Suleyman’s Garden Yoga Retreat Holiday, Turkey

By catherine on January 2, 2016 | This entry has been posted in Holiday

  • Suleyman's Garden Yoga Retreat, Turkey
  • Treat yourself, you deserve it
  • Yoga, sun, sea & long stints in the pool
  • This coastal retreat means you can breath in the fresh sea breeze
  • Chillout, relax & unwind at this stunning retreat centre
  • Taking care of yourself is the most healing gift
  • Are you feeling stressed? Why not join us to relax & unwind
  • Suleyman's Garden is in a stunning position, peaceful & secluded, ovelooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • Indulge is a week of yoga
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  • Relax your body & release your mind
  • Suleyman's Garden Yoga Retreat
  • Delicious organic food
  • The sea is on your doorstep for an early morning swim
  • Discover this beautiful new yoga retreat on the Southern coast of Turkey
  • Stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea
  • On your day off, enjoy a full day exploring the coast & inlets & the chance to swim with turtles
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Overview


A yoga retreat holiday in September 2016 at Suleyman’s Garden in Turkey will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and relaxed. Overlooking the crystal waters of the Mediterranean sea, there are two Scaravelli yoga classes each day, when we bathe our lungs in the fresh, natural sea air.

Discover this beautiful new yoga centre on the Southern coast of Turkey.
With just 20 spaces, this will be a very special and intimate retreat.

This is a beautiful and secluded venue, and, over the last few years, it has become a really special place where we join together to develop our practice and work more deeply. Each day we will focus on slow and gentle explorations of the body mind and spirit, gently awakening our physical awareness. Together we will explore elements of the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, including breath, and the flow of gravity through the body, which work together to reveal and release the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine.

This approach to yoga gradually enables us to reveal long-held patterns, helping us find a new lightness and and supple ways of movement.

  • Suleyman’s Garden is in a stunning position, peaceful and secluded, overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
  • It’s a perfect yoga retreat, and is managed by the owners of Huzur Vadisi, the longest established and best loved retreat centre in Turkey, so you know you will be well looked after.

Perched just above a wild, rocky beach, and with spectacular views across the Mediterranean, Suleyman’s Garden is located on the Southern coast of Turkey, midway between Fethiye and Kalkan,. It is in a very unspoiled area, on what is known as the ‘Lycian Way’, a marked trail, which is wonderful for walking along the dramatic and mountainous coastline. This wonderfully secluded venue provides a fantastic opportunity for total relaxation, immersion in yoga, with almost guaranteed great weather.

The atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly, and particularly welcoming to people holidaying on their own. It’s a short walk to the sea where you can swim from rocky coves and enjoy freshly caught fish at the local cafe, or simply lounge in the traditional kosks (cushioned seating areas) which overlook the Mediterranean and surrounding islands.

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Venue

Most of the accommodation is equipped with double beds, suitable for either single or double occupation. There are six simple wooden cabins with balconies, shaded by vines and flowers, some with views of the sea and others with garden views, one of which has been extended so that it can accommodate two single beds, rather than a double. There is also one small traditional stone house with two single beds for sharing, and two thatched stone huts, each with a single bed. In addition, there are 4 twin bedded rooms with balconies / sea views and en-suite bathrooms, and the pool side room which has twin beds and is suitable for single or twin occupancy.

Suleyman’s Garden itself is a very charming, small traditional farm with terraced vegetable fields, orchards and beautiful gardens, with stunning sea views. The local owners grow all their own organic vegetables and fruit for the kitchen to make the truly delicious meals.

The retreat centre is only an hours walk to Kabak beach along a beautiful scenic coastal walk.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, wooden, cabin, September, 2015Wooden Cabins Double Beds (single or double)

There are six cabins equipped with double beds suitable for single occupancy or couples. These simple wooden cabins each have their own veranda, shaded by vines and flowers. The verandas have proved a popular place to sit and read, or simply to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Some have views of the sea whilst others look across the beautiful garden.

Suleyman's Garden Cabin

Wooden Cabins Single Beds (single or twin)

There is one cabin with two single beds suitable for single or twin occupancy. The roof of the cabin extends to provide shade for the veranda, and there are views across the gardens to the sea beyond.

Thatched Stone Huts (single)Suleyman's Garden thatched stone hut

There are two simple thatched stone huts which have been hand built from original stone buildings in the grounds of the gardens. Each hut has a single bed. One hut overlooks the sea, whilst the other has views across the gardens to the sea beyond.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, stone, house, September, 2015Small Traditional Stone House (single or twin)

There is one traditional stone house with two single beds suitable for single or twin occupancy. Full of charm, the stone house is ideal for two friends sharing. It has its own private garden area, with table and chairs nestled beneath a vine covered pergola. There are views across the garden to the sea.

