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Rejuvenating Wellness and Adventure Holiday On the Magical Greek Island of Crete

Live to Thrive have curated a perfect week for you that balances plenty of down time, fitness and wellness, outdoor adventures, cultural immersions, and daily healthy culinary delights so you don't have to worry about anything once you step off your plane. This is a trip created for you to truly relax and enjoy, and they've done their work to ensure you will have a magical experience from start to finish.

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  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Wine tasting tour at Manousakis Winery
  • Hiking the famous Imbros Gorge to the seaside town of Chora Sfakion
  • Detoxifying greek-inspired daily breakfast, dinner, and snacks
  • Three-course Greek-inspired cooking class
  • Group trip to Balos beach
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

The villas are new and have a chic, cozy, and contemporary design so you can truly relax and unwind in comfort. Each villa has five bedrooms and six bathrooms that are stocked with fresh towels, lux toiletries, and blow dryers.

Four bedrooms have direct access to the second floor terrace where you can relax and enjoy the view of the ocean. The fifth bedroom located on the ground floor has access to the second floor terrace and the first floor patio where you have a beautiful view of the ocean as well.

The villas feature fully-stocked, modern kitchens, fireplaces, televisions, and comfy living room areas. Each villa has a private swimming pool with sun beds and comfy sofas, as well as a large barbecue areas where you will enjoy delicious dinners with stunning views over the cretan sea.

This retreat encompasses the entire property to ensure you have a peaceful and tranquil setting in which you can truly relax, connect with others, and be at one with yourself and nature.


Join Live to Thrive to experience all of the breathtaking beauty the magical Greek island of Crete has to offer! Located on the western side of Crete, your private villas are only minutes from the best beaches on the island, including the famous Balos Beach.

The western side of Crete is also known for having the most beautiful and diverse landscapes on the island, as well as having some of the best food in all of Greece! And if you like to surf, you're in luck! The villas are located in front of the best surfing spot in Crete as well.

Live to Thrive's wish is for you to feel restored, replenished, and energized at this retreat, and their itinerary is designed to do just that!

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 - Welcome!

  • 16:00 Check-in; unpack and unwind by the pool
  • 18:00 Welcome happy hour
  • 19:00 Delicious healthy dinner

Day 2 - Move Your Body and Cooking Class

  • 07:45 Fruit, coffee / tea
  • 08:30 Releasing jet-lag yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Official welcome meeting
  • 13:00 Exploring and relaxing at Falassarna beach (lunch on your own)
  • Free time
  • 18:30 Healthy Greek-inspired cooking class

Day 3 - Balos Beach

  • 07:45 Fruit, coffee/tea
  • 08:15 Free the body fitness class
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Departure to Balos Beach
  • 11:30 Free time at Balos Beach
  • 15:00 Departure Balos Beach for lunch
  • 15:30 Lunch at Grambousa Taverna (additional expense)
  • Free time
  • 20:00 Healthy dinner

Day 4 - Hike Imbros Gorge

  • 07:30 Fruit, coffee / tea
  • 08:00 Depart house for hike with to-go breakfast
  • 11:00 Start hike
  • 13:30 End hike at Komitades Village and take bus to Chora Sfakia
  • 14:00 Enjoy swimming and lunch in Chora Sfakia
  • 17:00 Departure from Sfakia
  • 19:15 Arrive at villas
  • 20:00 Healthy dinner

Day 5 - Free Day!

  • 07:45 Fruit, coffee / tea
  • 08:30 Yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Free day (optional trip to Elafonisi, pink sand beach 10 euros)
  • Dinner on your own so you can fully enjoy the day

Day 6 - Winery and Chania

  • 07:45 Fruit, coffee / tea
  • 08:30 Fitness class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 13:00 Wine tour and tasting at Manousakis Winery
  • 13:30 Typical Cretan lunch with wine at the winery
  • 15:00 Depart for Chania
  • Free time in Chania
  • 18:00 Depart Chania
  • 20:00 Healthy dinner

Day 7 - Celebrate

  • 07:45 Fruit, coffee / tea
  • 08:30 Yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • Free time
  • 19:00 Sunset dinner and departure party!

Day 8 - Departure

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Checkout and departure to Chania Airport
  • 12:30 Estimated arrival to Chania Airport

(*)Please note that classes and activities may change due to weather or group excursions planned. Your flexibility will allow us to create the best schedule possible for your retreat experience.

(*)Free Time: Live to Thrive can arrange surf lessons, cycling, hiking, private yoga and personal training sessions, coaching, massages, and more.

