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Ibiza Yoga is undoubtedly the best yoga retreat on the island, closest to the best beach and the best value for money. Ibiza Yoga's mission is to help people lead a healthier, more fulfilling life by making yoga, holistic health treatments and vegetarian food accessible at an affordable price at a beach setting. Just 3 minutes walk to Benirras beach famous for the Hippie Vibe and Sunday Drumming at Sunset. Ibiza Yoga offers an affordable yoga holiday retreat run in true yogi style with basic, shared accommodation; it's a Karma Yoga journey. In a beautiful setting with first class yoga tuition from some dedicated teachers, spacious shaded roof top studio with far reaching valley views, and freshly prepared, wholesome vegetarian meals cooked daily on site. Come and join this life-changing experience!
Villa Roca is a hacienda of Bauhaus design, built by the late Ibizencan architect Erwin Bronner, whose own house is now a museum in Ibiza Town. The villa features terracotta floors, tiered balconies and open fire places. It has a large living room area, and a spacious outside open plan terrace, where guests dine, relax and socialize.
The villa is situated 30 meters above sea level, and a 3-minute 180-meter walk to the beach, along a private path. Villa Roca sits in 20 acres of land which is filled with wild flowers, pear, olive, apple, orange and banana trees. To cap it all, it is nestled amongst a beautiful pine forest. On clear days, it has almost uninterrupted sunshine from early morning to late afternoon. With five large bedrooms, two of which have balconies, and one with its own door leading to the garden.
If you want to feel closer to nature, why not try one of our delightful pagodas , in the garden of Villa Roca. It has easy access to the yoga deck and its facilities include a really refreshing, powerful shower. By day, you can surround yourself with the sounds of countless birds, including robins, hawks, swifts, sparrows, and gulls, and feel the sea air fill and clean your lungs.
At night you can send yourself to sleep listening to the gentle sound of nature and the sweet scent of pine trees. If you live in a town or city, you will be taken aback by its silence, save the calming sounds of crickets and feel of the breeze. On moonlit nights you can see the shimmering trees and fauna cast their shadows in what can only be described as magical.
On clear summer nights, you will recognize the many constellations, with the Milky Way spread across the sky like magic dust, and if you are really lucky, you can see shooting stars. After a night or two, you will forget all about the traffic, noise and pollution of the big city and almost imagine you are back in time, when people lived simply, spending their lives amongst nature.
Benirras is a valley and both the Tipis are in the base of the valley at sea and road level . There are people walking along the road , cars driving along it. The garden gate is the access point for the guests of the main villa and the Casita to use . Noise travels very well at night. Guests sit on the balcony of the villa or the outside area of the Casita voices are heard as they chat and sometimes strum a guitar. August and September the whole area of Benirras is a busy place. Quiet from 1am to 8am is usual but outside these hours its a buzzing laid back vibe. We try to explain it the way it is so there are no disappointments.
The WiFi only works in the Villa, on the terrace and in Pagoda 2 and 3. Drop down lockable shutters block the sunlight and give extra privacy in all pagodas. One hot water outdoor shower and one cold outdoor shower two sinks and a toilet service the entire pagoda garden. Towels are not supplied but can be ordered at when booking at check out. We suggest that you bring one pair of walking shoes / trainers for walking along the paths but not necessary for Pagoda 2 or 3. Pathways are partially lit by solar lights, please bring a torch. There are two lockable draws underneath each pagoda , we hire out padlocks for free but ask for deposit. The villa is only available for tea/coffee making and internet during the hours of 8am to 10pm. All meals are served on the terrace of Villa Roca. If you are travelling alone and we do not find you a 'pagoda room-mate' you will have the pagoda to yourself. Beds are made with fresh bed linen and pagodas are cleaned on Saturdays only leaving week-day bed making for the guests to do. Only the outdoor shower block and communal area is cleaned each day.
Villa Roca and the Pagoda Garden are closed between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm on a Saturday. It is possible to be on site early or leave late but for this we make a charge. The reason we need the property empty for those hours is to clean it throughout ready for the arrival of the incoming guests.
Yoga classes last three hours, and are for beginners and intermediates alike. They include a range of different styles, including Ashtanga. Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini and Iyengar without the props.
Most classes include breathing techniques such as Pranayama and Ujjayi and meditation may be included in the some of the teachers class.
The yoga teachers come from all over the world, and are chosen for their experience and teaching ability. Each has their own individual style; some of them incorporate techniques from other disciplines, such as Tai Chi, dance, meditation, massage and physiotherapy, so lessons can be incredibly varied.
