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Yoga Retreat: Yoga Retreat- Puglia, Italy with Laura Gilmore
Puglia Italy
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Santa Maria Del Sole is a charming, family-run yoga venue - the perfect location for a week of yoga, sun, natural beauty and relaxation. There is a lovely outdoor yoga platform and indoor yoga studio. There will be two yoga classes a day and each guest will have the opportunity to practice at his/her own level making the week suitable for students of different abilities. Three meals are served daily (with one evening meal out at a local restaurant) and there will be plenty of free time to relax, enjoy the views, swim, read, sleep, have treatments or explore the local villages and countryside.

Santa Maria Del Sole is a 15-hectare property situated on a small hillock in the heart of the Itria Valley in the heel of Italy's boot. (Nearest international airport is Brindisi). The landscape is rural and dotted with beautiful olive trees and vineyards, divided by pretty dry-stone walls. The main building is a 16th century masseria (farmhouse) that has been elegantly restored in typical, old apulian style with many of the authentic features still in place.

The grounds contain lovely gardens, a swimming pool, a wild forest and fields, and a tiny church. There is plenty of space to walk and be free.

Food: Vegetarian meals are cooked to an excellent standard using local produce. You will sample some of the traditional recipes of Puglia. If you have any special dietary requirements please notify us at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate these.

Treatments: There is a massage room where a range of massage treatments are offered at very reasonable rates. Advance notice of interest is preferable and sessions should be booked at the beginning of the week.

Accommodation: All rooms are en suite with shower, toilet and basin. Each room is a different shape and unique is its own way. Furnishings and fabrics complement the building and create a calm and very comfortable environment. The masseria comfortably accommodates 10 students and close by there are another 5 rooms in the trulli houses. These small, white conical buildings are one of the most magical aspects of the Puglian landscape. It's not a hotel; it's a unique, comfortable, family-run specialist yoga destination.

2013: We've had such rave reviews from our guests about Santa Maria del Sole that we've decided to host more destination yoga holidays here next year. We hope you will be able to join us. For dates, please see below.

Tatler Travel Awards: destination yoga won the top prize for yoga holidays at the October 2011 Tatler Awards, with Santa Maria del Sole being singled out as exceptional. See article

Guardian review: find out how much a journalist from the Guardian enjoyed her week in Puglia.

Mail Online: read about the experience of the Daily Mail's journalist. See article

To read a selection of comments from our guests about our week at Santa Maria del Sole last summer, please see guest comments

Cost: starts from £895

To Book: www.destinationyoga.co.uk

starts from £895
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