2 independent reviews for Pilates wellness retreat in Greece

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review 12 Nov 2017

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

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 travellers booking this holiday?

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 holiday 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 holiday overall?

Excellent! A rejuvenating week.

review 7 Nov 2017

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

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 travellers booking this holiday?

If you can, treat yourself to two weeks!

3. Did you feel that your holiday 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 holiday overall?

Brilliant!

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