4 Days Stand-Up Paddle and Yoga Holidays in Ragusa, Italy

  • Floripa Surf House, Via del Larice 5, Santa Maria del Focallo, Ispica, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy

4 Days Stand-Up Paddle and Yoga Holidays in Ragusa, Italy

  • Floripa Surf House, Via del Larice 5, Santa Maria del Focallo, Ispica, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy

SUP Yoga Holidays Italy

This yoga holiday is a chance for you to get in contact with the water element outside and inside of you. Enjoy free-use of stand-up-paddleboards every day for one hour, two daily 90' minutes yoga lessons taught by two experienced teachers, and the company of other amazing people coming from all over the world. Kitesurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are also available to let you liquefy with the elements of nature and become water!


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Opportunity to practice surfing, kitesurfing, and SUP
  • Free use of beach beds, bicycles, skates, and SUP boards
  • Daily plentiful and delicious breakfast buffet
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian dinners
  • 4 days with instruction
  • Italian, Spanish, English
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During this retreat, you will be staying in Floripa Kite Surf & Yoga House. The team of Floripa Surf & Yoga House believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea, and you will see this reflected in your rooms, the gardens, meals, and the service to you. The bed and breakfast is run by Ameriga, the main yoga teacher, and Ettore, who runs the kitesurfing school, with the help of a team of friends that have been enjoying working together for several years.

Many guests have become friends and keep on coming back every season, which creates a a beautiful familiar atmosphere. Do not worry if you are traveling by yourself because at Floripa is very easy to make friends with other guests and also with the staff and the dogs.

The bed and breakfast is located 30 meters away from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. The stunning beach is 13 kilometers long and was awarded the Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its waters. It is the ideal place to relax and have a deep contact with the sea and the elements.

Accommodation can be in private room, shared room for two to five persons, or suite room with private veranda. The bed and breakfast is composed of three houses surrounded by a lush garden. All the rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation with modern simplicity and color. With hot and cold air conditioning, television, refrigerator, private bathroom, and Wi-Fi, you will have all the benefits of a hotel with the warmth and freedom that only a bed and breakfast can give you.

Our shared room can host up to 5 persons, with one ensuite bathroom. Generally most of the guests that book it are female travellers, but occasionally some guy has booked it too. While at times it can be very quiet, sometimes all the beds are booked. There is an extra bathroom on the groundfloor that the guests can use, and hot outside showers. It’s a great alternative if you are travelling on a tight budget and would love to be in the good company of other people that share the same passion for yoga and surf lifestyle! If you know you have a snoring problem, or are a light sleeper, then we would recommend a single room.

Two experienced yoga instructors will guide you to take your asana practice to the next level with 90 minutes of Vinyasa flow classes in the morning, optional workshops in the afternoon followed by lunar flows either at the forest near the center or at the beach depending on the weather, and Raja yoga sessions that include pranayama, japa mala meditation, Mudra Vinyasa, and yoga Nidra. Additionally, there is also the possibility of kitesurfing and surfing with the support of Floripa Surf & Yoga House's beach club.

You will have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors and the stunning blue flag beach only a few steps away from the bed and breakfast which is mostly empty with the exception of August, when Italians have their summer holidays.

For those who love sightseeing, eight UNESCO World Heritage centers are located at easy reach from the bed and breakfast and can be visited easily by car. Enjoy the company of the other guests while you share delicious organic meals made fresh from the garden.

General daily schedule

  • 08:30 - 10:00 Morning sadhana, generally consists of energizing Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa, or prana flow-inspired.
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Buffet breakfast.
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Free time, you can relax at the beach, practice water sports, explore the countryside by bicycle, visit some of the stunning UNESCO world heritage sites around the area, relax in the garden hydro-massage, or get a relaxing massage.
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Free time.
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Optional workshops, including workshops on inversions, arm balances, backbends, yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and more (see more information below)
  • 18:00 - 19:30 Evening sadhana, generally consists of lunar flow, Yin yoga, and meditation. Occasionally, these yoga classes are held at the beach or at a forest located near the center. *20:00 - 21:30 Dinner buffet

Optional workshops

Workshops are open for yogis who want to take their practice to the next level, and they are not included in the retreat price. If you wish to join, you are entitled to a 50% discount. Public price for workshops is usually 20 to 25 EUR.

Please kindly note that some variations might occur on the schedule listed above. Furthermore, the following books are recommended readings, Yoga & Ayurveda by Frawley and The Hearth of Yoga by Desikachar.

There is one opening circle every Saturday where the theme for the week is illustrated. This may vary depending on the season or time of the month, but in general, it links together Ayurvedic understanding of the cosmology of body with movement meditation and inner arts of yoga. Even though so, it is okay if your travel plan does not allow you to arrive on Saturday, as the teachers will be happy to answer all your questions and concerns.


  • Are children welcome?

At Floripa Surf & Yoga House, we try to create a climate where our guests can feel part of a group that share common interests and passions. If you are a like-minded family then you are really welcomed at Floripa Surf & Yoga House!

  • What’s the average age of the guests at Floripa?

The average age of Floripa Surf & Yoga House's guests depends on the time of the year, but in general it ranges around 30-45 years old, though we often have younger and older people coming over. We are impressed by how easy it is for our guests to find common grounds for conversations and spending the time together, everybody is very easygoing.

  • I am a solo traveler, will it be easy to meet people?

Yes! It will be extremely easy! Most of our guests come around on their own, and even our staff members (and dogs) are super friendly, so you will not feel lonely!

  • Are the water-sports compulsory?

Not at all! Some of our guests just enjoy the yoga classes and relaxing at the beach, or vising some of the stunning UNESCO sights nearby.

  • What about kitesurf? Is it a sport for everyone?

Kitesurf is a water sport that uses the strength of wind. Our spot is quite easy, a long and free beach with flat water; in addition, the wind is normally side on shore, so perfect to learn! Everybody can try it, as you don’t need previous specific preparation. If you just want to give it a try, we recommend to do two hours and see how it goes (price is 50 EUR euros per hour). If you are committed to learn it, you can attend a beginner course (from 6 to 9 hours) at our school, or just rent the equipment if you are already able to ride the wind!

  • Do I need to bring my yoga mat?

No, you can leave your mats at home! In our shalas we provide all you need to attend the yoga class! Blocks, yoga mats, pillows and so on.

  • I’m a beginner at yoga/ I am advanced/ I am pregnant, will I be able to enjoy the classes?

In the morning we generally teach a dynamic style of flow yoga- it can be Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Prana flow; all levels are welcomed since the teachers give variations according to everybody's capacities. In the afternoon session we usually teach yin-yoga or a gentle flow, these classes are slower and deep, and are usually followed by a meditation session. Sometimes we do the afternoon classes at the beach or in the little forest close to the B&B. If you are pregnant, or you have a special condition, you will be able for sure to follow the afternoon classes, while you might need to slow down and pause during the morning classes.

  • Do I need to bring cash?

Yes. All water sports, massages and transfers need to be paid by cash. Also we recommend to bring some cash for expenses outside of the B&B, as in Sicily most places only accept cash.

  • Ameriga Giannone

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Ameriga's classes are a blend of Ashtanga elements into a Vinyasa flow style practice, with emphasis on playfulness, breathe work, and compassionate adjustments. She will offer several variations for most poses, which is why the classes are suited for both beginner and more advanced levels. When she is not teaching, she travels the world to study yoga and follows her teachers, Shiva Rea, Lino Miele, Simon Borg-Olivier.

  • Sofia Soori

    Sofia started practicing yoga at a young age and has explored Bikram, Yin, and Hatha before falling in love with the flow of Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. After graduating from school, she went to India to deepen her knowledge of Ashtanga yoga and to become a yoga teacher. She has been teaching ever since. She recently continued her yoga studies with Sharath Jois at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. In Sofia’s teaching, you will find a lot of playfulness and also a focus on alignment, strength, and technique in each position.

  • Stacie Bronson

    Stacie Bronson is a vegan yoga teacher, self-published author, tarot reader, and Reiki healer. She uses these transformational tools to help people make better choices that will positively impact their life decisions and inspire them to find their true purpose. She speaks English, Italian and German and currently lives between Berlin, Germany and Modica, Sicily with her husband.

Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking. It is one of the UNESCO-listed baroque towns of south-eastern Sicily. Ragusa is in the Monti Iblei, a large area of high ground, divided up by dry stone walls, and incised with ravines.

The town was originally built on a small steep-sided hill with deep valleys on three sides separating it from the high plateau. After the earthquake of 1693, which destroyed many of south-eastern Sicily's buildings, it was decided to rebuild Ragusa on higher, more level ground nearby. This new planned town was built, with straight streets and a rational layout, but local aristocrats did not want to move, and instead built themselves new palazzi on the ruins of the old town.

Nowadays Ragusa has two parts: Ibla (or Ragusa Ibla), the older nucleus on its hilltop, and Ragusa Superiore, the more modern upper town which spreads from the post-earthquake streets into more recent developments. Like all Sicilian towns, Ragusa has its share of ugly modern sprawl, but this is well away from the historic center, which is remarkably unspoiled.

During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious organic meals. In the morning, you can enjoy a healthy and plentiful breakfast buffet which includes fresh fruit, two cakes with one of them vegan, cereals, eggs, home-made jam, Italian coffee and cappuccino, oatmeal, different types of milk, tea, fruit juices, cereals, bread, occasionally croissants and pancakes, yogurt, biscuits, and cookies.

Vegetarian or vegan dinners are eaten every evening together with the other guests and the Floripa team. Dinners are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as a healthy buffet of locally produced organic food, accompanied with water and wine. Gluten-free alternatives can be arranged if requested.

If there are meals that are not included in your package, then you can “pay as you go” (price ranges from 6 to 18 EUR). There are also some restaurants around 1 km away, which can be reached by bike (we provide free bicycles). Finally, there are two common kitchens that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located 3 km away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (7 km away).

Our meals are mostly vegetarian, however at breakfast you will find ham and eggs. We don’t serve fish, and we serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights.

Our breakfasts and dinners are buffet style, so you will find dishes that you can eat most of the time. When you sign up for meals just write a remark with your eating style / special dietary requirements and the cook will make sure to have something for you.


Lunches are not included in the package price.

Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger centre easily reachable by bike. Pozzallo is a small village where you can try a real sicilian Cannollo while you go for a walk enjoy the seaview. In addition, from us you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip of the city here around, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli and Modica.

A range of other activities is available during your retreat. Some of these options may include additional costs.

Be amazed by historic sites

The beach town of Santa Maria del Focallo is located only a few kilometers away from Scicli, Modica, Ragusa Ibla, and Noto, which are beautiful baroque cities designated as UNESCO world heritage sites, and are easily reached by car.

Enjoy water sports

Go on an enjoyable banana boat excursion. Floripa Surf & Yoga House also has a beautiful Lomac boat that can carry up to 18 people. It is great for fishing, diving, and for those days without wind when you can enjoy wakeboarding. The boat is offered to guests at affordable prices.

Go exploring on bikes

Take a bicycle ride around the sleepy beach town. Floripa Surf & Yoga House has 3 bikes that guests can use for free every day to explore the Sicilian farms or local dairies. If you wish to adventure even further, you can also rent one of their electrical bikes. Behind the bed and breakfast lie miles of dirt roads in the countryside that you can visit freely and safely, away from traffic, enjoying the silence that only the countryside can offer.

Optional tours

A guided tour of the cities of Agrigento and Siracusa or Catania and Ragusa, inclusive of car, driver, and local guide depending on the route chosen, is also available.

Play beach sports

On the beach just in front of the bed and breakfast, you will find courts for beach volleyball and tennis. You can also organize a beach football game with your friends. These courts are available free of charge for guests.

