Nature Fitness & Wellness Retreats
CONNECT WITH NATURE…
7 NIGHTS RETREAT
EN-SUITE ACCOMMODATION IN A FANTASTIC NATURE SETTING
DAILY FITNESS CLASSES (2-3 A DAY)
YOGA & PILATES IN THE GARDENS
GUIDED HIKE & BIKE RIDE
3X EVENING MEALS
AIRPORT TRANSFERS INCLUDED
Our Nature Fitness & Wellness Retreats are dedicated to encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Each Fitness & Wellness Holiday is designed for those who already lead an active lifestyle and want to continue their fitness & adventure journey. Each week is designed around a variety of conventional fitness activities/classes but also incorporates activities that allow the guests to absorb the local culture and attractions. This isn’t your standard three fitness classes a day type retreat, there is just as much focus on wellness and adventure as there is on fitness.
This retreat is perfect for somebody that wants to do something different but keep active. One small example is that every guest will be given their bicycle for the week, nobody is tied to the guest house, and everybody is encouraged to go out and explore whenever they like.
The accommodation and base for the retreat are oozing with Greek culture. It is set in the Asklipion Valley, the Asklipion being the first hospital where Hippocrates created the Medical Oath. Each room has its ensuite bathroom, and the majority have a terrace or balcony with breathtaking views. Whether you’re a solo traveller or travelling with a friend or partner, you will feel at home at the Asklipion Valley Guest House.
Visit our location page to find out more about the paradise you are heading to.
The incredible Activities involved:
A bike ride to the Island’s natural spa/springs. Therma beach is an approximately 16km ride from our Retreat. The route takes you on an incredible journey giving you some incredible photo opportunities eventually reaching your destination. the hot springs are a real treasure containing elements such as Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur and Chlorine ideal treatments for rheumatism, arthritis and any gynaecological-related issues. The route is a bit challenging in places but not unachievable for those that like to keep fit. There are some uphill moments, but remember, for every uphill, we have to come down at some point, giving you some time to recuperate. In total, the route is approximately 32km there and back, but halfway we get to have a well-deserved break, where you get to soak up the benefits the natural spring has to offer.
An E-Bike upgrade is available for those not comfortable with longer bike rides – ask for details
A Hike to the highest point of the island, Dikeos mountain. Heading from the picturesque mountain village of Zia, we begin our ascent up Dikeos mountain to reach the highest peak of 846m. To mountaineers this may not seem very high, however, the views at the top of Dikeos are incredible. On a clear day, there is the prospect of seeing Samos Island which is around 90km away, so even on a less clear day the views of the neighbouring islands and Turkey are out of this world. The route itself will take approximately 2hours up and 2 hours down, take as long as you want at the top. You will venture through nature, taking in all Greece’s hiking spots has to offer. On the return to Zia, you will have the opportunity to explore the village, look around the shops and relax in one of the village’s amazing cafes or restaurants.
There is an additional activity* day where you can experience an activity of your choice. These activities could include:
- Horse Riding on the Beach,
- Windsurfing at one of the local windsurfing centres, or
- A pamper day at the traditional Artemis Hamam located in the village of Tigaki.
- Mosaic creation with our Guest House host Anastasia
And, if none of these activities takes your fancy you are free to organise your day, maybe you want a beach day or fancy a shopping trip to Turkey, the day is yours to explore as you wish.
*All activities on this day will not be included in the price of the retreat, and are subject to availability. Please ask for further details.
As well to all these incredible activities there will be a scheduled Fitness program which includes;
But be sure to take time to rest and absorb the beauty of the Island and the Guest House Gardens.
All Activities are optional, you decide what you want to take advantage of. For example, if you do not fancy hiking to see the incredible views Kos has to offer, you can go for a cycle and have a few hours to relax on the beautiful sandy beaches and take a swim in the crystal blue waters.
