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Casa Benedetto, Italy

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  • Summer 2017/2018

    From £505

    An economical new venue on this beautiful island - new for 2017

This is our new venue on the beautiful thermal island of Ischia. It is close to St' Angelo, a truly pretty unspoilt village also on the coast.

A smal hotel chosen as our budget option and although we do not have a swimming pool we are only 5 minutes walk from the sandy beach which has crystal clear waters, sunbeds and a small beach cafe.

The venue will be for the exclusive use of the yoga group and will take a maximum of 12 participants in the yoga space.

This is true Italy and we know you will enjoy it.

Casa Benedetto is situated on the island of Ischia in charming Succhivo, a small village in the municipality of Serrara-Fontana.  It is close to St'Angelo with its narrow streets and lanes and high-fashion boutiques - you may either walk there or take the bus.

The small lush garden at the rear is perfect for those seeking peace and tranquility, surrounded by green vineyards and citrus groves. A peaceful garden with a  bar-restaurant area, enfused with ancient perfume of flowers, with kiwi vines, lemon trees and cycads. Here we will also eat our meals.

We are just steps from the small and cozy beach 'Cava Grado' and close by is the famous Sorgeto Bay and its thermal hot springs coming out the sea at a temperature of ca. 90 degrees. Please note on Ischia the beaches are always at the bottom of the cliff-face with steps leading down so if you have mobility issues please chat to us in the office before registering.

Casa Benedeto's terrace overlooks an immense sea from where you can admire views of the famous and ancient village of Sant'Angelo in the distance and the small island of Capri.

 

This year our yoga classes will take place either in the converted breakfast room in the house, or outside under the loggia.

All yoga equipment is provided.

All bedrooms are en-suite

There are 6 rooms with a double bed - normally sold as single rooms

and

3 rooms with both a double bed and a single bed - normally sold as shared rooms.

Food is vegetarian. 

If you have a special diet please talk to us before booking as these can be difficult to cater for because items we are used ot in the UK are not always easily available.

Includes

Accommodation, breakfast, dinner and 10 yoga classes

Not Included

Flights, transfers, treatments, lunch and snacks, all bottled water, teas and coffee, treatments and excursions

 

Flights

You will need a flight to Naples, from there you will be met and transferred to the venue.

For the arrival flight:  do not book a flight that arrives after 20.00 as the last ferry is at 22.00  and you need half an hour to reach the port by taxi.

For the return flight:  book flights after 11 am as the first ferry off the island is at 06.30

 

Transfers

Group transfers are 40 euros per person each way (including the ferry) payable locally.

Private transfers are from 70 euros each way (including the ferry) payable locally

The transfer, including the ferry, will take between two and two and a half hours.

Please Note: It is sometimes possible to arrange taxi collection from Naples Train Station. We can also arrange taxi collection from one of the Ischia ports providing you know in advance which ferry and port you are arriving at - useful for those coming from Sorrento or Capri

 

Arrival

Departure Yoga Teacher Sharing Single
2018
19 May 26 May Hatha Yoga Helen Barker £525 £625
May 26 Jun 2 Iyengar Yoga Karen Calder £525 £625
Jun 2 Jun 9 Iyengar Yoga Margaret Rawlinson £545 £645
Jun 9 Jun 16 Iyengar Yoga Mary Niker £545 £645
Jun 16 Jun 23 Hatha Yoga Lindsay Jones £525 £625
Jun 23 Jun 30 Vinyasa Flow & Hatha Yoga Emma Conally-Barklem £525 £625
Jun 30 Jul 7 Vinyasa Flow Yoga Mandy Crook £505 £605
Jul 7 Jul 14 Hatha Flow Yoga Lorna Chapman £515 £615
Jul 14 Jul 21 Hatha Yoga Lisa Hemmings £505 £605
Jul 21 Jul 28        
Sep 1 Sep 8 Private Group Kay Parker £505 £605
Sep 8 Sep 15 Hatha Yoga Jody Lawrance £545 £645
Sep 15 Sep 22 Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga Noemi Franco £525 £625
Sep 22 Sep 29 Hatha Flow & Astanga Yoga Janaki & Davy £535 £635

 

Dear Jilly, it was a great week which I would highly recommend.  I was very worried about going in case there were too many heights involved but I was fine with the steps to the beaches and really glad I decided to go

Best wishes, Gabrielle - Bella Somerville September 2017

 

Dear Bella I just wanted to take the time to write a proper thank you for our wonderful trip. It's been the best holiday tonic and I can truly say I've experienced some of the best yoga ever. Needless to say, it was more than a pleasure to meet both you and Gabby. For now, back to the Monday blues (!) and to say I hope to see you again in the not too distant future.