Relax and enjoy lazy days

The bed and breakfast environment is designed to give you maximum comfort, relaxation, and fun for an unforgettable holiday. You can bask in the warm sun and take long walks on the beach, read a book while swaying in the hammocks, or spend some quiet time in the peaceful gardens.

Take surfing lessons

You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard. Floripa Surf & Yoga House offers discounts on lessons, rentals, and even a photo session on request. Surfing lessons also include the use of a van for transporting equipment.


During the weekend, you can participate in additional arm-balancing and inversion workshop.

You can book deep-tissue, shiatsu, hot stones and relaxing massages with local therapists for an additional charge.

  • 1 hour of hydro-massage session
  • 2 yoga classes per day
  • 2 delicious organic meals
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 50% off all workshops
  • One 40 minutes jacuzzi session
  • Use of bike
  • Unlimited use of SUP and surf boards
  • Airfare to and from Italy
  • City of Ispica city tax 1 EUR per night per person
  • Optional and extra activities
  • Transportation costs
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

From the airport in Catania you can book a pick up service through Floripa Surf & Yoga House (70,00 EUR for a standard car). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time once again to Floripa Surf & Yoga House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name.

Alternatively, take a bus to Pozzallo- you will find the bus stop just outside of the Arrivals gate on the right, the name of the Company is AST (Azienda Siciliana Trasporti), you can only buy the ticket on the bus by paying the driver 10 EUR per person. Floripa Surf & Yoga House can arrange pick-up for you at the bus station for an extra of only 10 EUR. Both options take around 80 minutes.

Below is the bus schedule

  • Departure from: CATANIA AEROPORTO arrival to Pozzallo
  • Monday to Saturday: 09:15 11:15 12:45 14:45 16:15 18:45 20:45
  • Sunday: 11:15 17:45 20:45 21:45
  • Sunday: 08:30 15:00 19:00

Please note: at times this schedule can change: check http://www.aziendasicilianatrasporti.it for the updated timetable.

If you take the bus from Catania, please let Floripa Surf & Yoga House know your arrival time and which one you think you will be taking. Once you have actually boarded the bus please send a message or call Floripa Surf & Yoga House so they can organise your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR).

All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.

Please note: message us when you BOARD the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give us time to organise your shuttle (otherwise you might have to wait for us at the bus station).

Please note: make sure you take the bus to Pozzallo and NOT Pollazzo (which does not exist but it has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island).

From Comiso airport you can book this shuttle service: Comiso shuttle, it’s available online at http://www.comisoairportshuttle.it

It’s 22 EUR per person to Ispica but if you add an extra 8 EUR they take you directly to our B&B - you can write in the remarks that you need to go to Floripa Surf & Yoga House in Santa Maria del Focallo. They have been here before. Or if you prefer we can send a private shuttle (it costs 60 EUR one way). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time to Floripa Surf & Yoga House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have problem finding him, please call Floripa Surf & Yoga House.

All kinds of transportation needs to be paid by cash.

Driving directions from Catania Airport

  • Once you exit the airport, take the road towards Syracuse Primosole.
  • Continue on the ring road until Highway A18, and take the Rosolini exit.
  • At the exit, go left until the first roundabout, and turn left again.
  • Merge onto Highway 115, and follow the signs to Ispica-Ragusa.
  • At the Ispica roundabout, leave Highway 115, and take the second exit to Pozzallo.
  • After 800 meters, turn left at the Focallo Santa Maria del Borgo Village Marisipica sign.
  • Turn left again along Road 67 for 2 kilometers.
  • Turn left at the sign indicating SP67.
  • Turn immediately right, and at number 5 you will find the Floripa Surf & Yoga House.

Arrival by bus

Floripa Surf & Yoga House can provide a shuttle service to Pozzallo / Ispica for an extra costs of 10 EUR. Please contact Floripa Surf & Yoga House for more information.

Arrival by ferry

The nearest port to Floripa Surf & Yoga House is located in Pozzallo where there is a stationary connection with Malta. Another important port not too far away is Catania, 110 kilometers from the hotel.


  • Latitude: 36.72296800977594
  • Longitude: 14.91648316383361


  • Agrigento, 170 kilometers
  • Catania, 119 kilometers
  • Catania Airport, 115 kilometers
  • Catania port, 110 kilometers
  • Comiso Airport, 66 kilometers
  • Marzamemi, 25 kilometers
  • Modica, 24 kilometers
  • Noto, 30 kilometers
  • Ragusa, 40 kilometers
  • Santa Maria del Focallo Beach, 30 meters
  • Scicli, 30 kilometers
  • Syracuse, 63 kilometers
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Sep-15 14:58:48

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Sep-12 08:54:19

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    Review by Ekaterina Collet from Switzerland

    2017-Sep-01 21:12:07

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    Review by Jan Vince from United States

    Perfect trip

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: Everything was top class catering always for the guests showing respect

    2017-Aug-31 12:52:47

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    Review by Anonymous

    Amazing yoga experience

    PROS Pros: The yoga lessons were mostly led by Ameriga, who is an amazing instructor. I learned a lot about the yoga philosophy as well as my self during that retreat. I stayed at the BnB Caracoles just down the street from Floripa, which was a great and quiet place.

    2017-Aug-06 14:34:10

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    Review by Assi Koskelainen from Finland

    2017-Aug-06 06:50:12

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    Review by Marine Gossin from Republic of Italy

    2017-Jul-23 13:07:30

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    Review by Anonymous

    Perfect Yoga Holiday!

    PROS Pros: Amazing Yoga classes - Ameriga is just great! She finds just the right mix between challenging and gentle and she helps Yogis on all levels to practice just what is right for them. Also, there is a great atmosphere that instantly makes you feel calm and positive because you are surrounded by so many beautiful lovely people.

    2017-Jul-17 16:54:54

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    Review by Hadi Nosratlu from Sweden

    CONS Cons: Next time I am looking forward for the opertunity to have a "workshop" in yoga, where you kan increase your knowlage in a smaller group!

    PROS Pros: NIce and friendly staf, nice shally ehere the youga took Place, good and knowlagebal yoga teashers!

    2017-Jul-12 15:52:50

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Jul-12 15:49:56

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    Review by Madalina Lixandru from France

    2017-Jun-27 09:47:13

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    Review by Ashlee Valdes from Netherlands

    Beach, yoga, and fabulous new friends

    PROS Pros: Floripana is a very special place. The people it attracts and the people involved are all fun, open and kind. The location almost across from the beach is absolutely divine. Once you enter the compound you are instantly relaxed. I was so happy I had rented a car to be able to visit the neighboring beaches as well.

    2017-Jun-27 06:52:40

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    Review by Anonymous

    A great place in order to reconnect with yourself

    PROS Pros: 4:00 very interesting Yoga cession and amazing teachers . The location : easy to reach, easy to visit interesting places around. The food vegan and diet! The possibility to do other activities - kite. Paddle ..

    2017-Jun-25 06:39:49

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    Review by Jeanette Ballard from Great Britain

    2017-Jun-06 07:20:50

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    Review by Lisa Whitfield from Great Britain

    Lovely break welcoming people

    CONS Cons: We had a fab time. The only downside was we didn't have a car and didn't realise it was so far away from anywhere. So we were unable to go exploring. Next time we'll hire a car!

    PROS Pros: Accommodation, yoga instructors and Shala, food, chill out facilities.

    2017-Jun-03 11:07:31

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    Review by Katrin Fridriksdottir from Netherlands

    Such an amazing experience in the beautiful Sicily !

    CONS Cons: I liked everything - but I would have wanted more SUP experience or other water sports activity but the wind and weather maybe werent the best. But we could have had done other waterstuff instead or instructions just on the sand just to learn more about SUP and other activity they seem to do.

    PROS Pros: Floripa Surf house was the most beautiful, friendly and welcoming retreat. Only few steps from the beach and beautiful surroundings in Sicily. Food and accommodation were perfect, I had the most amazing room with hammocks just outside of it, woke up every morning with singing birds and sun. I started every morning with a powerful Vinyasa yoga class led my the most amazing yoga instructor I´ve ever had. Ameriga is one of those people you dont find any day. I´ve done yoga for 13 years so I´ve had several instructors. She´s powerful, genuine, gentle and full of wisdom, still so humble and fun. I would follow her anywhere around the globe just to have one more yoga class with her. I actually just might ! The food was so good - italian - fresh - beautiful and varied between days.

    2017-Jun-01 15:11:07

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    Review by Nikki Hooks from Republic of Italy

    Relaxing and sporty getaway

    CONS Cons: Aching a lot after yoga!

    PROS Pros: It was lovely being part of a community and making friends, doing yoga everyday was beautiful! Having access to the mountain bikes was great and having the beautiful beach nearby! The dogs and the forest meditation!!

    2017-May-05 05:49:04

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    Review by Yasmine Björkblad from France

    Happy days

    PROS Pros: I think all there was very welcoming, happy and please people! them do very much for you to feel happy and enjoy! loved yoga classes and teachers. yoga the teacher I had where inspiring and she know very much, it was interesting and fun to hear what she shared with US during class and beyond! she inspired yoga to be more modern as I thought about, it was good with the variation between yoga styles. liked that we had a little music they sing! yoga is very much listen to your body and how you feel today. it can be as challenging if you chose it as well. and a good start of the day and before barbacube! Whit good food! tried a little kitesurfing which was great fun! Michele was giant good so if you want to learn how to select him! wish I had stayed longer it was too short, I recommend this very much for everyone!

    2017-Apr-24 16:01:59

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    Review by Maria Schreiber from Austria

    CONS Cons: doch recht viele Kinder, hätte mir das ganze etwas ruhiger vorgestellt. wenn man irgendwas braucht, muss man mit dem rad in den nächsten ort (ca 30min) die läden dort haben aber auch nur zu bestimmten zeiten offen.

    PROS Pros: alles sehr sauber und gemütliche Anlage. in ein paar Minuten ist man am Strand, das ist toll! yoga war genial, ameriga ist eine super lehrerin. ich bin inspiriert

    2017-Apr-24 06:19:45

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    Review by Nava Yamach from Republic of Italy

    PROS Pros: Excellent yoga, great facility, and awesome crowd! Would definitely go back.

    2017-Apr-18 07:59:54

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    Review by Allie Boram from Belgium

    PROS Pros: I was very pleased with all aspects of the retreat.

    2017-Apr-17 19:17:55

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    Review by Sj Mason from Great Britain

    A great escape!

    CONS Cons: Although the mattresses were great the bed slates made a lot of noise when turning so we ended up keeping each other awake most nights. The duvets are high quality but I found it hot in the night so a flat sheet as an extra if needed it would have been the perfect answer. Both things easily solvable.

    PROS Pros: Loved the laid back attitude and lifestyle. Nothing is a problem. The rooms are lovely and fresh and cleaned daily. The yoga classes were brilliant.

    2017-Apr-15 16:30:13

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    Review by Anonymous

    Yoga holiday in beautiful surroundings next to lovely beach

    CONS Cons: Not keen on the three barking dogs especially at meal times. Because Floripa was full the classes often felt crowded and the Shala sometimes too hot. Again because of the number of guests and everyone arriving at once following classes there was a queue for food which could have been improved if the food were laid out beside the long table instead of all at one end. But these are minor issues in a very enjoyable stay.

    PROS Pros: Variety of yoga classes with different teachers. Excellent vegetarian food at communal table, opportunity to meet other guests. High standard rooms in lovely gardens. Very friendly and helpful staff and owners. Short walk to beach, use of cycles to ride to Pozzallo or along coast.

