Last Updated on June 28, 2021 by Editor
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 Tripadvisor to find the best deals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delivery restaurant with 100% vegan menu which also hosts thematic culinary events.
Sailing Yoga Retreat of the Ionian Islands
This Sailing and Yoga retreat from the 21st – 28th of August is certainly one of the most enticing ways to travel the Aegean Sea and the Greek Archipelago.
Our Greek Islands yoga sailing is based out of the Ionian Islands, which is located on the west coast of Greece, which is the protected part, creating the perfect environment for flat seas, mild winds and the best leisure cruising areas.
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.
As you sail on Greek Islands, you have the freedom to relax as you please with a book, sun baking, chatting with your fellow yoga retreat guests or learn to sail with your skipper.
The retreat is specifically designed to help you to connect with yourself, relax and recharge your batteries. With daily yoga for all levels at magical places, guided meditations, mindfulness practices, hikes and excursions, delicious meals and plenty of time to relax, this week will be a life-changing experience.
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
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.
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
Welcome to Koukoumi 4* hotel, the 1st and only vegan hotel in Greece. Koukoumi in Myconian dialect means sheltered from the wind a cozy place for snuggling.
Situated in the heart of the island, in the traditional village of Ano Mera, Koukoumi was created to be a peaceful sanctuary for the sophisticated traveler. In this setting we tried to bring a breath of fresh air in hospitality, to show a more intimate side of the island and promote a new life philosophy.
We can enjoy life without harming animals, the environment or ourselves. A vegan will feel at home here and every one can try out an alternative and peaceful way of being, satisfying at the same time all their senses.
Respecting the principles of Authenticity, Simplicity and Balance we offer an impeccable standard of service, while allowing the guest to lie back, relax and enjoy a healthy and harmonious accommodation. Minimum stay of 3 days!
Vegetarian & vegan food
Check out Sarah Kirby’s blog for recommendations on where to eat and what local dishes are vegan.
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 high speed ferry and 8 hours on a conventional ferry. Views as you enter the caldera are wonderful.
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 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.
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.
The hotel hosts regular yoga retreats and other types of workshops, and has quickly captured a lot of attention from retreat leaders around the world. Read reviews.
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. 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. Read reviews.
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.
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.
A luxurious collection of cave-style suites with indoor or outdoor private pools, romantic ambiance, and spectacular sunset views over the caldera.
Sophia Suites Imerovigli is a posh boutique hotel with unique rooms and suites spread out over the cliffside in Imerovigli, the highest village in the caldera. Though every suite is completely unique, built to incorporate the natural shape of the caldera, all feature private plunge pools, traditional architecture, and contemporary luxury furnishings and amenities.
The layout is decentralised, with no shared facilities; rather, each suite is treated as a private unit with in-suite spa services and meals served directly to their private terraces. The only common area is the reception office, which is staffed twenty-four hours a day with a helpful, polished, friendly staff ready to assist in every way.
All rooms and suites offer panoramic, direct caldera and sunset views over Skaros Rock toward Thirassia, from the tip of Akrotiri to the tip of Oia. Each has an indoor or outdoor private plunge pool. Read reviews.
Where to retreat
A once in a lifetime and unique opportunity to stay and join a yoga retreat in a historical private cave. Aptly named because of the cave-like accommodations that used to be a winery back in the 1700s!
With a view to die for your yoga practice will never be the same again. Classes take place on a secluded and peaceful roof terrace overlooking the local village and the Aegean sea. Post practice, start the day with a delicious vegetarian breakfast, served in a delightful garden.
During the day you will get to experience the sites of Santorini and learn about the island’s history, taste local wines during a private guided tour, or just take time out and enjoy the beaches.
In the morning our practice is a flow based hatha class and in the evening a more gentle Yin and meditation practice. Finally your relaxation is completed by an hour-long massage of your choice.
The retreat offers the perfect combination of yoga, relaxation time, excursions and Santorini’s best food and wine tasting with a new group of friends.
Words are not enough to describe the mysterious energy of this island. The island of Santorini is located in the southern part of Aegean Sea, it is considered one of the top 10 worldwide destinations and one of Greece’s great attraction because of its volcanic beauty, myth, history, mystical power and vast sacredness.