Lots of love and namaste Michelle - Bella Somerville September 2017

 

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful Yoga holiday I had with Bella in Ischia.   Her yoga as always was inventive, stimulating and sensitive to all the Yogi's on the holiday. Her passion to make the holiday (we call it a holiday rather than a retreat!) a wonderful experience for all of us, was embraced by open arms by the Yogi's.  The group bonded extremely well and we spent most of the time in each other's company.  The hotel with Michele as our main point of contact was perfect for this week - he looked after us very well. The food (delicious), accommodation (simple but clean) and surrounds ...breath taking ... were a delight

Thank you! Lisa Baderoon - September 2017

 

 

I recently came back from the yoga holiday to the stunning Italian island Ischia. Our teacher Helen Barker guided us through a gentle Hatha yoga session including guided meditation twice daily, which was very suitable for the hot weather.

We stayed at Casa Bennedeto with Michele and his team looking after us. They went out of their way to make it the most enjoyable and positive stay with them. Nothing was too much trouble and each night a four course vegetarian meal was served - the food was amazing! Michele and his assistant Daniel took us up a volcano one day, such a great day out for us all.

Michele also organised a day trip to Capri for 5 of us - a day I will cherish forever.

The thermal spa just down the road from the hotel is well worth a visit - I personally went there three times, it was that good.

I can highly recommend this trip and venue - you will simply love it

Best regards Inga - July 2017 with Helen Barker

 

Absolutely Brilliant!

Pam - July 2017 with Helen Barker

 

Wonderful in all respects, but in more detail:

Transfers - excellent, minimum delay, 2 taxis and the ferry crossing each way.  The drivers did all they could for guests and managed the ferry connections extremely well

Hotel - ideal location, quiet and up to standard as a simple family run business. 

Manager/owner Michele couldn't have done more to ensure that all requests were met.  Also he was particularly sensitive to the needs of a yoga group - never put us under time pressure, put the yoga sessions first and enabled us to focus on classes.  His assistant Danielli was a (modest) star particularly in assisting one of the guests down from the volcano summit.  Rooms well furnished and clean; public areas were shady and cool in conditions of intense heat.

Food - splendid, fresh, well-cooked, prepared and good variety.  Too generous, but we could have said no - we didn't!

Yoga Classes:  excellent venue (again, cool in extreme heat), excellent equipment, especially the bolsters which we'd never seen before.  Shakti Bhakti: excellent as ever, gave free oil treatments.

General Location: as good as any we've experienced for a yoga holiday, peaceful, yet close enough to beaches, buses, taxis and villages, with good general facilities.

Excursions:  Only did the trip to volcano (Mt Epomeo) - exceptionally good value, spectacular scenery and professionally led by Michele, supported by Danielli.  Michelle assisted in organising a group trip to Capri which half a dozen other guests really enjoyed. 

Overall, this was a well organised tour, in a good location at an ideal, family run hotel.  Well done,    

Ros and Dave Wrightson -  July 2017 Helen Barker

 

Dear Jilly, just to let you know.... I attended the above with Marnie recently. It was a fabulous week of yoga coupled with a great group of people. Although there were different personalities and abilities in the group Marnie held us together beautifully. She displayed super professional behaviour and really strong leadership. She managed to create a balance between achievement and fun which is not an easy task. Her classes were both challenging and accommodating of different levels of experience which made the whole week a really positive and uplifting experience for me.I'm first on the list for her next retreat.
Regards June - May 2017 with Marnie Sullivan

 

This was a truly fabulous retreat, set in a  beautiful loction where there are lots of options for things to do . Michaela and family  are lovely hosts and the place has a very relaxed atmosphere, he was very accommodating providing a fun film night, suggestions for days out and organising a really lovely mountain walk and meal.

Both the morning and afternoon  yoga sessions  were amazing, Marnie (Sullivan)  is a marvelous teacher who delivers sessions which work fabulously  for those
new to yoga and for the more experienced. I felt incredibly energised at the end of the week.  A hearty healthy post yoga breakfast is provided which was lovely. There was also an evening meal served each night after the afternoon yoga, the pasta options at these meals were particularly delicious.  We all really enjoyed vistiing the nearby beaches and exploring the lovely town of Sant Angelo. The accommodation at Casa Benedetto was quite basic, which we expected but certainly adequate and
comfortable and very good value for money.
This was a truly wonderful yoga holiday will excellent yoga sessions and a lovely location, I will certainly be booking another yoga retreat with Marnie.

Janet  - May 2017 with Marnie Sulivan