Suleyman's Garden, Yoga, Retreat, Holiday, Turkey, September, En-suite, Accommodation, Catherine Annis, Scaravelli, InspiredTwin beds with en suite (single or twin)

There is one wooden built house with en-suite facilities. It was a double and a single bed suitable for single or twin occupancy. There is a beautiful shaded terrace covered by vines with a private seating area overlooking the gardens and a sea view beyond.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, ensuite, September, 2015Twin beds with en suite (single or twin)

There are two stone built houses each with en-suite facilities. Both have twin beds and are suitable for single or twin occupancy. They share a large shady balcony which overlooks the pomegranate and clementine orchards below.

Suleymans Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, NEW, Shala, Ensuite, Twin, Rooms, September, Catherine AnnisTwin beds with en suite (single or twin)

NEW There are two stone built rooms each with en-suite facilities. Both have twin beds and are suitable for single or twin occupancy. There are views of the valley, sea and the surround forest from the front of these buildings. The NEW yoga shala is situated above.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, pool house, stone, September, 2015Stone Pool House (single or twin)

With stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea below, this traditional stone building has two single beds with shower and toilet facilities in close proximity in a separate structure.

Suleymans Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, NEW, Shala, Ensuite, Twin, Rooms, September, Catherine AnnisYoga Shala

NEW for 2015, a brand new yoga shala that can accommodate up to 20 people. The tile floored and well shaded shala is built on top of the two NEW en-suite twin rooms with magnificent views of the sea, valley and surrounding forest below. The yoga shala is fully equipped with mats, belts, blocks, bolsters and blankets. You are most welcome to bring your own equipment with you if you prefer.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, pool, September, 2015Swimming Pool

There is a stunning swimming pool which is an ideal place to cool off, relax and chill out. For those wishing to sample the crystal clear Mediterranean sea, it’s just a short ten minute walk to the rocky coves. Swimming here is safe and secluded – sea life is abundant, so bring your snorkel and masks or just your goggles.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, dining, September, 2015Dining Area

The dining area provides magnificent panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea and surrounding islands below and provides an excellent opportunity to just relax and immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. If you are lucky enough you can watch dolphins playing in the surf, or whales breaking the surface to take their next breath.

Suleyman's Garden Yoga Retreat Holiday in Turkey, September with yoga teacher Catherine AnnisViewing Platform

Slightly below the dining area, close to the shoreline, is a beautiful spacious decked platform littered with comfortable seat and back cushions. This provides a peaceful space to chill out and listen to the gentle lapping waves below.

 

Food

Food at Suleyman’s Garden is delicious. Based on local traditional Turkish village style cooking, almost all of the produce is grown on site by Suleyman using traditional organic methods. Throughout the season, each crop is pollinated by the local bees, which produce the excellent honey, for which the area is well known. The meals are generally vegetarian, although occasionally we may have some fish. Special diets can also be accommodated, but please check with us first for more detailed information. It is the food as much as the location, which helped us to decide this was the place to bring our guests.

Huzur Vadisi Soup Scaravelli inspired yoga with Catherine Annis at Sulemans Garden food Scaravelli inspired yoga with Catherine Annis at Sulemans Garden lunch time
Scaravelli inspired yoga with Catherine Annis at Suleyman's Garden Huzur Vadisi cook book

The Huzur Vadisi Vegetarian Cookbook

Recipes from a Turkish kitchen

Has 70 pages of simple, delicious and healthy Turkish vegetarian recipes.

Buy it now The Huzur Vadisi Vegetarian Cookbook

 

 

Schedule

We arrive on Monday, and start yoga sessions on Tuesday morning. There are two, two hour long yoga sessions each day, one in the morning, the other in the late afternoon – but of course, if you prefer to laze by the pool, or indulge in a supremely relaxing massage, then that’s fine!

There will be one day “off”, (usually Thursday) during which you are free to explore the local area, or join us for a full day’s boat trip around the beautiful bays and islets surrounding Fethiye, anchoring in quiet coves for lunch, tea and swimming.

Sample Programme

Yoga classes take place in the mornings and late afternoon in the beautiful yoga shala, where the only sound will be the lapping of the water in the sea below.

