11-18 October 2015
We’ll be hosting our Italy yoga retreats in Sicily, near the charming town of Siracusa – one of the most beautiful towns in Italy with lovely squares and outdoor markets, a stunning coast, seaview terraces and delicious restaurants.
It’s the perfect place to enjoy the simple pleasures in life – fresh local food, a leisurely stroll in town, bike rides along the coast, white sandy beaches and a very gentle pace. You’ll get a chance to unwind in a gorgeous setting by the sea at our 5* hotel, surrounded by Italian beauty, history, and culture.
The weather in October is still very sunny and warm to go for a swim on our private beach and spend the day outdoors, but not too hot so we can still practice yoga outside.
What to expect?
Two yoga classes a day with great views
Spacious seaview rooms at a 5* hotel
The best Italian food ever – we’ll take you!
Private beach and many swimming spots
The most beautiful town in Sicily
Boutique shopping and people-watching
Day trips to baroque towns and even more lovely beaches
Strolling around the pedestrian streets
Relaxing by the pool with a book
A laid-back group and no mandatories
Personalized service with two reps
What is there to do?
We’ll practice yoga outdoors on our terrace overlooking the sea, relax on our private beach, take day trips to the towns of Noto and Taormina and bike rides along the coast. We’ll show you peaceful beaches, have dinners at typical Sicilian trattorias, and enjoy homemade dishes and a glass of wine.
The surrounding area in Sicily has plenty to offer and to discover, but this is your holiday – it's completely up to you to enjoy as you like, perhaps just relaxing by the pool or getting a massage at the hotel spa. We’ve listed some more options below under Activities.
We welcome all yoga levels from beginners to advanced, and Sarah Scott our yoga teacher will modify classes so everyone can practice at their own pace. We keep our groups small, around 8-10 people, and many people come on their own, at all ages and from all different backgrounds and countries.
Our morning Vinyasa flow classes are active and will get your heart going, while our evening restorative classes are soothing, with a longer relaxation. Sarah has been teaching for years, she’ll start everyone off at the same level and then adjust the poses depending on the group. But for sure she’ll remind you to constantly listen to your body and go at your own pace – she’s truly great!
8:30–10am: Vinyasa flow yoga class
11am–5pm: Free time, beach, town, spa..
5–6pm: Restorative Yin yoga class
Evening: Dinner in Siracusa town
Come and soak in the culture, history and the wonderful food of this region, practice yoga by the sea, treat yourself to a well-deserved break, and discover a little piece of paradise in Sicily!
We’ll be staying at the Grand Hotel Minareto, a 5* luxury hotel set on a cliff with stunning views across the sea to Ortigia island and Siracusa town. Situated in a quiet location on the coast, yet only 10 minutes drive to the center of Siracusa and close to several nearby towns. We think it's the best location to enjoy peace and quiet by the sea, yet close enough to explore the area easily.
The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a private beach with sunbeds, as well as a high-end spa with a variety of massages and treatments. There are also additional sunbeds by the cliff with wonderful views and many swimming spots along the coast.
You can stay in either Superior Seaview rooms or Classic rooms – up to you. Both have air-conditioning and an interactive LCD TV with free internet access. The Superior rooms have a private balcony with beautiful sea views, while the Classic rooms have all the amenities and comforts of the Superior rooms but are slightly smaller and have a view of the garden or pool (and are less expensive).
The hotel also offers a shuttle service to Siracusa town for those who want to explore.
Siracusa and the area around it are considered among the most beautiful places in all of Italy:
Ortigia island in Siracusa is the gem of the area, with its majestic baroque buildings and famous squares, lively outdoor market, peaceful sidestreets and wonderful views out to sea from the castle. An evening stroll in Ortigia is truly memorable, as is a dinner in one of its fantastic restaurants – we’ll take you to the best ones in town!
Surrounding Siracusa and Ortigia are several lovely baroque towns, including Noto and Taormina. All have their unique charm, attractions and local food specialties, and are definitely worth a day trip.
There are also several gorgeous beaches around the area, including San Lorenzo and Fontane Bianche just 10 minutes away, with crystal clear water and soft white sand. And for the more adventurous, we recommend a visit to the Vendicari Natural Reserve with even more secluded beaches and wonderful walks along the coast.
Siracusa was once the largest, wealthiest and most powerful city-state of the Mediterranean, and was also considered the most beautiful. This beauty can still be seen in every street corner and around the impressive Greek and Roman ruins which once dominated the city.
Explore typical Sicilian towns, enjoy wine tasting, bike rides or relaxing by the beach – up to you:
Take a day trip to Noto or Taormina and discover the glory of Sicily's baroque past. Beautiful architecture, typical Sicilan scenes straight from a movie, and amazing gelato.
WINE TASTING TOURS
Sicily is well known for its top-quality wines, from crisp whites to hearty reds. Visit a winery nearby to taste a variety of wines paired with typical Sicilian dishes.
Grab a bike from our hotel and take a ride along the Sicilian coast, wander into a nearby town and stop to taste their local food, or continue into Siracusa.
Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or beauty treatment at the hotel's luxury spa while enjoying the views from the spa's seaview rooms.
Siracusa is home to many well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, easily visited in an afternoon and well worth the experience.
…relax at the Hotel Minareto's private beach, or discover one of the beautiful beaches nearby, we'll take you!
(prices are in UK pounds sterling)
Superior Seaview rooms:
Price per person in a shared room: £ 1190
Price for a single-occupancy room: £ 1490
Price per person in a shared room: £ 1140
Price for a single-occupancy room: £ 1390
Check the price in your local currency here: Currency Converter
Morning and evening yoga classes
Luxury rooms at the 5* Hotel Minareto
Gourmet buffet breakfast
Private beach with beds and umbrellas
Shuttle service to Siracusa town
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
Fly to Catania Airport in Sicily. Several airlines fly to Catania from various European cities. Low cost airlines also have direct flights, including Easyjet. Alternatively, there are many flights with a stopover in Rome.
Once in Catania, you can book a car transfer to the hotel, the agency we recommend is New Travel Services, the contact is Christian Guardione and his details are:
Tel +39 0942 985445
Mobile: +39 338 8855528
We can pair you up with others who arrive at the same time, so you can share the transfer, let us know and we can arrange this for you. Also, at time of booking, let them know you are part of our yoga group so you get a preferred rate.
Alternatively you can rent a car and drive to the hotel, which is a good option so you have it to explore the area during the week. People often do this, the drive is approximately 45 minutes and very easy, the roads are good.
Plan to arrive at some point on the 11th of October, yoga classes will start the next morning. And people will leave at any time on the 18th of October. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer, please let us know, we can help arrange that for you with the hotel.
If you'd like to join us, please contact Yoga Escapes. Please note that space is limited.
IN THE PRESS:
"Thank you to Sarah for being such a super yoga teacher! What a star!"
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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