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Find serenity on a yoga retreat in Crete.

Yoga Retreat in Crete

30 September – 7 October 2017

We’ve planned a yoga retreat in Crete with yoga classes by the sea and a healthy dose of luxury and pampering. Our yoga terrace is just steps from our private beach, and we’ll be staying at a 5-star hotel with views out to sea and a heavenly spa. Charming Chania town is just a few minutes away and we’ll wander into town most evenings for delicious meals. This is a beautiful part of Crete and we’ll be happy to show you all our favorite places.

Our groups are relatively small, normally 10-15 people from all over the world, and many solo travelers. We’ll practice yoga twice a day, with an active Vinyasa flow class in the morning and an evening restorative yoga class at sunset. We love great food and enjoy wine with dinner, we don’t have any restrictions and don’t mind if you sleep in, it’s all part of the holiday!

All yoga levels can join – Sarah and Lolo our yoga teachers are great at giving options so everyone can practice at their own pace. Come along even if you’re just starting out!

Crete Yoga Retreat
Highlights

  • Yoga twice a day by the sea
  • 5* adults-only hotel
  • Seaview rooms
  • Spa treatments
  • Private beach
  • No rules, no strict schedules
  • Warm and friendly atmosphere
  • Delicious healthy meals
  • Day trips to gorgeous beaches
  • The prettiest town in Crete

Crete Yoga Retreat Highlights

  • Yoga twice a day by the sea
  • 5* adults-only hotel
  • Seaview rooms
  • Spa treatments
  • Private beach
  • No rules, no strict schedules
  • Warm and friendly atmosphere
  • Delicious healthy meals
  • Day trips to gorgeous beaches
  • The prettiest town in Crete

To book or find out more about our luxury yoga retreat in Crete, contact Laura:

What to expect

We’ve handpicked our yoga teachers to give you the most amazing yoga classes by the sea, but we also believe that the holiday part is as important as the yoga part. We know the island well and two of us will be there to show you around and take care of everything.

We’re very easygoing, we enjoy eating out at delicious restaurants, we’ll plan day trips to beaches and nearby towns, but completely understand if you just want to relax by the pool with a book. Many people join us on their own, it’s your time out so everything is optional, including the yoga classes. If you feel tired and want to skip a class – we won’t judge!

The weather in Crete is perfect in early October – warm enough to go for swims and eat at the lovely outdoor tavernas, but not too hot so we can still practice yoga outdoors on our covered terrace. The ideal time of year to visit this wonderful Greek island.

Where we are going

Where is the yoga retreat located?

Our yoga retreat in Crete is located on the western side of the island, just minutes from the gorgeous town of Chania (see Chania on a map).

Our 5* hotel is on a peaceful quiet beach away from the holiday crowds – it’s a great place to tune out and relax. We have a large section of the beach just for ourselves, and our yoga terrace is just steps from the beach, with wonderful views out to sea.

But there’s also plenty to see and do nearby – more gorgeous beaches, towns, hiking, shopping, watersports, boat trips. And the hotel is just a few minutes from Chania town, so you won’t be bored if you get a bit antsy. Chania also quite easy to get to – there are direct flights from London and from several other European cities.

About Chania town in Crete

Chania is the most beautiful and picturesque town in Crete and a great place to sit by the water and people-watch.

The beautiful harbor is the central meeting point, lined with restaurants and cafés leading to the old port and lighthouse. And behind the harbor is the pedestrian old town with many boutique shops – the perfect place to wander.

We specifically decided to host our yoga retreat in Crete near Chania because it’s so charming, we’ll go into town often for dinners and a stroll. The town still has small workshops, local artisan stores, and family-run tavernas – they’ve managed to keep that old school authentic Greek feel.

chania harbour
falasarna beach in crete
chania crete view of town
yoga in chania crete

Luxury Accommodation

5* Atlantica Kalliston Resort

We’re hosting our yoga retreat in Crete at the 5* Atlantica Kalliston Resort & Spa – a beautiful adults-only hotel with a private beach in a quiet area just minutes from town. The hotel has a modern contemporary feel and has recently been refurbished. We’ll be staying in Deluxe Seaview rooms with terraces and views out to Glaros beach.

The hotel has three swimming pools facing the sea just steps from the beach, one has a swim-up bar, and there’s also a jacuzzi.

The high-end spa has all sorts of pampering treatments – the massages and facials are wonderful (we do love to treat ourselves!). And there’s also a sauna, steam room, indoor pool, gym, and a variety of fitness classes.