One of the island’s names as Homer mentions in his work is Kallístē, which means ‘the most beautiful one ‘. The majestic energy of Santorini is related with the Atlantis myth and as soon as you arrive in the island you will feel a special aura welcoming your entire system. That’s one of the reasons we chose Santorini for our retreats so that everyone can have this significant experiential perspective.
The 7 day Yoga in Santorini – A YogaYamas retreat will take place from the 5th – 11th of September in hotel Αkrotiri. The hotel is built just next to the beach and offers a unique view of the endless deep blue sea.
The sun and moon’s reflection on water is a perfect companion for the hours of relaxation and rest. The hotel is near to the famous Red beach, in ancient Thira and the Lighthouse with the magnificent sunset as well as in just 200 meters you can find Santorini’s most famous fish taverns.
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 Corfu!
With its rich, mountainous landscape, Corfu offers a beautiful view to its visitors. The northern area of the island has preserved its natural and architectural environment, making it popular with visitors and locals alike.
Dominated by mountains, the island has a never ending expanse of rolling hills and blossoming trees, bursting with lush vegetation. Coastal areas offer tranquil white sandy beaches, while the shimmering blue sea provides a perfect backdrop to the green Corfiot countryside.
How to get to Corfu:
The Ionian islands have a less developed ferry system than the other island groups in Greece, partly due to the four airports in the region. Corfu has an international airport with regular flights to and from Europe and other cities in Greece.
Ferries arrive at Corfu from Igoumenitsa and Patra. There are ferries plying the one and a half hour route between Corfu and Igoumenitsa every hour during the day. Coming from Patra, you can buy a domestic ticket on one of the international ferries going to Italy because they stop in Corfu on the way
From the end of April until the middle of October there are numerous charter flights from all of the major Airports in Europe. If you are looking for cheap flights to Corfu then we/d recommend reviewing some of the major comparison sites including cheapflights.co.uk.
There are scheduled flights go through Athens. Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines fly at least 4 times every day to Corfu. In addition to these flights there flight to Thessaloniki 2 or 3 times a week to Corfu
There are several ferry services between Corfu and many Italian cities on the Adriatic coast such as Ancona, Brindisi, Triest and Venice. The shortest route is from Brindisi taking approximately 8 hours but the most comfortable way is by boat from Venice (24 hours) and Triest (27 hours).
Where to retreat
Between May and October you can attend one of these weekly retreats in Corfu right on the beach. Offering a beautiful yet tranquil alternative to the bustling, cosmopolitan beach of Acharavi, Almyros is a peaceful paradise escape, perfect for those looking to take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
We welcome couples; solo travellers and friends who’d like to combine their love of yoga with a sunshine holiday. Located within the stunning Greek island of Corfu, our experienced and inspiring yoga teachers will challenge your mind and body, encouraging you to enhance your overall wellbeing through daily practice of yoga techniques.
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
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.
Where to retreat
Join us in Paros from the 12th – 18th September for this Yoga & Pilates Retreat with lots of delicious body movement brought to you by our senior teachers.
There is a magic to the island of Paros that lures us back again and again. Can you hear the call of the waves, the sand under your naked feet, the wind in your hair?
Paros is one of the Cyclades most traditional islands. Situated in the Aegean Sea and small enough to be explored in a day, it is best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Think with whitewashed sugar houses, paved streets and blue-domed churches, the perfect place for a quintessential Greek retreat.
We secretly call this retreat our feel good retreat, as we invite you on this exploration of your body and mind. You will be in the hands of three wonderful teachers who have found their calling in working on a deep level through Yoga, BASI Pilates® and BALLance®.
As it is our signature, each guest gets a private one-on-one session as part of their retreat package. This extra time spent with you helps us to get to know you and to serve you better during the group sessions. Whether your aim is to bring your Pilates practice to the next level or to find deep relaxation, let yourself be guided by the expert knowledge of your teachers.
You can get to Paros by either boat or plane. On departure and arriving days we will provide a free pick up from either location.
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.
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.
From Paros you can then head to Antiparos, just a 10 minute local ferry ride away.
Where to stay
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.