    2017-Sep-17 12:35:31

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    Review by Anette Forsman from Sweden

    2017-Sep-17 09:27:10

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    Review by Susanne Linhofer from Austria

    CONS Cons: Die zusätzliche Nacht war eigentlich sehr teuer im “shared room“

    PROS Pros: Sehr schöne Location. Freundliche Menschen. Es wsr einfach mit anderen ins Gespräch zu kommen!

    2017-Sep-11 16:14:14

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    Review by Maria Divid from Great Britain

    Beautiful chilled holiday in Floripa

    PROS Pros: Floripa is a very sunny and welcoming place, you feel like part of a big family from the moment you arrive. Apart from the lovely Ameriga and Ettorio, Giada, Paolo and the rest of the friendly staff, there's a bunch of fun loving dogs and a cute cat. The houses are painted beautiful bright colors, the space is very green, with hammocks and sofas/beanies. The yoga classes are challenging, especially the morning ones, and good fun. Ameriga is a great teacher and has a beautiful, sunny and energetic personality, you will love her! The other yoga teachers are also very good. I had two kite surfing lessons with Michele which I enjoyed a lot, Michele was very encouraging and really good at explaining the process. It's also nice to be able to cycle to the nearest town or to hire an e-bike for a slightly longer trip (I rode to Noto one day). Overall, a very chilled, varied, beautiful active holiday, I hope to come back to Floripa one day!

    2017-Sep-11 15:35:55

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    Review by Vanessa Brizuela from Switzerland

    Wish I'd stayed longer

    PROS Pros: The people. Both Floripa management and instructors but also other guests. Was a better experience than anticipated!

    2017-Sep-11 05:42:08

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    Review by Anonymous

    Heerlijke retraite!

    CONS Cons: Het was mij niet duidelijk dat het golfsurfen niet mogelijk was (geen goede golven an deze kant van het eiland en daarom geen surfplanken beschikbaar?) Erg jammer dat ze het toch zo promoten, het erbij zetten alsof het wel mogelijk is.

    PROS Pros: Hele rlxte vibe hier op deze retraite. Iedereen is erg aardig en open, veel alleen reizigende jonge (en iets oudere) mensen, mooi gemengd gezelschap.

    2017-Sep-10 14:20:09

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    Review by Alicja Rowinska from Belgium

    2017-Sep-10 07:45:09

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    Review by Amani Andejani from Saudi Arabia

    PROS Pros: The rooms were nice and big

    2017-Sep-09 20:45:54

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    Review by Vasily Kuznetsov from United States

    2017-Sep-07 09:08:59

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    Review by Dagmar Weber from United States

    Oase der Tiefenentspannung und Begegnung

    CONS Cons: Das Buffet am Abend war manchmal nicht reichlich genug bemessen für alle. Ich hätte mir vielleicht noch mehr vegetarische sizilianische Spezialitäten (die Arancini waren super) gewünscht. Kein deutscher oder englischer TV-Kanal von mir findbar, habs aber sehr schnell nicht vermisst

    PROS Pros: Ettore und Ameriga haben mit Ihrem wunderbaren Team einen Platz der Ausgeglichenheit für Körper, Geist und Seele geschaffen, wo sie es leicht machen, sich selbst (teils ungeheuer fordernde Yogastunden), und Andere kennen zu lernen, viel Spaß zu haben und den schönen weißen Strand +Meer zu genießen,der über eine Straße durch Dünen geschützt schnell zu erreichen ist und z.b. Standpunkt zu paddeln, oder die Hängematten, Dachterrasse,Pavillon im Garten rund ums Haus. Gäste und Gastgeber,die sich wohlfühlen, die geschmackvoll und eingerichteten Zimmer inklusive -sehr leckeres reichhaltiges Frühstück gemeinsame Abendessen mit tollen Gesprächen, Hunde und Katze tragen zum Wohlbefinden bei. Vielen Dank an Alle!:Ettore, Amerika,Marica, Stacey, Simona, Martha, Giadda, Mayo, Michele, Paolo, Laura, Pachino, Awaya, Manera, Bushi, Stronzzi und den Mädels im Hintergrund

    Organizer response: Dear guest, thank you so much for your precious feedback, it really helps to improve our services :) Regarding the dinner buffet, probably a few people constantly forgot to sign up that week for dinner (other guests have complained too) and so our cook never knew that she had to cook for more people than the ones who had actually signed up. We have taken some measures to make sure there is plenty of food for everybody during dinner buffet! Thanks again for helping us with your feedback, we hope to have you back soon!

    2017-Sep-03 04:16:38

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    Review by Anonymous

    Perfect calming week

    CONS Cons: There didn't seem to be enough food for dinner and often main dishes ran out. We were left quite disappointed on a number of evenings because we were still hungry. Bearing in mind the price for dinner, there should be plentiful amounts for all.

    PROS Pros: The energy, atmosphere and yoga classes

    Organizer response: Dear guest, thank you so much for your precious feedback, it really helps to improve our services :) Regarding the dinner buffet, probably a few people constantly forgot to sign up that week for dinner (other guests have complained too) and so our cook never knew that she had to cook for more people than the ones who had actually signed up. We have taken some measures to make sure there is plenty of food for everybody during dinner buffet! Thanks again for helping us with your feedback, we hope to have you back soon!

    2017-Sep-02 00:26:08

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    Review by Petra Moser from Austria


    PROS Pros: Das Gesamtpaket von der Unterkunft bis zu den Yogeinheiten ist eine Wohlfühloase. Es herrscht ein familiäres Klima wo jeder willkommen ist.

    2017-Aug-31 15:33:17

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    Review by Anonymous

    PROS Pros: Beautiful room. Friendly atmosphere Great beach close by Excellent yoga teaching with very clear instructions

    2017-Aug-28 06:31:03

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    Review by Anonymous

    The Perfect Yoga Holiday On Sicily!

    CONS Cons: I would have enjoyed some more workshops.

    PROS Pros: I loved the yoga classes, beautifuly surroundings and the delicious food!

    2017-Aug-27 19:39:47

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    Review by Seth Oliver from Great Britain

    Superb - More than any doctor has ever ordered!

    CONS Cons: On occasion we were overcrowded.

    PROS Pros: Ameriga was generous with teachings and pushed people only as far as they could handle. Humour was kept and discipline was tempered with a light hearted approach. Making Yoga professional, fun & a challenge whilst keeping the groups full attention in the heat is no easy task but Ameriga breezed through it.

    2017-Aug-27 00:25:37

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    Review by Louise Havard from Great Britain

    PROS Pros: Staff were very friendly and helpful. Lovely atmosphere and lots of fun.

    2017-Aug-24 19:23:18

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    Review by Rebecca Peters from Great Britain

    I <3 Floripa

    CONS Cons: I have no negatives to add, except that I didn't want to leave!

    PROS Pros: Floripa has such a becautiful vibe. I was apprehensive at first to come here alone, but there are many other solo travellers, as well as some couples and groups, who are all so friendly that I made connections immediately. The morning and evening yoga classes were perfect ways to start and end the day. The kite surfing instructors were awesome too! Being vegetarian and lactose intolerant, I always worry about eating abroad, but Simona and the team catered to all my needs with delicious alternatives.

    2017-Aug-20 07:28:30

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    Review by Daniela Brandt from Germany

    2017-Aug-19 09:27:49

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    Review by Anonymous

    Great week in Sicily

    2017-Aug-16 08:20:17

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    Review by Nadia Berrouayel from Dominican Republic

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: My stay was just great. The yoga classes are very well done . The house is run very well. The beach and the sports facilities are really good. The location is magic as well as the beach. Everyone is super nice . I would go gladly go back

    2017-Aug-13 22:50:16

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    Review by Claire Hendrick from Ireland

    PROS Pros: Floripa has the most beautiful relaxing grounds and communal areas. I didn't stay at Floripa, but I was made so welcome and all of the facilities were made available to me. The staff were so friendly, the whole experience was very enjoyable.

    2017-Aug-13 19:40:59

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    Review by Annemarie Ward from Ireland

    A little corner of Paradise

    CONS Cons: No negatives just positives!

    PROS Pros: These people have it nailed this was by far one of the best trips I have taken. Incorporating Yoga and kite surfing good food and lovely staff from beginning until I sadly departed I was thoroughly relaxed and stress free. I would highly recommend Floripa House. I look forward to returning next year. Annemarie from Dublin

    2017-Aug-13 10:59:17

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    Review by Anastasia Filippova from Russia

    2017-Aug-13 01:34:33

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    Review by Milly Kluivers from Spanish State

    Enjoy a perfect combi of relaxation and intensity at Floripa

    CONS Cons: There's not much to do in Pozzalo, but to be honest, 4-days just exercising and chilling at the YogaSurf House and beach is great, you don't need much more! Maybe a full week would have been too much, also physically.

    PROS Pros: Peacefull place with private terraces, hammocks and a beautiful green, flowery shared garden. Chill atmosphere, yoga and surf combi, very friendly people but not too spiritual. Great quality classes, often 2 hours long although we were paying for 1.5 hours. I can really recommend to buy an extra headstand/arm balancin class with Ameriga. Good food almost all vegetarian. Only 100 meters from the beach, where they have a perfect SUP spot and you can book Kitesurf classes if there's wind. Very nice people, very open atmosphere, eating at long tables, etc. Totally disconnected!

    2017-Aug-10 12:23:38

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: Accommodation, not what I was supposed to. It costed more than I was informed of and I didn't got what I expected. Concerning the food, I find it not very diet friendly. The cleaning was not proper done and the floors outside the rooms was dirty. The same with the area around the bar, reception and where we ate. Some of the prizes was higher than it was listed. Activities: In the listing details it said surfing. There was no surfing at all, only kiting. I was disappointed, because the surfing was one of the reasons I chose to go here.

    PROS Pros: All good yoga instructors. Good osteopath. Many nice and open minded traveling guests from all over the world.

    Organizer response: Dear guests, thanks a lot for your feedback, they always help us to improve our services. We would love to get personally in touch with you because we are a little confused about some of the things you mentioned in your review. For example you mention that the accommodation was more expensive than you expected- our prices are very transparent and it very clear what's included or not in the packages so we would love to hear from you how come you felt you paid more, and of course find a solution if that's the case. In our activities list it says "kitesurfing, surfing, SUP"- these are some of the water sports you can practice here, but one excludes the other generally, so if you were here in a good windy week (as you mentioned, there was only kitesurfing), then probably it was not a good week for SUP (too choppy) or surf (too windy). Regarding our food, we serve a vegetarian buffet with all sorts of things- such as vegetables cooked in different styles, pastas or other local specialities. Out buffet includes always vegan and gluten free food, however we do not cater to people who are looking for a detox kind of holiday- and we always mention this when people ask us for vegan/gluten free/sugar free food. Thanks again for taking the time to write this review! Shanti Floripa's Team

    2017-Aug-08 20:18:54

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    Review by Adreana Zulkifli from Great Britain

    Perfect retreat- yoga, sun, people

    CONS Cons: The wifi could be a little unstable but it wasn't really a problem since it allowed me to be less dependent on my phone. So I managed to spend a whole lot of time reading.

    PROS Pros: The whole experience was amazing. Floripa house took care of me right from the start and answered all my questions promptly (had tons of them being a first time solo female traveller). Had no problems making it to Pozzallo and Michele came to pick me up from the station. When I got to Floripa everything was taken care of- meals, facilities. My rooms were beautiful and the place itself was very relaxing, bright and colourful. What made the whole experience memorable were the people themselves- Ameriga, Giada, Ettore, Mayo, Paolo, Andrea, Simona, the whole team! It wouldn't have been the same without them. Ameriga was the most patient, encouraging yoga teacher- I'm missing her classes already! Managed to do my very first head stand (woohoo!). The morning classes were pretty full-on but the evening ones were chilled when she teaches more theory and principle of Yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. I enjoyed those the most as she opened my eyes to the meaning of yoga and its purpose. It has piqued my interest to deepen my study. I can't praise Ameriga enough for what she's taught me. <3 Also if anyone was concerned about making friends here, don't worry. Everyone- staff, dogs and guests were incredibly friendly. The communal dinner area was a perfect place to start conversations. Overall, it was perfect and I couldn't have asked for more. Am already planning my next trip there. Highly recommended. Thanks for everything Floripa and see you soon enough!

