Sky Pilates and Yoga Retreats in Santorini Greece and Gran Canaria Spain is a family in love with healthy living, yoga, and Pilates in gorgeous destinations.
Yoga Retreats (2)
Alex's style of teaching is a perfect combination of classical Pilates and progressive methods, with the fervor and tenacity that Joseph Pilates intended for his clients. His private sessions and classes will rebuild the body you deserve and transform your life.
Ashley Orlando is full of energy, passion, commitment and dedication to the classical system of Pilates. Ashley was classically certified by Core Pilates NYC in 2007. This is one of the top certifications in the nation. She has taught in several locations throughout Los Angeles, New York City and the Dominican Republic. Ashley has worked at over a dozen prestigious studios such as Core Pilates NYC, Bace Pilates and Equinox. From her experience with many different clientele, she has found a versatile teaching style that grows with each client. She currently owns Loft 26 Pilates.
Frauke Behrens spent many years working in hotels and spa management at some of the Canary Islands' best hotels and resorts, before putting her passion for Vinyasa Yoga, Ying and Yang Yoga and Kundalini Yoga into practice and retraining as a yoga instructor (600 hrs. Yoga Alliance). Her greatest passion now is bringing her love of movement and spirituality to all of our Sky Retreaters. She has held many workshops around the world and now has a tremendous following in her approach to Yoga.
Sylvia's first introduction to yoga was to Sivananda yoga but immediately sought to explore other styles and went on to a regular Ashtanga practice. Over the years her practice has diversified to include Dharma, Rocket, Acroyoga, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Shadow, Yin, Bikram and Vinyasa flow. She is now trained with many wonderful and inspiring teachers including Sharath Jois, David Swenson, David Williams, Kino Macgregor, John Scott, Jean-Luc Martin & Sainaa (London School of Handbalance). Sylvia now brings her unique blend of Yoga to Sky Retreats enabling everyone to feel the magic of yoga!
from United States, September 2019
"Rated F for Fantastic!"
Expert training coupled with exquisite cuisine and exhilarating excursions made for an exceptional experience in an excellent setting. I would highly recommend Sky Retreats
from United Arab Emirates, August 2019
I came away feeling exceptionally well and upbeat.
from Great Britain, July 2019
The most life enhancing holiday I’ve ever had . My first retreat and definitely not my last . I learned so much from Alex and Ashley I now need to find a better teacher back home .Lovely people ,beautiful peaceful place ,delicious food I can’t wait to return .
from United States, July 2019
"The place, exercise, recreational activity, and people top n"
our group, instructors, excursions, and staff all wonderful!!
from United States, July 2019
"Best retreat ever! "
I loved everything about it. Wonderful instructors. Learned a lot of new things. The participants were amazing, kind and fun to be with. The food was incredible. The staff at hotel absolutely wonderful. Farm to table food. Everything was more than I ever imagined. 👍❤️
from United States, September 2018
"Best retreat we have been to"
Infectious enthusiasm, excellent teaching, great hotel, so much laughter.
from Albania, September 2018
from Great Britain, July 2018
"Santorini healthy holiday "
The balance of healthy exercise and food with the feeling of a relaxed holiday.
from Great Britain, July 2018
"Perfect retreat "
Very well organised by Alex and his team. The whole experience was superb.
I came away fitter and with a better understanding of Pilates and Yoga. I would throughly recommend this retreat. Overall excelent in every area.
The hotel were so friendly and made me feel special and nothing was too much trouble. Amazing food.
from France, October 2017
I have absolutley enjoyed the retreat and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a beautiful place to practice yoga and/or pilates. Alejandro and Nayra are amazing instructors ready to answer any questions, help you and quide you. Also activities were fun. If you are an active person there are ways and time to explore the island in between the practices, but also if you live a busy life and are looking just to relax, you can spend some peace and quiet time by the pool or the beach, which is a walking distance from the resort. Money worth spent
from Great Britain, October 2017
"Fantastic stay with a fun group"
The organised excursions were fabulous and the classes were fun. It was great having a timetable.
from Italy, October 2017
"The best retreat I have ever had"
The place is positioned at the foot a hill that inspires tranquility and beauty. The hotel is clean and welcoming, with a pool larger than I have seen in any island-styled hotels. The instructors--Alex Estornel and Nayra Gomez--were some of the best I have every had!! Their knowledge, attitude, generosity and positive outlook made for a most satisfying and enjoyable retreat. I learned quite a bit about pilates, and also practiced yoga in the way that yoga must be practiced: with flowing ease and a clear mind. One more thing: the cooking at this hotel is nothing short of exceptional. It is said that one can enjoy the best dinners ever here and I believe it 100%. I could not wait to have breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Superb preparation, superb ingredients, superb taste. Thank you to the organizers and the hotel's personnel who made our stay so special! PS I can't wait to return here AND go to a retreat with Alex and Nayra in Grand Canaries where they are based out of....