Next stop Naxos!
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.
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.
Where to stay
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.
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.
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. Read reviews.
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!.
Next stop Patmos!
Patmos Island enchanting and distinguished is in the northern point of Dodekanisa island complex. Each visitor feels the respect and awe of the picturesque villages, the houses painted bright white, the small churches, narrow streets and the imposing stone monastery of Saint Ioannis of Theologian. Patmos is between Ikaria and Leros islands.
It is full of quiet and beautiful beaches with light blue waters. On the top of the mountain is located the monastery of Saint Ioannis of Theologian, the most important monument of the island, which was built in 1088 from monk Christodoulos.
This impressive monastery built from local stone, dominates regally the landscape being an important place of worship, while crowds of Christians visit it in order to enjoy piously this unique spiritual heritage and admire the beauty and the calmness.
How to get to Patmos:
Patmos is connected with the port of Piraeus (in Athens) with conventional modern ferries and the journey lasts approximately 8 hours, while ferry connections also exist with the islands of Syros, Paros, Naxos, Samos, Ikaria, Chios, Lesvos and Limnos but also with Leros, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes and Lipsi with fast catamaran ferries.
Where to stay
This 5-star luxury hotel is situated only a few steps from Grikos beach, in Patmos. The stylish Patmos Aktis Suites and Spa offers spa and fitness facilities, as well as fine dining in a unique seafront setting. All 56 rooms and suites are located just a few steps from the beach offering a breathtaking view.
Throughout your stay you’ll have the use of a fully-equipped gym and outdoor swimming pool and can enjoy a selection of treatments in the peaceful, low-lit environs of the Anasa Spa. In the evening, watch the lights of boats bobbing by whilst sipping a refreshing signature cocktail in Theion Sea Bar, before sampling some fine Mediterranean cuisine in Apocalypsis Restaurant. Read reviews.
Where to retreat
Immerse and unplug in nature with daily yoga, soaking up the sunshine, swimming in the aegean sea, making lifelong friendships, enjoying heavenly food and living an adventure.
I think a lot of us fantasise about getting away from it all and getting in tune with the pure nature bliss and its sounds. Join us, and share the way we live.
Come and hear the sound of our silence, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the breathtaking views from your window. Living in an eco house will be a new highlight for your body and soul.
Your dreams will be vivid and you will sleep like a baby, feel rejuvenated and give yourself the chance to forget the stress of everyday life. A time to reflect.
We will spend much of our time together in community enjoying early meditations, morning and evening asana practice, partner yoga, dharma silent walks, and various creative workshops. Aside from our daily yoga schedules we will step outside our comfort zones, and experience the beauty of Patmos during the days.
Next stop Andros!
Rugged Andros island is known as Micra Anglia – Little England and is located in he northernmost island in the Cyclades. It’s a fairly green island for the Cyclades and is comparatively large island, but only about 10,000 people actually live there.
Andros offers some really nice beaches, pretty villages and a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. It is the second largest island among the Cyclades, and its high mountains and deep valleys make an unforgettable impression Chora, the capital of the Island is located in the east and is one of the most photographed places of Andros.
How to get to Andros:
Andros is connected with Athens only from the port of Rafina. The port of Andros, Gavrio, is only two hours away from the port of Rafina with a conventional ship. The connection is daily, and the frequency of the routes increases during the summer months.
Where to stay
Follow the path through for your holiday inside from the Andros Luxury House and take you to a journey of absolute relaxation and bliss. Indulge yourself to the luxuries of the House and enjoy your morning coffee by the pool that overlooks the endless Aegean Sea, where the horizon blends with the calm pool water.
Walk through the house and you’ll be enchanted by the incredible decoration to detail, the bright rooms, the living rooms and bigs terraces gazing upon the Aegean blue with sublime views. Every single corner of this wonderful house has been thoughtfully designed and furnished with love and respect to bring out the very best of its surroundings. Read reviews.
Where to retreat
On the East side of Andros, north of the cosmopolitan Chora, lies a rare and protected wetland. Part of Natura 2000, the largest network of protected areas in EU, offers a heaven to Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
In this magical place where the river meets the sea you will find ONAR, a small settlement of ten traditional insular cottages spreading next to the river and the plane trees. The harmony in design and construction of the cottages will put you in touch with nature.
