Pilates wellness retreat in Greece

“A week long wellness retreat on the Pelion peninsula, based at a small boutique guesthouse overlooking the sea, with infinity pool and vegetarian meals.”

Highlights

Pelion Peninsula | Wellness retreat by the sea | Pilates | Tai Chi | QiGong | Meditation sessions | Optional: therapeutic massage and reflexology | Infinity pool | Rooms with sea views | Beach two minutes' walk away

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01 Jun 2019
790
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22 Jun 2019
790
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14 Sep 2019
790
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Top tip:
Don't think that you have to be a pilates master or super fit. Beginners are so welcome. Don't miss the local walking trails. They are divine.
Trip type:
Small group
Activity level:
Leisurely
Accomm:
Shared twin rooms with sea views, some ensuite
Meals:
Healthy and nutritious meals. All dietary requirements catered for.
Included:
Accommodation, all meals except one dinner at local taverna, most activities, swimming pool.
About this vacation company:
A locally run retreat, with highly trained experts for all wellness techniques, but also dedicated members of the Pelion community, taking part in conservation and local walking group activities.
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Environment

Our house, just above the water's edge, forms a natural break between the forest and the sea and so it is not uncommon to hear a nightingale in May and June, see a tortoise cross the footpath or find yourself surrounded by an array of colourful butterflies and camouflaged insects darting between wild flowers. This is an incredibly unspoilt corner of Greece and to preserve this we have planted only the minimal amount of cultivated plants in the vicinity of the house and left the surrounding slopes bare to encourage the colonisation of forest flora. We also have a responsibility in ensuring that the olives trees which dot our slopes, some of which are hundreds of years old, are preserved. With careful pruning and management we are gradually achieving this and through doing so expect our harvest to improve. We harvest our trees in January and February and take our olives to the local press in Argalasti to produce our own extra virgin organic olive oil which we serve to our customers.


At the beginning of the season there is always much work to do clearing up the beaches. Winter storms will bring debris onto the beach and although there is a huge amount of wood which is swept in by the tides, to a greater degree plastic in all shapes, forms, colours and sizes finds its way. This needs immediate removal and recycling. It is a big job and we take an active role in ensuring that the beach is left debris free for the summer months. During the peak season of July and August, when the Greek people take their vacations, there is greater pressure on the local community to keep the beaches and the villages clean and tidy and free from litter. Although most of the people using the beaches are local and our location is surprisingly unspoilt as far as tourism is concerned, there is little awareness about litter in Greece and we are helping to create awareness about this by setting an example in clearing the beach daily ourselves and also strategically placing bins and empyting them regularly.

Community

To preserve the local design of the region we have constructed our house in the local Pelion style using the services and the expertise of local builders and craftsmen to achieve this. Our stone masons, carpenters, plumbers and electricians all come from a village within a few miles of the house. We have purchased from local suppliers all our materials, i.e. Pelion stone slates for flagstones, Pelion stone roof slates and Pelion stones for the stones walls. Some of the most basic of techniques have been employed in the construction from using an old fashioned band saw for making the window frames, ledges, doors and cupboards to the fashioning of individual stones on site for the flagstone terraces and stone walls. We have continued to use the services of the local builders and tradesmen in the ongoing maintenance of our property thus still creating a source of income for them. With regard to local tourism income we have four locally owned tavernas in the village which are guests frequent. We also recommend our guests hire cars and taxis through local firms.

We encourage our guests to use the ancient footpaths to explore the local area on foot. The opening up of the footpaths in Pelion has been backed by local walking groups and a local charity called the Friends of the Kalderimi who are actively involved in both preserving and improve the local walking tracks that once were the ancient mule tracks of Pelion. They have volunteer groups and working parties who meet regularly on footpaths to carry out work, relying on donations to achieve this. The footpaths exist in incredibly beautiful areas, criss crossing the mountains and stretching down into the seaside villages. Many of the footpaths are well known and well trodden by walkers but others are in danger of disappearing. As we are located just above a beautiful footpaths which is frequently in use and especially by our guests we invite them to contribute to this worthy cause.

