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5 Days Boutique Spa Yoga Retreat in Lake Garda, Italy

Via Bell’ Italia 37019 Peschiera del Garda (VR), Italy

Spa and Yoga Retreat in Italy

Looking like a 9th century bottle factory restoration, this beautiful spa yoga retreat is a 5 minutes stroll from stunning Lake Garda and 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Our boutique spa yoga retreat is a vanguard in using solar energy and bio-compatible construction material for insulation and acoustics. With regards to the fascinating fortress walls that surround Peschiera del Garda, you’ll be just outside with this spa but you’ll have direct access to the main roads between Brescia and Verona. In this charming location, you’ll reach new levels of relaxation thanks to the serene garden, the comfy sofas, and the olive trees that surround the main entrance; it looks like something from a traditional postcard or a computer wallpaper.

Meet the instructors

Perumal & Giulia
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • All levels are welcome
  • Access to wellness area
  • Access to outdoor swimming pool and gym
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Online yoga videos

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:30
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Despite the ancient red bricks, the spa actually offers a wonderful blend of old and new. As soon as you enter the double glass doors, you won’t ever want to leave. Don’t worry, you’re welcome back at any time.

While looking after you, this Lake Garda spa also looks after the environment thanks to solar energy, advanced insulation, and plenty of other sustainable solutions that were used during construction.

You’ll be welcomed with a smile here, and the relaxing lounge area will allow you to sit with a tea, cocktail after a long day of traveling. Once you’ve settled in, there’s nothing stopping you from forgetting the world and entering bliss.

Rooms

In total, there are 25 rooms at this yoga retreat Italy and they’re all designed individually so each customer has a unique experience. Whether you choose the Deluxe, Suite, or Junior Suite, you’ll receive the same high-quality service. Each room will offer temperature control, hair dryer, safe deposit, flat screen LCD, soundproofing, Wi-Fi, courtesy line, air conditioning, radio, and a minibar.

The prices indicated on this listing are an average estimate of the most basic Superior room. If you would like to upgrade to a more luxurious room, please send an inquiry and Yoga with Perumal will be able to advise you on the exact quote.

As the basic rooms in the complex, you’ll receive all the features listed above (and don’t forget the panoramic views outside the window!). Out of these 11 rooms 2 of them (rooms # 19 & 20) have strictly skylight windows on the ceiling.

Salt Water Pool

What if you want to sit outside and soak up the sun? Well, the salt water pool is the perfect place to do so. Surrounded by a pool bar (for all sorts of drinks and snacks) and sun loungers, the salt water itself will be ideal for the ‘relaxing’ theme because it’s less harsh on the skin compared to chlorinated water.

5 benefits of salt water pools

  • Your skin will feel soft and smooth after a swim; chlorinated pools can leave the skin feeling itchy.
  • Many studies have proven the positives effects of salt water on skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
  • Salt water won’t irritate the eyes while trying to relax.
  • The water will leave you feeling refreshed which fits nicely into the spa atmosphere of relaxation.
  • There are no side effects with salt water (unlike chlorinated water) it aids the joints and removes tension.

Program

Yoga experts extol, and students are discovering, the amazing benefits of combining yoga with spa and massage. Yoga is an ideal form of meditation and holistic fitness practiced by millions of people across all parts of the world. In the last few years, more and more health and fitness-conscious people have been turning to this ancient art of creating and maintaining harmony between the mind, the body, and the soul.

Yoga with spa and massage does wonders in limitless ways. This combination helps attain an unmatched sense of stillness, serenity, and solitude settling deep into the bones. In short, you will be immersing yourself into a deep state of relaxation with subtle poses of yoga and breathing exercises, taught by a restorative yoga teacher, and complemented with the delicately guided fingers of a Spa therapist.

Yoga and Massage complement each other in endless ways. Yoga asanas such as the subtle and slow Hatha yoga helps in correct alignment of the body. On the other hand, the vigorous Vinyasa yoga allows the body to warm up for intense stretching. Chakra-freeing Kundalini yoga may be performed to release inner energy and the fast-paced Power or Asthanga yoga provides the full benefits of a workout.

Yoga practices applied according to the level of the individual or group, coupled with a relaxing environment creates clarity of thought and balance. This enhances every psychological, physiological, and spiritual goal. A massage improves supply of blood to muscles while enabling outside layers of muscles (the fascia) to also lengthen.

Proprioceptors in tight and over-used muscles of the body are stimulated enabling awareness of where our limbs are in orientation to space. This type of proprioceptors awareness lets us practice meditatively instead of thinking about the body so much. It also enables awareness regarding levels of exertion we should commit to. Besides enabling participants to enter yoga postures deeply massaging creates additional angles of awareness where tension exists. Where there is tension for a long time proprioceptors become accustomed to it, despite tension existing. That is why massages just like stretching reveals the places of tension.

