to the sea, in such a peaceful and secluded area. The very warm welcome and kind and charming hosts. The yoga teacher was superb and the yoga platform, perched above the sea, was sublime.
The reflexology and massage treatment with a local Greek 'healer', Iannis, was the best I had had in many years.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Do not expect 'spa' environment. This is a relaxed and gentle environment, with no 'frills', except the house is perfect for yoga and calm. The food is local and simple and the local wine delicious. Whatever level of yoga you are at, you will be looked after.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The hosts are very aware of the environment and support the local community as much as possible. All food and wine sourced locally and we all ate at the local taverner one night.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very high quality yoga instruction, sympathetic to all levels of experience. Very relaxing to be so close to the sea.

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of the vacation was memorable, from the yoga sessions, to the clear blue sea and wonderful scenery, and our excellent hosts and accommodation. I loved this unspoilt area of Greece.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be ready to have a wonderful vacation. It's a good idea to have done at least some yoga beforehand, but it's not essential.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, most of the evening meals were prepared by the local tavernas, and we were encouraged to spend some time in the local village, which we did. Food was very local and fresh. Our 'footprint' was minimal, we walked, did yoga, swam and spent time in the sun.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, it was a very enjoyable vacation - as a yoga vacation it was great yoga but also fun and very social.

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There were so many memorable parts. The house was stunning and the view was even better! Our hosts were wonderful and very welcoming. Our fab yoga teacher was very attentive and perceptive and I left feeling my practice had improved significantly. And the food cooked by our chef was absolutely delicious!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The days were lovely and warm but it was a bit chillier in the evenings than I thought it would be - I would take a few more warmer items.
If you think you're going to lose weight on this healthy yoga vacation, think again, as you won't be able to help getting second helpings of the amazing food! However, you will leave feeling healthier, more relaxed and happier! I recommend having a treatment from the local, very intuitive healer.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, for instance all food sourced I understood to be local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Amazing - I left the vacation feeling healthy, refreshed and very relaxed - it was exactly what I needed after a very busy, stressful period in my life and I would not hesitate to go again.

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