Anna Stracke review 18 Jul 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Most definitely the location of the retreat, stunning views - easy access into the sea and commercially unspoiled neighbouring villages.
The informal atmosphere at the house, the superb yoga instruction, the delicious vegan food (I gorged myself on a simple dish consisting of chickpeas and wild rice, I still dream of it), friendly owners who unobtrusively kept everything running smoothly, the composition of the group - all ages from various backgrounds and abilities.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Book soon. Take advantage of the massage treatment provided by a local masseur, it was exceptionally good.
If you are a vegan, you simply must buy the Vegan sweet sticks at the airport in Thessaloniki (made by the famous Terkenlis patisserie) they are mouth-watering good - so good in fact, that they were gobbled up by my unrepentant carnivore partner in one sitting.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Unfortunately - the flight and the 4 hour bus ride to the resort has left a carbon footprint, but I hope the local community benefited from our stay.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I truly enjoyed this vacation and came away recharged and happy and I shall continue taking Yoga lessons.
I am an absolute beginner at 62 years old - in the UK it is difficult to find beginner classes for the not so young. Molly, the yoga instructor was a true professional in managing this juxtaposition of age and level of experience. I was never made to feel embarrassed by my difficulties or inability to attain certain positions - all credit to Molly and the supportive attitude of the other members in the group.
Read the operator's response here:
Hi Anna. It was an absolute pleasure to have you in the retreat. We are so glad you enjoyed it. Regarding the carbon footprint of
your journey, sadly the most beautiful places in the world are sometimes a little difficult to get to. However, once here you
never have to get in a car again, you can go everywhere on foot (or swim!). We support our local community by providing much needed employment and purchasing fresh produce daily from local farmers and suppliers.We introduce our guests to the local tavernas and shopkeepers and cultivate and develop our olive groves which form an important part of the local environment.