Autumn Yoga in Southern Turkey

Turkey ~ 7th – 14th Oct 2018 (7 nights)

Yoga Retreat & Walking on The Lycian Way

The Holiday

This stunning location within Southern Turkey is a wonderful week retreat comprising of yoga, meditation and exotic cuisine. Spend a relaxing Autumn realigning yourself amongst the gentle atmosphere of the Mediterranean coastline. The perfect trip to share with a partner, a friend, or experience by oneself and meet likeminded individuals.

 

Southern Turkey

The cost of the Yoga Holiday includes

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 10 yoga classes of different lengths and content
  • 7 breakfast & 5 dinners
  • (This will enable us to spend two evenings elsewhere including The Olive Garden)
  • daily housekeeping
  • use of pool & sun loungers
  • guided walks

£580pp shared & £800 single occupancy

     Not included:

  • Flights, visa, insurance, airport transfers.
  • meals & refreshments other than those specified
  • massage treatments
  • boat trip

The hotel

The hotel we have found is the perfect fit for what we were looking for.

Firstly it has the advantage of being right on the water’s edge and is only open to residents. On our visit it was deserted so we were delighted by the bedrooms and terraces of the individual cottages all set in beautiful landscaped gardens with plenty of privacy. There is also a gorgeous infinity pool and panoramic views of the stunning Mediterranean coastline.

The shaded poolside restaurant, bar, numerous decks and comfortable lounging platforms  (some hanging right over the ocean) provide plenty of areas to socialise, rest and relax. The hotel also has direct access via a swimming platfom right into the Aegean Sea!

hotel pool

hotel view

hotel dinner

accommodation

The accommodation

The wooden and stone cottages that provide our accommodation are beautifully furnished and all have ensuites and air-conditioning with their own terraces overlooking the sea and surrounding mountains.

PLEASE NOTE, cottages will be allocated on a first booked first served basis!

A limited number of superior, waterfront luxury cottages are also available upon request at an additional cost.

(Deluxe with jacuzzi single occupancy £20 extra per night, double occupancy £30 per cottage per night)

Please ask if you are interested in requesting an upgrade & we will be happy to contact the hotel to confirm availability.

Rooms are set on terraces surrounded by the organic gardens which are planted with lemon, olive, apricot, banana, mulberry, pomegranate & peach trees. Roses & geraniums, jasmine & lavender give out their wonderful scents on balmy evenings & the grapevine & morning glory covered terraces provide relaxing shady spaces to enjoy drinks or dinner.

The food

The restaurant here serves freshly-sourced Mediterranean cuisine. 

Our breakfast and evening meals are served under the shade of grape vines, jasmine and morning glory or the stars! The restaurant is a great source of personal pride to the owner who is an accomplished chef himself.

Fresh bread is baked daily in front of our eyes in the log burning oven and much of the food served has been locally grown and is organic. Honey is from the local hives and the surprisingly palatable wine is made from locally grown grapes.

The restaurant has meat on its lunchtime a la carte menu. However as a gentle means of encouraging a yogic shift in outlook and eating habits the meals we eat together in the evening as a group on our yoga holidays are vegetarian with the occasional option of having fish.

For those in the group who feel unable to challenge themselves to a week without meat, no-one is going to object to them ordering it at lunchtime! However, we would really like you to give it a try as a small way embracing new experiences and letting go of set habits. You might be pleasantly surprised at how it makes you feel to leave meat out of your diet for a few days

The hotel will also do its best to accommodate any dietary needs and allergies. We will be having a meeting on the first morning of the holiday where these requests can be made. Anyone with a serious nut allergy must please inform us or the hotel in advance of arriving.

We will have 7 breakfasts and 5 evening meals at the retreat hotel so that the group has the option of eating elsewhere including The Olive Garden, (the location of our past retreats) on two evenings.

Wine, beer and spirits are sold and will be added to your bill at the end of the week. The restaurant also serves delicious seasonal juices.

The yoga

Yoga classes will take place morning and afternoon commencing on Sunday morning. We will have 10 yoga sessions of varying lengths and content. Attending the yoga sessions is completely optional. There is never any pressure for guests to take part in every class and non-participating partners are also most welcome.

Yoga teacher Elisa Williams doesn’t belong to any particular school of yoga and teaches in a spontaneous, non-dogmatic way. Students work at their own pace with a strong emphasis on taking what they need that day from the practice & leaving out what they don’t.

In general, the morning yoga sessions in Turkey, will comprise more dynamic and energetic flowing yoga with modifications offered to suit the individual levels of students and pranayama (breathing techniques).