The interior blends with the exterior, creating a warm and natural ambience, ideal for spending a holiday of relaxation and wellness. Tradition and modernity, hospitality and simplicity come together for a unique sensation of wellbeing and good living.
Immerse yourself, relax and and enjoy hours of exquisite rest, relaxation and regeneration. The Andros agricultural landscape, its flourishing flora, unique fauna and precious geology, the oral history and the secular traditions are waiting for you to energise your body, inspire your mind and be part of the sustainable tourism for the benefit of visitors, the local economy and culture.
Yoga and meditation retreats are organised by holistic centres and individual yoga teachers from all over the world and classes are held inside a Mongolian Yurt, under the shade of giant plane trees, next to the waterfall or near the lighthouse while looking at the sunrise.
Next stop Pelion!
How to get to Pelion:
The nearest international airports are at Athens and Thessaloniki. British Airways flies direct to Athens and to Thessaloniki. Olympic Airlines flies direct from Gatwick to Thessaloniki and from Gatwick/Heathrow to Athens. Summer charters fly direct to Volos from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
Bus services are limited and taxis scarce in Pelion, so a rental car is essential. Pelion is a three hours’ drive from Thessaloniki, four from Athens.
Where to stay
The 5-star 12 Months Luxury Resort combines the famous traditional Pelion architecture with luxury, and the intense element of nature. The imposing hillsides with the dense, virgin flora and the blue Aegean sea create the ideal conditions for recommending the resort as the perfect setting for holidays, suitable for the full 12 months of the year.
Its privileged location gives easy access to the ski resort of Pelion and all the famous pebble beaches, such as Mylopotamos and St. Ioannis. At the 12 Months Luxury Resort, seasons are never a restriction.
The lush green landscape where the Spa of the 12 Months Luxury Resort is found, with its imposing mountain peaks, rich history and tradition, creates the ultimate relaxation and meditation energy field. In the area of the Spa you can enjoy the sauna, the hammam and the heated jacuzzi.
The range of facial and body therapies that are applied by highly trained staff offer physical relaxation, mental rejuvenation and overall wellness, as well as hairdressing and mani-pedi services are provided for those who want to freshen up. The relaxing journey continues in the hotel’s gym where guests can maintain their fitness levels and keep up with their workout regimes, while in direct contact with the surrounding nature. Read reviews.
Where to retreat
Practice Pilates and meridian clearing under the glowing Greek sky on this Mindful QiGong Pilates Retreat. Embrace life changing mindfulness under the mountain of the hearty Centaurs. Receive the benefits of Zhineng QiGong in a peaceful protected bay.
This program has been built by highly specialised and educated instructors and offers an equal amount of seclusion and contact. The hotel -a cosy block of pretty houses- has been selected with attention and care and sits under the Pelion mountain in the energy village of Horto (Chorto). Rejuvenation, beauty and unique charm in the delightful Pelion peninsula that we so proudly call home.
Next stop Kythnos!
How to get to Kythnos:
From the airport of Athens, you have to go to the ports of Piraeus or Lavrion, from where ferries to Kythnos island depart. To go from Athens airport to Piraeus or Lavrion, you can take the bus or a taxi or book your Athens airport transfer online.
Where to stay
It takes just 20 minutes to get from Merichas harbour to the Cape Suite apartments. There are eight luxurious, traditional, Cycladic stone-built houses with 1 to 4 rooms that offer fine, beautiful and relaxing accommodation. An alley just a few meters and a few stone-built stairs allow access to the sea where where the bravest can dive from the rocks to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
Enjoy the autonomous patios overlooking the sea and the view of the glorious Aegean sunset. These apartments offer you simplicity along with luxury as well as the real sense of hospitality and tranquility. Read reviews.
Where to retreat
Join us for a transformative yoga retreat in Kythnos Island on the ancient and unspoiled seashores of Greece. Kythnos Island is a place where time passes a bit slower and you can barely distinguish between what is design and what is nature.