Whether you are an absolute beginner or an intermediate student, our classes will develop your knowledge and give you a deeply satisfying experience and further insight into yoga.
At Ibiza Yoga, we place great importance on individual development, and our experienced teachers will ensure that your yoga is practiced safely and relative to your ability.
Yoga mats, blocks and belts are provided for the duration of your stay.
Please note that the yoga course is Sunday to Friday, but your holiday is Saturday to Saturday. There will be no yoga classes on Saturdays.
Hugh specializes in combining the yoga discipline of Ashtanga yoga and the mental discipline of Buddhist Mindfulness meditation. He teaches a broad spectrum of people in a wide range of settings. Whilst he has more than 30 years of experience in both disciplines, he started teaching yoga in 1995 when he was asked to share his practice at a time when there were almost no Ashtanga teachers available and hasn’t stopped since.
Ibiza Yoga is beautifully located just 4 minutes from The beach is a 4 minute walk from Benirras Beach. One of the most famous beaches on the island, steeped in beach history, home to the worlds most luxurious super-yachts that come and go the occupants of which frequents the beach restaurants, Benirras is the only bay on the island to be designated a nature reserve therefore not a single hotel in site.
Benirras is in the unspoilt north of the island, an area rich in ley lines and with a strong spiritual history. Famous for its wonderful sunsets, the west facing bay is home to a rock known as 'The King of Benirras' which sits majestically in the crystalline waters. The beach has three typical Spanish restaurants and an ice cream and juice bar.
Although no longer in existence as such, the August full-moon beach festival lives on in a smaller version each Sunday evening. One of the main attractions and coming from far afield are the drummers and guitarists who give an 'unplugged' concert: their volume builds up into a crescendo as the sun sets. Dancers, fire-eaters, sand-sculptures and craft stands enliven this weekly gathering.
The strict local planning laws ensure that no unsightly hotels or resorts are built in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Villa Roca and the Pagoda Garden and the owners Villa Nova are among the less than a dozen villas in this unspolit nature harbour.
A well kept secret by the locals, the wide curved beach is of soft sand that gently slopes into the sea. The sheltered natural harbour is a popular anchoring spot for private yachts and motor boats, who often gather there to enjoy the romantic sundown.Good for snorkellers. Size: 160 metres long, 40 metres wide. Naked bathing to one side of the beach.
Benirras beach has been voted 'the 4th best beach in Europe' by the Sunday Times Travel Supplement and the best address in Ibiza by The best of Ibiza Magazine.
Ibiza Yoga provides breakfast and one meal per day, 6 days a week. Breakfast is self-serve and available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The one vegetarian meal is served shortly after the yoga class and is vegetarian. Ibiza Yoga has their own organic garden where some herbs and vegetables are produced. The purchased vegetables are from local farmers markets. The benefit from eating fresh, natural island food as part of a delicious healthy eating plan for the week will force you away from the foods that weigh you down with too much starch, fat and additives.
Generally. the same menu will be repeated every two weeks. See below for an example guide as dishes do change depending on supplies and seasonal produce.
Products available for breakfast are noted below. If you do not feel that your needs will be met by these products, please feel free to bring your own additional breakfast items. If you do plan to do this, please bring an airtight tub and some labels to keep these items in to store them in the fridge or kitchen.
This sample menu is for the one meal served per day. This sample menu is provided to give you a rough idea it is not the actual menu . We tend to offer food depending on what is fresh from the organic market or in season.
Please note: changes may be made according to availability of ingredients
Ibiza Yoga does not offer individual solutions to dietary intolerance or preferences, however the menu has been adapted so that our meals can now all be eaten without the need to consume gluten or dairy.
In general daily Ibiza Yoga serves between 4 to 6 dishes - usually two of them contain gluten or dairy. This means that 2 to 4 dishes can be eaten by those with coeliac disease. Please feel free to bring your own foods to cook up at meal times.
There will also be some meals in which dairy or gluten based products are served as an optional extra, such as a yogurt or cream cheese dip, or a bowl of cheese as a topping. In these cases, no alternative will be offered, as the meal is still complete and balanced without them.
After booking you will be sent a link to a questionnaire on which you can let us know your food preferences or intolerance/s and we make a note of this however us having this information does not lead to us changing our menu.
Please note that the kitchen where we store , prepare and cook food has the following products in it : nuts , bread , soya & gluten and other products that contain gluten. Cross contamination is a risk therefore if you have a very high intolerance to gluten and wheat (coeliac) we advise that you do not eat our meals.
Villa Roca has a fully functioning kitchen that you can use to cook or prepare food anytime between 8am and 10pm. Feel free to bring your own foods , there are local shops (10 minutes in a cab) that sell health food products such as gluten lactose wheat sugar free.
