Palace Gokbel private wellness retreat, a touch of luxury in a forest of natural beauty. The perfect place; with panoramic views to meditate, relax & enjoy yoga
Yoga Retreats (1)
Naomi Alexandra Enser
Naomi has over 10 years of teaching experience and follows a yogic lifestyle. Qualified in the UK in both yoga and pilates and has a background as a fitness professional. She spent a year studying under a guru and is always striving to improve her abilities as a teacher and progress on her own personal yoga journey. She practices every single day and would love you to come to join her, people would describe her as patient and attentive to individual needs. She offers many yoga disciplines from yin to ashtanga; partner work to free form, making sure there is a variety of yoga on offer during retreats
from Burkina Faso, November 2019
"Great getaway in paradise. "
Honestly what’s not to like. It’s a beautiful location if you’re into being surrounded by nature and absolutely stunning views.
Naomi is an extremely connected knowledgeable yoga instructor. She’s probably one of the best instructors I have been privileged to work with in such small numbers on a retreat.
The Naomi and Sean team do whatever they can to make sure your trip is a truly pleasurable one, the retreat feels a bit like you’re staying with close friends who are excellent hosts.
They can put together the ideal retreat for you if you want to save or splurge. There’s lots to do in terms of day trips, trips to the hamman / spa, and angel reading (highly recommended) or you could have an equally amazing time enjoying the various nooks and crannies the two of them have created in and around the gorgeous palace on the side of a mountain.
The animal lover in meet enjoyed the 8 cats living at the palace whom I could stroke and cuddle.
I felt thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated when I left. I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking to give themselves some much needed self love. This place does the trick. Just book it. You won’t regret it!
from Puerto Rico, November 2019
The retreat is a haven and Naomi and Sean are wonderful hosts.
from United Kingdom, October 2019
"Pure relaxation "
Superb location, Naomi is a fantastic yoga instructor and cook!! Absolutely awesome experience.
from United Kingdom, September 2019
Naomi understood me and my abilities and pushed me in all the right ways.
from United Kingdom, September 2019
This was one of the best retreats I have ever been on
from Lebanon, September 2019
This is such a timely and perfect experience for me. What I loved the most would definitely be the beautiful energy and warmth of Naomi and Sean. They are the perfect hosts. You'd feel
I arrived there exhausted physically, mentally, and emotionally and left with a joyful and peaceful heart.
I did not expect the yoga to be demanding honestly but it was! And I loved it!! We had 3.5+ hours of yoga per day but suitable for any level. Naomi has this special power of noticing your every struggle on the mat and making sure she caters to your needs and supports you to the fullest reaching the next level with your body. I also chose to not leave the Palace during the 7 days. I swam in the lovely natural pool, read, meditated in the garden, and relaxed, in addition to the yoga of course. And this was exactly what I needed. However, if you're into exploring there would be easy ways to access the town & nearby places and anyway there are excursions included.
The food was heaven for me! I chose to eat vegetarian for the week I was there. The food was so refreshing and rich. I feel so much lighter :)
I am already missing my time at Palace Gokbel <3 Grateful for Naomi and Sean for the effort and love they put into making my stay memorable.
from United Kingdom, September 2019
"Amazing experience "
I came as a yoga newbie and left as someone with a plan to incorporate yoga into my life. There were very fit and advanced yoga people at the retreat at the same time and Naomi managed to give us all a great experience. She's a remarkable teacher, hugely generous with her time, drawing on an incredible breath of knowledge to give you personal attention and a plan, whatever your level. Regardless of your experience or fitness level (mine is dire!) she makes you feel positive and included.
Yoga apart, Gokbel Palace is a fantastic place for a relaxing holiday - it's a beautiful purpose built retreat, with an open air yoga terrace, incredible views of the mountain and ocean, a lovely garden with an olive grove, a natural pool and loads of sunbeds, hammocks and nooks and crannys to sit and enjoy the sun. The rooms are great - all have big french doors with great views. The food is really good - healthy and enjoyable.
