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8 Day Wellness and Yoga Retreat with Culinary Secrets to a Longer Life in Laganas, Zakynthos

Villa Spiros Family Apts, Laganas, Zakynthos 290 92, Greece

Wellness and Yoga Retreat in Greece

Dip into a revitalizing, relaxing, and experiential holiday on an idyllic Greek island escape! Unwind and enjoy the healing properties of spa and massage treatments combined with outdoor yoga sessions, while you are enjoying Zakyntho’s island culture, creativity, and unspoilt nature.

Highlights

  • A facial treatment and 3 cooking sessions
  • 4 60-minute wellness and massage treatments
  • Sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, as well as aqua yoga
  • A seaside dinner and a Greek celebration night to remember
  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast and airport transfers
  • Boat trip to the Shipwreck beach and the Blue caves
  • Tour to Zakynthos town, and wine and olive tasting
  • 6 meals to be served, including 5 dinners

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Greek
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi

Villa Spiros in Laganas Resort (self-catering studios and apartments)

Join your welcoming hosts for your holiday on this gorgeous Greek isle, away from the workload and rush of the rest of the world. Stay at Villa Spiros, located on the Ionian Island of Zakynthos, with access to lovely cafes, seaside tavernas, a great spa and beauty salon and just 300 meters from Laganas sandy beach.

Distinguished by the lure of its family-run and owned hospitality and extensive range of services, your villa excels with its warmth, hospitable ambiance, relaxing surroundings and friendly hosts who guarantee a pleasant, authentic Greek stay and will point you to the very best this wonderful island has to offer.

The villa offers studio rooms with en-suite bathrooms, fully functional kitchens, and spacious verandas. You also have the option to upgrade into a self-catering apartment that accommodates 1-6 people.

The area pulses with the new and the old, and can be as lively or as calming as you would like it to be! In addition to the tuition, excursions and things you will see, there will be some free time to simply relax and enjoy your surroundings.

Aside from your chosen activity for the week, you will have a holiday full of amazing and memorable activities, from finding the sea turtles famed in the region to swimming in natural springs and at shipwreck bay, dancing and listening to music in traditional tavernas, and discovering the history and culture of Zakynthos.

Features

  • 4 km from Zakynthos Island airport and ferry
  • On the ocean and in walking distance to the lively town of Laganas
  • Surrounded by wine regions, as well as bays and beaches, shipwreck cove, and the picturesque, magical region of Bohali
  • Free transfers to and from Zakynthos Island airport and ferry terminal
  • Large verandas off of your room to relax on
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Greek and English speaking hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the area
  • Delicious local food and wine
  • Each room is spacious and has a private bathroom with a hairdryer
  • AC, safe deposit box, television, hairdryer, and fully functional kitchens in each studio
  • BBQ and bar on the grounds
  • Beach towels provided

Program

Your experienced yoga teachers Thaleia and Andriana welcome everyone, regardless of age, health, fitness or yoga experience. The yoga sessions reflect a variety of practices. Most classes are Hatha or Vinyasa though, Kundalini, Thai chi and core fusion can be offered upon request.

Holiday itinerary

Please note, the following itinerary is for guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and group’s needs and wishes, but all the following activities will take place some time during the week.

Day 1: Arrival and Zakynthos town welcome dinner

On arrival at Zakynthos airport or port, your private driver will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Laganas. Famed for being the home of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta, Laganas will be your base for this fabulous culinary experience.

You will have time to unpack and settle into your new surroundings. A little later, your hosts Antonio, Effie, and Denia will welcome you to join them for drinks and an informal meeting. They will answer any questions you may have and tell you about all the things to do and see in this diverse, lively resort all just a few minutes’ walk from your holiday home from home.

In the evening, you will visit Zakynthos town. Here, you will enjoy a welcome dinner, with magnificent views across the harbor and out to sea. Relax while traditional singers, singing serenades set the mood. The local wines and Greek ouzo will help you along!

Day 2: Cooking with your host Effie and shimmer satin body peeling and spa therapy at Aeonian wellness and spa center

Enjoy a healthy and revitalizing breakfast with organic fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and eggs from the host family’s farm, before you join your host, Effie in her kitchen to cook a traditional light dish full of vitamins, summer colours, and great aromas! You will be cooking traditional Greek stuffed vegetables and preparing a colourful organic Greek salad. Effie welcomes questions, as she is proud to share her knowledge and experience of Zakynthian cuisine.

While tonight’s dinner is cooking, your host Antonio, will drive you a short distance to the Aeonian wellness and spa center, to enjoy a Shimmer Satin body Peeling treatment followed by an hour use of the spa facilities. Revel in a deep cleansing full body massage with sea salts, corals, hazelnut, and coconut oils. A cocktail cream of sea minerals complete this experience which aims to hydrate, nourish, and prepare your skin to be safely exposed to the sun.

