Destination Yoga Launches 2019 Programme
Yoga holiday specialist destination yoga has just announced its full programme of 2019 group retreats including three new venues. The full collection now boasts seven different locations with 17 group departures throughout the year to the likes of Madeira, Italy, Portugal, Majorca, Spain and Morocco, with all-inclusive prices starting from just £845pp.
The new retreat locations include renovated Tuscan farmhouse, Locanda Cugnanello, just 90 minutes from Florence, ocean-front Ayurvedic hotel, Alpino Atlantico, on Madeira and a cool pine-shaded eco retreat, FeelViana, in Northern Portugal with water sports aplenty.
What’s more, destination yoga has doubled its tailor-made ‘Anytime’ collection for 2019, offering a power-house of 15 locations that mimic the group retreats (with expert twice-daily yoga classes) but that holidaymakers can book 365 days a year, completely tailored to their dates and duration. Each of these resorts have been handpicked for their excellent resident yoga teachers and include locations such as Shreyas in India, Talalla Retreat in Sri Lanka and Monchique in Portugal.
Highlights of the new group retreat locations are below, whilst the full programme, including the 50% bigger ‘anytime’ holidays, can be viewed here: www.destinationyoga.co.uk/destinations.
New Group Retreats:
Locanda Cugnanello in Tuscany
Locanda Cugnanello is based on an old family-run country estate in the rolling hills of Tuscany; a place of wild beauty with its own lavender field surrounded by vineyards, olive groves, orchards and cypress trees, just 90 minutes’ drive from Florence. The estate features a luxurious villa alongside an 800 year old farmhouse which has recently been renovated to include stylish bedrooms, a bright air conditioned yoga studio, a terrace for outdoor dining, a fresh saltwater pool surrounded by daybeds and a high tech gym. Meals make the most of local ingredients, so the odd glass of Tuscan red is not discouraged!
A 7x night group retreat is priced from £1,095pp based on two sharing a Double Room on a full-board basis including 2x daily yoga classes. Price excludes flights. 2019 dates include 19-26 July, 24-31 August and 05-12 October. www.destinationyoga.co.uk/destinations/cugnanello-tuscany
Alpino Atlantico in Madeira
Alpino Atlantico is set high on the rocky coast of Madeira, with bedrooms boasting commanding views of the ocean and lush gardens. There will be two group retreats here in 2019, where twice daily yoga classes will take place in a beautiful studio, lined with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, offering plenty of natural light and far-reaching views. The meals here are all Ayurvedic, vegetarian and mainly dairy free; designed not to put much too much pressure on your body whilst supplying it with all the energy it needs. The hotel is located in a quiet part of a wider Galo resort, made up of two larger hotels, which guests the best of both worlds; a quiet haven to relax in but also the amenities of the main resort such as its large eco-spa and selection of complimentary health and fitness classes.
A 7x night group retreat is priced from £995pp based on two sharing a Double Room on a full-board basis including 2x yoga classes per day. Price excludes flights. 2019 dates include 06-13 August and 13-20 August. www.destinationyoga.co.uk/destinations/alpino-atlantico
FeelViana in Northern Portugal
FeelViana is an exciting new hotel set on the wide, sandy Cabedelo Beach, close to Viana do Castelo in Northern Portugal and just a 45-minute drive from Porto. It is a cool and calm oasis for those seeking a wellness holiday with a bit of an edge, with the option for guests to borrow bikes, try surfing, SUP, kitesurfing or even stand up paddle yoga after the twice daily yoga sessions, which take place in an intimate studio overlooking the surrounding pine forest. Guests will also have direct access to 400km of biking trails, 320km of hiking routes and special running circuits taking in mountain, beach and river routes. There’s also an indoor and outdoor pool as well as a spa for a wide range of treatments.
A 7x night group retreat is priced from £995pp based on two sharing a Double Room on a full-board basis including 2x yoga classes per day. Price excludes flights. 2019 dates include 24 September-01 October. www.destinationyoga.co.uk/destinations/feelviana-portugal
Example Anytime Retreat:
Winter Sun Yoga Break- Asia Gardens- Spain
This relaxed hotel set high in the hills of Sierra Cortina in Spain- with far reaching views over the Costa Blanca- is the perfect base for those after a winter sun wellness break that aren’t able to attend any of the scheduled group retreats. It offers an excellent selection of health, fitness and wellness options including half a dozen daily classes as well as complimentary twice-daily yoga sessions. Its Thai Spa is the perfect place to unwind afterwards before lazing on the nearby beach (only 3km away), taking a dip in one of the four outdoor pools and exploring the tropical gardens, with over 60 species of exotic plants.
5x nights (with dates to suit guests) are priced from £800pp based on two sharing a Double Room on a B&B basis including private airport transfers, twice daily yoga and complimentary access to the hotel’s daily wellness classes. Price excludes flights. www.destinationyoga.co.uk/destinations/asia-gardens-spain
For bookings and further information, visit www.destinationyoga.co.uk or call 020 3235 0122.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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