30 September - 7 October 2017
Crete is warm and sunny in October and the summer lasts until well into the month – it's the perfect time of year to visit this wonderful Greek island on a luxury yoga retreat. You can still practice yoga outside without it being too hot, go for swims and eat at the lovely outdoor tavernas.
Our Crete yoga holiday combines wonderful yoga classes with a healthy dose of luxury and pampering – daily yoga by the sea, a 5* hotel right on the beach, a great spa, and a charming town just a few minutes away. This is a beautiful part of Crete and we'll be happy to show you our favorite places.
Our groups are relatively small, normally around 10 people from all over the world. We’ll practice yoga twice a day outside, with a morning Vinyasa flow class and an evening restorative Yin yoga class at sunset. We love great food and a glass of wine, we don't have any restrictions and don't mind if you sleep in, and we enjoy the holiday part as much as the yoga part.
Many people come on their own and we have all yoga levels from beginners to advanced – Lolo our yoga teacher is wonderful, and she’ll modify poses so everyone can practice at their own pace. So come along even If you're just starting out.
A morning Vinyasa yoga class
A sunset restorative Yin yoga class
Warm, sunny, summer weather
5* adults-only hotel on the beach
Seaview rooms and superior hotel service
Private beach with beds and umbrellas
Delicious meals at local restaurants – we know the best!
Chania town – a little gem to explore just minutes from the hotel
Day trips to nearby beaches and towns in Crete – we’ll take you there
No rules, and everything is optional
Personalized service with two reps
We’ll be there to take care of things – it’s your holiday!
We’re very easygoing, we enjoy eating out at delicious restaurants, we plan day trips to beaches and towns nearby, but completely understand if you want to just relax at the beach with a book – many do just that. We’ll be there to take care of any issues and offer up recommendations. But it’s your holiday, so everything is optional including the yoga classes, if you feel tired on occasion – we won’t judge.
Where is the yoga retreat located?
We'll be right near Chania in Crete, a lovely little town with a mix of Greek, Venetian and Turkish styles – one of the prettiest towns in all of Greece and definitely worth a visit. It has a beautiful harbor lined with restaurants and cafés, and a pedestrian old town with local boutique shops. We specifically decided to host our yoga retreat near Chania because it’s so charming, and we’ll go into town often for dinners and a stroll so you can see it. There are direct flights to Chania from London with easyjet, and from several other European cities.
8:30–10am: Vinyasa flow yoga class
11am–5pm: Free time, beach, town, spa..
5–6pm: Restorative Yin yoga class
Evening: Dinner in Chania or nearby
We are hosting our Crete yoga retreat at the 5* Atlantica Kalliston Resort & Spa:
The adults-only Atlantica Kalliston Resort & Spa has an ideal location on a beautiful beach in a peaceful and quiet area, just minutes from Chania town.
It’s a modern and contemporary hotel, with big white beds surrounding the pool area. There are three swimming pools, one with a swim-up bar, just a few steps away from the hotel's private beach. There is also a high-end spa with massages, facials and all sorts of pampering treatments (and we do love to treat ourselves!), as well as a sauna, steam room, indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym.
We’ll be staying in Superior Seaview rooms with terraces and views out to Glaros beach. There are many international restaurants, including an Italian trattoria, a typical Greek taverna by the beach, an Asian option, and service to your sunbed from the beach restaurant and bar.
Chania town is a little gem on the western side of Crete, full of surprises and picture-perfect scenes:
Chania is by far the most beautiful and most picturesque town in Crete, and some would say in all of Greece. The famous Venetian harbor is the central meeting point, with restaurants and cafés along the waterfront leading to the old port and lighthouse. It’s the perfect postcard shot, and a great place to sit and have a coffee or a drink and people-watch. Behind the harbor lies the old town with narrow pedestrian streets filled with boutique stores and houses, and sandy beaches stretch along the coast on either side of the town.
Chania has managed to preserve its architecture from Venetian and Turkish times and still has small workshops with local artisans who continue to practice traditional crafts such as pottery, embroidery and weaving. Their love of life and vibrant culture can be felt in every corner, in every delicious meal, and in every conversation. They are truly warm and welcoming people.
There's plenty to do in between yoga classes:
Discover Crete's charming fishing villages, immerse yourself in local traditions, and enjoy the relaxed pace and rustic feel of a typical small Greek town.
Chania is filled with boutique shops selling everything from local olive oil and sweets to lovely summer dresses, hats and jewelry – something for everyone.
Take a hiking trip along one of the pretty gorges in Crete – tackle the famous Samaria gorge that leads down to the sea and end with a refreshing swim.
Treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment in between yoga classes, get pampered with a facial or a massage and give your body some well-deserved attention.
Enjoy a stroll along the Venetian harbor, have lunch at a waterfront café, wander into the pedestrian streets of the old town and visit Chania's famous market.
Take a boat trip along the coast, try scuba diving or snorkeling, visit the stunning Falasarna and Elafonisi beaches, or simply lounge on our private beach.
30 September - 7 October 2017:
Price per person in a shared room: EUR € 1800
Price for a single-occupancy room: EUR € 2200
Morning and evening yoga classes
7 nights in seaview rooms at a 5* hotel
Full buffet breakfast
Private beach with beds and umbrellas
Yoga mats, blocks, straps
Access to yoga teacher throughout the day for any yoga-related questions
A second rep on location to plan day trips, dinners, and help with logistics
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Some airlines fly directly to Chania airport (easyjet from London Gatwick for example). We strongly suggest booking your flights in advance – airline prices increase substantially.
You can also fly to Athens and take an internal flight to Chania on Aegean Airlines. Alternatively, many airlines have direct flights to Heraklion in Crete, you can then take a taxi from Heraklion to Chania, the car journey is two hours.
There are overnight ferries from Athens leaving in the evening and arriving into Chania in the early morning. For other boat schedules, visit the Greek Travel Pages website.
Plan to arrive at some point on the first day of the yoga retreat (30 Sept 2017), yoga classes will start the next morning. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer, please let us know, we can help arrange that with the hotel.
If you would like to join us on our Crete yoga retreat, please contact Yoga Escapes. Please note that space is limited.
"The yoga, the dinners, the hotel, the group were all perfection!"
We'll show you the hidden gems of the area, take you to the most delicious restaurants, and organize day trips to beautiful beaches and towns.
Our groups are small and we have two Yoga Escapes reps at every location. Our yoga teachers are of the highest level from top yoga studios in London, and no one feels guilty for sleeping in or spending time on their own.
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