You might like to continue your day exploring the surrounding area and the 7 km long Laganas beach laying only 500m, from your accommodation. Laganas resort offers a great combination of everything a traveler could desire. In the famous sweeping bay, with its shallow, crystal clear water, you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and if you are lucky, find yourself swimming alongside the large, graceful loggerhead turtles. Sun beds are plentiful if you just want to relax, and if you are adventurous enough why not go skinny dipping at the nudist beach a little further away.

In the evening, join your hosts for dinner with the meal you helped prepare, alongside Antonio’s chilled house wine, in the little, pretty garden of Villa Spiros.

Day 3: Sunrise yoga, revealing the Mousaka secrets, and four-hand rejuvenating full body massage

Wake up in the morning and get your day off to a great start. Find yourself next to the sea practicing yoga while the Mediterranean sun and sea breeze softly caresses your skin and yoga nurtures your body and soul.

Later, back at Villa Spiros, tuck into a healthy breakfast with fresh delicacies from local farms.

You will have enough time to relax before you start with your cooking activity with your host Effie. Effie is happy to offer you a choice between cooking “Giouvetsi”, orzo pasta with lamb in the oven or the Greek legendary moussaka. The choice is yours. Both dishes are a tasteful sensation!

In late afternoon, walk a short distance to Majestic hotel and spa. It’s time to fully relax and let all your stresses melt away, while you surrender to a rejuvenating 60-minute four-hand full body massage, where therapists adapt their techniques to suit your personal needs while increasing circulation, relieving muscle tension and promoting relaxation.

After your massage, relax at the spa facilities for as much as you like. You must be hungry by now. Back at the villa to enjoy the homemade meal you helped prepare.

Day 4: Learn about the benefits of olive oil and “Oleio”, a relaxing body wrap therapy at Cave spa - sunset yoga in the evening

Wake up to your own pace today. Around midday, together with Antonio, you will visit Aristeon Olive Press and Museum to learn how the humble olive becomes liquid gold the precious oil that gives Zakynthians their lust for life. See the display of machinery from the old days before touring the modern factory with your tour guide. At the end is a chance to buy their olive oil products and taste a variety of extra virgin oils on village bread.

Later, after a 20-minute drive, arrive at Tsilivi resort to indulge into a revitalizing olive oil therapy and cave spa experience. Enjoy a soothing therapy, based on the centuries-old Greek tradition of using olive oil, water, and light massage therapy. This treatment has a detoxifying and thoroughly relaxing effect.

The Oleio therapy begins with an olive oil-based body wrap followed by a tranquil hydro massage in a bath enriched with beneficial local herbs. The experience culminates with a massage using a soothing, nourishing crème mixed with detoxifying olive oil. Continue your experience by relaxing at the cave spa facilities for another hour.

Enjoy the rest of your day at Tsilivi resort, where you can explore the many little shops, swim, and enjoy a seaside lunch before your return to Villa Spiros. Later in the evening, enjoy a sunset yoga by the beach.

Day 5: Shipwreck Bay, Blue Caves, and Zakynthos town by night

Wake up to another fun and exciting day. From Agios Sostis fishing port, start a once in a lifetime boat trip experience towards the breathtaking west coast of Zakynthos with the secluded coves, crystal clear water, dramatic caves to arrive at mesmerizing Shipwreck bay. This is what we call a natural eye delight.

If the weather is too windy for the boat, you will drive north and still be able to admire the shipwreck from the viewing platform set into the cliff top.

In the evening, explore the fascinating Zakynthos main town, where the majority of the local people live and work. First stop is at the Church of the island’s patron saint, St. Dionysius. The huge inside is richly decorated with gold and icons. The saint’s remains are here in a silver casket, which on some occasions is open for viewing.

Later, enjoy a gentle walk and get familiarized with the Ionian architecture and local history before you enter the “The yard of taste”, the most organic and sensational dining experience on Zakynthos island.

Day 6: Culinary secrets to a longer life and aqua yoga

Today, learn about some culinary secrets that will help you feel healthier and live a longer life. A local chef and farmer will be invited to show you step by step how to prepare an easy healthy breakfast, that will make you feel energized for the rest of the day. Complement your meal with a blood purifying seasonal fruit juice.

Later, start cooking today’s meal, focusing on “Land, Sea, and the Seasons”, including a 4-course meal and a lot of tips that will enhance the length and quality of your life.

Enjoy sometime at leisure, before you plunge into the sea to discover the surprising benefits of aqua yoga. Get a better stretch in each pose as your body is more relaxed and flexible in the water. This water exercise is also beneficial for people with difficulty balancing, arthritis, during or after pregnancy and post-surgery. 

