These laid back Islands will capture your heart and feed your soul. The stunning scenery and nature makes the perfect back drop for a yoga retreat where you can soak in the sunshine, swim in the healing sea and explore the local villages and pristine beaches. Here’s our guide to the best islands for wellness and yoga retreats in Croatia.
Before heading to one of the Islands you will fly into Split or Dubrovnik. If you are looking for a summer yoga retreat in Dubrovnik, this yoga, culture and mindful workshops retreat takes place from the 2nd – 7th of July at the Royal Blue hotel. Think wine tastings, spa, and blue waters! Combine yoga and manifestation, and coaching workshops to consciously create the life you dream of.
Losinj is known as the ‘Island of Vitality’ and has become a popular wellness destination. Owing to its exceptional climatic features, already way back in 1892, it was proclaimed a health resort. The island is famous for its asthma and allergy curing properties.
It is one of the islands in Croatia belonging to the Cres-Losinj archipelago in the Kvarner Bay and with its 36 islands, islets and reefs, it is the largest group of islands in the Adriatic.
It’s the home of playful bottlenose dolphins (indicative of an exceptional level of purity of the sea), white sand beaches, emerald pine forests, agaves and palm trees, clean turquoise waters and a profusion of aromatic fragrances and flavours. Its beauty will cast a spell on you whatever the season.
Where to stay & yoga
Fringing the crystal clear waters of Citak Bay, The Bellevue Hotel is surrounded by lush vegetation, with a cool, stylish decked white flag beach, three pools, bars and restaurants and a state of the art spa. Fitness and yoga packages run daily from April – November based upon a minimum two night stay.
The Bellevue’s state of the art Spa Clinic is a haven of thermal and thalassotherapy areas, a spa cafe, and a tranquil spa garden with private hot tubs. It’s split into different zones – there’s a Beauty Zone, Fit Zone, (with full Tecnogym and a Kinesiologist on hand), Spa Zone and Medi-Spa. There’s also plethora of holistic and innovative treatments on offer. Visiting practitioners are based at the hotel such as Dr Adarsh Shetty who has 12-years experience in the wellness and health care field and strongly believes in a multidisciplinary, individual approach, which also includes a psychosocial one.
His approach helps to achieve a sound physical body, a harmonious flow of energy and inner balance, seeking to equip each individual with the tools to be more resilient with long lasting results. Dr. Adarsh seeks to facilitate this with lifestyle modification and treatments integrating his expertise in the ancient sciences of Ayurveda & Yoga as well as his appreciation for the demands of modern life.
He has worked in world-renowned wellness destinations such as Ananda Spa, Chiva Som, Six Senses and has advised celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Martina Navratilova, and Julia Lemigova. The programme is implemented through a thorough psychological analysis of personality and Ayurveda treatments, consisting of various massages, exercises and tension release. Read reviews.
Found on the corner of Čikat Bay, the luxurious Boutique Hotel Alhambra & Villa Augusta are members of Virtuoso and the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Alhambra offers numerous experiences, tailor-made for the senses.
Boasting fashionable loungers right by the water’s edge, a stunning indoor waterfall pool and an award winning Asian-inspired spa with genuine experts in relaxation and rejuvenation on hand. Sophisticated and specially designed treatments and rituals, from the local brand Mitre are on offer to restore the balance between body and soul, using the aromas from the island.
For fitness fanatics you can do functional training at a state-of-the-art CrossFit box in Sunčana Uvala Bay or enjoy an open-air training session under the pine trees with the experienced coaches. Read reviews.
If you are a SUP yoga fan, from May – October you can take lessons with Sunbird.
European Coastal Airlines (ec-air.eu/en) operates services to Mali Lošinj from Split and Zadar, both of which are collected by scheduled airlines from the UK including easyJet, Ryanair, Croatia Airlines, Norwegian, British Airways and Jet2. Seaplane tickets from around £80 one-way.
Silver Air has introduced new seasonal summer flights from Lošinj Airport to Zagreb (Croatia), Venice (Italy) and Lugano (Switzerland). Daily flights will commence on June 15 and will run until September 28, 2019.
Obonjan is a 136-acre private adults only island, conveniently located off the coast of Northern Dalmatia in Croatia. Šibenik contains an archipelago of 249 islands stretching out into the super clear waters of the Adriatic. Nestled in this constellation of islands you will find Obonjan, one of only a handful of populated islands and providing the perfect environment for relaxation and retreating.
The beautiful yoga deck, enveloped in the scent of pine trees and the sound of the sea, is a perfect setting where you can enjoy free classes, twice-daily, with styles ranging from Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga. All mats and all necessary props are provided. You can enjoy a post practise alfresco healing massage at the spa, an oasis of calm, dedicated to enhancing your natural wellbeing and easing you into island life.
You can also join one of the holistic workshops that are on offer that are free of charge. Learn more about nutrition, photography, explore different elements of sound and dance, or try new forms of meditation and breathing exercises.
