The Wellness Traveller’s Guide to the Greek Islands

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With so many (thousands) of stunning Greek Islands to choose from how do you narrow it down? We’ve picked our top islands especially for the wellness traveller who loves to spa, beach, yoga, explore and eat delicious healthy food.

We’ve put together an itinerary for you that will make your fellow yogis jealous even before you start posting those instagram pics. Begin your wellness journey in Athens. You can find many direct flights to Athens and use Skyscanner to find the best deals.

Athens

Stay at the boutique spa hotel Coco Mat. A calm oasis located in Kolonaki, one of the most high-end districts in Athens, this eco-friendly hotel is a showcase for Coco-mat, purveyor of all-natural beds to some of the world’s best hotels. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed.

As you would expect from a hotel designed and kitted out by an all-natural bed company, the biggest selling point is the ‘four-layer sleeping system’. Dressed in organic cotton sheets, goose-down duvets and a selection of a dozen different pillows, these beds will send even the lightest sleeper into a blissful slumber. Read reviews.

If you want to practice yoga whilst in Athens you can try these studios:

Yoga Tara’s Home
Opened in 2016, Tara’s home is a bright, cosy yoga studio located in Koukaki – very close to the Acropolis – where beginners are welcome.

Athens Yoga Center
Founder of Athens Yoga Center, Maja Zilih is an experienced registered yoga teacher who also trains future yoga instructors. She founded the Athens Yoga Center as a place where yogis, from beginners to advanced students, could come and practise in a dynamic way and discover their full potential.

Lessons include hatha, anusara, kundalini, vinyasa/flow, restorative, prenatal and postnatal yoga as well as mum and baby yoga, yoga for kids as well as relaxation and meditation lessons. It’s a perfect place to de-stress after a long week in the office.

Hot Yoga
Located in Psychiko, Hot Yoga is a relaxing place where you can practise yoga in a serene and beautiful atmosphere. In a warm environment, get ready to stretch, tone your muscles, and build a strong core with the yoga classes. Hot Yoga includes a variety of lessons and also has yoga classes in English, a definite plus if you are visiting Athens but don’t want to lose your flow.

Corpo – Pilates and Yoga Studio
Corpo is a Pilates and yoga studio located in Palaio Faliro, where you can practise different types of yoga, from hatha to vinyasa, as well as aerial and acro-yoga. You can also sign up for personal training and nutritional support or spinning lessons. It’s a multifaceted venue with a dedicated and passionate team where you can exploit your full potential as a yogi.

Vegetarian & vegan food

For healthy eats in Athens before you start your journey to the Islands.

Lime Bistro
Vegan restaurant emphasising macrobiotic alkaline diets. Uses equipment such as slow cooking in a vacuum, cold pressed juicer, dehydrator, yogurt machine to make yogurt from nuts, and a germinater to grow sprouts. Products are organic and made from scratch.

Peas

An all-vegan and raw-vegan eatery and take away, that operates under the motto “Give Peas a Chance.” Serves a range of wraps, burgers, warm food, salads, cakes, desserts and breakfast specials, all made from scratch in-house, with mostly organic vegetables and fruits, locally sourced from small producers. Juices, smoothies, soft drinks and organic fair trade coffee available.

The Plant Kingdom

Delivery restaurant with 100% vegan menu which also hosts thematic culinary events.

Next stop Naxos!

How to get to Naxos: The easiest way is to take a direct flight with Aegan which takes a very short 35 mins, search here with Skyscanner to get the best flight deals.

Or you can take the ferry which takes about 4-5 hours and you can sit on deck if it’s nice weather and get great views of islands along the way.

Possibly the greenest island in the Cyclades, Naxos’s incredible natural beauty has earned its reputation as the Hawaii of Greece. Almost 100km of white sandy beaches are lapped by incredibly clear waters. For those who enjoy adventure the island also offers activities such as kitesurfing, windsurfing or SUP.

It is the agriculture powerhouse of Greece, known for its potatoes, tomatoes, and cheese. The beautiful, historical Island of Naxos is located in the centre of the Cyclades.

Naxos has a lot of historical places, several archaeological sites and culture. The diversity of the island offers many different landscapes and all of these make it worthwhile to explore. Discover the authentic beauty of the villages, where you can stop at a Greek taverna to enjoy the local food and meet the Naxian people. Take a walk through the Venetian castle or visit the temples and ruins around the Island.