There are several international restaurants, including an Italian trattoria, a typical Greek taverna by the beach, and an Asian option. During the day there’s also a poolside restaurant. Total relaxation!

Local Cuisine

The food in Crete is absolutely delicious – even the Greeks admit that the local ingredients in Crete are second to none. The pure olive oil, the fresh vegetables and salads, the fruit, grilled fish and meat, olives, cheeses, slow-cooked oven dishes and home-made pastries – eating is a true pleasure.

Crete has also become famous for its wine, and we enjoy a glass with dinner. The nearby island of Santorini has produced some wonderful wines due to its volcanic land, and we can find many of those wines on Crete as well. The Santorini Sigalas white is our favorite!

Eat and drink what you like

You can eat and drink what you like on our yoga retreats – we don’t have any restrictions, in fact we encourage you to try out all the options from vegetarian to fish, meat, casseroles. All healthy, delicious, Mediterranean food with pure natural local ingredients.

We’ll have a large buffet breakfast together after yoga, with many choices including eggs, pancakes and toasts, fruit juices, veggies, fresh fruits and cheeses, yoghurts, and a gluten-free selection. This keeps us going for most of the afternoon, but some people enjoy a light lunch or afternoon snack.

We’ll plan a group dinner at a different restaurant each evening. We’ll take the group into Chania town some evenings, and other evenings we’ll eat at one of the restaurants on the beach near the hotel. We know the best ones!

What yoga means to us

Yoga is at the heart of our retreats, and we offer the real deal. You’ll definitely get a good workout, but the goal of the physical practice is to challenge you enough physically so you can begin to let go and quiet the mind. That’s what yoga is all about – calming the mind. And that’s what we teach on our yoga retreats. You will feel re-energized and restored both physically and mentally.

Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga

We offer two yoga classes a day on our yoga retreat in Crete: a morning Vinyasa flow class to get your heart going, and an evening Yin class to relax. Both classes are suitable for all levels.

What is Vinyasa? What is Yin Yoga?

Your yoga teacher and your host

Karen Brown and Laura Bianchini

Karen Brown is the teacher on our yoga retreat in Crete. She’ll modify classes for all levels so you can practice at your own pace, and will also offer more challenging poses for the more advanced.

Laura will also be there to make sure everything runs smoothly, to organize day trips and group dinners.

Find out more about our teachers: Meet the Team

A Typical Day

We’ll practice yoga twice a day, with plenty of time to relax on the beach, take a day trip, and indulge at the spa:

 

8:30–10am:
Vinyasa yoga class
10–11am:
Breakfast
11am–5pm:
Free time, beach, spa
5–6pm:
Yin yoga class
Evening:
Dinner in Chania or nearby

Activities & Excursions

There’s plenty to do in between yoga classes:

santorini

Day trip to Santorini

Take a boat trip to Santorini and discover one of Greece’s most famous islands with its picture-perfect cliffs and views. This excursion can be done in one day.

Shopping

Chania town is filled with boutique shops selling everything from local olive oil and sweets to lovely summer dresses, hats and jewelry – something for everyone.

Hiking

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 the hike with a refreshing swim.

Spa

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.

Stroll in Chania town

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.

boats on falasarna beach crete

Beachtime

Take a boat trip, go snorkeling, join us on a day trip to the stunning Falasarna and Elafonisi beaches, or simply lounge on our private beach.

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What people are saying

As I sit on my flight waiting to take off back to Orlando, I am reflecting on what a FANTASTIC time I had! Thank you to all my fellow retreat participants for sharing this journey with me. Safe travels, peace and love to you all! Until next time.

Makeesha, Florida

What people are saying

Thank you for planning such an excellent holiday. The hotel, the location, the rooms with perfect views, the yoga, the food and entertainment – everything!

Margaret, Birmingham

What people are saying

I had to enter the plane horizontal, I was so laid back I couldn’t stand! I have many great memories. Laura, your work in conceiving, planning and organizing the trip was outstanding, as was your continuous presence and availability. I always felt in safe hands.

Susan, London

What people are saying

An amazing week in which I realised my goal of letting go of the old and embracing the new. It’s been an emotional but fabulous journey. And I made some amazing new friends along the way. I look forward to our reunion soon! Thank you all.

Penny, London

What people are saying

I’ve been on yoga holidays before but this was the first one to strike the right balance of uplifting and restorative yoga mixed with fun evenings and plenty of time to relax. Thanks Laura and Holly for a fantastic week in Mykonos, I’ll certainly be back.