There is no meal on a Saturday. For guests arriving and leaving on a Saturday, there are 3 restaurants open at the beach just a 3 minute walk along a private path and there you can purchase a meal.
A walk to the next bay, named Moon beach takes places each week. The walk starts from Villa Roca , walk 100 metres up the hill along the Callle de Benirras towards the San Juan Road . From here we start along the uphill path that meanders its way higher and higher . The stunning views along the way are of the valley that Benirras is part of and the hills beyond at highest point it is possible to see the centre of the entire island. We pass an old disused Lime Kiln surrounded by pine trees and shortly after we are at the top.
The view from the top of the mountain is probably the best to be had of Benirras Bay, Ills des Bosc and the Mediterranean beyond. From the best view point , we start the journey down the other side of the mountain toward our final destination. In view now is Isla den Caldes and some days on the horizon you may see the Ferry that passes from Magalouf to Denia and back daily. The path zig-zags its way almost to the end , where it levels out in a straight line. Moon beach is found via a pathway through a small gulley. A beach that has no houses or no roads to it , just a dirt track makes it available to the few fisherman huts that are built into the rocky hill at sea level next to the sandy shore. Its a small beach but quite a delight. Moon beach is famous for its hippie parties going back to the 1970's.
The guided tour of the cave takes 45 minute. Refreshments can be purchased afterwards on the platform over looking Port San Miguel. The stalactites and stalagmites are waiting to be seen. From the first viewpoint, there is a panoramic view over the whole of the bay of the Puerto San Miguel , also know as Puerto Balanzat . The Murada island can be seen in the back ground where a unique prehistoric species of Muradensis lizard lives. After following along a path cut out of the rocks, one reaches the mouth of the cave , at a level of 14 metres above sea level . This is the starting point of the visit. The cave is over 100,000 old and has suffered ice ages and tropical heat waves. Discovered by smugglers who used it for hiding their goods, hoisting them up from the sea from an opening located 10 metres above sea level . It is still possible to see the red and black paint marks signposting another way out of the cave in case the smugglers had to escape in a hurry. The tour of the cave costs 9 EUR
To complement the daily yoga classes, Ibiza Yoga has independent practitioners of various disciplines offering treatments on site group or individual sessions. Therapists may be introduced at the welcome meeting on Sunday. You can book a massage / treatment directly with the therapist or send an inquiry to Ibiza Yoga and Ibiza Yoga can put you in touch with the therapist so that you can book direct with them. Costs will vary depending on the practitioner and choice of practice. Payments in cash only to the therapist.
Please book your flights to Ibiza Airport (IBZ). Ibiza Yoga can put you in contact with an independent taxi service that will collect you from the airport (approximately 45 EUR from airport to the retreat, 25- 30 minute). Please send an inquiry for more information. Taxis hired from outside the airport arrivals lounge charge a similar price and more at night. There are also car hire companies at the airport. If you are visiting the retreat in low season, April and October, it might be worth checking out car hire, as the price of car hire for one week can sometimes be cheaper than a return taxi fare.
From the airport there is a bus direct to Benirras 23 and 23a from Ibiza Town, San Antonio. Check out their website Ibiza Buses. This started in June 2017 and it runs up until September 2017. Ibiza Bus Timetables and Island maps can be found at the Tourist Information Desk, that is situated immediately in front of you when you come out of the arrival gate. The bus stop where you can get the "L10" bus to Ibiza Town, is situated just outside of the front doors of the airport, to the right of the Tourist Information desk. Cost to Ibiza Town is approximately 3 EUR. The L10 bus will drop you at the Bus station on the Avenguda Isidor Macabich (Ibiza Town). There are several bustops running along this strech of road. From here you can catch a bus to either San Miguel or Port San Miguel (our nearest villages). The bus that runs to San Miguel is the L25 and the one that runs to Port San Miguel is L25a. The bust to San Miguel is much more frequent than the one to the Port. These buses will cost approx 4 euros. On the bus journey, look out for Santa Gertrudis, a small town situated in the middle of the island. San Miguel is around 7minutes from here. You can identify when you are arriving in San Miguel when you can see a beautiful white church on a hilltop, approaching ahead. To walk from San Miguel will take approx 1 hour 20 minutes and a taxi will cost around 10-12 euros. Please be aware that the walk follows narrow, windy, steep country roads with little to no footpath. To walk from Port San will take approx 45 minutes or a taxi will cost around 8-10 euros. Please be aware that this walk also follows narrow, windy, steep countryside roads along a cliff with no pedestrian footpath.
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