Where to stay

Athina Studios

Located in the heart of the beautiful island, on one of the most beautiful beaches in Plaka. This is the place to laze around and enjoy a sandy beach within literally 50 steps from your room.

Rooms are very clean and tastefully decorated in minimal cycladic style, each has its own deck, veranda or direct access to the garden with local flora.

Free yoga sessions are given under the big cedar tree in front of the beach. Read reviews.

Medusa Resort and SPA

A real gem of the Aegean Sea combining the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled Plaka beach and nature, with the contemporary Cycladic design. This is a one-of-a-kind place for relaxation and tranquility.

Yoga classes are given in the beautiful garden where you can find harmony of body and mind, improve your flexibility, strength and concentration, experience your inner self and let go.

Classes are on offer 4 times per week by Loriën van Loenen, a trained yoga teacher. Lessons can also be arranged for every individual or group and at desirable times.

Massages can be arranged by a qualified holistic therapist. You can choose from a range of Thai Yoga Massage, Athletic-Stretch, Deep Tissue Oil, Aromatherapy, and Reiki. Read reviews.

18 Grapes boutique hotel

Wisely located only 200 metres away from the breathtaking Agios Prokopios beach in Naxos, this new hospitality jewel is a hideaway of elegant luxury, offering to its guests upscale tailor-made services and features; all wrapped up in the excellence of high-end architecture.

Boasting amazing sea-views, private pools and Jacuzzi, each one of the eighteen suites of the hotel is a fine sample of leading design and comfort. The hotel embodies the philosophy of Cycladic chic purity and calmness; an ideal setting to unwind and indulge in the carefree island vibe. Private yoga and pilates lessons are available on request.

Vegetarian & vegan food

You will find many of the tavernas, especially in the Old Town have vegetarian and vegan food on the menu, including soups, beans, grilled vegetables and of course, potatoes!.

Where to retreat

Keep an eye on our Best Retreats in Greece guide for future retreats in Naxos.

Next stop Santorini!

Go here because you have to tick this one off your bucket list right? You might feel like you’ve already been there; you’re bound to have seen endless photos on Instagram of the iconic domed white-washed houses set against bright blue sea.

How to get to Santorini:

The trip from Athens to Santorini takes 5 hours on a highspeed ferry and 8 hours on a conventional ferry. Views as you enter the caldera are wonderful.

First fly to Athens – there are many cheap flights from western Europe. Use Skyscanner to search for the best airfares. Then buy a ferry ticket – book tickets here online.

Then from the ferry port take the metro (20 to 30 minutes) or a taxi (30 to 40 minutes) to the Piraeus ferry port. Most ferries leave in the morning, plan to arrive 1 hour in advance.

Where to stay

Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini is an exclusive boutique hotel in Santorini, Greece, perched above the world-famous Caldera with breathtaking views and sumptuous sunsets.

There is a dedicated yoga and Pilates studio with adjoining fitness area, where which offers daily complimentary yoga sessions. Read reviews.

Pelagos Hotel

Hotel Pelagos is located at Baxedes of Oia, just 200 metres from the most beautiful beach of Oia, among vineyards and gardens where you will find all the beauty and calmness for your relaxation.

Pelagos hotel is continually running yoga retreats and other types of workshops, and has quickly captured a lot of attention from retreat leaders around the world. Read reviews.

Pegasus Hotel

Pegasus Suites and Spa, a luxury hotel set in the caldera cliff-face in the peaceful village of Imerovigli, blends in with the Cycladic architecture of the island.

While immaculate throughout, the 18 suites and villas, many designed to resemble caves (without the mustiness), are particularly outstanding – some have private hot tubs and plunge pools, and all have exceptional views. Read reviews.

There in an on site spa with indoor pool and hammam. Choose between the wide selection of therapies and treatments for the face and the body.

Iconic Santorini

An authentic boutique cave hotel set in picturesque Imerovigli. Centrally located away from the hustle and bustle of the cruise ship port of Fira, the romantic village of Imerovigli is a pleasant drive from the famous sunset crowds in Oia.

Situated on a spectacular hillside setting and literally carved from the historic volcanic caldera wall, this serene retreat offers grace, elegance, and breathtaking views of the caldera cliffs and azure blue waters of the Aegean sea below.