Monday – Arrival
4.30pm Arrival and refreshments
6.30 – 7.30pm Dinner
7.30pm Welcome meeting

 

Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday
8.30 – 9.30am Breakfast
10.00 – noon Yoga
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00 – 5pm Free time to explore, walk, chill out, have a massage
5.00 – 7pm Yoga
7.30 – 8.30pm Dinner
8.30pm Free time

 

Friday – Day Off
8.30 – 9.30am Breakfast
10.00 – 7pm Full day boat excursion (optional)

 

Monday – Departure
8.30 – 9.30am Breakfast
10.00am Departure

Please note that whilst we will do everything possible to adhere to the programme and details laid out above, some things are outside our control, and therefore we reserve the right to make changes if necessary.

 

Explore

Scaravelli inspired yoga holiday with Catherine Annis at Suleymans Garden Kabak beach viewVisit Kabak

Kabak beach is situated at the bottom of the beautiful Kabak Valley in Faralya, near Ölü Deniz, almost completely untouched by commercial tourism partly due to its isolated position and partly because of a moratorium on development.

The walk from Suleyman’s Garden is well worth it because the views are stunning and at the bottom you will find the beautiful and relatively deserted Kabak beach. It will take you a hour to walk along the scenic coastal path to get to the beach. Alternatively we could arrange transport for you and the journey will only take 10 minutes.

It is listed as one of the top ten beaches in Turkey.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, trekking, September, 2015Walking / Trekking

The Lycian Way is a long-distance footpath in Turkey around part of the coast of ancient Lycia. It is approximately 500 km long and stretches from Ölü Deniz, near Fethiye, to Hisarcandir, about 20 kilometers from Antalya. It is waymarked with red and white stripes, the Grande Randonnee convention.

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey, Yoga, Retreat, Huzur Vadisi, Scaravelli, Catherine Annis, trekking, September, 2015This picturesque footpath which meanders through the mountains and alongside the coast is ideal for those wishing to take a days hike. Or for the more adventurous, several days trekking.

The starting point of the trail is at Ölü Deniz and heads East and consists mainly of old footpaths and mule trails which have been used over centuries.

Scaravelli inspired yoga holiday with Catherine Annis at Suleymans Garden Kalkan harbourVisit Kalkan

The historic town of Kalkan is an enchanting place and one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.

Scaravelli inspired yoga holiday with Catherine Annis at Suleymans Garden FethiyeVisit Fethiye

Fethiye is about 40 minutes away and is the nearest large town.

Set on a beautiful bay, it features shops, bazaars, seafront cafes, Turkish baths and the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos.

 

Scaravelli inspired yoga holiday with Catherine Annis at Suleymans Garden saklikent gorge2Visit Saklikent Gorge

Saklikent gorge is the second biggest gorge in Europe spanning 20km, and the deepest in Turkey.

Some 6km of the gorge is walkable, and the shade and cold waters that flow through it (originally snow from the Taurus mountains) make it a wonderful escape from the hot Turkish sun. Saklikent means ‘hidden town’ … it is easy to forget that it was only discovered less than 30 years ago.

Scaravelli inspired yoga holiday with Catherine Annis at Suleymans Garden boat tripFull Day Boat Trip

Guests’ all-time favourite day trip is a cruise around the islands and bays of this stunning coastline on a traditional wooden sailing boat. A day’s cruise provides plenty of time for swimming and sunbathing, and a delicious lunch is cooked and served on board.

The comfortable boat has toilets and a changing cabin on board, and provides ample deck space to stretch out in the sun or under a shaded awning.

Jeep Safari Ancient Lycian Site at Sidyma 1Jeep Safari to the Ancient Lycian Site at Sidma

An alternative to the boat trip is to take a jeep safari high into the surrounding mountains to visit the ancient Lycian site at Sidyma. Set in a striking landscape astride the Lycian Way, it’s a rewarding, understated site that was only “rediscovered” by Europeans during the mid-nineteenth century, and has never been properly excavated.

Scaravelli inspired yoga holiday with Catherine Annis at Suleymans Garden OludenizVisit Ölü Deniz

Ölü Deniz (official translation name Blue Lagoon) remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Ölü Deniz and has a stunning bay with a laid back atmosphere; it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey. Its lagoon, now a protected area, has understandably adorned a million postcards. The main beach is bordered by an attractive promenade lined with small shops, cafes and restaurants.

It is regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views, and the Babadağ Mountain’s exceptional height.

Scaravelli inspired yoga holiday with Catherine Annis at Suleymans Garden turkish bathTurkish Bath (Hamam)

Another favourite guest activity is a visit to the Turkish Baths in Ölü Deniz or Kalkan . A delicious steam bath precedes a thorough scrubbing and exfoliation by attendants. Massage is also available. Relax and refresh Sultan-style!