Included excursions

  • Group trip to the famous beach of Falassarna
  • Group trip to Balos beach (Crete's most famous beach)
  • Group excursion to hike the famous Imbros Gorge (the second largest gorge in Crete!)
  • Group trip to the famous city of Chora Sfakion to swim and explore cretan castles and ruins
  • Group trip to explore Chania (the second largest city in Crete!)
  • Wine tasting tour at Manousakis Winery, one of the most famous wineries in Crete including a delicious traditional Greek lunch!
  • Three-course Greek-inspired cooking class


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Retreat location

Your two luxurious private villas are conveniently located in western Crete, close to the islands most famous beaches and attractions. Within a 10-minute drive from the villas you can enjoy swimming in crystal clear water, (and even surfing!), at the famous beach of Falassarna. At this beach there are many restaurants, cafes, and beach bars to enjoy!

Walking distance from the house there are many traditional greek tavernas with delicious fresh food you can enjoy for lunch, as well as some local bakeries and convenience stores. If you want to enjoy the vibrant Greek nightlife, within 15 minutes you can access bars and nightclubs, as well as more shops and restaurants.

Unique features


  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Patio


  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance


At this retreat you can expect amazing, fresh, healthy, and detoxifying meals that will leave you feeling energized and refreshed! All meals have gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian/vegan options, and are cooked with organic local produce.

Crete is known for having the best produce in all of Greece, so you can expect to eat some the tastiest food of your life!

Eat like a queen or king by enjoying healthy Greek-inspired dishes cooked daily by your private local chef! The breakfast spread will contain homemade nut butters with fresh local fruit, freshly scrambled eggs, apple cinnamon oatmeal, local greek and coconut yogurt, homemade granola, plant-protein smoothies, and more!

Dinner will contain local greek favorites such as roasted and stuffed eggplant, traditional greek salad with the best olive oil, lemon chicken soup, fresh caught seafood, and so much more. Is your mouth watering yet?

All meals will be served family-style so you can eat as little, or as much, as your heart desires.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, Live to Thrive can arrange surf lessons, hiking, private yoga and personal training sessions, coaching, massages, and more.

Spa treatments

Live to Thrive will have massage therapists available throughout the week for booking at the villas.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at private luxury villas in Western Crete
  • Daily yoga or fitness classes
  • Group trip to the famous beach of Falassarna
  • Group trip to Balos beach (Crete's most famous beach)
  • Group excursion to hike the famous Imbros Gorge (the second largest gorge in Crete!)
  • Group trip to the famous city of Chora Sfakion to swim and explore cretan castles and ruins
  • Group trip to explore Chania (the second largest city in Crete!)
  • Wine tasting tour at Manousakis Winery, one of the most famous wineries in Crete, including a delicious traditional Greek lunch in the courtyard!
  • Three-course Greek-inspired cooking class
  • Workshops and demonstrations including topics on meditation, breathing techniques, and healthy eating
  • Daily coffee, tea, and fresh local fruit
  • Transportation to/from the airport and all included activities
  • Detoxifying greek-inspired daily breakfast, dinner, and snacks cooked by our private chef
  • Professional photographer and videographer to capture your experience
  • Unlimited filtered drinking water at the house
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi at the house
  • Welcome bag including healthy snacks and goodies
  • Connected group experience
  • Unlimited access to private Facebook group
  • Smiles, fun, new friends, and an amazing time!

What's not included

  • Flight into Chania Crete Airport (about 1.5 hours from your villas)
  • Daily lunch except at the winery
  • Additional activities
  • Travel and health insurance (required. $20-$30 for the week)
  • Tips
  • Optional group trip to the famous pink sand beach of Elafonisi (cost only 10 EUR per person)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ) by Saturday, October 2nd. Included transfer from the airport to the villas is at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 2nd from Chania Airport. If you would like to arrive at the house at a different time, Live to Thrive can arrange a private taxi for you at an additional cost.

Please arrange your outgoing flights at 2:30 p.m. or later on Saturday, October 9th to ensure you catch your flight on-time unless you're staying longer in Greece (which Live to Thrive highly recommend if you can!). The airport is a little over an hour from the house and participants will be checking out at 11 a.m.

Included departure transfer to the airport is at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 9th from the villas. If you have other plans, Live to Thrive can help you arrange private transportation at an additional cost.

If you’re coming from the U.S. they highly recommend flying out of a major airport hub such as New York, Boston, or Los Angeles on Thursday or Friday to arrive at the retreat on-time and to get the cheapest flights. The flight will average 13 to 18 hours so please arrange your schedule accordingly.

Ideally, Live to Thrive think the best way to get to Crete is to fly into Athens on Thursday or Friday, spend the day exploring Athens or get a hotel close to the airport, and take a plane on Saturday from Athens to Chania. Flights are a lot cheaper this way and you will be able to arrive to the Chania Airport in time for the included shuttle ride to the villas.

Check-in time at the villas is 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 2nd and checkout time on Saturday, October 9th is 11 a.m. unless specified otherwise.

Airport: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday October 2, 2021
Departure: Saturday October 9, 2021

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