    2017-Aug-07 08:00:12

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Aug-06 10:55:00

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Aug-06 06:53:35

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    Review by Emma Bäck from Sweden

    Friendliest place you'll ever find!

    CONS Cons: Having to say goodbye :(

    PROS Pros: Couldn't be more happy with my stay! Everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere will make you feel right at home. I only had breakfast included in my package but chose to have the dinner buffet every night, the food was so delicious! It's also a great way to get to know people since I was traveling alone. Really loved the dynamic flow in the morning classes and the gentle, meditative sessions in the evening. Ameriga has such great energy and she really takes the time to get to know everyone and build a sense of community, even though people come and go every day. She also held a theory class one evening that was much appreciated. The house is right off the beach (which is stunning) and I spent most of the time on the sunbeds or swimming. I felt completely at peace after my days at Floripa, my only regret is that I didn't stay longer! The people, the yoga, the puppies, Stronzi the cat, the food and the beach all contributed to making this one of my best trips ever. I loved this place and hope to back again very soon!

    2017-Aug-05 16:27:02

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    Review by Mélina Longpré from France

    2017-Aug-05 00:09:34

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    Review by Eva Aeschbacher from Switzerland

    CONS Cons: Die geteilten Zimmer sind eher klein, es waere toll, wenn noch eine weitere Dusche vorhanden waere. Der Hundekot im Garten hat mich gestoert, bin zweimal rein getreten.

    PROS Pros: Mir gefielen die Leute, die Stimmung war gut. Alle, die dort arbeiten sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Essen *vor allem, das Fruehstueck ist excellent und abwechslungsreich.

    Organizer response: Dear Ewa, thanks a lot for your review and having taken the time to give us your feedback! Regarding the dog poops in the garden, we are very sorry and we are aware of this problem. Two of our 3 dogs are puppies that we found at the beach only two months ago, and so we are still training them to do their business outside (but sometimes they still have a UPS moment!). We actually do rounds every day to make sure the garden is clean. It's a downside of their cuteness :) We hope to have you back soon! Floripa's Team

    2017-Aug-04 13:26:31

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    Review by Edda Jonsdottir from Iceland

    Dream holiday

    PROS Pros: Floripa Kite Surf and yoga hose is a wonderful place for a relaxing and life changing holiday. The staff is unbelievable friendly and helpful, the food is made with love, the atmosphere is relaxed and the yoga classes are professional. The b&b ís located just few meters from a stunning beach, with few people, blue see and white sand. Beautiful place for your dream holiday.

    2017-Aug-02 20:30:13

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    Review by Sarah Holtman from United States

    The Best Decision I Ever Made!

    CONS Cons: Saying goodbye and having to leave when my trip was finally over :(

    PROS Pros: The schedule was perfect! Having morning vinyasa at 8:30am (instead of 6am) allowed me to get 8 hours of sleep :) Then we had the day to play at the beach, try kitesurfing, SUP, boat rides, explore, etc. followed by a relaxing Yin yoga class. The food was delicious, clean, nourishing and made with love. I signed up for dinner every night! This place completely recharged my soul. Within moments of arriving, I extended my trip, that was the best decision I ever made!!! Everyone who worked here was so gracious and kind; I felt completely at home and did not want to leave. Ameriga is an incredible yoga teacher! She is very knowledgeable, fun, compassionate, and she has this wonderful uplifting flair about her! I am so grateful I had the opportunity to be here! Floripa is a magical place, see for yourself :) Also, treat yourself to a massage from Lorenzo-it will rock your world! Ciao ciao

    2017-Jul-30 14:52:25

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    Review by Anonymous

    2017-Jul-26 10:54:55

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    Review by Nina-jane Turner from Great Britain

    2017-Jul-25 21:54:11

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    Review by Caterina Cenci from Republic of Italy

    2017-Jul-25 09:56:43

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    Review by Charlotte Rode from Denmark

    2017-Jul-20 08:48:07

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    Review by Ahmad Helal from Egypt


    CONS Cons: Only the fact of having to leave

    PROS Pros: Location, activities , rooms, Yoga teachers, food , and top of that the amazing staff who are really loving what they do, and made me feel I'm with family

    2017-Jul-14 12:31:33

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    Review by Anonymous

    CONS Cons: Far away from town, atm, etc

    PROS Pros: Amazing yoga instructor Lovely accommodation next to a beautiful beach

    2017-Jul-14 07:03:41

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    Review by Hayley Napier from Great Britain

    PROS Pros: Ameriga and everyone at the retreat were so lovely and welcoming. The yoga was fantastic and I also had a go at Kitesurfing which was great fun. The location was perfect, just a stone's throw away from the beach and food was delicious.

    2017-Jul-13 11:55:13

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    Review by Joëlle Wagnières from Ireland

    2017-Jul-13 05:45:16

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    Review by Glenda Caputo from Republic of Italy

    Everything flow naturally

    CONS Cons: Nothing

    PROS Pros: Great organization of everything. Hosts very warm and solar contribute to create e friendly and relaxing atmosphere

    2017-Jul-09 07:00:01

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    Review by Rodolphe Ancian from France

    Relaxant, convivial et charmant

    PROS Pros: La chambre climatisée avec terrasse et hamac.

    2017-Jul-09 06:13:04

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    Review by Marina Lopes Furtado from Republic of Italy

    2017-Jul-07 09:19:38

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    Review by Gill Ryan from Great Britain

    Our stay at Floripa

    PROS Pros: The vibe at the house is awesome... the guys who run things are just happy and it shows they love what they do and it makes for a very warm and welcome place to be. We loved it there and wished we could stay longer.

    2017-Jul-05 08:29:16

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    Review by Sandra Karis from Netherlands

    I had an amazing time!!!This was ab

    CONS Cons: The shared room at the Surf house is next to the communal area, so it can be pretty noisy if you want to sleep early.

    PROS Pros: The people and the atmosphere is fantastic. I met so many friendly and likeminded people. The yoga classes by Ameriga and Stacie were really great, although a bit advanced sometimes for beginners like me, but pushing my limits a bit felt great. The food was amazing. Overall the hospitality of the Floripa people exceeded my expectations and I wish them all the best for the future!!

    2017-Jul-01 09:35:14

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    Review by Hanne Akselsen from Norway

    2017-Jun-26 06:17:15

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    Review by Lauren Davitt from Great Britain

    Beautiful place and beautiful people 💖

    CONS Cons: There was nothing that I can find to fault. It was all perfect

    PROS Pros: Floripa surf and yoga house was divine! Beautiful place and beautiful people taking care of us all. The yoga was fantastic as were the water sports, beach and facilities. I couldn't have asked for a better time away. I shall definitely be returning next year if not before.

    2017-Jun-24 08:12:17

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    Review by Elizabeth Gibbons from Great Britain

    2017-Jun-22 19:26:48

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    Review by Sabine Karl from Germany

    Schöne Location, freundliche Menschen, entspannt gemütlich!

    CONS Cons: Ich hatte auch Yoga Stunden. Fand diese grundsätzlich sehr schön, war sehr powervoll. Mir hätte 1 Stunde je Session gereicht. Für Yogaanfänger sind einige Übungen zu schwierig, natürlich kann man dann eine Pause machen und aussetzen. Im Sinne des Yoga würde ich sagen: "Manchmal ist weniger mehr". Das der Boden schief ist im Yogahouse, ist sowohl für die Yogastunden als auch zum Schlafen nicht ganz ideal auf die Dauer. Soll keine böse Kritik sein, bin nur ehrlich und ich denke es ist gut das mitzuteilen. Mir hat es insgesamt sehr gut gefallen.

    PROS Pros: Gut für Alleinreisende, weil man schnell und einfach mit netten Menschen in Kontakt kommt. Sehr schöne Unterkunft, sehr gemütlich, sauber, simpel und doch ganz besonders. Essen ist auch gut. Der Strand sehr nah. Trinkwasser ist frei. Das Personal ist sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit.

    2017-Jun-22 15:13:04

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    Review by Valérie Sauvage from France

    Très bon séjourTrès b

    CONS Cons: Il manque juste un peu plus de légumes aux repas.

    PROS Pros: Très bon séjour ressourçant. Le site est très sympa, accès rapide à la plage. Le lieu est calme et apaisant, on rencontre facilement plein de personnes de divers horizons.

    2017-Jun-21 08:07:48

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    Review by Anonymous

    Leuke locatie met goede yoga

    CONS Cons: Ik had de variant geboekt (8-Daagse Surf, Meditatie en Yoga Vakantie a 805 eur). Bij de omschrijving staat dat het een volle week betreft, waarbij het raadzaam is om op zaterdag te starten omdat je dan een uitgebreide (theoretische) introductie krijgt, het thema van de week wordt besproken, dus een soort van kickoffdag hebt. Het kan ook de indruk geven dat je start voor een week met een vaste groep. Dat bleek echter niet het geval (ik was er een dag eerder voor vertrokken), er wordt gewoon elke dag in de ochtend en in de avond een yoga les gegeven, that's it. De meeste bezoekers blijven een paar dagen en trekken dan weer verder. Het volume van de locatie is daarin denk ik ook niet groot genoeg (max 20 a 25 personen) in combinatie met de vele verschillende pakketten die ze hier aanbieden. Dat is echter ook de charme van de plek, dus boek gewoon het aantal dagen dat je het beste past. Verder kloppen de recensies zoals je die hier leest, prettige mensen, behulpzaam etc.

    PROS Pros: De locatie (bed and breakfast) is opvallend als je het vergelijkt met de rest van omgeving. Kleurrijk, leuk ingericht en op een steenworp van zee met het prachtige lege strand! De yogalessen (die ik van Stacie Bronson kreeg) vond ik top. 's Ochtends pittig en intensief (vinyasa) en 's avonds 'restorative', meer yin yoga.

    Organizer response: Dear guest, thanks a lot for you review, it really helps us to know what we can improve from our guests. Regarding your comment on the yoga- I'd love to just clarify how it works for future guests who might read your review. We offer ongoing yoga holidays with flexible arrival days, and people can stay as long as it suits them- so people come and go all time - as you said. In general on Saturdays we do an opening circle where we explain the theme of the week-however on the week you came the resident yoga teacher was away to teach at a retreat elsewhere, and so Stacey (who started to teach at our place only a week before) did not kicked off with the opening circle or with the weekly theme- though she of course followed a logic to develop the classes that week. We really hope to have you back in the future so you can experience the yoga classes with our other teachers too! Thanks a lot for taking the time to write this review, Namaste Ameriga

    2017-Jun-18 09:55:34

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    Review by Bich Ngoc Nguyen from Switzerland

    Yoga retreat gem in Sicily

    PROS Pros: Floripa is a stylish boutique surf & yoga retreat that offers many facilities to calm down and relax. The yoga sessions were very well taught and staff was always helpful. This gem is absolutely a place I can recommend and would come back to!

    2017-Jun-12 07:08:13

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    Review by Anonymous


    PROS Pros: Great yoga, great food. The staff treats you like family.

