Frequently Asked Questions
What types of yoga classes are available on retreat, and can beginners join?
We have all yoga levels on our retreats from beginners to advanced, and our yoga teachers will modify poses so you can practice at your own pace. They’ll teach a Vinyasa flow class in the morning, which is quite active and invigorating, and a heavenly restorative Yin yoga class in the evening with a longer relaxation.
What type of people join the yoga retreats?
People join us from all over the world – from the UK and many other European countries, the US and Canada, Australia, South Africa just to name a few. We welcome solo travelers – on average about half of the people on our yoga retreats come on their own. As well as couples, friends, siblings – everyone is welcome, and we normally have a variety of ages from 30s all the way to 50s and at times 60s! We’ll plan group dinners and day trips for those who want to join, but also respect people’s space if you need some alone-time, it’s all part of the holiday.
What’s the average size of a group?
There are normally 10-15 people on each yoga retreat. This can vary slightly by retreat and by date, but we tend to limit the number to 16 people.
What is the daily itinerary?
We’re very flexible when it comes to schedules and itineraries. We have two yoga classes scheduled a day, and breakfast times – these are the only set times, but of course all are optional. The rest of the day and evening is completely up to you, we’ll be there to offer up ideas for the group. Here’s our typical daily schedule:
|8:30–10am||Vinyasa flow yoga class|
|11am–5:30pm||Free time, beach, town, spa.|
|5:30–6:30pm||Restorative Yin yoga class|
|Evening||Dinner in town, beach, or nearby restaurant|
What type of food will there be on retreat? I have a specific dietary need, will there be options?
The buffet breakfasts at the hotels offer a wide variety of options from omelettes and eggs any style, fresh fruits and veggies, yoghurts, juices, breads, pancakes, cheeses, nuts, the list goes on. As well as a gluten-free section.
The restaurants we go to have many options as well, all based on a healthy Mediterranean diet, and they can accommodate any type of dietary request. You’ll have many things to choose from including large salads, fresh grilled fish and meat, all sorts of veggies, as well as pasta and legumes. We eat what we like, no restrictions, and often people will enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. Delicious food is one of the highlights of our yoga retreats, and we make sure that all dietary needs and allergies are taken into consideration.
Are dinners included?
We have purposefully not included dinners into the holiday package so you can try different restaurants or have dinner on your own rather than joining the group. The locations we go to have fantastic restaurants, and by now we know the best! So we prefer not to eat at the hotel every night with a pre-set menu. Instead we’ll organize a dinner each night for the group at a different restaurant so you can try the local cuisine. And it’s also less expensive for you this way.
Can I share a room with someone else?
We’d be happy to arrange this, although most people joining us on their own seem to like their own room! We normally put people in a shared room if they’re traveling together and request it specifically – friends, siblings, couples etc. However, if we do get requests from two people traveling on their own who would like to share, we can put you two in a shared room. Please contact us if this is your preference.
I'd like to come with my friend/ partner/ family member who won't be practicing yoga, is that ok?
Yes, you can come with someone who won’t be practicing yoga, the price would be less for that person, please contact us for details.
What payment methods are accepted?
You have the option to either pay by bank transfer or by credit card, and we can send you payment information for either. Note that Yoga Escapes uses Paypal for credit cards and Paypal charges a payment-processing fee. Contact us for the exact amount, since this varies by country.
Do I have to pay the full amount or a deposit?
Full payment is due at time of booking to secure your room. In some cases, if the booking date is far in advance, we will be happy to work with you and accept a 30% deposit to hold your place, and a balance payment at a later date. Please contact us to discuss dates and amounts.
Are flights included?
We have not included flights into the holiday package since we have people joining from all over the world, so pricing it would be a challenge! The destinations we travel to have international airports with direct flights from several European cities, some also with affordable airlines such as Easyjet and Monarch. Please contact us if you need advice with flights.
What airport should I fly into? How far is the hotel from the airport?
For Mykonos: fly to Mykonos International Airport directly or via Athens on Aegean Air. The transfer to the hotel is about 20 minutes with the hotel private transport.
For Crete: fly to Chania International Airport directly or via Athens on Aegean Air. The transfer to the hotel is about 20 minutes, taxis can be easily found at the airport.
