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Unwinding, slowing down and replenishing on the shores of the emerald-green Aegean Sea

5 nights on the unspoiled Cycladic island of Koufonisia,


5-10 june 2024

Our island home away from home is Villa Asterope

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Villa Asterope overlooks Pori Bay, on the eastern coast of the tiny, unspoiled Cycladic island of Koufonisia.

 

Never heard of it? Neither have the crowds who visit the busy neighbouring islands of Santorini and Mykonos!

Koufonisia combines unspoiled and uncrowded sandy beaches, glittering, turquoise sea and the traditional Cycladic white architecture these islands are famous for. The entire island can be explored on foot or by bike, offering you an idyllic island paradise to discover or to simply appreciate, unwinding, lingering and falling under this magical little island's spell.

Villa Asterope offers a private retreat of comfortable rooms in the traditional Cycladic architecture and a private pool and terrace area, all a short walk away from Pori Bay and other beaches.

what's included?

extras to consider

5 x nights accommodation - twin or double sharing or single room supplement

5 x brunches

Daily morning yoga and meditation

Daily evening yoga and yoga nidra

Free time to explore the island

Flights to Mykonos or Santorini (or Athens)

Ferry to Koufonisia

Evening meals at local tavernas

Optional extras - boat tours, bike hire, massage

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from 1000 € per person based on twin sharing

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Comfortable and ambient rooms are a mix of twins or doubles, suitable for shared or solo occupancy. The villa a 5 minute walk from Pori Bay, has a private pool, a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ dining area and indoor and outdoor living areas, and is fully air conditioned. The villa is cleaned daily and a linen change is offered on day 3. There is also a safety deposit box.

Yoga sessions will be offered each morning and evening, allowing you free time throughout the day to explore or simply unwind.

 

Mornings will begin with gentle movement and guided meditation, awakening and rising in harmony with our beautiful surroundings, and evening practices will offer a blissful transition from day to night, including movement practices, yin + restorative practices and guided yoga nidra (yogic sleep meditations).

 

Sessions are suitable for all levels of experience - my classes are always inclusive, whether you have practiced for years or it is your first ever yoga experience. No previous experience is necessary, the only goal of our yoga sessions is to connect body, mind and spirit in a blissful union, strengthening and soothing the body, calming the mind, and nurturing the spirit, finding our yoga bliss. 

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A daily brunch is included, along with daily fruits, veg and bread from the garden, and evening meals will be a mix of eating out or ordering in from local tavernas, offering us the opportunity to sample local Greek cuisine. 

The villa is has a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ area if you prefer to cook.

Retreat days are designed to go with the flow and our schedule can ebb and flow like the tides... To give you an idea of an island day :

8:30 Morning meditation and yoga

10:30 Brunch

Free time to explore the island and neighbouring beaches, adventure, walk, cycle or simply enjoy the views

18:00 Evening yoga and yoga nidra 

20:00 Dinner at the villa or at a local taverna

Moonlit beach walks or early nights with a good book

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GETTING TO KOUFONISIA

Koufonisia is accessible by boat from the nearby islands with airports offering direct flights from the UK and Europe : Mykonos and Santorini.

The retreat runs Wednesday-Monday in order to fit in with flight schedules from the UK and France to Mykonos or Santorini, and allows you time on either side if you need to stay the night after on Mykonos or Santorini after and before flying.

Ferry departure times on Wednesday 5th June are :

Mykonos to Koufonisia : 11:10 (arrival 12:30)

Santorini to Koufonisia : 12:50 (arrival 14:45)

Return ferries on Monday 10th June are : 

Koufonisia to Mykonos : 14:25 (arrival 16:40)

Koufonisia to Santorini : 12:40 (arrival 14:40)

Naxos offers more ferry options but no direct flights.

Flying to Athens is also a possibility, but this is a much longer ferry (5 hours)

 

Remember - the reward of a little more travel time is fewer crowds and unspoiled scenery! :)

 

ROOMS

Monthly payment plans are available

Shared twin rooms / double room from 1000 € per person

Solo occupancy from 1660 € per person

Sound tempting? Get in touch and let's plan our Cycladic summer getaway...

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