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Experience amazing yoga in the sunny south of Sicily at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. You will have the possibility to learn how to kitesurfing or other sports options like Stand-up paddle (SUP) or surf. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House believe in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea, so depending on the wind conditions, every day you will have the chance to practice different water sports in their company. At Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House you will find an international community of like-minded travelers, who are drawn together by their love for yoga, the sea, and nature. Many guests come on their own, and while you will have plenty of time to retreat, it is very easy to make friends during mealtime or at the beach.
During this holiday, you will be staying at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House's team believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea. This ethos is reflected in their individually designed rooms, fruit tree-filled gardens, organic meals made with homegrown ingredients, and service that comes straight from the heart.
Floripa is run by Ettore, who runs the watersports school as well, with the help of a team who are like a family. Floripa wouldn’t be what it is without all of their staff, past and present. Many guests have become part of their family so they love welcoming them back every season. Many guests say they enjoy the atmosphere of the place and they think their repeat guests are a big part of this.
You don't need to worry if you are a solo traveler coming alone. Many guests come by themselves but with shared rooms and communal meals, it’s easy to meet other guests - not forgetting their loyal pets who will be delighted to meet you, too.
The bed and breakfast are located 30 meters away from the sandy dune beach of Santa Maria del Focallo. The stunning beach is 15 kilometers long and holds Blue Flag status for the cleanliness of its waters. It is the ideal place to relax and reconnect with the elements.
The bed and breakfast are composed of three large houses all surrounded by lush gardens. Within these, you will find private rooms, shared rooms for two to five persons, or suite rooms with private verandas.
The rooms have been designed for your comfort and relaxation with modern simplicity and color in mind. With hot and cold air conditioning, TV, 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 provide. In the common areas, you’ll find sofas, hammocks, and bean bags to relax in the garden, tea and coffee facilities, games, and a library of books you can borrow.
The shared rooms can host 4 or 5 persons, with a shared en-suite bathroom. There is an extra bathroom on the ground floor that guests can use, and our beloved outdoor showers, gorgeous for a cool down under the hot Sicilian sun.
The shared rooms are the perfect choice if you are traveling on a tight budget and enjoy sharing space with like-minded people who share the same passion for the yoga and surf lifestyle. If you know that you snore or are a light sleeper, we recommend a private room.
A team of 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 (on arm-balancing, inversions, handstand, backbends, basic of alignment) followed by lunar flows that are sometimes taught at the forest near the center, or at the beach (this depends on the weather).
Depending on the size of the classes, on occasion 2-morning classes are offered at the same time, so you can choose between: a longer (sometimes over 2 hours) level 2 Vinyasa flow; and a shorter (90 minutes) entry-level Hatha flow class.
At Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House, it is possible to practice different water sports: kite-surf (from spring to autumn), SUP (especially in the summertime), and surf (especially in April and October). All the water sports are conditioned to the wind conditions - so generally on a good kite-surfing day, it will not be possible to practice SUP since the sea will be too choppy (and vice versa, on a good SUP day, there is not enough wind for kite-surfing!). Also please notice that in the Mediterranean sea there are no reef breaks, so the conditions for surfing are not constant, but are highly dependent on the tides.
Floripa Surf House opened in 2007 when Ettore decided to finally leave Bergamo, his city of origin, in the north of Italy, to live in a warmer place close to the sea. Ettore is a former water polo player and owns an online shop of Turbo swimming suits.
Eva Drabkova is the main teacher of Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. Eva, originally from finance and banking, has become passionate for any physical movement (karate, dance, and yoga) from the very young age. Traveling to India revealed her that yoga goes way beyond physical practise and it has become a way of her life. During the season at Floripa, she teaches Bhakti Prema yoga and Yin yoga, and in summer months, SUP yoga classes.
Illona has been a certified teacher since October 2016 and has been teaching yoga since December 2016, but additionally has qualifications in Positive Psychology and Integrative Nutrition allowing a fuller spectrum of tools toward self empowerment in all scopes of life. Her vocation is to spread love, joy, and happiness, with the people through her classes. Her goal is to embody unconditional love and radiate this energy towards all individuals.
Isabella is an international 350h YTT yoga teacher from Switzerland. Her curiosity for movement patterns leads her to many styles of yoga, from Hatha to Iyengar to Dynamic Vinyasa yoga, and several years of Ashtanga practice. It is her objective to share with her community-integrated organic movement, the alignment of breath and motion, and to create the space to access intuition and clarity through physical, mental, and energetic bodies.
Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is located in the south of Sicily, in the small village of Santa Maria del Focallo. This is a quiet beach town with a 15-kilometer sand beach. The beach is backed by sweeping dunes and is blessed with gorgeous sunsets. The village is very safe and you can easily explore it by bicycle or on foot. Bicycles for guests are free of charge.
You won’t find many places like Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House in a Sicilian village like this – undeveloped and totally unspoiled by tourism. Previous guests have called it a “hidden gem” and “like a little piece of paradise”.
If you fancy a change of scene, the town of Pozzallo is 5 kilometers away. It’s a typical Sicilian town where you will find bars, restaurants, shops and the best ‘gelato’ you’ll ever taste.