For Menorca: fly to Menorca International Airport directly or via Madrid or Barcelona on Iberia or Air Europa. The transfer to the hotel is about 30 minutes, taxis can be easily found at the airport.
For Sicily: fly into Catania International Airport directly or via Rome or Milano on Alitalia. The transfer to the hotel is about 40 minutes, taxis can be easily found at the airport, or we can help arrange a private car service for less than a taxi fare to meet you on arrival.
For Egypt: fly to Hurghada International Airport directly or via Cairo on Egyptair. The transfer to the hotel is about 45 minutes, we can help arrange a private car service in advance to meet you on arrival.
When should I arrive, and when should I plan to leave?
Plan to arrive at some point on the first day of the retreat (the first date mentioned in the dates listed here on our website)). We’ll have a group dinner that evening to meet everyone, yoga classes will start the next morning. The last class will be the evening before the last day mentioned here on the website, and people will leave at some point on the last day depending on individual flights. Hotel check-out is usually around 12noon, but you can stay at the hotel and use the facilities, pool, beach, spa etc. if you have a later flight.
Can I arrive early or stay later after the yoga retreat ends?
Yes, if you’d like to arrive earlier or stay a few days after the yoga retreat ends, we can arrange that for you with the hotel. Please contact us to let us know.
What times are the yoga classes?
The morning Vinyasa yoga classes are from 8:30-10am, and the evening Yin yoga restorative classes are at sunset, normally around 5:30-6:30pm, depending on sunset at the location and time of year. All yoga classes are of course optional, and we’ll have a break one morning mid-week with no class, so you can take a full day trip or just sleep in.
Are yoga mats provided?
Yes, you’ll receive a yoga mat during the first class, to be kept with you throughout the week. On most retreats we also provide yoga blocks and straps, but feel free to bring anything else you may need for your yoga practice. There is no formal yoga studio, instead we practice outside on a yoga space overlooking the sea.
What’s the weather like?
Sunny and warm! We’ve specifically chosen the dates and locations for our yoga retreats to maximize the best weather at that time of year for each location. So we can practice yoga outside without it being uncomfortable, and we can go swimming in the sea, enjoy days on the beach, and have dinner at outdoor restaurants.
Currency, credit cards, cash:
The currency in Italy, Greece and Spain is the Euro. And in Egypt it’s the Egyptian Pound. You can find the exchange rate for your currency using this Currency Converter. Credit cards are widely accepted in all our destinations and hotels (Amex a bit less than others), and Cash Points / ATMs are also very easy to find. We recommend that you withdraw some cash on arrival for everyday purchases.
There is complementary wi-fi in all the hotel rooms, as well as in common areas of the hotels.
All our hotels have air conditioning in the rooms.
All our hotels have a safety box in every room.
Electricity voltage and power adapters
Electrical outlets in Greece, Italy, Spain and Egypt are standard type C and type F. Voltage is 230V. Here’s a handy website with info on worldwide electricity sockets and voltage. All rooms have hair dryers. For people coming from the US and other countries with lower electricity voltage – be careful with you hairdryers and other appliances, they may burn and die with the higher voltage abroad – check before using, or buy a converter.
Are the yoga retreat destinations safe?
All our destinations are extremely safe, we are careful to pick locations that don’t present any threat, we would never organize a yoga retreat in a place we felt would present any danger. In fact we’ve held off on our Egypt yoga retreat until the situation in the surrounding countries appeases. We constantly monitor the situation in all the countries we visit to make sure there is no danger.
Tipping at restaurants is not obligatory in any of our destinations, but of course always appreciated. It’s not a set amount, but usually the total is rounded up, and for smaller tabs 5-10%. Sometimes a “bread and cover” charge will be included on the bill, but this is not the tip.
Yoga Escapes will cancel a yoga holiday if an unforeseen event in the holiday destination would put our participants at risk. All payments would be refunded if that happens a month or more before the start of the retreat. Yoga Escapes carefully selects only very safe locations and has therefore never had to cancel a yoga retreat. We recommend that guests look into travel insurance that covers cancellations in case of personal emergencies. Yoga Escapes will not be able to refund any payments if the cancellation is initiated by the guests. Please see our full Cancellation Policy for more details.
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