All guests are welcome to use the wellness and fitness centre, which provides the latest range of professional exercise equipment and private treatment room for single or couple’s massages.

After enjoying one of the relaxing treatments, take pleasure lounging in the heated and jetted, indoor grotto pool, soothing away any remaining stresses. Read reviews.

Canaves Oia Hotel

The Canaves Oia Hotel is located on Santorini’s northern tip, near the tranquil village church, a whitewashed hideaway just steps from Oia’s lively boutique-lined streets.

This luxury retreat gives you a mountain-top spa and pools with panoramic views of Santorini’s caldera. Built on an old cliff-top winery, the Suites of the Gods look directly over Santorini’s ancient volcanic crater – now filled with the blue waters of the Aegean.

All hotel suites are freshly renovated and elegantly decorated in a dazzling white, minimal manner, featuring private verandas, al fresco dining areas and breathtaking views. Read reviews.

If you are looking for privacy, this gorgeous luxury villa in Santorini sleeps 4 people, has its own pool and breathtaking views

 

Where to retreat

7 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Be energised and inspired on this trip of a lifetime 7 day Santorini yoga retreat. The retreat takes place from the 31st August – 7th September and the 7th – 14th September. Enjoy flowing vinyasa practice, gentle restorative sessions and rejuvenating meditation.

From your arrival in Greece you can feel at ease and enjoy the wonders of this glistening jewel of an island, safe in the experienced hands of the team.

As well as the expert teachings you will find yourself rebalanced by the beautiful nature of Santorini, with inspiring walks and views all around. You can take in the stillness, soak up the Greek sunshine and enjoy the energy of this special island, allowing yourself the time and space to relax.

Sunshine Santorini Yoga Holiday

For a breathtaking and unforgettable sunshine Santorini yoga holiday, come and join us on the magical island known for its beautiful blue and white churches and surrounded by majestic views of volcanoes in the backdrop, the crystal clear Aegean sea and stunning sunsets.

Get all the Vitamin D you could possibly need and more soaking-in the warm Greek summer sun. The wonderful heart-warming people of Greece, the food, and stunning scenery make it a very special location to retreat to.

Your Santorini yoga holiday takes place from the 24th – 31st August and includes accommodation at a stunning boutique hotel, a wholesome organic breakfast of fruit, granola, meats, cheeses, yoghurt and more all freshly prepared, three hours of yoga per day, a two hour walking tour of the Santorini Coastline, and more.

Relax and Refresh Yoga Retreat at Caveland

Join Julyas yoga from the 18th – 25th of May for a 7 day relax and refresh retreat at Caveland. Nestled in the serenity of the Aegean-sea where island life meets luxury, you will enjoy yoga, meditation, relaxation, and deep transformation under the mindful guidance of the pure love the island has to offer.

This retreat is for anyone looking to create time and space for internal observation under the Aegean light. Get ready to hit the pause button and let yourself flow through your island days with grace.

A luxury boutique hostel in one of Santorini’s’ finest sea-view combined with volcano boat visits, hikes along the famous blue-white little villages, kayak or catamaran tours during a sunset, visit museums or sacred churches, climb a rock and afterwards have a downtown stroll with a sunset meditation on the famous skaros rock.

Do not only fall in love with this vibrant seething white picturesque scenery but with yourself. The perfect combination of silent vibes and island zen.

This island has everything your heart desires to live. Could this be your soul calling? A soul dressed in blue-white invites you to discover your true power of healing and transformation.

Vegetarian & vegan food

The Nomadic Vegan Wendy, shares all her favourite tried and tested places in Santorini and Kzell has done all the research for you to uncover which restaurants on the island of Santorini serve vegan food.

Next stop Amorgos

How to get to Amorgos: Athens International Airport is the most convenient to fly into. Most of the ferries to Amorgos leave at 17.30 from Piraeus port. There is one daily connection to Amorgos Island (except on Saturday during winter). Ferries dock alternately at the two ports of Amorgos Island: Katapola and Aegiali.

Where to stay

Lakki Village Hotel

Accommodation at the Lakki Village Hotel is in harmony with the Cycladic tradition and all with their own unique style. The hotel sits on Aegali beach, one of the most beautiful and quiet beaches on Amorgos island. Offering the choice of rooms, studios and apartments, all with their own entrance overlooking the garden or the villages or the swimming pool or the sea.

