SPRING & AUTUMN 2015
When one door closes another opens, but we often look but we often look so long and regretfully one the closed door that we don's see the one that has opened
For my yoga holidays of 2015 we have opted to return yet again to this cabana style family run hotel with its panoramic views of the dramatic Mediterranean coastline. June is a fabulous time to visit this region - not too hot, vibrant flora and early summer colour plus long light evenings - what a great way to shake off the winter! If you can't join us in June, then the autumn holidays also provide the perfect climate and setting to prepare and nourish ourselves for the winter months ahead. You won't regret your decision to kick off or end the summer in this wonderful dreamy place.
In my humble opinion it is hard to find a more beautiful setting for yoga anywhere else in the in the world!
We stumbled upon this tucked away retreat far from the maddening crowds several years ago. We were attracted by the rave reviews we were hearing about its location, food and hospitality. It did not disappoint and we were amazed to arrive to find one of my occasional London yoga students who had happily been entrenched there for a month! We were the first yoga group to use the purpose built yoga shala and enjoy its breathtaking views across the mountains and the coast. We have since enjoyed an number of equally successful yoga holidays there over the past few years and it has become a bit like coming home so I am very pleased to be planning yet more visits here again in 2015.
Set on a hillside above a tranquil turquoise cove with a backdrop of dramatic mountains this really is a little slice of heaven here on earth. There is a swimming pool on one of the hotel's terraces which this year is being transformed into an infinity pool with plenty of wooden decking, cushioned loungers and umbrellas as well as a terraced bar for drinks and snacks. Traditional shaded divans offer private areas to lounge under the vine covered pergolas and read or simply watch the scenery.
The restaurant here is acclaimed in an area already known for its excellent freshly sourced Mediterranean cuisine. Lunchtimes are very popular with locals and visitors alike. Our breakfast and evening meals are served under the shade of grape vines, jasmine and morning glory or the stars! The restaurant is a great source of personal pride to the owner who is an accomplished if modest professional chef himself. Fresh bread is baked daily in front of our eyes in the log burning oven and much of the food served has been locally grown and is organic. Honey is from the owners family's hives and their surprisingly palatable wine is made from their mountain vineyard.
The log cabins that provide our accommodation, are simply but romantically furnished and have en suite washing and toilet facilities and all have their own balconies with views overlooking the sea and surrounding mountains.
The cabins are set on terraces surrounded by the organic gardens which are planted with lemon, olive, apricot, pomegranate and peach trees. Roses and geraniums, jasmine and lavender give out their wonderful scents on balmy evenings and the grapevine and morning glory covered terraces provide relaxing shady spaces to enjoy drinks or dinner. Many vegetables such as aubergines, tomatoes, pumpkins and green peppers are grown by the owners family in their nearby farm in the valley providing fresh seasonal produce for the kitchen.
Yoga will take place morning and afternoon with 10 sessions of varying lengths and content. Attending the sessions is completely optional. There is never any pressure for guests to take part in every session and non-participating partners are most welcome on the holiday. I don't belong to any particular school of yoga and I teach in a spontaneous non-dogmatic way. Students work at their own pace with a strong emphasis on taking what they need that day from the practice and leaving out what they don't. In general the morning sessions will comprise more dynamic and energetic flow yoga with modifications offered to suit the individual levels of students and pranayama,(breathing techniques). The late afternoon early evening classes will include slower asana practice, with some poses held longer for deepening, yin yoga, gentle and restorative sessions, pranayama, guided relaxations, yoga nidra and meditations.
The spacious yoga platform with views overlooking the cove below and dramatic coastline is built from cedar and local pine and has light canvas drapes to provide plenty of shade to keep students cool and comfortable while they practice. The breath-taking views play an integral part of reinforcing our connection to nature and the beauty both in the world and to be discovered within ourselves.
There will be ample opportunities for individuals to work on areas of their practice that they would specifically like to focus on should this wish to and one to one sessions can be organised if requested.
MASSAGE & THERAPiES
Haydar Tok will be our resident masseuse during the week of our stay. Trained in Australia, England, Thailand and Turkey, Haydar's treatments are always in demand with our groups - many of whom felt his were the best treatments they'd ever experienced! HIs techniques include Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Thai Massage, Dorn-Breuss,Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage. Treatments be booked with Haydar at our welcome meeting after yoga and breakfast on Tuesday morning.
Swimming and snorkelling: walk down the hill to Kabak cove with its small shingle and sand beach, here you can have a refreshing swim in the sea or take a trip in the local boats. There are beach bars and cafes here and should you prefer not to hike up the hill back to our hotel you can take the shuttle bus up the track to the village. If you decide to explore further along the coast then you will find huge rocks jutting into the sea ideal places for sunbathing.
This area is popular with hikers and the hotel provides guests with printed walks and guides so that they can really take advantage of the many walking possibilities on offer.
Horse riding facilities are also available just a short drive away and there are also opportunities to tandem paraglide from the nearby mountains overlooking Olu Deniz. This location lays claim to being one of the top two places in the world to experience this once in a lifetime experience for a fraction the cost of elsewhere.
Walking The Lycian Way
The Lycian Way, Turkey's first long distance footpath passes directly behind the hotel and together with other local marked pathways this provides a wide range of walks to suit all abilities. Traveling at the times of year that I have chosen to visit this region means that the temperatures will make walks along this stunning coast far more pleasurable.
