SICILY

Considered as the finest island in the Mediterranean, we are returning again to one of our favourite retreat locations, Sicily. Set amongst a ancient roses, jasmine and camellias this ground of this villa are of another world – with faded stone columns, ornamental statues and plenty of hidden nooks and crannies for you to find that much sough-after sense of escape.

Despite the peace and tranquility of the villa itself – the location is but a short walk from Viagrandea charming town on the southern slopes of Mount Etna. There are some great restaurants, such as Antico Campanile – a super pizzeria restaurant that is only a few steps from the villa, some local bars and a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls selling delicious local products.

This retreat will give you the perfect balance between a peaceful escape as well as experiencing the true delights that Sicily has to offer.

 

There are 3 retreats available in 2019. All retreats run from Sunday – Friday.

  1. 12th-17th May 2019
  2. 19th-24th May 2019
  3. 26th-31st May 2019

 

The Villa

Dating back to the early 1500s, this year’s villa (our favourite yet!) is unquestionably reminiscent of another age, with exquisite gardens scattered with stone statues, beautiful pergolas, and inside, the original wine press and an astonishing collection of antique furniture.

This is traditional Sicily at its best: painted wooden bed frames and imposing wardrobes preside in the bedrooms, magnificent carved dressers and ornamental tables are distributed throughout the villa, and an atmosphere of historic elegance reigns throughout the house.

The retreat villa has a grand living area, furnished in a wonderful traditional Sicilian style. Elegant chairs surround a colourful fireplace in the formal sitting room. Next to this is the estate’s original wine press, now transformed into a sitting room with a small dining table. Turning the corner you enter a large corridor, with antique sofas lining the wall. From this corridor you can access a pretty dining room which leads on to the traditional and colourful Sicilian kitchen, both of which have direct access to the garden. There is also a lovely reading room – perfect for those who fancy a few hours to themselves.

The pièce de résistance, however, is undoubtedly the pool, fringed with towering palms and built with black lava stone resulting in inky-blue waters. The pool also has a hydrojet and is overlooked by two vast conservatories, dotted with large planters containing citrus trees. Alongside the swimming pool is a changing room with bathroom.

 

The Area

Viagrande is a charming town on the southern slopes of  Mount Etna There are some great restaurants, such as Antico Campanile – a super pizzeria restaurant that is only a few steps from the villa – and some fun bars. You will also find fresh fruit and vegetable stalls selling delicious local products.

East Sicily’s most famous landmark is undoubtedly the magnificent Mount Etna. The Museo d’Etna in Viagrande gives a fascinating insight into the history of the volcano and how it continues to shape the landscape and the lives of the locals.

The delightful city of Catania is a 20 minute drive from the villa. It is full of superb restaurants and its striking Baroque architecture and great nightlife will give you a true flavour of urban Sicilian life.

Visit Catania’s famous markets: La Pescheria has a lively atmosphere and you will find the freshest fish around. For a more traditional experience, head to La Fera O’Luni, where you will find everything from clothes to fruit and veg!

For a taste of chic Italian life, visit nearby Taormina a captivating town with gorgeous beaches, a relaxed atmosphere and spectacular ruins of a Greek-Roman Amphitheatre. There are several restaurants offering wonderful food, and the lovely cafés on Corso Umberto I are the perfect spot for observing the elegant locals during their passeggiata.

Taormina’s most popular beaches are Isola Bella and Mazzarò (mixed pebbly and sandy) with their excellent seafront bars and restaurants. The sandy beaches of Giardini Naxos, Schisò and Recanati Beach, with their crystalline waters and a good selection of bars and restaurants, are lovely places to spend a day.

The rocky beaches of Acireale and Acicastello, with free-access and equipped areas, are the closest to the villa, with great views of the Isole dei Ciclopi.

 

Yoga

All of our retreats are pitched towards all levels of yoga – from newcomers to skilled yogis – our Retreat Leaders will always adapt classes to accommodate the abilities of our attendees.

During our retreats, guests will enjoy Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Yin yoga sessions along with meditative elements. Your retreat leader will run two yoga sessions daily, in the morning where guests will undertake a more dynamic class and in the evening where the focus will be around relaxation (see example of itinerary here: Alpine Retreat Itinerary). All classes are optional and aim to rejuvenate our guests, whilst also helping you to build on your practice.

This retreat will be led by wellness expert and yoga teacher of 25 years, Jennifer Ellis (view profile).

 

Food

We believe that on a retreat our guests should eat well and plentifully and therefore we employ a private chef to cater for  your meals. Our recipe creator will cook a range of healthy and delicious meals using fresh, local produce and a buffet brunch will be available every morning until 12.

During the retreat, guests will also enjoy one evening meal at a local authentic restaurant.

Our meals are vegetarian and pescatarian. We are happy to accommodate food preferences or allergens where possible, though specific dietary requirements will incur a small surcharge of £50.

(This is because many specialist products i.e. gluten free / vegan are not easily available in retreat locations and thus need to be sourced further afield.)

 

What’s Included?

  • 5 night stay at our luxurious villa
  • Continental Breakfast, Brunch & Dinner provided daily
  • Dinner at a local restaurant on one evening
  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Optional Group Transfer to and from Villa from Catania Airport
  • Unlimited access to pool
  • Free Internet
  • Welcome Pack with free Linseed & Lavender Eye-Pillow
  • Taxes

 

Excursions

For each of our retreats, we handpick our favourite excursions to help you explore your surroundings and have unique and memorable experience. Excursion information will be available after booking and we are more than happy to assist you booking onto external trips.

 

Transfers

As part of your retreat booking you will be entitled to a free group transfer from the airport to the retreat villa on the retreat start date as well as a return transfer on the last day of the retreat. These vehicles are pre-booked and the times cannot be altered.

The group transfer from Catania airport to the Villa will depart from the airport at 2pm.

The return transfer from the Villa to Catania airport will depart on the last day circa 9am.

We recommend that if you would like to use the free group transfer that you organise your flights at complimentary times.

Alternatively, if you would prefer a private transfer to suit your exact flight details this can be pre-arranged for a charge of €100 per journey (based on 1 person).

 

Dates:

There are 3 retreats available in 2019. All retreats run from Sunday – Friday.

  1. 12th-17th May 2019
  2. 19th-24th May 2019
  3. 26th-31st May 2019

No. of nights: 5 nights

Check-in time: 4pm

Check-out time: 9am

 

Room Availability

4 x Double Bedrooms Available (single occupancy or couples)

2 x Twin Bedrooms Available (shared occupancy)

All rooms have a private bathroom.

Please note: Guests are welcome to book shared occupancy even if they are travelling alone. We will match you with another guest who has also booked shared occupancy.

 

Costs

£1595 pp (shared occupancy)

£1995 pp (single occupancy)

Early-Bird Prices: Ends January 31st

£1435pp (shared occupancy) 

£1795 (single occupancy)

 

Guests can also book with a £150 deposit* and pay the remainder in 3 installments – the due date of these instalments will be emailed to you upon booking. To book with deposit email hello@theyogawellnesscompany.com

 

Additional Costs: (subject to individual booking)

£50 Dietary Preference Surcharge

£90 Optional Private Transfer

 *Please note deposits are not refundable

 

 

We look forward to sharing this wonderful retreat with you and helping you to add some peace and restoration into your life. If you have any further questions please fill in the contact form or email us on Hello@theyogawellnesscompany.com

Suggested airport – Catania

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