If you want to arrange retreats with yoga, mediation or something else, they have the facilities to do so. Contact us and we will tailor-make a package for you. Read reviews.

Where to retreat

Mythic Alchemy to Relax , Recharge & Renew Yoga Retreat

Join JC Rawady and Edina Mohini Didi from the 17th – 24th of September for a seven day yoga retreat. Come and fall in love with this Greek island of Amorgos, the natural beauty, the loveliness of the people and the colour of the sea. Take a break of your daily routine, come to relax, recharge and completely renew yourself. Nourish your body and mind to connect with what matters the most.

Start your day waking up with the warm sunlight glistening through your bedroom. Immerse yourself in your yoga practice in a fully equipped shala overlooking the many shades of blue of the Aegean Sea.

Open your mind and your heart while saluting the sun on a beautiful panoramic roof, feeling the Mediterranean sea breeze. Indulge yourself with a traditional Greek dish freshly prepared for you. The retreat take place at the luxurious five star Aegialis hotel.

Next stop Mykonos

How to get to Mykonos: Ferry trips from Athens to Mykonos operate from the ports of Piraeusand Rafina. Piraeus is around one hour’s drive from the airport, and around 30 minutes from the city centre (depending on traffic), while Rafina is about 20 minutes from Athens airport by car and between one and one and a half hours from the city centre.

Both ports are also accessible by bus, and there is also a direct Metro train line from Athens Airport to Piraeus. From Piraeus and Rafina ports you can take either a ferry or a two sorts of catamaran to Mykonos. Ferries take around 4-5 hours to reach Mykonos, and as they are more sedate they are often a good choice if you’re a bit unsteady at sea!

A trip on a high speed catamaran takes about two hours and is an experience more like plane travel. There’s a choice of ferries running daily to and from Athens and Mykonos with stops along the way.

Where to stay

Bill & Coo

The 5-star Bill & Coo offers sea-view suites, Mediterranean flavours and an infinity pool with views of the bay. Situated on Megali Ammos Beach of Mykonos, it is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Bill & Coo’s luxury suites feature contemporary design and modern bathrooms with walk-in shower. Each is equipped with free WiFi, satellite LCD TV and working desk. Some rooms include an outdoor hot tub. The new coastal suites are located in Agios Ioannis, at the Bill & Coo Coast adults-only complex, 3 km from the main complex and 3.5 from Mykonos town.

The hotel’s awarded fine dining restaurant is situated by the pool and offers sea views. It serves a Mediterranean creative cuisine based on seasonal local products. Signature cocktails and refreshing drinks are proposed at the lounge bar.

Beauty treatments and massage are available at the New Spa by Valmont as well a brand new gym in the spa area. Read reviews.

Belvedere Hotel

This chic hotel in Mykonos’ Chora offers a magnificent swimming pool with sunset views, a 24-hour state-of-the-art gym, gourmet restaurant and airy rooms with beautiful sea views.

Belvedere’s romantic rooms are unique, each with its own design elements, fabrics, furnishings and textured details. Bathrooms feature rain showers. I-pod docking stations, flat-screen TVs, DVDs and high fidelity surround systems are featured.

The gym features a stretching area, cardio vascular equipment area, as well as a strength equipment area. Guests can enjoy a variety of invigorating and restorative treatments at Six Senses Mykonos upon request. The spa proposes an intuitive mix of science and human awareness, this global brand has fully penetrated the local fabric, incorporating homegrown elements in a captivating wellness philosophy.

The Six Senses spa inhabits a serene space, especially designed by Concept Boarding, that gently stimulates body and mind in search of that sixth sense. The highly trained staff welcome guests with homemade ginger tea, infused with cinnamon, honey and lime, to stimulate your taste buds and take turns awakening the rest of your senses with a variety of face and body treatments that could easily change your life. Read reviews.

Where to retreat

Luxury Retreat for Women in Mykonos

Join this Nourishing Luxury Retreat for Women this spring from the 13th – 20th May. Nourish your body, mind, and soul surrounded by the Aegean blue, learn how to embody your dreams with playfulness and manifest miracles in your life! Relax by the swimming pool of a serene eco-luxury villa as you indulge your senses with a Fresh Greek mountain tea during the sunset hour, gazing endlessly the union of the golden sky with the crystal clear sea at the cosmopolitan Mykonos island.

