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It's time to take a healthy, eco-friendly tropical escape in paradise. Welcome to a break full of stress relief, balancing, or just tropical adventures in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania! Orenda's customized flexi-date retreat in Mafia Island is the perfect opportunity to find deep relaxation and quiet as well adventure and exploring the diverse marine life and Swahili culture of the island.
Exclusive and yet unpretentious, with a peaceful and private atmosphere, Pole Pole is perfect both for those looking for relaxation after a safari and for the ocean-lovers who just can’t get enough of diving, sailing, islets, and sandbanks. Romantic without the clichés, it is a perfect honeymoon getaway thanks to its special inspired service.
Seven bungalow suites are subtly blended into a surrounding tropical landscape. Their verandas overlook Chole Bay’s infinite palette of blues, at the heart of Mafia Island Marine Park, with breathtaking views of surrounding islands.
This retreat invites you to switch off your phones, leave your laptops behind, and enjoy a few days of peace and quiet. An ideal retreat recipe to reinvigorate your mind, body, and spirit through a combination of yoga, meditation, healthy food, excursions, and relaxation. Orenda will help you relax, re-energize, and send you home sparkling with a smile.
Anyone interested in more personalized attention will surely enjoy this retreat to distress from daily routine, gain its balance back, and reconnect with nature through yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, massage while surrounded by beautiful and soothing elements of nature in Mafia Marine Park Island. If you are looking for a digital detox, being close to the sea, discover the rich Swahili culture, and explore marine life then this is for you. There is no previous experience in yoga required for this program.
Revitalize and re-energize with daily yoga, meditation, yogic relaxation, and breathing techniques each morning and evening (one hour each session) with a mix of yoga flows based on your needs and health conditions.
There is one daily boat excursion in Chole Bay for this retreat and can comprise any one of the following, depending on tides,weather, and availability:
Leila El Krekshi
Leila is a qualified classical Hatha yoga teacher and Thai massage therapist. Leila has practiced meditation yoga, dance, and Capoeira for more than 15 years. She uses yoga, meditation, and rhythmic movement to take individuals through a personal journey of self-discovery, creativity, and inner and outer connection with the elements. Her focus is on prana vital energy and integrating breath with movement for conscious practice.
The retreat will be in Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania. South of Zanzibar, Mafia Island is part of the five laid back tropical islands which are clustered together in the Indian Ocean, known as the Mafia Archipelago. Part of Tanzania, Mafia Island has so far escaped the invasion of mass tourism that overwhelms its neighbouring Zanzibar island.
The name Mafia is probably derived from the Arabic “morfiyeh”, meaning “group” or “archipelago”, or from the Swahili “mahali pa afya” meaning “a healthy dwelling place”. Its history goes back to the eightth century where it played a key role in the East African trading routes between Kilwa and Zanzibar.
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The food provided daily consists of three delicious and healthy meals, herbal infusions, bottled water, early morning tea, and juice.
Pole’s cuisine, highly praised by their widely international clientele, reflects diverse culinary and cultural influences, combining an Italian touch of class with local flavours and ingredients. Swahili dinners and tropical fruits and vegetables are enjoyed by our guests in the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant. Vegan meals are available upon request.
Soothe your mind, and unwind with a re-balancing massage on your private veranda on your arrival. Optionally, you may book massages and yoga sessions offered by Leila, to be paid cash or PayPal to Orenda, or spa treatments at Alasiri Spa.
Please book your flight to arrive at Mafia Airport (MFA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Orenda will pick you up from the airport.