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Dive into old world charm on a yoga retreat in Italy.

 

Yoga Retreat in Italy | April & October 2020 & 2021

2020 dates:  11–18 October
2021 dates:  24 April–1 May | 9–16 October | 16–23 October

We’ll be hosting our yoga retreats in Italy on the wonderful island of Sicily, near the charming town of Siracusa. One of the most beautiful towns in Italy, Siracusa has lovely squares and outdoor markets, a stunning coast, seaview terraces and delicious restaurants.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy the simple pleasures in life – fresh local food, a leisurely stroll in town, bike rides along the coast, sandy beaches and a very gentle pace. You’ll get a chance to unwind in a gorgeous setting by the sea at our 5* hotel, surrounded by Italian beauty, history, and culture.

The weather in late April and October is very sunny and warm enough to relax on our private beach and spend the day outdoors, but not too hot so we can still practice yoga outside.

Come and soak in the culture, history and wonderful food of this region, practice yoga by the sea, treat yourself to a well-deserved break, and discover a little piece of paradise in Sicily!

Italy Yoga Retreat
Highlights

  • Yoga twice a day by the sea
  • Gorgeous 5* hotel and spa
  • Delicious Italian food and wine
  • Private beach & swimming coves
  • The most beautiful town in Sicily
  • No rules, no mandatories
  • Friendly group atmosphere
  • Boutique shopping
  • Day trips to beaches and towns
  • Personal service

Italy Yoga Retreat Highlights

  • Yoga twice a day by the sea
  • Gorgeous 5* hotel and spa
  • Delicious Italian food
  • Private beach and swimming spots
  • The most beautiful town in Sicily
  • No rules, no mandatories
  • Friendly group atmosphere
  • Boutique shopping and people-watching
  • Day trips to beaches and towns
  • Personal service

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

What to expect

Our yoga retreat in Italy is the perfect balance between excellent yoga classes and enjoying all the richness and beauty that Sicily has to offer. The food, the wine, the art, the culture, and the easy way of life – we’ll be there to show it all to you!

We’ll practice yoga outdoors on a terrace surrounded by the sea, we’ll relax on our private beach, take day trips to baroque towns and bike rides along the coast. We’ll take you to nearby beaches, have dinners at typical Sicilian restaurants, go on a wine tasting tour at a lovely castle, and treat ourselves to delicious gelato.

There’s so much to discover, but this is your break – it’s completely up to you to enjoy as you like, perhaps just relaxing by the pool or getting a massage at the hotel spa. We have no rules and we’re completely flexible with everything.

We welcome all yoga levels and keep our groups to around 10-15 people, many people come on their own, all ages and from many countries.

fontane bianche beach in sicily on a luxury yoga retreat in italy with yoga escapes
strolling around ortigia in sicily on a luxury yoga retreat in italy
yoga on a seaview terrace in sicily italy at the 5* minareto hotel
walking around siracusa town on a luxury yoga holiday in italy

Prices

2020 dates:
11–18 October 2020

Seaview rooms:
Shared room per person: UK £1700
Single-occupancy room: UK £2090

Classic garden-view rooms:
Shared room per person: UK £1530
Single-occupancy room: UK £1990

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2021 dates:
24 April–1 May 2021
9–16 October 2021
16–23 October 2021:

2021 prices coming soon.
Please contact us and we will let you know when the 2021 prices become available, we can hold a room for you in the meantime.

Note: a separate tourist tax of €10 is charged by hotels in Italy directly to guests at check out.

made in sicily sign in noto on a yoga retreat in italy

Price includes:

  • Morning 1.5 hr Vinyasa classes
  • Evening 1 hr Yin yoga classes
  • 7 nights at a 5* beach hotel
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Private beach with sunbeds
  • Shuttle service to Siracusa town
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • Rep on site to plan trips & dinners

Price includes

  • Morning 1.5 hr Vinyasa yoga
  • Evening 1 hr Yin yoga classes
  • 7 nights at a 5* beach hotel
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • High-end spa
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • Private beach with sunbeds
  • Shuttle service to Siracusa town
  • Wi-fi throughout the hotel
  • Rep on site to plan trips & dinners

Luxury Accommodation

5* Grand Hotel Minareto

We’ll be staying at the Grand Hotel Minareto, a 5-star luxury hotel set on a cliff with stunning views across the sea to Ortigia island. Situated in a quiet location on the coast, yet only ten 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 explore the area easily.