Experience a nourishing blend of mindful practices and rituals in Delos island, one of the most uplifting energy sites in the world. And there is more bliss to follow as your inspiring teachers, Apostolia and Toby are preparing a Full Moon Ceremony especially for you and your new amazing friends that bring energy to your soul!

This life-changing journey is for those of you longing to set your soul free and embody your dreams through breathwork, meditation, yoga, dance, chanting and dream journeying!

This unmissable retreat experience is meticulously designed for you, as a gift to yourself to receive transformative guidance and invoke your untapped source of creativity, wisdom and to become a Dreamer of Dreams, ready to weave your own pathway to happiness when you go back home.

Vegetarian & vegan food

Check out Sarah Kirby’s blog for recommendations on where to eat and what local dishes are vegan.

Next stop Kea!

How to get to Kea:

By ferry
From Athens you can go from the port of Lavrio, which is situated just southeast of Athens. There are various daily connections. All ferries arrive at the small port Korissia in the west of the island. The crossing takes about one hour and you can leave at different times of the day. There are also ferry connections to other islands of the Cyclades, like Kythnos, Syros and Tinos.

By bus
Suburban buses (KTEL) leave from Athens airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) every hour and go to Lavrio via the midway town of Markopoulo. The first bus to Markopoulo departs at 6.30am and the last bus at 10pm. At Markopoulo you change bus to get to the port of Lavrio. Buses from Markopoulo to Lavrio are very frequent.

By taxi
It normally takes approximately 30 minutes for a taxi to get from Athens airport to Lavrio.

Where to retreat

Kea, or Tzia, is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea’s Cyclades archipelago, characterised by hilly countryside and quiet beaches. Just a stone’s throw from Athens, this cosmopolitan island will captivate you with its unbridled beauty.

Join this Embodied Adventure Retreat in Kea from the 3rd – 10th July.  We want you to feel alive, rejuvenated, connected and recharged so that you can burn bright and share your gifts with the world. You can never pour from an empty cup, it’s time to nurture yourself.

We have designed this embodied adventure retreat specifically for Change Makers, Way Finders, Leaders, Educators, Facilitators, Service providers, Artists and Instructors (although everyone is welcome).

We understand that you manage an array of roles and responsibilities as well as energies. Finding the balance between caring for the needs of everyone else around you and your own can often leave you feeling burnt out; mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted.

Your hosts, Kaitlyn and Jess have first hand knowledge of the stress, accelerating pressures and discontent you might be experiencing in this adventure we call life. They understand how it feels to pour your heart and soul into your profession and yet often feel overwhelmed or disheartened at the same time.

Where to stay

Aigis Suites Luxury Boutique Hotel

Only 400 meters from the picturesque marina Vourkari and 2.5 km from the main port of Korisia, the Aigis Suites offer the ultimate choice for travellers wishing to escape the hustle of everyday life and yet stay close to Athens as the port of Lavrion is only an hour away making it an excellent choice for your luxury holidays in Kea island in the Cyclades.

Staying true to its open-air philosophy, this luxury suite hotel in Kea ensures a soul-soothing holiday experience for all guests visiting the island of Tzia in Greece.

Revive your senses in the soothing ambiance of the spa and uncover the secrets of the Orient as they blend with the European culture and the aura of the Aegean Sea creating a setting of invigoration and high-energy for you to enjoy.

Relax with exquisite therapies and spa treatments, take advantage of the beneficial properties of water and fully unwind with a soothing massage that will balance your mind, body and soul. Get rid of all anxiety and negative energy, open your chakras to a world of rejuvenation and well-being and experience the ultimate in wellness in a setting of pure inspiration. Read reviews.

Next stop Lefkada

How to get to Lefkada: 

Although Lefkada is called an island, it is only 50 meters from the Greek mainland and is connected to it by a floating bridge.

By ferry
Takes about 4-6 hours depending on the day, the port and the ferry company you wish to travel with. Ferries from Kyllini, Patras to Lefkada run all year round on a daily basis.

Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece and is connected to the mainland by bridge. Stunning turquoise waters, breathtaking views of neighbouring islands like Skorpios, once owned by Onassis, characterise this picturesque island.

By plane
There are daily flights from the international airport of Aktion (18km from the town of Lefkada) and from Thessalonica two flights weekly. Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos are connecting stations.

Also there are two connecting flights weekly from Crete (Sitia). From April until October, direct flight sare performed from Aktion and Europe.

