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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

This was exactly what we were looking for in a vacation – all the benefits of yoga but not having to give up eating what we liked or anything else. A great way to include yoga into a relaxing vacation.

Alex, Paris

What people are saying

I had a very stressful year and I came here for one week and it was way more than I expected, I’m now going back home totally relaxed, thank you for an amazing yoga retreat.

Eitan, Tel Aviv

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

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

I wouldn’t change a thing… it was perfect in every way!! I cannot wait to enjoy another! SEE YOU SOON xx

Rachel, Los Angeles

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 and planning the trip was outstanding, as was your continuous presence and availability. I always felt in safe hands.

Susan, London

What people are saying

What a wonderful collection of people coming together, it was the perfect mix of personalities and energy that made it so perfect. I feel blessed to have met each and everyone of you and hope our paths cross again at another of Laura’s yoga retreats. xo

Michel, New Jersey

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 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

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

It’s been an amazing week in so many ways – thanks to all you folks for making it so very special – take good care!

Janet, New Zealand

What people are saying

Thank you again Laura for such a lovely week. It truly exceeded all my expectations! I really enjoyed the way the yoga classes were built up during the week and also just the organization of it all. Truly well executed! It really made a difference for me that everything was optional and there was a lot of free time, and that you could join the activities and plans that you wanted to. I also must say your follow-ups from the initial communication were excellent! All in all just a wonderfully organized holiday that I would highly recommend to everyone I know!

Tove, Norway

What people are saying

I was a little hesitant to go on my own but it was so nice to meet people from all over the world with so many different backgrounds and reasons for coming.

Stefanie, Toronto

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

Kalimera from Zürich… missing our yoga and view near the church. Thanks Laura for all the lovely evenings you organized! Thanks Holly for all the great yoga lessons and your “mindful” readings. Hope to see all of you next year! Stay strong and take care.

Elena, Zurich

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

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

Laura, you are doing more than running a business. You are creating communities of like-minded people from all over the world. We come together for a week of fun and yoga practice and emerge a bonded, loving band of friends. This is something extraordinary.

Lynne, Washington D.C.

What people are saying

Laura, the holiday was a wonderful experience for me. I was hesitant about coming alone, and I’m so happy that I did. I came home feeling completely energised and recharged from the yoga, both physically and personally. I thought it was brilliantly organised, and for me it was perfectly calibrated between being sufficiently structured and also giving me enough time away from the group. Sarah, thank you so much for your brilliant teaching during the holiday, your wit and warmth made me look forward to each lesson every day. There is a lot that I have carried with me from your teaching and guidance. I would definitely like to come again, and have been recommending it to all my friends.

Georgina, London

What people are saying

I’m back in Canada and learning to live without our daily prosecco, pastries, gelato and delicious pasta and pizza. What a wonderful week, I miss our yoga classes, I need Sarah to remind me to enjoy the moment and dab me with lavender!

Kim, 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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