For my yoga holidays of 2014 and 2015 we have opted to return yet again to this cabana style family run hotel with panoramic views of the dramatic Mediterranean coastline. While the Autumn holiday provide the perfect climate and setting to prepare and nourish ourselves for the winter months ahead. If you can't come this Autumn then June is a fabulous time to visit this region - not too hot, vibrant flora and early summer colour plus long light evenings. 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 on one of our previous visits to Turkey. 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 bay. We have since enjoyed an number of equally successful yoga holidays and now I am pleased to be planning yet more visits here.
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 with wooden decking, cushion loungers and umbrellas as well as a terraced bar for drinks and snacks plus little shaded divans to lounge under the vine covered pergolas and read or simply watch the scenery.
The restaurant here is highly acclaimed in an area already known for its excellent Mediterranean cuisine and prepared from good quality fresh ingredients and served under the shade of grape vines, jasmine and morning glory. It is a great source of personal pride to the owner who is an accomplished if modest professional chef.
The comfortable cabins that will provide our accommodation, are simply but romantically furnished and have en suite washing and toilet facilities and all have their own balconies overlooking the sea.
They are set in organic gardens with lemon, olive, apricot, pomegranate and peach trees which also provide delicious fruit during the spring, summer and autumn months. Roses and geraniums, jasmine and lavender give out their wonderful scents on balmy evenings and the grapevine covered terrace provides a relaxing shady space 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 throughout the week. 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.The programme of yoga will be varied in content. 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 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 late afternoon class will include asana practice, with poses held longer for deepening, yin yoga, gentle and restorative sessions, pranayama, guided relaxations, yoga nidra and meditations. There will be ample opportunities for individuals to work on areas of their practice that they would specifically like to focus on and one to one sessions can be organised if requested.
One of the highlights of our visits here have been practicing yoga on a deserted beach during our day long boat trip around the surrounding coast.
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 were hugely in demand with our group - many of whom felt his were the best treatments they had ever experienced! HIs techniques include Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Thai Massage, Dorn-Breuss, Sports Massage and Indian Head Massage. Treatments can be booked with Haydar throughout the week and he will introduce himself to everyone after the first morning's yoga session.
Swimming and snorkelling: walk down the hill to the nearby 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. Should 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
Horse riding facilities are also available a short drive away and there are also opportunities to tandem paraglide from the nearby mountains overlooking Olu Deniz which 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 this time of year when the summer's intense heat has yet to kick in means that the temperatures will make walks along this stunning coast extremely 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 Deniz and Fethiye. Olu Deniz is a lively beach resort with many shops, bars and restaurants as well as a lagoon which is considered to have healing properties. Fethiye is a thriving market town with an 16th century Turkish bath, ancient rock tombs, weekly farmers market, fish market with excellent seafood restaurants, traditional middle eastern souk, carpet shops and a busy marina with nearby cafes and gardens.
Those interested In history will be able to visit 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 hotel's staff can help guests to arrange taxi or mini bus trips to all of these places.
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 OluDeniz but could be a lifetime away and 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 BA, Easy Jet, Thompson and Monarch.
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Please contact me to confirm your flight times so that we can help you to arrange for you to share taxis to the hotel from the airport with other members of the yoga group. 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.
By on-line transfer bus:-
You can book an airport transfer bus to Olu Deniz on www.travelrepublic.co.uk or www.a2btransfers.com for about £20 one way or £30 return. Transport can be booked to the Sentido Lykia Resort Hotel. Here there are always plenty of taxis waiting there to transport you for the last part of the journey to the venue. Alternatively depending on the time of day that you arrive in Turkey, there is the local Dolmus bus service that can take you for the last part of your journey either from Fethiye or Olu Deniz and drop you off at the end of the short track down to the hotel.These buses run from around 8am until 8pm.
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 2014 cost of the holiday is £390 per person for a shared twin or double room and £550 for single occupancy.
In 2012 & 2013 places booked up very quickly so please consider confirming your place by sending your deposit to me as soon as possible.
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 email@example.com and I will supply bank details for your deposit of £150 for shared room and £200 for single occupancy per person per week. An email confirmation of your place on the yoga holiday will then be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit.
Holiday Cancellation Policy & Insurance
Once you have paid your deposit it is non-refundable or transferrable to another holiday I'm afraid.
Upon receipt an email of confirmation will be issued. This will be followed by an invoice for the final amount and will be due to be paid in full 90 days before departure.
It is possible to pay this in instalments if you prefer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ONCE BOOKED 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 - PLUS ANY ADDITIONAL COVER THEY MAY REQUIRE.
Cancellation between 90 and up to 30 days before the holiday - loss of 75% of the holiday
Cancellation between 30 days and the start of the holiday - loss of 100% of the holiday cost
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 after these times 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 monies 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 small changes may be made, which I reserve the right to do at any time. Most of these changes are minor and we will advise you at the earliest possible date.