Where to retreat

For a transformative Indian Yoga and Alchemist Meditation experience with a scenic backdrop, join this 7 day Alchemist Yoga and Mediation retreat from the 4th – 11th of May.

Learn to go inside through deep Buddhist meditation and classical yoga in order to release our blockages and undo the cycles of our past, while simultaneously applying this powerful knowledge in order to heal the body through tantra, ayurveda and reflexology practices.

Winner of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2017 for Asia and Australia region and Service Excellence by Tripadvisor this is an intensive spiritual experience, where with the back drop of pure nature you can learn to go inside, let go off the pain, the cycles of limitations and expand beyond your original self through simple direct work on and into the mind which the Yogis have practiced for thousands of years.

There are opportunities to work directly with the Zen master and seek Transcendental appointments and therapies from him during the retreat. Come, allow yourself the change you have always wanted, but did not know how to create. This retreat is immerse and content rich, suitable for the student who is ready to form his her spiritual path.

Our luxurious back drop if the Urania Luxury Resorts, standing on top of a mountain overlooking the 7 Ionian Islands and the beautiful Ionian Sea.

Where to stay

Porto-Galini Seaside Resort & Spa

Porto-Galini Seaside Resort & Spa is a beautiful four star hotel located along the east coast of Lefkada island, 12 km from Lefkada town and 4 km from the popular village of Nydri.

The resort spreads over an area of 40 hectares of landscaped grounds, along a beautiful secluded beach where guests can enjoy the emerald green waters of the Ionian Sea and discover this marvellous island where blue and green shades are preeminent! Wellness facilities include tennis courts, a state of the art gym with a sea view, two outdoor swimming pools, a Spa & Wellness Center with two indoor pools-one heated, two sauna-rooms, steam-room, whirlpool, Jacuzzi, “beautification-zone”, a Yoga Pavilion oriented towards the sunrise and sand-beach volleyball court. Read reviews.

Next stop Paros!

A pearl in the Aegean Sea, Paros is home to plenty of postcard perfect villages, make sure you pop in to Parikia (the main town), Lefkes and Marpissa, to name just a few, for your fill of white-washed houses.

How to get to Paros: You can’t fly directly to the island, but it’s an easy ferry ride from Santorini. You can search for ferries and find the schedule here.

Where to stay

Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa

Located in the heart of the beautiful bay of Parasporos amongst an oasis of vineyards, trees and wildlife is an extraordinary boutique hotel. The Astir spa offers the wellness traveller the ultimate spa holiday experience through a huge variety of pampering packages.

Meticulously designed and arranged, the comprehensive hotel spa facilities will soothe the mind, body, and soul and leave you feeling totally at peace.

In keeping with Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa ethos, all products used in the Astir Spa are made from the purest ingredients inspired by ancient Mediterranean techniques and remedies, and utilising natural flora products of the island of Paros.

Blending seamlessly with its luscious verdant surroundings, this spa hotel has been designed and built as an environmentally friendly hotel, constructed from locally sourced materials and utilising the expertise of local craftsmen.

This focus on heritage and connection to the island of Paros runs deep through every aspect of the hotel’s ethos, with its name ‘Yria’ inspired by the historic name for the island of Paros from the time of antiquity. Total serenity and bliss awaits you at the Yria Island Boutique Hotel Spa resort in Paros. Read reviews.

For families or friends, stay in a beautiful luxury villa in Ambelas with views over the terraced landscape to the Aegean Sea.

Where to retreat

Okreblue Seaside Yoga Retreat Center 

Okreblue was created for like-minded people to gather and practice and share. The owners Angelo and Sasy have built the place with love and care, slowly expanded only to fulfil their guests’ needs.

Coming to Okreblue you really get the essence of arriving to someone’s home, feeling the warmth of true and authentic welcome. The two spacious, beautiful hand-made outdoor shalas, the rooms, the lounge-restaurant and of course the amazing Filizi beach are just a few meters away from each other. Coming here you don’t need to look for more, you have everything at your doorstep.

What makes Okreblue more special, is the organic home grown vegetables that are used for the delicious meals at Caretta restaurant-lounge (Okreblue’s restaurant).

Choose your retreat with one of the international yoga teachers that hold their retreats/teacher trainings here, or come to attend everyday yoga classes with Sasy, enjoy the hearty food and the beach.

