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Come deepen your practice and have fun on this wonderful yoga holiday in Turkey. You will practice yoga twice a day under the guidance of highly experienced instructors with stunning views of Turquoise Coast as your background. You will be spending the nights at a small family run hotel overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Immerse yourself in the yoga space overlooking the mountains and valleys rolling down to the sea. Everything in this retreat is amazing!
The hotel offers 16 large, comfortable rooms furnished in a simple and traditional style. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and all are en-suite. Most rooms have balconies overlooking the sea while others look out onto the fruit and vegetable gardens below. Family rooms are also available and some single rooms may be provided at no extra cost.
The hotel is run by Firat Sevilmis (Fred) and members of their extended family who have many years of experience managing and working in hotels in Istanbul and Marmaris as well as at the nearby Yuva Eco Holiday Centre. Under new management since January 2009, many improvements have been made including the addition of air conditioning in all rooms, a new yoga platform and a therapy room.
There is a spacious swimming pool with numerous wooden loungers and umbrellas as well as a poolside bar for drinks and snacks during the day. With its stunning views and the long relaxing walk down to the sea (lifts often available), this hotel provides an affordable, tranquil haven in which to rest, relax, and enjoy the many benefits that this beautiful corner of Turkey has to offer.
Yoga with a view! You will practice yoga twice a day, overlooking the mountains and valleys rolling down to the sea. The views and yoga space are amazing. This new octagonal yoga platform was constructed during spring 2009 with views over the gardens to the sea beyond. Built from cedar and local pine, it can accommodate up to 30 people.
You can carry out your practice as the yoga space has a grass covering to provide plenty of shade to keep students cool and comfortable. The grass can be tied to one side for uninterrupted views! It is much nicer than it looks in the picture and it is actually the nicest yoga space Free Spirit Travel knows of in Turkey with large, airy, and great views.
Each retreat date will have a different teacher and theme. Please read under 'Instructors' section to know more about the teachers, their yoga styles, and what to expect in each week.
Louise Gillespie Smith
Louise' yoga journey began with Bikram which she enjoyed but it wasn't until she discovered Hot Power yoga (Vinyasa flow in a warm room) that she really understood what yoga was all about, it was a more spiritual, heart opening practice there. Since then, she has spent time living at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala India learning their Hatha series and experiencing a full yogic life style. She has travelled around India extensively learning from different yoga teachers and she trained to teach Vinaysa flow yoga in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Jacqueline experienced her first yoga class in 1997 whilst at Drama school and has since trained in London (at Triyoga), India and Los Angeles, studying many styles of yoga including Vinyasa flow with Shiva Rea, Yin yoga and Mindfulness with Sarah Powers, Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois, Restorative with Judith Lasater, yoga therapy with TKV Desikachar and Iyengar yoga. Her own style of teaching is fun, relaxed, safe and joyful, always relating to the bigger picture. She sees yoga as a wonderful tool to enhance every aspect of life and adapts her yoga classes to cater for all levels.
This small family-run hotel is situated in a small, peaceful, village overlooking the Mediterranean sea, near to the beach resort of Olu Deniz and local market town of Fethiye. The hotel is set in organic gardens with well-established lemon, olive, apricot, and peach trees which provide delicious fruit during the spring and summer months.
Roses, geraniums, jasmine, and lavender provide wonderful scents on balmy evenings and the grapevine-covered terrace provides a relaxing shady space to enjoy a glass of wine or dinner. Many vegetables such as aubergines, tomatoes, pumpkins, and green peppers are also planted in their organic gardens providing fresh seasonal produce for the kitchen.
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Daily breakfast and dinner are included in the price. This hotel is run by a family of enthusiastic gardeners and the spare ground in the hotel often has vegetables and fruit growing alongside the many flowers. There is also a purpose built organic fruit and vegetable garden which provides the kitchen with a steady supply of delicious fresh produce all year round. Food, as you would expect, is delicious. For yoga students, a vegetarian diet is provided. Meat or fish is also available.
A little further afield are the historic sites of Xanthos, Tlos, or Pinara with archaeological remains such as temples, amphitheaters, mosaics, and tombs from the Lycian, Greek, and Roman periods. Free Spirit Travel staff can help you arrange taxi trips to all these sites.
Horse riding facilities are also available a short drive away and there are also opportunities to tandem paraglide from the nearby mountains overlooking Olu Deniz.
Local dolmus buses or taxis can be taken from the hotel to Deniz and Fethiye. Olu Deniz is a lively beach resort with many shops, bars, and restaurants as well as a lagoon considered to have healing properties. Fethiye is a thriving market town with a 16th-century Turkish bath, ancient rock tombs, fish and vegetable market, excellent seafood restaurants, carpet shops, and a busy marina with nearby cafes and gardens.
As well as the swimming pool, you can walk down the hill to the nearby village cove with its small shingle beach. There, you can have a refreshing swim in the sea. Should you decide to explore further along the coast then you will find huge rocks jutting into the sea ideal places for sunbathing.
Sandy beaches are reached by buses which run regularly along this remote coastal road taking you to the more touristy areas. Widely known as the Turquoise coast due the exceptionally clear blue waters found in this area, the sea provides many opportunities to swim, snorkel, and dive as well as numerous boat trips to visit local attractions such as Butterfly Valley and St. Nicholas Island.
Turkey's first long distance footpath passes directly behind the hotel and together with other local marked pathways, this provides a wide range of walks to suit all abilities.
One room has been set aside for therapies such as holistic massage, aromatherapy, and reflexology. It is fully equipped with a massage couch, and a professional complementary therapist is available to provide various treatments by appointment.
Please book your flights to arrive at Dalaman Airport (DLM). Transfers are available by taxi or bus on request. Free Spirit Travel will try, wherever possible, to team you with other participants to share taxis, ask them about their arrival times before you purchase your flight.
You can book an airport transfer bus to Olu Deniz on Travel Republic website for about 7 GBP one way or 12 GBP return. Book it to Olu Deniz Resort Hotel. Free Spirit Travel can meet you there with a taxi for the last part of the journey (12 GBP per taxi) if you wish, or you can use a local taxi service, or even catch the local bus for the last part of your journey.
Return group transfers for four or more people from Dalaman Airport (DLM) costs 36 GBP or 48 EUR per person.
One-way taxi transfer for maximum three people from Dalaman Airport (DLM) costs 60 GBP or 80 EUR per taxi.
Please note that there may be a small supplement charged for night time transfers.