Yoga Retreat Turkey
7 days with instruction
Welcome to Azure Wellness Retreat, where our aim is to provide you with a relaxing, refreshing holiday with a difference. Whether you are yoga curious newcomers, beginner, improvers, or advanced, interested in vegetarian cuisine and the benefits of being introduced to a healthier lifestyle, we have your well-being at heart. There are no strict regimes, do as little or as much as you like, with expert guidance in a laid back, friendly atmosphere. It’s your holiday – we want you to have fun!
- Daily yoga classes
- Daily meditation session
- Friendly and experienced instructors
- Ample time to relax and explore
- Full board vegetarian meals
- 7 nights accommodation
The maximum participants in the group is 18.
Instruction language: English
Spoken languages: Russian, Turkish, English
Azure Wellness Retreat’s small boutique hotel is set in a fragrant mandarin grove nestled in a peaceful corner of Turgutreis, on the Bodrum peninsular. The minimum stay at Azure is three nights but for those of you who don’t have much time or want a little taster of experiencing something new, we offer a day pass. You’ll get to sample all the elements of the Azure experience so it’s perfect for those who want to indulge in a day of yoga, wellness, and fabulous vegetarian cuisine.
Our hotel serves as a canvas for local artisan’s to showcase their work so you will find discreet prices on objects, please don’t be afraid to ask if you have interest in anything you see, any object can be packaged and sent by insured cargo so you can take a little piece of Azure away with you. We feel this gives our retreat an organic feel as everything is evolving and changing.
Deluxe Lotus Bell Tents
We have four Deluxe Lotus Bell Tents which can be double or twin for couples or friends sharing, we also allocate one tent for three people sharing if needed. Our Lotus Bell Tents are far superior to anything else on the market and are made to a very high specification and no expense has been spared on the luxury, as with the rooms they are all individually designed and have unique touches. Each has it’s own separate bathroom. Each tent has its own log burner for those cooler nights and all are fully insulated.
Double or Twin Rooms
In our hotel, we have two large double bedrooms with all the features of the single rooms but are ideal for couples or for sharing with friends. Charges are calculated on a per room basis. These rooms can be converted to twin upon request.
In our hotel, we have six beautifully appointed single rooms which contain a queen-sized bed and quirky but luxurious features. Each room is individually decorated to a premier standard and all linens and towels are of the best quality. You also have an en-suite shower room with bespoke fittings. Charges are calculated on a per room basis.
VIP Luxury Lotus Bell Tents
This VIP Luxury Tent is for those people wanting to be indulgent and luxuriate in sumptuous surroundings. Our Lotus Bell Tents are far superior to anything else on the market and are made to a very high specification and no expense has been spared on the luxury, as with the rooms they are all individually designed and have unique touches. Each has it’s own separate bathroom. Each tent has its own log burner for those cooler nights and all are fully insulated. This is first class glamping.
Azure wellness retreat shows no discrimination and welcomes everyone regardless of height, body size, age, gender, race ability, denomination, and orientation. We welcome and encourage single travellers, there are no single supplements charged, and no compromise on quality and standards. The Azure experience is perfect for couples with non-participating partners, as there are lots of local activities to keep them entertained.
Spiritual and mental rejuvenation in a beach setting
Yoga is for everybody and our yoga classes are for all abilities. Class sizes are small, ensuring you receive personal, individual attention, enabling you to go at your own pace.
Yoga classes are twice daily, at sunrise and sunset, either on their poolside platform adjacent to our fragrant garden with a backdrop of mountains or on a small, local beach with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery. Extra tuition is available by way of private lessons. There are plenty of opportunities for meditation in this tranquil setting.
Yoga for all ability levels and body types
Together we will remove the stresses from your mind and arouse feelings of energy, vitality, and positivity. No matter your height, body type, age, race, gender, orientation, or ability, you’re all welcome to join our daily yoga sessions or enjoy private lessons with our instructors and extra tuition for anyone who wants it.
Yoga is for everybody and we encourage everyone to take advantage of its benefits. We also invite everyone to join in their meditation sessions which are every day for an hour.
A feeling of relaxation and ease that’s attainable for all
All yoga styles create a feeling of ease and relaxation that we want all our guests to experience. After morning practice, you’ll be treated to a hearty vegetarian breakfast that’s loaded with health benefits.
Then, you’ll be free to relax and explore the local surroundings at your leisure before meeting again in the late afternoon for a second session. By the end of the day, your mind will feel at ease, your body alive with a fresh sense of rejuvenation, and your spirit awakened with exuberance.
Visit to the Hammam for a Turkish bath, sauna and steam followed by trained therapists lathering your body with olive oil soap suds, an olive oil massage and gentle exfoliation – you will have never felt SO clean! A boat trip around the beautiful Aegean is also now included.
Note: Activities may vary.
Natalia Dogru has been practicing yoga since 2005. She is one of the certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers in Turkey. She has yoga studios in Bodrum and Russia. She graduated from Ekaterinburg Iyengar Yoga Teachers course from 2007 to 2009.
Gillian was interested in yoga for many years and from seeing and feeling the benefits of her own body, she decided to do her teacher training Level 1 which she did at Santosha Yoga, Lisburn, North Ireland under Paddy Hamill. She qualified in December 2015, 200 hours, registered yoga school. She also has an online Pilates Trainer Diploma qualified in May 2015. She had found it beneficial and enjoyable to combine both Pilates and yoga together.
