We’ll be hosting our yoga retreat 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 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!
Sicily 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
What to expect
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.
16–23 October 2022
Shared room per person: UK £1850
Single-occupancy room: UK £2200
Classic garden-view rooms:
Shared room per person: UK £1750
Single-occupancy room: UK £2100
Note: a separate tourist tax of €10 is charged by hotels in Italy directly to guests at check out.
- Morning 1.5 hr Vinyasa classes
- Afternoon 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
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.
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, vegans, gluten-free, 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
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. The closest airport is Catania Airport.
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 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.
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 – 10:00am:Vinyasa yoga class
- 10:00 – 11:00am: Breakfast
- 11:00 – 5:00 pm: Free time, pool, spa
- 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Yin yoga class
- 7:00 pm: Dinner on the promenade or in town