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7 Days Mountain Yoga Retreat Near Iztuzu Beach, Turkey

Palace Gokbel, Dalyan, Mugla, Turkey

Relaxing Yoga Holidays Turkey

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

Palace Gokbel is a bespoke, private wellness retreat, situated high up on a mountain, nestled in a pine forest with stunning panoramic views and sunsets over iztuzu beach. An idyllic place to practice your yoga in the most beautiful location, chill out in the ancient olive garden, swim in a natural rock pool and detox the body and mind. There are just 6 ensuit rooms, meaning the retreat remains peaceful and quiet, homely and intimate. Breath in the fresh mountain air (non-smoking retreat), Make some friends for life, find yourself in this spiritual place and learn to relax.

Meet the instructors

Naomi Alexandra
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Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga in a variety of styles
  • A small private bespoke retreat for serious yogis
  • Added workshops and time with the yoga teacher
  • Natural beauty area, with panoramic views from the yoga terrace
  • 6 nights boutique accommodation with luxury ensuite shower rooms
  • 7 days of home cooked meals and complimentary wine/beer
  • 2 excursions, including one to the beach and turtle hospital

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 9
Airport transfer available:
Dalaman Airport (US$39 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:30
Check-out Time:
13:00

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 room, and one single room with 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. 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 are decorated in gold and white to create a classical yet relaxing atmosphere and furnished with natural fabrics to keep things light and cool. Tea and coffee facilities are located near room five, underneath the arches whilst room six has its own tea and coffee making facilities. Palace Gökbel can accommodate ten guests at any one time ensuring the experience is both intimate and free from overcrowding.

Program

What to expect

Morning yoga lasts for 120 minutes and takes place on the dedicated outdoor yoga terrace. You start with a meditation or breathing exercises, followed by a warm up or core exercises.

You will practice Vinyasa yoga on 3 days, which combines flowing movements with some longer holds. It is a graceful discipline synchronization in order to maximize the benefits of the practice. On the other days you will do, Acro, ashtanga and primal yoga.

After yoga is a healthy version of the Turkish breakfast, plated and served in the shaded picnic area. One day during the week, you have the chance to do a yoga fast, where you won't eat until dinner time.

On alternate days, there is either a workshop or HIIT training or pilates on offer during the day. On the other days, you will be on your excursion in between breakfast and Yin. Lunch time is smoothie time in the lotus lounge area.

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 long 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.

You will enjoy a 3-course evening meal, with complimentary drinks, served on the wine 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

Monday

  • Vinyasa, Yin yoga

Tuesday

  • Ashtanga, Barre Pilates, Yin yoga

Wednesday

  • Vinyasa, Yin yoga

Thursday

  • Primal, HIIT, yin yoga

Friday

  • Vinyasa, nutritional workshop, Yin yoga

Saturday

  • Acro, Yin yoga

Sunday

  • Hatha yoga, TA, yin yoga

Included excursions

Palace Gokbel offers two free excursions during your stay (may 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 excursion is to a local restaurant, situated on the river, where you'll enjoy traditional Turkish hospitality and breakfast with local pomegranate juice, while watching the turtles swim up and down the river. (October to april) a visit to iztuzu beach and turtle hospital and a trip to the local town and market.

Instructors

Naomi Alexandra Enser

Retreat location

The retreat is located in a small village, 10 kilometers from Dalyan, five kilometers from the beach, and 30 minutes 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 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.

Nearby places

  • Dalaman Airport (DLM), 30 minutes
  • Dalyan - 10 kilometers
  • Turtle beach - 5 kilometers

Food

During this retreat, you will be served a three-course meal every evening, made bespoke to each guest's requirements and using locally sourced food and lovely home cooking. Palace Gokbel takes inspiration from a variety of cultures, including Turkish, med, Indian, Asian. They offer Turkish wine and beer with the evening meal. For breakfast, they go Turkish style but pick out all the best bits to offer a totally healthy version of this classic. At least one day of the week you will be offered a fast where you will only have the evening meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
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)

During your free time, you can opt to chill by the pool, snooze in a hammock, or simply just sit back and relax while enjoying the view with a glass of wine. You can also partake in artistic activities such as painting and writing as the scenery in Palace Gokbel is both breathtaking and inspiring. Other than that, you can also take yourself off to visit the local area such as The Rock Tombs, a boat trip, Asi beach, the mud baths, and the famous turtle beach. Not included in the price but a lovely experience would be an angel reading from a local Turkish woman. We also on occasion have a healer visit the retreat.

What's included

  • 6 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
  • 5 days Turkish breakfast
  • 5 days smoothies
  • 6 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.

Airport: Dalaman Airport Airport transfer available: Dalaman Airport (US$39 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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Please take notice the pink and blue room have a special discount of 190 and 150 GBP per person.

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