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Experience an amazing yoga and biking vacation in the sunny south of Sicily. Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea. Enjoy biking in the Sicilian farmers or the local dairies. You can visit the countryside freely and safely, away from traffic, enjoying the silence that only the countryside can offer. When it is windy, you can practice kitesurfing, when it is wavy you can go on a surf adventure, and when it is flat, grab a SUP and enjoy the amazing turquoise waters and dunes in front of their surf house.
During this holiday, you will be staying at Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House. The team believes in living a healthy life in harmony with nature and the rhythm of the sea. This ethos is reflected in our individually designed rooms, our 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 water sports school as well, with the help of a team of who are like a family. Floripa wouldn’t be what it is without all of our staff, past and present.
Many guests have become part of our family so we love welcoming them back every season. Many guests say they enjoy the atmosphere of the place and we think our repeat guests are a big part of this.
You have no need to worry if you are a solo traveler coming alone. Many guests come by themselves but with our shared rooms and communal meals, it’s easy to meet other guests and not forgetting our 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. Our 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.
Our 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 through your asanas, taking you to the next level in your practice. You can do a 90-minute Vinyasa flow class in the morning, optional workshops in the afternoon (on arm balances, inversions, handstands, backbends, basics of alignment, and so on) followed by lunar flows before dinner. These are sometimes taught at the forest near Floripa, or at the beach (if the weather is nice). Depending on how many guests we have stayed, we sometimes offer two-morning classes at the same time, so you can choose between two different styles or levels of practice.
In your free time, you can relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the stunning Blue Flag beach across the road from Floripa. The beach is generally quiet, except in August when Italians take their summer holidays.
For those who love sightseeing, eight UNESCO World Heritage sites are located within easy driving distance of Floripa.
Workshops are open for yogis who want to take their practice to the next level. They are optional so they are not included in the retreat price. If you wish to join, the price is usually 15 EUR to 20 EUR.
Please note that some changes might be made to the schedule listed above. If you have any special requests regarding yoga please let us know via email and our teachers will do their best to work them into the classes.
Once you sign up for this yoga holiday, you will receive a welcome email with some useful information, as well as a list of recommended reading. This list is provided in case you want to learn more about the practice of yoga but they are by no means compulsory.
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.
A yoga practitioner for more than 10 years and a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) from the Ramamami Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India, Julio shares his yoga asana practice in international events in all over the world. Today, he devotes the practice to the Iyengar yoga method; he believes that big part of his dharma or duty, is to make his work the best he can.
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.
Monica (ERYT200, RYT500, YACEP) has a background that includes exercise physiology, marine biology, zoology, molecular biology, education, and wilderness therapy field guiding to name a few things. Of her many paths, yoga is the thing that has “stuck” as it brings her more peace, contentment, and joy everyday and continues to help her expand what’s possible and step into her potential—and this is what she wishes to share!
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 blessed with gorgeous sunsets.
The village is very safe and you can easily explore it by bicycle or on foot. We have bicycles for guests to use free of charge.
You won’t find many places like ours in a Sicilian village like this undeveloped and totally unspoiled by tourism. Our 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’ll find bars, restaurants, shops and the best ‘gelato’ you’ll ever taste.
If you want to take a road trip and do some sightseeing, we have cars you can rent 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, 2 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.
Vegetarian/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. Gluten-free can be catered for. Wine will be served at dinner time.
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 kilometer 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 kilometers away (5 minutes by bike), and bigger supermarkets are located in Pozzallo (7 kilometers 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.
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 8 regular bikes and 2 electric bikes. If you book this yoga and biking package, use of both bikes are included in the package. You can chose between a traditional or an electric bike, which will take you even further in your exploration of the Sicilian farms and local dairies. 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.
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.
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 available at an extra cost.
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).
Transfers beschikbaar tegen een meerprijs US$81 per persoon
Transfers beschikbaar tegen een meerprijs US$81 per persoon
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. - 10 p.m., 15 EUR from 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The bus goes directly to Pozzallo and the drive takes around 80 minutes.
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 so they can organize your pick you up at the bus station in Pozzallo (shuttle costs 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. 15 EUR from 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.). All kinds of transportation need to be paid in cash.
Please note: Message Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House when you BOARD the bus, not when you arrive in Pozzallo, to give us time to organize 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 has been confused with Milazzo, on the other side of the island). Alternatively, you can book a pick-up 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. It is 35 EUR per person to Pozzallo you can ask them to take you directly to our B&B - 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.
If you prefer we 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.
Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House can provide a shuttle service to Pozzallo / Ispica for an extra cost of 10 EUR between 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., 15 EUR from 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Please contact Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House for more information.
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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