5 Reviews of Pilates wellness retreat in Greece

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Reviewed on 25 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The location was absolutely beautiful - It is a very special place. Waking up to the view over the bay and having our sessions on the beach and on
the platform overlooking the sea was incredible. The site has been carefully constructed by Pippa and Nick to reflect the landscape but is also
very functional for groups.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This vacation is perfect for switching off - the idea of the wellness together with the Pilates is to relax your mind and body in a beautiful location. There is not
much to do when you're there for a reason - you can go and explore the local paths and the tiny hamlet and beaches nearby, or you can also just sit by the
pool and read, I really enjoyed that the group did all of the classes together and that no one opted out - we had our free time but eating together and being
together in the sessions really helped us come together as a group. My tip would therefore be to rest, participate and take the location in. Also - go on your
own rather than miss out. They only have one date with Ioannis for September 2019.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Pippa and Nick employ a local lady, Toula, running their kitchen and doing general housekeeping. She was excellent - her food was delicious and
all from local produce. Although there is little tourism in the area, it was good to know that Pippa and Nick recommend the local sights and take the group to a
local taverna for dinner one evening. Ioannis is a respected and excellent Greek trainer with so many strings to his bow - I was very pleased that they
had him running the retreat.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous. Excellent hosts, a stunning location and a real feeling that you're part of the household. Pippa and Nick, and our trainer ate dinner with us
each evening - it was like a group of old friends coming together. The classes were all really good and Ioannis is a brilliant teacher. I opted for a treatment at an
additional cost, which was excellent. The people were all friendly and fun - we bonded really well. It was clear that everyone was there for similar reasons and
we all left feeling lighter and relaxed!

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being taught Pilates and meditation by Ioannis Davros

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for the 3 hour journey from the airport. Once at the place you forget the time spent in the taxi. Dress code is very casual but take something
a little dressier for the visit to the restaurant. Take books.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, there was local employment, we visited local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I couldn't fault it in any way. It's a very relaxing vacation and the Pilates was amazing. The owners are excellent hosts.

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I loved the whole thing. The Pilates, meditation and Chi Gung tuaght by Ionos made me feel like a new woman after the week in Pelion. But how can one overlook the sumptuous home cooking and amiable comraderie around the square table hosted by Pip and Nick. Or for that matter the splendid accomodation with views across the water to mountains. There is no one stand
out. It was as a delight all round.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring a couple of swimsuits as its hard to keep out of the sea.
It can be a bit tricky to get there so chat with Pippa about the best ways to arrive. We had a transfer so no problem but you may want to make sure you research which is the best airport to fly to and how to get to Pelion from there. Its well worth it so dont let this put you off.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


To a degree in that we had dinner in the local restaurants, we certainly seemed to tread lightly on the earth and local people were involved in the teaching and cooking and also in building the splendid accomodations.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a wonderful break away to a quiet corner of Greece. Highly recommended for all.

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Pilates, meditation and Qi Gong sessions were held in a stunning setting on the terrace by the water - morning and evening, the lapping Pelion sea worked its spell. Ioannis the instructor/therapist/healer is a special individual, and his instruction is imbued with gentle humour. The highlight for me was the evening meditation, finishing with Singing Bowls at twilight, then meandering up to a delicious dinner with good local wine. Second helpings of both were encouraged! You can't help but relax, and the hosts, Pippa and Nick, are very kind and hospitable folk who have created a special retreat.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take some fins for swimming off the rock platform beneath the villa - on a calm day, you can swim to several bays. Have one or two therapeutic massage sessions with Ioannis - not to be missed. Bring an open attitude along to the early evening Qi Gong sessions - having only ever done yoga or Pilates, I found Qi Gong unexpectedly helpful in bringing focus and calmness to a busy mind.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Pippa and Nick employ local people including Ioannis, and Toula the excellent cook. We walked into the village and ate a few lunches at local restaurants. Tap water tasted great. The food, wine and olive oil are locally sourced.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent! A rejuvenating week.

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


There is something very special about the tour operator we went with. It's a complete getaway. You can't help but feel calm and slow down. I was there for 2 weeks - the pilates/wellness week with the marvellous Ioannis and then the yoga week with the angel like Molly. I can't recommend it enough, nor taking two weeks to fully unwind, benefit from Ioannis's treatments, and both his and Molly's excellent instruction. I have done quite a bit of yoga and pilates over the years and been on a few retreats and this is one of the best. The hosts, Pippa and Nick, make it feel more like a family environment rather than commercial and the accommodation is of a very high standard. Finally, I loved swimming in the crystal clear sea every day and visiting the small secluded coves in easy walking distance of the retreat.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you can, treat yourself to two weeks!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we ate out at local restaurants a few times and Pippa and Nick employ local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant!

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