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Take part in active rest with the perfect balance of invigorating Hatha Yoga, toning Pilates, and calming Mindfulness Meditation while enjoying the convenience of a full board stay at one of Sicily’s finest country estates. With Sicily Active Holidays, you can indulge in a menu of healthy, tasty Sicilian food and authentic local wines.
Eight guest rooms are divided between the lower garden level and the upper garden levels, and are individually furnished and decorated with Sicilian antiques characterized by the attention to detail of the owners, who wanted Villa Aranjaya to be a place where Sicily meets the rest of the world.
Each room offers a wonderful atmosphere and total comfort. The rooms are equipped with wifi, heating, air conditioning, and colonial ceiling fans. En-suite bathrooms feature traditional Sicilian ceramics and are fully stocked with hand-made scented soaps and finest toiletries. Guests rest serenely on well-appointed beds dressed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. A newly restored guest house accommodates a further two en-suite bedrooms.
Welcome to Sicily. You will be met at the Villa Aranjaya in time for a welcome aperitif. Feel free to explore the true scope of the estate, 250,000 square meters of terrain, including its own organic farm and wonderful treks. Experience the warm Sicilian hospitality with a wonderful authentic dinner and local wine.
Begin your day with an energizing Pilates lesson and delicious breakfast. Sicily is famous for its cycling, hosting The Giro D’Italia 2017. Whether it be road biking or mountain biking on the hills of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna. Bike hire available or bring your own. Your first yoga and mindfulness session will be in the early evening, leaving you calm and relaxed to enjoy dinner.
Early morning yoga session, followed by breakfast. You may wish to explore Catania’s wonderful market, famous for fresh fish and a glorious array of produce. You will be able to buy your own fish or seafood that will be prepared by the chef for your evening meal. Unwind at the villa before evening Pilates and Mindfulness Meditation session followed by dinner.
Enjoy breakfast followed by invigorating morning Pilates. There are lots of ways to stay active and discover Sicily, wet trekking through Gole dell’ Alcantara, or discover the spiritual wonders of Pentalica, an ancient deep gorge where monks would settle into a life of spiritual enlightenment. You will have early evening yoga and mindfulness sessions, followed by dinner.
Begin the day with a gentle yoga lesson before breakfast, leaving your day free to discover Sicily. It is suggested that you may visit the beautiful town of Taormina or perhaps spend some time on the beach. Whether you explore Sicily or spend time at Villa Aranjaya, there will be a delicious evening meal after your Pilates and mindfulness session.
Start the day with breakfast and Pilates. The day is very much your own to relax or perhaps a game of tennis on the villa’s professional tennis court. If you would like an adventure, try Etna trekking and discover up close the true power and drama of this majestic volcano. Yoga and mindfulness sessions will be in the early evening.
After breakfast and your morning Pilates, you will be free to enjoy your last day at Villa Aranjaya. You might want to treat yourself to a beauty treatment, a relaxing massage, or perhaps detox in the sauna. Early evening is reserved for your final mindfulness session before a farewell dinner.
Departure after breakfast.
Marina Thomas has been practising Mindfulness and meditation for 10 years. Marina has worked as a fitness professional since 1996 teaching a variety of classes and teaching others to teach exercise as well as owning her own sales and consultancy business helping businesses to succeed in the health and fitness industry. Marina discovered mindfulness through her own challenges in life and this led to being fortunate enough to study on Mindfulness courses with; London Meditation and Susann Herrmann, Dipl. Psych. (MA) as well with Breathing space and Dr Paramabanhu Groves at the West London Buddh
Level 3 Certification (Stott)
In 1996, Mike began working for Fit to Perform lecturing anatomy, physiology and exercise science at National NVQ entry level two and three. In 2000, he worked for Lifetime Health and Fitness as their London based lecturer/assessor and was also a guest lecturer at the Tokyo Sports Academy 2000 and 2001. He works a lot today with bodyweight exercise, such as Pilates, Gravity, and TRX to give the client an increased awarness of correct posture, to bring strength but also length to the muscle. Core strength and spinal mobility has to be the foundation of any training regime.
This yoga retreat will take place in Villa Aranjaya, a stunning traditional grand villa which blends the very best of traditional Sicilian style with a luxurious and elegant decor.
The two kitchens are laden with lush welcome-baskets filled with fresh produce from the farm-manager Sebastiano. Here, the chef prepares all meals in exquisite Sicilian tradition. Experience a sicilian culinary adventure at Villa Aranjaya. Traditional Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine made with organic local products coming mostly from the Villa's garden, are delivered daily.
Enjoy orange blossom honey from the beehives of San Giorgio, homemade jams, fresh bread from the stone oven, fruit, yogurt, ham, tomatoes, and cheeses, including ricotta from the shepherds. Fresh herbs are grown in the vegetable garden, the Villa's own pasta sauces and local seafood and meats are always present. The wine list provides the best selection from the most acclaimed Italian and international vineyards and wineries. Special beverage requests are accommodated and food restrictions respected with advanced notice.
Explore the true scope of Villa Aranjaya, 250,000 square meters of terrain, including it’s own organic farm and wonderful treks. During your holiday in Sicily, balance the relaxation at Villa Aranjaya with a game of tennis any time of year. The court is beautifully nestled within an orange grove. A lighting system on the synthetic grass and sand court allows you to play an impromptu game whenever.
The essence of relaxation at Aranjaya is represented by the beautiful vanishing edge swimming pool. Shaded by palms and surrounded by lush gardens, guests relax on comfortable sun beds, beneath umbrellas when needed, in addition to the generously sized, air-conditioned Orangerie terrace when the Sicilian sun, particularly on summer afternoons, is amazing!
There are lots of ways to stay active and discover Sicily; wet treking through Gole dell’ Alcantara, or discover the spiritual wonders of Pentalica, an ancient deep gorge where monks would settle into a life of spiritual enlightenment.
Sicily is famous for its cycling, hosting The Giro D’Italia 2017. Whether it be road biking or mountain biking on the hills of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna. Bike hire is available or you may bring your own. Visit Catania’s wonderful market, famous for fresh fish and a glorious array of produce. See a show at Taormina's spectacular Amphitheatre or a trip to Siracusa, Noto or Marzamemi.
There is no better way to relax than to pamper oneself in a place so magical! A stop in the elegant finish sauna provides rejuvenating effects for the body and spirit. Nestled within the orange grove, the spacious sauna and dressing room can accommodate six people. Following your sauna, you can cool off under the outside shower.
Please book your flight to arrive at Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). Transfers to and from the airport are available upon request. Please do not book flights until the course has been confirmed.
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