How to get there
Obonjan is easily accessible from Zagreb, Split and Zadar International Airports. Located just six kilometers from the Croatian mainland and a pleasant 25-minute speedboat ride from Šibenik
For more information on how to transfer to and from the island and book your return journey, please visit the following recommended transfer providers: www.a-transfers-croatia.com, www.croatia-taxi.hr or www.jamtransfer.com
If you are looking for a teacher training, head to the Island of Iz
This 300 hour teacher training is an evolution of Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Power Yoga and Restorative Yoga enabling simplicity with ease in learning and practice. An enjoyable journey into self-discovery, challenging comfort-zone, but rewarding with insights, excitement about the knowledge gained and enthusiasm to share it with others.
The course is Yoga Alliance accredited course that leads you towards 500 RYT RYS certification. Doug and Lea are well established in their own respective yoga styles, through decades of their research, practice, and teachings.
Students will enjoy a unique holistic approach understanding the value of different yoga styles and how to balance hard, more challenging, and soft, less challenging techniques with an aim to support individual practitioner’s needs.
The main aim of the program is to help a student to broaden his/her awareness about yoga, teachings, embodiment and ecology, and be able to put into practice and teachings such expanded awareness.
The program allows ashtanga yogis to understand the value of yin and restorative yoga, and Hatha yogis to balance their practices by introducing power yoga and more challenging practices.
Immersing into this teacher training is your treasured opportunity to expand awareness physically, mentally and spiritually. This will then create more space in your life for learning and sharing yoga with expanded confidence and clarity of your newly acquired direction. The program includes 21 days of intensive retreat coursework and self-study with online correspondence prior or post the retreat.
How to get there
The Island of Iz is located in the vicinity of Zadar. The island, which covers the area of just about 18 square km has three ferry ports: Brsanj ferry port , Veli Iz port and Mali Iz port. All ports are connected by ferries to neighbouring islands and Zadar.
The untamed island of Mljet is one of Croatia’s best islands and a paradise for anyone looking to get away from it all. The northwestern third of Mljet island is a national park with two inland lakes and miles of cycling and strolling trails. There are few residents, no large towns and only one major road that runs north-south through the pines, oak trees and macchia. Mljet is the most thickly forested island in the Adriatic.
Mljet is Dalmatia’s most southerly, most verdant and, some would argue, most beautiful isle. For complete silence, rest and relaxation, get the catamaran or ferry from Dubrovnik and leave the world behind.
Where to stay & yoga
This 8 Day Detox, Yoga, Cooking classes, and Hiking Retreat in Mljet Island, Croatia will nourish, nurture and inspire your body, mind and spirit in 2019. It will create a platform on which you will be able to build on once when your return home, so that you can continue implementing positive changes and healthy life style in your daily life.
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.
How to get there
Fly to Dubrovnik Airport and catch the ferry from the Dubrovnik sea port to Mljet.
The central-Dalmatian island of Korcula is the sixth largest and one of the greenest Adriatic island’s. Like most of the Croatian islands, the Greeks, who gave it the name Korkyra Melaina or “Black Corfu” for its dark and densely wooded appearance, first settled in Korcula.
Imagine walking back in time through the ancient town of Korcula, swimming in the crystal clear Adriatic sea, savouring the delectable olives and freshly pressed olive oil, and sipping the delicious local wines. Tradition is alive on Korcula, with age-old religious ceremonies, folk music and dances still being performed to the delight of tourists and local people.
It’s an ideal place for a rejuvenating yoga retreat in a Mediterranean atmosphere with swimming, hiking, walking, kayaking, relaxing in beautiful unspoiled nature and exploring old villages and towns.
Where to stay & yoga
From April – September you can join a Yoga and Wellness weekend retreat (Thursday – Sunday). This is the perfect opportunity to refill and restore your energy under the Mediterranean sun surrounded by crystal blue seas, and 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, flavours and experiences of Croatia.
You will enjoy hikes through Korcula’s lush and unspoiled wild fields, explore hidden bays of breathtaking beauty and experience an excursion to the magical natural park of island Mlijet, with its salt lakes, a bicycle wine tour to the famous Croatian wine region on Peljesac, and most of all to discover all the joys of the Mediterranean and have a lot of fun in the process.
Have a week to spare? In May, June & September you can roll out your yoga mat by the sea on these 7 day nourishing yoga and detox retreats.
How to get there
Fly to Split or Dubrovnik Airport. From there you can catch the ferry or catamaran to Korcula Island where the retreat takes the place.
Sailing Yoga Holiday
Of course, if you want to visit multiple islands in a short amount of time then a yoga sailing holiday is your best option. Available weekly from April – October these 7 day retreats sail from Split to Dubrovnik (and vice versa). The itinerary is like ‘a tasting plate of Croatia’ with stop offs at 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.
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 and held in breath-taking settings. 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.
You can fly to either Split or Dubrovnik depending on the route you choose. Dates and booking info can be found here.
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