If you want to take a road trip and do some sightseeing, cars can be rented for the day. The beautiful and historic towns of Ispica, Noto, Modica, and Scicli are within easy reach and well worth a visit. Don’t forget the many seaside villages nearby where you’ll find friendly locals and amazing food. Tourists come to Sicily from all over the world to climb Mt Etna so think about fitting it into your trip here as well.
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In the morning, you can enjoy a healthy and plentiful breakfast buffet which includes: fresh fruit, two cakes (one vegan), cereals, eggs, home-made jam, Italian coffee and cappuccino, different types of milk, tea, fruit juices, cereals, bread, occasionally croissants and pancakes, yogurt, biscuits, and cookies. Gluten-free alternatives can be arranged if requested.
Lunches and dinners (except a welcome dinner) are not included in the package price, to give you the opportunity to explore local cuisine and eat out if you wish. However, at Floripa, it is possible to eat together with the team and the other guests also at lunchtime (the price is 12 EUR which includes water and Sicilian wine). Dinners are always vegetarian or vegan, generally presented as a healthy buffet of locally produced organic food. Gluten-free can be catered for. Wine will be served at dinner time.
There are also some restaurants around 1 kilometer away, which can be reached by bike (free bicycles provided). Finally, there is a common kitchen that can be used to cook your own meals. The closest supermarket is located 3 kilometers away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (7 kilometers away).
Your meals are mostly vegetarian, however, at breakfast, you will find ham and eggs. Floripa doesn’t serve fish and they serve meat usually once a week on Saturday during a barbecue. However, there are always vegetarian options also on barbecue nights.
Your breakfasts and welcome dinner 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.
Floripa is located in Santa Maria del Focallo, a tiny beach village close to Pozzallo, which is a bigger center easily reachable by bike. Pozzallo is a small village where you can try a real Sicilian Cannolo while you go for a walk enjoy the sea view. In addition, you can also rent a motorbike or a car and have a nice trip around the city, like Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Scicli and Modica.
A range of other activities is available during your holiday. Some of these options may include additional costs.
Workshops are open for yogis who want to take their practice to the next level, they are optional and hence they are not included in the retreat price. If you wish to join, the price is usually 15 EUR to 20 EUR.
Please kindly note that some variations might occur on the schedule listed above and that the offer of workshops can vary depending also on the travels scheduled by the led teacher Ameriga. If you have any special requests regarding yoga please communicate with them in your emails and the teachers will try to make you happy!
Once you sign up for this yoga holiday, you will receive a welcome email with some information, and a list of recommended further readings in case you want to know more about the practice of yoga (they are by no means compulsory to read).
Kitesurf is a water sport that uses the strength of the wind. The spot at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House is quite easy, a long and free beach with flat water; in addition, the wind is normally siding onshore, 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, doing two hours is recommended and see how it goes (the price is 60 EUR per hour).
If you are committed to learning it, you can attend a beginner course (from 6 to 9 hours) at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House's school, or just rent the equipment if you are already able to ride the wind! Price list:
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.
Go on an enjoyable banana boat excursion. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf 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.
Take a bicycle ride around the sleepy beach town. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House has 8 regular bikes (free to use) and 2 electric bikes (for rent) that guests can use 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.
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.
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.
Every weekend, it is possible to participate to an extra arm-balancing and inversion workshop.
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.
You can learn how to surf, kitesurf, or standup paddleboard. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf 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.
You can book deep-tissue, hot stones and relaxing massages with local therapists for an additional charge. The garden Jacuzzi can be booked for private use or together with other guests (maximum 5 persons).
Transfer available for additional US$80 per person
Transfer available for additional US$69 per person
From the airport in Catania, the most convenient way to get to the center is to 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 Yoga & Kitesurf House can arrange pick-up for you at the bus station for an extra of only 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 22.30 p.m., 15 EUR from 22.30 p.m. and 7 a.m. The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes.
Departure from Catania Aeroporto arrival to Pozzallo, Monday to Saturday: 09:15, 11:15, 13:45, 16:15, 17:30, 19.45. Sunday and National Holidays (Easter Day, Monday after Easter, 25 April, 1 of May, 2 of June, 15 of August): 19:15.
Please note: at times this schedule can change: check Azienda Siciliana Trasporti's website for the updated timetable.
If you take the bus from Catania, please let Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf 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 Yoga & Kitesurf House to give them time to organize your shuttle (otherwise you might have to wait at the bus station).
Please note: make sure you take the bus to Pozzallo and NOT Pollazzo (which does not exist but has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island).
Alternatively, you can book a pickup service through Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House (70 EUR for a standard car, 80 EUR for 2 to 3 persons, an extra fee of 20 EUR applies for all transfers between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time once again to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name.
From Comiso airport, you can book this shuttle service: Comiso shuttle, it’s available online at Comiso Airport Shuttle's website. It’s 35 EUR per person to Pozzallo you can ask them to take you directly to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. You can write in the remarks that you need to go to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House in Santa Maria del Focallo. They have been here before.
Or if you prefer, Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can send a private shuttle (it costs 60 EUR one way for a standard car, 70 EUR for 2 or 3 persons). If you have booked it already, kindly confirm your flight number and landing time to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The driver who will wait for you will have a sign with your name, but in case you have a problem finding him, please call Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House.
All kinds of transportation needs to be paid in cash.
The nearest port to Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf 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.
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