    2017-Jun-07 07:46:43

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    Review by Aphrodite Vasili from Great Britain

    2017-Jun-04 08:08:14

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    Review by Amy Boyd from Great Britain

    Perfect holiday

    PROS Pros: Wonderful, kind and helpful staff. They couldn't do more to help. Super talented, loving and encouraging yoga teacher. The food was exceptional and the activities were very accessible. Lovely beach so close. Short drive to some incredible historic towns. A perfect holiday full of like-minded folk.

    2017-Jun-04 00:55:40

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    Review by Francesca Smith from Great Britain

    2017-Jun-03 11:59:25

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    Review by Tuula Kukonlehto from Finland

    2017-May-30 13:52:51

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    Review by Jonathan Oldfield from Great Britain

    2017-May-10 07:56:16

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    Review by Minjae Lee from Saudi Arabia

    2017-May-07 07:16:28

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    Review by Janneke Van Den Berg from Netherlands

    Heerlijk ontspannen!

    CONS Cons: Beetje afgelegen

    PROS Pros: Een heerlijk relaxte sfeer, strand zeer dichtbij, fietsen en supboarden gratis te gebruiken. Goede vegetarische en veganistische maaltijden.

    2017-May-06 07:13:36

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    Review by Helle Havmoeller from Denmark

    2017-May-06 06:20:29

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    Review by Anastasia Walter from Germany

    Toll Tolleim Floripa

    2017-Apr-28 11:06:35

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    Review by Charlotte Wall from Great Britain


    CONS Cons: The only thing was that we didn't get much sunshine :) That's no reflection on the retreat though. Just Mother Nature !

    PROS Pros: I would have to say Floripa is one of the best experiences I've had on a Yoga retreat. Ameriga and Hannah were exceptional Yoga teachers incorporating Yoga Philosophy into the classes. They were well paced and suitable for every level. If we were cold we were given blankets. The attention to detail in every part of the holiday was thoughtful and welcoming. To the Hammocks, scented candles in the room, local sourced soap, bikes to explore, to the lovely cappuccinos. The food at Breakfast and Dinner was A-Mazing!!! I could have lived off Simona's :egg: eggs!! I would highly recommend coming here if you get the opportunity. The community feel and spirit attracted like minded individuals which made the stay even more perfect. Thank you :blush:

    2017-Apr-12 08:02:48

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    Review by Senija Causevic from Great Britain

    I expected something else

    CONS Cons: Oh, where to start, there are many things I would like to comment about here. Where to start. Well, I did not like simplified lecture on yoga, shakti and quantum physics. It was rather very pseudo scientific and overly simplified. SImplification of the reality and simplification of history may be very dangerous thing to do. Second, the instructor showed us very strong attitude and ego which flies into the sky. Well, this is not what I expected from yoga retreat. I felt judged which should not have happened, no matter how much they despised me, they should not be so judgemental. I could not do with this attitude. On the other side, there was another yoga instructor, she showed more grounding, understanding and emotional intelligence. Furthermore, when it comes to value, I thought I have electric bikes included in the package, but when I asked one of the ladies who worked there, she said that I have to pay 10 EUR extra. Well, at least normal bikes were included in the price. Second, I think that shuttles also cost rather too much, but in fact you are forced to take them unless you rent a car. further, there was no wifi in my room, I got the explanation why there was no internet, I understand that, but still, I should have been told that earlier. I wanted to stay one day longer simply because it was a lot of rain the day I left, but I was told I need to pay 90 EUR for one night if I wanted to do that. I quickly booked an apartment nearby which was wonderful and b&b was only 23 EUR, crazy. I did not have much contact with kite surfing guys, so I could not comment much on that, but only yoga. Overall, beautiful surrounding, nice food, but lacks grounding. I would recommend that they take some course related to hospitality business and train their stuff better, I know we were the first group there, but still, you do not expect to come to yoga retreat and feel so down after taking it, and this is what happened to me. I have been on many yoga retreats, I know what I am talking about.

    PROS Pros: The location was great, so close to the sea, the room was nicely decorated, food was OK too.

    Organizer response: Dear Senjia, Thank you for taking the time to write your review, which came very unexpected to us, because you looked so happy while you were here, and as you mentioned, you actually asked to prologue your stay at our place- and then decided to leave because you thought it was too expensive. We don’t think that our prices should compare with those of apartments in the area, but rather with those of other Yoga retreats centres, since in the price you were quoted included 2 daily yoga classes taught by 2 different teachers, buffet breakfast, dinner, water, bikes, Sup boards, room cleaning every day, and English speaking staff available 24/7. We are still offering the most affordable yoga holidays in Italy, and we hope to continue to keep them accessible in the future. Thank you for pointing out some issues in your review- we apologize for the difficulties you have experienced. Some of the inconveniences you mentioned are related to the fact that you arrived on the very first day of our 2017 season. For this reason, we were still training our new manager (who, as you know, had just arrived the day before you did), and that’s why she told you that electric bikes cost 10,00 euros per day (which is the information she was telling all the new guests). We wish you had told her that you booked a package that included them and I am sure she would have double checked this information with us. Regarding internet, the Yoga House connection had just been restarted on those days so it did not work on your first day, but it worked perfectly afterwards. In any case, we also invited you to use the other two connections (we have 3) but I suppose that you only tried the one called “Yoga House” on your first day. Our shuttle service to Pozzallo is 5 euros cheaper than a taxi, and available anytime you want it, unfortunately we cannot guarantee it for less than 10 euros (also because this is the tariff of the driver). We also offer free bikes so that guests can go back and forth to the main town for free. I am also writing this for future guests to read: We strive to provide the best service we can, because we genuinely care about our guests (most of them become our friends and come back to visit us!), but we also appreciate that our guests have in general a very laid back attitude about what can go wrong- we are not a 5 star hotel after all, and again, we try to keep our packages as affordable as we possibly can. So, dear Senja, it sounds like we probably were the wrong choice for you, since with our prices we cannot provide the same experience as an “exclusive hotel”: we hope that our online presentation conveys the idea that in fact we are a "B&B run with love by a group of surfers & yogis”. Regarding your other comments on feeling judged by us, we feel all very sorry that you felt this way, because we have a very light-hearted attitude, and our staff is very approachable (in fact, you were having dinner with us every evening). We really did not mean to make you feel despised, as in our yoga classes we try to create a safe space for everybody to heal and feel nourished. Your comments on our yoga teachers and classes are very strong- unfortunately it is part of our job to be exposed to open critiques. To write something like this in the “public arena” calls for a public response, however, it would be a mistake for us to take it personally, and since we respect your sensibility, we prefer not to reply to that here, but feel free to mail us privately if it’s something you need to talk further. If anything, we wish you just peace: shanti shanti shanti.

    2017-Apr-05 16:03:23

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    Review by Paula Gutierrez from Spanish State

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    CONS Cons: Nada

    PROS Pros: Todo! El sitio es una maravilla y lo tienen muy bien organizado.

    2017-Apr-03 08:04:31

  • Review by Fiona
    5 out of 10

    ""Too expensive for what you get"

    "The arrival:"

    "You should not arrive late at Floripa’s (even it’s not mentioned on the website), they are not prepared for it. We were told that someone would be waiting for us and bring us to our room, but nobody was there, we had to look for someone to help us at least 30 minutes. It happened to other guests too. The frustrating part was, that the person in charge not even apologized for it."

    "The Stay in general:"

    "The rooms were clean and seemed to be decorated with a lot of love. The beach was absolutely beautiful! Sadly some points on their website were wrong: there was no Jacuzzi and the kitchens were not fully equipped. One of the kitchens did not even have plates, glasses, pans, soap or anything else besides forks, knife and spoons. Every second day there was some very loud construction work done on the roof of the Yoga House, directly above our room. So we could not sleep in or just chill in on the “peaceful” private veranda we paid for. Also here: the owner was not even sorry (she would have been, if it started before 6 am – her words). In general, she was rude to us and really gave us the feeling, that she absolutely did not care at all, how our stay at Floripa’s is. Luckily there where some very nice persons too, like Simona, Ettore, Hanna and Michele, who gave us really kind advice where to go on the island for some daytrips and helped us out when we needed something."

    "The Yoga:"

    "During our stay there were too different Yoga teachers, one as a guest for a limited time and the other is one of the owners. So it makes only sense to talk about the “fix” Yoga with the owner as teacher. The style was challenging and kind of religious. If you like also saying mantras and listening to stories from Hindu-God’s during Yoga class, you will like it. It’s a matter of what style you like. The morning Yoga class was always on one of the rooftops, which was very nice when the sun was shining, but very cold (and wet!!!) when it was raining."


    "Response from Ameriga at Floripa Surf & Yoga House:"

    "Dear Fiona"

    "We are sorry about the inconvenience you have experienced during your stay, we had just reopened that week so I supposed that’s the reason you did not find equipment in the kitchen (which were provided immediately when guests asked for them), and the Jacuzzi arrived on the second week after we reopened and it’s now working. About your late arrival (mid-night), we are a B&B, not a hotel, so we don't have staff on duty at night. We asked you to call the number of our receptionist once you arrived, so she could let you in, but you didn't call her and just rang the bell (for 5 minutes, but the receptionists was in the back of the house, that’s why she didn’t hear it). Then the yoga teacher opened the door and called the receptionist who showed you the room. This took around 10 minutes, we are sorry it was longer than you expected, it would have been shorter if you had called her on the phone. We get in touch with all our guests before they arrive to make sure they are received timely at any time of the day."

    " On the very first email your sent to us asking for an all-inclusive yoga package for 2 persons, you wrote (I am copying your email):"

    "“But 650 is way too much! That would be 100 Euro per night just to sleep there. That does not make any sense when I can sleep there for 3 nights, with breakfast and dinner and 2 yoga classes included at 4 days. And its off-season now. Could you make me a cheaper offer? “"

    " We offer some of the most affordable yoga packages in Italy, and we could not offer you the discount you asked for. Also, we were taken aback by the tone of your email: we try to create an environment where everybody respects each other- and also our work and our prices (which are totally reasonable). After a few days, you manage to book through another channel, and so you came to our place anyways; and even though you thought it was too expensive, you found a way to make it cheaper, for example not including the meals, which you cooked everyday in one of the kitchens and only dropping in every now and then at the yoga classes."

    " At checkout, after a week when you never seemed to experience any problem, you asked for the discount again, saying that at 10 o’clock in the morning one day there was noise being made by the constructions workers (who were in fact fixing the rooftop of the shala that was leaking). As you know, unexpectedly on the first week of our reopening, we realized that the rooftop of the shala was leaking, and it needed to be fixed as soon as possible in order to teach yoga in a warm space. No other guest complained about the noise, and you also did not complain about it during your stay."

    " With these premises, when suddenly at checkout you asked for a discount, we honestly thought that it was just an excuse you took, since you had been wanting a discount since the very beginning, and so we told you that we could not give a discount for noise at 10 am (especially since in our place everybody is up before 8 to do yoga). "

    "It seems to us that denying the discount was the trigger for you to write such resentful review. You titled it "too expensive for what you get", but we think that our place was probably out of your budget regardless of what we provide, since from the very first enquire you asked for a discount. "

    "We wish you good travels in the future. Shanti Shanti Shanti."

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  • Review by Lilian Van Hove from Norway
    8 out of 10

    "I have had a great stay at Floripa Kite Surf and Yoga House. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly, the place was well kept and clean and the atmosphere was great! The food was excellent, great variety for breakfast and the dinners were lovely. I came to enjoy the yoga classes - and I did. The teachers were clearly experienced and gave a lot of personal attention during the class. They also managed to make it a challenge for every individual, regardless the level. My boyfriend joined the last couple days and even though he doesn't do any yoga, he really liked the place and enjoyed the atmosphere, food and activities they offer. So in sum, a great stay and I would highly recommend it!"