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a private beach with sunbeds, as well as a spa with a variety of massages and treatments. There are also additional sunbeds by the cliff with wonderful views and more swimming spots.

You can stay in either Superior Seaview rooms or Classic garden-view rooms, up to you. Both have air-conditioning, wifi, and housekeeping twice a day.

The hotel also offers a shuttle service to Siracusa town for those who want to explore.

Delicious pasta in Sicily on a luxury yoga retreat in Italy with Yoga Escapes.
Delicious dinners in Sicily on a luxury yoga retreat in Italy with Yoga Escapes.

Local Cuisine

The food in Sicily is one of the highlights of the yoga retreat. You’ll find everything from delicious pasta dishes to veggies, salads, fish and meat dishes, and everything in between. All made with fresh olive oil and natural ingredients.

And Sicily is famous for its wine – both reds and whites are wonderful, especially the ones from the area around Mount Etna, we’ll try a few with the group.

Eat and drink what you like

A yoga retreat in Italy wouldn’t be the same without trying all the wonderful local Italian food. So we don’t have any rules on food and drinks, you can eat and drink what you like, and we’ll take you to some great restaurants where you‘ll be glad there are no restrictions! And there are plenty of options for vegetarians or if you have a specific dietary need.

We’ll have breakfast together after yoga, with espressos and cappuccinos, omelets, fresh juices, fresh fruits and cheeses, and a selection of tempting Sicilian sweets. Some people wander into town for a light lunch or enjoy an afternoon snack by the pool.

We’ll plan a group dinner in Siracusa town at a different restaurant each evening. We’ll take you to our favorites – from family-run small restaurants to wonderful pizzerias and seafood restaurants.

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 Italy is located in Sicily, near the beautiful town of Siracusa (see Siracusa on a map) and the pedestrian island of Ortigia.

Our 5* hotel is on a marine reserve with a private beach just ten minutes from the center of town – the perfect combination. There’s a sense of peace and quiet at the hotel, and many people spend the day on the beach, by the pool, or on a sunbed by the cliff with views of the bay. Our yoga terrace is right above the cliff with wonderful views out to sea.

The hotel is close to many things nearby – beautiful beaches, towns, cycling, shopping, archaeological sites, and wine-tasting tours.

And it’s easy to reach with direct flights from several European cities.

About Sicily and the town of Siracusa

Siracusa town – and the charming island of Ortigia – is the gem of the area, with its majestic baroque buildings and famous squares, lively outdoor market, peaceful side streets and wonderful views out to sea from the castle. An evening stroll in town is truly memorable, as is dinner in the fantastic restaurants – we’ll take you to the best ones!

Surrounding Siracusa 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 San Lorenzo and Fontane Bianche just a few minutes away, with crystal clear water and soft white sand. We’ll be sure to go!

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 Italy: 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

Liz Joubert & Laura Bianchini

Liz Joubert will be the teacher on our yoga retreat in Sicily. She’ll modify the classes and poses for all levels, and will give you options so you can practice at your own pace. If you’ve been practicing for a while or are just starting out, you’ll be able to follow all the classes.

Laura will also be there on every retreat to plan day trips and group dinners, so you can relax without a worry.