What to expect each day…
Arrive at Kos Airport where you will have a transfer waiting for you to take you to the Asklipion Valley Guest House, approximately 30- 45 minutes away. When you arrive you will be greeted by Gilly your Host and she will show you to your accommodation for the week. You will have time to settle in and orientate yourself. She will also introduce you to your allocated bicycle for the week.
At approximately 6 pm the group will gather and you will be introduced to your fitness instructor/assistant host. At this time you will meet your fellow retreaters and will be given a detailed plan for the exciting week ahead. Meals are available onsite.
Do not worry if you arrive after 6 pm, there will be an evening meal waiting for you and you can meet the group at breakfast.
There will be a fitness class taking place at 8 am if you choose to take part, please remember nothing is mandatory, everything is voluntary… take part in what takes your fancy. Following the class, a buffet breakfast will be available between the hours of 9 am and 10 am (don’t worry if you take a little longer).
Nothing else is scheduled until 5 pm, when there will be an evening of fitness class, followed by a delicious BBQ, and to finish the day of a magical sunset yoga/Pilates. Take the free time to go and explore the local sites if you wish – the Asklepion is only a stone’s throw away.
An early start on Day 3 – We are going for a guided bike ride to the Thermal springs of Kos. The bike ride in total is approximately 30km, however, we are going to take a break halfway and take the opportunity to soak up the healing properties the natural spring is said to give. The route itself will take you through some quaint villages including Platani which is known to be the Turkish settlement on the island.
After returning to the Guest House, there will be some time for you to relax and then there will be an evening of fitness classes if you wish to take part. There will be a sunset pilates/yoga class taking place which after a morning of cycling will be an amazing way to finish the day.
An E-Bike upgrade is available for those not comfortable with longer bike rides – ask for details
Are you an early riser? If you are liking the early mornings, you will love Day 4’s Pilates/yoga class… what an amazing way to start the day.
The day will then have a selection of fitness classes available.
There is also an opportunity to go and do some local exploring on your bike if you wish – Ask Gilly or Anastasia (the Guesthouse Owner) for some ideas.
Another early start – we want to start the hike up Mount Dikeos before it gets too hot. So Breakfast is highly recommended and then you will jump in the organised transport to the mountain village of Zia. from there we will begin our hike up to the highest point of the island to experience the incredible views. The hike is a moderate level, for those trail runners, it is possible to run and signposted reasonably well. When in Zia, you will have time to enjoy the village, go shopping, go for a coffee, eat lunch, maybe visit the nature park – see what takes your fancy.
After leaving Zia, you will return to the Asklipion Valley Guest House, during the evening there will be a selection of fitness classes available.
It’s not so early today, start the day with a fitness class and then time to get on the way to your chosen activity. At the beginning of the week, you will have booked with Gilly the activity, this could be Horse Riding, you could have chosen to Horse Ride at sunset which means the rest of the day is yours. You may want to learn something new, a windsurfing lesson is available, or if you are a seasoned windsurfer, we can arrange the rental of the equipment, Kos is famous for windsurfing. You may feel you have done too much exercise and a bit of pampering is in order, that’s where the traditional Artemis Hamam comes in. The Hamam has many packages available that you can choose from, you could spend an hour there or you could spend all day there. You may also want to do some more exploring, maybe a boat trip to neighbouring islands or Turkey. Or you may find that these activities are for you and you want to have a lazy day, we will direct you to the local beaches.
Last day of activities, so we will start the day off right with Pilates or Yoga and then throughout the day, there will be a selection of fitness classes. If you want to cycle to Tigaki, you could take part in an Aqua Fitness class in the sea. However, the classes will finish early as we will head to Kos town in the early evening to sample the local cuisine in the harbour (included in the retreat package). This is also a great opportunity to get those last-minute gifts to take home.
Departure day, it’s time to say farewell. We will say goodbye and you will hop on your transfer to the airport. We will be sad to see you go but hopefully, you will enjoy the retreat so much you will return.
***Please note that you should have a sufficient travel insurance policy that covers the activities you wish to undertake (e.g. if you wish to do water sports/extreme sports an additional policy may be required)***