You will be a skilled yogi when you make a return to your home after learning ways to revive well-being and achieve harmony between the mind and the body with holistic fitness and yoga practices. After having been immersed in ritually-inspired therapies, grounding treatments, and nature's bounty, the mind, body, and soul will be cleansed of negativity.

Sample Program Sequence

Joint preparation, stretching, meditation

A joint is any part of the body in which two or more bones make contact. They are quite sensitive and prone to injuries. Those new to yoga without a fitness background or returning after a long inactive period require joint exercises first. The first evening class will be a preparation class. Here we tune up the body for the upcoming lessons. Especially at the start of a yoga retreat, this sequence is an ideal first gentle entry step into the retreat. Included is an introduction to the upcoming lessons along with some light stretches and meditation.

Core Detox

This class is the foundation of the upcoming leg and arm sequences while detoxing the body. Core muscles are in the trunk of the body. Remove the limbs and head then what remains is the core. Major muscles of the core are the abdominals and mid to lower back. This progress to deeper lower abdominal postures followed by the upper abdominals through sequences coupled with deep breathing. Those with lower back problems are to avoid leg lifting and the boat sequences that follow. We progress into locust through east facing, camel and wheel postures before ending with meditation.

Foundation Leg Sequence

We practice a preparation and foundation leg sequence similar to what was authored by Perumal Koshy and published in Yoga Journal Italy. The lesson progresses through preparation exercises and then into the foundational leg sequence. Preparation sequences open the hip joints and knees before executing a series involving large muscle groups of glutes and quads. This sequence acts as a lower back opener through the iliopsoas muscles preparing our core for the next day upper body plank sequences.

Plank Sequences with Head-Standing

Cat-Cow Core Breathing/ Table pose pelvic tilt, upper body Arm Sequences. We move from non-weight bearing upper body preparation exercises into foundational strength isometric exercises or holding postures. Following are isotonic upper body strength sequences progressing from eccentric lengthening (with gravity) to concentric shortening (against gravity). This approach enables those with shoulder issues to progress in a controlled manner enabling an understanding of when to stop in the sequence. Head standing is practiced at the end of this lesson. It is ideal to headstand after having a well warmed up neck, shoulder and scapula area. This is accomplished with plank sequences. If you cannot headstand then the foundation along with the theory of head-standing will be explained.

Stretching and Meditation

This is a recovery sequence. The previous sequences of the first morning onward did not focus directly on stretching but yet the body was made to feel light, loose and carefree of pains. The previous sessions accomplished the freedom of the body that stretching provides through preparation and strength postures. Here we stretch the body directly. In this manner, we avoid overstretching of the body during the retreat enabling reduced risk of injuries. Upcoming sequences will lead to stretching at the end of preparation and strength sequences.

Onward

The lesson sequences that proceed onward depends on the individual or group that is participating. What we proceed to do is based on feedback regarding ability. We either repeat the previous lessons or combines the previous lessons into more complex sequences with synchronized breath and movements known as vinyasa. There should be no hurry to enter into new and unfamiliar information especially if the previous sequences were challenging. The deeper goals of practicing yoga postures are to do them with an effortless movement while maintaining a still mind.

Instructors

Perumal Koshy (Founder of Method)

Giulia Labombarda

Retreat location

Based on the southern tip of Lake Garda, our Spa Yoga Retreat is near the pentagon-shaped fortress that is Peschiera del Garda. Whether you want to stay for three days or a full week (or something in between!), you’ll be surrounded by olive groves, golf courses, lemon trees, vineyards, and palm trees while you relax.

At our retreat, you’ll be just five minutes away from the historical city centre of Peschiera del Garda. As one of the four fortified towns of the ‘Quadrilatero’, an Austrian empire defence system, the town is full of stories and the traditional Venetian defensive systems are even classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Therefore, you’ll be within walking distance of the large walls that are still in place (and have been for many centuries!).

Unique features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

Food

We all need good food while away, right? With yoga retreats in Italy, you know you’ll be looked after and this is true for the brilliant spa. With an almost retro atmosphere, you’ll be provided with the well-known ‘Three T’s’:

  • Territory – Enjoy the beautiful landscape that surrounds you as you sample the local cuisine.
  • Typical – With traditional recipes, you can taste the classics in a restaurant that doesn’t try to be too fancy with the dishes.
  • Treasure – Take in the experience with loved ones and create memories to last.

We cater to your dietary needs from vegetarian to gluten intolerance. Breakfast is served from 7.00 am to 10.00 am. Dinner is served between 19.00 - 22.30.

Half Board dinners choose 3 courses between a starter, first course, second course or dessert. Finish with coffee or tea.

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

What if you prefer to be out in the city when visiting another country? If this is the case, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy various activities.

Outdoor Activities

Why not combine yoga and spa sessions with outdoor activities such as boating, cycling, or stand up paddling? Encompassing the Bracco Baldo Beach (which allows dogs), our retreat will also cater to lovers of diving, surfing, trekking, Nordic walking, golf, tennis, climbing, volleyball, canoeing, sailing, angling, kite surfing, mini golf, windsurfing, and more. For example, stunning landscapes can be explored right across the Mincio cycle path.