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  • Review by Simone
    10 out of 10

    "Excellent vacation at Floripa Surf House! I only wish I could return tomorrow!I would definitely recommend the surf and yoga house ."

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  • Review by Caroline M.
    10 out of 10

    "It was beyond my expectations! Ameriga and Ettore (and all the staff ) are very welcoming people, doing everything for us to feel comfortable and happy; yoga classes with professional teacher; good food; clean room; I definitely recommend this place and for sure I will be back!"

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  • Review by Joe M. from Ireland
    9 out of 10

    "The surf house is located a stones throw from a spectacular wide, sandy beach. Perfect for a range of water sports or just for enjoying the glorious sun. Accommodation is spacious with all required conveniences to ensure a comfortable and thoroughly enjoyable stay. The hosts Ameriga and Ettore could not be any more hospitable and go beyond the call of duty for guests. I couldn't recommend a stay at Floripa more highly."

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  • Review by Imane
    10 out of 10

    "Me and my friend stayed in Floripa Surf House for 5 days in August for a yoga retreat. We are French and we loved our time at Floripa. The room was beautiful, very clean and highly comfortable. The Yoga class twice a day were really nice. I learned a lot and I also improved my yoga practice. Floripa has a private beach with sunbed which is appreciable . The beach is not to crowded and it's very close (3 minutes by walk). During our stay we could use the paddles. Concerning the food, we had a good breakfast every morning at Floripa. If you want to have lunch or dinner in a restaurant you have to take the bike or rent a car, otherwise you can also have all your lunch and dinner at Floripa too. We really enjoyed our stay and yoga practice with our teacher Ameriga. Ameriga and all the staff were really nice and available. Floripa Surf House deserve a rate of 10 that's why we highly recommend Floripa Surf House."

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  • Review by Sarah Beka from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "I have been spending 4 days at Floripa Surf House in August this year and my time there was amazing. The breakfast prepared by Simona and Lidiane is so delicious and offers a variety of sweet and salty food. Ameriga is the best yoga teacher I have met so far, always there to correct you and always push you further. In 4 days, I have seen improvements that I never had in weekly classes. I really enjoy the lessons given by Ameriga. The beach is just beautiful and you can hang out at the kit surf spot where the team is lovely. The offer on water sports is good and diverse, so you can go for Kit surfing, wind surfing, etc. and most important the team is always there to help you out and provides advices on your technique."

    "My experience has been great and I definitely recommend people to spend time in Floripa Surf House, as the team will always make sure you spend a nice relaxing time with them."

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  • Review by Ruty from Israel
    8 out of 10

    "Ameriga is an extremely gifted yoga instructor and an incredibly lovely person. I have never seen anyone love their job and people as much as she. Floripa is a wonderful haven for yoga enthusiasts who also want to be by the beach. Accommodation is clean and comfortable and the vegetarian food is creatively delicious. They offer 3 hours of yoga a day; Ashtanga flow in the morning and (more chill) Chi yoga in the evening. Ameriga also began to offer 2 classes to separate the beginners from the intermediate + .Great value for money too."

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  • Review by Dian Yu from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Ameriga took care of me as if I've known her for a long time. I went as a solo traveler and met amazing women who are as passionate about yoga as I am. I did not feel alone and can't rave about how warm the people are and good the food is."


    "I am particular about the yoga experience as well, this was my main reason for going to a yoga retreat after all. In only 4 days, i was able to practice, Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and Inversions/arm balances workshop. I was lucky that Ameriga also touched on yoga philosophy. If you are looking at learning yoga or taking your practice to an intermediate or advance level, then this retreat is for you. She paid attention to everyone and we were encouraged to practice based on our level."


    "The beach was a bonus. Sandy and clean! Perfect place to have fun, paddle board, make friends, or just lay out."


    "I would definitely come back and have recommended this retreat to my friends already."

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  • Review by Meena from London
    10 out of 10

    "I visited Floripa Sur House with my mum for 4 days. It was an incredible place which far exceeded our expectations. The rooms were clean and big, the beaches were sandy and uncrowded, yoga was excellent and carried out in a very professional Shala. The hosts Ameriga and Ettore are very friendly and make a great effort to ensure that their guests are looked after well. We had yoga lessons from Makenzie who was a visiting yoga teacher from Canada. We really enjoyed the lessons as it catered even to my level (never having done yoga before). The other guests at the Surf house were really nice people and the evenings spent eating tasty vegetarian meals together was hugely enjoyable. I highly recommend the Floripa Surf House experience. "

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  • Review by Rachel from London
    10 out of 10

    "Floripa surf and yoga retreat is a really special place. The yoga teachers are fantastic, the location is perfect for beach bums, the food is super yummy and so well done you don't miss meat! I was made to feel completely at home and comfortable. It's the first time I had travelled alone but met lots of lovely people and didn't feel under any pressure to do anything but enjoy myself!"

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  • Review by Christina
    10 out of 10

    "My time at Floripa Surf House could truly not have been better. We had a couple of special circumstances that Ameriga went above and beyond to help us with before arrival. Once we arrived we had the option to make each day as relaxing or active as we wanted. And it always felt like we were staying with gracious hosts, rather than operational business owners. Every day and every person were an absolute joy. Thank you, Floripa!"

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  • Review by Clare from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Words cannot adequately describe what a truly amazing week I spent at Floripa Surf House - but here are some that came into my mind on the last night there. Tranquil, inspiring, welcoming, special, honest, challenging, restorative, international, nourishing, beautiful, chilled, calming - Unique! From the first contact I made with Floripa, I had a positive feeling about booking my first ever yoga retreat. Even though Ameriga was studying in India, I received a speedy and helpful reply to my initial enquiry. I was not sure if at 62 years old - it would work well for me. She answered all my questions. "

    "So I need have had no such reservations - in fact - without any hesitation - I can say that it is the best week I have ever spent and I plan to return as soon as I can. It has taken my yoga to another level and I finally - with support and encouragement - mastered a wheel and a headstand! The visiting yoga teacher Makenzie was excellent and truly passionate about her work - all the staff welcomed me warmly and I felt at home within hours of arriving - this wonderful feeling continued throughout the week and I kept wondering what I had done to deserve such an enlightening and positive experience. It has proved to me that one is never too old to find paradise!"

    "Ameriga and Ettore have created a truly outstanding business and I look forward to following the continuing development of Floripa Surf House. "

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  • Review by Philine from Netherlands
    9 out of 10

    "Had a great stay at Floripa! The best combination of very nice and welcoming people, relaxing and challenging yoga, a great kitesurf spot, delicious food and lots of fun! Hope to come back next year!"

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  • Review by Heather from United Kingdom
    8 out of 10

    "Ameriga and company were fantastic throughout the stay. They set a great chilled atmosphere which made it easy to relax and enjoy all the house had to offer, for which they had many activities! "

    "For me, the yoga was the best I have experienced! Ameriga worked to everybody's strength. I was able to poses never done before leaving me craving more! "

    "Will definitely be recommending my friends. "

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  • Review by Eva from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful stay at Floripa Surf House. Where to start? The first email contact was with Ameriga and I felt very warmly welcomed. She was so helpful that I booked everything immediately. I arrived pretty late in Catania and took the bus to Pozzallo where Ettore picked me up. Five minutes drive to the lovely spot called home for almost one week for me."

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    "The room was very nice, clean, neat and surferlike. In the morning we had a wonderful yoga class with Rea from Greece, afterwards the breakfast (which I really miss every day) made by Simona, the friendly cooking queen. Best cake and dinner ever!Everybody was so helpful. I am very grateful that I made this experience and I will choose this spot again. I really fell in love with the little puppy. The Floripa Surf House is a perfect spot for yoga, SUP, surfing, kite surfing, relaxing, meditation, meeting lovely people and finding a bit more yourself. The e-bikes have been so much fun! The last day we went to the Etna, which was amazing. My favorite place is a spot between the dunes close to the sea. We walked about 3 minutes by foot to the sea!"

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    "Thanks you so much Ettore, Rea, Simona and Ameriga, even if I didn't meet you personally, you got me at first sight.The time flew...so I need to come back. Nothing I could add, cause it's more than a recommendation when you feel like at home.Grazie mille!"

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  • Review by Ala from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed my yoga holiday at Floripa Surf House. I met a lot of wonderful people. I tried different yoga styles and I learned a lot new things, which I thought I couldn't do.The room was great, the food was fantastic - good breakfast and vegetarian dinners, when we all sit together like a big family having fun and talking about our daily adventures and plans.I tried SUP yoga. It was a new experience for me, a little bit challenging on the waves, but I enjoyed it. Big thanks to Ameriga, Ria and Simone. It was a wonderful time in Sicily."

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  • Review by Jepa from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Floripa Surf House is such an amazing place. The staff is very friendly and it has a family-like feeling. The yoga classes are mostly Hatha for the morning and Vinyasa for the evening, sometimes Yin. As I was mostly interested in Yin and was for a large part of the holiday the only one doing yoga classes there, we did Yin every day. It was really luxurious to get private tuition. Once we did evening yoga at the beach at sunset time. Santa Maria del Focallo beach is stunning, and at the beginning of October it was practically empty. The waves are quite big for SUPping though - a challenge!This is a very lovely place to be on a yoga holiday. However, it is not very retreat-like as people come and go on different days, alcohol is served on the dinner, and music plays on the terrace etc. I was totally okay with that but some might be seeking a different thing - it is good to know beforehand. But for a relaxed yoga holiday, this is perfect!The village is small but there is a grocery so if you plan to take only the breakfast package, it is doable even without cycling to Pozzallo (20 minutes). The grocery has fresh veggies, fruits, cheese, juices, canned beans, bread, etc. and there is a fridge in the room at Floripa."

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  • Review by Julie from France
    9 out of 10

    "I can truly say that I loved each and every minute of my time there, and only wish that I could have stayed longer. Everything that is presented on their website is precisely what you get. No surprises, what they offer, they provide.The accommodation was true to every photo that you see, a true "surf house". Baba cool, and very laid back. It is simple and clean. Initially, we had a small problem with a smell in the bathroom, but the minute that we told Ameriga, the problem was solved efficiently, and they had a plumber in to fix the problem immediately. From then on, they never stopped asking if things were still okay and continued to apologize even as we were checking out.We had a pick up organized for our arrival into Catania airport, and again, all good. We also had a transfer back to the airport and again, ideal.The breakfast and dinners were extraordinary. A huge thank you, incredible. I loved being invited to sit around the big table and enjoy a beautiful meal, in the company of the owners and their staff. You truly feel at home, and welcomed at each and every moment.I am a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor and instructor trainer in mat and ref. I have never had any yoga experience, and my vacation was based on learning about yoga. I loved it and loved the instruction! I can never thank Ameriga and Aliza enough for allowing me to share and learn about their passion. A wonderful new discovery. I loved the fact that every class was different and well prepared in advance. Being a client was such a delight and the girls were wonderful at incorporating beginners along with true yogis. Bravo, it was awesome.The beach is a two minute walk from the surf house, and one a dream for swimming. I can not comment on any of the water sports as this time around I stuck to swimming and some much needed "me" time.I hope to go back to Floripa Surf House and would highly recommend it.Something to consider is that unless you plan to rent a car, it is quite remote. However, that is what I had hoped for. I wanted R&R with no touring. Again, ideal for me. Perhaps for others too remote. If you are there to surf and enjoy yoga, to simply "be" then it's the perfect spot for you.I can't thank the owners enough for their warm and enchanting welcome. You truly feel like you are a part of their lives, passion, and family.Thank you Floripa Surf House. I loved each and every minute."