Donna Noble’s journey with yoga started in 1999. An ex-colleague saw a picture of Madonna with her legs behind her head and her enthusiasm made her want to try yoga. She fell in and out of love with yoga due to the usual pressures of life, family, work and studying for a degree. At the time not realising how important and transformational yoga was going to be in her life.
This retreat will take placed in Turgutreis, Bodrum, Turkey. Turgutreis offers more than stunning landscapes. Although renowned for its breath-taking landscapes and beautifully scenery, Turgutreis has a lot more to offer than its natural environment. Small but culturally rich, there are plenty of activities to enjoy.
You will find local markets in most holiday destinations but Turgutreis market is just that little bit special, colorful, vibrant, and hassle free. It has a laid back cosmopolitan feel, which is reflected throughout the town, if you are looking for traditional souvenirs, organic local produce (jams, olives, and cheeses are to die for), clothing, or something for your home, they guarantee you won’t come away empty-handed.
Turgutreis marina where you can gaze at the yachts, enjoy the many bars, cafes, and restaurants. As well as designer shops you will find ‘Artists Street’ art and craft market stalls that are most active at night.
- Milas–Bodrum Airport (BJV) – 30 minutes
- Swimming pool (outdoor)
- Air-conditioned rooms
- Multilingual staff
- Mosquito net
Listed below are a sample of the dishes you could expect to be served during your stay. All our ingredients are locally sourced, organic and delicious.
- Menemen – is a full flavoured Turkish breakfast/brunch dish consisting of finely diced onions,tomatoes and peppers cooked slowly in extra virgin olive oil and to finish a softly cooked egg.served with wholemeal bread.
- Gozleme – a Turkish wholemeal pancake filled will either spinach and cheese,aubergine or peppers.
- Breakfasts are traditionally Turkish with jams, honey, olives and a variety of cheeses and a selection of wholemeal breads and pastries.
- Homemade soups are served every day for lunch served with delicious local bread.
- Leek & potato
- Mixed vegetable
- Tomato & basil
- Pea & mint
- Carrot & coriander
- Spicy lentil
- Lentil & mint
- Quinoa & black bean burgers served with coriander and lime mayonnaise on a wholemeal bun with sweet potato hash.
- Red lentil curry served with brown rice and homemade wholemeal garlic and coriander naan.
- Stuffed peppers,stuffed with spiced rice served with garlic and thyme potatoes and yoghurt.
- Vegetable kebab,served with a tomato bulgur and homemade coleslaw.
- Pesto pasta served with chargrilled vegetables.
- Whole Wheat quesadillas filled with marinated grilled vegetables.served with sweet potato fries,yoghurt and chilli dip.
These are available after your evening yoga session and before dinner. Below is a sample of what you may be served
- Turmeric & cherry
- Melon, mint & strawberry
- Orange , lemon & grapefruit
- Ginger & beetroot
- Carrot & orange, tomato & spinach
- Beetroot & cherry
- Apple & spinach
- Watermelon & pineapple
Herbal teas,coffee and water are freely available throughout the day.There is a weekly barbeque on a saturday and for those who wish fish is available.
The following meals are included:
The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:
(If you have special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
A local Turkish shopping experience
Just a short distance away and accessible by public transport you will find Bodrum, steeped in history, busy, and bustling, or visit nearby Gumusluk, which is an old Greek fishing village with a slow pace of life, where you can purchase local crafts, and lunch or dine in one of the many outstanding fish restaurants. Nearby Yalikavak boasts beautiful cafes around the stunning marina, with mega yachts and designer shops,
Yalikavak really is a playground to the rich and famous. Bodrum Castle and waterfront is just a short bus journey away but is a lovely way to spend the afternoon steeped in history. The mausoleum at Halicarnassus dates from 350 BC and is a must see. They can also arrange day or overnight trips to Ephesus, Sirince, Selcuk, and Pamukkale.
Plenty of options for adventure seekers
If you are more adventurous and enjoy hiking or walking, visit the Manara Windmills, the surrounding mountains are peppered with ruins from the Leleges era, which can be visited by following the web of local trails, or just wander locally. Hire a bike, rent a car, charter a boat, or just laze on the beach. The opportunities are endless, and Azure Wellness Retreat is here to ensure that your time spent with them will be memorable and possibly life changing.
Relaxing ferry trips and exhilarating water sports
If you would like to take the opportunity to visit the Greek island of Kos or Kalymnos, they are both just a short ferry ride from Turgutreis port or perhaps you would prefer to charter a sailing yacht for the day, or maybe just a trip on a day boat. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the surrounding coast with a guided tour by yacht.
- 7 nights accommodation
- Full board vegetarian meals with snacks and soft drinks
- Daily meditation session
- Daily sunrise and sunset yoga classes
- Private spaces for meditation and yoga
- Airport transfers
- Safety deposit boxes in hotel (deposit required for keys)
- Electric fan
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Milas–Bodrum Airport (BJV). Transfers are 30 minutes drive and private transfers can be arranged for an extra charge.
- A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
- The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
- The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.