Soul Seed Travel Guide: Recommended Retreats in Croatia

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With its diversity in natural beauty and all year round sunny climate, Croatia is the ideal place for anyone looking to getaway on a healthy holiday. Relax and rejuvenate alongside views of the sparkling turquoise-blue Adriatic sea, explore the many islands that scatter its breath-taking landscape, the jaw-dropping vivid green lakes you can swim in and admire the characterful architecture that lines this wellness hotspot.

We encourage you to go and explore and add it to your bucket list for this year. Here’s our Wellbeing Guide guide to the best retreats in Croatia.

Retreat: Yoga & Wellness Weekend

Dates: April 25 – 28, May 16 – 19, May 30 – June 2, June 27 – 30, July 4 – 7, September 19 –  22

Location: This wellness weekend retreat in Croatia is located in old stone house on the outskirts of medieval Korcula town on the sea front

Mood: This is the perfect opportunity to refill and restore your energy under the Mediterranean sun surrounded by crystal blue seas

joy of the mediterranean

Bring your body and mind into balance with daily yoga classes, meditation and breathing exercises. The extensive local knowledge of the retreat team ensures that you will enjoy the best authentic sights, flavors and experiences of Croatia.

You will enjoy hikes through Korcula’s lush and unspoiled wild fields, explore hidden bays of breathtaking beauty, experience an excursion to the natural park of island Mlijet with its salt lakes, and a bicycle wine tour to the famous Croatian wine region on Peljesac.

You will be spoilt with delicious and  nutritious meals with a Mediterranean touch. The experienced chef who’s love and knowledge of healthy foods is exceptional and he always loves to share it with the participants, will concentrates on nutritional, healthy value of the locally grown fresh and organic mediterranean food.

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Retreat: Sailing Retreat of the Croatian Islands

Dates: 6th – 13th June 2020

Location: You will visit Split, Jelsa, Korcula, Vis, Komiza, Hvar and Trogir

Mood: Discover the beautiful scenery of the Croatian Islands and enjoy the tranquillity of the sea as you tantalise your senses

Enjoy the tranquillity of the sea as you tantalise your senses in this luxurious Yogalates Retreat with Louise Solomon, world renowned teacher and trainer with 29 years in developing the fusion of Yoga and Pilates for an unforgettable experience, becoming unplugged and rejuvenating your nervous system.

The 7 night holistic retreat will have you explore the charming villages on the Islands, the beautiful natural landscapes including coves and beaches while enjoying swimming, paddle boarding and other water activities infused with your daily Yogalates practice.

Exploring the vitality of your breath with the stability of your core supporting functional movement within your body within the fusion of Yogalates. It’s a great way to compliment correct bio-mechanical movement into your everyday living, or to fine tune your  yoga practise…relax, rejuvenate and radiate your mind and body.

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Retreat: 8 Day Detox, Yoga, Cooking classes, and Hiking

Dates: 28th September – 5th October

Location: Mljet Island

Mood:  Nourish, nurture and inspire your body, mind and spirit in 2019

Retreat in Mljet Island

During this retreat you will experience the joy of yoga practice combined with meditation and breathing exercises. The healthy cooking classes are led by our macrobiotic chef whose love and knowledge of nutritional, healthy, organic food is truly exceptional. You will also join hiking trips with stunning views of the island, lakes and sea and to Odysseus’ cave.

You will be spoiled and nurtured by our chef who will cater for your needs with love and care. Our holistic wellbeing yoga retreat is a short training that will help you start a balanced, healthy lifestyle and it is also a great way to relax, meet new people and just have a joyful, restorative and rejuvenating holiday.

During this retreat we will accommodate a small number of participants, in order for us to be able to serve you in the best possible way and to care of each of participants needs as well as to give everyone the personal attention that is needed during yoga classes as well as cooking classes.

The schedule is designed in a way that every day is a new experience. At the evening tea time, you can discuss and reflect on the experience that you had throughout the day.