Find out more about our team: Meet the Team

A Typical Day

We’ll practice yoga twice a day with 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
7pm:
Dinner in town

Activities & Excursions

There’s plenty to do in between yoga classes:

day trip to noto in sicily on a yoga retreat in italy with Yoga Escapes

Day trip to typical towns

Take a day trip to Noto or Taormina and discover the glory of Sicily’s baroque past. Beautiful architecture, typical Sicilian scenes straight from a movie.

wine tasting day trip in sicily on a yoga retreat in italy with Yoga Escapes

Wine tasting tours

Sicily is well known for its top-quality wines, from crisp whites to hearty reds. We’ll visit a winery nearby to taste a variety of wines paired with typical Sicilian dishes.

biking in sicily on a yoga retreat in italy with Yoga Escapes

Bicycle rides

Grab an electric bike from our hotel and take a ride along the Sicilian coast, wander into a nearby town and stop to taste their local food, or continue into Siracusa.

spa and massages in sicily on a yoga retreat in italy with Yoga Escapes

Spa

Time to unwind – treat yourself to a relaxing massage or beauty treatment at the hotel’s spa in between yoga classes.

archeological sites in siracusa sicily on a yoga retreat in italy with Yoga Escapes

Archeological sites

Siracusa is home to many well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, easily visited in an afternoon and well worth the experience.

day trip to san lorenzo beach in sicily on a yoga retreat in italy with Yoga Escapes

Beachtime

Relax at the Hotel Minareto’s private beach, or discover one of the beautiful beaches nearby, we’ll take you!

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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

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

Thank you very much Laura for the great holiday, we really enjoyed it and Sarah is a brilliant teacher. There’s nothing we’d change about the yoga retreat. We particularly enjoyed all the classes, swimming in the pool and sea, and the staff in hotel were very welcoming. Eating out as per last year was to a high standard and we enjoyed the chats and the gelato after! Again thank you and Sarah for the lovely holiday and inspiration.

Trish & Seamus, Dublin

What people are saying

I had a fantastic time in Sicily, it was way beyond expectations and I can’t thank Laura and Sarah enough. The group was great fun, I particularly enjoyed our evenings out in Ortigia!

Margaret, London

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

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 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

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

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

Laura thank you for your excellent organisation 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

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

It’s been a great week with great people and I hope you can all carry a little piece of Sicilian yoga serenity into the rest of your lives… love Caroline.

Caroline, Newcastle

What people are saying

We were privileged to have Holly as our yoga teacher – she made it challenging but was tuned into each individual, she has a lovely manner and a good balance of learning, focus and fun.

Majella, 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

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

Viviane, Los Angeles

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

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

My dear Laura, I would really like to thank and appreciate you for the wonderful week in Mykonos, like I told you before leaving, there’s nothing that could have been done better. You topped my expectations and I think everyone’s in the group as well. You gave me an unforgettable week! The restaurants, hotel, club etc…. was well planned, and the yoga classes were ideal for all levels, which made it easier for some of us who were beginners. You’re an amazing woman with a brilliant business concept! I’m looking forward to the next Retreat…. Till then, Gwen

Gwen, Berlin

What people are saying

Our week in Mykonos with Yoga Escapes exceeded all expectations. To practise yoga in front of a beautiful Greek church with a full 180 view of the sea and soft breeze in your face is one of the most idyllic things in the world. Tania was an incredible patient teacher who added to the whole 5* luxury experience, if you want to transport yourself to a relaxed yoga heaven for a week this is the place!

Sian, London

Getting to Sicily

Plan to arrive at some point on the first day of the retreat, we’ll have a group dinner together for those who can make it, and yoga classes will start the next morning. The last class is the afternoon on the day before we leave, and people will leave throughout the day on the last day, depending on flights. If you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer, please let us know, we can help arrange that for you with the hotel.

Fly to Catania Airport in Sicily – several airlines fly to Catania from various European cities. Low cost airlines also have direct flights, including Easyjet. Alternatively, there are many flights with a stopover in Rome.

Car Transfer

Once in Catania, you can book a car transfer to the hotel, the agency we recommend is New Travel Services:

Here is their direct link for booking a transfer:
https://www.newtravelservices.net/en/1-181-content/services/book-a-transfer?s=0&c=1

 

Pair up to share a car transfer to the hotel

We can pair you up with others who arrive around the same time so you can share the transfer to the hotel. Let us know and we’ll put you in touch closer to departure. Alternatively you can rent a car and drive to the hotel, which is a good option so you have it to explore the area during the week. People often do this, it can be less expensive than car transfers, the drive is approximately 45 minutes and very easy – the roads are good.

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