Cultural Activities

While in a town of history and fascinating stories, you’ll also have opportunities to soak up the culture of Peschiera del Garda. Home to Santuario della Madonna del Frassino, legend says the Madonna del Frassino appeared from thin air here in the 16th century. Additionally, writers and journalists come together for the Words at the Waterside festival, while traditional games and concerts are enjoyed at Tocati. Various festivals allow visitors to immerse fully while in the town.

Venue Activities

With a brilliant location, this spa is in close proximity to Lake Garda and all the wonderful amenities it has to offer. For adults and children alike, there are enjoyable locations all around whether it’s the famous theme parks, the Exhibition Fair in Verona, or maybe even somewhere further afield.

For those who love to play sports while away from home, you’ll be near seven different golf courses as well as having easy access to walking/cycling routes to Valeggio, Sirmione, and Borghetto.

Spa treatments

Wellness Center

Access to wellness area is included in this package. The wellness area is accessible on Monday - Friday 15:00 - 20:00 & Saturday - Sunday 14:00 - 20:00. Access is for 16 years of age and older.

Bathrobe and slippers available in the room for use in the wellness area.

Depending on how you wish to spend your time, the wellness centre offers plenty of cosmetic and wellness treatments. All with the goal of providing guests with serenity and peace from the hustle and bustle of the world, the spa itself covers 400 square metres.

You’ll find three cabins designed for body care, a Finnish sauna, relaxation area (offering herbal teas), a wellness area with a Turkish bath, emotional showers, a Jacuzzi, and a Kneipp path.

Even after this, guests can reserve the Private Spa in advance for full relaxation and privacy with friends and family.

À la carte spa treatments

  • Sport massage – Rebalancing (approx. 50 min. Cost 60 EUR)
  • Antistress – Customized massage (approx.50 min. Cost 60 EUR)
  • Draining massage (approx. 50 min.Cost 60 EUR)
  • Lomi Lomi massage (approx. 50 min. Cost 70 EUR)
  • Hot stone (ca. 80 min. Cost 90 EUR)
  • Candle massage (approx. 50 min. Cost 50 EUR)
  • Massage for couples (approx. 50 min. Cost 120 EUR)
  • Head massage (approx. 25 min. Cost 30 EUR)
  • Back massage (approx.25 min. Cost 30 EUR)
  • Facial massage (approx. 25 min. Cost 30 EUR)
  • Legs and feet massage (approx. 25 min. Cost 30 EUR)
  • Ritual "Musa". Body scrub, face and body wrap, massage with essential oil. Cost 50 EUR
  • Ritual of the mud (50 min.) To cope the blemishes and give a pleasant feeling. Cost 50 EUR

What's included

  • Yoga classes twice daily
  • Daily breakfast OR daily breakfast and dinner (depending on the package you choose)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Access to outdoor swimming pool (summer)
  • Access to the gym between 7AM – 8PM (clean shoes & towel required)
  • Online yoga videos
  • Access to Wellness Area - Providing Turkish Bath, Finnish Sauna, Jacuzzi, Water Paradise, Kneipp Path and Relax Area with Tea corner. Accessible Monday - Friday 15:00 - 20:00 & Saturday - Sunday 14:00 - 20:00. Access is for 16 years of age and older.
  • Bathrobe and slippers available in the room for use in the wellness area.

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Insurance of Travel, Health and Repatriation
  • Flights (destination is Peschiera Del Garda, Italy)
  • Compulsory slippers/ flip flops. Bring your own or purchase for 3 EUR
  • Spa Treatments and are à la carte and so reserved upon arrival and charged by spa directly.
  • For hygiene purposes using the sauna and Turkish bath is needed with a swimsuit and a towel.
  • Tourist tax up to 2 EUR per person per day for 13 years of age and up (to be paid upon arrival).

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You are advised to fly into one of the airports below:

  • Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN)
  • Brescia Airport (VBS)
  • Il Caravaggio International Airport (BGY)
  • Milano Linate Airport (LIN)
  • Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

Arrival by train

Peschiera Del Garda is the nearest train station and you have to catch the taxi which is a 5 minute ride away from the spa retreat; hourly shuttle services are available from the retreat during May - October.

Driving directions

From the autostrada coming from Milan exit on Peschiera. Free parking is available for all our guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 86% 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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Prices shown are indicative and may vary depending on the season. Upon inquiry, the exact quote will be provided and is subject to change if not reserved within 24 hours.

 

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After a non-refundable deposit is paid your credit card must be filed by the venue through their online secure reservation system. These two steps conclude your reservation. Delaying to immediately file your credit card details with the venue reservation system may lose your price option on the final payment or a place within the retreat. The final payment is charged on arrival. Tourist tax up to 2 EUR per person per day for 13 years of age and up is not included and paid on location.

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