The late afternoon/early evening yoga classes will include slower asana practice, with some poses held longer for deepening, yin yoga, gentle and restorative sessions, pranayama, guided relaxations, yoga nidra & meditations.

yoga lady

food

yoga sunset

Sample daily itinerary

7.30am Morning tea, coffee, fruit juice

8.00am Morning Yoga – slow flow yoga with pranayama & meditation

10.00am Brunch

11.30am  Daytime activities including optional group walks, excursions or free time to relax and unwind in the grounds, pool and neighbouring beach.

5.45pm Evening Yoga – yin, gentle or restorative yoga with Yoga Nidra or Guided Relaxation and Meditation

7.45pm Evening Meal

Shopping in Turkey

For shopping during the stay, local buses or taxis can be taken from the road above the hotel to Olu Deniz and Fethiye. Olu Deniz is a touristy low rise beach resort with many shops, bars & restaurants as well as a stunning blue lagoon which is considered to have healing properties. As beach resorts go its not too bad and can add a lively diversion!

Fethiye is a thriving, typically Turkish coastal market town with a 16th century Turkish bath, ancient rock tombs, weekly farmer’s market, daily fish market with its excellent seafood restaurants, traditional middle eastern souk, carpet shops & a busy marina with adjacent cafes and gardens. Designer hand-bags, often manufactured in Turkey, despite their Italian, British or French labels have proven to be a big attraction with some of the yoga groups in the past!

Other optional activities

To enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the Aegean Sea we have direct access from the hotels purpose built swimming platform.

Nearby are several beaches where guests can also hire kayaks or take a trip in the local boats. There are a number of beach bars and a restaurant tucked away behind the beaches.

Parascending

The area is also famous for tandem parascending from nearby Baba Dag mountain. The views of the turquoise coast & the famous Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz from the air are spectacular.

cooking

sky dive

shopping

How to book

Payment must be made in full for all bookings made after 30th July.

To book please email hello@actionyogatravel.com. Your booking will only be confirmed upon receipt of a 50% per person deposit.

The deposit is £280 per person in a shared room & £350 for single occupancy per person.

For those booking the deluxe suites please add 50% of the additional nightly surcharge to your deposit & the remainder to your final payment due by July 30th.

When you pay into our Yoga Holiday account can you please reference it with your name AND send me an email confirming the date & amount paid.  Confirmation of your place on the yoga holiday will then be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit.

The location of your room at the hotel will be allocated on a first come first served basis & subject to whether a twin or double bedded room is required or an upgrade requested.

Reserve your place today!

Terms and conditions

Holiday Cancellation Policy, Surcharges, Visas & Insurance – please read before booking

  • Before booking your flight please refer to the date when the holiday will be confirmed to go ahead. This is featured on each retreat page. The cost of the yoga holiday is based on a minimum number of participants. If this minimum is not met, the holiday may be deemed unviable or the hotel may impose an additional charge. If at this point the holiday is cancelled your deposit will be returned to you in full unless you would prefer to book on to another holiday.
  • Once the holiday has been confirmed to go ahead & the deposit has been paid to the retreat venue it will be non-refundable or transferable to another yoga holiday.
  • All participants on our yoga holidays are responsible for taking out their own insurance suitable for an activity based holiday that will cover them in the event of cancellation by themselves, the hotel, the teacher (due to sickness or injury) or airline, personal accident, loss.  Please also check whether you require a visa.
  • Cancellation between 60 days & 30 days before the yoga holiday – loss of 75% of the full amount.
  • Cancellation between 30 days & the start of the yoga holiday – loss of 100% of the full amount.
  • If you decide to cancel the yoga holiday & you are able to find another guest to take your place then a discretionary refund of the balance will be possible.
  • We reserve the right in any circumstance to cancel the yoga holiday. However, in no case will we cancel your holiday less than 6 weeks before the scheduled departure except for reasons of ‘force majeure, which include war, political unrest, strikes, acts of God, epidemics, natural & technical disaster, closure of ports & aircraft or if clients default in the payment of the balance of the holiday price.
  • In circumstances where we are unable to provide the holiday you have booked we will return to you all money paid, or offer you an alternative holiday of similar standard at another time.
  • It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your holiday, or the cost. However ccasionally unavoidable changes may be made, which we reserve the right to do at any time. For example when there are extreme fluctuations in currency. Most of these changes are minor & we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.
  • Upon receipt of your deposit, we will email aknowedging that you have accepted these terms & conditions & confirm your place.
  • The final balance & will be due to be paid in full 60 days before departure. Please ask if you would prefer to pay this balance in instalments prior to this deadline.
  • If you decide to cancel the yoga holiday & another guest cannot be found, then a refund of the final balance within 60 days prior to the holiday commencing will not be possible.