4–11 May 2014
12–19 October 2014
8:30am – 10am:
10am – 11am:
11am – 5:30pm:
5:30pm – 6:30pm:
Morning active yoga class
Free time, beach, town, spa, pool, sightseeing
Evening restorative yoga class
Dinner in Siracusa town or nearby area
Our yoga retreats in Sicily will be held by the sea near lovely Siracusa, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy with impressive baroque architecture, lovely coast, seaview terraces and delicious restaurants.
We'll stay at a 5* hotel right on the beach and practice yoga twice a day on a gorgeous terrace overlooking the sea, take day trips to charming towns nearby such as Noto and Taormina, explore different beaches, wine tasting tours, or go for bike rides along the coast. The weather in May and October is warm enough to go for a swim or spend the days outdoors, but not too hot so we can still practice yoga outside.
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 beach with a book or getting a massage at the hotel spa.
We welcome all yoga levels from beginners to advanced, and Sarah our yoga teacher will modify classes and yoga poses so everyone can participate at their own pace. Our morning yoga classes are active and are based on Vinyasa flow, while our evening classes are restorative and soothing, with longer relaxation and meditation. We will practice yoga every day except Thursday morning to allow people to visit a nearby town or beach, or just sleep.
Many people join our yoga retreats on their own, at all ages and from all different backgrounds and countries, we're very easygoing and everything is optional. We keep our groups small, normally 8-10 people.
Come and soak in the culture, history and the amazing food and wine of this region, practice some wonderful yoga, treat yourself to a well-deserved break and discover a little piece of paradise in Sicily!
We are hosting our Sicily yoga retreats at the 5* Grand Hotel Minareto:
The Grand Hotel Minareto is 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 in a protected marine nature reserve, 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 attractions to explore the area easily.
The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and a private beach with complimentary sun loungers, parasols and beach towels, as well as a high-end spa with a variety of massages and treatments.
The Superior Seaview rooms have a classic design with fine Italian fabrics and bed linens, all have air-conditioning and a private balcony with beautiful sea views, and an interactive LCD TV with free internet access.
The hotel offers a shuttle service to Siracusa town and free parking is provided for all guests of the hotel.
Siracusa and the area around it are universally considered among the most beautiful places in all of Italy:
Siracusa was once the largest, wealthiest and most powerful city-state of the Mediterranean region, and was also considered the most beautiful. This beauty can still be seen in every street and every corner of Ortigia – Siracusa's lovely island – and around the impressive Greek and Roman ruins which once dominated the city.
Ortigia island is the gem of the area, with its majestic baroque buildings and squares, lively outdoor market, peaceful sidestreets and wonderful views out to sea from the castle at the tip of the island. An evening stroll in Ortigia is truly memorable, as is a dinner in one of its fantastic restaurants – delicious food accompanied by a good glass of wine is a must for every Sicilian.
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 Fontane Bianche and San Lorenzo, 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.
Explore typical Sicilian towns, enjoy wine tasting, bike rides or relaxing by the beach – up to you:
Take a day trip to one of the nearby towns of Noto or Taormina and discover the glory of Sicily's baroque past. Beautiful architecture, typical Sicilan scenes straight from a movie, and amazing gelato while strolling down the street.
Sicily is well known for its top-quality wines, from crisp whites to hearty reds. We'll organize day excursions to special wineries nearby to taste a variety of wines paired with typical Sicilian dishes.
Grab a bike from our hotel and take a ride along the unspoiled Sicilian coast, wander into a nearby fishing village or hillside town and stop to taste their local food.
Take some time out and 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 remains, easily visited in an afternoon and well worth it to experience the power of its past.
…relax at the Hotel Minareto's private beach, or discover one of the beautiful beaches nearby.
Prices below are for 7 nights.
Price per person in a shared room: £ 1190
Price for single-occupancy: £ 1470
Private beach with beds and umbrellas free of charge
Free hotel shuttle service to Siracusa town
A second Yoga Escapes rep on location to plan excursions and dinners, and troubleshoot any issues
Plan to arrive on the 4th of May or 12th of October, we will meet up for a group dinner that evening, and yoga classes will start the next morning. The last yoga class will be the evening of the 10th of May and 18th of October, and the next day will be the last day.
If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer, that can be easily arranged, pending hotel availability.
The closest airport to Siracusa is Catania. Several airlines fly to Catania from various European cities. Low cost airlines also have direct flights, including easyjet which has a flight from London to coincide with the yoga holiday.
Once in Catania, you have the option to either rent a car and drive to Siracusa, which we recommend so you have transport to explore the area during the week, or you can book a car transfer, we can help arrange this for you. The drive is approximately one hour.
We strongly suggest booking your flights in advance – airline prices increase substantially as the dates approach.
If you would like to join us on the Sicily luxury yoga retreat, please contact Yoga Escapes to reserve your spot.
Please note that space is limited.
"Thank you to Sarah for being such a super yoga teacher! What a star!"
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