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  • Review by Emese from Hungary
    10 out of 10

    "I really had a great time at Floripa. The guys are very nice, the yoga teachers too. The seaside is beautiful and the food is delicious. It was a perfect holiday!"

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  • Review by Becky from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "I cannot sing the praises of Ameriga and Ettore at Floripa Surf House highly enough. They were such generous, attentive, yet delightfully laid back hosts that I felt completely chilled and at home in the surf house. As a keen yogi, I attended all of the sessions and each was a different experience where I learnt something new with modifications for all abilities. I also gave SUP and SUP yoga a try as well as enjoying the beautiful surroundings by bike. My friend and I really enjoyed the freedom of being self-catered in the evening but the laid-on brekkie is exceptional too. This would be a great location for families, couples, groups of friends and even solo travelers as the surf house are very sociable and welcoming. I'd recommend it to all my friends and I'd love to go back."

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  • Review by Daria from Ukraine and Dorien from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Floripa Surf House is an amazing place for holidays. It is a perfect combination of location, yoga, kitesurfing, atmosphere and people! Ameriga and Ettore are fantastic hosts and great instructors. You will have all the facilities and motivation to become fit and to relax. We loved the place and will definitely come again!"

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  • Review by Brittany from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Floripa Surf House was a lovely place to stay. The yoga studio was a breath of fresh air to practice in and the location was stunning. Our hosts were amazing! I cannot wait to get back!"

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  • Review by Siobhain from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "We had an amazing time at Floripa Surf House. Ameriga is a great yoga instructor who is very knowledgable and experienced in her practice.Floripa Surf House is a great place to go if you wish to have a relaxing and peaceful experience. There is also the added bonus of being so close to the beach with all the available activities - kite surfing, paddle boarding, etc.I would highly recommend Floripa Surf House."

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  • Review by Karli from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Floripa Surf House offers more than a yoga retreat; its welcoming and friendly hosts make you feel like you are visiting friends. It's perfect for couples, families and solo travellers alike. I travelled alone and was able to relax in my own space, but it's also the perfect place to meet new people too and I made some great friends to go to dinner with and try new activities with.As I'm a novice yogi, I didn't know what to fully expect. My intention was to learn about yoga, challenge my body and calm my mind. Floripa Surf House gave me all that and more: Ameriga is an inspirational instructor and has taught me lessons that have come home with me and will help me in my everyday life from now on.I absolutely loved the rhythm of morning Vinyasa sessions, which left me feeling energised and the evening Yin sessions, which have really helped stretch out my stiff body. In just one week, I sank into poses I couldn't do at the beginning of my stay. I have a long way to go, but thanks to Ameriga pushing me, I know I can do it if I keep up the practice. We even tried anti-gravity yoga with hammocks on one Yin session, which was just amazing and I loved the inverted positions. It feels like you're flying!There is plenty to do away from the yoga too I had a surf lesson, went on a boat excursion and I also hired one of their electric bikes, which were awesome fun. You get some funny looks when you're accelerating uphill and I clocked 50km in one day! Away from the adventure, there's plenty of relaxation to be had on the beach or simply reading in one of their hammocks.I already want to go back to that Sicilian escape and couldn't recommend it more highly for anyone looking to get away from the stresses of the world."

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  • Review by Alecia from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Floripa Surf House is fantastic. I highly recommend this yoga retreat! I haven't felt so closely cared for in ages. Ameriga is an incredible instructor and wonderful person. The rooms are clean, bright, airy, and delightfully decorated. The house as a whole is charming and just across the street from the beach. While staying you feel completely like family! I already miss this place and am planning to come back next year. Thank you Ameriga and Ettore!"

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  • Review by AnnMarie from Ireland
    8 out of 10

    "A wonderful trip, very relaxed. Wonderful, friendly, relaxed people and a very reasonable price for such a nurturing break."

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  • Review by Jeanine from Malta
    10 out of 10

    "Floripa was great - a good combination of activities. I loved the yoga, and the place is quiet, clean, and lovely. The people I met were great. The food and the hosts Ameriga and Ettore were superb. Loved every bit of it."

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  • Review by Tatiana from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I've thoroughly enjoyed a long May holiday in Floripa. Ameriga is a great yoga instructor and I loved her classes. If you tell her about some particular goals you want to achieve she'll make certain adjustments for you. I learnt a lot from her and look forward to coming back again.Water sports is an amazing perk, these guys have everything - surf boards, kite, SUP. All this will keep the balance between zen and fun.I felt as a family member there, a large Sicilian family member. There's a massive kite community out there and Floripa seems to be the place where they all gather. Highly recommend to everybody. Namaste."

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  • Review by Mia from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "The Dalai Lama said, 'Once a year go to a place you have never been before'. This quote encapsulates my desire to travel. Travel is intensified living. Traveling to Sicily was not only to enhance my spiritual path but ultimately to visit the country of my ancestors. I am so beyond grateful to Bookyogaretreats.com and Floripa Surf House. These words find you with respect, reverence and gratitude. Quite simply, spending a week at Floripa Surf House in Sicily enhanced and changed my life. I traveled to Floripa simply for a yoga retreat but received so much more. Staying for one week at Floripa was just the right amount of time to relax, surf and sightsee. Travel by bus was easy to other cities in Sicily from Pozzallo which was seven kilometers from Floripa.The kindness and positive energy were palpable on arrival. Ameriga and Ettore are amazing hosts who made me feel at home right away. At Floripa everything is a celebration of life. The Shakti or fullness of being was present in every moment. The sea and beach were just a few meters from the B&B. Surf boards and wet suits were provided for rent at a convenient price. The beauty of the nature surrounding was indescribable. The rooms were spacious, cleaned everyday and extremely comfortable. A delicious home-cooked breakfast was provided every morning and food requests were welcome. Ettore, Ameriga and Giovanna were so beyond kind in every moment. It was so wonderful not to have to worry about anything. It was true peace. I have a new awareness for the amount of attention to detail and prompt customer service.This yoga retreat in Sicily allowed me to question where I am in my spiritual path. We have learned to identify with our emotions rather than feel them. Yet at Floripa, emotions were celebrated and embraced. The ability to be in awe of nature's every moment was pure bliss. Watching the clouds drift by, the current come in and out like that of a breath - allowed me to meditate on the idea that nature is in no rush - it is divine in all of its moments. In our chaotic society we tend to distance ourselves from the perfection of nature. Yet, this is unnecessary and limiting. Ameriga taught me the Yama Satya or Truthfulness during our yoga sessions. She emphasized that truthfulness is not only to be true to yourself but true in your words. A Niyama Ameriga taught was Santosha or Contentment, allowing me to be aware of the path I am on and whether or not this path is influenced by outside pressures. The Vinyasa yoga every morning was the perfect way to start the day. Beginning by saluting the kiss of the Sicilian sun was pure bliss. It allowed me to go to the bliss state on the subtle layer. Then, every evening we ended with a relaxing and peaceful Yin yoga practice by the light of the moon and the singing of the birds to meditate on. It was a true embrace and love of nature in every moment.There are no words in English that can express how I feel for Sicily and Floripa Surf House so I will say it in Italian: Il mio amore che mai finir per Sicilia. Grazie mille! The light within me recognizes the light within you. Namaste."

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  • Review by Kayarena from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "I felt happy in that place. Very experienced yoga teachers, very comfortable two yoga shalas - one for the morning, another for the evening. Great food. Lots of guests from everywhere in the world. We once went to the forest nearby, for pranayama and taitchi. It was very friendly atmosphere. The owners of retreat are always available for you, and ready to talk. The beach is 19 km long, sand, clean. The bikes are given for free. Beautiful memories."

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  • Review by Indira
    10 out of 10

    "I took a small group of Yoga students to Floripa for my first solo Yoga retreat and loved it so much that I have already re-booked for next year. Most of the people in my group have said they also want to return. While I was planning my visit, I had lots of questions for poor Ameriga, who runs the place with her partner, Etore. But she was incredibly patient and always replied promptly to my emails. Nothing was too much trouble. This set the tone for our stay. When we arrived Ameriga was away but we were left in the very capable hands of Giada and Simona who were also unbelievably helpful and thoughtful. Floripa is a really special place, it's so calm, peaceful and chilled out. It has a cool, kind of retro feel to it. Although this is not five star accommodation, I loved the quirky rooms, each with their own individual style and they were kept very clean. We tucked into hearty, delicious brunches every morning, a light lunch and then a filling dinner in the evenings. All the food was healthy, vegetarian, home cooked and fresh. For me one of the best things about Floripa is the spectacular nearby beach which was so quiet and clean. The white sand is soft and the sea was just the right temperature for swimming in. I was lucky enough to do a class with Ameriga and she is an energetic, inspiring and highly knowledgeable teacher. For anyone who loves the beach and Yoga and also appreciates peace and quiet, this place is perfect. It's ideal for just getting away from it all and chilling out."

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  • Review by Monica from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "A real paradise in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere. A great place to combine yoga, beach activities, lovely food and warm hospitality of all the staff. The whole family could follow the yoga classes even with different levels. We loved this place and will come back :-)"

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  • Review by a traveller from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Floripa is just perfect on every level. I spent the last 4 days of my trip here, and after visiting other countries and catching up with friends, this was a brilliant way to end the trip on my own and an absolute highlight. The casual atmosphere of Floripa brings people from all nationalities together over delicious breakfasts and dinners. It was a joy meeting new people from far flung countries, and as you can stay for as little or as long as you like, you're constantly greeting and farewelling which was great too. Yoga on the beach or rooftops was a perfect start and end to the day. And the 5km beach over the road was completely empty except the Floripa Surf House guests! The staff all make you feel so welcome which I was very grateful for being a novice solo traveller. I would definitely go back - Floripa was beyond wonderful and I'd highly recommend it for friends, couples or solo travellers."

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  • Review by a traveller from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed with "adult kids" in Floripa for a week to celebrate a family event. It was a great holiday with a nice mixture of Yoga, beach activities and good food. We all enjoyed the vegetarian cooking with good company at Floripa. We also ate at some good local restaurants a few evenings. The yoga teacher was superb and training yoga in the sunshine of the rooftop in October when you come from "cold" Scandinavia is rather amazing. Couldn't give Floripa better recommendations!"

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  • Review by Connie from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Everything about Floripa was amazing. The Yoga was the best I've ever experienced with excellent teachers. The food was always plentiful and nutritious. I would have liked to see more traditional Italian food, but that was no bother. The people running the surf house are very down to earth and super friendly and always had a smile on their... and why wouldn't you living in this beautiful place?"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Floripa Surf and Yoga House is a wonderful place for many reasons and many types of travelers. This has been my second visit there, as last year was so brilliant. The main benefit to me is the wonderful friendly, personal and completely informal atmosphere, created by owners Ameriga and Ettore. I am not a regular yoga person, but benefited enormously from the sessions there, with absolutely brilliant and super professional guest teachers. I now aim to do yoga regularly, thanks to their advice and inspiration. As a solo traveler, I love the opportunity to meet other like minded travellers, have the group breakfasts and lovely vegetarian dinners, and all the fascinating connections and conversations that occur. Equally, I really appreciate the well equipped kitchen if I want to cook for myself. The setting is ideal too, with the beautiful and huge beach just across the road, allowing for long energetic or relaxing walks and swimming of course. You have the beach almost to yourself too. Then you can also cycle or drive to the next little town, pozzallo for dinners or shopping. This year I discovered more gorgeous spots cycling further in the other direction along the coast. For beautiful and interesting cultural trips, you can drive to many surrounding towns and villages to visit churches, roman ruins, caves and natural reserves. And of course there is the surfing, but as that's not my thing, I'll let others talk about it. Lastly, beyond the human connection, I really love the 2 friendly dogs there, Avaya and Flash, a little fiery terrier and a quiet older husky. Whether you want company or independence, quiet relaxation or activity, don't hesitate to stay there."