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Retreat: Sailing Yoga Holiday Croatia

Dates: Available weekly June – October

Location: Split to Dubrovnik (and vice versa)

Mood:  The itinerary is like ‘a tasting plate of Croatia’ including some of the best destinations when you sail Croatia: Hvar, the magical Pakleni Islands, the National Park in Mljet, the fortified town of Korčula and the magical island of Vis and its hidden gem; Stivina Bay.

SAILING YOGA HOLIDAY

We combine a retreat and sailing yoga holiday in Croatia, on a beautiful Split to Dubrovnik (and vice versa) itinerary. The itinerary is like ‘a tasting plate of Croatia’ including some of the best destinations when you sail Croatia, including Hvar, the magical Pakleni Islands, the National Park in Mljet, the fortified town of Korčula and the magical island of Vis and its hidden gem; Stivina Bay.

Our Croatian retreat + sailing yoga holiday itinerary is like no other. You will have yoga classes in the morning (depending on the day), daily swim stops and evening meditation before heading out to explore a new town/port every day.

Yoga classes are an hour long in some of the most breath-taking settings you’ve ever taken a class. There is still time to explore world famous islands, such as Vis, Korčula and Hvar where you can wander the streets, explore the old castle and enjoy sunset cocktails.

As you sail Croatia, you have the freedom to relax as you please with a book, sunbathing, chatting with your fellow yoga retreat guests or learning to sail with your skipper.

If your schedule allows it, stay an extra day before and after your trip.  Don’t fly in on Saturday and join the boat immediately, then finish your trip on Saturday, then fly out that day, you will miss out on so much of the amazing Old Towns.

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Wellness Hotels

Lešić Dimitri Palace 

A private retreat in the heart of the old town hidden within the walls of Korčula. The Palace’s six residences are each influenced by a particular region of Marco Polo‘s Silk Road travels, with the themes extending to both the SPA and cuisine.

An intelligent use of space and unusual combination of materials, together with original details, mean that each of the six residences in  has its own personality and offers something different.

Indulge in the therapeutic benefits of spa therapies offered by the palace’s Thai and Ayurveda therapists who are trained to world-class standards in a countries with centuries’ worth of spa tradition.

The team offers an inspiring treatment list with influences from the Silk Road, Thailand and the Mediterranean with natural products created especially for Lešić Dimitri palace using herbs, roots, flowers and fruits organically grown in Dalmatia and Asia.

Yoga classes offer a unique blend of classical Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Mudra and Meditation practices to harmonise the mind, body and soul. Yoga retreats, weekends, or private sessions can be arranged through the palace. Sessions can be taken in privacy of our residence or outdoors by the sea, on beaches and islands in the vicinity. Read reviews.

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Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik

Enjoying a sensational seafront setting overlooking Lapad beach and the blue-green Adriatic, the all-new 4+ star Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik offers great contemporary design, a luxury spa and outstanding dining and conference facilities with exemplary service.

As balmy night falls, the seafront Sphere Restaurant and Lounge Bar fills up and becomes gently abuzz with anticipation of Mother Nature’s spectacular sunset show. There is both an inviting jogging path and scenic walking routes along the picture-postcard peninsula adjacent to the hotel, plus tennis courts nearby.

There is both an inviting jogging path and scenic walking routes along the picture-postcard peninsula adjacent to the hotel, plus tennis courts nearby. Read reviews.

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Hotel Croatia Cavtat, Dubrovnik

Hotel Croatia Cavtat is the leading five-star resort combining a stunning waterfront location with easy access to the paradise-like treasures of the Adriatic coast.

Cool off in style in two saltwater swimming pools – one outdoor and one indoor, which is heated. Or enjoy the natural warmth of the open-air relaxation space after cleansing your skin in the steam bath or Finnish sauna. There’s also a fitness room, fully equipped with cardio and strength equipment.Combining luxury Western treatments, traditional European techniques and the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, our extensive menu of luxury body and face treatments is designed to help you ground, relax and reset. All treatment rooms look out to sea.

There are two quiet private beaches – one facing Caveat Bay. It is an idyllic, design award-winning base from which to explore the region’s historic charm. Read reviews.

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Having trouble choosing? Email us at retreats@soulseedmedia.com and we will help you find and book your perfect retreat. Follow our travels on Instagram @soulseedtravel.

Author: CHERYL SLATER