Greece - Yoga & Pilates at Santorini with Alex Estornel
Enjoy a high-class Yoga and Pilates week on one of the world's most beautiful islands. Santorini is considered to have the most beautiful sunsets throughout the Mediterranean, and the white houses on the steep cliffs down the turquoise sea are really something special. Often blue skies and a beautiful climate make Santorini an even more perfect place for a week of developing classes of Yoga and Pilates.
The small boutique hotel is about 4 minutes walk from the sea where a nice and quiet beach awaits, sometimes it is in the immediate vicinity. If you prefer to relax by the pool it's about 20 meters long, in other words perfect for those who want to swim a few lengths as exercise. Staying in super nice rooms with bathroom and small mini-pentry, you will be thrilled here. The friendliness of the staff stands out from the normal, you are always met with a smile and do not be surprised if the staff know your name already on the first day.
There is a large and spacious shala of more than 100 sqm. The shala is covered in by a large canvas so you can have your classes in protection of the sun. All that is needed for the classes is in place so the only thing you need to bring is your body & mind. Of course you can bring your own mat if you like.
You live in nice and comfortable rooms with doublebed or single beds. In some rooms there is the possibility of staying three people. All rooms are different but all are bright and spacious and have a fridge, private bathroom, hairdryer, telephone, AC, safe box, TV and terrace or patio.
Brunch is served after each day's morning class. For dinner, healthy organic meals are served, which are partly from the retreat's own garden. The dinner consists of appetizer and main course, always vegetarian but sometimes there are also fish options. Lunch can be bought at the retreat's restaurant if you do not want to explore the range of restaurants in the nearby village.
Det finns även möjlighet att boka olika typer av massage på plats.
During the week, you will increase your health awareness through useful food, high-class yoga classes and classical Pilates.
The instructors are extremely talented yoga and Pilates teachers with long experience, and together something very special is created. They originate from different parts of the world, and each one has taken great awareness and knowledge in their respective areas, gained through experience and continuous education.
Alex Estornel is responsible for the program. He is a high-grade, passionate and highly well-established Pilates instructor and is certified by Equinox Piltates Training, led by Master Instructor Carie Macy, and trained by the International Sports App Sciences Association. His love for authentic classical Pilates started in 1998 when he was training for his professional dance career in Los Angeles.
He danced with several world-renowned artists like Cher, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, and in many movies and commersials. Alex lived with constant pain and the rehabilitation with Pilates extended his dance career, so his insight about and love for Pilates was born.
Alex is passionate to spread Joseph Pilate's thoughts and ideas to as many people as possible around the world. His way of teaching is a combination of classical Pilates and Progressive Methods with the enthusiasm and vigilance that Joseph Pilates had. Alex classes will rebuild your body and give you new insights about what's important in your workout.
The yoga classes are led by teachers handpicked by Alex. Everyone is well-trained and has great experience in giving international classes. The yoga classes are varied in a very good way between classical Hathayoga, Vinyas inspired Flow classes and tranquil Yinyoga.
The program includes 2-3 classes a day with yoga, Pilates and meditation with well-trained teachers / instructors with long experience. Everything is in place like mats, belts, blocks, bolsters etc.
One day it will be a guided walk to Ois which is probably the most beautiful city on the island, and the one seen on most of the pictures from Santorini.
As an optional extra trip, you can join a 5-hour sailing trip with a safe catamaran. You can swim in hot springs, snorkel at beautiful reefs and visit two of Santorini's most beautiful beaches. The excursion ends with a dinner aboard with unbeatable views of Santorini's famous sunset. The excursion costs around 90 EUR (depending on the number of participants.)
There is also the possibility to rent mountain bikes, motor bikes and quads for excursions to explore the island.
The program of the week usually looks like the schedule below. Click on it and you will get to a larger picture.
Santorini is perhaps one of the world's most spectacular islands. The landscape is amazing dramatic and beautiful. In general you can describe the northern part of the island as quite exploited and the southern hemisphere as less exploited and in its places quite genuine. The island leaves no one untouched, it is impossible not to be affected by the magic and exciting landscape. The sunset on the island is known to be one of the most beautiful in the world and is also the reason why so many fall in love with this island.
Said about Santorini: "It's impossible not to be knocked by Santorini's beauty, day after day, while visiting the island."
The graphs show the nearby island of Naxos.
Travel & facts
Included in the price:
- Accommodation in shared room with WC and shower. Single rooms are available at a surcharge you will see when you click "Book on Request", and before registering anything.
- Brunch and 3 course vegetarian dinner every day including water.
- All equipment for the classes like mats, bolster, belts etc.
- Transfer from and to Santorini Airport
- Guided walk to the beautiful city of Oia
- Beach and pool towels
Not included in the price:
- Lunches (can be purchased at the hotel)
Single room: Can be booked at additional cost, subject to availability. We try to place participants of same gender in a shared double room, if possible and if desired.
Travel: Flights to Santorini. Flights can be booked through our online booking. Do not book flights before asking us if the minimum number of participants is attained.
If you wish, we can help you to book, our flight booking fee is 300 SEK.
Transfer: Transfer between the airport and the hotel is included in the price. Please let us know your arrival times if you book your flight on your own.
WiFi: Free of charge at the hotel.
Pool: Yes, about 20 meters
Yoga equipment: Everything needed is in place, but please bring your own yoga mat if you like.
Special diets: No problem, let us know when you book.
Age limit: No
Electricity: 220V, Europlug
Local currency: EUR
Passport: Your pssport should be valid for at least six months upon entry.
Credit cards: Accepted at the hotel, and in most places on the island. There are also ATMs if the need for cash arises.