Anapnoe yoga

The authentic yoga classes at Anapnoe yoga are taught by our enthusiastic and experienced teachers given to you with all their love. Their passion for yoga goes further than only the yoga classes. They also put their whole heart into their practice!

They offer holistic ways to explore and expand your potential, your knowledge, to restore wellness, balance and health through yoga retreats and teacher trainings.

Vegetarian & vegan food

Happy Cow is the best resource when it comes to finding healthy eats and places that sell vegetarian and vegan food in Paros. We recommend a cute cafe called Distrato, located in the old town of Paroikia.

Next stop Koufonisia!

How to get to Koufonisia: The best way to reach Koufonissi is to fly to Mykonos or Santorini and then take a ferry to Koufonissi. Alternatively, the island is connected by slower ferries with Paros, Naxos, Milos, Folegandros and Athens. Express Skopelitis connects Koufonissi with the Lesser Cyclades.

Where to retreat

By the time the boat arrives at the tiny Port of Koufunisia you can take your shoes off and never wear them again. That’s the spirit of the island, carefree and easy.

Crystal clear turquoise blue water, sandy velvet white beaches, fresh Aegean air without any toxin exhaust fumes and the holistic fertile soil of this conscious island of Koufunisia is what charges everyone of us up and fill us with new energy.

Your body, mind and soul are not only going to recharge from your stressful daily business life, you will also will detox yourself from all bad habits clear your thoughts and becoming lighter whiles shining your biggest brightness.

Join Julyas yoga for five days of yoga, meditation, fire ceremonies and ecstatic dance movements along with simple ayurvedic tips for living a healthy life. There is no better place for all these to happen than the magical island of Koufunisia.

A place where the meaning of greek summer is condensed in 3km golden sand, mythical caves and the most glittery water in the Aegean. This island adventure is the best recipe to start living your life to the fullest. Walk everywhere you want, swim from one beach to another, and be on your swimsuit all day long.

This is the absolute hideaway for those who want to escape the ordinary and get a taste of what real island life means! By the time you leave, you’ll be a local!

Where to stay

Koufonisia Hotel

The “Koufonisia” Hotel is the only 4 star hotel in Koufonisia and within the wider region of Small Cyclades. A paradise within an island paradise, it contains fifty five beautiful rooms, built in amphitheater style with a view of the garden, the pool and the marine blue ocean. Here you will enjoy the most relaxing and refreshing holidays, at “Koufonisia” Hotel.

Just 50 meters from the nearest sandy beach with the turquoise-blue, crystal-clear water, dream-like “Koufonisia” Hotel offers vacationers a rewarding experience: all the modern amenities for your complete recreation and relaxation.

Wellness facilities include an olympic sized swimming pool and spa where you can experience the relaxing effects of facial and body massages and enjoy the feeling of well-being throughout your holiday. Read reviews.

Next stop Folegandros!

An hour’s boat ride from popular Santorini lies the bewitching island of Folegandros – a tranquil timewarp of relaxed dining, stunning Aegean sunsets and walks through rugged landscapes Together with Sikinos, Ios, Anafi and Santorini, it forms the southern part of the Cyclades.

How to get to Folegandros: Regular ferries operate from Piraeus port (the main port of Athens) throughout the year and during the summer on a regular basis. The ferry trip depending on the stops can last up to 11 hours.

During the trip on your way to Folegandros you will have the chance to see quite a few Cycladic islands as the ferry stops on the islands of Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kimolos, Milos, Sikinos, Ios, Santorini, Paros and Naxos.

During the summer season there are fast-ferries (hydrofoils) that minimise the trip to approximately a 4 hour trip. In this case the fast-ferry will also have stops on the Cycladic islands of Sifnos, Milos, Santorini, Amorgos , Naxos, Paros and Sifnos.

Where to stay

Anemi Hotel

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In Folegandros, an island that has kept its Aegean legacy untouched by time, the Anemi Ηotel was created to guarantee an amazing stay, combining contemporary design and Cycladic architecture.

Located 3 km away from Chora and just a few minutes’ walk from the pebbled beach of Karavostasis, the Anemi Hotel consists of 12 separate, two-story buildings that face the Aegean sea and Folegandros port. Wellness facilities include a tennis court, fitness centre and yoga classes.

Within the hotel there is also a yoga studio. It comes with all the good things, mats, props, protection against the Cycladic wind and warm sun. Anemi’s new yoga studio is more than just a yoga studio with classes, it is a wellness centre offering massages and therapies. Read reviews.