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  • Review by a traveler from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Really excellent food also vegan. Staff is very generous with everything (bikes, boards, guitar, petting dogs). Nice Yoga-Surf-Style, you feel instantly at home (also because of the dogs). Beach is wild, no there people there in September. Lovely eucalyptus forest nearby. Yoga on the roof, under the stars (with sometimes very sweet and warm dog on your knees in meditation). :)"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "A lovely place to reflect and be nourished. Food was delicious and interesting. Accommodation was cheerful and clean. Hosts and team members were kind and helpful in every way. Yoga was not suitable for everybody but this is a place that will only get better as it was obvious that Ameriga and team are conscientious and open to learning."

    October 18, 2016. TripAdvisor, edited

  • Review by Michael from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at Florida for two weeks at the beginning of October 2016 and had the most fantastic holiday. My room was a great size, very clean and the housekeeper cleaned the rooms every morning when we were at yoga. I had a peek at some of the other rooms and they were all brilliant. The different buildings have different themes and styles but they all looked wonderful. The food was delicious and even though I'm not a vegetarian, I loved everything they made for us. That said, when Ettore did the BBQ nights, I was a the front of the queue and was delighted to find he is a top BBQ chef! The beach is a 2 minute walk over the road and it's a breath-taking 13km stretch of a beauty. When I was there, it was low-season so the beach was very quiet and we pretty much had it to ourselves. What more can you ask for?! The yoga was superb and Sofia is a truly amazing teacher. I particularly loved her yin classes in the evenings where her calming voice and approach worked beautifully with that style of practice. We also had Ameriga for some classes; she too is an amazing teacher and her energy is genuinely inspiring. Her arm-balance workshop is an absolute must for everyone! They have different resident teachers but Ameriga is so passionate about yoga that I have no doubt all the teachers she picks will be some of the very best. Overall, this is one of the best holidays I've had and am already planning my return next year."

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  • Review by Jo S.
    10 out of 10

    "I had an amazing stay here, the yoga was very good very high standards of teaching. The staff were so friendly had approachable. The social side all eating together round the table was brilliant so great for single guests. The beach was literally a stone's throw bad quiet plus very clean...food lovely too...i would highly recommend this place for a yoga retreat."

    September 14, 2016. Floripa Surf House's Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Alexandra S.
    10 out of 10

    "Lovely, relaxing place. Best staff!! And so good good! Especially the bbq."

    September 13, 2016. Floripa Surf House's Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Claudia E.
    10 out of 10

    "I couldn't possibly recommend this place any stronger, being here for the second time it already feels like home. Genuinely loving and inspiring people, great yoga teachers and kitesurfing for those who fancy the waves and the wind!"

    September 11, 2016. Floripa Surf House's Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Ayneh M.
    10 out of 10

    "Peaceful place, good food, people are nice & caring. Adorable 2 lovely dogs, Yoga classes are awesome! It's the beginning of a long friendship I hope with Ameriga & McKenzie."

    "2 lovely persons. We will certainly go back again!"

    September 2, 2016. Floripa Surf House's Facebook page, edited

  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We arrived at Floripa in the afternoon, and soon we joined the other guests for a Yoga session. The session was on the roof, with a wonderful view of the south Sicily hills, a cool breeze from the sea.....fantastic. Thank you to Magda our teacher for the week! We then joined the other guests for a communal meal, great food, great atmosphere. People from all over the world, sharing their experiences.....Ettore and Ameriga also joined in, and they made all efforts so that our stay was perfect. A special mention to Simona and Giada, always smiling and helpful! We took advantage of the possibility to rent a car, and visited southern Sicily (to be seen, amazing baroque towns, and the film sets of ispettore Montalbano)....We simply did not want to leave at the end! Floripa will stay in our heart..... Our daughter also did yoga, only Marco did not have the right waves for surfing, we will have to come back : ) "

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  • Review by Lissa G. from China
    10 out of 10

    "This is a great spot on the south coast of Sicily, Ameriga, Ettore and their team are incredibly welcoming and made me feel very much at home. The food is fantastic, great selection at breakfast and delicious evening meals. What makes this place is the other guests who, when I stayed, were really friendly and so it felt like one big family. Highly recommend."

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  • Review by Ramona
    10 out of 10

    "At Floripa you'll have the time of your life. Everybody is so relaxt. They come here to (kite) surf and/or come for the great and intensive yoga. Mckenzie and Amariga are great instructors with passion and love for yoga. But not too intense, so the "normal" People don't have to get scared of having changing their lives into yogi style. Big plus: there is wine at diner time!! Haha. And the food is also great and prepaired with love. Just great for a small time-out."

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  • Review by Roger Camilleri from Malta
    8 out of 10

    "We received a warm welcome by Ameriga and Ettore, who met us at the port in Pozzallo. All the staff were very friendly and looked after us well. The accommodation was new, tasteful, clean, air conditioned and left nothing to desire. The yoga classes are held outside on a beautiful roof terrace and are of very high standard. Even as relative beginners we managed to follow and enjoy them very much. The catering was simple but agreeable and sufficient. A vast flawless beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and restaurant in short walking distance is only a few meters away from the residence. Overall we have no complaints and we will definitely visit again."

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  • Review by Lorraine

    "Exceeded expectations!"

    "Just fab! I traveled on my own and before arriving had read the reviews on here but I was still anxious. Once I arrived I was welcomed by Ameriga, who is the yoga teacher and a wonderful host. My room (which I shared) was lovely, really clean and comfortable. The house, the hammocks and the weather was all awesome. Yoga is fantastic although it highlighted how rubbish I am, but Ameriga makes you feel comfortable and encourages you to try! "

    "The food is wonderful. I met some really lovely people during my stay and will definitely be returning. "

    "Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Lisa P

    "Relaxing break I hoped it would be!"

    "I've never been on a yoga retreat. I feel like this is the most amazing surf break you are likely to have with wonderful yoga classes as well. I didn't do the SUP, but next time."

    "When I first turned up, I was greeted by Ettore and Simona (the best cook/housekeeper ever). Simona's breakfasts are legendary. She makes cake and bread. Along with this are cereals, yogurts, fruit juices, fruit salad, jams, eggs cooked to order with ham or bacon and tomatoes. All this is washed down with strong espresso coffee, cappuccinos made to order or tea."

    "I stayed in the blue surf room on the corner on the ground floor. This room is huge and can fit a family of four. There is air conditioning, a shower, TV and comfy beds. Best of all, there is a wonderfully inviting hammock outside the room. "

    "When I was there, it was off season, so no families. July and August, Ameriga (our hostess) explained to me was full of families with young children. "

    "I was on the all-inclusive package which meant I had breakfast, lunch, dinner, wine with dinner, yoga classes and SUP included. The food was excellent. Simona would make the pasta and Ameriga would make my massive salads."

    "The schedule was Vinyasa yoga at 8 am. Then breakfast. Day to yourself doing whatever, whether on the Floripa sun loungers on the beach (turn left) (less than five minutes walk from Floripa) or kite surfing and SUP yoga (turn right at the beach)."

    "The beach was beautiful and deserted with the exception of a few people on Sunday when it was very windy, and there appeared an orchestra of kite surfers. The coordination was something to behold. You could walk for about 6 kilometers one way and 3 kilometers the other way on the beach. "

    "At 5 or 6 and sometimes 5 and 6 in the evening, there was Yin or Yinyasa yoga. Ameriga is the main instructor. My first class was held in Italian, but that was fun because it meant I had to really watch everyone else. Ameriga speaks excellent English and made sure I was never lost. Ameriga's classes really make you think about your intentions and motivations."

    "The other instructor when I was there was the lovely Rebecca (Becky). She is American, and was doing a three-week stint as a visiting instructor. What I loved is that Ameriga and Becky's classes were different, but both very spiritual. I felt grounded and relaxed at the end of my break. "

    "In the evening, there were various themed dinners. My first night (Friday) it was pizza and movie (Cinema Paradiso) night, Saturday is the most gorgeous BBQ which includes steak, sausages and vegetarian options plus salads and veggies, all washed down with beer and wine. Sunday was vegetarian cooking, Monday, I don't remember, but you get the idea."

    "The dinners are group ones, and because there is no set day to start your break, there is a constant ebb and flow of different people all there to relax and chill out and enjoy each other's company. There was a mixture of couples and singles when I was there. The great thing, for me, is that by 10:30 / 11:00 pm, it is quiet which ensures a good night's sleep. If you want a lively resort, I would say go elsewhere."

    "On my last day, we went for a trip to Modica - famous for its chocolate and churches. We all really enjoyed it."

    "If you want a relaxing, no frills surf house with great company, food, yoga and surfing. If you want something more fancy, go elsewhere. There are two dogs here as well - one large and one teeny, tiny who barks a lot. There are friendly."

    "I intend to visit again next year - out of season. You couldn't ask for better hosts or company."

    "You can get the bus from the airports, and they will pick you up in Pozzallo or you can get a car from the airport for an additional charge. Namaste!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at the Floripa with four other adults for four nights at Easter. It was an ideal place to say as a base for visiting the baroque towns in the south-east of Sicily. I really miss the walk along the beach in the morning before our breakfast - I had fresh fruit salad with yoghurt, then home-made cake every morning. We were given the top floor of the main building, which had three big bedrooms plus a kitchen and large balconies. We didn't use the kitchen as eating out is cheap in this area (I live in Milan). We will certainly stay here again if we ever go back to this lovely part of Italy."

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  • Review by Nidsey from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "The houses and rooms are lovely, the vegetarian food delicious and if you ask for things they are very accommodating. It's a typical 'surf house' and not very Italian - so you should be pretty self-sufficient. In that respect you need a car to be here as there are no grocery shops or restaurants within a two mile radius. If you want amazing beach, water sports, yoga mats, lovely company and relaxation then this is a great place to stay!"

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  • Review by Andreas K. from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed at Floripa only for two nights but it was a really great place to be. Easy to find via GPS, parking provided, nice house, and garden to relax in a hammock or lie in the grass. The beach is only five minutes away by foot. Some sun beds are provided with umbrellas. The beach itself is huge and well maintained. Not to mention that the team is very nice and helpful, and that there are lots of beach activities to do. Kitesurf, standup paddle, long-board surfing on the little waves. Great place."

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  • Review by Evaldas G. from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "The staff was super friendly, understanding, and helpful. The day we came the barbecue was delicious, the music was awesome, the experience - priceless. The rooms were clean and cozy. Perfect place and location for kitesurfers. "

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  • Review by Chris C. from France
    10 out of 10

    "Great, great place to stay for kitesurfers. Two minutes walk from the beach which is perfect for beginners like me and plenty of pros out there too. Ettore, the owner, is a great guy, very welcoming, and the rest of the Floripa family make you feel like family! Barbecue, nice brekky, bicycles, and hammocks. Chilled. "

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  • Review by Mklomp from Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "Great home-cooked breakfast by the owner Ettore. Nice, clean rooms with comfortable beds. Relaxed garden hang-out with hammocks, football table, free bike rent, and opportunity to clean and dry kite gear. And the possibility to rent kite / SUP / surf stuff and get (private) lessons! Ettore is truly a passionate host to his guests making them feel at home instantly, and helping out with all suggestions / activities! No negative comments; just had an amazing 10 days!"

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Ragusa, Italy

Floripa Surf & Yoga House is the perfect combination of zen and fun, at only 30 meters from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo, in the south of Sicily.

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Floripa Surf & Yoga House offers daily yoga classes and activities from April-October. You can book your arrival/departure dates according to your availability, and stay for as many days as you wish. Send an inquiry for a perzonalized quote!



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