It is known for its magnificent 100 km coastline of sand and pebble bays. Just a short boat ride from Athens, it is surprising how this island has evaded mass tourism. Kythnos truly is Cyclades’ hidden gem.
Practicing yoga in an open studio with a view over the Aegean Sea is one of the most beautiful experiences. Enjoy the benefits of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga in the mornings. Take pleasure in yin yoga, restorative yoga or workshop-style classes in the afternoon while watching the magical sunset. Feel energised, nourished and centred.
Spend your free time exactly as you like. Delight yourself with a massage, swim in the infinity pool, sunbathe on the near-by beach or visit the thermal waters with their therapeutic properties.
The retreat centre hosts different retreats and yoga teacher trainings throughout the year.
Next stop Crete!
How to get to Crete:
Almost all scheduled international flights transit through Athens where you must take a scheduled domestic flight to Chania or Heraklion. These are quite frequent (around 6 to 8 times a day to Chania and more to Heraklion).
You can continue your journey from Athens to Crete by plane or ferryboat from Piraeus. Athens airport offers good public transport connections to the city centre as well as to the port of Piraeus.
There is a regular ferryboat service from the port of Piraeus to Heraklion and Chania. Ships depart every evening around 8.00 or 8.30 (times vary a little depending on the season) and arrive very early morning (generally between 5.00 or 6.00 am).
The main company is Anek lines a company created in the 60s by Cretans who wanted better and safer service to and from the mainland of Greece. It runs daily between Piraeus, Chania and Heraklion (and less frequently to Rethymnon). Another company, Minoan Lines sails every day to Heraklion. Rethymnon Lines run ferries to Rethymnon in the summe
Where to stay
Offering private access to a sandy beach in Agioi Apostoloi, Domes Noruz Chania is the first Greek resort to be an honoree for its interior and exterior design.
It boasts a state-of-the-art spa centre and 2 pools overlooking the azure waters and the surrounding islands. Fine champagne and fresh seafood can be enjoyed at the poolside bar.
All accommodation types at Domes Noruz Chania have extended outdoor living areas with a variety of amenities, lounge furniture, outdoor bathtubs and either hot tub or plunge pool. Free WiFi is available throughout. Their architecture is inspired from the Venetian Arsenals with Cretan sandstone to be the prominent building material.
The Spa centre, with design inspired by traditional local embroidery and fabrics, has a hammam, sauna and hot tub. Rejuvenating massage treatments can be also provided.
A variety of outdoor activities are offered, ranging from yoga in the park to outdoor personal training session and other sports.
From bike rides to rip training sessions and a Garden of England therapy, Domes Noruz celebrates wellness and fitness through experiences meant to give a rejuvenating tone to your stay! Read reviews.
Located in the picturesque coastal village of Analipsi, the Elysium Boutique Hotel in Hersonissos is an adults only contemporary 5 star hotel in Crete, offering a magnificent view to the Aegean, an organised beach with crystal clear waters and ultra-luxurious facilities within a serene environment.
Analipsi lies 24 kilometres away from Heraklion, the capital city of Crete, and just a few kilometres from the centre of Hersonissos. It is a picturesque coastal village that can be characterised as the centre of interesting activities in the broader area.
Indulge in the spa and fitness services and embark on a unique journey of wellness and relaxation, at our atmospheric spa centre and the fully equipped gym.
This journey in the world of wellness, as well as all of massage and cosmetic treatments, can be offered at the new spa area of the Elysium Boutique Hotel and the specially designed outdoor spa facilities, the exotic Gazebos. Read reviews.
Where to retreat
A hands-on experience full of authentic thai massage, Qigong and Yoga on the island of Crete in Greece to become a certified Thai Massage practitioner.
Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing system of tissue, muscle and joint mobilisations using a pressing, stretching, turning and moving, which is performed while fully clothed. Thai massage includes much more than the traditional massage because it involves rhythmic acupressure, reflexology, energy work and stretching, a form of passive yoga.
Υou will learn the basic routine of this wonderful healing art from Thailand. At the end of the program, for which you need no prior knowledge, you will be able to safely conduct a whole body Thai massage.
You will also be taught a special Qigong form, a special Yoga routine, and a Self-massage program, all tailored to the needs of a Thai massage practitioner.