Jules, London

What people are saying

I had a wonderful week with all of you in Sicily. The yoga was fantastic, the food sublime and the conversations and company best of all. A truly first class retreat. Will recommend this trip to everyone I know, peace and love to all you beautiful people!

Jag, Toronto

What people are saying

What an amazing holiday! Well done Laura for organizing such a fabulous time and thank you Sarah for being such a super teacher! I haven’t enjoyed a holiday so much in so long.

Kay, Wales

What people are saying

I must say that it was a great yoga holiday. You people were all great, and I felt I have known you for years. Holly, you are a wonderful teacher, you managed to give us the confidence to do all the hard poses!

Hanna, Amman

What people are saying

I enjoyed every minute of this week with all of you in Sicily and I miss you all! I look forward to our next retreat next year in Greece!

Béné, Geneva

What people are saying

Arrived home safely. Thank you Laura for being the perfect host, and to Holly for making me love yoga all the more. And to all you beautiful yogis for your shared energy and stories. Love

Sophie, Liverpool

What people are saying

It was wonderful to get to spend last week with all of you. Great company, gorgeous weather, fab yoga…what a great way to remind myself of how brilliant holidays are. I’ve really been missing out!

Lisa, London

What people are saying

What a truly fantastic holiday, so great meeting all of you, huge thanks to Laura for your great organization and your kindness, and to Holly for your amazing yoga and beach fun. I’ll definitely keep doing yoga to be ready for next year’s trip! xoxo

Anna, Munich

What people are saying

Great holiday with a fantastic group of people, thanks to everyone for making it such an enjoyable holiday, I’m off to my local studio tomorrow to investigate classes!

Gill, London

What people are saying

I want to be back to Greece or anywhere Yoga Escapes has a retreat! The best memories ever!

Viviane, Los Angeles

What people are saying

A big thank you for organizing the yoga retreat so brilliantly. It was like arriving with a ready made group of friends, all such lovely people and a real fun way to start our holiday.

Gavin, London

What people are saying

We were led by a fantastic gracious yoga teacher – Holly. We left all our worries behind in the very capable hands of our worldly knowledgeable Caprice dancing captain – Laura – who made everything appear so seamless. This is not an easy task!

Ilene, New York

What people are saying

Practicing yoga outside by the sea was a special treat, everything was arranged to perfection, thank you for making me feel so good again.

Laura, Dublin

What people are saying

Laura thank you for your excellent organization of this wonderful holiday, your great company and always going that little bit extra to make it special for everyone, Sarah you are an amazing teacher with a beautiful spirit, thank you for the wonderful yoga and introducing me to yin practice.

Margaret, London

What people are saying

I miss the group a lot, can’t wait to attend another retreat. I’ll see all those who are up for drinks in London in July. Keep dancing!!

Sharon, London

What people are saying

The best part of the day was our Yin yoga class at sunset. I’ve never felt so calm and grounded, my crazy hectic life back in New York seemed miles away. Thank you for a wonderful yoga retreat.

Mark, New York

Dates & Prices

30 September – 7 October 2017

Shared room per person: EUR €1800
Single-occupancy room: EUR €2200

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Price includes

  • Morning 1.5 hr Vinyasa classes
  • Evening 1 hr Yin yoga classes
  • 5* adults-only hotel
  • 7 nights in seaview rooms
  • Full buffet breakfast

  • Private beach with sunbeds
  • Wi-fi throughout the hotel
  • Yoga mats, blocks, straps
  • Two reps to plan day trips & dinners
  • All taxes

Price includes

  • Morning 1.5-hour Vinyasa yoga
  • Evening 1-hour restorative yoga
  • 5* adults-only hotel
  • 7 nights in Superior Seaview rooms
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Private beach with beds and umbrellas
  • Wi-fi throughout the hotel
  • Yoga mats, blocks, straps
  • Two reps to plan trips & dinners
  • All taxes

Getting to Crete

Plan to arrive at some point on the 30 September, we’ll have a group dinner that evening and 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.

Chania in Crete can be reached by airplane or boat:

By Air:
Some airlines fly directly to Chania international 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.

By Boat:
There are overnight ferries from Athens leaving at 9pm and arriving into Chania at 6am. For other boat schedules, visit the Greek Travel Pages website.

Inspired to join us?

If you have any questions or would like to book a yoga retreat, please contact Laura:

+44 (0) 207 584 9432
laura@yoga-escapes.com

Alternatively, fill in our enquiry form and you’ll be contacted back right away.

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