What better combination can there be than a mornings yoga session, followed by a leisurely breakfast and a ramble in such stunning surroundings? Hike up to a waterfall in the nearby mountain gorge, cool off in refreshing spring water or in the warm waters of a quiet unspoilt beach and return for a restorative sunset yoga session before dinner under the stars overlooking the ocean!
For shopping during the stay, local buses or taxis can be taken from the hotel to Olu Deniz and Fethiye. Olu Deniz is a touristy low rise beach resort with many shops, bars and restaurants as well as a stunning blue lagoon which is considered to have healing properties. Fethiye is a thriving, typically Turkish coastal market town with a 16th century Turkish bath, ancient rock tombs, weekly farmer's market, daily fish market with excellent seafood restaurants, traditional middle eastern souk, carpet shops and a busy marina with adjacent cafes and gardens. Designer hand-bags, often manufactured in Turkey, despite their Italian , British or French labels have proven to be a big attraction with the yoga groups in the past!
Those more interested In history than retail therapy will be able to visit albeit a little further afield the historic sites of Xanthos, Tlos or Pinara with archaeological remains such as temples, amphitheatres, mosaics and tombs from the Lycian, Greek and Roman periods. The Turks wear their relics lightly and it is incredible that visitors can walk so intimately among them. The hotel's staff can help guests to arrange taxi or mini bus trips to all of these places - they're unbelievably helpful with this.
The venue is situated in an elevated position overlooking the stunning cove at Kabak. It is about 30 minutes drive from the beach resort of Olu Deniz, (but could be a lifetime away) and is a 45 minutes from the bustling historic market port of Fethiye. Its location high above the Turquoise Coast gives us a truly idyllic retreat feel to our yoga holiday and as guests here we can make out time here as active or as restful as we choose.
The nearest airport is Dalaman which is about a 90 minute drive away, while Antalya is about 4 hours drive and there is an intercity bus terminal in Fethiye.There are chartered and scheduled flights to Dalaman airport including Thomas Cook, Easy Jet, Thompson, Monarch and Pegasus.
YOU CAN BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS TO DALAMAN HERE!
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I know from experience that it still really does pay to book flights early, especially if you also want to travel at a civilised time of the day!
Please contact me to confirm your flight times so that we can help you to contact other members of the group with whom you can arrange to share taxis to the hotel from the airport. This will substantially reduce the cost of the transfer. It might also be an option to arrange car hire with other participants.
Transfers are by taxi or transfer bus.
Nearer to the time of the holiday I will be providing you with very detailed information about the holiday including transfers from Dalaman airport to our hotel in Kabak.
The cost of the Yoga Holiday includes:7 nights accommodation, 10 yoga classes of different lengths and content, breakfast and dinner every night of your stay.
Flights, visa, insurance, airport transfers. meals and refreshments other than those specified
The 2015 cost of the holiday is £400 per person for a shared twin or double room and £600 for a single occupancy cabin.
Places can book up very quickly so please consider confirming your place with me as soon as possibly by sending your deposit. See costs and terms and conditions below.
An invoice for the final amount will be issued and will be due to be paid in full 90 days before departure. It is possible to pay this in instalments if you prefer. If you decide to cancel the holiday and another guest cannot be found then a refund of the balance after this time will not be possible.
HOW TO BOOK
To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can supply bank details for your deposit. The cost is £200 per person in a shared room and £300 for single occupancy per person per week. When you pay your deposit into my Yoga Holiday account can you please reference it with your name AND send me an email confirming the date the deposit was paid and that you have read and understood the terms and conditions.
An email confirmation of your place on the yoga holiday will then be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit. The location of your cabin at the hotel will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Holiday Cancellation Policy, Surcharges & Insurance
Once the deposit has been paid to the venue it will be non-refundable or transferable to another holiday I'm afraid.
The cost of each yoga holiday is based on a minimum number of participants. If this minimum is not met a surcharge may be requested by the hotel which I would have to pass on to guests. I always do my best to keep the price as advertised and this would be a last resort.
All participants on this yoga holiday are responsible for taking out their own insurance in the event of cancellation by the hotel, teacher (due to sickness or injury) or airline, personal accident, loss.
Cancellation between 90 days and 30 days before the holiday - loss of 75% of the full amount.
Cancellation between 30 days and the start of the holiday - loss of 100% of the full amount.
If you decide to cancel the holiday and you are able to find another guest to take your place then a discretionary refund of the balance will be possible.
I reserve the right in any circumstance to cancel your holiday. However, in no case will I cancel your holiday less than 8 weeks before the scheduled departure except for reasons of 'force majeure, which include war, political unrest, strikes, acts of God, epidemics, natural and technical disaster, closure of ports and aircraft or unless the clients default in the payment of the balance of the holiday price. In circumstances where I am unable to provide the holiday you have booked I will return to you all money paid, or offer you an alternative holiday of similar standard at another time.
It is unlikely that I will have to make any changes to your holiday, but occasionally unavoidable changes may be made, which I reserve the right to do at any time. Most of these changes are minor and I will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.
Upon receipt of your deposit, I will send you an email of confirmation by way of a receipt and confirmation that you have accepted these terms. This will be followed by a reminder for the final amount and will be due to be paid in full 90 days before departure.It is possible to pay the full amount in instalments if you prefer.