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Relaxing Yoga Holidays Turkey

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Turkey.

Palace Gokbel is a private wellness retreat, meaning only retreat guests can take part in yoga sessions, keeping them small and personalized. Yoga is taught up on a roof terrace overlooking iztuzu beach, surrounded by mountains covered in lush pine forests. Palace Gokbel has an ethos dedicated to practicing a yogic lifestyle, while also enjoying being on holiday, they are passionate about the environment and nature and taking in the fresh mountain air. Palace Gokbel offers luxury home comfort accommodation, while still experiencing the Turkish countryside.

Meet the instructors

Naomi Alexandra
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Highlights

  • A private bespoke retreat, run by English people
  • Added workshops and time with the yoga teacher
  • 2 beach excursions, including one to the turtle hospital (in season)
  • Twice daily yoga in a variety of styles, taught by an experienced teacher
  • 7 nights boutique accommodation with luxury ensuite shower rooms and sea view rooms
  • 8 days of elite nutrition, gourmet meals, and complimentary local wine/beer
  • Natural beauty area, with panoramic views from the yoga terrace
  • 28-metre long rock pool (chemical-free)
  • Meditation garden

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Dalaman Airport (US$55 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:30
Check-out Time:
12:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Outdoor shower

During this retreat, you will stay at Palace Gokbel, Turkey. Palace Gokbel is a bespoke yoga retreat, nestled in a mountain, surrounded by natural pine forests and olive trees. The architecture of the building took inspiration from India, the home of yoga. The roof terrace has been dedicated to the practice of yoga as it is a vast space with incredible views.

There are three twin rooms, two double rooms, and one single room with a small double bed. The twin rooms have beds that can be pushed together for couples. All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a luxury shower room, complimentary toiletries and television, there own patio doors onto a marble terrace. The view can be appreciated from all guest rooms, the pool area, seating area, and outdoor restaurant. You can experience the most beautiful sunsets over turtle beach, the lake, and mountain ranges.

All rooms have bespoke decor, creating a boutique hotel feel, yet relaxing and homely. No leather or feather pillows are used, keeping everything vegan friendly. Tea and coffee facilities are located near the Buddha room, underneath the arches whilst the hanuman room has its own tea and coffee making facilities. Palace Gökbel can accommodate nine to ten guests at any one time ensuring the experience is both intimate and free from overcrowding.

The Rose Pool, is a natural pool, with two waterfalls. Using over 60 tons of natural spring water to fill it. It's a 28-meter long leisure pool, with places to both sit in the water and swim. There is an outdoor shower and sunbed area, with enough space for everyone.

The ancient olive garden, makes the most wonderful meditation space, with rocks to perch on and hammocks the lay in. The olives are used to make delicious olive oil, which is used in the cooking on the retreat.

Loraines picnic area is a more casual setting for brunch, shaded by a giant pine, nice and cool after morning yoga is over.

The Lotus lounge, is an outdoor comfy space, using upcycled Turkish furniture. You'll find a help-yourself tea and coffee area, as well as many books, games, and toiletries, including sunscreen.

The Chardonnay Terrace is a beautiful little garden area, where dinner is served in front of the setting sun. The perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and some original tasty vegan food.

There is a washing line where guests are free to hang their wet yoga clothes and pool towels. There is no washing facility at the retreat for guests.

Program

What to expect

Morning yoga lasts for 120 minutes and takes place on the dedicated outdoor yoga terrace. A slightly longer class allows for beginners to rest when needs be and work at a slower pace, while more advanced students can have more freedom.

Vinyasa yoga which combines flowing movements with some longer holds is a graceful discipline, using synchronization of the breath in order to maximize the benefits of the practice. Ashtanga, is an energized class, starting with a breathing exercise and then a perpetual flow of sun salutations, combined with classical power poses, plus influences from the teacher's fitness background. To make this an exciting, exhilarating addition to the weeks schedule. Hatha, is a beautifully paced class, with a sequence to complement other styles during the week. With the opportunity to try more advanced asanas or stick in your comfort zone. Often a Tia chi meditation is used to begin this class. Primal yoga, creative yoga, psoas Sunday yoga, fitness yoga and barre Pilates are all on schedule to enjoy too.

After yoga, brunch is served in the picnic area, under the shade of a beautiful old pine tree.

There are optional workshops several days of the week, including a nutritional workshop, where you can ask for a diet plan to take away with you or make notes. On the other days, you will have the chance to go on beach excursions and visit the angel healer. The lotus lounge is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a cuppa during the day.

In the afternoon, you will practice Yin yoga, which will take place on the roof terrace and lasts 75 minutes followed by 30-minute personal relaxation. Yin yoga is a slower-paced yoga, which allows staying in a posture for a longer period of time, letting gravity do its work, and really relaxing into the position. The calming nature of Yin yoga will help you to relieve tension and is an ideal way to calm yourself for relaxation and sleep.

A 3 or 4-course evening meal, with complimentary drinks, is served on the Chardonnay Terrace looking out at the stunning sunsets over the water, the perfect way of rounding up the day.

For hygienic purposes, you are advised to bring your own yoga mat but if you don't have one, each room has a spare.