Naomi and her partner Sean, are fantastic hosts. They include a couple of trips out during the week, but if you have the time, try and research the area before you go - there are amazing beaches (including the famous turtle beach), beautiful ruins, and mudbaths in the area and I think they'd be happy to arrange any trips out you wanted.
I really hope to go back and would highly recommend a stay to anyone - whether you want an intense yoga experience in a beautiful place - or just some great rest and relaxation.
from Hungary, August 2019
"Yoga Taj Mahal"
What was not to like? Palace Gökbel is a small architectural wonder with its garden, pool, olive grove, lotus lounge, air conditioned rooms, stunning views of the sea and yoga terrace. Sean and Naomi were marvelous hosts and I felt at home immediately. Naomi offers a highly varied range of yoga, meditation, und nutrition expertise. The yoga was often quite demanding but Naomi is always encouraging and gives lots of help to improve. I achieved one of my goals, which was to improve my balance poses. I have gone from a shaky tree to seven minutes of balance poses in sequence. Naomi set me the goal of ten minutes. She also gave me lots of help with fitness and nutrition as well, thus I have a better idea of how these relate. Naomi cooked wonderful vegan food throughout the week and introduced me to many dishes. Her vegan deserts are super and you don't have to be a vegan to enjoy them. Sean is the master of the garden and the builder, so kudos to him! It was a marvelous week and my best friend oohed and awed over the pictures I made. She is dying to come.
I only left the palace once for Iztuzu Beach, which is wonderful, but I preferred the palace in the end. Highly recommended.
from United Kingdom, August 2019
"Yoga in the mountains"
Location, owners, food and service all excellent. A truly nurturing experience.
from France, August 2019
"development of the individual’s self awareness and growth"
I gained new insight to yoga and breathing techniques this time with a different perspective therefor my emotions shift automatically with the change of how I see yoga or what depth of meaning held beneath! Yin yoga is my fav at 6 PM realised it did help in calming me down as I pursue it now five days after the retreat.. vinyasa is a bit difficult for me in certain moves but I believe yin does a good job along with breathing techniques taught there and reasons behind most of them and when to use each one and how. Loved the sinus one 😍 of course little details were taken care of that not anyone would comprehend, I’m an obsessive thinker and tend to go deep with my analysis. I can tel each corner was made with a story. I genuinely appreciate every and each one of them to heart. Let alone I’m not the only one that had depression or major depression / injuries / .... and visit that retreat leaving with such delight and impact! I’m sure many had/ hadn’t different mental issues (to a mild moderate aspect of course) have been there and left with great positivity and more calm then first entered. Liked true food habit been wanting a long time to try and start but happened there and yet continuing and blessed. Didn’t have a cig since 23 July 2019 so we wait and see 🙃
The drinking water that energy
from Lebanon, June 2019
"Great place, great food, customized experience"
The location is absolutely wonderful, the view breathtaking and so relaxing, with multiple spots for quiet relaxation and unwinding both in and outside the garden. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the lounge has a great view. Both Naomi and Sean are friendly people and created an amazing place for a retreat.
Naomi is a very thoughtful and creative cook. She created very good recipes for me despite all my dietary restrictions. The food was healthy and generous in portions. Everyday the menu was also accompanied by a great quote relating to meditation and relaxation. Even the written instructions about the accommodation were personalized.
I stayed for six days and enjoyed a couple days of private sessions with Naomi as I was the only one there during that time and those were naturally the ones I felt I made most use of. She customized the activities to suit my injury and I came away with a great yoga routine plan to follow, including posture and time variations. I've already started implementing this and I'm very happy about it. She also gave me great tips on how to incorporate relaxation and meditation into my routine, as well as very good dietary tips. It could take you a bit of time to get used to Naomi's informal style of instruction as the morning sessions include chats relating to yoga rather than a very structured punctual routine with instructions only. The evening session on the other hand has little talk and little guidance.
from United Arab Emirates, June 2019
The location is perfect with wonderful views of the sea and surrounding mountains. You really feel surrounded by nature. All of the rooms have great views. There is a lovely olive garden which was a nice place to meditate and read books during the day. The small group size was great. The yoga classes were varied and we practiced different styles. We also practiced specific postures throughout the week, some of which I felt I improved upon in such a short time. Naomi's tips and guidance have really helped my practice. A week at Palace Gokbel has made me feel healthier (especially thanks to Naomi's delicious healthy meals) and motivated to continue practicing yoga every day. Thank you for an amazing week!
