Yoga, the physical, mental and spiritual discipline, originating in India, has been long attributed to a number of health benefits including flexibility, strength, less stress and a lower heart rate. This autumn, for those hoping to dodge the post-summer blues, Daios Cove Luxury Resorts and Villas, Crete, is offering itself as a Yoga Retreat, providing guests with the opportunity to achieve wellness and wellbeing on a blissful Greek island.
From the 28th September to the 3rd October, guests on the Daios Cove Yoga Retreat will be able to take part in a series of 75-90 minute, Jivamukti yoga sessions, morning and night. The sessions will be run by the hotel’s professional yoga specialists who will be creating bespoke workshops to meet each person’s individual needs. Although a basic knowledge of yoga has been recommended for those interested in the retreat, there is also an intensive introduction to yoga available throughout the programme for those new to the art form.
With the temperature in Crete averaging 22 degrees at that time of year, the yoga classes have been planned to take place outdoors. This allows guests to take full advantage of the fresh air and stunning views of the beautiful cove, a truly idyllic location to recharge before winter sets in.
Between yoga sessions, there are a number of other ways to relax and be entertained at the exclusive Daios Cove. For example, the luxury resort boasts a heated infinity pool with further unparalleled views out to the sea, three cocktail bars and three exquisite restaurants, two tennis courts and a variety of water sport activities.
To refuel from the day spend practicing yoga amongst other activities, the hotel’s impressive six restaurants and bars offer a vast array of healthy and delicious meals, snacks and smoothies, with a heavy emphasis on the finest quality foods – perfect for a complete mind and body rejuvenation.
In addition to the above, the hotel has an impressive 2,500m2 state-of-the-arts Spa by the established Anne Semonin, with two indoor fresh seawater pools. The Yoga Retreat, priced at €399, approximately £284 per person, includes free access to the Wet Spa Area featuring the Finnish sauna, the soft sauna, the Mediterraneo (a combination of sauna and steam bath) and the Nimfea reaction showers. Lucky Yoga Retreat guests will also receive 10% discount on the indulgent Anne Semonin spa treatments, making for a complete wellness package with all the trimmings.
A must when visiting Crete is a sailing trip to Spinalonga Island, a former leper colony. Spinalonga is the site of one of the most important Venetian fortresses on Crete which was built in 1579 to protect the harbour. This fascinating historic island has been featured in novels and on screen, notably it is the setting for Victoria Hislop’s novel ‘The Island’. The organised trip from Daios Cove also includes a decadent Champagne picnic, a wonderful treat to top off the relaxing week away.