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
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.
Next stop Kea!
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.
How to get to Kea:
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.
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.
It normally takes approximately 30 minutes for a taxi to get from Athens airport to Lavrio.
Where to retreat
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.
If you are drained, how can you have the patience, positive energy and enthusiasm to provide the best care and instruction to others? How can you turn your ideas and dreams into reality?
We believe you deserve to thrive in your work and that the cycle of burn out can be consciously broken, leading to more balance and joy. The offering will take you on a journey to help support you on a holistic level with each day focussing on a new theme.
Embodied Adventures are wholehearted and real, they are mindfully designed to give people the opportunity to deeply feel aligned and attune to that which surrounds them and reintegrate the natural rhythms of life.
We want you to feel belonging, significance, positive, balanced and cared for. We do the work to look after you, which helps you to get what you truly need from your time away. The memories, relationships and growth you will experience will last a lifetime and be treasured forever.
Where to stay
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.
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.
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 flights are performed from Aktion and Europe.
Where to stay
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 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 Koufonisia!
How to get to Koufonisia:
The best way to reach Koufonissi is to fly to Mykonos or Santorini
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.
Join from Nikos Ntoupis, the founder of the “Life Enlightening Project” from the 13th – 18th September for a 5-day Mindful Work & Alignment Retreat.
Are you familiar with the 5 Elements, their connection with the Seasons’ changing and their importance in the continuity of the Circle of Life within ours?
Did you know that the Element of Fire, when acknowledged and aligned within you ignites Awareness and brings life-changing action, desired results and an actually deep, cleansing transformation? Aka all that you need for the closure of an era in your life and your preparation in order to open another, even more creative and meaningful one? Finally, did you know that the Element of Fire is dominant during the Summer season?
Do you see a better time to get all set for all the new beginnings you have in mind for a while now, or re-define your “place of happiness” in this dynamically-changing era?
On this retreat you will acknowledge your inner qualities, gifts and powers, thus you will feel ready to lead the life your heart and soul beat for.
Where to stay
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
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 Halkidiki!
Although not officially an Island but well worth a visit as it’s absolutely stunning. The region of Halkidiki is in northern Greece and is part of Central Macedonia. Halkidiki itself is a peninsula, beginning on the mainland near Thessaloniki. It continues southward to form three sub-peninsulas. Thought to resemble Poseidon’s trident, the three legs of Halkidiki are Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos.
How to get to Halkidiki:
The International Airport Macedonia of Thessaloniki (IATA code: SKG) which is the airport that serves Halkidiki connects the region with approximately 31 countries and 81 destinations with direct flights, as well as 35 cities and islands in Greece (direct flights and transit). For more information, visit the website of the Airport: www.skg-airport.gr
Taxis and busses take you from the airport to the Coach Station of Halkidiki (KTEL) in Thessaloniki. There you can take the coach to reach the destination of your choice.
Where to stay
The Pomegranate Wellness Spa hotel is considered one of the leading Mediterranean Spa retreats. Afrodita Roa Spa is a true hedonist’s delight, providing pampering, spiritual relief and tranquility.
Spread over 1,800 square meters, the Afrodita Roa Spa captures the essence of a stunning coastal setting in the Kassandra peninsula with a tranquil atmosphere of healing and calm. It incorporates several stunning water features and wellness facilities while offering the perfect space in which you can enjoy the most rejuvenating tailor-made treatment journey. Read reviews.
Where to retreat
From May to October the Avaton Luxury Hotel & Villas offer a 5 Day Luxurious Yoga Holiday. A proud member of Relais & Châteaux, the resort consists of an exclusive collection of 36 rooms, suites and villas. Most of them have private pools with in-built sun beds which tantalise the feeling of relaxation in our Mediterranean gardens.
Enjoy your yoga session on our pristine beach or while floating on water, under the shade of Holy Mount Athos or meditate in our gardens overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea. Relax while having a yoga session in your private pool or inside your suite.
Don’t forget you can now buy everything you need for your wellness journey in our Wellness Travel Shop – bikinis, yoga tops, bottoms, fitness & active wear, organic & vegan skincare, haircare & sun care + destination guides.