3 independent reviews for Aromatherapy & wellness retreat in Greece

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review 7 Oct 2019

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

Each day brought different delights - from visiting the local market, to exploring the waterfalls at Polylimnia, from eating at restaurants on the edge of the sea, to swimming in a heavenly bay at Voidekelia, from learning so much at Tamara's aromatherapy workshops distilling essential oils from the garden, to using the creams and burning the candles we made there...plus there was so much more! Yoga sessions, visits to ancient tombs, walks along deserted idyllic beaches with mountain backdrops, seeing empty turtle eggs after their successful hatching. And then there was Lavender Lodge! As if all the experiences and vistas and olive groves weren't enough, there was this gorgeous accommodation with every comfort wished for including a fridge stocked on arrival with food and wine (and if you got hungry you could pop just outside to harvest figs and pomegranates) plus organic olive oil harvested from just outside your door. During the night I was sometimes awakened by the cries of Golden Jackals . During the day I spotted wonderful and beautiful butterflies in Tamara's garden.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't worry about packing much as Lavender Lodge provides every comfort - soaps, creams, room sprays all made in Tamara's aromatherapy workshop. Plus hairdryer, first aid kit - everything! Bill and Tamara are right on hand to provide every tip you could need to give you the best holiday experience ever. The only tip I can think of is to come with some space in your suitcase to take home souvenirs and olive oil and aromatherapy products.

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

Yes definitely. Tamara and Bill are very committed to supporting local businesses. Tamara uses honey in some of her preparations which is from a honey producer on the doorstep. They use local builders, and local people to help with the olive harvest. Part of the experience of staying with them includes visits to local businesses and attractions, as well as restaurants. I was taken to places where I had the opportunity to support local traders. They additionally enhanced my holiday by offering sessions from a very nearby yoga teacher. By their lifestyle lived in as close harmony as possible with their immediate environment, they support conservation every day.

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

The Peloponnese offers a wonderful unspoilt landscape to be discovered . Just discovering the area was fantastic - but to have the opportunity too to harvest plants such as lemon verbena, rose geranium and lavender, and then to distil their oils and make wonderful products too - it made a perfect holiday for me which I will never forget. I'm now very enthusiastic about making my own skin creams, candles, bath oils etc .

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Jacky, so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us in Lavender Lodge and were able to take in some of the local areas of outstanding beauty and nature , to experience grounding yoga at the sea shore and to appreciate and support the local business : producing olive oil! You were a delightful and exemplary guest and we hope to see you again .

review 13 May 2019

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

Tamara's aromatherapy massage was very relaxing and enjoyable! The waterfall that we visited was stunningly beautiful. The beaches were very tranquil and litter free. The archaeological tours were very interesting and Bill was an extremely knowledgeable and helpful guide. Tamara's moussaka tasted amazing! We had great fun with Tamara learning all about the different herbs in the garden and making our own healing potions and balms.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you want a stress free and enjoyable holiday with two wonderful hosts - book it now!

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

Yes, we bought local produce direct from the farmer's market. We ate olives and had olive oil that was from their own olive grove and had the marmalade which was made from their own lemons and oranges. The 'Welcome Hamper' that was in the log cabin had lots of homemade soaps and candles which were made with the essential oils distilled from the flowers in the garden which was really special. We separated our recycling and disposed of our food waste responsibly. The tap water was great quality so we didn't need to buy water in plastic bottles. The water from the shower was heated by the sun - what more do you want!

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

We loved it!

Read the operator's response here:

We are absolutely thrilled that Karina and her husband had such an enjoyable holiday with us and we are overjoyed with the positive comments that they made about the quality of their experiences. We thought that they were superb guests and greatly enjoyed sharing ideas with them as they participated in and contributed to the activities and experiences provided on the Cultural tour.

review 27 Mar 2019

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

Upon my arrival at Lavender Lodge, I was absolutely gobsmacked by the unparalleled natural beauty of the place. It is surrounded by lush greenery, stunning mountain ranges, and amazing sea views. Driving around the local area was a revelation. I am Caribbean by origin and I tell you the local scenery was more like something you would expect to see in Jamaica rather than anywhere in Europe! I later learned that the area had many of the same plants that are native to the Caribbean. Of course I had seen the pictures before booking, but you usually expect that the pictures might be better than reality, but that was totally not the case this time, in fact, the total opposite is true! The lodge has a beautiful veranda and outside dining area where I shared the Greek Mezze Feast (which was delicious) with Tamara and Bill, sitting there nestled in all the natural beauty you really do feel as though you are in your own personal paradise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

My number one tip would be, book this holiday!! There's nothing really to be wary of the transfers from the airport are super easy thanks to Tamara and Bill and they really are fantastic tour guides.

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

The Log Cabin is absolutely stunning and environmentally friendly too the water heating is powered by solar panels and they have a great log burning stove that powers the heating. All the delicious food that Tamara provided was locally sourced and of the highest possible quality. The local beaches are mostly non-commercialised except for the odd beach bar as there are strict laws preventing building as part of the effort for Sea Turtle conservation. Tamara introduced me to some members of the local Sea Turtle conservation group and I am planning to go back in the summer to volunteer with them.

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

“Best Holiday Ever” “Amazing Value for Money” Without a doubt, my was one of my all-time favorite holiday experiences. Tamara and Bill were fabulous hosts so warm and welcoming. I flew into Athens and was picked up by Bill who was waiting in arrivals for me. I got into his nicely air-conditioned car and Bill had even brought a cool box with cold water and snacks which was much appreciated after my four-hour flight! On the first that night Tamara noticed that I had some scaring from a few breakouts I have been having recently. She immediately rushed to make me a skin tonic blended with witch hazel and essential oils. Let me tell you, after applying it every day by the end of the week my scaring had really lightened and I was feeling much more confident! She also gave my a her lovely healing balm for my dry eczema prone skin which worked wonders and left my skin soft, truly moisturized and smelling amazing. The lodge was beautifully decorated and fitted with everything you need, dishwasher, an awesome Panini grill which got a lot of use! 4k TV with Netflix, which came in handy for the nights where I was snuggled by the wood burning stove on the comfy sofa. The bathrooms are stunning, you can tell Tamara and Bill put a lot of love into the place, I even joked that perhaps Tamara should be an interior decorator. The massages were great Tamara is an absolute whizz and super knowledgeable about all things aromatherapy. We made all sorts of great skin and hair concoctions in Tamara’s workshop. She had me feeling, looking and smelling great. The food was amazing! I mean amazing, it was delicious and that is high praise coming from me, as I am a major food snob! The ingredients were fresh and great quality from the local area and Tamara sure does know how to season up some food! I came to the holiday bloated and not feeling too great, but by the end, my gut was doing great. Tamara even added some extra meat dishes to the Vegetarian lunches for me as I am currently on a high protein diet. It was great visiting all the local attractions with Tamara and Bill I gained so much knowledge about the local area from them. All in all the experience was fantastic, if you are thinking about booking, do it! You will not regret it!

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Ruqayah, Thank you so much! This review is absolutely fantastic ! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and participated in so many of the local excursions. We felt that you had a great understanding of what we are all about and are really pleased that you enjoyed the amenites, foods and general ambience of Lavender Lodge so much. Please keep me posted as to how your skin and hair respond to the serums and balms that you made in the aromatherapy workshops. Look forward to seeing you next year!

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