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Margaretha van den Broek invites you to experience a perfect holiday in Switzerland! This retreat is specially designed for those who love nature, lakes, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, sun, delicious organic food, and yoga. Enjoy extensive Hatha yoga classes including asana, pranayama, and even meditation practices led by Margaretha van den Broek. You will return home refreshed and feeling alive.
During the retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. Eco hotel Cristallina offers various personalized non-smoking rooms with or without balcony or terrace, dedicated by simplicity and essentially. It has standard double rooms, senior rooms, and senior plus rooms of which some are also available for single or triple occupancy.
To promote sociability among the guests, radio and television services in the rooms have been intentionally excluded. The owners of the hotel identify themselves with a natural way of life and they do their best to establish a harmonious and sustainable relationship with nature and its resources. A healthy environment through minimal energy consumption and a joyful and pleasant atmosphere that invites to get away from everyday life characterizes the hotel.
They have four rooms of this type located on the first floor in the old part of the hotel. The rooms are equipped with two separate beds, a washbasin, a bedside table, and a small terrace facing southeast that offers panoramic views of the nearby mountains. The bathroom and shower are on the floor.
They have three variations of this type of room. The first with a toilet and shower in the rear of the hotel and characterized by its tranquility, the second with a toilet and shower with a large open space of 45 square meters, and the third room is also very spacious with toilet and bath. The latter two types of rooms, given the space available, are intended for three people or for families with children.
There are four rooms of this type located on the second floor in the new part. The rooms are oriented towards the southeast and are ideal for a longer stay. These rooms are furnished with a table and chairs inside and a large terrace ideal for reading and contemplation. One of these rooms is equipped with a bio-switch, a device that eliminates the electric field in the room after switching off the lamp.
This room is ideal for couples or for families. It is divided into two parts and has a terrace of 27 square meters equipped with a table, chairs, and a sun lounger. The terrace is shaded by a grape arbor and comfortable armchairs invite you to read a good book and relax. This room also has a bio-switch.
During this retreat, you will experience two daily yoga and meditation classes. One practice will take place in the morning and one practice in the afternoon. The classes will be accompanied with pranayama. During the week, you will also have the opportunity to experience the nature with hikes in the Maggia and the Verzasca Valleys and to discover the mountains and local waterfalls.
A hike to the Maggia Valley and the Verzasca Valley are included in this holiday.
You will discover Valle Maggia's mountains, river, and waterfalls through the Sentiero della Pietra route. This historic and cultural route will allow you to discover the magical nature and the typical villages along the path with a visit to a gorgeous waterfall.
You will visit and hike along the mountain river in Valle Verzasca, admire the artistic forms of stones shaped by the river, enjoy a picnic on the river banks, and the magnificent beautiful autumn colors.
This retreat will take place at the Eco Hotel Cristallina in Ticino, Switzerland. Ticino is the Italian-speaking region in the south of Switzerland and is famous for its palm-fringed lakes, the Mediterranean climate, and for its architecture and cuisine.
The hotel is located 356 meters above the sea level and right on the border between the villages of Coglio and Giumaglio in the lower Vallemaggia. It is surrounded by fields and forests that climb nearby mountains just 15 kilometers from Locarno and 10 kilometers from Cevio.
Valle Maggia, the "magic valley", a still predominantly natural landscape that is marked by the traveling river Maggia, characterizes the valley that starts at Lake Maggiore and gives access to the alpine landscape. Fine sandy beaches, wide-scale natural pools, abraded rocks, and massive waterfalls shape the image of this valley where visitors can discover the natural beauty and the ancient traditions still untouched by modern hectic.
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During this holiday, you will be served one breakfast and one dinner daily. Before the morning yoga class, you will enjoy a herbal tea and dried fruits. The breakfast is served in the spacious and bright dining room or on the terrace with a rich and entirely organic breakfast buffet with honey and mountain cheeses, a variety of fresh bread, homemade jams, fresh fruit, and hand-milled cereals and flakes. The hotel bar serves several organic homemade or local products such as wines, beer, homemade syrups, and smoothies.
The dinner will be served as a three-course vegetarian menu and vegan and non-vegetarian food may be served on request. Eco Hotel Cristallina proposes fresh products from organic and regional harvests including from their own orchard. They also give particular attention to vegetarian cooking and to their mainly whole grain homemade pasta, which flour is freshly ground to preserve their flavor and to guarantee authenticity.
The menu regularly offers ethnic dishes from culinary cultures as far away as India or the Middle East and accommodates guests with food allergies or intolerance. On request, they may prepare meals for various types of diets like lactose or gluten free and dishes for guests who prefer vegan cuisine.
During this retreat, you may relax and enjoy a massage directly in the hotel under the experienced hands of the yoga teacher, Margaretha. She is a qualified massage therapist as well. Bookings are available upon request for an additional cost during your stay.
Please book your flight to arrive at Lugano Airport (LUG). Other options are the Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP) and the Zurich Airport (ZRH).
You may take every hour the line 315 bus from Locarno train station to the Maggia Valley, Vallemaggia. The trip will take about 30 minutes. Disembark at Coglio and the Eco Hotel Cristallina is located two-minute walk away.
From any airport, you may take the train to Locarno and thereafter a bus to Coglio.