Around twenty major Lycian sites remain today. Here are some examples that can be visited either for a very nice day out or you could extend your time in Turkey and tour these historical sites at your own leisure.

Tlos
Tlos Ancient Lycia Site
Many large tombs exist within Pinara, mostly house-type and free-standing sarcophagi – including one of the largest sarcophagi in Lycia. The most fascinating tomb is the “Royal Tomb”, built for an important ruler and featuring detailed reliefs depicting scenes of walled cities.
Tombs of Pinara
tomb of pinara Ancient Lycia Site
Many large tombs exist within Pinara, mostly house-type and free-standing sarcophagi – including one of the largest sarcophagi in Lycia. The most fascinating tomb is the “Royal Tomb”, built for an important ruler and featuring detailed reliefs depicting scenes of walled cities.
Myra
myra Ancient Lycia Site
One of the six principal cities of Lycia. Known for its many rock-cut tombs and the largest amphitheater in Lycia (in a good state). Nearby is the Church of St. Nicholas, who was once the bishop of Myra and grew to international fame.
Leetoon
letoon Ancient Lycia SiteThe sacred cult centre of Lycia. Three side-by-side temples to Leto, Artemis and Apollo, the national deities.
Kekova-Simena
Kekova Ancient Lycia SiteAn area with beautiful scenery and underwater ruins, there are a couple of cafes, making this the perfect place for afternoon tea.
Xanthos
xanthos Ancient Lycia SiteUNESCO World Heritage Site (combined with Letoon).One of the six principal cities of Lycia. The capital city of Lycia for much of its history.
Patara
patara Ancient Lycia SiteAnother of the six principal cities of Lycia, the major naval and trading port of Lycia. An extensive city with many ancient structures, including what may be the world’s oldest lighthouse. Located right next to Patara Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the world.
Arycanda
Arycanda Ancient Lycia SiteOne of Lycia’s best-kept secrets, a large site known for having had the most pleasure and entertainment-loving citizens. Built upon five large terraces ascending a mountain slope, overlooking a beautiful valley.
Sidma
sidyma Ancient Lycia SiteA site that is interesting not only for its ruins, but for the lovely village, with very friendly villagers, that has been built among the ruins. It has a temple-type monumental tomb with an ornately carved ceiling.

 

Travel

Getting There

There are regular charter flights to Dalaman – which is a four hour flight from the UK.

The airport is about 90 minutes from Suleyman’s Garden, and we can arrange a minibus transfer. The transfer price depends on numbers, but will be in the region of £20-£50 pp each way. If everyone arrives on the same flight (or near the same time flights) we can arrange for you to be picked up directly from the airport.

If people arrive at different times, it will involve a short taxi ride costing about £8 (per taxi which can be shared by up to 4 people) to a nearby hotel. We will then collect everyone from there after the final arrivals.

The same system applies to the return transfer, if we can we’ll take you directly to the airport, but if you have a long wait we can drop you at the nearby hotel.

Alternatively you can arrange your own transport to bring you directly to the retreat centre. Be aware that if arranging your own taxi, fares are not cheap in Turkey.

We will let you know the most convenient and least expensive option for transfers when we have all flight details.

Some people ask about visiting Istanbul before or after their holiday at Huzur Vadisi. Istanbul is just over an hour’s flight with Turkish Airlines and is relatively inexpensive (prices vary with dates and times) www.turkishairlines.com

The coach to or from Istanbul arrives and departs from Fethiye, which is just over half an hour from Suleyman’s Garden. It is a 10 hour trip and costs around 65TL (£28). The coach services are very good and professionally run. It is possible (in theory) to book online, and there is a translation service available on Google. Or you can usually buy a ticket on the day, or a few days before, unless it is a national holiday. For more information see www.turkeytravelplanner.com.

Flights

To arrange your own flights, try the following:

Kay or Julie at Robinson Travel 01237 476 798
www.flythomascook.com

www.travelrepublic.co.uk
www.skyscanner.net/

Visa

Anyone travelling to Turkey is now required to purchase an online visa before entering the country – this can be purchased from the following website: www.evisa.gov.tr

The fee is $20 USD

The visa needs to be printed and taken with you.

Passports

Passports must be valid for at least 60 days from the date of expiry of a traveller’s visa. Passports must also have at least one fully blank page for entry/exit stamps.

Please keep an eye on your passport renewal date and renew earlier to avoid any difficulties. Your passport is your responsibility and we would strongly advise that you always check the latest requirements for entering Turkey to make sure you are fully aware of all entry criteria.

 
 

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