Where to retreat

Curated isn’t your typical yoga retreat. There’s no set time structure and each day is treated differently. Curated is created specifically for and with the Cycladic island of Folegandros in mind. The retreats were created in relationship to the islands raw nature, winds, heat, clear blue waters, local food, and greek culture.

Zoja proposes that yoga is happening all the time, not just on your mat. It’s happening when you walk, talk, eat, and work. It’s about cultivating a presence in the world and connecting to ourselves and each other.

Each day, Zoja takes the group on hikes to sacred beaches and leads an asana and meditation class. Each night, Zoja curates dinner at a local taverna. There’s also plenty of time to relax on the beach, spend time on your own, or linger in the shops and cafes that line the ancient stone village. And, for those of you wanting a bit of pampering, Thai massage and Reiki treatments are available upon request.

Curated has started to host world renowned expert yoga and spiritual guides. These incredible teachers guide the asana practice, while Zoja continues to host the entire retreat through the welcoming to the island, the leading of the hikes, and curating dinners.

Curated is a transformative experience. It’s about staying open to the situation and trusting the expertise and experience of your guide. This isn’t your typical retreat. This is Curated.

Next stop Antiparos!

Antiparos is a small island in the Cyclades just southwest of Paros and only a 10 minute local ferry ride away.

How to get to Antiparos: In order to reach Antiparos you have to travel through Paros. There are several ways to get to Paros and once you are there Antiparos island is just across the channel.

From Athens – by either plane or boat.

By plane – with Aegean Airlines or Sky Express.
By boat – from port Piraeus or port of Rafina with Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Sea Ways or Seajet.

When you arrive at Paros port (Paroikia), there is a small boat going to Antiparos just a few meters away from where the ferry drops you off. Depending on the season, it runs about 6 to 10 times per day and it usually connects with the big ferries.

Where to stay

Kouros Village

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Kouros Village is situated on the seashore in a quiet residential area at the end of the harbour close to the picturesque village and beautiful beaches.

Enjoy your beach yoga practice with the sounds of the sea and the warmth of the sun. During the summer season Kouros Village arrange various yoga sessions with a local yoga teacher. Classes are available to guests and for drop in.

The resort is built in the traditional Cycladic style, enhanced with modern architectural elements. The three buildings face the sea and are built around a garden and a pool. Kouros Village offers a variety of accommodation types, all with balconies and sea view. Many of Antiparos’ beautiful beaches are in walking distance. Read reviews.

Where to retreat

7 Day Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

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Deepen your practice, soak up the early summer sunshine and explore the stunning beaches of Antiparos, a small picturesque island at the heart of the Cyclades in the southern Aegean, known for its distinctive beauty.

This week long yoga and mindfulness retreat takes place from the 23rd – 30th May at the beach side Glaros studios. The main village of Antiparos, with its narrow, cobbled stone alleyways and streets, white-washed houses decorated with thriving pink and purple bougainvilleas and shadowy eucalyptus trees, is just a 10 minute walk away.

Dina is a Senior yoga teacher with 20 years teaching experience, a wealth of knowledge and understanding through leading retreats, training teachers and running her own studio in London.

You’ll be strengthening and stretching the body with morning Dynamic Flow and Vinyasa Yoga; sinking into deep relaxation with evening Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra; and letting go of unhelpful habits whilst opening up to fresh ideas through nourishing breathing, Qi Gong and Mindfulness practices. All delivered in a step-by-step format, suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. This week includes plenty of time for practice and rest, with afternoons free to enjoy the sumptuous surroundings.

Greek Islands Sailing Yoga Retreat

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Join us for our 7 day Greek Islands Summer Sailing Yoga retreat. The Greek Islands are a lifetime bucket list item that is every part as rewarding as you’d imagine it is. Our trip is based out of the Ionian Islands, which is located on the west coast of Greece, known as the protected part, creating the perfect environment for flat seas, mild winds and the best leisure cruising areas.

Each morning begins with an hour long yoga class in a new secret location each day, whether it’s overlooking the bay, the beach or the harbour, but rest assured you wont have done a yoga class in a location like this before.

We set sail for your daily beach stop, which includes some of the bluest, clearest water you’ve even seen with magical white cliffs towering over the beach. It truly is a bucket list trip.

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