from United States, October 2017
The island of Santorini is absolutely beautiful and the location of the retreat was perfectly located close to Oia. The Pelagos is a peaceful and charming place, and the food was amazing. The yoga classes were not as challenging as I'm used to but perfect for some in our group who were new to yoga. Since I was new to Pilates, those classes were challenging for me and a nice complement to easier yoga classes. I also really enjoyed the group of people who attended as well as Alex and Nayra.
from Great Britain, September 2017
Pilates sessions fantastic Alex is an excellent teacher
Staff very friendly at the hotel, a relaxed environment
from Great Britain, August 2017
"A fun packed week in Santorini"
Well, where do I start? I had such a fun week on the retreat in Santorini. I loved the yoga and pilates programme. As a newly qualified instructor, it was a great experience where I learnt so much and came away feeling really enthusiastic about my future in Pilates. Not only that, it challenged me on a personal level. But the emphasis of this retreat was not just on fitness and health, but on having an actual holiday. So if you weren't up to attending a class or would miss one because you were touring the island, then the instructors understood completely. This helped to create the relaxed atmosphere on the retreat where people bonded and made friends easily. And if that wasn't enough, Alex had arranged a walking tour into Oia, a catamaran cruise and and a trip to ancient Thera via quad bikes. So we got to see the real Santorini too! So thank you to the team at Sky for a wonderful week and a great choice of hotel. I hope to see you again soon!
from United States, July 2018
"Best Summer Holiday ever"
Everything was even better than I had expected it to be!
Lovely people, peaceful place to stay and I enjoyed every single minute!
from Switzerland, August 2017
L'hôtel, le site, les cours et les profs de pilate, les excursions, le groupe, l'ambiance, l'accueil et la serviabilité du personnel de l'hôtel, la nourriture
from Ireland, March 2020
"Exceeded expectations all around"
The whole retreat was fantastic - from the warm welcome at the airport, the comfortable accommodation, the fantastic group to giggle with and care and attention throughout from Alex and Estrella. Alex is an excellent instructor and so knowledgeable about the island. Estrella is a marvellous chef - please writ e book with your recipes! The excursions were all great. Cannot wait to go back! Highly recommend, excellent value.
from Netherlands, March 2020
The retreat had the perfect balance between yoga & pilates classes, hiking and relaxing. Alex is a great instructor; he is very professional but also engaged and people oriented. I was new to pilates but that wasn't a problem at all. He explained all exercises very clear and he used sport psychology methods during his classes - which I found really helpful. On top of this, the food was fantastic!
All in all, I would definitely recommend this retreat to others and I will definitely come back again :-) Alex, Leo and Estrella, thanks so much for everything! It's been a real (re)TREAT ;-)
from Great Britain, April 2019
Fabulous classes, an excellent program with fun hikes as well as trips to the beach. Alejandro could not be any better at making your holiday truly awesome.
from Netherlands, March 2019
"Just a perfect week!"
If you are looking for a relaxing week of healthy living, daily Pilates, lots of laughter and great outdoor excursions, all set in a gorgeous and most hospital environment, you just found your retreat!
I recently spent a week at Sky Retreats in Gran Canaria and just had the best time! Alex is not only a very talented, clear and entertaining Pilates instructor, he and his team create for an atmosphere that totally makes you feel home away from home. Rooms are comfy and attractively decorated, and daily breakfast and dinner are prepared and served with so much care and love, and all come with lots of home-made, healthy and very yummy dishes. Both are served in a cozy covered outdoor area, that provides for a great environment for eating, conversing and laughter. If you want, you can even bring your own wine (or stronger) to the table, while all the rest (coffee, tea, water, fruit) is perfectly taking care of. The villa itself is set in a beautiful two-floor lush garden with plenty of little corners to relax in or take a moment for yourself. The heated pool invites for a nice cool down or swim, and is surrounded by sun loungers perfect for some tanning or reading (beach towels are provided as well!). Throughout the week, Alex will take you on three beautiful and fun excursions to explore other parts of the island: a cute beach and fisherman village in the south (bring your swim suits!), and two hikes with stunning mountains views in the north/center of the island. I'll be back!!
from Great Britain, May 2018
"Wonderfully rejuvenating retreat "
Thank you for the most amazingly relaxing and rejuvenating 8 days in Gran Canaria!! As this was my first retreat, I was dubious to how beneficial a retreat could be. After arriving at the beautiful villa, I felt instantly at ease and began to relax. I left the retreat as a different (and much relaxed) person.
I was lucky to be with an amazing group of people who really made my week. What an inspiring group of women I got to share this experience with!
Also Alex; thank you for being a wonderful host and showing us areas of the island I never would have ventured to myself. As a pilates novice, you were encouraging and really helped us all improve during our stay. Also thank you to Nayra for providing us with the most amazing yoga classes. You are a wonderful, inspirational person and I loved being in your presence. Your Yin classes and guided meditations were beautiful.
I'm going to miss my writing chair at the bottom of the garden! I hope to see you all again shortly!