from United Kingdom, May 2019
What an incredible place.! Literally the best week in the sun and beautiful surroundings. THAT VIEW..! Naomi and Sean are such lovely hosts and created such a warm and welcoming environment that felt very relaxed. There is no pressure to attend any class, but I enjoyed them so much I went to every single one.! Naomi is incredible. So passionate about what she does, and this really shows in her classes- which felt tailored to me and my level and ability. Not only that, she’s a brilliant cook and a lovely person to chat to, and Sean. The rooms are clean and spacious and the yoga terrace is such a great place to practice. The most beautiful view ever.! I came home feeling totally relaxed. Highly recommend this place ❤️
from Germany, April 2019
"Heaven on Earth"
Naomi and Sean have created the most idyllic experience one could possibly hope for. I arrived a harried, stressed out office worker and left a chilled-out, tanned yogi :) The place itself is paradise and your hosts are spectacular. Naomi challenged me just the right amount in yoga, really developing me so much in just a week. The food was delicious and the healthiest I've ever eaten. I'll be back for sure.
from United Kingdom, April 2019
Our stay at Palace Gokbel was wonderful. Naomi is an excellent teacher for anyone at any level, happy to adjust for different abilities and injuries, and encourages all her guests to do their best whilst making them feel comfortable about their limits. Her previous experience as a fitness instructor means that she understands difficulties arising from sports injuries (my partner is a runner/swimmer and very inflexible) and difficulties from lack of activity (I have had health problems which lead to weight gain and loss of muscle mass). My partner and I both enjoyed her sessions and were pushed in different ways, and we came away from it healthier and happier for it. Her cooking is also excellent, she uses local produce and is very aware of dietary needs, including severe allergies. It’s an idilic stay in the mountains with several towns within easy reach if you do get itchy feet and want to explore the local area. Both Naomi and her partner are very accommodating and eager to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, whether it be providing advice about the local area, giving you a lift into town, or arranging boat trips/hamman visits for you.
The accommodation is very comfortable and clean, every room has an ensuite and beautiful views over the mountains towards the mediterranean sea. The grounds of the villa include a mature olive grove, including hammocks strung between the trees, and a pool for cooling off when it’s hot (shallow though, not suitable for swimming lengths).
from United Kingdom, March 2019
Ever booked something online and the place was not the same as the pictures, or they only photographed the best bits? Well here the photo's 'DO NOT' do it justice at all and there's a lot more great stuff going on than you can't see in the pictures. The view is utterly breathtaking and the building itself is to be marvelled at. Naomi and Sean are truly brilliant at what they do. We were made to feel very welcome from start to finish and they went above and beyond the call of duty on countless occasions as hosts. Here are some thoughts:
Yoga - first class from Naomi. We own a hot yoga studio and learned a lot from Naomi and her beautiful manner of teaching. We attended almost every class but there's no pressure to do so. It's also a wellness centre so the yoga is optional.
Food - It's hard to believe that everything is handmade by Naomi, even the deserts. The cooking and presentation should be awarded a michelin star.
Building - It's almost like something you could imagine being in the ancient city of Babylon. The design and architecture are magnificent and the materials used inside are luxurious. Sean built this from scratch, what a legend!
Experience - You will quickly find yourself slowing down almost to the point where you sleep more than the resident cats.
We got back yesterday and we haven't shut up about our experience to everyone and anyone. We are already planning our next trip back. Thank you, thank you, thank you and see you soon! L&L xx
from United Kingdom, November 2018
Palace Gokbel is situated in a wonderful mountain location with stunning views of the sea, surrounding mountains and forests. Sean has complemented this amazing location with the most beautiful villa and fresh water pool, affording guests every comfort and luxury. We had temperatures in the mid to late 20s and this was the perfect place for a relaxing autumn break, with Naomi's excellent yoga and meditation instruction.