Times can vary slightly depending on the time of year and sunrise and sunset. In the summer we start earlier to make the most of the shade created by the pine trees and in the winter we wait for the sunshine. A typical week schedule is as the following:

Monday

  • Ashtanga, kardijak bay excursion (April - September) Yin yoga

Tuesday

  • Hatha, barre pilates, Yin yoga

Wednesday

  • Vinyasa, iztuzu beach excursion, Yin yoga

Thursday

  • Vinyasa, olive garden meditation, Yin yoga

Friday

  • Creative Vinyasa, nutritional workshop, Yin yoga

Saturday

  • Primal yoga, meditation, or a chance to visit the angel healer for 450tl, Yin yoga

Sunday

  • Self-care Sunday yoga, fitness yoga, yin yoga (please note that acro yoga will be replaced by a different style, while social distancing is still in order)

Included excursions

Palace Gokbel offers two free beach excursions during your stay (end of April to September) One is to a local beach, a small turquoise bay, where you get your own sunbed and parasol. There is a restaurant, farm shop and outdoor sports there too. The other is to the famous turtle beach, which the retreat looks down onto, where you can walk and swim and visit the turtle hospital. (October to april, a visit to iztuzu beach and turtle hospital and a trip to the local town and market.) Please note that sometimes it has been advised not to go off the retreat during this time. This is due to crowds gathering in parks, beaches and shops, social distancing is important. On the retreat you have freedom not to wear your masks. Once off the retreat, even if going for a walk, masks MUST be worn.

Instructors

Naomi Alexandra Enser

Retreat location

The retreat is located in a small seaside village and sits up on a mountain within a pine forest. Gokbel is a protected area, which means it's set back from the beach to help it remain unspoilt and peaceful for the nesting turtles. To stay at Palace Gokbel is a special experience in this area, as much of it remains natural and untouched. If you really do want to get away it's perfect, if you want to hire a car to visit the area then that's easy too. It has the best of both worlds.

Being just 6 kilometers from Dalyan Town center, 5 kilometers from turtle (Iztuzu) beach, and 30 minutes (20 kilometers) from Dalaman Airport (DLM). Palace Gökbel is a small exclusive retreat, located in the traditional Turkish village of Gökbel which overlooks Turtle Beach, the lake, and the Dalyan Delta mountain ranges. Palace Gökbel is a privately owned place with a committed husband and wife team who try and make your stay as relaxing as possible.

Dalyan town is blessed with many geographical attractions you can explore, including the Lycian Rock Tombs, Lake Koycegiz, the ruins of Caunos, the mud baths, and natural sulfur springs.

Gökbel is also famous for turtle beach, a protected area, where the Carretta turtles come to lay their eggs. The beach itself is sandy with shallow warm waters and is just five kilometers away from the retreat. Another beautiful cove close to the retreat is Asi beach with rougher turquoise waters and a cafe overlooking the bay.

Distances

  • Dalaman Airport (DLM), 30 minutes
  • Dalyan - 6 kilometers
  • Turtle Beach - 5 kilometers

Food

During sky mountain retreats, you will be treated to the most beautiful, creative food, using elite nutrition and locally sourced organic fruits and vegetables. Prepared by a vegan nutritionist, who understands the need for flavour, fulfillment and whats in fashion. You will be served a three or four-course evening meal on The Chardonnay Terrace; in front of stunning sunsets over Iztuzu beach. Inspiration is taken from a variety of cultures, including Turkish, med, Indian, Asian. All recipes are bespoke and new ideas are launched year after year, to keep improving the menu.

If you have a specific dietary requirement, allergy or intolerances, this is all ok and catered to. Complimentary Turkish wine and beer accompany the evening meal and on special occasions a pomtini. Brunch is served after morning yoga, in the shaded picnic area. Smoothie bowls, mezze and cooked, depending on the time of year and diners on the retreat. At least one day of the week you will be offered a Yogic fast where you will only have the evening meal. This is completely optional, about 50% of guests do it. Snacks (nuts, fruit, chocolate) are available in the tea and coffee station, as well as local mountain spring water, herbal tea, Nescafe and soup.

All-day and night for you to help yourself in the outdoor lounge area. Examples on our menu: starter: raw courgette stackers, spicey Peanut butter soup, cauliflower cheese, raw coconut soup, baked eggplant, gazpacho. Mains: pineapple curry, mushroom zoodles, raw mushroom burgers, tofu with raki-sauce, Turkish kofta. Sweets: choc'o'rock, coconut bliss cups, orange sunflower pudding, cocini tart. These are all vegan friendly.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegan
  • 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)

Top of your list must be a visit to the angel reader (Dalyan), 450 TRY for over 2 hours with her. She comes highly recommended by past guests, about 80% of guests visit her, including Naomi (yoga teacher).

A boat ride is a lovely thing to do too, from a short trip on the rowing boats over the river to a 12 island all-day tour, there is something for everyone. The cost is 50 TRY - 500 TRY

  • A guided hike, following the eco trails, with a tour group
  • Visit the waterfalls and take a dip in the ice-cold water
  • Climb up radar mountain
  • Visit the lakes

Spa treatments

There are many Turkish hammams to choose from in Dalyan. Past guests have really enjoyed the foam massage and aromatherapy massage but there are many treatments to choose from 50 TRY upwards.

The beauty salon comes highly recommended, the owner is lovely and the premises spotless, she speaks good English. Past guests have had manicures, pedicures, wax treatments, facials, and brows done, all have been extremely impressed and thought her excellent value for money. Prices start from 30 TRY.

Guys, if you have never visited a Turkish barber, then it's a must-do while you are here. Great value from 25 TRY and lots of pampering. Also, there are two mudbaths in the area.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation, private en-suite sea view rooms
  • Housekeeping
  • Twice daily yoga and meditation
  • 4 workshops
  • Nutritional plan (If you need it)
  • 1-day Yogic FAST
  • 7 days brunch (mezze, soup, smoothies)
  • 7 days of three-course evening meals
  • Complimentary drinks
  • 2 excursions
  • Mats

What's not included

  • Additional activities, excursions, and services
  • Additional meals and drinks
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dalaman Airport (DLM). Private luxury transfer can be provided for you for an additional charge, 60 GBP for pick up and return or 40 GBP one way.

Airport: Dalaman Airport Airport transfer available: Dalaman Airport (US$55 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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