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Find serenity on a yoga retreat in Crete.

 

Yoga Retreat in Crete | 2020 & 2021

2–9 October 2020
1–8 October 2021

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* 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. Our yoga teacher Daniela Olds will teach two yoga classes a day – an active Vinyasa flow class in the morning and a slower Yin yoga class at sunset.

Daniela will offer modifications so everyone can practice at their own pace. All yoga levels can join – come along even if you’re just starting out.

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!

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 with sunbeds
  • 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 handpick 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.

chania harbour on a yoga retreat in Crete
falasarna beach on a yoga retreat in crete
chania view of town on a yoga retreat in crete
yoga in chania on a yoga retreat in crete

Prices

2–9 October 2020
1–8 October 2021

Shared room per person: UK £1780
Single-occupancy room: UK £2150

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A separate tourist hotel tax of €4 per room per night is charged by hotels in Greece directly to guests at check out.

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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
  • Gym and fitness classes
  • Rep on site to plan trips & dinners

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 sunbeds
  • Wi-fi throughout the hotel
  • Gym and fitness classes
  • Rep on site to plan trips & dinners

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!

greek stuffed tomatoes in crete
dinner in chania town on a yoga retreat in crete

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 one of our favorites!

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 dishes to fish, meat, and 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!

The buffet breakfast / brunch is included in the price. We purposefully didn’t include snacks and dinners so everyone can decide what they like to eat and spend accordingly, rather than have pre-set dinners at the hotel which would be more expensive. You only pay for what you eat and drink, there are many nice restaurants and they’re very reasonably priced.

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 is 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.

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 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 a slower Yin class in the afternoons. Both classes are suitable for all levels.

What is Vinyasa? What is Yin Yoga?

Your yoga teacher and host

Daniela Olds

Daniela will teach two yoga classes on our yoga retreat in Crete – an active Vinyasa flow class in the morning and a slower Yin yoga class in the afternoon. She will challenge you but will also offer alternatives for each pose, so you can join the yoga retreat even if you’ve never tried yoga before.

Laura will also be with there to make sure everything runs smoothly and to make sure you have a wonderful yoga week!

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 greece day trip on a yoga retreat in crete

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 on a yoga retreat in crete

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 on a yoga retreat in crete

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 on a yoga retreat in crete

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.

chania town on a yoga retreat in crete

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.

relaxing on the beach on a yoga retreat in crete

Beachtime

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

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What people are saying

A big thank you for planning 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

I was so looking forward to our week in Mykonos and I wasn’t disappointed. A beautiful location, stunning views, lovely hotel, good company, and really enjoyed the yoga.

Sally, Hampshire

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

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

Yoga Escapes designs exceptional holiday experiences centred around yoga. Laura, the multi lingual founder, researches every last detail from the best corner of each 5 star hotel to practice each day to amazing eateries each evening and anything in between. Essentially you are able to completely switch off on arrival and entrust your well being is her top priority so you can just lean in….. The absence of stressful decision making is removed and replaced with carefully considered, nuanced options for you to point at and say yes please or no thank you. It is rare to find such a warm, discreet professional at the top of her game. Bravo and thank you.

Rebecca, London

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

This holiday was a great experience and treat for my big birthday, the small group made it even more special, you were able to get to know each other easily.

Meg, London

What people are saying

Thank you for making the holiday so easy for us all, we really didn’t have to do anything but turn up at the right times – a real treat! I would love to do another yoga retreat with you later in the year.

Sally, Stockbridge

What people are saying

It was such a special experience to practice yoga on our terrace by the sea. Being back in the city with the noise of cars, telephone calls, client requests, I can breathe and remember this beauty and peaceful view.

Simone, Berlin

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 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

A BIG thank you for reintroducing me back into yoga. Sarah what an amazing teacher you are. I’ll never be able to say “slowly” and “exhale” again without hearing your voice. From the one that wasn’t going to do much yoga!

Sue, Oxford

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

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

What people are saying

A great holiday – yoga, hotel, setting were all excellent, but most important in making this special were Laura and Holly. Laura planned everything with a personal touch and made everyone feel thoroughly relaxed.

Bernard, Amsterdam

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

I did not for a moment expect to find myself among such a warm, engaging and interesting gathering of people, it’s been a special week and I wish I could be taking you all home with me! Much love and safe travels.

Margaret, London

What people are saying

What a wonderful week! As a yoga newbie I thoroughly enjoyed Lizi’s classes, the setting was stunning and the group was such good company. The day trip was so worth it, and having the benefit of your knowledge Laura and your organisation was priceless. The restaurants every night were amazing and the food was stunning. I loved the setup with yoga in the mornings and afternoons with time to chill during the day – I wouldn’t change anything. Thank you again.

Charlotte, London

What people are saying

The yoga, the dinners, the hotel, the group were all perfection! I thank you with all the love in my heart. To the group – you all are so unique and I am so thankful I had the opportunity to spend a week in paradise with all of you.

Ilene, New York

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

Getting to Crete

Plan to arrive at some point on Friday (2 October 2020 | 1 October 2021), we’ll have a group dinner that evening for those who can make it, and yoga classes will start the next morning. The last class will be the following Thursday afternoon and people will leave throughout the day on Friday. 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 rent a car or 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.

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