Naomi and Sean are kind, considerate and entertaining hosts who will do their utmost to accommodate requests and to provide a bespoke holiday for their guests. Naomi is a wonderful cook and we have taken away many of her recipes. She has a tremendous passion for her yoga lifestyle and her enthusiasm and knowledge really comes across in her teaching. The three of us (of varying levels) have learnt and enjoyed so much from her classes.
It has been a fantastic holiday which has surpassed all expectations; and we were expecting a lot!! We certainly want to come back for more.
Very many thanks Naomi and Sean. Namaste
Daniel De Villiers
from South Africa, June 2018
"A week of yoga bliss "
There is a palace set high in the mountains in Gokbel, near Dalyan in the Kingdom of Kindness. Naomi is the golden princess and Sean the knight in shining armour. They are building their dreams, which will make your dream holiday too. Their kindness and warm hospitality is overwhelming and there is nothing that they won’t do to make that dream come true. Palace Gokbel is marketed as a wellness retreat, it specializes in yoga practice, but there is so much more. The meals are tailored-made and served with much love and a few glasses of your choice. For your leisure, there is a natural pool and hammocks too. You are in rural settings, with the option of visiting the local attractions. However, the sunsets from the deck are the main attraction. The rooms are comfortable, with each one having its unique palace room theme. The main attraction is the yoga. Naomi is an accomplished yoga teacher, who guides and meets individual needs, according to their requirements. Yoga and meditation are done on the open-air roof-top studio, always accompanied by the resident cats. Go find the balance between yin and yang. Namaste
from Rwanda, January 2018
"Lush mountains plus water equals unforgettable views "
A perfect slice of solitude with an uncomparable view that does not get old. The awesome hosts are gracious and attentive making it feel like a home away from home. The daily yoga practice was divine in a challenging but restful way. Naomi always thinks about what can work for you on the retreat but also gems to take with you for a solid personal practice.
from United States of America, November 2017
Everything was great. Naomi and Sean were welcoming, kind and accommodating ?
Carol Kinsella Frost
from United Kingdom, October 2017
"A perfect escape"
Beautiful mountain location with breathtaking sea views. Immaculate accommodation, very thoughtfully designed and equipped. The best vegan food, and hosts who work really hard to provide a unique and tailor made experience for all their guests. Naomi is an excellent yoga teacher and is mindful of all guests needs and abilities. This really was a perfect escape from the stresses of day to day life. Both Naomi and Sean make it what it is.
from United Kingdom, October 2017
"The Perfect Getaway "
What didn't we like! This has to be one of the best holidays my husband and I have Ever been on. It really is a paradise with the most amazing views, every evening you are treated to the beautiful skyline that unfolds before your eyes never the same sunset twice. Every detail of this retreat has been thought of, every room has a view, even when you are brushing your teeth you see the view in your mirror and never fails to take your breath away, it's so exclusive never more than 6 rooms filed, you can't help but pinch yourself. The hosts Sean and Naomi can not do enough for you, always thinking ahead such kind, warm, genuine people, getting fresh produce from local resources every day, making every meal a true delight. The yoga was enlightening and always a pleasure, Naomi is a very contentious teacher with knowledge she is more than happy to share with you, we will definitely be returning and I would highly recommend this retreat.
from Netherlands, May 2018
"Beautiful and relaxing yoga oasis in Turkey "
This place is a real oasis in the mountains and everything is really stunning: the food was home-made, fresh and healthy and different every day, the view is stunning, the yoga classes, the attention and service. Already prior to arrival, Naomi took the time to review diet restrictions and got prepared for my visit. She adapts the class to the need of the students. The villa and garden area has a breathtaking view to the sea, the area and sourroundings are quiet to relax. The rooms are nicely decorated and very clean. They support in organizing transportation and even provided free transportation to the close by village. The ideal place for yoga, walking in the mountains and relaxation.
from Turkey, July 2019
"Yoga was good, it was good to have classes twice a day. "
I liked the variety in the yoga classes and the way that Naomi built up sequences with us. I really enjoyed the ‘animal walks’ which was a creative, novel approach to yoga and I found the yin classes really great. I also learnt some new assanas and Naomi showed us different ways to get into them which was great.