In the evening, join your hosts for dinner with the meal you helped prepare, alongside Antonio’s chilled house wine, in the little, pretty garden of Villa Spiros.

Day 7: “Melissa” The Spirit of Honey and a purifying facial treatment - a farewell Greek celebration to remember in the evening

You cannot go back home without experiencing an amazing multi-faceted treatment, the results of which include a special experience for the senses as it helps support the body’s own energy balance.

After breakfast, Antonio will drive you to Zakynthos town to Angeliki Vardakastani’s boutique wellness & beauty center. With over 35 years experience in the beauty industry, Angeliki is proud to offer organic wellness and beauty treatments to an ever growing client base of both Zakynthos and international clients.

Let yourself go in her clean, welcoming, and fitted with the latest, most innovative skin technology center and experience the “Melissa” a honey concept treatment, combing the application of gentle heat with various massage techniques that relax muscles, which in turn helps loosen stubborn knots during massage.

Your pampering continues with a purifying treatment for all skin types including a gentle exfoliating peel to remove dull surface skin cells. It is followed by a luxurious facial massage and a deep-cleansing masque and botanical extracts to rejuvenate and nourish the skin.

Feeling rejuvenated and all freshened up and enjoy sometime at leisure in Zakynthos town. You might like to further explore the town on your own, buy some souvenirs or simply relax at a seaside all day kitchen bar.

In the evening, dress up for the farewell party at “Dennis”, a favorite tavern in Lithakia village. There, you will enjoy a traditional Greek celebration, with great barbecue and plenty of local wine and of course Greek live music and dancing. Enjoy the sounds of bouzouki while learning how to dance syrtaki.

Day 8: Departure day

This morning enjoy your breakfast, maybe a walk to Laganas main street for last minute shopping, or a stroll to Laganas beach to take a last dip.

Your driver will take you to the airport or port in good time for your departure. By now, you will truly be feeling at home here, Zakynthian through and through, and definitely like a member of Villa Spiros family.

“Kallo Taxidi! (safe journey)

Location

This wellness holiday takes place in the beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos.

Distances

  • Zakynthos Island airport ZTH, 4 kilometers away
  • Kefalonia Island airport EFL - 10 minutes' flight to Zakynthos
  • Athens airport ATH - 45 minutes' flight to Zakynthos

Food

The menu is lovingly crafted to provide you with a unique local culinary experience. You will enjoy a variety of nutritionally-dense, cleansing and delicious vegetarian, meat and fish meals that are original, tasty, and energizing. Everything is cooked from scratch with the highest quality ingredients, many of which are homemade, like olive oil, salads, fruit, breads, and wine.

Please note that all dietary requirements must be communicated at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Extra activities

  • Group yoga / Pilates session
  • Private yoga / Pilates session
  • Transports to extra sights and activities
  • Private tours
  • Massage therapy
  • Handmade creations workshop
  • Cooking lessons including meal

The following activities are priced seasonally, but your hosts will get you the best prices while you’re there:

  • Horse riding through a pine forest and Kalamaki sand dunes
  • Sailing
  • Kitesurfing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • SUP
  • Diving

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Villa Spiros with breakfast
  • All transfers from Zakynthos airport or from Zakynthos ferry terminal to the villa
  • 6 meals (1 lunch and 5 dinners)
  • 4 wellness and massage treatments
  • 60-minute Shimmer satin body peeling with an unlimited spa therapy
  • 60-minute four-hand full body massage with a one-hour spa therapy
  • 60-minute Oleio relaxing body wrap therapy with a one-hour spa therapy
  • 60-minute Honey concept treatment
  • Facial treatment
  • 1-hour sunrise yoga
  • 1.5-hour aqua yoga
  • 1-hour sunset yoga
  • 3 cooking classes (6-hour of cooking)
  • Welcome serenaded dinner
  • Seaside dinner
  • Boat trip to the Shipwreck beach and the Blue caves
  • Tour to Zakynthos town
  • Wine and olive tasting
  • A Greek celebration night to remember

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH). Transfer from this airport is included in the price. Villa Spiros will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by ferry

Transfer from Zakynthos ferry terminal to the villa is included in the price.

Airport: Zakynthos International Airport Airport transfer included: Zakynthos International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Availability

This holiday is available from May to October, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • March, April, October, November

 

Middle season

 

  • May, June, September

 

High season

 

  • July, August

 

Pricing information
  • Non activity participating guests are welcome to join. Prices will be discounted accordingly. 
  • A discount can be applied for couples or friends sharing a room, or for groups of more than 2 people.

Please send your inquiry for further information.

 

Solo travelers

This holiday can accommodate solo travelers.

 

 

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